There are so many posts, articles, blogs, and lists of the top ‘secret’ Disney facts. The only problem is, those lists have been circulating on and off for years, meaning they aren’t so ‘secret’ anymore. However, I thought it might be fun to share just 25 of the FUN Disney facts that people may, or may not, know. The truth is, there is SOO much about Disney that we don’t know, and that’s ok. If we knew EVERYTHING about Disney, and what makes it so amazingly perfect and wonderful, there would be copy cats all over the place. Personally, I don’t want that!
Below, I have 25 FUN Disney Facts for you and your family – some are silly, and others are mind blowing! Feel free to save the list and shock your friends and family with your knowledge. AND, visit us each Friday on Facebook @DisneyToddlers for ‘Fun Fact Friday’ to expand your Disney knowledge!!
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios. It was originally built as a working studio, and not meant to be a theme park. Some shows and movies were taped on property, including one of my favorites when growing up: The Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aquilera.
- More than 1.6 MILLION Turkey Legs are consumed every year between Walt Disney World and Disneyland. That’s more than 2.5 million pounds of Turkey! (Seriously, that is mind blowing!)
- Did you know that Mickey Mouse was supposed to be named Mortimer Mouse?! Thank goodness for Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian. She convinced him to change the name and from there, Mickey was born!
- Over 200 pairs of sunglasses are turned into lost & found each day at Walt Disney World, with an estimated 1.65 million turned in since the park opened in 1971.
- Additionally, each year they find on average, 6,000 cellphones, 3,500 digital cameras and 18,000 hats.
- It requires over 150 tractor trailer loads of decorations to ‘Deck the Halls’ for the Christmas season at WDW.
- Additionally, Disney World decorates more than 1,500 Christmas trees at holiday time.
- Since its inception, the WDW Monorail system trains have logged enough miles to circle the world more than 30 times
- Ever wonder how many outfits Mickey and Minnie really have?! It is estimated that Mickey has over 290 outfits, including a scuba suit, tuxedo, chef’s uniform, and more! Minnie has only a little more than 200, including evening gowns, cheerleading uniform, and Christmas sweater.
- In order to sleep in EVERY room at EVERY resort hotel at WDW for just one evening, it would take 68 years to complete. Where do I sign up?!
- The name EPCOT is an acronym (an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word) meaning Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
- When visiting the Contemporary Resort, look for the painting on the center wall where the elevators are located. If you look closely at the side facing the monorail, around the 4th floor lobby, you can see a five-legged goat. (Fun fact, and one of my favorites! My dad showed me when we visited many many years ago, and I have always remembered it.)
- Ever wonder how much it costs to run all of the electricity and lights each month at WDW? For example, Main Street Electrical Parade. Have you guessed?! Nothing! Disney has its own running electric company.
- The Magic Kingdom that the public sees is actually the second level of the park. Beneath the surface, a series of tunnels allows workers to cross the park quickly and unseen (this is why you never see a Cowboy in Tomorrow Land). It can also be used by ambulances in emergencies.
- Spaceship Earth is Epcot’s most well-recognized attraction, and the ride takes guests on a journey through Earth’s past, present, and future. Some of the robotic characters featured on the ride are actually repurposed presidents from the Hall of Presidents attraction. John Adams is a monk, Teddy Roosevelt is a senator in Rome, and William Taft is an Egyptian priest.
- Liberty Square is a section of Magic Kingdom meant to recreate colonial America. The brown pavement in Liberty Square is actually supposed to signify the sewage problems common in colonial streets.
- Prior to its opening, Animal Kingdom was going to include a land devoted to mythical creatures, but they decided against it at the last minute. However, there is still a dragon on the Animal Kingdom sign.
- The ‘no sad kids’ rule : If any cast member sees an upset child, they can invoke this rule. The rule allows the cast members to replace dropped ice cream or give out souvenirs for free to any sad children. (Given a certain 3 years old increased tantrums as of late, we might have to test this theory when we go down in April!)
- You will never see a Disney cast member pointing with just one finger. Walt Disney implemented that each cast member, including characters, are only allowed to point with two fingers or the whole hand. This rule is because, in come cultures, it can be considered rude or insulting. Don’t believe me? Test the theory. The next time you are at Disney World, or any other Disney park location, ask where something is and see what they do!
- Upon its opening, 10,000 people were in attendance at Magic Kingdom during the soft opening of the park on October 1, 1971. Today, it’s usually about 50,000 daily.
- There is never a trash can more than 30 steps away from where you are in all Disney parks. This is to help keep down on littering and keep the grounds perfect and pristine.
- Devices called ‘Smellitizers’ can be found all over Disney, and emit scents in certain areas to match the surroundings. The best example is Main Street USA – they usually emit a vanilla scent, and add in peppermint during the holiday season. Take a whiff – it’s not just the bakeries! One of my favorite smells was the citrus scent on Soarin’ when going over the orange groves (I haven’t been on the newly updated Soarin’, so not certain that is still there, but I hope so!!).
- Toy Story characters used to drop to the ground when guests yelled, “Andy’s coming!” but the practice has been discontinued for safety reasons. It is said that if you try this now with the characters, they will respond by saying “Andy’s at college!” (Has anyone tried this? Can this be 100% confirmed?!)
- One I have always found interesting, and thrifty!: The airplane in the Casablanca scene in “The Great Movie Ride” is actually the front half of the crashed airplane on the “Jungle Cruise” ride.
While it may feel FULL, The The World Showcase at Epcot has room for 8 additional countries. And, to expand on that, it is noted that they can fit 6 comfortably, or even 10 new countries with some moving around. For more information on this, check out Yesterland.com. I personally love WS how it is, but if they DID add any more Countries, what would you like to see?!