You probably know that it’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle that greets you when you enter Disneylandbut how many of these fun facts about Disneyland did you know:

  1. Mickey Mouse not the original choice for a name, originally he was to be named Mortimer.
  2. Disney’s California Adventure Land was built on what used to be the parking lot for Disneyland.
  3. The statue of Walt Disney in the hub at the top of main street was made 1 inch taller than he was.
  4. The buildings along Main Street USA are built to create the effect of a longer street when entering the park and a shorter street when going back to your car.
  5. It was so hot on opening day that the high heals that the lady guests were wearing sank into the newly paved Main Street USA.
  6. A plumbing strike caused Walt Disney to decide between water to drink or water to flush toilets. He was accused of trying to make money by not having water to drink.
  7. The 1,000,000th guest was welcomed into the park within a month of the park opening.
  8. To ensure his employees that he was working as hard as them when the park was being built, Walt Disney kept a light on in the window of the apartment he had built over the Fire Station. Since his death, it is kept on 24/7 as a reminder of Walt Disney‘s dedication and hard work.
  9. Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches.
  10. When the moat around Sleeping Beauty’s castle was dredged, all the money recovered was given to charity.
  11. Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” speech was given at Disneyland. He and Walt Disney were good friends.
  12. Club 33 is a secret club inside Disneyland. Walt Disney had it built so he could entertain guests. The members-only club has a 3 year wait list and boast membership fees from $9,000 – $25,000 with yearly dues of $3,000 – $6,000.
  13. ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC.
  14. The Burbank Studio is held up on the hands of statues of the seven dwarfs. The studio was built with the proceeds from Snow White.
  15. Matterhorn Mountain is exactly 100 times shorter than the real thing at 147 feet.

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