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  1. Walt Disney once said, "I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past." So he created Main Street, U.S.A. to make sure we could always embrace those wonderful feelings of days gone by. From the decor in the old-time specialty shops to the music in Central Plaza to the taste of the ice cream sundaes, Main Street is pure Americana. pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  2. My mother's uncles owned Playland at the Beach in San Francisco California. As most people know, Walt Disney traveled all over the country and employed other amusement park owners as consultants for what would eventually become Disneyland. They were glad to help because they really thought he would need help. They all thought building an amusement park on the site of an old orange grove was crazy and he was so far away from themselves that even if his park did succeed it would never interfere with their own business. Well this of course was right at the start of television and the jet age. Little did they know that Disney would revolutionize the business and take it over. Anyway, in 1954 Walt stayed with Mom's uncles and visited Playland in San Francisco. The next morning the Whitney Brothers got the idea to take Walt across the San Francisco Bay Bridge to Oakland to a little park called Childerns Fairyland, which is still there. Walt loved the place. They have a walk through attraction based on Alice in Wonderland, which later played a part in influencing the Alice attraction at Disneyland. Walt liked the cartoons that were painted on the wall and he therefore asked permission to contribute one of his own. I am sure that Fairylands owners were thrilled at the idea. So they gave him some paints from the supply room and Walt hand painted this Mickey Mouse directly onto the wall. So, enjoy the photo and if you are ever in Oakland California, go to Childrens Fairyland to see what is probably the oldest Hidden Mickey of them all.
    REPORTED: Warren Crandall 24 FEB 02
    CONFIRMED: anon 23 JUN 02
  3. Walt's Disneyland opening-day dedication speech ("To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.") WAV Sound
  4. Among the first guests at Disneyland in 1955 was George Lucas (then 11) and his family.
    REPORTED: Jeff Davis 14 SEP 01
  5. Disneyland welcomes up to 65,000 Guests in a single day and welcomes between 10-12 million Guests over the course of a year.
  6. According to our tour guide, Walt Disney had to sell his beloved ranch in order to complete Disneyland, but later bought it back again. The initals of the ranch (STR) are what appear on his tie on the "Partners" statue in the plaza at the end of Main Street.
    REPORTED: May 01 APR 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  7. There is a GREAT way to celebrate a birthday at Disneyland. First, tell the ticket-taker that it's your birthday. S/he will tell you to go to City Hall. Go into City Hall and tell the Cast Members in there that it's your birthday and the ticket-taker sent you. They will give you a personalized sticker to wear. If other Cast Members see you wearing it they will say "happy birthday!" and be real nice to you. It was only my 13th birthday so I don't know if this works with grown-ups.
    REPORTED: Amy 05 APR 99
    If it is your birthday, be sure to get a birthday sticker from City Hall. Then go to New Orleans Square and try to see the mime! It is always the same guy whenever we go there, and he is so nice to us! When we went for my friend's birthday, he gave her a special purple coin that we have never seen in the park before. He also let us take pictures with his parasol, led us around New Orleans a little bit, led us up to the Disney Gallery the back way by taking the stairs which were roped off, and took pictures of us posing in front of the fountain up there. Then for my 18th birthday in December, he led us into one of the shops and gave us pecan turtle pies (two or three of them, if I recall), took pictures of us again, took us into the Disney Gallery again, and I got a special phone call from Goofy! He sung Happy Birthday to me. Then we walked around more and the New Orleans band gave us beads since they saw my sticker, not just ordinary beads, but beads with big plastic charms on them that had an alligator on it!
    UPDATE: Lisa 31 MAY 01
  8. Main Street is supposed to be set in 1910, Tomorrowland is set for 1986. These years were picked because they were the years of Hailey's Comet. I was watching a Disneyland 50th Anniversary Special movie (on Main Street) with Steve Martin as the narrator. This was something I didn't know, and it was interesting to learn.
    REPORTED: Kira 25 FEB 06
  9. Walt originally designed the park so when you pass from land to land, you don't see the others. If you where in Liberty Square, you can't see Fantasyland, trees, buildings and distractions like the water wheel, the noise keeps you from looking to your left and seeing the other lands.
    REPORTED: PMBM290 23 APR 98
    Most obviously, you can see the Matterhorn from Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. But you can also see Big Thunder and Critter Country from New Orleans Square (stand in front of the Rivers of America). Also that can be seen from one land to the next: Frontierland and New Orleans Square (by the Mark Twain Landing), Adventureland and NOS (by Tarzan's Treehouse), Frontierland and Adventureland (by Pocahontas/Western-theme shop), Fantasyland and Toontown (by It's a Small World), etc. Just about all the lands you can see from at least one other land. After all, they do connect.
    WISHFUL THINKING: Marisa 11 JUL 00
  10. Construction at the park offered constant challenges to the city of Anaheim. The Municipal building codes did not anticipate what operating standards should appply to submarines within city limits. Additional considerations had to be made for the Matterhorn, which would become the tallest structure in the city of Anaheim.
    REPORTED: Darrin E. Davis 09 DEC 97
  11. 1967 Disneyland Map
  12. On the 1999-2000 Annual Passports has anyone noticed what the Mouseketeer hat reads? It say's Walt...just thouht it was real cute!
    REPORTED: Tiggirl 29 SEP 99
  13. Checkout the 45th Anniversary Poster map
    1. One of the main differences between the 45th Anniversary poster map and earlier maps is that the new one clearly labels not only each ride and attraction, but some of the characters inside the ride (e.g. "Madame Leota" specified in the Haunted Mansion.)
      REPORTED: Meg 27 AUG 00 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
    2. "Stromboli" is misspelled on the map. It's labeled "Strombolli's Wagon." (Granted, "Strombolli" is an accepted variation, but far less common-- and the character in Pinocchio has only one "L".)
      REPORTED: Meg 27 AUG 00
    3. Only 3 of the 4 Santa Fe Railroad trains are depicted on the map? The missing train is the E.P. Ripley.
      REPORTED: Meg 27 AUG 00

    REPORTED: Meg 27 AUG 00
  14. All recorded music and sounds that you hear in the rides and throught the park constantly run. It is more costly for Disneyland to shut the sound off and restart the system every day. The only time sound actually gets shut off is when there is an Emergency stop or large system failure, ie a massive power loss, emergency shut down or other sorts of emergencies. Most notable is It's a small world - the dolls may stop moving, but the music still plays and the Haunted Mansion - The buggies stop and the animatronics still move and the voiceover says there is a ghoul in the system with no music, but the when music does resume after the voiceover, it has been playing on. There was no pause in it at all. Luckily for cleaning and maintenance crews, they can turn it down so they won't go mad.
    REPORTED: Steven M. Saito 04 JAN 00 Buy the Video/DVD
  15. This is real. On the Jurrasic Park Ride at Universal Studios, Hollywood, there is a boat that the dinos have already attacked, and floating next to it is a pair of Mickey Mouse ears!
    REPORTED: Jerm Good 13 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: Tom Kinzer 19 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Kevin Murphy 12 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Andrew Schweiger 18 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Sam J Lin 23 FEB 97
    It did not originate there, however. It was originally, and is still used at Universal Studios Florida on the JAWS ride. When you come across "Gordon in Amity Six's" half-eaten boat, you can see a Mickey Mouse hat constantly floating by the sinking vessel. Apparently, Universal Studios Hollywood decided to use the same thing because it worked so well here in Florida.
    UPDATE: Christian Cetnarowski 15 APR 97
    There are indeed Mickey ears floating in a half-eaten boat in the Jurassic Park ride in Universal Studios.
    CONFIRMED: Lisa Fenwick 20 MAY 97
    At Universal Studios Hollywood, on Jurassic Park: The Ride, the boat you ride on goes past a dinosaur eaten raft with the Mickey Mouse ear hat displayed on the front of the raft. It is right before you go up the "hill."
    CONFIRMED: Troy Rutter 18 SEP 97
    There is a Hidden Mickey on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios! Right before entering the building. before you reach the falling jeep and spitting dinos, on your left hand side, right behind the yellow raft with the dino in it.....in the water...you will see black Mickey Mouse ears floating in the water, as if the dino's had eaten a Disney Fan!! We couldn't believe it, it was actually quite funny...
    CONFIRMED: Marianne Briggs & Leo Alvarez 12 NOV 97
    This Hidden Mickey is at, of all places, Universal Studios in Hollywood on the Jurrasic Park Ride! As you go through the part of the ride where the jeep is overturned (just before you enter the inside portion of the ride), floating in the water along with other debris from the jeep are Mickey mouse ears! This is a very funny addition to an already outstanding ride! In fact, it is the best ride -- outside Disney empire -- in the world!
    CONFIRMED: Leo Alvarez 09 DEC 97
    In regards to the Mickey ears sighting at the Jurassic Park ride in Universal Studios Hollywood, I am surprised to see that no one caught the NAME on said hat. It reads "Michael". My girlfriend and I believe that the raptors first meal happened to be none other that good ol' Michael Eisner himself.
    UPDATE: Randy Nelson 26 JUN 98
    This sighting, strangely enough, is at Universal Studios in Hollywood. There is (or at least, was) a Hidden Mickey on the Jurrasic Park ride! On the ride, there is a part where your boat is "accidently" bumped into the carnivore section of the park. Your boat heads to the left. At one point, on the left, there is a badly damaged boat that was obviously attacked by dinosaurs. Floating in the water next to the boat is a pair of Mickey ears. The weren't just somebody's that had fallen into the water, either--the ears are on a floating ball that is tethered to the bottom of the channel. You can easily see the rope that keeps them in place.
    CONFIRMED: Sam Super 20 JAN 99
    At Universal Studios there is a Mickey Mouse hat on the Jurrasic Park ride, suggesting that a Disneyland tourist got eaten by a Dino!!!!
    CONFIRMED: future imagineer99 30 MAR 99
    The floating (half eaten) MICKEY ears at Universal Studios Jaws ride were put there because of a rivalry between WDW & US concerning their studio tours attraction. I guess Disney's looked almost identical to the Universal one and they opened it before Universal. This fact was found in the book Keys to the Kingdom.
    UPDATE: anon 24 AUG 00
  16. While visiting Disneyland last year, a man that worked there bet us that no matter how hard we tried, even if we were at the highest point in Disneyland, that it was impossible to see the out side world. Apparently Walt Disney wanted to create the affect of leaving the outside world and enter a new world of Fun and Fantasy......(this does exclude the front gate, but once you cross the giant tunnel into Disneyland, you can't see out)
    REPORTED: Swedish Chef 21 SEP 97
    CONFIRMED: Darrin E. Davis 16 NOV 97
    I disagree with not being able to see the outside world at Disneyland. Go on Gadget's Go Coaster, on the lift, you can see some of the hotels behind the park. On the Rocket Jets you could see the hotels out past the parking lot.
    UPDATE: Glasses Crow 03 DEC 97
    This is actually not true. You can see the Disneyland Hotel quite easily from Big Thunder Mountain RR, while you're going up the lift before you see the goat.
    UPDATE: Abree Brand 21 DEC 97
    With all of the construction within the past few years, many of the eucalyptus trees in the berm surrounding the park have been removed. For example, the trees were taken oput to make room for the Indiana Jones Adventure. That is why you can see outside the berm on the very high attractions.
    UPDATE: Darrin E. Davis 07 NOV 98
    You can easily see the "real world" when riding the monorail!! I don't just mean near the hotel area. If you ride the monorail through out the park, you can see Harbor Blvd and all the construction the City of Anaheim is doing.
    UPDATE: Tinkerbell 27 AUG 99
    In reference to not being able to see the outside world, you can easily see it while riding gadget's go coaster. one can see the the backround downtown toontown buildings are simply one dimensional creations and see run down motels in the distance.
    UPDATE: Timmy B. 27 JUL 00
    I recently took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, I went on the Jurassic Park The ride and I noticed something on the ride before you see the jeep fall off the the building look to the left at the recked boat with the dinosaur eating a pancho, you will notice that there is a micky mouse ear hat floating in the water, next time im there ill try to take a picture of it to post here.
    REPORTED: Matthew Martinez 11 MAR 06
  17. The Disneyland Paris park seems to be now the reference for all the other Disney parks. For instance, since Pirates of the Caribbean has been refurbished, they have completely changed the water ride system, using the one in the French park (ie booster pumps to create a stream that makes the boats move, and boat stops along the ride to make them stop at indicated locations). Tomorrowland is now being redesigned as Disneyland Paris' Discoveryland (you can even see pictures of Discoveryland on the boardings, and hear the music of "Le Visionarium" throughout the land. (Le Visionarium is the circle-vision showing a film about a travel though time in Europe with Jules Verne). The on-board audio system in Space Mountain is directly imported from its French counterpart, although it's not the same music ! And etc... !
    REPORTED: Song 13 SEP 97
  18. There is at least one Hidden Mickey in each ride.
    REPORTED: RaVEon 28 FEB 97 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  19. Disneyland's Magic Kingdom is 100 acres - 7 acres smaller than Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
    Disneyland has only 85 acres of entertainment area. The original size of the area purchased by Walt was 165 acres and when Disneyland opened it was only 55 acres of entertainment area.
    UPDATE: Dave 07 OCT 00
  20. The attractions that originated in Walt Disney World and were duplicated in Disneyland is Space Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree, Mickey's House, and Innoventions (coming in new Tomorrowland in the Carrousel Theatre).
    REPORTED: Alyson Lamble 11 OCT 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric Ryan 10 DEC 96
  21. On the evening before the opening day, some workers left the park early, after disconnecting the electricity completely throughout the park. Workers were still there, though, and had to install a huge African Elephant for the Jungle Cruise in total darkness!
    REPORTED: Mary F Price 08 AUG 96
  22. Prior to opening day, Walt visited a few of the local churches and invited a handful of the best behaved children from the Sunday School classes to attend the opening day festivities. A friend of our family's was one of those lucky few chosen back in 1955.
    REPORTED: anon 16 SEP 96
  23. The day that Disneyland opened, the asphalt was not quite dry, and ladies heels sunk into it.
    REPORTED: Robert Fox 18 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    When the park first opened in 1955 the lady's high-heals didn't actually sink into the cement. In order for the cement to dry they had to leave holes in the ground and high-heal shoes only got stuck in the holes.
    UPDATE: John McKenna 27 MAY 00
    Womens high heel shoes did sink into Main Street so the women got a free pair of moccasins because those were the olny shoes Disneyland had for adults.
    CONFIRMED: anon 09 MAY 06
  24. The opening of Disneyland was actually somewhat a failure, and Walt Disney later apologized to important guests. The streets were not dry yet, and shoes sank in; concession stands ran out of food and drink constantly; the opening day broadcast did not go very smoothly (if you get the chance to watch a reply of the broadcast on the Disney Channel sometime, you'll see that Walt had a dedication to read; he read the first line or two, paused, said to someone, "Oh, I thought we were on," or something to that effect, stood around for a minute, and then got the signal to begin again.)
    REPORTED: Meg 29 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
  25. The first ticket for Disneyland was sold to Walt's brother, Roy, for $1 (which Disneyland-goers will note has slightly increased in the last forty years!)
    REPORTED: Meg 29 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
  26. If all Disney employees are called "Cast Members", Disney Corp. must have forgotten to tell the person who made the sign on a Cast Member drive in entrance out of Disneyland when coming from I-5. The sign on the entrance plainly says "Employees Only".
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 30 JAN 97
    That's because first time Guests to Disneyland may not know what Cast Member means - it's to stop tourists from pulling in there!
    UPDATE: Scott M. Leonard 10 JUN 97
    Not all the people who work for Disney are called Cast Members. Film crews are called employees because of the confusion it would cause to call members of the film or TV show's cast Cast Members AND the crew Cast Members. Only people who work for Disney Theme Parks & Shops are called Cast Members.
    UPDATE: Chris Callac 17 MAR 01
  27. The Disneyland shops, not the outside vendors, have to take every kind of currency there is as long as it can be traded into dollars. If a quest shows up with Yen they have to get on the phone find the trading rate, take the amount needed for the equivalent amount of dollars, then they have take note of when the transaction happened.
    REPORTED: Josh C. 06 MAR 97
    While you will find that most merchandise locations and restaurants (excluding Outdoor Vending {ODV}) will accept just about any foreign currency, provided that the United States keeps diplomatic relations with that country and it is approved by Cash Control (they have the last word in anything that has to do with money in the resort,) we are not required to accept any currency except United States Dollars and Disney Dollars. It is very rare that a Cast Member or location will refuse to accept the money, I do not suggest that you try to use it to purchase your next sweater at the Emporium with it (It takes at least double the amount of time to complete the transaction!) I suggest that you vist the bank of Main St. or City Hall and exchange your foreign cash into $US, or Disney Dollars!
    UPDATE: Darrin E. Davis 30 MAY 99
  28. Disneyland plants over 40,000 plants and shrubs per year
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  29. Disneyland uses over 200,000 light bulbs per year costing over $100,000. Each light is replace when it has reached 80% of its design life rather than when it fails.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  30. Disneyland uses 20,000 gal of paint per year
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  31. Disney employs 54 full time electricians
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  32. You can tell when you enter a new Land because the ground changes (Fantasyland has a smooth green asphalt; New Orleans Square has a kind of cobblestone; Frontierland has bricks or something to that effect, etc.)
    REPORTED: Meg 29 JUL 96
    This is true, but it should be noted that the color is what changes to set the next land apart from the other. This is part of each land's theme.
    CONFIRMED: Dan 09 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    As you travel to a different land notice the ground. It slowly changes from bricks to pebbles, stones to bricks, etc. to suit the land you're going to. This is done to subliminly enhance the park experience.
    REPORTED: falor 15 APR 99
    Each theme in every land applies to every part of the land. from the color of the ground to the music played and even to the color and shapes of the trash cans.
    CONFIRMED: Terry! 01 MAY 00
  33. Did you know that you can identify which "land" you are in by the garbage cans? I recently visited WDW, and a Cast Member informed us that if you ever want to know which land you are in, pay attention to the garbage cans. They change from land to land!
    REPORTED: Dan 09 JUL 01
  34. The water, known to Disneyland as the "Dark Waters," actually starts up where the motor boats used to be...(just north of the Matterhorn)...then travels south near the Matterhorn to Snow Whites grotto...from there its used in the Moat around Sleeping Beauty, its then travels under the bridges around the Carnation plaza, it then goes down past the Tiki room...at which point it flows into the Jungle Cruise lagoon...from there it travels under the walk way in front of the Pirates of the Caribbean (that whole area is kind of like a bridge) at which point it flows into the Rivers of America....from that point, over in the area behind where the Columbia and the Mark Twain pick up passengers, is a pump...which returns the water to the Motor Boat area at which point it starts its journey all over again.
    REPORTED: alucard 04 JUN 96
    The notion of a "tube" connecting the Rivers of America with the Jungle Cruise waterways makes lots of sense, considering the previous geography of the area. At one time - and this is evident in the black-and-white aerial shot at the top of the Rivers of America Fun Facts page - the Jungle rivers actually flowed into the rivers of America! There was, in fact, a foot bridge spanning this connecting waterway located at just about the same spot where the Pirates queue overpass is located today! With the original construction of the Swiss Family Treehouse, the open outflow was blocked or at least covered over.
    CONFIRMED: AprilDecember 12 JUN 99 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  35. There is talk that the divers have this tube that goes all the way from the Submarine Lagoon to the Rivers of America, so that they can retrieve lost stuff...  I doubt it.  Look at the diver in the Rivers of America, and we gather that he is doing something to repair the track that the Steamboat has to travel upon to reach Fowler's Folly.  Another picture also shows a signal light which shows the position of the switch.  The diver got into the water right there at the landing for the rafts to go over to the island.  Additionally, I'll note that all river traffic was at dead stop, canoes, steamboat, pirate ship, and the rafts were all stopped, and turned off.  This would be presumably for the safety of the diver.  Also, if you think about it, any sort of a tube (note that the water is murky at the Rivers and clear at the Submarine Lagoon) that long would be nearly impossible to traverse in a quick manner, instead taking around 15 minutes (it takes at least 5 minutes to walk quickly the guestimated length).
    REPORTED: Benjamin Rockwell 02 MAY 97
  36. A super-cool Cast Member gave us the inside dope on some Cast Member lingo, but all I can remember is that the radio code "100" means "Ride down," and "102" means "Ride up with limited capacity."
    REPORTED: Cabel Sasser 21 MAY 96
    Radio Codes
    UPDATE: Jonathan Reuel 07 JUN 96
    UPDATE: anon1 31 JUL 96
    UPDATE: Chris 15 JAN 97
    Code 100 is used routinely just prior to the fireworks display. It stands for Radio Silence - limit transmissions to emergencies only.
    UPDATE: DrGallegos 20 OCT 97
    When a guest at a Disney park gets sick and vomits in a public area the correct term when calling someone to clean up the mess is "PROTEIN SPILL" you will never hear a CM say someone has vomited. It's "We have a Protein Spill"
    UPDATE: TJ 17 DEC 98
    Recently, while on the Toon Town Roger Rabbit ride, we heard a cast member tell another that there was "code V" at the exit area. When asked, she said that they are not allowed to startle other guests by saying "vomit", so they say "Code V".
    UPDATE: Rex Barrong 10 MAR 01
    UPDATE: Matt 22 JAN 02
  37. Went I went to Disney August 4-5, 2001, a park employee informed me that Disneyland spends about $41,000 per night on the fireworks show above Sleeping beauties castle.
    REPORTED: Carl Starrett 19 AUG 01
  38. It takes at least twenty minutes to restart a ride due to computer and safety protocols.
    REPORTED: Tony Crescenzo 21 FEB 96
    20 minutes is just a very general rule to go by. For the big attractions it ranges form 30 minutes to 1 Hour 15 minutes for any of the big mountains. Big Thunder for example, takes at least 30-45 minutes. Cast Members have to go out on the track and restart everything by hand.
    UPDATE: Jonathan Reuel 07 JUN 96
  39. I found out that in order to do plainclothes, you have to serve uniformed security for two years!
    REPORTED: Scott Kooiman 07 AUG 98
  40. Security makes a point to follow guests who have already stolen stuff around the park and watch them fill up, counting the value until it reaches the point where it becomes grand theft rather than petty theft - then they will grab you.
    REPORTED: Scott Kooiman 07 AUG 98
    CONFIRMED: anon 27 APR 99
  41. The biggest shoplifting offenders are parents with baby carriages, as they throw toys in with the kids.
    REPORTED: Scott Kooiman 07 AUG 98
  42. Disneyland has its own plain clothes security detail which monitors potential trouble guests. Disneyland has more security people than the City of Anaheim has police. At last report Anaheim has 285 police, and Disneyland has in excess of 300.
    REPORTED: Tony Crescenzo 21 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Ed Johnston 13 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
  43. There's one room that security uses - what they call the "green room." Shoplifters to drunks, that's where you go while they make all the calls they need to make to local authorities.
    REPORTED: anon 29 JUL 96
    Someone mentioned that the green room is a place where security places shoplifters or drunks, but in fact the green room is the washroom. I am a cast member at a disney store, and when we need to use the washroom we say, "I'm going to the green room".
    UPDATE: Tinkwink 17 MAY 06
  44. You cannot walk down the parade route without being on at least one camera. These are hidden well but can be found. One obvious camera is in what looks like a light fixture on the top of a speaker pole next to alpine gardens. (in front of the temporary Christmas parade spot tower) The camera shoots down the dog leg towards Small World. These cameras are primarily used for spotting the parades, but Security has a feed too, so look out for big brother Mickey!
    REPORTED: Jeff 27 OCT 96
    At all times during the day at Disneyland, cameras monitor the park both inside and outside the attractions. There are a few places in the park where you can stand between two cameras' field of view. These places are pretty useless to wrongdoers, though, as they are in very public areas of the park.
    CONFIRMED: Curtis Craig 13 APR 98
  45. The security cameras in many of the rides are infrared based and can be seen next to the infrared lights (the things that glow red) by turning around in such rides as Pirates and the now closed PeopleMover.
    REPORTED: Tony Crescenzo 21 FEB 96
    The infrared cameras have given Cast Members some pretty good shows over the years as young lovers don't realize they are being watched by three or four interested spectators on TV. Once I heard a cast member thank the couple in the boat in front of us as they exited the ride, and it took them a few seconds to realize what for.
    CONFIRMED: Ed Johnston 26 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Bufanda213 02 SEP 96
    Yes, the cameras can provide for some amusement for the operators. One evening, just before the last Fantasmic, my son and I decided to ride Pirates, and got placed in a boat with a young couple. As we headed down the long tunnel towards the "ship" scene, the couple started to kiss. As we moved along, an overhead speaker said "Do you mind, there are children present!" as they went under. They jumped out of their skin, and looked at me and my son, and then straight up, realizing that I hadn't said it. They didn't go near each other for the rest of the ride!
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 15 JAN 97
    On Pirates of the Carribean, Jungle Boat Cruise, Indiana Jones and others, if you look backwards you will notice infa-red cameras pointed at you when you go on the ride. They are monitoring you as the ride progresses.
    CONFIRMED: Brian S. 28 FEB 98
    I have a little fun fact. Black and White CCD cameras (i.e. Connectix B&W QuiCams) can pick up Infrared light just like regular light. If you were to point the remote control from your television at B&W CCD camera and push a button it would show up on the monitor and iluminate objects just like a little flashlight. I've found that in most rides/dark rides have these cameras in high corners and such. I've experienced this first hand in Neptune's Pond. I was trying to catch the large jumping water streams that jump over the path. I kept missing. Then all of a sudden it just turned on. While I was playing with the water I noticed a waterproof camera box pointed at me. The water turned off and I smiled and waved at the box. Immediately the water turned back on for a few more seconds. I love Disneyland!!!
    CONFIRMED: Matt Jones 20 MAY 98
    Regarding the infrared camaras watching the dark rides (Pirates, etc). I turned on my Sony "0 lux" infrared camcorder and looked though the lens while blocking the infrared emitter in the front and was QUITE shocked. In places on the Pirates ride where I couldn't see my hands, the room was actualy *VERY* brightly lit, very much like it was daytime inside the ride. Very cool...
    CONFIRMED: Jephryb 07 OCT 98
    I have no proof, but I've heard that Pirates has the most security cameras in the park, and the best hidden.
    CONFIRMED: anon 20 OCT 98
    In the jewelry store on Main Street they are impossible to see!
    CONFIRMED: Scott Kooiman 07 AUG 98
    About those cameras in Pirates... I was there for a Grad Night party for my high school, it went all night, and I guess they turned up security to keep us hooligan seniors in line. Anyway, I was being a hooligan senior in POTC cause I reached out, pushed against the wall to make the boat bump against the other side (why? i don't know..) and the booming voice of reason came over the PA and said, "DON'T PUSH THE WALLS. KEEP YOUR HANDS IN THE BOAT!" They were watching me. Creepy.
    CONFIRMED: Eric Fiebig 04 FEB 99
  46. Disney.com says that they replant the giant Mickey in the front of Main Street 9 times a year.
    REPORTED: Eric B 17 MAR 96
  47. The first "performer" Mickey Mouse character at the park was Paul Castle, a former ice capades performer who skated with Sonja Heni and who was hired personally by Walt Disney. I would have to say that of the Mouse's that have come and gone none had the animation or appearance of the Mickey as Paul.
    REPORTED: PhilChil 08 DEC 95
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
  48. The water falls throughout the Park, including the Rivers of America, are all recirculating pumps. They take the water from the river and pump it through the waterfall - it does not come from a separate water supply and therefore does not add to the amount of water in the Rivers of America. There is a water supply that fills the river but it is separate from the waterfalls.
    REPORTED: Michelle Lynne 19 MAY 98
    CONFIRMED: David Enertson 20 MAY 98
  49. There's a tunnel that leads from below the old America Sings building to the area opposite the Matterhorn (south). Trash is removed from Club Buzz (formally Tomorrowland Terrace) via this tunnel. The tunnel is big enough to drive a car through. The entrance to this tunnel is backstage near the backside of the old America Sings building. Small trucks full of trash use an elevator to get to the tunnel, and there is also a set of stairs that lead down to the tunnel. The tunnel houses a break room and some dressing rooms, some offices, and some storage space, along with trash compactors. The end of the tunnel is across from the Matterhorn, right behind the phones. The building there is actually the backside of CircleVision, and another door leads you into that attraction. They also use this tunnel to get the band from off stage to the rising Club Buzz stage.
    REPORTED: Scott Mackay 14 MAR 96
    CONFIRMED: Jennifer Cernosek 10 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Darryl Reed 19 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: anon 12 JAN 97
    There is only one tunnel in Disneyland and that is from Tommoroland's Club Buzz (formally Coke Terrace) to the back of Innoventions.
    UPDATE: David 02 SEP 99
    There is only one underground tunnel here. I know this because I was a cast member. It is under the coke corner.
    CONFIRMED: Carina 08 APR 00
  50. There is another tunnel under New Orleans Square Unlike the one in Tomorrowland/Fantasyland it is not really a tunnel. New Orleans Square is actually built a few stories above ground. The underground area mentioned is actually at ground level. In this building, the ground floor is part of Pirates, some offices, a kitchen, bathrooms, a Cast Member cafeteria (The Diner), some lockers and a few other things. Next floor up is more Pirates, some offices, and other odds and ends. The 3rd floor is actually where the guests enter the Pirate building. It gives the appearance it is underground at first, but if you walk out the back, you end up outside. One entrance is next to the New Orleans Cafe across from One of a Kind shop, and the other entrance is near the restrooms by the train station.
    REPORTED: Jennifer Cernosek 10 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: anon 21 MAY 96
    This sounds like the Utilidors in Walt Disney World.
    NOTE: TR Shaw 14 MAR 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
  51. There is an underwater tunnel about 3 feet in diameter that leads from the water of the Jungle Cruise over to the lake at Rivers of America. This was put in effect to allow the scuba divers who go down and pick up dropped items the ability to do there job faster.
    REPORTED: Tommy La Rochelle 25 APR 96
    The scuba divers work at night (of course) and have to keep the tube open so that the water can flow between the attractions. I remember reading that the water is so murky, the divers often cannot see their hands in front of their faces, even with a light!
    CONFIRMED: David Boring 15 JAN 97
    All of the water for Sleeping Beauty's castle, the Rivers of America, and the Jungle Cruise are all connected and filtered near the Jungle Cruise located behind one of the buildings on Main Street.
    UPDATE: Anthony Gallegos 18 OCT 97
    The Rivers of America is connected to the water in the Jungle Cruise, Storybook Land Canal and the Moat around the Castle. The water starts at Storybook Land then flows via underground pipes to the Moat, the Jungle Cruise and to the Rivers of America, where it is pumped back to Storybook Land and starts all over.
    CONFIRMED: Michelle Lynne 19 MAY 98
    CONFIRMED: David Enertson 20 MAY 98
  52. There is a CLOSED old tunnel under ground that use to go from the Disneyland Hotel to the underground tunnel that is even now under Main Street USA. it use to be from a service elevator in 1970s.
    REPORTED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01
  53. The Jungle Cruise and River of America used to be connected by an open waterway
  54. I see all these things about these underground tunnels going from here to there and things like that. Well, actually almost all of Disneyland has something under it. There is a whole underground place down there. It's where they keep all of the costumes and tools and just about everything for the park. If you go around Disneyland you will notice, most of it is the park and you don't see all these big warehouses around it that they would need to hold everything for that park. So all of it's underground.
    REPORTED: Jeff 09 JUL 97
    Actually, Disneyland does not have an elaborate network of tunnels undergorund; that's Walt Disney World. The only underground staff area in Disneyland is in New Orleans Square, where they have "The Deck" employee diner, some offices and a little storage space. All of the behind-the-scenes work actually happens behind the park proper, and looks quite a bit like a slightly upscale warehouse district. It's really weird to enter this area from the park because you're in the fantasy world of Disneyland one second, and in total reality the next.
    UPDATE: JK Grence 20 SEP 97
    There are actually very few "tunnels" under Disneyland.. Most of the buildings have Basements, and some of these are connected... New Orleans Square is built upon a very large basement... part of it is Pirates ride ayatems, part is the New Orleans Main Kitchen, one of the cast cafeterias "The DEC" or "Westside Diner" is down there, as are various storage rooms, elevators, and electrical rooms... This Basement does NOT connect to anywhere else... And, to get from Toontown to Critter Country, you have to walk AROUND the River, either backstage, or through the park... there is NO tunnel under the River. Scott (Do not link to me...)
    UPDATE: Scott 07 MAR 98
    I would like to confirm the fact that there is not an elaborate tunnel system under Disneyland. This concept was developed too late to be included in the original construction of Disneyland, but was used in the construction of Disneyworld in Florida. I have had the opportunity to go backstage while in college, and it does indeed look like a huge wharehouse district. I was amazed to see how close together each Land really is. It is such a long walk inside the park!
    CONFIRMED: Beth 20 NOV 99
    Actually, there are three tunnels in Disneyland, though none as large as the one running underneath Tomorrowland. One is under the French Market/Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square, the other beneath the Villige Haus in Fantasyland.
    CONFIRMED: CaptainEO 29 APR 00
  55. The costumes that the cast members wear come from a huge builing in the back and are washed daily. If you ever notice the cast members, a lot of them might be heard complaining about the costuming department for never having the right sizes.
    REPORTED: Chip Arthur 11 JAN 99
    CONFIRMED: Hannah 16 APR 02 cat
  56. After months of rodent infestation, Disneyland finally sought to check the rodent population by natural selection. They brought in cats to hunt them down. Wild cats still roam the park to this day, appearing late at night and early in the mornings, wisely hiding from the public during business hours.

    Disneyland has always had a problem with cats! If you look back to news reports, to when they went in to build the walk through attraction, in the Castle, they found almost 100 cats living there. Disney brass won't do much with the scary cats that are in park now, because they help solve the rodent problem.

    They are even fed by cast members. The cats take care of rodent problems, as well as providing entertainment to those Cast Members taking their breaks in the backstage area. The cats also pick up and take care of any food dropped, or left laying around, they truly help out a lot.

    pict from hiddenmickeys.org Cats have seen on Main Street at Carnation Plaza Gardens, once a pair of pure white kittens with their white mother (in the bushes to the side and sort of behind the food counter area) and a grayish tabby playing and pouncing near the stream at Carnation Plaza Gardens. Definitely weird to watch the cats playing in what they call their home, while tourists are eating, shopping and riding rides at Disneyland. One of the best places to see them is in Thunder Ranch BBQ area. They have even stopped the Big Thunder Rail Road, by tripping senors and confusing the computers.
    REPORTED: Patrick Keown 01 MAY 96
    CONFIRMED: Scott Mackay 10 MAY 96
    CONFIRMED: DisneyGrl 23 MAY 96
    CONFIRMED: Jonathan Reuel 07 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: anon 03 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Mike 23 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Gallagher 20 AUG 96
    On Indiana Jones where you exit and you can see a bit of water, I saw an extremely cute black and white kitten.
    CONFIRMED: Olivia Astika 26 OCT 96
    One of the cats at the Main Street Train Station has been named Retlaw by the conductors, Charlie & George, who feed and take care of him. Retlaw is Walter spelled backwards!
    CONFIRMED: Gregory Shoop 28 OCT 96
    My friends and I were waiting at the ToonTown Train Station, and a little girl that was in line behind us pointed out that there was, in fact, a yellowish cat behind the white picket fence on the other side of the tracks. I thought the extra wildlife was pretty cool!
    CONFIRMED: Jaron Dempsey 11 NOV 96
    I saw a cat eating grass in the zebra scene on the Jungle Cruise.
    CONFIRMED: Patti 16 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Todd Richards 23 DEC 96
    I saw a black and white cat hiding among the Indian village in the Rivers of America. I also saw a yellow tabby near the (former) Fantasyland Gondola entrance. It was enjoying the hospitality of several Cast Members, who where giving it food.
    CONFIRMED: Whitney Drake 13 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Jordan Wasyliw 14 MAR 97
    The cat named "Retlaw" by the train workers is a tribute to the old days, when the monorail and train workers were employed by a Disney company called Retlaw, which is Walter backwards. I saw a grey tabby cat by the castle, and a black cat with white patches where Big Thunder Ranch used to be, and is now the Festival of Fools.
    CONFIRMED: Tangaroa Jr. 17 JUL 97
    We were on the Jungle Cruise and saw a yellow cat sunning itself with the lions. Everyone on the boat got a big kick out of that, and the guide told us that that was the special Disney animatronic cat up there. We loved it.
    CONFIRMED: MaryJo Mellado 06 MAR 98
    There is a small kitten living in one of the areas of the outdoor queue areas for Indiana Jones. It is the area with a couple of boxes of artifacts, a desk, a chair, and a green lamp. A cast member told us it was Indy's guardian kitty.
    CONFIRMED: anon 24 SEP 98 PETsMART.com Specials
    Like most of the animals in Disneyland, the wild cats that roam the park are becoming more and more tame. One of the last times I went on Indy there was a cat licking it's paws in the queue. The people around me were all reaching down for the cat (we were on the incline that leads to the temple, and the cat was right below us,) and the cat didn't even attempt to run away.
    CONFIRMED: chernabog 23 NOV 98
    Recently I was let into the back pet cemetary by a cast member...while back there, she had told us that there are cats that live back there, and that the cast members actually feed the cats themselves. I could even see some food bowls sitting out for them towards the back.
    CONFIRMED: FantasmicJ 23 FEB 99
    First, they tried leaving hot dogs laced with cyanide out for the rodents, which they hoped, would eat the hot dog, travel down to the River of America to take a drink and fall in. The next morning, the boat would skim them off the top. If any were found floating during the day, they would be hooked on to a canoe. This worked for a while until a little boy ate one of the hot dogs and fell ill. So Disneyland brought in about one dozen cats (I think) and set them loose in the park. They are still there today, but hide during business hours. So, if you do see one, look closely, it may not be an audio-animotronic!
    CONFIRMED: Stacee 07 MAY 00
    When Big Thunder BBQ isn't in use, kittens and cats can been seen lurking about the tables and rocks. They're so adorable!
    CONFIRMED: AprilDecember 06 OCT 00
    When I went to Disneyland last winter I was going on the Disneyland Railroad. While I was waiting for the train to start I saw a white cat wondering around, then it went into the bushes. Then another time at night I was on It's a Small World, and we just exited the building, and were on our way to the enterance/exit. There I saw the same white cat on the grass by the tracks of the train. I tried to get it's attention, but then it ran away.
    CONFIRMED: Shaida 22 OCT 00
    On President's Day, Feb 19th, I purposefully walked past the Big Thunder Ranch. Despite the rain, I saw a cat run directly toward the restrooms.
    UPDATE: Jeremy 22 FEB 01
    They originally released 50 cats
    CONFIRMED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01
    CONFIRMED:Meg & Jared 21 APR 01
    While on the train between New Orleans Square and Mickey's Toontown I saw a white cat sitting in the woods watching us. First time I've ever seen the feral felines there.
    CONFIRMED: Andrew Johnson 01 DEC 01
    When we were eating that the Country Bear Restaurant that looks over the River of America, three cats meandered out from the underbrush and walked amongst the tables. There were two tabbies, and a white one. One of the tabbies came right up to me and let me pet it. The other two were skiddish, though.
    CONFIRMED: PrincessAurora 11 DEC 01
    There are some new additions to the cats in the park. I was at Disneyland, on the Mark Twain, yesterday for Mother's Day, and saw about two litters of kittens wondering around. Because most of Critter Country is under construction right now, they were playing on the lower deck of the Country Bear Restaurant with their moms watching. No one was around to disturb them and you can tell the kittens just opened their eyes. I guess the new generation of Disney cats are arriving!
    CONFIRMED: anon 13 MAY 02
    I have seen a cat before on the side of Grizzly Peak. It was around 8:00 at night.
    CONFIRMED: Joey 24 MAY 06

  57. I read numerous people's cat sighting reports, but has anyone ever seen a mouse at Disneyland? I saw a little white mouse while I was in line for Big Thunder. I saw it when I was standing under the tracks; it was up near the bottom of the tracks. I was younger at the time and my dad said that maybe it was a relative of Mickey's!
    REPORTED: Lisa 31 MAY 01
  58. In front of Indiana Jones a few years ago when my family and I were at Disneyland there were actually a family of possums, even babies! My sisters were scared to go on the ride because of them...
    REPORTED: Emily 04 JUN 06
  59. I was sitting on the walkway just outside of Sleeping Beauty's castle, and as I looked into the water/moat, I could have sworn that I saw a turtle pop its head up! So... being a HUGE fan of turtles (they are so cute!), I got my friends' attention and we watched, and sure enough, it stuck its head out again! Now, how in the world did a turtle get in there??? and I wonder if they bother the swans... ;)
    REPORTED: Nichole 27 JAN 02
  60. A while after Disneyland opened, they started to have insect problems. Since they certainly did not want insects (mainly flies) disturbing the guests, and it was Disneyland, where flies should not be allowed, they brought in over 2000 tinier flies, invisible to the naked human eye. These special flies eat the larvae of the larger one, and eliminated the fly problem.
    REPORTED: Stacee 07 MAY 00
  61. Monorails travel up to 35 mph.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 07 DEC 97
  62. Few people know this, (even though they tell you every time you ride the Monorail), that the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail system was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.
    REPORTED: Darrin E. Davis 09 DEC 97
  63. Buy a cup of coffee anywhere in Disneyland, when finished be sure to save your cup. You may then return to any restaurant or stand which serves coffee and ask for a refill. So you just have to pay for the 1st cup of coffee if you save your cup.
    REPORTED: IceWizard 16 FEB 97
    CONFIRMED: Marty 22 MAR 97
    You can get your own great coffee online at AshLaneCoffee.com pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  64. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles has artwork is so small that it cannot be seen with the naked eye. Inside one of the needle's heads is the Disney character Donald Duck. There is also Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs.
  65. Every time we go to Disneyland, we see an old man wearing green that is constantly picking up trash. He is not a Cast Member, and never goes on the rides. I have seen him different days of the week and different times of the day.
    REPORTED: Domenic 07 JUN 96
  66. There are lots of special little things for kids to do at Disneyland. Everyone knows that you can ride in the front car of the monorail, but you can also ride in the front of the train and in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain. This last thing is the most thrilling for little kids. They actually get to ring the bell, blow the whistle, steer, and get a special certificate. You can also go up in the Haunted Mansion elevator. That's how wheelchair parties get up anyway, but normal people can too, and you see just how the elevator works. Also, anyone can wake up Jose in the Tiki Room and catch a glimpse of how it works by just asking. And you can get a waterside table in the Blue Bayou by just asking.
    REPORTED: Ghost Host 21 JUL 97
    CONFIRMED: Christina Flores 08 JUL 97
  67. If your Mickey balloon pops while in the park, Disneyland will replace it anywhere they sell balloons, even if you find a "dead" balloon in the park yourself, or bring an old one back inside.
    REPORTED: Bert Bacskai 08 SEP 97
    It's true that if your balloon pops, they will give you a new one. While on a ride, someone accidentally popped my son's balloon which was tied to his stroller. I asked a cast member about the rumor of balloon replacements and was sent to Guest Relations. There, the gentleman escorted us to the nearest balloon vendor and had him give us a new one.
    CONFIRMED: A. McKee 03 SEP 01
  68. When entering the turnstyle into the park, I accidentally dropped one of those fan spray bottles that I bought the day before. Unfortunately it broke so I couldn't use it, but the cast member near the gate told me that I could go to any vendor that sold spray bottles and they'd replace it for me free of charge. They did, even though the style was of better quality than the original one.
    REPORTED: A. McKee 03 SEP 01
  69. Disneyland has its own "jail" where misbehaving guests and the such can be kept while Disneyland Security waits for Anaheim Police to come for them.
    REPORTED: Jory 09 OCT 97
    I know where the Disneyland jail is. It's in New Orleans Square, very near the train station. There is a horse in the window of the building. Occasionally you'll see a Disney security guard standing outside.
    UPDATE: Josh C. 28 OCT 97
    There may be a jail in New Orleans Square, but I know there is a jail behind the bank at Main Street in the security building. It is a about 10 ft long and 8 feet wide it has no top and there is a mirror where they can keep an eye on you.
    UPDATE: Greg Nelson 01 FEB 98
    In Main Street, behind the Fire House, is the DisneyLand Jail. According to my teacher (who had to go pick up a juvinile delinquent (not me)), there are real cells, bars, and everything. Disneyland will go to any lengths to make sure that everyone is happy in Disneyland.
    UPDATE: George 25 OCT 00
    To let everyone know there is no jail in Disneyland. I was a security cast member and can tell you that there are only two rooms with normal doors that are used for guests that have business with security. But not to say that the APD officer that is reffered to as Delta-1 wont take you to a real jail.
    WISHFUL THINKING: Josh 17 NOV 00
  70. Although there are plenty of birds and other animals at Disneyland, Disney augments their sounds when you least expect it. Sure they run recordings on the Jungle Cruise but did you know about the extra bird sounds near the Phantom Fish; the clucking of a chicken near the Festival of Fools? Whenever you stop - listen.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 06 NOV 97
  71. When the park closes at night, big lights, similar to those in a stadium, rise up from behind the buildings on Main Street. I think this is so the workers can see better when they clean at night. At 6:30 A.M., right before the park opens for early entry, the lights turn off and lower back behind the buildings.
    REPORTED: Jimmy Zasa 13 APR 98
    I was there for early entry about a week ago, and there they were.
    CONFIRMED: Luke Davis 15 APR 98
  72. I recently found out that the address to Disneyland is 1313 S. Harbour Blvd. The 13th letter of the alphabet is "M"...leading one to belive that the address stands for the parks most famous resident's initials...M M. I called the City of Anaheim planning and Zoning Dept. and they assured me it was only coincidence.....I think NOT!!!
    REPORTED: Darrin E. Davis 28 NOV 97
    1313 definitely turns into MM but if you turn it on its side, it looks like 2 mouse ears (the 3s) and two mouse tails (the 1s) that means Mickey and Minnie!
    CONFIRMED: GiNsEnG 20 JUL 98
  73. In high school I lived close to Disneyland (in Brea, CA), and I had lots of friends that worked at the park. One of my best friends spent several years as a janitorial worker there (they referred to themselves as "jannies") and always related lots of great stories. He told me a couple of times that so much Coke syrup was used in the park, it would have been too difficult to carry around enough small tanks or those syrup boxes to each restaurant or stand. Instead, he claimed there was a huge tank in the back of the park (to the north of the public areas) that a Coke tanker truck would refill as needed. I'm not sure of the exact capacity of the tank, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons, IIRC. To move the syrup to the dispensing points, there was a plumbing system for the syrup! I never saw it myself, so he could have been pulling my leg, but all of his other stories always proved true by my personal experience or photos he took.
    REPORTED: Brad Wohlenberg 30 JAN 98
    I work at a McDonald's and we use a similar system for our Coke syrup. Because we use so much, it would be incredibly inconvenient to have to constantly change cylinders as each one ran out. Instead, we have two central 55-gallon syrup tanks which are refilled every 5 days by a Coca-Cola truck.
    CONFIRMED: Mike Peschka 09 MAR 98
    I am a cast member at Disneyland park, at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port. This claim is untrue. Each restaurant in Disneyland has their own soda fountain network with a "Bag-in-a-Box." About 10-15 lbs. of syrup in a plastic bag in a cardboard box. Now, most restaurants in the park also have their own independent CO2 (carbon dioxide) systems. However, some restaurants share them. Like there is only one system for Main St. While Redd Rockett's and Tomorrowland Terace each have their own.
    CORRECTION: Darrin E. Davis 30 OCT 98
  74. Did you know that Disney does not have to pay for their Coca Cola soft drinks or any other drinks for that matter? The reason behind these corporate "gifts" is simple. Disney will receive their products for free so long as their main competitors are kept out of the park. Notice why you don't get too much of a choice when it comes to softdrinks? Forget asking for a Pepsi. As long as Coke has their products in the park, Pepsi wont be allowed to sell their stuff. The part that really ruffles my fur is that despite the fact that Disney gets their Coca Cola product for free, they continue to charge an outrageous price for a cup or bottle.$1.85 for a 32 oz. cup that, when filled up with as much ice as possible, really only gives you 12 oz. But that's just one monopoly. Consider other companies that have a stronghold on the competition and outrageous prices. Kodak wants over five dollars for a roll of film! How ridiculous is that? But the biggest rip off of all is their food prices. $6.99 for a cheeseburger meal? You must be joking. The last time my girlfriend and I went to the park, we saw the new raised prices and decided to eat elsewhere. Low and behold, not only did I feed the both of us very well, but we even had change to spare all for the price of $6.85. That's even less than the meal sold at the park without tax for just one person!
    REPORTED: J.M.S 28 JAN 98
    It is true that Disneyland gets most of their products free. It is not just that they get the stuff free for not selling other brands, but they also advertise. The popcorn is free also. If you look at the boxes that they sell it in you will see that every side has the company name in it. Also, most of the cups in Disneyland say "Always Coca-Cola". They get many more things free also.
    CONFIRMED: Christopher Do 31 AUG 98
    This is totally true about Disney keeping the competitors out of the park. You will never find a Pepsi, Mountain Dew, or a Dr. Pepper because these are all Pepsi products. Even backstage in the Cast break rooms there is only Coke products.
    CONFIRMED: Psyche 17 NOV 98
    I toataly agree with you when you say you can go outside the park and get food way cheaper. Its the only thing I don't like about Disneyland. My friends and I all have passes and we go after school (already having eaten lunch) If we can't hold our hunger before we want to leave, we walk over to the McDonald's across the street. Its closer than the car!
    UPDATE: Tata 27 JUN 02
  75. When I was in college in 1985, admission price was $16 or $16.50 (I can't remember exactly). It has more than doubled in 13 years!
    REPORTED: anon 12 MAY 98
  76. Don't want to pay $6.99 for a cheeseburger meal? The last time my girlfriend and I went to the park, we saw the new raised prices and decided to eat elsewhere. Low and behold, not only did I feed the both of us very well, but we even had change to spare all for the price of $6.85. That's even less than the meal sold at the park without tax for just one person!
    REPORTED: J.M.S 28 JAN 98
    It's true! Prices at Disneyland have skyrocketed. Admission is at a ridiculous $38. I remember it used to be just $25 to get in. And the food! $6 for a measly cheeseburger, $2 for a box of popcorn, and $1.50 for a Drumstick that usually costs 50 cents. If you want to save money, I suggest you bring in your own food. Pack a lunch, store it in your backpack, rent a stroller, and carry all your stuff around that way. When you get hungry, you can sit anywhere and eat. You can even eat while you're in line for a ride and not waste to much time.
    CONFIRMED: Edna Becerra 04 MAY 98
  77. Everyone that got an annual pass between 01-01-98 and 01-31-98 had the wrong expireation date on their passes. Reason, they change the apperence of the passes every year. This year they didn't change it until Jan 31st. So that is probly why they forgot to change the year part of the expiretion dates. So basicly, if you got a pass on Jan. 8th the expire date says 01/08/98 instead of 01/08/99. And the fact that the passes looked like the old ones didn't help much.
    REPORTED: Joe Hanson 19 JAN 98
  78. pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  79. The new parking structure is named the Mickey and friends parking area/garage. It is the world's largest parking garage.
    REPORTED: anon 01 AUG 00
    Disneyland's Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is currently the largest in the world, it holds over 10,000 cars and security can find your car by just a description in case you forget where you parked. Tokyo Disneyland will have the world's largest parking structure in 2002, I think and it will hold over 15,000 cars. A tram operator told me.
    CONFIRMED: Stephanie 28 JUN 01
    The world's largest parking garage is located at Detroit Metro Airport, which hold's 11,000 spaces and can be accessed at http://www.metroairport.com . At this site, both the federal and state government back up this fact. Sorry Disney
    CONFIRMED: anon 07 MAR 02
  80. The entire park compressed air system is ran by one huge air compressor backstage. If the air pressure gets too low the rides that it supplies will stop functioning as a safety feature. Space Mountain, the Bobsleds, and Big Thunder all share this compressed air line. Unsure if the new Rocket Rods are using compressed air to stop or not.
    REPORTED: Sean Reigle 10 JUL 98
  81. In addition to Paul Frees eerie narration in the Haunted Mansion, Frees was to Disney as Mel Blanc was to Warner Bros. He virtually voiced every character in Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln (except Lincoln), Is numerous characters in The Pirates Of The Caribbean attraction, and basically was the narrator in the old Adventure Thru Inner Space ride. In addition, Frees narrated many Disney T.V. shows and record albums.
    REPORTED: Brian 28 MAY 98
    Paul Frees has been mentioned many times as the host of the Haunted Mansion, pirate voices, etc. Strangely, no one has mentioned his most famous character, the infamous Boris Badenov from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show! He also had a bit part as a radio reporter in the movie "War of the Worlds." An amazingly talented guy.
    UPDATE: Steve Dawson 08 JUN 99
    Paul Frees, in addition to his many Disney voices, was the voice of John Lennon on the Beatles' ABC Saturday morning cartoon show, from 1965-1968.
    UPDATE: Jeff Davis 14 SEP 01
  82. All of the Disney 3D Adventure Shows, such as Muppet Vision 4D, and Honey I Shrunk the Audience, It's Tough To Be A Bug, as well as the since past show Magic Journeys all use the same principle of presentation. Unlike normal 3D show (red/blue lenses) these film use a process of reverse polorization every other frame. The clear glasses are reversed polorized which allow your eyes to detect the difference of angle between the two frames - this method is cheap for filming, and it can be added after filming is done. It also adds a higher degree of control on the 3D effects.
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 25 JUN 98
  83. Next time you're at Walt Disney World for more than a day, hide a penny anywhere, under a trash can, on top of a partition in a bathroom, etc., chances are, it will be gone the next day! Supervisors use this trick every once in a while to see if the cleaning crew is doing their job.
    REPORTED: Michael Littell 04 OCT 95
    Did you know that Disneyland keeps their park so clean that if you left a penny under a trash can that is would not be there the next day.
    REPORTED: JUAN FREGOSO 17 JUL 98
    In regards to the notion that Disneyland is kept so clean that you can leave a penny under a trash can one day and it will not be there the next day, I disagree. I did not have any pennies with me, but I did leave a nickel under the right front leg of the trash can immediately to the right of the Hub (as you enter from Main Street)as my boyfriend and I left one night. The next morning, my sister, two cousins, and I returned. The first thing we did was look for my nickel. Lo and Behold: the nickel was still there.
    UPDATE: ChristyB 21 SEP 99
  84. If you're travelling down Interstate 5 just passing the Mouse House at fireworks time, you'll see those fireworks light up the freeway.
    REPORTED: Kevin 19 FEB 99
  85. Disney Fireworks Patents: US05627338, US05739462, US05526750, 5440990 and US05339741
  86. A friend of mine worked at DL and he said that at night, while doing a walk through, they turn off the sound but the animatronics doesn't stop. He said its really creepy!
    REPORTED: Debby 20 MAR 99
  87. Yes! Early Admission is a great deal. If you join the Magic Kingdom Gold Card Club, you get an offer to purchase a "Passport Plus" which is a Five-Day Passport for the price of Two-Day Passport. Also with the Passport Plus package yiu may request the "Magic Morning". You get into the park 90 minutes earlier (6:30am/7:30am) before the public does and I always choose with my package the free Character Breakfast in a secret location inside Disneyland. As a member of the Magic Kingdom Gold Card Club, your Passport Plus and other goodies are mailed to you by Federal Express. Now here is another secret I will share with you. When you get to the entrance of Disneyland, go to Gate 11, 12, or 13. They are the least crowed and in my opinion are the first gates to open.
    REPORTED: James P. McDonald 24 MAR 99
  88. For the last year or so, Disneyland has sold red name badges to the public which say, "Guest of Honor" on them. They sort of look like the Cast Member name tags expect they are red. Well, I purchased one of these red badges and almost everytime I go, I get asked questions by other guests of the Park, as if I work there. Well, I have been to Disneyland many a time so I basically know the Park like the back of my hand (no braggin intended). But, it brings a smile to my face since I know I've helped someone out even though my dream of actually working at Disneyland is at a hold right now. So, yes, please....if any of you out there are planning a visit to the Park, and you need to ask a question, look for people in costume and with a WHITE name badge. Have fun and ride the Monorail for me!
    REPORTED: Tadao 04 MAY 00
    Yes, you can purchase a name badge (red of course), but did you know that unless the name you choose is either a Disney character or true name, they Will Not create a badge for you? I had badges created for my best friends using their nicknames. They would do one for "JulieBear", but not for the name "Booger." Their excuse ... it might offend him and Disney didn't want to be affiliated with someone's upset. She literally refused to do so for me, and handed me back my money. I just think that the customer comes first, and I wouldn't have chosen the name if I thought he would be offended. So beware of the name you ask for, you just might NOT get it.
    UPDATE: Brandee Franklin 28 OCT 01
  89. In the first part of the line for Rocket Rods, there is a rock-like barrier to signal where the line is. On this wall, there are almost none concave parts. This is common throughout the park, because it reduces people putting their trash in little nooks.
    REPORTED: anon 06 JUN 99
  90. If you go to a vender cart if you buy a pin throughout the day if you see a cast member with a cuter pin you can ask to trade them and they have to trade you even if their pin is worth more than yours
    REPORTED: katie 13 AUG 00
  91. To get the shortest queue lines go on a Tuesday night, although it now closes about 8.
    REPORTED: Andrew 24 JAN 02
  92. If you have small kids and need to rent a stroller, you will find out it is very handy. However if you have a multiday pass, the stroller rentals x the number of days you are there can get expensive. Factor in if you leave the park in the morning and return in the evening. We have left our stroller at a train station ie. New Orleans Square and left the park, returned that evening and viola, our stroller remained untouched! Might save you a few bucks! I don't recommend leaving it at the front entrance.
    REPORTED: Heepoleeto O. 22 APR 00
    I was just reading through here and the price section where one person mentioned about the strollers. If you have the reciept for the stroller that you rented that day, you can leave the park and the stroller and then when you return later that day, show the reciept to a Stroller Cast Member and they'll give you a new stroller.
    UPDATE: Letty 15 AUG 01
  93. In the Billy joel song "We didnt start the fire" it mentions Disneyland.
    REPORTED: anon 07 MAR 06


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