This was an easy one to find as it was high on the list when I did a search for weird news on my least favorite search engine. I never thought of Disney parks as the place to scatter a loved one’s cremated remains, but it happens on a regular basis: https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/disney-ghosts/. It’s also something that is NOT allowed.
If you’ve ever been casually walking down Main Street and heard the phrase “HEPA cleanup,” that means someone just tried to get away with spreading the ashes of a loved one at the happiest place on earth. Yes, the employees have to call it this in order to maintain the smiley status quo of the park, just like they use the phrases “Code U” and “Code V” to refer to urine and vomit cleanups, respectively.
Employees have said this happens at least once a month, which is a much higher rate than was believed before the Wall Street Journal story. Apparently, some of the most popular locations to scatter ashes are among the bushes and flowers, on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in the pond beneath the Dumbo ride, and by far, on the Haunted Mansion. One employee stated, “The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it it’s not even funny.”
I have read stories where a family member does it at a cemetery for various reasons. I will say that if you do it right, it’s going to be hard to get all of the ashes collected. And no, I am not advocating people try to figure out how. I haven’t been to any of the Disney parks, but they tend to have more than enough cameras to catch anybody foolish enough to attempt it.
From a marketing standpoint, they could actually utilize various areas of the parks where they allowed such scattering. Charge a fee, restrict the event to after hours or have a special crew that takes care of oversight of the event.