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Why The Water Rides At Disney Parks Smell So Weird

by SharonKurheg

Scientists have discovered that the sense of smell has a stronger link to memory and emotion than any of the other senses. That’s why when you smell certain things, it brings your mind back to a moment in the past – the scent of a vacation at the beach, the pine smell of a retreat in the mountains, the scent of the water rides at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the other Disney parks around the world.

Some of you read that last part and might be smiling and nodding your head right now. Others of you may be lifting an eyebrow or cocking your head to the side and saying, “Whaaaa?” For the latter of you, I say, “Yes, really!”

If you’ve been to a Disney park, you’ll know there are a lot of scents there. The smell of the different foods, like Dole Whips, turkey legs, and churros. The scent of the fireworks if the wind is right. The smells they pump into certain attractions, like pine trees, the ocean breeze or oranges (well, past tense on that last one – but did you ever hear about the two Disney superfans who sneaked into the Horizons attraction before it closed down, to make a fan-made video archive of it? Fascinating stuff!). In fact, there are so many smells at Disney parks that people sell candles that smell like the things people want to “relive” through their olfactory glands :-).

But back to the water rides at Disney…

I’m sure most, if not all of you have smelled man-made water rides before and they usually smell like chlorine. The ones at Disney don’t. Instead, they have a smell that’s not 100% all their own, but is rare enough that many have dubbed them as, “the smell of Disney water rides.” It turns out there’s actually a specific reason why they smell like that. Do you have a spare 3 or 4 minutes? If so, then check out this video to learn all about it:

So yeah – that’s why. Kinda cool, actually. Learn something new every day! 🙂

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1 comment

StAugustine March 22, 2020 - 12:28 pm

I use bromine in my hot tub.

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