Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. Full of magic, imagination, and character, there is no other amusement park that can compare. If you have never been to the beloved Disneyland park, I urge you to make plans to visit. According to Walt Disney himself, he said, “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever”.
And he truly believed this and nothing is more evident of his beliefs and ideas then the wonderful Disneyland Park. Like most of his Disney Movies, the park is full of hidden secrets and gems which prove the dedication and ideas that went into creating the one of a kind theme park. For years, Disney enthusiasts have loved researching and figuring out the puzzles and revealing the secrets that surround the park. Below you will find 33 facts and secrets surrounding the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney himself.
1. The day they broke ground was July 16, 1954 and the day they opened was July 17, 1955. Which means it took them just a year to create the magical park.
2. Former president Ronald Reagan introduced Walt Disney at the official dedication in the Disneyland Park.
3. Walt Disney was a rare type of human. Versus spending time in an office, he enjoyed the company of his guests. He was often spotted standing in line visiting with them.
4. Disneyland’s address is 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA. The fun part of this address – M is the 13th letter in the alphabet, meaning the address reads MM or Mickey Mouse.
5. Former president Harry Truman visited Disneyland. Because he was a democrat he refused to ride Dumbo because the symbol for a republican is an elephant.
6. The famous Sleeping Beauty castle is much more than a gorgeous piece of architecture to look at. It stands a whopping 77 feet tall but appears much larger because of forced perspective scaling . The castle is trimmed in 22 karat gold leaf to ensure it glitters even on cloudy days; a secret to some of the magic in the Disneyland Park.
7. If you plan on leaving the park to return, you will get a hand stamp. Something you might not know, it is always on your left hand because Walt Disney was left handed.
8. In the early 1960s, Steve Martin worked at the Magic Shop in the Disneyland Park. He even came back to host the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Not only that, but during his return he worked a shift too.
9. Snow White’s Scary Adventures features the voice of Adriana Castelotti. She was the original voice of Snow White.
10. Details are never missed in the Disneyland Park. In Toontown, there are manholes which are known as toonholes. Try stepping on one and you might find a funny surprise.
11. Ready for some mind boggling Disneyland facts? The building of New Orleans Square, which also included Pirates of the Caribbean, cost them $18 million. To make it even more impressive, that is more than the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
12. Speaking of the Pirates ride, there is a real human skull; it sits above the bed in the treasure room in the beginning of the ride. Probably a Disneyland fact you didn’t want to know.
13. Did you know that Splash Mountain was originally going to be called Zip-a-Dee River Run?
14. Here is a fun Disneyland Fact: According to signs surrounding the Big Thunder Mountain, the president of the mining company is named Willard B. Bounds, who is actually Walt’s father in law.
15. The granite ball in Tomorrow Land weighs over 6 tons. Underneath it is a fountain of water that is so forceful that it can shoot over 200 feet into the air if the ball was removed.
16. Just for the buildings of Main Street alone, Disneyland uses more than 100,000 light bulbs.
17. Looking to get married? You can get married at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings offers wedding ceremonies before or after the park closes to regular guests. But it will cost you a starting price of roughly $34,000.
18. The longest working Disneyland Cast Member is Oscar Martinez. He has been a Cast Member since 1956, and currently works at Carnation Cafe on Main Street.
19. In case you were wondering, there have been 3 babies born in the Disneyland Park.
20. A mind blowing Disneyland Fact: Every night the park spends approximately $42,000 on fireworks.
21. Oh and just in case you were wondering, Disneyland estimates that more than 2.8 million churros are sold a year.
22. Disneyland park announcer Bill Rodgers, and California Adventure park announcer Camille Dixon are married.
23. This might change your perspective on the Screamer ride, the countdown voice is none other than Neil Patrick Harris.
24. Also, on Soarin’, the guy who hits the golf ball is former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
25. They aren’t just creepy ghosts, the Haunted Mansion’s hitchhiking creatures actually have names. They’re Ezra, Phineas, and Gus.
26. One Disneyland fact that is intriguing, before deciding to construct Disneyland in an orange grove of Anaheim, there were more than 70 sites proposed to Walt.
27. You might have been told wrong, the golden spike that is located on the ground just after walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle is actually not the exact center of the park. Rather, it was used to center the castle to Main Street, U.S.A.
28. We all know about the hidden Mickeys across the park, but did you know they were originally jokes among the Imagineers?
29. The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.
30. Another fun Disneyland Fact, the mushroom outside of the Alice in Wonderland ride was the original ticket booth. This was from when Disneyland used to be on a ticket-per-attraction basis.
31. On the Haunted Mansion, Madam Leota’s book is open to page 1313. In case you forgot, that is the same number as Disneyland’s address.
32. Also in the Haunted Mansion, the harpsichord in the Grand Hall scene is a prop from the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
33. And lastly, this year is the 60th anniversary of Disneyland!
So there you have it, 33 Disneyland facts that will make you fall more in love with the Happiest Place On Earth all over again. After learning these, it makes me want to plan a vacation there soon. My favorite part, all of the details. It is no secret that Walt Disney didn’t forget any detail when creating this magical park.