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:
- Mickey Mouse not the original choice for a name, originally he was to be named Mortimer.
- Disney’s California Adventure Land was built on what used to be the parking lot for Disneyland.
- The statue of Walt Disney in the hub at the top of main street was made 1 inch taller than he was.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 1,000,000th guest was welcomed into the park within a month of the park opening.
- 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.
- Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches.
- When the moat around Sleeping Beauty’s castle was dredged, all the money recovered was given to charity.
- Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” speech was given at Disneyland. He and Walt Disney were good friends.
- 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.
- ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC.
- 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.
- Matterhorn Mountain is exactly 100 times shorter than the real thing at 147 feet.
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