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. I love these secrets! I didn’t know about the Eeyore sign or the basketball court!

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  2. The attraction King Arthurs Carousal everyone knows all the horses are hand carved and different but Walts wife had a favorite horse and had a hard time finding it so a tooth on the horse was painted gold. I found the horse located on outside portion of carousal.

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  3. If you come to the park about two hours before closing they don’t charge for parking

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  4. I use to be a cast worker a few years ago. The cat bit is very true. There are lots of cats that roam Disneyland and California Adventure. They are actually there on purpose to fend off rodents and other critters. Sometimes they will even come out to the attraction areas as well. I worked at Storybook Land for most of my time there and they would periodically come into te area while I was giving a tour on the ride. When someone would notice one I would call it a cleverly disguised maintenance worker. Jungle cruise area also has a population of possums.

    Great app guys. Even though I left Disneyland unhappy I am still a very happy passholder and this app makes it very easy to go about the park.

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    • Hey James.
      Can I ask how and
      Why you left dl unhappy?!

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  5. Above pirates the railing there has walt and Roy disneys initials. Have to look closely they blend in with the rest of the iron work.

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    • I know right. I really cool. I’m read it before.

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  6. If you get to the mark twain early and ask to ride in the pilot house you just might get to ride with the capt. Our family did and had a nice cm give us a personal trivia guide and tour of the rivers of America. Then at the end of the ride you get a pilots license to take home. Pretty cool!

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    • I did not know that. That’s pretty awesome. I’m going to try that.

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    • I was there in April, during the Canadian spring break and they weren’t doing it then. I guess there are times when they don’t do it

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  7. If you look at the statue of Walt and mickey from the side it looks like Walt has a boner.

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  8. sometimes at the end of the day the cast members give you fast passes if they have to many right before they expire so u can ride it right then!

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    • That’s awesome I wish that I did that when I went Disneyland and California adventures.

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  9. For those of u wanting to do a cash withdrawal from an ATM and wanting to avoid fees u can simply purchase Disney dollars and no fees will be added to ur account. And Disney dollars are accepted anywhere on property

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    • You can only get Disney dollars from city hall. You don’t get any fees from buying gift cards. Great way to save up some money for your next visit.

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  10. Disneys signature was make by one of his animators just for him!

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  11. There is a hidden Mickey in the tower of terror. On the second floor, right next to the left elevator, there are air gauges. You can see that three of these gauges form a Mickey. Discovered this one myself :)

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  12. The counters in the buzz lightyear gift shop are made out of the old people mover cars

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    • I didn’t know that one!

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  13. Take a look around adventureland there are a lot of hidden things around that refference movies and other attractions in the area. There are also a lot of hidden in plain sight jokes once you exit jungle cruise and are out of the building turn around and look up.

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  14. Just discovered an interesting coincidence..called the number that was posted for direct contact to dl 714-781-4565, not true. Another number given for resort inquires as well as any additional question. Which brings me to now share my discovery..brings me back to the 714-781-4565.
    714- re-arrange which will become 147. Exact height of the matterhorn.
    Now if qt break the number down in increments of two..
    71-opening of Walt Disney world
    47-last time mickey was voiced by Walt
    81- received 59 academy awards along with 22 random awards. 59+22=81 or u can split the 8 and that was originally the amount of acres dl started to construct off of. 1 the time in which it took to build the park.
    45- last animated feature film known as the 3 caballeros
    65- Halley comet, received presidential medal of freedom as well as the death year of Walt Disney..neat huh.
    I called the resort to see if their wad any correlation that the number provided retains to the facts..they said no, merely just coincidence…doesnt den too coincidental to me!

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    • You have WAY too much time on your hands!!!

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    • Thats awesome!!

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  15. My apologies..he passed in 66. However, their are specific occurrences in addition to the last two digits of the phone number mentioned above. The number I was forwarded to, to receive information was 714-781-7290 only then was I director to a dl cm

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    • Another direct number is 714-781-4000, the address for Disneyland is 1313 (M & M).

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      • Actually, 1313 is not refrencing M M, like most people think. Uncle Walt got to choose any number for the address of Disneyland. He choose 1313 because that is the “go to” number for Donald ducks license plate and home address

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  16. In Thunder Mt. At the base of the 2nd lift there is a hidden Mickey in the form of gears. In the general store there is a wanted poster on the outside wall that is a young Walt Disney. Inside the store on the top left side is a picture fram with a photo of myself and my wife, sealed during a rehab of the ride. Inside the fort on the Island there is a book with the names of every castmember that has worked the river since 1980.

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    • What general strode gas your pic? Tell us more

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    • I just rode this ride today and couldn’t find the hidden Mickey. Where exactely is it?

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  17. Indiana Jones ride:
    In the projection room of the queue, the reels on the projector are going in the wrong direction.

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    • Wow I rode that. Ride 3 times and never noticed

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  18. At the top of the Mickey and friends parking structure you can see downtown Los Angeles. Look to the north west.

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    • U can also c knotts berry farm

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  19. Startours replaced adventures thru innerspace, buzz lightyear replaced curclevision 360, captain eo replaced honey I shrunk the audience, when Disneyland opened there were 2 autopias.. the regular attraction and midget autopia, when the Disneyland railroad opened it was the Santa fe and Disneyland passenger train and you needed tickets to ride one for every depot around the park, new Orleans square was originally hollidayland with a live circus

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    • Captain EO opened before Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

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    • No honey i shrunk the audience replaced captain EO originally. Then captain EO was brought back again after Michael Jackson’s death.

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  20. Im sure you’ve all heard this one before…but I didn’t see it listed here so I’ll add it. There is a golden spike located between the carousel and sleeping beauty’s castle. It is on the floor somewhere. That is the exact center of Disneyland.

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    • Actually I was told that was the old center before they added frontierland the new not is near the enterence of frontierland

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      • Sorry spot not not

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        • im sorry your right it was changed when they added toon town.

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      • Actually the only thing added to the original Disneyland was toon town

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        • Actually New Orleans Square and Critter Country was not past of the original Disneyland

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    • That is actually the exact center of the original Disneyland before any remodeling took place.

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    • I’ve heard that exact same thing & I’ve seen it….someone corrected me & said it was brass @ the “surveyed” center before ToonTown. I like ours better, lol

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    • It WAS the geographical center before toontown was added. Still, close enough.

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    • The spike is just inside walkway threw castle also the clock right above is set to time of Walt death

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    • That’s before toontown.

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    • search you tube for it. They have a whole video on the basketball court.

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  21. Oh, here’s another one I haven’t seen: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s rocks in the both the fastpass and normal lines are made out of gold ore. The ride is also modeled after Bryce Canyon in Utah it was also the most expensive ride when it was built, about $12 million, which was more than the top rides there combined origanally

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  22. Before Bear Country, there was an Indian Village that had Tepees and Indian shows.

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    • I remember a mule train over a fake desert mountain trail. I was a kid, maybe 1973(?). Patrons rode on mules all tied together in a line, with the “guide” on horseback.

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  23. Comedian Steve Martin had his very first job at Disneyland selling guidebooks to customers.

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    • Actually, he worked in the magic shop on main street. It was later that he started selling the guide books.

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      • Steve Martin rode his bike down on opening day and got his first job at the magic store

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    • Steve Martin got his first job @ Disneyland because he lived in the area. He graduated from Garden Grove HS which is a few miles from Disneyland.

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  24. This one isn’t a real big deal but I did discover this one about 4 year ago when I got lost. If you are in New Orleans Square headin towards the Haunted Mansion take a left and head towards the train station. Take another left to walk behind the buildings. Keep your ears open because they have audio playing of a woman chanting and rattles shaking from one of the second story balconies. Very voodoo like. Its really cool because so many people were walking through and not even noticing it. I’ve only been back there at night so anyone in the park tonight should check it out!

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    • Lol! Its true. I used to be a castmember and worked the railroad. One night when we were closing I was sent to New Orleans by myself and the park was empty, but the audio was still going. It creeped me out at first because I never noticed it before.

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  25. When Disneyland opened there was a flying saucer ride in tomorrowland that you rode in a small flying saucer and they moved on air much like an air hockey game and they were bumper saucers.

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    • This Is not true the ride that is featured in tomorrowland was actually a tour of Disneyland park. Unfortunately it was closed. If you are going on autopia you can still see the track

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  26. You csn still see the sky ride loading building in fantasyland. It is mostly covered by bushes and trees but it is still there!

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  27. They say there is voices aftr the park closes (dl) at the top of the pirates ride where the dream suite is……thts y a lOt of workers quit their jobs…BEWARE

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  28. Did u know that the new star tours has 54 different variations

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  29. Did you know that there used to be 2 autopias?

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  30. Club 33 WAIT list closed in 2007 with an estimated 14 year WAIT for those on the list

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    • one of my friends’ family was accepted this year! she said they had waited 16 years.

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  31. Can you please send a picture of the basketball court. Thank you.

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  32. My family has been to Club 33 twice. Sadly I was to young to go in. So I stayed in the park.

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  33. Did you know you can honk the monorail horn if you ask?

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  34. These are so cool! Next DisneyLand trip, I’m going to use these awesome tips. Thanks MouseWait!!!

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  35. I was wandering around the tower of tower and I saw my friend he said there is a ghost on the window every night and mumbles words I did not here what he mumbles but I will find out soon

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    • While in line for tower of terror, when you go up the stairs inside, there are pipes on the walls. Put your ear up to the pipes, you hear a little girl saying “help”. This is based on the actual movie though, not an actual ghost. I noticed this when I was in line. I was tired so I leaned up against the wall and heard this. Creepy!

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  36. one time my sister got stopped in madderhorn and got to ride in tinker bells elivator she got to got all the way to the top because they said it has to go all the way up before it can come down

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  37. There’s a hidden mickey in California adventure on the new Ariel ride right after you get in the ride right before you enter the pirate ship look right its painted in the back the entrance mural

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  38. Awesome, I will use those secret today. thanks.

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  39. The monorail fact is NOT true. After the two monorails collided in Disney World and there was a family in the front of one of cars, they stopped allowing families in the front.

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    • Interesting. I just came back from DL and rode in the front car WITH my family.

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    • Whatever. People ride up front constantly.

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    • No, I have been in the front since then do I know that is all but true

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    • We rode in front last month

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    • Ive personally ridden in the front in the past yr.

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  40. The Monorail fact is true. We just rode in it one week ago. It only seats four though (even though there is physically room for more). They said it’s just regulation.

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    • Mom is correct. We went in October and they allowed our 3 kids and my husband up front.

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  41. At the New Orleans Square train station you can hear Walts Opening speech in Moarse Code…

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  42. On the Indiana Jones ride after you are on and you go into the room with all the hanging skeletons, if you look to the left one of them is wearing a Mickey’s sorcerers hat.

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  43. Did you know that there is a secret tunnel system under the park that the cast members use to get around without problems? Its still there! One of the entrances can be seen outside of the entrance to Space Mountain.

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    • Not at Disneyland but yes, At Disney World.

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  44. Did you know in the pirates of the carrabian the skeleton in the bed holding a magnifie glass is a real skull.

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  45. Hidden Mickey …some of the lily pads in the beginning of Pirates next to Blue Bayou are Mickey’s.

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  46. People has talked about the cats in Disney but there are a few raccoons around the rivers of America too. They come out at night. Natures cleaning crew. Go to the restaurant by the canoe ride late at night and they can be seen fishing in the water from time to time

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  47. I am a vendor at Disneyland, if a balloon is lost, or damaged please take it to city hall and ask for a NSA form for a new one. For inventory we must have the NSA. Many vendors have taken them without the form but policy is to have the form. Please and thank you

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