21 Fun Facts About Disney Parks

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21 Fun Facts About Disney Parks

21 Fun Facts About Disney Parks
Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Long heralded as the happiest place on Earth, Disney parks offer an awe-inspiring range of attractions for children of all ages. But to keep things perfect for the many Disney parks around the world for all these decades, a lot of behind-the-scenes secrets were put in place. Dig into a selection of the most surprising below:

  1. Walt Disney built his rides to last. While the parks undergo constant renovation, there are fourteen rides that have been in operation since Disneyland first opened in 1955. They include The Country Bear Jamboree, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Swiss Family Treehouse, The Hall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion, Tomorrowland Speedway, Walt Disney World Railroad, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and It’s a Small World.
  2. You won’t find gum sold in Disney parks. They don’t want it stuck to benches, rides or their many attractions. So this bit of candy is forbidden.
  3. Two-finger pointing is a must. In some cultures pointing with one finger is considered crass, so park employees are taught to always point with two.
  4. You can try the “grey stuff” from Beauty and the Beast. Located in Fantasyland of Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort, Be Our Guest Restaurant serves the mysterious food item that I wager is delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!

    Disney

    Disney

  5. The Magic Kingdom has a subterranean level of secret passages. These allow for the parks many costumed characters to get around the park quickly and out of site of the public. The same is true for trash pick-up and emergency services.
  6. The Hall of Presidents has a nod to Paul Revere. The revolutionary made famous by his midnight ride warning Americans of the British invasion is alluded to thanks to a pair of lanterns placed in the halls’ front window. As the story goes, two lanterns meant the redcoats were coming by sea.

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    Frito-Lay

  7. Doritos were first created for Disneyland. The Anaheim, California, park created the delicious and addictive snack within their Casa de Fritos in 1964. Doritos were first released outside the park in 1966.
  8. There’s a basketball court hidden in the Matterhorn ride. The faux mountain rises 147 feet, but only the lower 2/3rds were occupied by the rollercoaster established in 1959. So, a single hoop court was installed for use of park employees.
  9. Cats are employed to curb pests. While Disney loves Mickey, the parks are none too found of his fellow mice. So, hundreds of neutered cats have been introduced to the park to keep the rodent population to a minimum.
  10. The Disco Yeti was a failed experiment. Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom lurks Expedition Everest’s 22-foot tall yeti. Designed to lunge at guests as the ride passed by, the bulky beast broke down too often. So it was turned off, and made to look menacing with a strobe light effect that has earned him his nickname.

    Disco Yeti

    Disney

  11. The Beatles broke up at Disney. More specifically, it was at Disney’s Polynesian Resort that John Lennon signed the band’s dissolution papers on December 29, 1974.
  12. President Nixon made history at Walt Disney World. On November 17, 1973, the 37th President of the United States made his memorable “I’m not a crook” speech there.
  13. Tony The Tiger can be heard in the Haunted Mansion. Voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, who lent his voice to the cereal-selling tiger, also worked on Disney movies like The AristoCats, 101 Dalmations and The Brave Little Toaster. As a Disney regular, he was called in to record voice tracks for the Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, Pirates of the Caribbean, and in Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
  14. Disneyland’s Railroad runs on French fries. The kitchens’s old fry oil is converted into biodiesel that fuels the popular attraction that demands 200,000 gallons of fuel a year. It’s a brand of recycling you can literally get on board with.
  15. There are hidden Mickeys everywhere. Keep your eyes peeled. The simple silhouette of the Disney icons head and two big ears can be spotted throughout Disney parks.
  16. You can stay in Cinderella’s Castle! There’s a special suite tucked up in its towers. But you can’t book it. To spend the night there, you must be a special contest winner.

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    disneytouristblog.com

  17. Dead loved ones are not welcomed. Over the years several guests have tried to spread their dearly departed’s ashes on the parks grounds, most often in the Haunted Mansion. The ashes will be cleaned up exhaustively, so better not to try it.
  18. Scent is a crucial part of the parks’ showmanship. Special devices are placed all over the parks to give attractions the right smell for the experience. For example, Main Street U.S.A. has vanilla diffusers that are switched out for peppermint come Christmas time.
  19. The internet killed a Toy Story The costumed characters from the Pixar trilogy would once drop to the ground if someone yelled, “Andy’s Coming!” But when word of this fun hit the web, the stunt became too in demand and was discontinued.
  20. There’s room for growth in Epcot’s World Showcase. The United Kingdom, Canada, France, Morocco, Japan, U.S., Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico have representational exhibits there. But room was left for the inclusion of eight more nations.
  21. A slew of celebs have worked for the parks. The ever-growing list includes Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Michelle Pfieffer, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alexis Mateo.
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