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There have been a lot of Disney fact posts lately-so why not do a Disney fact thread! They are always fun when new people enter the lounge....so what's your favorite Disney fact?
The fact that the old man playing the banjo in Pirates is not some random old man. He is actually A pirate named Jean Laffite. He hid in the Lousiana swamp lands and that's also why the loading dock is called "Laffite's Landing" 😊 - AshleyLynn22 791.2 #191 1-16-12 9:43AMLike(26)Reply
Mine is the one in which iasw opened any Walt had children from different cultures represented and they all poured one gallon of water into the attraction, now when they drain the water they take a gallon of water out to keep the "culture" 💙💙💙✨✨✨ - Mouseketeer.for.Short 335.7 #621 1-16-12 9:23AMLike(15)Reply
Walt wanted to make every guest feel important when they entered the park, so he made the walk ways look like the red carpet (hence the red bricks at the main gate). Also, when you go through the tunnels, it symbolizes the curtain rising on a show. Along the sides of the walls, there are attraction posters to show the guests which attractions you'll see in your near future. Finally, the names on the Main street windows symbolize the opening credits of a movie, giving credit to those who made the production possible. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 8:23PMLike(15)Reply
In Indiana Jones, in the last scene where it looks like the jeep is backing up and the ball rolls after you, well, the car doesn't move (its just shakes). The walls move backwards and the ball is released, but spins away from you, but creates that illusion that its coming after you. imagineer Tony Baxter was inspired to put this effect in after sitting inhis car in the car wash at the gas station and watched how the water machines moved around the car, creating that illusion that you're moving, but you're not. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 7:53PMLike(9)Reply
When first promoting Disneyland, Walt chose to use Tinkerbell as its mascot, instead of Mickey. This was because if the park was a flop, he didn't want Mickey to be associated with failure. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 8:34PMLike(6)Reply
Here is my fact.. Where the art gallery used to be and the dream suite is now was supposed to be an apartment for Walt. It was going to be an all top of the line luxury apartment with direct access to club 33. The apartment above the firehouse was supposed to be temporary and it's very small. But Walt died before they could start construction on the luxury apartment. =( I think it's kind of cool that they put he DS up there.. Kind of like a tribute to what it was supposed to be. - CMJenKWorth 125.0 #2928 1-16-12 1:05PMLike(5)Reply
When creating the Partners statue, they researched what Walt always wanted to change. they found out that he always wanted to be a little taller, so the statue of Walt is a little taller than in reality. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 8:50PMLike(5)Reply
Back in the day the Frontierland Shooting Gallery used live .22 caliber rifles. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-16-12 3:33PMLike(4)Reply
POTC and the HM were supposed to be walk throughs, until Walt saw the Omnimover system at the World's Fair in 1964. He then brought the system to DL and put it in the HM. for POTC, he thought guests would take too long walking through the scenes, so he made it a boat ride, making each experience the same amount of time. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 7:49PMLike(4)Reply
1st, AWESOME thread you started Mouseketeer! 2nd, I just finished reading Mouse Tales and More Mouse Tales by David Keonig. There is a ton of insider info and really interesting history on the park. They're both great reads for anyone interested :) - melissa_ficent 318.5 #704 1-16-12 9:43PMLike(4)Reply
last one: you can see the building that hosts the Indy attraction from DTD. when you get off the tram, look to the left and you'll see a green building with some green looking clouds on it. That's the building that has the last scene in it. (you can hear the rumble from WOD about every 10-15 seconds) - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 11:01PMLike(4)Reply
Another fact. Walt was at a CM orientation and was addressing the new hires. One of the newbies out of respect asked Mr. Disney a question. He answered the young man and added. Son there is only one Mr. in park, and that is Mr. Lincoln. My name is Walt. That's what's on my name tag. We are family and we use our first names here. - splashphotoCM 885.6 #164 1-17-12 2:53PMLike(4)Reply
The Monsanto Mighty Microscope from Adventure Through Inner Space appears in both versions of Star Tours after it replaced the former attraction. It appears in the original attraction film during the wrong turn scene in the Space Station when you drop and pull back up. In the new version, it appears in the Death Star Scene to the bottom left before you pass the force fields protecting the hanger bay inside the Death Star. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-16-12 1:04PMLike(3)Reply
I read that the railings high up in NOS are actually made of a rubbery plastic- so that they won't rust. - princessSue 261.9 #1095 1-16-12 2:48PMLike(3)Reply
My favorite fact (which I'm sure everyone knows about) has always been that Walts apartment above the fire house there is a light always on in his honor. that's always been my fav. - nikole31 240.4 #1333 1-16-12 4:28PMLike(3)Reply
The plain Purple tea cup is the fastest spinning tea cup. - Miki 41.9 #4571 1-16-12 5:28PMLike(3)Reply
On the HM dining room scene, turn around and you will see a wheelchair sitting there. A guest really loved the HM and when he died, his wife wanted to put something in there that gave a tribute to him. So Disney allowed them to put his wheelchair in the HM, for being a lifetime fan. the CMs sometimes move it around, but its kinda creepy seeing it there all by itself. - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 9:39PMLike(3)Reply
When they were first in the planning stages, the imagineers had the Alice attractions be a walk through attraction, being that you were playing the role of Alice and walking through the story. Some of the concepts are still present (ie: the door knob, the flowers, etc). The best part was that when a guest got to the second floor and wantd to get back to the first, they were going to be a giant slide that you would slide down, returning you back to her "reality" - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 10:21PMLike(3)Reply
Original designs for Haunted Mansion included a restraunt inside ala Blue Bayou. I think it would have made an awesome atmosphere. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-17-12 12:19AMLike(3)Reply
That when they first filled the Rivers of America, it all drained away. They had to seal the bottom so it wouldn't do it again. Also that there is water from all the rivers in America that was poured in it during the opening. - splashphotoCM 885.6 #164 1-16-12 1:12PMLike(2)Reply
When testing the Matterhorn bobselds, the imagineers didn't have a way to stop the bobsleds at the end of the ride, so they set up a pile of hey to stop the bobsleds. Walt loved the way the bobsleds stopped and the sense of a sudden stop, so they kept it in (minus the hey) - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 8:06PMLike(2)Reply
When Splash Mountain first opened, it was the largest attraction Disney had ever built (acreage wise) - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 8:16PMLike(2)Reply
On the hot summer days, it can get up to 150 degrees inside a character's costume D: - Jaytasmic 373.3 #521 1-16-12 8:43PMLike(2)Reply
All of the buildings in Toon Town aren't straight lines, giving it take cartoon like feel. The imagineers couldn't figure out how to build crooked walls, so they build straight walls on the inside and made the facades with crooked lines. also, the paint that is used is flammable. that's why it closes early and a firetruck is always ready during the fireworks - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-16-12 9:04PMLike(2)Reply
The old skyway station in fantasy land can still be found behind the casey jr. Circus train. - monkeboy2042_CM 317.0 #711 1-16-12 11:45PMLike(2)Reply
And if you look closely at the wrought iron work on the balcony of the Dream Suite in NOS, you'll see Walt and Roy Disney's initials highlighted in gold. Thank you Walt; thank you Roy. What gifts you both gave to the world. - 50sKid 166.6 #2302 1-16-12 2:16PMLike(1)Reply
Look closely next time on the haunted manison, in the dining room scene, there is a gun shot hole and instead of replacing that whole piece of glass a cast member went to the dollar store and got a plastic spider and placed it over the hole. - DisneyTrueLove 8.1 #10384 1-16-12 2:38PMLike(1)Reply
Hm, well I have one. When they brought in the skeletons for POTC, Walt thought they looked like Halloween decorations. So they swapped them for actual human skeletons from UCLA. Of course, they've since been re-replaced with realistic fake ones. - snowwannab 674.2 #237 1-16-12 8:25PMLike(1)Reply
Some parts in the Jungle Cruise are only up to 3 ft deep. That's why they painted the water brown so guests couldn't see.. - Jaytasmic 373.3 #521 1-16-12 8:30PMLike(1)Reply
Alice in Wonderland and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride share the same building. Alice is on the 2nd floor, Mr. Toad is on the 1st floor. - DisneyPhotoFan 920.2 #158 1-16-12 8:41PMLike(1)Reply
Ooo also you can see the three moose who did the intro to Country Bear Jamboree on the Winnie the Pooh attraction after you pass the heffalumps and woozles room and turn around! :) - SarahJoshDisney 77.8 #3675 1-16-12 9:10PMLike(1)Reply
Believe it or not but the song "Tragic Kingdom" by No Doubt features the little remain seated recording from the Matterhorn and some Main Street music in the beginning. - jonagurcia 264.6 #1074 1-16-12 9:20PMLike(1)Reply
IASW has its own generator. During a large power outage, a friend was working on the topiaries during the night shift. He said it was terrifyingly weird to hear that thing singing when everything else was blacked out for miles. - ThatDoleWhipKimberly 381.1 #501 1-16-12 9:35PMLike(1)Reply
On opening day the asphalt on Main St hadn't yet dried, so all the women in heels kept getting stuck in it. Also, Walt had to choose between clean drinking H20 or running toilets so he chose toilets of course since ppl could always buy a difft beverage! - DisneyFan(tasmic) 189.9 #1972 1-16-12 10:24PMLike(1)Reply
When walking down main street, take a look at the display windows . Notice that they are lower to the ground than normal . Walt purposley had imagineers design the windows like that so small children could see te displays inside the windows while walking down main street . :-) - PrincessMacyCM 535.5 #323 1-16-12 10:49PMLike(1)Reply
3 Fave Facts: 1) You can not buy chewing gum in the parks. Walt stepped in gum one time and decided to banned it from the park. Plus, it takes too long to clean it up. 2) There was a lingere shop on Main St. with its own underwear museum. 3) All but one of the golden spires on the castle are gold leafed. The painted one served as a reminder that 'Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.' Also Walt did this when his CFO(Roy) went on vacation. Roy was not pleased because they were low on funds. - MellyChelly 262.4 #1090 1-17-12 4:13AMLike(1)Reply
The first Tinkerbell hired to "fly" over the castle in the early 60s was 71 years old! Her name is Tiny Kline. - jacdanfan 6475.2 #8 1-17-12 5:37AMLike(1)Reply
The droids in the queue for Star Tours were originally geese in America Sings. - Geekery 401.5 #473 1-17-12 9:12AMLike(1)Reply
While working W/S stores, I had the privilege of working with one of the original CM's named Karen who at the time was mgr of all the W/S stores. At closing time, she would always give a little facts speech to the CM's about DL. She knew Watt very well. One was that as you walk form land to land, if you look down, you will notice that the pavement changes to show the landscape of the land you are in. Frontierland has cowboy boots and horse shoe prints. And the music in each land is also for that period. - splashphotoCM 885.6 #164 1-17-12 11:52AMLike(1)Reply
Love this info... So need to get a DL book!!! - Cath 26.3 #5476 1-16-12 3:54PMLikeReply
another bit of info about the lamp that is always on in Walt's apartment above the firestation: when Walt's daughters are in the park they turn the lamp off out of respect for them. - purrplepokin 3.4 #25928 1-16-12 4:38PMLikeReply
This is awesome because I just bought a Disneyland facts book at Barnes and Noble today! $7 :) one of the facts I liked from the book was that most of the plants in Tomorrowland are edible "to emphasize a future where gardens do double duty as food sources." - Jaytasmic 373.3 #521 1-16-12 5:18PMLikeReply
The captain selling the wenches in POTC is the test bed for most all animatronics in Disneyland. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-16-12 7:17PMLikeReply
Back in 2001 the skippers on Jungle Cruise had to stop shooting blanks at the hippos due to a complaint from animal rights activists & they actually stopped using the gun altogether up until a couple yrs ago but now they still don't point towards the hippos! - DisneyFan(tasmic) 189.9 #1972 1-16-12 7:44PMLikeReply
here is my fact 1: Space Mountain is actually 15 ft below the ground. Fact 2: TOT is the SAFEST attraction in the Disney parks, Indy is second. and Fact 3: Before there was the ROA, it was used for the Anahiem water rescue team where they would practice saving lives i case a water rescue was needed. - NeverlandClub 367.4 #532 1-16-12 8:08PMLikeReply
Walt was going to build another type of Main Street to the left of the Disney opera house. It was going to be called Liberty Street, and it was to open in 1959. Complete with a blacksmith, glass maker, and weaver, Liberty Street would also have a Hall of Presidents. Instead of developing it as planned, he used the funds to update Tomorrowland. - Missshelly 692.9 #224 1-16-12 8:24PMLikeReply
Fact 4: Walt was scared of mice
Fact 5: he originally wanted to name Mickey, Mortimer and his wife said no since mortimer wasnt "friendly" enough
Fact 6: Walt had the ideas formulating before he died that he wantedf to build a Disneyland that was as big as Arizona..(idk if this is 100% true)
Disney wanted to make a ski resort in Mineral King. Plans were made for a visitor village, ski runs and ski lifts but Walt died before it was realized and the idea was scrapped. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-16-12 8:47PMLikeReply
The telegraph sound you hear at the New Orleans train station is Walt Disney's opening speach! - Boundin 503.5 #359 1-16-12 8:54PMLikeReply
I read somewhere that while Walt created Muckey Mouse, he was afraid of Mice! 🐭 - SarahJoshDisney 77.8 #3675 1-16-12 9:07PMLikeReply
On the Haunted Mansion, if a guest with a wheelchair cannot transfer quick enough to unload on the moving sidewalk, they stay in the car which then continues backstage and around to just before the loading area, where they can transfer back to their wheelchair. They are then taken to the elevator/stretching room, and then ride UP in the elevator. (I experienced this once when I was visiting with my mother-in-law). - PrincessKristin 780.2 #196 1-16-12 9:34PMLikeReply
Disneyland sold 78 million pairs of Mickey Mouse ears between opening day & the 50th anniversary. - mickeyminnie 321.7 #687 1-16-12 9:40PMLikeReply
There were original plans to create Chinatown on Mainstreet (East Center St., just north of Market House...this area used to have the Flower Mart where the fruitstand is today). Chinatown's main attraction was to be an audio-animatronic stage show in an elegant Chinese restaurant starring Confucius, a talking dragon, and singing birds. By the summer of 1960, the idea was scrapped, but the animatronic birds idea survived, where it flew over to Adventureland and landed three years later in the Enchanted Tiki Room. - Alicewhoareyou 954.8 #152 1-16-12 9:46PMLikeReply
Tom Sawyer Island had a Missouri zip code. Not sure if this holds true now that it is Pirates Lair, but if u were to commit a crime on the island u would b federally proscuted since u had crossed state lines - DisneyFan(tasmic) 189.9 #1972 1-16-12 10:43PMLikeReply
Love this thread I'm learning so much! - lisamb83 15.2 #7168 1-16-12 10:53PMLikeReply
The train tracks you see in front of the currently used ones at Main Street Station are the original rails from opening, not just a prop. - CM_Shadowgamer 2321.9 #46 1-17-12 12:09AMLikeReply
I'm sure you all know this one... The building on Main Street are larger near the entrance and get smaller as you move towards the hub. This is to make Main St look longer as you enter the park and shorter at the end of the day when you are tired. Also the names on the windows are actual names of people who have contributed to Disney in some way. - CMJenKWorth 125.0 #2928 1-17-12 12:16AMLikeReply
Stories like these add so much life and magic to these attractions. Disney is definitely the most magical place on earth ....... More stories please :) it will make the grey skies here in New Zealand disappear !! X - PrincessCathy 3.6 #23457 1-17-12 2:01AMLikeReply
Ever wonder why chip and dales treehouse in toontown doesn't have leaves? They were made of plastic and would often catch on fire. So no leaves. - PrincessTianaCM 221.0 #1571 1-17-12 9:25AMLikeReply
More please! I am going in Disneyland in less than a month and this is getting me pumped up!!! What a great post :-) - Disneymom0107 150.9 #2531 1-17-12 10:33AMLikeReply
The Heraldry Shoppe is operated by an individual who leases the space from Disneyland. - Geekery 401.5 #473 1-17-12 11:04AMLikeReply
When the imagineers were taking out the audio-animatronics from Nature's Wonderland, some of them were used again for their parts and some were put around the park in other places, but most of them were buried underground of what is today Rancho Del Zocalo. :/ - BaseballMickey_CM 5915.9 #13 1-17-12 11:20AMLikeReply
Some of the audio-animatronics that were once used in America sings were brought back and placed in the new star tours. The two droids that you see in the baggage check queue (not rex) are the "reused" AA's. - GreenLantern 746.6 #208 1-17-12 11:48AMLikeReply
My favorite is the wild cats all around Disneyland! And how they help take care of the rodents hehe - MEHlanie_Mouse 1113.7 #123 1-27-12 12:43PMLikeReply