Disney FACT!

US postage stamp of 1968 depicting Walt Disney
US postage stamp of 1968 depicting Walt Disney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Contrary to popular myth, Walt Disney WAS NOT cryogenically  frozen when he died.

An urban legend states that upon his passing, Walt Disney’s frozen corpse was  stashed underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.  This is simply not true. Walt Disney passed away on December 15th, 1966. Two days later, and consistent with his wishes, he was cremated. A burial plot with  a garden, presumably containing his ashes, with his name on it is at the Forest  Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The first known experiment with human cryogenic freezing didn’t happen until  January 1967, a month after Disney’s death. Several sources have claimed that  the urban myth arose from a couple of Disney animators who said that Disney  froze himself as a joke. His daughter, Diane, clearly stated in 1972 that,  “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that my father, Walt Disney, wished  to be frozen. I doubt my father had ever heard of cryonics.”