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YouTuber cracks Disneyland’s mysterious code, unsolved for years


A YouTube creator has solved the puzzle, but is there more to the mystery?

A YouTube creator has solved the puzzle, but is there more to the mystery?

Screenshot from Provost Park Pass YouTube video

A YouTube creator has just cracked a secret code that has been hidden in Disneyland for more than a decade, thanks to the help of his viewers.

Chris Provost runs a YouTube channel called Provost Park Pass. The channel is focused on everything Disney secrets, tips and hacks — including the Provost’s latest discovery of a mysterious code on Tom Sawyer’s Island, otherwise known as the Pirate’s Lair.

His clues first emerged during a previous visit to the park with a friend from Europe, Provost said in his YouTube video. During a tour of Tom Sawyer Island, a friend of the Provost asked why there was a painting of dancing skeletons with different numbers of limbs engraved on the wall.

At the time, Prest thought it was a tally of pirate casualties, but the real meaning was much deeper, viewers told him.

Through his video, Provest shows Disney’s love for the iconic fictional character Sherlock Holmes, which can even be seen in attractions such as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, with Holmes silhouetted in the window of a building on the attraction.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride isn’t Disney’s only nod to Sherlock Holmes, however. The skeleton mural on Tom Sawyer Island is also connected to the detective — but only people who have read the Sherlock Holmes books know about it.

“The pirate marks appear to be the code for the Dancing Men first mentioned in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” one viewer told Provost in a previous video. The hint prompted him to start digging.

After cracking the code in his video with the help of a Sherlock Holmes book, Provost stumbles upon another low-key, unfinished mystery on Tom Sawyer’s Island that convinces him he’s finally cracked the code.

“This mystery has been here since 2007,” Provost said in his video. The answer can be found in his video.

But is the case really over? Something in Sherlock’s code may indicate that there is more to be found.

“I searched everything, I searched every inch of this island,” Provost said, theorizing that Disneyland may not have solved the mystery during the construction of the island.

But who knows, perhaps a particularly persistent visitor to the park will find something else. Some commentators think there is.

Alison Cutler is McClatchy’s real-time national reporter for the Southeast. She is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and previously worked at The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia, a USAToday affiliate.

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