Disneyland surveillance catches ghost hanging around after closing

A Disneyland video which shows what appears to be a ghost visiting the theme park after hours has gone viral.

The YouTube video was uploaded in 2009 but made the rounds on the internet this week after it was posted on Reddit.

CCTV footage shows the apparition cruising around Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and Rivers of America at night.

According to The Huffington Post, viewers believe it could be the result of re-using VHS surveillance tapes, or it could be the ghost of Walt Disney.

One Reddit user responded to _littlehelll's post, saying: "Maybe they were still re-using VHS tapes and the static image came through from previous recordings. Like a lone janitor or something. It is compelling in any case."

But another replied: "So a few years ago they were still using VHS, that's hard to believe Disney would not have gone digital by then."

Earlier this week, it was reported that a schoolgirl photographed the ghost of Hampton Court's famous Grey Lady on her iPhone.

Holly Hampsheir, 12, thought she was taking a snap of her cousin Brook McGee during a day out at the 16th century stately home.

But she believes she's captured the spooky figure of Dame Sybil Penn, looming over the schoolgirl behind her back.

The woman has flowing dark hair and a full length black gown and certainly seems real enough in the picture.

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Around 75 miles south east of Lake Tahoe lies the abandoned town of Bodie, which was originally a mining town founded for its discovery of gold in 1859. Its profitable discovery made Bodie a Wild West Boom town in 1876 and it produced nearly $34 million worth of gold. The population grew to up to 7,000 by 1879 but by 1880 Bodie started to decline as people moved on to other boomtowns. Today it attracts thousands of tourists every year to see its deserted streets and peer in the windows of the remaining buildings.

The village of Belchite is a monument to the Spanish Civil War, which took place between 1936 and 1939. It's been left as it was and is a unique place to visit in Spain, surrounded by low hills. The ghost town has shell-shattered ruins and an old village church which is open to the public and collapsible buildings roped off.

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Hashima Island or Gunjanjima as it's also known became a ghost island in 1974. It had residents from 1887 and was used for coal mining, which was in operation during the industrialisation of Japan. The country's first large concrete building was built here in 1916 as a block of apartments to accommodate the workers and protect against typhoon destruction. The 1960s saw petroleum replace coal so Japan's coal mines started to close, leading to Gunjanjima being abandoned. Today there are tour boats that depart from various locations in Nagasaki Port giving tourists a close look at the abandoned concrete buildings and its sea wall.

This ghost town located on a hill that's no stranger to landslides adding to its crumbling structure is only accessible by car and has an uninhabited old town. It was earthquakes and landslides that led to most of Craco's residents leaving in the 1960s. Today it's a must-see if you're travelling between Matera and the Pollino National Park. Be sure to admire the fantastic views from the castle's towers.

The ghost town of Kayakoy was abandoned during the 1923 population exchange between Turkey and Greece and is today an open-air museum for you to wander its eerie streets. Fig trees, Orthodox churches and a fountain source from the 17th century are some of the features of Kayakoy and it's recently been awarded UNESCO Friendship and Peace Village status. It's also the setting for Louis de Bernieres's novel Birds Without Wings.

You don't have to travel too far to see an abandoned village as south Dorset has its own ghost town on the Isle of Purbeck. Tyneham was evacuated during World War II to be used as a firing range and a training ground for the troops but it was never returned to the residents and in 1948 a compulsory purchase order was placed on the land. It has remained a place for military training and today attracts visitors for its coastal scenery and to see what's left of the village. The main sights are a school and the restored St. Mary's Church, which now act as museums.

Located in the forbidden territory of Sperrgebiet, Kolmanskop was discovered as a town rich in diamonds in 1908 and soon after developed into a bustling centre with large houses, a school, casino, theatre and the first X-ray station in the southern hemisphere. Kolmanskop declined after World War I when diamond prices crashed. Richer diamond deposits were also discovered further south and operations were moved to the town of Oranjemund. Today the ghost town shows little resemblance to what it once was and is slowly being covered by sand dunes. Tourists can visit a museum and walk through houses that are knee-deep in sand.

This uninhabited mining town in Chile is a colourful ghost town that was built in 1905 to house workers as it was to become the world's largest underground copper mine El Teniente. It's known as the city of stairs as it was built on terrain too steep for wheeled vehicles so there are no roads and there was just a train that brought workers to the camp. Sewell has been preserved as a monument to its workers and their way of life. Its distinctive buildings in vivid colours are the main attraction.

Although Silverton is referred to as a ghost town, there's still a small population of 50 that remains. It was once a silver-ore-mining centre with up to 3000 residents but the end of the 19th century saw the high-grade ore around Silverton decrease and the discovery of an even richer silver-lead-zinc ore body in nearby Broken Hill which led to many of Silverton's residents abandoning the town. Today the old Silverton Hotel and Silverton Gaol still remain but the other original buildings have vanished or lie in ruins. It's also a top film location in Australia for its colonial buildings and scenic desert surroundings.

Before the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Varosha was a top tourist spot and had many hotels with rich and famous visitors including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Brigitte Bardot. The invasion led to a huge change and its residents fled leaving it abandoned ever since. There were various shopping streets, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the town but today it has been fenced off and only the Turkish military and United Nations personnel are allowed to enter. Nature is reclaiming the area and there have been sea turtles spotted nesting on the deserted beaches of the former holiday hotspot.


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Widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in England, Chillingham Castle is in the heart of Northumberland and was one of the first lines of defence against the invading Scots. It’s horrific history is evident in its vast dungeons and torture chamber (pictured above) and it is renowned for its many ghostly inhabitants – the Blue Boy, Lady Mary and her child, as well as the royal procession, are well-documented sightings. If you’re brave enough, stay in one of the eight self-catering apartments within the castle and old coaching rooms. Prices start from £100 for a night in a Coaching Room.

Dating to the Middle Ages, Kokkedal Castle is frequented by the daughter of Knight Lykke, who succumbed to the popular medieval punishment of being immured alive in the external wall when she became pregnant out of wedlock. Several guests have heard her footsteps, but you’ll sleep safe in your canopied bed, we’re sure. Prices for a double room range from £105-£198 per night. 

Dover Castle’s turbulent history, which dates back to Roman times, has been played out in a multitude of ghostly sightings over the years. For a chance to witness the woman in red and the Napoleonic drummer, stay in Peverell’s Tower – an apartment sleeping two inside one of the castle’s towers – which allows you access to the castle’s grounds when the public has gone. Prices start at £415 for a three-night break through English Heritage.

Mingle with the spirit of the miller’s wife, who shows herself to guests and staff in the most historic parts of Klekotki Mill, a 17th-century water mill in the Masuria lake district. The mill has been transformed into a 42-room hotel in the heart of the forest and the miller’s wife is said to appear in the part of the building once inhabited by her family. If your ghost hunt is unsuccessful, though, there’s plenty to do – including a spa and winery – and you can explore the mysterious anonymous graves and celtic stone circle in the nearby forest ravine. Prices start from £78per night for a double room, including breakfast.

Renowned as one of the UK’s most haunted hotels, this 16th-century manor house is steeped in history. The Mercure Telford Madeley Court has been the location of numerous sightings of a forlorn-looking monk who glides across the grounds and one family has even spotted a whole group of monastic figures sitting in the crossbeams of the Main Hall. Staff and guests have also spotted Victorian maids going about their duties on the top floor. Look out for the coalminers’ cottages that sometimes reappear, despite being demolished years ago, or take part in one of the hotel’s regular ghost hunts. Prices start from £30 per person per night in a double room, including breakfast.

Brave holidaymakers should head for a haunted holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, where guests at Thorns Hall Country House regularly experience the sound of the slave boy who was left shackled to starve to death and was then hidden behind a wooden partition. Listen out for his sobbing in the dead of night and for the sound of his dragging shackles and chains. Prices start at £99 per night for a double room, including breakfast. 

Book into one of the self-catering cottages in the grounds of Chambercombe Manor – once owned by the father of Lady Jane Grey – and you’ll have the opportunity to peep into the Haunted Room. Discovered in the 18th century, when the owner was renovating, the room – which adjoins that used by Lady Jane Grey – is said to be haunted by the ghost of a titled lady who was visiting the manor house. Shipwrecked off the nearby coast, she later died at Chambercombe and the bedroom was sealed off – only to be discovered by the 18th century owner, who opened it up and found the woman’s skeleton on the bed. Prices start at £165 for a three-night, self-catering cottage break and guided tours are available.

If you’d rather share your space with an amenable apparition, then take a break in the remote farmhouse Alltwinea with Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages in the Cambrian mountains. Check out the visitor book, which is filled with guests’ reports of sightings of a friendly presence. A week’s stay at Alltwinea starts from £430.

Bernstein Castle has apparently been haunted since 1498, when Katharina Frescobaldi was walled up in the cellar by her jealous husband, Count Uylaky. After appearing every day at the same time, she was captured on camera in 1914 (pictured above). Two rooms in particular – Vinzenz and Tantalouis – are available to guests who aren’t afraid to meet the ‘white lady’ on their way down the corridor to their private bathrooms. She’s not been seen since 2010, but it could be your lucky night. Prices start from £132 per night for a double room, including breakfast (minimum two nights). 


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