1/24/14 Walt Disney’s original name was Walter Elias d’Isigny, showing his French roots.
1/25/14 The theme parks use a patented “Smellitzer” device designed to pump certain scents around. Whether it’s vanilla on Main Street, or a waft os sea salt in Pirates of the caribbean, your senses are constantly being played.
1/27/14 Steve Martin started of by selling guidebooks at Disneyland on the weekend and he would visit the Magic Shop in his free time. By August 1960, he was working in the magic shop showing all the tricks he had learned over the years.
1/28/14 Lots of early Disney films are a mother-free zone. The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, and Bambi are some of these mother-free movies. It’s been suggested that this was because of their creator’s guilt over the death of his mother in 1938. Fresh from the success of Snow white, he had bought a home for his parents, but tragically, a faulty heating system led to Flora Disney’s death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
1/29/14 Main Street is based on 1910 America, while Tomorrowland was designed to represent 1986, but both were chosen because they were Hailey’s Comet years.
1/30/14 “If you can dream it, you can do it” ~ Walt Disney
1/31/14 Sulley from Monsters Inc. has more than 2.3 million individual hairs, all of which are carefully animated. This explains why a single frame of this friendly monster took an average of 12 hours to produce.
2/01/14 “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
2/03/14 Walt Disney was presented with one normal sized honorary Oscar and seven little Oscars for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1938
2/04/14 Club 33, an exclusive club with a waiting list of around 14 years, is above Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.
2/05/14 Wayne Anthony Allwine, who was the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, married Russi Taylor, who played Minnie, in 1991. The two remained happily married until his death in 2009.
2/06/14 “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney
2/07/14 There’s 18 teacups on the Mad Hatter Tea Party ride. The cups that spin the fastest are the orange diamond and lavender ones!
2/08/14 Space Mountain was the first attraction to feature an on-board sound system.
2/09/14 There is 750,000 gallons of water used for Pirates of the Caribbean!
2/10/14 The ride portion of the Haunted Mansion actually is outside the Disneyland Park. You unknowingly leave the boundaries of the park after taking the elevator down and walking to the Doom Buggies.
2/11/14 Disneyland was built in just 365 days!!
2/12/14 “Just Keep Swimming”~ Dory
2/13/14 There are working mailboxes throughout Disneyland! Many don’t realize that these boxes aren’t just for show.
2/14/14 If you walk the entire queue of Indiana Jones without a fast pass, it’s about ½ a mile!
2/15/14 Each Fantasmic performance costs about $30,000!!
2/16/14 “You’re never too old to be young” ~ Snow White
2/17/14 Mickey Mouse was originally supposed to be named Mortimer!
2/18/14 Until Brave, Ariel was the only Disney princess to have siblings.
2/19/14 Splash Mountain was originally going to be called “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah River Run”.
2/20/14 “Here together, Friends forever. Some things were just meant to be, and that’s you and me.”~ Winnie the Pooh
2/21/14 Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches!
2/22/14 “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”~Mufasa ( The Lion King)
2/23/14 The dog in Pirates of the Caribbean was modeled after Walt Disney’s dog!
2/24/14 There are approximately 1,250 trash cans in Disneyland Park.
2/25/14 “I’m surrounded by idiots.” ~ Scar ( The Lion King)
2/26/14 Tarzan’s tree house stands 70 feet tall and features 450 branches with more than 6,000 leaves!
2/27/14 “All it takes is faith and trust.” ~Peter Pan
2/28/14 Splash Mountain pumps 20,000 gallons of water every minute!
3/1/14 Autopia is the only ride at Disneyland that runs on gas.
3/2/14 Johnny Depp frequently stays at the grand Californian Hotel. Some say he is there once every two months with his family!
3/3/14 “Oh, yes the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”~ Rafiki
3/4/14 Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is 77 feet tall. It looks larger because of a building trick. The higher up you look on the castle, the smaller the windows or bricks get, making the castle look even taller and larger!
3/5/14 “Hmm. Don’t know, don’t care. How’s that?”~ Kuzco
3/6/14 If you try on a hat in the Mad Hatter shop, you might glimpse the Cheshire Cat in the mirror!
3/7/14 “Hakuna Matata!”~ Timon, Pumbaa, Simba
3/8/14 The lead horse of the King Arthur Carrousel was dedicated to Julie Andrews in honor of her service to the Walt Disney Company!!
3/9/14 “No matter what the species, men are men.” ~Jasmine
3/10/14 The fast pass system was introduced in 1999!
3/11/14 “To laugh at yourself, is to love yourself.” ~Mickey Mouse
3/12/14 If you want to avoid getting wet on Splash Mountain, sit in seat #4!
3/13/14 “Fathers have to learn that daughters have to grow. And if you truly love them, you must let them go.” ~King Triton
3/14/14 Space Mountain opened in 1977 and was made even faster in 2005. Neil Armstrong was a special guest at the reopening!
3/15/14 “You’re only in trouble if you get caught. I’m in trouble.”~ Aladdin
3/16/14 Disneyland has 10 bodies of water, which together, hold nearly 20 million gallons of water!
3/17/14 “No one should marry a person they don’t love.”~Shang (Mulan II)
3/18/14 The 2 minute storm in the Little Mermaid took 10 special effects artists over a year to finish!
3/19/14 Disneyland is home to numerous cats. While the park doesn’t encourage them, neither does it kick them out, as they provide a convenient rat catching business!
3/20/14 ”Do you trust me?” ~Aladdin
3/21/14 Walt Disney once played Peter Pan in a school play!
3/22/14 It cost $17 million to build Disneyland in 1955, which is $138 million in 2014!
3/23/14 “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” ~Genie
3/24/14 Paige O’Hara (Belle), Jodi Benson (Ariel), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas) all had cameos in Enchanted!
3/25/14 “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.”~ Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)
3/26/14 More than 3,000 Disneyland Cast Members can speak a language other than English. Their second language is on their name tag. Some of these languages include Russian and Portuguese.
3/27/14 “Children have got to be free to lead their own lives.” ~ Sebastian
3/28/14 The white dress that Amy Adams wears in Enchanted weighed 45 pounds!
3/29/14 “If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”~ March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)
3/30/14 The drawbridge on sleeping beauty’s castle is real and has been raised and lowered twice. Once when the park first opened and again in 1983 when fantasyland was rededicated.
3/31/14 Every year, guests at DCA consume an estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of French fries, 1.6 servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros!
4/1/14 “Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it.”~Tinkerbell
4/2/14 If you send Mickey and Minnie Mouse an invitation to your wedding they’ll send you back an autographed photo and a “just married” badge. If you send Cinderella and Prince Charming an invitation, you’ll get an autographed congratulatory certificate!
4/3/14 “You’re Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think.”~Christopher Robin
4/4/14 The buildings along Main Street USA are built to create the effect of a longer street when entering the park and a shorter street when going back to your car.
4/5/14 “Something feels funny, I must be thinking too hard.” ~Winnie The Pooh
4/6/14 The top of Splash Mountain is called Chikapin Hill.
4/7/14 “You want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.”~ Sebastian
4/8/14 One of the first visitors to Disneyland when it opened in 1955 was George Lucas who was then 11 years old!
4/9/14 “Listen to me. The human world is a mess.” ~Sebastian
4/10/14 Main Street USA was designed after Marceline, Missouri. This is where Walt Disney grew up and wanted to share his memories with his guests.
4/11/14 By the entrance to Snow White’s Scary Adventures, there is a golden apple. Place your hand on it, and the evil witch will speak/scream at you!
4/12/14 “It won’t change anything. You can’t change the past.” ~Simba
4/13/14 The Disney World resort is about the same size as San Francisco!
4/14/14 Disneyland’s Lost and Found collects 200,000 items a year. They find up to 300 phones a week!
4/15/14 “I’m glad. At least I think I’m Glad.” ~Winnie the Pooh
4/16/14 The Disneyland Monorail carries 110,000 passengers on an average day.
4/17/14 Every year, Disneyland uses more than 1,000 brooms, 500 dustpans, and 3,000 mops,and every day, 30 tons of trash is picked up and they steam clean all the streets at night.
4/18/14 “I never get my hopes up, so I never get let down.” ~Eeyore
4/19/14 Disney World flew its flags at half-mast the day Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died. Jobs was Disney’s largest single shareholder (7%) and was on the board of directors. Cars features a white racing car with the Apple logo and the number ‘84’, which refers to the year Apple released their first computer.
4/20/14 Walt Disney’s personal favorite character was Goofy!
4/21/14 Disney theme parks used to not allow staff to date one another.
4/22/14 The telegraph that keeps clicking at the New Orleans Square railroad station is actually the first two sentences of Walt Disney’s opening day dedication speech!
4/23/14 FACT: You are NEVER too old for a Disney movie!
4/24/14 The Disney Family crest is above the gates of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle directly above the entrance to the drawbridge.
4/25/14 More than 600 million guests have passed through the gates of Disneyland since opening day, including 7 U.S presidents, and other 20th century dignitaries and celebrities.
4/26/14 The Lion King was originally called “King of the Jungle”.
4/27/14 As of 2012, there have been 3 babies born at Disneyland!
4/28/14 The first Hidden Mickeys began as jokes among Walt Disney Imagineers. They would hide pictures of Mickey Mouse when designing an attraction!
4/29/14 In the early years of the park, the Rivers of America was stocked with catfish and fishing was allowed off the docks of Tom Sawyer Island.
4/30/14 Some L.A and Orange County maps consider Main Street USA a real street!
5/1/14 The Ken doll in Toy Story 3 is based on ‘Animal Lovin Ken’ from 1988.
5/2/14 “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” ~ Thumper
5/3/14 When Disneyland first opened, adult tickets were $1 and children’s tickets were 50 cents!!
5/4/14 World of Color cost 75 million dollars to design and build!
5/5/14 “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”~Emperor (Mulan)
5/6/14 Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride Walt Disney worked on. He died while the ride was being constructed.
5/7/14 “Think of all the joy you’ll find when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye.” ~Peter Pan
5/8/14 Dumbo the Elephant is one of the park’s original attractions!
5/9/14 The dragon in Fantasmic weighs about 18,000 pounds!
5/10/14 There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney
5/11/14 The only Tomorrowland ride that still exists in its original state from the opening is Autopia.
5/12/14 On the ride Snow White’s Scary Adventures, the evil queen’s poisoned apple has been taken so many times that it was replaced with a hologram of an apple.
5/13/14 “Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.” ~Stitch
5/14/14 More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland looking fresh and better than new.
5/15/14 Tiny Kline was the first Tinkerbell to fly from the Matterhorn at the beginning of the fireworks show in 196l!
5/16/14 “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” ~ Timothy Mouse
5/17/14 Bruce, the “vegetarian” great white shark of Finding Nemo, was named after the mechanical shark used in Jaws, which was named after Steven Spielberg’s lawyer.
5/18/14 Radiator Springs racers was one of the most expensive attractions Disney has ever built, estimated to have cost over $200 million.
5/19/14 Bhalu (baloo) is Hindi for “bear and Simba is Swahili for “lion”.
5/20/14 Splash Mountain is covered with about 20,000 flowers, trees, shrubs, and veggies that spread over the ¾ acre carpet of exotic grass.
5/21/14 “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.”~ Jiminy Cricket
5/22/14 On the Matterhorn, the bobsleds use the bottom 80 feet of the mountain. The top 67 feet is not part of the attraction, making the Mountain a total of 147 feet tall.
5/23/14 In 2008, when It’s a Small World was updated, 30 Disney Characters were added to their native lands. Ariel is found underwater, Pinocchio in Italy, and Cinderella in France. Alice, the White Rabbit, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell are found in England.
5/24/14 Some of the pirates on Pirates of the Caribbean are modeled after some Imagineers that helped design the ride.
5/25/14 Do a funny pose when you sit down on star tours, because that way you’ll be the rebel spy!
5/26/14 Under the stairwell on the Tower of Terror, there’s a “fake dead body”!!
5/27/14 Club 33 is the only place in Disneyland that serves alcoholic beverages.
5/28/14 “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”~ Walt Disney
5/29/14 “Why worry? You’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”~Walt Disney
5/30/14 The ride portion of the Haunted Mansions is actually outside of the Disneyland park! You take the elevator down and walk to the Doom buggies unknowingly leaving the boundaries of the park!
5/31/14 “Always let your conscience be your guide.”~ Pinocchio
6/1/14 The toy blocks on the floor of the nursery in the first scene in the “Peter Pan’s Flight” ride at Disneyland spell out “Di5ney” and “PPan”.
6/2/14 “People always do crazy things when they’re in love.” ~ Megara