Disney's California Property

Hidden Mickeys

  1. The original site selected for the location of Disneyland by Walt is the area across Riverside Drive from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, which is currently the location for the Walt Disney Feature Animation Southside Studios (the "Hat" building, can be seen from Hwy 134) where "Hercules" was made, and the future location for the ABC executive offices currently under construction. Walt wanted a place that the families could go near the studios, but Roy convinced him that the area was too small for an amusement park. Good thing, too, because the whole area is probably smaller than Fantasyland!
    REPORTED: Kevin Freels 16 JUN 98
    The 134 Freeway wasn't built until around 1960, so the property could have been much bigger.
    UPDATE: Stephan Mukai 16 NOV 98
    Four Things pre-empted Walt's idea of using the Riverside Drive property as the site for Disneyland.
    1. An adjoining Army Corps of Engineers easement (for flood control).
    2. The Burbank City Council's displeasure of such an idea, for it's "carnival" atmosphere.
    3. The State of California's impending plans to build State Route 134 in that vicinity.
    4. Walt's ideas for the park had outgrown the size of the Riverside Drive property.

    UPDATE: Randy Ballier 21 APR 99
  2. Have you ever noticed that HUGE amount of land across from Disneyland that is a large strawberry field? Well, Disneyland has wanted to purchase this land for a long time in order to expand Disneyland; Only problem is the owner. It's owned by an old Oriental man (who may have died by now) who refused to sell this land because it had been in his family for a long time. Disney offered him at one point 6 million dollors but he wouldn't sell. I think this man may have passed on by now and the land may belong to his family, so I don't know if they have decided to sell or what.
    REPORTED: KidRockette 20 JUN 00
    On a recent trip to Disneyland, I was told that the 80 acres of strawberry fields, on S. Harbor Blvd., across from the Candy Cane Motel, was recently purchased by Disney for 96 million dollars. The original owners of the property, who bought it about 40-50 years ago, paid 10 thousand for it.
    UPDATE: Rex Barrong 10 MAR 01
    The strawberry farm was owned by two brothers, Hiroshi and Masao Fujishige, who bought the land the year before Disneyland was built. They consistently declined to sell the land to Disney over the years despite multi-million dollar offers. Masao eventually suffered a stroke and, despondent over his slow recovery, killed himself in 1986. Hiroshi later slipped in a bathtub, fell on his head, lapsed into a coma, and never fully recovered his health. Finally, in 1998, Hiroshi's children decided to sell most of the land to Disney; Hiroshi died a month later. UPDATE: snopes 02 SEP 04
  3. In and around 1975, very pretty Iceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule) were planted each spring around Main Street near the bathrooms & fire station area. Although the poppies do not seem to be grown in Disneyland anymore, I noticed that the Alpine Motel on Disneyland's block now plants them in front of their motel in the spring.
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 31 MAY 02 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  4. Checkout ther survey markers on property.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 05 DEC 01
  5. According to the book, "The Disney Version," when Walt Disney was buying up the land to make Disneyland, one of the owners said they would sell on one condition, that the 2 palm trees that were on the property never be removed. By a happy concidence they are on the land occupied by the Adventure Land Cruise. I don't know exactly where they are though.
    REPORTED: Greg 24 SEP 98
  6. Few people realize that there's a cast member gift shop outside of the park. It's located in the cast member parking lot, and it's difficult for non-cast members to get into. If you're in the car with a cast member they can get you in, but you can't purchase anything. About the only way to get in is to be a friend or family of a cast member (unless you are a cast member). They check your cast member ID when you get to the lot gate, then they check it again before you purchase any items. That's the best place to shop for park items though! Sweaters that usually sell for $54.00 were only $15.00, the Chernabog 23 NOV 98 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  7. The Team Disney building that is in Burbank, California was also in the movie "Spy Hard" with Leslie Nielson -- it has the seven dwarfs holding up the roof -- appears twice in the movie.
    REPORTED: Lisa Allison 25 JUL 96
    In the front of the office building at the northwest corner of the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California (Alameda Avenue and Buena Vista Street), there are the Seven Dwarfs arranged as gargoyles.
    CONFIRMED: SirOsis of Liver 23 MAY 97
    At the Disney Studios in Burbank on Buena Vista, one building which faces into the grounds (Team Disney?) features an homage to classical Greek architecture: the 7 dwarves are columns like the famed caryatids (sculpted figures which take the place of columns in supporting the horizontal structure below the roof)
    CONFIRMED: khs 04 OCT 97
    Those Sevens Dwarfs you call "gargoyles" are actually stylized columns put there to mimick a Roman or Greek temple. While designing the building, Michael Eisner told architect Michael Graves to "lighten-up" the design. As a result he added the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White to hold up the pediment(s). They are an architectural detail.
    UPDATE: anon 21 MAR 00
  8. Disneyland Resort keeps every single plant and tree in the park on computer. If you have a question about a tree or plant you see, you can go to City Hall and they will tell you about it.
    REPORTED: Jordan Wasyliw 02 NOV 98
  9. Disney has it's own brand of sound system. I think it's called DDDS (for Disney Digital Dynamic Sound or something) and the park has it's own movie theater next to the T.D.A. building (the one that you can see from the freeway) and it employs this sound system. The whole theater is made out of wood and from what I hear the sound system is superior!
    REPORTED: Joseph Guisti 23 FEB 98
  10. Disney wardrobing is located on the North side of the park behind Mickey's Toontown in a big yellow building. This building is called the Ikea building by some cast members due to it's ugly yellow color. If you want to get a brief behind the scene view of the park you only need to get onto I-5 at Katella and head north. Off to your left you can see all of the buildings behind Mickey's Toon Town and even see the back side of the toon hills.
    REPORTED: anon 23 MAR 98
  11. There is a road that goes all the way around the park. It is now easily visible on the Harbor Blvd. side of the park and is directly on the other side of the fence. This is so that supplies or emergency vehicles can get all the way to the other side of the park without disturbing guests.
    REPORTED: anon 23 MAR 98
  12. During the summer months Disney has it's nightly firework show. The show is obviously meant to be viewed from within the park but, if you park right off Ball and Anaheim Blvd across the street from the Disneyland employee parking lot you can sit in a small area of grass across from the Sheraton Hotel. From there you get what is probably the best view of the show and the best part is it's free. Enjoy!
    REPORTED: L8NiTe 03 JUL 98
  13. WDI rents the buildings they need and as their needs increase they take over the next building in line. One of the buildings near MAPO is called the "Bowling Alley" and indeed was a bowling alley (you can go into the building and still see the one lane they saved for the employees use.) Another building is named "The Morgue" which was used before as a casket factory. So you see most of the buildings are identified at WDI for what they were. Kinda wierd.
    REPORTED: Don Saewert 29 JUN 97
    One of the buildings housing the Imagineering department in California is a renovated bowling alley, and they kept a couple of lanes intact to give the designers and engineers an occasional "break" from work.
    CONFIRMED: Chad Hunter 09 APR 99 <<LI>Disney closes the outdoor parking lot at WDI for the fireworks. All cars must be out of the lot then. I gues they allow visitors to park in the garage which is normally set aside for cast members. There are three of the skyway cars being used as chairs there.
    REPORTED: Ed Johnston 21 AUG 98
  14. Disney Fireworks Patents: US05627338, US05739462, US05526750, 5440990 and US05339741
  15. On Interstate 5 eight miles north of Magic Mtn., there is a billboard of the new Tommorowland. The top of the Astro Orbiter forms a Hidden Mickey!
    REPORTED: anon 26 OCT 98

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