Dumping Ashes at Disney

With the increase in cremation, many cemeteries have set aside lovely gardens where human ashes might be spread and left undisturbed in perpetuity — or at least until the first hard rain or wind storm. Most public places aren’t interested in having ashes flung around willy nilly, and even most parks and more remote wilderness areas have prohibitions — although you have to be caught in the act to have the ban enforced.

But what about a Disney afficionado, adult or child,  who wants the theme park to serve as a final resting place?


Both Disney Land and Disney World say “don’t even think about it”. Their immaculately clean park is not to be used as a destination for anyone’s ashes, no matter how much the dearly departed loved the Land of Mickey and Minnie and Else the Frozen Princess. In fact, if human ashes are discovered, they are hoovered up and put in the trash. Happens a lot, apparently.

I’m not a big Disney fan, so I find it rather funny that people want to be dumped there. Apparently you have to sneak the ashes in, then try to scatter them while no Disney staff are looking. The problem is that Disney staff look a lot — it’s there job to maintain safety and order. They are well prepared for what they call a “HEPA cleanup” — that is, the removal of fine ash that constitute human remains.

In addition to scattering ashes in approved places there are nice wooden boxes or urns where cremains can be kept or buried, and the more enterprising among us can have jewelry made and wear our dearly departed every day. Apparently you can send ashes into space, and there are probably a whole lot of other things you can do with ashes that I haven’t even thought about.

But no dumping at Disney.

2 thoughts on “Dumping Ashes at Disney

  1. A good friend of mine died 2 years ago. She was cremated and her sister sprinkled her ashes outside Bloomingdales on Lexington Ave, Theresa’s favorite store. In the bereavement groups I ran, many people had their deceased children cremated. It was cheaper and they could take their child’s cremains with them if they moved. Most kept them in their home. One bereaved mother came to my office with a flower pot in which a flower was planted. She told me she had buried her daughters ashes in the flower pot.

    Whatever makes meaning to the bereaved is fine with me. Ron and I aren’t comfortable with cremation. I’m the 70s we saw a James Bond movie that had Sean Connery trapped in a casket that went into a crematory’a furnace. He escaped! So, we won’t be doing cremation. No risk of us getting dumped at Disney!

  2. for Katie: I’m with you that whatever brings comfort is what people should do. I don’t know why dumping ashes at Disney struck me as funny, but it did.

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