Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Haunting of the Happiest Place on Earth
While I was at Disney, I was able to talk to several of the staff about George. They smiled as they talked about him and answered my questions in the comfortable casual manner most people might speak about what they had for dinner or a slightly annoying cousin. One staff member described George as nice. She smiled brightly and said he wasn't very active any more. She said it can sometimes be weeks before they hear from him. She says he is never annoying, but everyone knows he is there.
I honestly couldn't tell if the staff were be truthful or if I was the back end of an elaborate inside joke when they spoke to me. They all smiled and grinned as they spoke and they spoke of George as if they had said the same thing a thousand times before. Whether the lines were rehearse or not, it was clear that George was well known. Everyone knew exactly who I was talking about when I mentioned George. Whether George is active still or has passed into myth, he has become part of Disney.
The pictures I took of the ride showed a few orbs, but no conclusive evidence of any ghostly activity. I still like to imagine, however, that George is still hiding in the shadows of this attraction, laughing at all the tourists that float through his ghostly abode.