Disneyland Secrets & Tips

Here is a list of Disneyland Secrets you can impress your friends with while you are at the park. If you have an iPhone – you can access this list INSIDE of the MouseWait iPhone app – download it for FREE here! Feel free to comment below to add your own secrets – or lets us know if you think these are not true! We are adding to this list daily. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

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  • The Plaza Inn is one of the best food deals in Disneyland – their full fried chicken dinner is awesome and it is only $13.49 (that is how much an omelette costs across the street at IHOP if you can believe that). The Cast Members are always super friendly here, it has tons of seating, and the Christmas decorations are awesome. Also, you can get unlimited refills on drinks there (self-serve) and they will even give you to go cups when you are done. We go here all the time and use our Annual Passholder discount – the corn dog cart is next door for the kids!
  • Photopass TIP (Updated Nov 12): Instead of buying individual pictures, buy the CD – they put all of your pictures on one disk for one price (I think it is $59 at this time) – this is a great deal because you can put an UNLIMITED amount of pictures on one disk! The Photopass card is good for 30 days, so if you are an Annual Passholder, you can load as many pictures on there as you want for 30 days, then put them all on one disk for one price! I also heard that if you wait for around 25 days to login to the Photopass site to see your pictures, you get an additional 30 days to load the card up! Great deal and the Disneyland photographers are the best!
  • Nursing mother rooms: Did you know that at the end of Main Street on the right side next to the Little Red Wagon Corn Dog Cart, Disneyland has a nursing mother’s room called the Baby Care center that has a dark quiet room with rocking chairs, a feeding area with high chairs cleaned after every use, a changing room with multiple changing stations that are cleaned and sanitized after every use, and mini potty chairs for toddlers that are sanitized after every use. It is really an amazing setup.
  • Did you know you can get WIFI inside of California Adventure (great for iPod Touch users)? Just sit in one of the inlets across from the Rushin’ River Outfitters and you can get on to the Grand Californian Wifi – it has a very strong signal, I was still connected walking all the way down past the Redwook Creek Challenge Trail. The key is to stay close to the hotel and you should be able to stay online.rushinriver
  • BALLOONS AND SOUVENIRS REPLACED: Also, if you buy a balloon and it pops or is damaged, any vendor will give you a free balloon (they should since they cost $12!) – we do know this is true because they replaced one of our balloons less than a month ago. Also, they usually will replace any souvenir that breaks – my son has broken many pirate swords while we were at the park. We just take the broken one in and they always replace it for us.
  • There is a Magic Lamp in a store across from the Jungle Cruise – for a buck you can rub the lamp and hear funny jokes
  • The Goofy Water in Toon Town (at the gas station) turns colors at night.
  • The Matterhorn basketball court:  Some say that in an effort to pass a city ordinance, Disney had to install a full court basketball court inside Matterhorn mountain so it qualified as a sports facility.  Some even say it was certified as an official Olympic Stadium in 1984. According to Snopes, this is not true. They say there is only a small attic-like space near the top of the Matterhorn that does contain a half court complete with a hoop. This area is used as a rest area for costumed climbers. Check out the video proof of the Matterhorn Basketball court here
  • Call Disneyland and get a live person: Did you know that you can call and get a live person at this number 714-781-4565
  • Main Street is supposed to be set in 1910 and Tomorrowland is set for 1986. These years were picked because they were the years of Hailey’s Comet
  • Prior to opening day, Walt visited a few of the local churches and invited a handful of the best behaved children from the Sunday School classes to attend the opening day festivities (source HiddenMickeys.org)
  • Did you know you can ride in the front car of the monorail if you ask?
  • Did you know you can ride in the front of the Disneyland train with the conductor too? (tip thanks to MickeyFan below)
  • CAT HOUSES: Reportedly there are cat houses in Disneyland, one is behind the Hungry Bear restaurant and you can see them if you look to the right while on the train.
  • Disneyland vendors will replace broken spray bottles, broken swords, pretty much anything you buy there, if it breaks, they will give you a new one.
  • Everyone knows that Walt Disney had an apartment located above the Fire Station next to City Hall. The light in that apartment is always left on to remind everyone he is always there with him. However, this light is turned off when his daughters are in the park, out of respect for their loss. (Source: FindingMickey.com)
  • Club 33 has been a part of New Orleans Square since 1967, it is the only place where alcohol is served and it supposedly has a 5 year waiting list for memberships. Membership fees range from $9500 to $25000 with annual fees of $3000+!
  • The organ that was in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is presently located in the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion
  • Johnny Depp frequently stays at the Grand Californian Hotel, some say here is there once every two months with his family.
  • Smellitzers on Main Street: Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen – Main Street USA: A photo of the Candy Kitchen Cast Members hard at work. Under the window is a vent that sends the wonderful candy aromas out onto Main Street. Note: Invented at Walt Disney World by Imagineer Bob McCarthy, the Smellitzer, is akin to the famed artillery howitzer – used to launch smells instead of shells. (Courtesy of FindingMickey.com)
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse: Take a good look around the kitchen area underneath Tarzan’s Treehouse. Mrs. Potts and Chip, from Beauty & the Beast, can be sitting on top of a wooden crate. (Source: FindingMickey.com)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Mercedes Truck: Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye: An interesting Disney detail is parked outside of the Indiana Jones attraction. The olive green truck appears to be the one from the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark chase scene, in which Indy chases after the Nazi convoy transporting the Ark of the Covenant. The truck’s body type, license plate and missing hood ornament, match features from the vehicle used in the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark stunt sequence. (Source: FindingMickey.com)
  • Go to Toon Town right when the park opens, it isn’t as busy then.
  • Eeyore Parking Sign in the Indiana Jones Ride: An old Eeyore parking sign is hidden up in the rafters high above the projection room (in the queue). The sign pays homage to the Eeyore Parking Lot, which gave way to the current Indiana Jones attraction. (Source: FindingMickey.com)
  • Forced Perspective: Disneyland is famous for using a photographic illusion called “forced perspective”. This gives the buildings on Main Street the illusion of height. The second story windows, signs, and accessories of the buildings on Main Street are smaller than the first level. Also the buildings angle slightly inward which creates the illusion that the Castle is much farther than it actually is. When you leave Disneyland the reverse effect happens – it doesn’t look that far away so you tend to want to walk slower and visit the shops. The Matterhorn is also designed using forced perspective – larger trees are placed toward the bottom, but as you go up, the trees get smaller. Disney used two foot pinion trees at the treeline of the Matterhorn to make it look bigger than it actually is (it is only 147 feet).
  • Lines are usually shorter at dinner time when people are eating.
  • Start from Adventureland and go clockwise: This saves time because you are not criss-crossing throughout the park and most people seem to go counterclock-wise starting with Tomorrowland. (Source: DisneylandVacationTips.com)
  • The Matterhorn line that wraps around the Tomorrowland side is usually shorter. Also the left track is a faster ride than the right.

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377 Comments

  1. when Davy jones is in the mist On Pirates of the Caribbean, if you look closely, on the right side of his hat you can see a Hidden Mickey!

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    • Great tip Jessica, I have never seen that before! We will post in our Hidden Mickey section, thanks!

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    • I finally saw this last time I was there in October:)

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  2. The moose deer and buffalo from country bear jambarie are still in the winnie the pooh ride just after the hofalumps just as your going into the room where pooh is in the middle of all the hunny look straight up

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    • I didn’t even know the moose, deer, and buffalo were in the Winnie the Pooh ride, great info!

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  3. Did you know that you can ask a cast member at the main entrance train station to ride in the engine with the conductor? I have experienced it and it was awesome. You are required to do the grand circle tour. Well worth it

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    • Never knew that – great tip!

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    • Try asking to ride the Lilly bell. At the main train station early in the morning. Fun historical and informative

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  4. They discontinued it after 9/11 but started it again about a year ago. Be prepared it is warm up there.

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  5. Another hidden Mickey I found! On the monsters Inc ride, towards the end you see sully holding boo. If you look down at his tail there is a hidden Mickey there!

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  6. I found this on YouTube push the talking trash can

    I’d love to now when he’s in the park so I can play with him

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  7. OR, if you are spending all day at Disneyland but don’t want to pay for parking, park at Downtown Disney. the first 3 hours are free but the exit kiosks close before the park does. so if you leave when the park closes, you won’t need to pay because there is no one working the kiosks :]

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    • Sorry to disagree but it does not close before the park. It usually closes 1 hr after the park. The other day it was reaLly busy and we had to wait 15 minutes long… Total after the park officially closed at midnight… 1 hr and 18 minutes. So be prepared to hang out on main street for that extra hour of shopping and a leisurely walk to the car. You’ll know when all the lane lights turn red…except one. And be really careful if the park closes early (like 8). Even then an hour may not be enough, because downtown Disney stays open. Good luck everyone :-)

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  8. First aid. We went to first aid in a bright sunny day when we forgot sunscreen. They gave each is us some sunscreen for FREE and they also give out OTC medicines like advil and Tylenol. It was such a godsend!

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  9. You can ask a conductor on Main Street Station to ride on the Lilly Belle. If they have enough cast members they will accommodate you and let you do the grand tour inside the car.

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  10. Cats are still by the Hungry Bear we are on the train and saw some!

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  11. Be careful about parking in Downtown Disney if you are an AP holder. They will take it away if you are caught as it is against policy.

    Also you can ask to steer the Mark Twain.

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    • That’s nice. It’s on a track though. Still fun probably.

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  12. The fastpass system for Disneyland & California Adventure are not linked. You can get a fastpass in DCA before you are able to get another one in Disneyland (and the reverse works too). Also Roger Rabbits Toon Spin is on it’s own fastpass system so you can get one for that ride without worrying about the next available time.

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  13. The nursing and changing station at main street also has baby food, and I believe they have juice and milk bottles or formula that you can buy.
    Also the first aid station over there will give you a FREE travel size ibuprofen pack.

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    • They also sell diapers :-)

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  14. In regards to going to Toontown as soon as the park opens. Toontown actually opens an hour after the park opens.

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  15. Wonder why you can always smell that wonderful popcorn everywhere you turn? Well, they pump the smell out using blowers, just like they do at the candy shop on Main Street. Yum yum!!!

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  16. Please be sure to verify weather the hidden Mickey’s are offical or not as some of what has been post are not offical. For example most DCA attractions do not have hidden Mickey’s such the tower of terror. Also the hidden mickey books that are sold at the park also have incorrect info as they are not made by the Walt Disney company. Thank you
    -DCA cast member

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    • Those books were Cast Member approved.

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    • Actually when you are watching the video of the people walking down the hall, the little girl is holding a Mickey doll…

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  17. When taking a tour of Disneyland, we were told that the windows on Main Street have the names of friends of Walt and I believe they also said original investors of Disneyland. You can get a copy of the names from city hall although when we asked it took them a while to find the list.

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    • That is not true maryo the windows actually have names of some of the original imagineers

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  18. Some of the country bear heads are still hidden in Winnie the Pooh ride. Just look up and behind you in the scene where Pooh is eating honey and saying “what a wonderful dream!”

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  19. The infant in the picture in the Baby Care Center is Walt Disney

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  20. The jungle cruise building is designed to look like nature is overtaking it; the building is slanted to one side and tree branches are wrapped around railings.

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  21. I’m giving all my findings in clockwise form (land-wise). If you look up in the projector room of Indiana Jones, you can see an Eeyore sign hiding by the projector.

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  22. In Pirates (my favorite ride by the way), that pirate ship attacking the fort is named The Wicked Wench.

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  23. In Haunted Mansion, there is always a raven around when the narrator is speaking. This is because, originally, the raven was meant to be the narrator.

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  24. If you’ve ever eaten at the Golden Horseshoe, you know that box on the right side of the stage? That was Walt’s private box in case he visited.

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  25. If u stand right below the portcullis in the middle of the castle’s drawbridge entrance, you can see the Disney Family crest (it’s the one with the triple set of lions).

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  26. That giant mushroom near the loading zone of Alice in Wonderland was a ticket booth originally. It was used in the days when you needed specific tickets for specific rides.

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  27. The R2-D2 and C3PO droids in Star Tours are actual props from the original three movies. 3PO is overlaid with real gold so that he won’t rust.

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  28. The hidden Mickey in Tower of Terror is in the video before the ride. The little girl is holding a Mickey doll.

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  29. While on haunted mansion if you look behind you while in the center of the ball room you will see a wheelchair. Rumors are a boy died from heart failure and they left his wheelchair there in memory of his favorite ride the real story is if the ride breaks down and they need to get guests in wheelchairs off the ride they can use that since the ball room is on a higher floor.

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  30. There IS a hidden Mickey in DCA’s Tower of Terror. Look at the needles of the gauges on the first floor of the boiler room as you exit the room with the video =)

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  31. The cats at by Hungry Bear Restaurant are VERY friendly. Was eating at the resaurant once and a cat approached. It let me pet it and kept sticking around as long as I kept scratching. It wasn’t begging for food. Just being very social.

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  32. While on Small world, near the end, there is a leopard. If you look on his left side, under his chin there is a hidden Mickey.

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  33. The cats are feral and allowed to stay. Supposedly Walt had a fear of mice (ironic) and the cats kept the problem in check. They come out mostly after hours.

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  34. There is another hidden mickey in pirates. If you look at the barrels that are hanging over the water the are a perfect Mickey

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    • Also another hidden Mickey on pirates… At the end of the ride before you go up look to your left and on the chest sheild there is on in the center of it.

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  35. If you get your face painted be sure to save your receipt. Any smudges or problems that occur during that visit will be fixed for free.

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  36. As a former CM and RO for Matterhorn, I can confirm there is not a full court basketball court. It’s really narrow inside and the ceilings are all very low. There is a breakroom in there however for CM. When we closed down for the night we used to ride the last sled (the breakdown sled) thru while sitting backwards. I’m sure this wouldn’t be allowed today :(

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  37. You can call ahead at the Golden horse shoe and get balcony seating. If you time it right you can watch fantasmic in total comfort.

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    • The golden horse shoe is a first come first serve place they don’t take seating request.

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  38. Train station at New Orleans Square
    While waiting for the train, listen closely and you can hear morris code clicks comming from accross the tracks…this is actually Walt Disney’s speech in morris code that he gave on Disneyland’s opening day…

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  39. Here we go again. According to my source buddies that old organ in the ballroom of Haunted Mansion is the organ from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

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  40. The treehouse on Pirate Island(at least that’s what I think it’s called now. Or is it still Tom Sawyer Island? Someone correct me if I’m wrong) is the source for the Rivers of America.

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    • The source of water for the rivers of america starts up in famtasyland above the submarine lagoon (the water needs to be cleanest here for the guest to be able to see nemo and friends the water sustem continues through tomorrowlamd by the castle into the jungle cruise and drops down into pirates and finally emptys into the rivers of america…whoosh! There is an issue of the E -ticket that explains it better than I can.

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  41. Club 33 has a lllooooonnnnggg waiting list to get in so don’t waste your time signing up for it.

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  42. For my last secret for a bit, if you’ve ever wondered why a Figaro is holding a string attached to an exit sign in Village Haus that is because the sign is not where it’s supposed to be(it’s not centered). This was a flaw in construction. Figaro is there as if he’s dragging the sign to it’s rightful position. In Disneyland Paris Figaro is standing next to a now centered exit sign, flashing a thumbs up. Whew.

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  43. Like your post J. Hunt!

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  44. The skeletons on pirates are real human skeletons donated by UCL’s medical dept. And all the pirates that are painted on the walls are disigned to look like there creators.

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  45. Thank you Dustin and for you I’ll make an encore appearance lol. Those golden decorations on top of the spires of Small World are supposedly exact copies of jewelry belonging to an Imagineer named Leota Thomas(who was the inspiration for Madame Leota). She is even honored in Small World; she is a doll in the French part of the ride, holding a balloon on the Eiffel Tower. Au revoir oub aujourd’hui!

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  46. If you arrive at the parks 3 hours before DCA closes, they close the toll booths and parking is FREE! This was confirmed by parking staff.

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  47. I’m pretty sure that the Missouri zipcode thing on Tom Sawyer’s Island is a myth. I’m on my phone right now so I can’t check to make sure while typing this but if I recall correctly, it’s on snopes and disneylies.com

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  48. My husband learned from a cast member that you will never get kicked out of the park at closing time. They do what is a soft close. All the shops and rides close but you can roam for as long as you like.

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    • I do not think that this is true because my family and I where force to go at 12 along with everyone else

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    • Yeah that’s not true at all. In the back of our minds we are wonderin why are you still here. Go Home!! ~DL Cast member

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  49. I loved it verry intresting

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  50. Hey admin idk if you read my post earlier but just to clarify that the magic lamp actually costs 50cents

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