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  • Darkly Depraved Disney: The Magic Kingdom in the World of Darkness

    So, I've always had a soft spot for creepy shit related to disney, and I'm clearly not the only one (given how much creepypasta there is about the parks alone). If Disney exists in ChroD, you've gotta assume that there's Some Shit related to it. Sinister things happening at Disney world fits particularly well into the surreal, paranoid modern horror of Demon and GMC.

    So, who's got ideas? I'll start off with some:

    • They say no one is ever declared dead on Disney property. What if that's because it's impossible to truly die in a Disney park?
    • The Disney parks would, from a supernatural perspective, be an absolute buffet. A teeming mass of humanity forming a boiling, rich cauldron of passions and emotions. Who takes advantage of this bounty? Or do supernatural creatures find themselves somehow unable to enter or feed at the parks?

  • #2
    Hmm, the first things that come to mind are such things as the Disney parks being Infrastructure.

    What's the ghost of Walt up to? My initial thought would be to have him be consumed by a spirit and have the hybrid entity be the god of disney.

    Perhaps the astral entities based on Disney characters regularly possess the people who dress up as them?

    Do the local changelings have Disney themed courts? Or is Disney a trap designed to make children think that faeries are these great wonderful things, so when a Stranger shows up they willingly go to Arcadia?

    If using the woundgate setting, I wouldn't be surprised if Disney's reach extends into the Shatterlands, or perhaps some Disney employees are illegal aliens of the ultraterrestrial kind?

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    • #3
      It's called "The Happiest Place on Earth" for a reason. Something enforces that claim.


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      • #4
        "The Disney Company" would be a mystery cult, at minimum.

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        • #5
          The Haunted Mansion has a problem IRL with people dumping cremated remains secretly during the ride. Real ghosts riding technological ghosts preying on people convinced they aren't real sounds pretty abusable.

          The Shadow landscape probably has a hell of a lot of screechingly ecstatic joy spirits. A thin-skinned mage or out-of-place human seeing those huge open grins racing around, braying laughter, teasing toddlers away from their parents and back to the parade, or cheerfully devouring one another, would probably have an episode. Considering the sheer volume of traffic, I'd imagine Disney has solid, supernaturally practical contingencies in place for those occasional guests who start raving about the Smiley-Faces.

          There is an unthinkably powerful... something, hovering above the spire of Cinderella's Castle, just on the other side of the physical. It looks like a star. It is silent and unapproachable and ineffable. It would be little more than a cosmetic feature, except for the fact that sometimes wishes do come true.

          Also, mascot costumes. I can't think of any clever justifications that aren't hopelessly obvious or derivative, but I'd never forgive myself for passing up easy horror fodder like that.
          Last edited by Hastur00; 08-10-2016, 10:44 AM.

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          • #6
            I had a crossover plot concept behind Leviathans trying to take over the parks opposed by Princesses (and optionally Geniuses) that worked as characters. Heading there in November - will have more to comment on afterwards.


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            • #7
              I'd rather we kept Princess out of this thread, but you can start your own for that.

              Anyway, Walt himself. There's got to be something sinister there, especially the frozen-head thing. I like the idea that, if we're doing this as a crossover thing, pretty much every supernatural society claims that Walt had some connection to them, but the evidence indicates that his deal is way weirder than that.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
                the evidence indicates that his deal is way weirder than that.
                Maybe somebody else got everything that wasn't the head, in exchange? Or is that a little too Headless Body of Agnew?

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                • #9
                  The Park owners know about the goings-on at the Magic Kingdom. They have people for that. That concession stand owner? That security guard? That ride operator? They're all hunters. The Magic Kingdom has its own dedicated hunter Compact. And they aren't afraid to outsource to supernaturals.

                  There's a coterie of vampires who all view the Magic Kingdom as a touchstone; maybe it was the last place they went with their family before they were Embraced, maybe it was just the happiest time of their life, and it lets them hold on to their Humanity. They work the night shift around the park; the owners let them stay because they keep poachers out. They even have the right to feed from a rotating group of the employees; just enough to top them off before they start their shift, and they get breaks to avoid falling into Wassail if they have to exert themselves with a particularly obstinate intruder.

                  Some werewolves hang around. They're good for keeping the Joy spirits down, and in return they get to use the loci scattered around the park; they like to hang out in Frontierland and Adventureland.

                  A lot of the "performers"? They're actually Changelings. An entire Court operates out of the Magic Kingdom, with the Queen ruling from Cinderella's Castle. It's good to be a member of the Court of Joy in the Happiest Place on Earth™.

                  And Mages run around and do what they need to. The Free Council likes hanging out in Tomorrowland, subtly preaching Free Council principles to the Sleepers who visit.
                  Last edited by Haberdasher; 08-12-2016, 09:51 AM.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hastur00 View Post
                    Maybe somebody else got everything that wasn't the head, in exchange? Or is that a little too Headless Body of Agnew?
                    There's no such thing as "too Headless Body of Agnew", only "not enough Headless Body of Agnew".

                    And Tomorrowland is totally full of Lemurians. It's probably where the Secret Atomist HQ is.

                    I forgot all about the Wyrd. Can you imagine what Disney is like to a changeling? Probably kind of terrifying. Either Disney is in league with the True Fae or they have amazing security measures to keep them out.

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                    • #11
                      My best formed ideas are for CWOD

                      That being said...

                      Most likely Vamps have theirs hands in disney world making it harder or easier to get reservations ditto with most other resorts

                      I could see a Beast with a Quirky sense of humor, running a ride, or even an entire hotel.

                      Or the Princess FanSplat.

                      the Hopeful would REALLY thrive in disney world.



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                      • #12
                        For Prometheans: the owners have special secret tours for Prometheans who think coming to the Magic Kingdom could give them a breakthrough on the Pilgrimage. They get special handlers escorting them through the park, making sure that Torment or Disquiet never ruin the experience for the Promethean or any other visitors.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post



                          I forgot all about the Wyrd. Can you imagine what Disney is like to a changeling? Probably kind of terrifying. Either Disney is in league with the True Fae or they have amazing security measures to keep them out.
                          Nah man... you ever ask a folklorist what they think of Disney? Walt was an ally to us, who was trying to weaken the true fae and render them harmless by sanitizing their stories in the human mind, I guess he felt sorry for us. It almost worked too but his death from lung cancer threw all that into chaos that didn't get resolved until 89 when they released the little mermaid. There have been a few ups and downs since then, but the plan IS working trust me, just don't dig too deep into the corporate politics, okay? we lost aren't the only things with a stake in Disney.

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                          • #14
                            My only thoughts on this is that Disneyland is prolly devoid of Beasts. Both because inspiring fear is hard as hell on the Happiest Place on Earth and they'd prolly hate being around stories where the monster was humanized or destroyed in the End. For the former, the most popular one is Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

                            Now I also imagine two other things. One, I imagine a Beast who takes after the Hunter who killed Bambi's mother. On a more serious notion (or equally serious given how almost everyone hates that hunter, at least anyone who's seen the movie) there was a cancelled Disney Project involving creating a Disney park that was dedicated to the Villains. They would've been known of as "Dark Kingdom". What if that was created?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SaulottheGentle View Post
                              My only thoughts on this is that Disneyland is prolly devoid of Beasts. Both because inspiring fear is hard as hell on the Happiest Place on Earth and they'd prolly hate being around stories where the monster was humanized or destroyed in the End. For the former, the most popular one is Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

                              Now I also imagine two other things. One, I imagine a Beast who takes after the Hunter who killed Bambi's mother. On a more serious notion (or equally serious given how almost everyone hates that hunter, at least anyone who's seen the movie) there was a cancelled Disney Project involving creating a Disney park that was dedicated to the Villains. They would've been known of as "Dark Kingdom". What if that was created?

                              Link for people's reference: http://www.wdwinfo.com/columns/walt-...ever-built.cfm
                              The whole place would exist simultaneously in the Primordial Dream's Orlando hive and the regular world, with the beasts employees being required to add it as a chamber in their shared lair. Beasts automatically merge with their horrors while in the Dark Kingdom and generally love it because they're BEING PAID TO FEED! Best part is what the Disney corpsec forces do to any heroes that get caught on site. There have been a few guests that turned out to be latent beasts who spontaneously self devoured when they entered the park. These lucky guests are offered free admission for life in exchange for working there in the summers.


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