Theme park history is fascinating enough on its own, but Disneyland history is especially fascinating. Why? Because, as these incredible—and, in some cases, almost unbelievable—former Disneyland attractions underline, the early years in the park were wild. Live mules! Real fishing! Actual mermaids! Can you imagine the careful, safety-oriented Disneyland of today launching these kinds of attractions? Nope. But when the park had just flung open its gates to visitors, all these and more could be found within its borders.
Amusement parks are generally viewed as cheerful, happy places—but if you look below the bright and colorful surface, you’ll often find something a little spookier. For example, there are loads of haunted theme park attractions in the world—or at least, allegedly haunted attractions. Many of these ghost stories are just that—stories—but sometimes, there’s a kernel of truth to be found there, too.
The Disney parks have been marketed and designed to be family-friendly since the very beginning—but in the early days of the first of these parks—Anaheim’s Disneyland Park in California—ideas as to what constituted a family-friendly environment differed in many ways. Tobacco? A-OK. But alcohol? Heck no. Fancy underthings, though? Perfectly fine! Accordingly, the shops that peppered the Main Street, U.S.A. section of the park reflected these ideas—which is how there ended up being an intimate apparel shop in Disneyland. Sure, it was only there briefly; but despite its short tenure, this store has become one of the most fabled parts of early Disneyland history. After all, it’s difficult to forget a shop whose robotic mascot was actually called the “Wonderful Wizard of Bras.”
With Disney World recently reopening to the public, people are heading back in. The Disney parks have some strict rules for guests to follow, and while you’ll usually get a warning or two before you’re escorted out of the parks, it’s best to play things safe. Here are a few ways to get thrown out of a Disney park. Maybe try to avoid them.