Disney first opened its magical doors in Anaheim, CA on July 17, 1955. Since then, the company has grown into a vast empire with locations in California, Florida, Paris, Hong Kong, and Japan. Along with its huge success in multiple countries, Disney has also developed some super fans. There is even a dating website for Disney lovers! With all the different things Disney fans like, there is usually one thing they all have in common: they all want to know the secrets of Disney! With that, I bring you ten things you probably didn't know about Disney.
10. Cats Clean The Parks
When Disney first opened, homeless cats would enter the grounds to catch the mice inside. Disney now houses up to 200 cats during the day and lets them out at night to rid the park of mice. It is a bit ironic that Mickey Mouse's greatest enemy is allowed to run amok at night in his own house!
The cats are also well cared for – males and females are spayed and neutered and any kittens that arrive in the park are put up for adoption.
9. The Manhole Covers In ToonTown Play Music
If you jump on one of manhole covers at Disney, the sounds correspond with the instruments on the fountain the covers surround.
8. The Hitching Posts On Main Street Are Painted Every Night
Every night, workers come in, strip, and re-paint the hitching posts so they look brand new each day.
7. The Teacups Spin At Different Speeds
In an effort to make sure all guests enjoy the ride, the tea cups spin at different speeds. Pick an orange teacup with diamonds if you want to spin fast and pink one with hearts if you want to go slower.
6. The Haunted Mansion Has A Pet Cemetery
If you are extra lucky and aren't afraid to ask, you are able to get a private tour of the pet cemetery.
Update: My Disney loving sister-in-law advised me that Disney finally moved the Pet Cemetery to the front of the Haunted Mansion because it became so popular. I guess Disney Jail can only hold so many trespassers!
5. The Plants In Tomorrowland Are Edible
It is alleged that Walt Disney believed the future would be completely self-sustaining, so he made the all the plants in Tomorrowland edible.
4. People Have Tried To Spread Deceased Family Members’ Ashes In The Park
This has never and will never be allowed at Disney. Yet, it still hasn’t stopped people from trying to scatter the ashes of their loved ones; this happens especially in the Haunted Mansion.
3. Fourteen Of The Original Attractions Are Still In Use Today
Don't believe me? Here they are: It’s a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, The Hall of Presidents, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Swiss Family Treehouse, Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree, Walt Disney World Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and Tomorrowland Speedway.
2. Cinderella’s Castle Has A Secret Suite, And It Cannot Be Booked
Originally intended to be an apartment for Walt Disney, it’s now only used for special promotions and giveaways, so don’t expect to be able to book it for a night while staying at the resort.
1. There’s A Secret Club
If you are tired of the G-Rated fun, you can get an ice-cold adult bevervage at two places in Disneyland: the Little Mermaid-themed restaurant; the other is a super secret bar, Club 33. However, don't think that now that you know about it you can head in for happy hour; there’s a ten year waiting list. Club 33 opened in 1967 and it costs $10,000 a year to be a member and includes a $25,000 initiation fee per person. And you thought gym membership fees were bad.