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Disney World is a beloved amusement park, attracting more than 19 million people per year. For many, Disney is even more than an amusement park, holding a special place in their hearts. And for some, it is so special that they request to have their ashes transported to the park and dispersed throughout the attractions.

While on the surface this may seem touching that a person enjoyed Disney World so much so that they wanted their time at the park to extend beyond their time on earth, it’s actually a health hazard. Spreading human ashes at Disney World has become a large enough problem that employees at the Orlando park and resort have had to request that visitors stop bringing remains in.

According to the Wall Street Journal, employees at both Orlando’s Disney World and California’s Disneyland report that a “HEPA clean-up incident” — an incident involving fine particles that require a special vacuum to clean up — occurs roughly once a month. More so, employees at Disney noted that when ashes are spread out at a certain attraction or ride, park employees must close the attraction to clean up the remains. This causes a headache not only for Disney employees but also visitors.

The Main Street Philharmonic entertains guests at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida. (Photo by Cory Disbrow / Getty Images)
The Main Street Philharmonic entertains guests at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida. (Photo by Cory Disbrow / Getty Images)

A spokesperson from Disney Parks told the Wall Street Journal that dispersing remains at the parks “is strictly prohibited and unlawful.” Doing so will likely result in ejection from the park.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed one woman who admitted to dispersing her father’s ashes at the park and she explained that the family’s annual trip brought out another side of her tired father, who would often work graveyard shifts. No matter how touching a story you might have, it’s still unlawful to spread remains about amusement parks.

According to one Disney employee the Journal spoke with, Disney’s Haunted Mansion is a popular attraction for visitors wanting to spread the ashes of loved ones at the park. The employee is quoted as saying, “The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it’s not even funny.”

Spreading ashes has long been a ritual to memorialize the lives of loved ones. While this is a heartwarming and intimate gesture, there are limitations to where you’re allowed to disperse them. Aside from being the remains of deceased humans, Disney Parks wants to remind you that ashes are fine particulates and spreading ashes could very well cause the closure of an attraction or ride for others.

H/T: Insider

Featured image by Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images.

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