Was Walt Disney Actually Frozen After His Death?

One of the most popular myths of the 20th century is that Walt Disney, pioneer of animation and founder of Walt Disney Studio, was frozen after his death. But is that actually true?

Disney died in 1966 after battling with lung cancer. According to the story, his body was frozen and stored at a secret location with the intention of bringing him back to life once the science progresses to a point where reanimation is possible. One report claimed he saw his frozen body in person while several former Disney employees would come out with accounts that confirmed the story in later years.

The myth was further supported by the fact that Disney was interested in scientific advancements and that his funeral was shrouded in secrecy. Later on, several versions of the myth would surface. One version claims that only Walt Disney’s head was frozen and stored under the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland.

As you might assume, there is no evidence that any version of the myth is true. Additionally, his daughter Diane wrote in a 1972 autobiography that her father probably never even heard about cryonics and confirmed he was cremated and his ashes interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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