The claim: Walt Disney’s frozen body will be thawed in December to bring him back to life

Pop culture conspiracy theorists have pushed a theory that his cryogenically frozen corpse is locked away in a hidden vault in the decades since American animator and filmmaker Walt Disney’s death in November 1966.

The tale has taken on several forms on the internet throughout the years. Some have believed that his frozen body is hidden beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, while others have claimed that Disney called the film “Frozen” in order for reports about his frozen head to disappear from Google.

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People now believe that Disney’s frozen body will be thawed in December in an attempt to bring him back to life.

“55 Years After His Death, Walt Disney’s Frozen Body Will Be Thawed December 2021 In An Attempt To Bring Him Back To Life,” reads a screenshot of a news headline shared to Facebook on Sept. 23 by the page Disney After Dark.

In less than a day, the post received over 1,700 shares and responses. On Instagram, blog pages, and YouTube, the same allegation has been made. In less than a week, a video on the story on TikTok received over 92,000 likes.

Disney’s body, on the other hand, isn’t frozen. Furthermore, the screenshot of the viral headline was taken from a satirical website, which the articles neglect to acknowledge.

For comment, USA TODAY reached out to the social media individuals who posted the claim.

Originally, the claim was intended to be satire

The title originally appeared in a Sept. 15 item from Daily News Reported, a “fabricated satirical newspaper and comedy website,” according to its website.

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A disclaimer on the site’s about page states, “Daily News Reported utilizes created names in all of its stories, save when public persons are being satirized.” “Any other usage of genuine names is purely coincidental and unintentional.”

The disclaimer is missing from the screenshots that have been published on social media.

It’s an example of “stolen satire,” in which articles created as satire and originally published as such are screenshotted and uploaded in a way that makes them appear to be real news. As a consequence, as in this example, readers of the second-generation post are deceived.

According to USA TODAY, Dennis Kowalski, head of the Cryonics Institute, a firm that cryogenically freezes people and was referenced in the Daily News Reported piece, the organization is not bringing Disney back to life.

“We have heard of this rumor as well and we can confirm that it is not true,” Kowalski said via email.

Disney’s body is not frozen

The notion that Disney’s corpse is frozen is based on cryonics, an experimental technique in which patients’ bodies are frozen in the hopes of being resurrected by future technology.

However, experts have attacked the cryonics industry, claiming that the notion is founded on faith rather than science.

In 2015, Michael Hendricks of McGill University wrote for MIT Technology Review, “Reanimation or simulation is an abjectly false dream that is beyond the promise of technology and is absolutely unachievable with the frozen, dead tissue supplied by the ‘cryonics’ industry.”

Disney’s body, on the other hand, was not frozen. According to the Los Angeles Times in 2003, his death certificate said that he was cremated. According to PBS, his ashes were laid to rest in a family mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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The conspiracy hypothesis has also been debunked by Disney insiders.

“It’s a complete fabrication that my father, Walt Disney, desired to remain frozen “In her 1972 biography, Disney’s daughter, Diane, said of her father. “My father had probably never heard of cryonics.”

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