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#1

#1

Walt Disney was inspired to build Disneyland after taking his daughters to ride the merry-go-round at L.A.s Griffith Park. The actual bench he sat on when he came up with the idea is on display at Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street.

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#2

Before deciding to construct Disneyland in an orange grove of Anaheim, there were more than 70 sites proposed to Walt.

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#3

From groundbreaking on July 16, 1954 to opening day on July 17, 1955, Disneyland was built in just one year.

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#4

Ronald Reagan introduced Walt Disney at the dedication of Disneyland.

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#5

On opening day Disneyland had only 18 attractions.

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#6

Disneyland was not an immediate success. On opening day, the weather was very hot, there were traffic jams around the park, and invitations were counterfeited so the guest count was much higher than anticipated. Rides broke down and the live TV broadcast had many technical glitches. While that first day was rough and critics voiced their complains, it didnt stop the crowds. In its first year the park welcomed approximately 3.6 million visitors.

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#7

Walt enjoyed spending time with the guests. In fact, he loved it so much he would often stand in line with them.

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#8

Disneylands Sleeping Beauty Castle is the only Disney park castle with a real functioning drawbridge. The drawbridge has been used twice: once on opening day and the second for the opening of the remodeled Fantasyland.

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#9

The Disney family crest is on Sleeping Beauty Castle; its located above the drawbridge.

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#10

Disneyland’s address is 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA. M being the 13th letter in the alphabet, MM, Mickey Mouse.

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#11

The huge Mickey Mouse flower portrait at the entrance of Disneyland gets new flowers 8-9 times a year.

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#12

When President Harry Truman, a Democrat, visited Disneyland in 1957 he refused to ride Dumbo because an Elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.

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#13

Sleeping Beauty Castle, which stands a mere 77 feet tall but looks much larger due to forced perspective scaling architecture. The castle is trimmed in 22 karat gold leaf to ensure it glitters even on cloudy days.

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#14

The Partners Statue has not always been at The Hub. It was added in 1993 for Mickey’s 65th Birthday. Although many people believe Walt is pointing to Main Street U.S.A., or the train station, or simply towards the future, sculptor Blaine Gibson has said Walt is pointing out to the crowd and saying to Mickey, Look at all the happy people who have come to visit us today.

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#15

The STR on Walt’s tie stands for Smoke Tree Ranch, a ranch in Palm Springs in which he had a home and loved to go to.

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#16

When Walt was still alive, he could sometimes be seen selling popcorn at a particular popcorn cart on Main Street.

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#17

When you leave either park, you will most likely get a hand stamp, which is always on your left hand. It’s because Walt Disney was left handed.

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#18

The plaque above the tunnel before entering Main Street was planned by Walt Disney himself.

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#19

Contrary to popular belief, the golden spike that is located on the ground just after walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle is not the exact center of the park. Rather, it was used to center the castle to Main Street, U.S.A.

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#20

Disneylands King Arthur Carousel is older than the park itself. It was built in 1922 for the Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto.

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#21

The Sword in the Stone is actually mechanical and won’t come out until a Cast Member pushes a button.

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#22

The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.

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#23

Yes, the urban rumors are true, there is a basketball court inside the Matterhorn.

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#24

Each popcorn cart has a different character turner, themed to its location in the Park. My personal favorite is the Matterhorn abominable snowman. Whose actually named “Harold”.

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#25

When the park first opened the Penny Arcade had a shooting gallery that used real bullets. It was quickly taken out.

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#26

The shop with the little patio on Main Street actually used to be a shop called Intimate apparel. Yes, you could buy bras inside Disneyland. It was also known as The Wizard of Bras. The shop only lasted six months.

#27

#27

There was also a small Tobacco shop.

#28

#28

In the early 1960s, Steve Martin worked at the Magic Shop. He came back to host the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, and even worked a shift.

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#29

John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and Cheif Creative Officer of all things Animation at Disney worked as a Jungle Cruise Skipper in the 1970s, he too, returned at the 50th Anniversary and worked a shift.

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#30

The first Hidden Mickeys began as jokes among the Imagineers. They would hide pictures of Mickey Mouse while designing an attraction.

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#31

Snow Whites Scary Adventures features the voice of Adriana Castelotti, the original Snow White.

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#32

Originally the ride was called Snow White’s Adventures, however parents complained about their children getting scared.

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#33

Above the ride, the Evil Queen pulls the curtains and looks out of a window roughly every 30 seconds.

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#34

Disneyland used to have ticket books, guests paid a small General Admission fee to enter the Park, then purchased books with tickets to enjoy the attractions. Tickets were labeled A through E and corresponded to set attractions. E tickets corresponded to the most popular and thrilling rides, which is why you might sometimes hear an attraction like Space Mountain referred to as an E ticket attraction.

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#35

The mushroom outside of Alice in Wonderland was the original ticket booth, from when Disneyland used to be on a ticket-per-attraction basis.

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#36

A time capsule was buried on July 17, 1995 which was the 40th anniversary of Disneyland in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It will be unearthed on July 17, 2035, which is the 80th anniversary of Disneyland.

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#37

The only places inside the park that you can get free refills are: Pizza Port, Rancho Del Zocalo and Plaza Inn.

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#38

The gold trimmings that decorate the exterior of “it’s a small world” isn’t paint, but in fact real 22-karat gold.

#39

#39

In Toontown there are small man hole covers called Toonholes, if you step on one near the Gag Factory, it may talk to you.

#40

#40

Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney personally supervised the construction of.

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#41

Building New Orleans Square, including Pirates of the Caribbean cost $18 million. That is more than the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

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#42

There is a real human skull in the Pirates ride; it sits above the bed in the treasure room in the beginning of the ride.

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#43

Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion were originally envisioned as walk-through attractions.

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#44

Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion is voiced by Eleanor Audley, the actress who voiced both Lady Tremaine and Maleficent.

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#45

Madam Leota’s book is open to page 1313, the same number as Disneyland’s address.

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#46

The harpsichord in the Haunted Mansion Grand Hall scene is a prop from the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

#47

#47

There Is a secluded Pet Cemetery At The Haunted Mansion.

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#48

The Haunted Mansions hitchhiking ghosts actually have names. Theyre Ezra, Phineas, and Gus.

#49

#49

Throughout the years many people have taken remains of loved ones into the park to spread their ashes on certain attractions, like the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean, these remains are disposed and these people are escorted from the park, however some people believe that Disneyland is in fact haunted, in 2009 a night security guard at Disneyland saw a ghost on the monitor while sitting in the sercurity office, he took out his camera and started to film it, it was posted on youtube and quite recently resurfaced on Reddit. In the video it appears the “ghost” exits the Haunted Mansion and walks down New Orleans Square. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnjibWcbV2o&t=47

#50

#50

Club 33, a restaurant located in New Orleans Square, is the only location inside Disneyland where you can purchase alcohol. However, the restaurant is not open to the public and is for members of Club 33 only.

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#51

In the 1970s, Michelle Pfeiffer worked at Disneyland as Alice.

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#52

Paul Frees, who also voiced Professor Ludwig Von Drake and the skull that says Dead Men Tell No Tales on Pirates of the Caribbean, also voices the Haunted Mansions ghost narrator.

#53

#53

Splash Mountain was originally going to be called Zip-a-Dee River Run.

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#54

James Avery, who is best known as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, voiced Splash Mountains Brer Frog.

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#55

Walt originally wanted to have live animals on The Jungle Cruise. He changed his mind after a zoologist told him that most of the animals are nocturnal and would be asleep during park hours.

#56

#56

On the Jungle Cruise, if a Skipper shoots 3 times with the gun, it signifies a mechanical problem and if they shoot 4 times, it signifies a medical or security emergency.

#57

#57

The water features are tinted green or brown to hide the vehicle tracks, filtration systems, and the fact that the water is generally very shallow.

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#58

There is a hidden Eeyore parking lot sign in the queue for Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye its located in the projection room.

#59

#59

The props in Indiana Jones office (located in the queue) are actual props from the Indiana Jones movies, including the truck.

#60

#60

The Indiana Jones attraction has 2,129 snakes. They include sculpted, painted, carved and even animatronic.

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#61

The Indiana Jones ride was almost its own mini-land called Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition. It was designed to be a giant complex that would house both the Indiana Jones Adventure ride and a mine cart roller coaster. Also, the Jungle Cruise and the Disneyland Railroad would have cut through portions of the ride.

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#62

The Enchanted Tiki Room was originally envisioned as a restaurant where the animatronic birds, flowers, and Tikis would perform an after-dinner show.

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#63

According to signs and proclamations around Big Thunder Mountain, the President of the mining company is named Willard B. Bounds, who is actually Walt’s father in law.

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#64

Tom Sawyer Island was actually held hostage by hippies on August 6th, 1970. About 300 members of the Young International Party descended on Disneyland, hoisting up the Viet Cong flag and yelling at the marching bands and Disney Cast Members. Disneyland called the riot police. The fight escalated to the point where the park was forced to close early.

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#65

Disneylands monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.

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#66

The granite ball in Tomorrowland weighs over 6 tons and is held up by a fountain of water that is so powerful, it could shoot over 200 feet into the air if the ball was removed.

#67

#67

You might notice Disneyland Cast Members never point with one finger. If they are gesturing in a direction, they use two fingers to point. This is because in some cultures it is considered very rude to point with one finger.

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#68

The Disneyland night crew does such a good job cleaning the Parks every night, you can hide a penny anywhere and it will most likely be gone the next day, even if hidden in the bushes or under a trash can.

#69

#69

Cast members use the term “Code V” when a guest vomits.

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#70

When Disney approached George Lucas about making a new Star Wars attraction in Tomorrowland, he said “Sure, as long as I get a lifetime pass to all Disney parks.”

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#71

Disneyland uses more than 100,000 lightbulbs to outline the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A.

#72

#72

If you were to stay at every guest room at the Disneyland Resort once, it would take you about 7 years.

#73

#73

You can get married in front of Sleeping Beautys Castle. Disneys Fairy Tale Weddings offers wedding ceremonies before or after the park closes to regular guests. The price is steep, but those Ive talked to who have done it say its worth it.

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#74

Not only can you get married, but you can also arrive to the wedding in Cinderella’s Crystal Carriage, have the 7 dwarfs carry the train and have Mickey cut in on the first dance. All for just a fee.

#75

#75

Tilly, the mannequin who stands at the ticket booth at the Main Street Cinema, wears a name tag listing her hometown as Marceline, Missouri. This was Walts hometown. Main Street U.S.A. was largely modeled after Walts memories of growing up in Marceline.

#76

#76

There are no corner curbs on Main Street U.S.A. everything is rounded.

#77

#77

The longest working Disneyland Cast Member is Oscar Martinez. He has been a Cast Member since 1956, and currently works at Carnation Cafe on Main Street.

#78

#78

Walts private apartment is located directly above the fire station on Main Street, U.S.A.

#79

#79

The fire pole in the fire house below the apartment used to go directly up to it, however it was boarded up after a photographer climbed up and surprised the Disney family while they were eating dinner.

#80

#80

The light from the lamp in the window to his apartment is meant to represent Walts presence in the park.

#81

#81

There have been three babies born at Disneyland (as of 2012).

#82

#82

Disney spends approximately $42,000 a night on fireworks.

#83

#83

There are tunnels under Disneyland that allow cast members to move to different areas of the park without being seen by guests.

#84

#84

Disneyland estimates that more than 2.8 million churros are sold a year.

#85

#85

Walt Disney placed trash bins at Disneyland 25 steps away from the hot dog stall, as this was how long it took him to eat a hot dog.

#86

#86

Disneyland is home to a small army of feral cats about 200 of them. They mostly hide during the day but at night they roam and assist in keeping the rodent population at bay. Even though they are feral they are well cared for adult cats are spayed and neutered, and clean food and water is made available

#87

#87

Max, Buff and Melvin, the animal trophy heads that graced the walls of Country Bear Jamboree for many years, can still be seen in the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction. As youre leaving the Heffalump & Woozles scene, look backwards and up and youll spot them. Winnie the Pooh replaced the Country Bear Jamboree in 2003.

#88

#88

The old marquee that was displayed right before you enter the Disneyland parking lot now belongs to John Stamos, it was taken out during a mass renovation in 2000.

#89

#89

Disneyland park announcer Bill Rodgers, and California Adventure park announcer Camille Dixon are married.

#90

#90

The Red Car Trolleys in DCA all have numbers on them, one of which is ‘623’, representing June 1923 (when Walt came to California), another is 717, July 17, Disneyland’s opening.

#91

#91

In the handicap loading area of Radiator Springs Racers, there are ancient cars on the walls meant to represent cavemen of the car world.

#92

#92

There is one four-leafed clover in “a bug’s land”.

#93

#93

The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronic figure outside of Toy Story Mania is the most complex Audio-Animatronic figure even created by Walt Disney Imagineering. It has the most lines of dialogue, highly expressive and animated eyes, and a mouth that appears to form words and vowel sounds. It is the first Audio-Animatronic that can remove and re-attach a body part (his ear).

#94

#94

The World of Color fountains can send water up to 200 feet.

#95

#95

The countdown voice on California Screamin is Neil Patrick Harris.

#96

#96

On Soarin’, the guy who hits the golf ball is former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

#97

#97

During the designing of Tower of Terror, all of the Imagineers watched every episode of the Twilight Zone.

#98

#98

In Tower of Terror, when you get to the boiler room, on one of the boilers ‘HELP’ is scratched into the metal. Also, if you’re close enough to the wall and very quiet, you might hear a little girl asking for help.

#99

#99

The Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror) is 183 feet tall, making it currently the tallest building in Anaheim.

#100

#100

This year is actually Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, so Happy 60th to the happiest place on earth!

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