Wendy: Hey, wasn't it around here that the Donner party got snowbound? Jack: I think that was farther west, in the sierras. Wendy: Oh. Danny: What was the Donner party? They were a party of settlers in the covered wagon times. They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive. Danny: You mean they ate each other up? Jack: They had to, in order to survive. Wendy: Jack. Danny: Don't worry, mom. I know all about cannibalism. I saw it on TV. Jack: See? It's OK. He saw it on the television.
The Torrance family discusses the Donner party of folks that got lost in the mountains as they drive up to the hotel. Danny asks about it and Jack explains how they had to engage in cannibalism.