by Swetha Rajagopal
Many of us have been to Disneyland, but a lot of you don’t know all the awesome behind-the scenes factoids about it. Read on to unveil the hidden details of Disneyland.
1. Originally, Walt Disney envisioned Disneyland in Burbank, CA, right across the street from Walt Disney Studios.
2. All the plants in Tomorrowland are edible.
3. There is a fake pet cemetery hidden behind the haunted mansion. Mr.Toad has a gravestone in the area.
4. Disneyland only had 18 attractions on opening day, and 14 of those are still running today.
5. The purple teacup and the orange teacup with diamond shapes are the fastest spinners on the Mad Tea Party ride.
6. The gold trimmings on the outside of the “It’s a Small World” ride are made of real 22 karat gold.
7. There is a basketball court inside the Matterhorn. Employees go shoot hoops there during their breaks.
8. The abominable snowman inside the Matterhorn is named Harold.
9. Disneyland was built in one year.
10. There is a secret apartment hidden inside Disneyland’s fire station. The light in the window is supposed to represent Walt Disney’s presence.
11. About 200 feral cats live in Disneyland to keep rodents away. Many of them are nocturnal, so a sighting during the day is rare.
12. The water features in Disneyland are green or brown to hide the vehicle tracks and filtration systems.
13. The Haunted Mansion has 999 ghosts in it.
14. Employees weren’t allowed to grow moustaches until 2000. Walt Disney wanted his employees to be clean shaven.
15. Real human skeletons were used as props when Pirates of the Caribbean first opened. Today there is only one human skull left in the ride – the one attached to the headboard.
16. Walt Disney loved spending time with guests so much that he would sometimes wait in line with them.
17. The ghost host voice in the Haunted Mansion is the same voice that sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” His name is Paul Frees.
18. In 1995, there was a time capsule buried in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It will be opened on Disneyland’s 80th anniversary: July 17, 2035.
19. The drawbridge on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is real and can be raised or lowered.
20. The props in Indiana Jones’s office when you’re waiting in line for the ride are real props from the movie franchise.
21. Disneyland does not sell gum on purpose to keep the grounds clean. They also don’t sell shelled peanuts.
22. When a guest vomits in Disneyland, employees use the term “Code V.”
23. You can own a piece of Disneyland by buying a brick for $150. It will line the path right outside the ticket entrance.