Disneyland is a magical place for anyone of any age. As a lifelong resident of California myself I’ve been to Disneyland many times and I know quite a bit of information about the park. Here are 4 interesting facts and secrets that I have learned over the years about Disneyland.
1. The direct center of Disneyland is marked under the archway of the castle.
Although technically it’s now not the direct center of Disneyland given the various expansions over the year, there’s a gold spike in the ground directly under Sleeping Beauty’s Castle that’s meant to mark the center of Disneyland. I’ve found this spike and was lucky enough to take a picture of it. It can be difficult to take a picture of it, or even see it at times, because it’s placed in the main walkway and usually there’s a constant group of people walking over it.
2. You can see an old parking lot sign in the queue for the Indiana Jones ride.
In 1995 Indiana Jones Adventure opened in Disneyland as part of the Adventureland expansion. Before this ride was built this area was part of the parking lot for Disneyland. I’ve personally seen and can confirm that there is an old parking lot sign in the queue for this ride. Specifically it’s located in the room where the pre-ride film is playing. To see it all you have to do is move closer to the projection screen and turn around and look next the projector. There you will see the Eeyore parking lot sign since this area used to be the Eeyore parking lot.
3. Three characters from the Country Bear Jamboree are eerily in the Winnie the Pooh ride.
There used to be an animatronic show in Frontierland called the Country Bear Jamboree that featured many singing and moving animatronic animals. This attraction was torn down and the Winnie the Pooh ride was built in it’s place. Personally I find this Winnie the Pooh ride quite disturbing at times because most of it is supposed to be a dream sequence that Pooh is having. One particularly eerie fact about this ride is that there are three head and necks taken from three characters from the Country Bear Jamboree that are mounted on one of walls in this ride. It’s not something you can easily see either because they are located in an area that you have to first pass through then look backwards. They look as if they are mounted deer heads, as one of them is actually a deer while the others are a moose and buffalo, that you would commonly see above a fireplace.
4. There’s a secret restaurant in New Orleans Square.
Above the Blue Bayou Restaurant located in New Orleans Square is the secret restaurant known as Club 33. I was fortunate to go to this restaurant because I knew someone that knew someone. This is a very secretive restaurant that many people don’t even know about. It was first built to be a VIP area for Walt Disney to take guests and celebrities to. Many celebrities have in fact visited this club and as of right now there’s at least a 14 year waiting list to become a member of this exclusive club. This is the only restaurant inside of Disneyland that serves alcohol and inside will take your breathe away. The plates on the table have real gold and all the glasses are crystal. I personally found it rather awkward to be in at times because it’s extremely quiet but also extremely sophisticated. The food is something out of this world and I’ve never had such a selection of fine dining. The costs of the meals aren’t cheap and to even enter this restaurant is not something the regular person can do. If you ever get the chance to go to Club 33 take it as it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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