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15 Fun Facts about Disneyland

Written by Andrea
15 Fun Facts about Disneyland

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.

Image: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

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Comments (4)

  • Guest (Kman2012) Permalink

    Correction on number 11... Richard Nixon gave his famous speech from the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida.

  • Guest (Disneylover) In reply to: # 363 Permalink

    You are incorrect sir. Ground had not yet been broke in Florida. Walt Disney died before anything in Florida existed. Richard Nixons speech was at Disneyland. It is interesting to me how people think Florida has the corner on Disney. Disneyland was an attraction in California long before land was ever purchased or considered in Florida.
    Epcot Center was to become a housing development with a theme park built around it. After the death of Walt Disney, the plans were changed.
    Needless to say... Nixon was NOT in Florida, he was at Disneyland.

  • Guest (ali) Permalink

    I love to look at these things thanks for all of the info:)

  • Guest (Disney'sSecretknower) Permalink

    Walt disney let his employees have mustaches a few months after he said no to them. They had to have a clean shave though. All workers at disneyland and disney world were called castmembers instead of cashier or janitor.you used to be able to get in for free on your birthday, but not any more, what a shame! I havea question. Its called sleeping beauty castle, but it has the cinderella suite in it. I DONT GET IT!! Please explain. Thx cia for now.

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