The parks of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are filled with many fun-filled shows and attractions. And, if you know where to look, many amazing secrets!
There is a network of tunnels under Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
You will never see a cast member in a Tomorrowland costume walking through Adventureland.
Many of the critters on Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain moved from California
Several of the singing critters found in the attraction are reused from America Sings, the Disneyland attraction that closed in 1988.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom was supposed to have a land dedicated to mythical creatures
In the park’s logo and signage, you’ll see several animals including a dragon that was to represent the Beastly Kingdom land that was never built.
Disneyland’s Trains run on French Fries
Well not exactly the french fries themselves, the oil in which the french fries are cooked is converted to bio diesel to power Disneyland’s fleet of locomotives.
The Beatles officially split up at Walt Disney World
While on vacation at The Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World, John Lennon signed the paperwork officially dissolving the Beatles on December 29, 1974.
C-3PO and R2-D2 were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios long before Star Tours opened
In one of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ original opening day attractions (then named Disney-MGM studios), the Great Movie ride’s Indiana Jones scene shows C-3PO and R2-D2 hidden among the hieroglyphics. This was done as a nod to George Lucas, the producer of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
You can not find gum for sale in Disney Parks
It is one way Disney keeps its park clean.
Disneyland has its own color, a shade of green to “hide” buildings
Disney imagineers came up with their own color, called noseeum green that is used to paint building behind the park’s themed buildings. It is designed to help the buildings to blend into the background and be less noticeable.
President Nixon gave his infamous “I’m not a crook” speech at Walt Disney World
On November 17, 1973 while at a convention of editors from the Associated Press at the Contemporary Resort, President Richard Nixon gave his now infamous “I’m not a crook” speech.
The Haunted Mansion is often home to real ghosts… sorta
People will try to spread ashes of their loved ones in the attraction, but rather than leaving their loved ones to rest with the 999 happy haunts already in the attraction, they find their loved ones vacuumed up and themselves kicked out of the park.
In 1970, there was a riot at Disneyland
While Disneyland is usually known as the happiest place on earth, on one August day in 1970 members of the Youth International Party staged a protest against the Vietnam war by taking over Tom Sawyer Island and setting trash cans throughout the park on fire. Riot police were called in and the park was forced to close early.
Live ammunition was used at Disneyland’s Main Street Shooting Gallery when it first opened
When Disneyland first opened, Main Street featured a shooting gallery that used live ammunition.
The colored concrete throughout the parks is there for a reason
Kodak and Disney did a study and found which color of pavements produce the best pictures.
And the brown-colored strip in Liberty Square’s pavement represents poo
And it’s not Winnie the Pooh, but rather the waste the was often found in Colonial America streets as sewer systems were not yet invented.
The Presidential Seal in the Hall of Presidents took an act of congress to get it there
The seal, is only one of three; one is in the Oval Office, one in Liberty Bell Center (home of the Liberty Bell), and of course, the pre show area of the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World.
There’s a basketball court hidden inside of Disneyland’s Matterhorn
On their free time, Disneyland cast members can shoot hoops on this full-size basketball court.
Timothy Q. Mouse no longer has a whip in his hand
When Dumbo, the Flying Elephant attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Timothy Q. Mouse stood at the center of the attraction holding a whip. Over the years, however, the whip was replaced with a magic feather.
The Pirates of the Caribbean is no longer sexist
When the Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland and Walt Disney world, in one scene the pirates chased the woman. In a nod to a more family-appropriate ride, the woman now chase the male pirates.
The ride wait times posted are exaggerated
In an effort to exceed guests’ expectations and make them feel better about long wait times, Disney will often post wait times that are 10 minutes more than the actual wait times. So, when you only wait 50 minutes when the posted wait time is 60 minutes, you’ll feel like you got though the line faster than you should of.
There is always a trash can within 30 feet of guests at all times
In an effort to keep the Disney parks clean, trash cans are always available to a guest within 30 feet.