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Fire Station
  1. Walt had a personal apartment above the Fire House that he used when the park first opened. He'd be there to watch people come in. It has a private patio looking out on the town square. It was furnished in antiques keeping with the time period. It was even featured in a National Geographic article many years back. A second apartment was built above Pirates, but Walt died before it was finished. People do stay there from time to time. You can always tell if someone is staying there because the doors to the Fire House will be closed. This is to prevent anyone from ringing the Fire Bell. At the time of the 35th anniversary, the apartment was still in use.
    REPORTED: Maddy 26 NOV 95
    CONFIRMED: PhilChil 08 DEC 95
    CONFIRMED: Brad Hayes 12 DEC 95
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Greg 14 NOV 96
    The apartment over the Fire House in not decorated in antiques to fit the period necessarily. It was personally decorated by Walt's wife Lillie, who collected antiques.
    CONFIRMED: Cary Kirby 09 DEC 96
    Walt had a small apartement in Disneyland above the Fire House. The day before Disneyland opened, Walt wanted to stay in the apartment for the night. The next day, a couple hours before Disneyland opened, Walt accidently locked himself in, and people who worked there couldn't find him and started searching the park. Either Walt was banging on the door, or some one decided to check the the apartment was how Walt got out.
    CONFIRMED: Gerald C. 27 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Justin Brand 13 JUN 97
    CONFIRMED: richard yokley 01 SEP 97
    Walt's apt only has one antique left from Mrs. Disney. Everything else was taken out around the time Eisner took over. From what I heard, Mrs. Disney doesn't frequent the apt anymore.
    CONFIRMED: kitty 25 MAR 98
    CONFIRMED: Barbara Fett 05 APR 99
    CONFIRMED: Tiana 12 APR 99
    CONFIRMED: J.J. 07 MAY 99
    Walt's apartment is still used today. The apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street is used by visiting executives and Walt's family. It has also been used to hold small private meetings.
    UPDATE: CaptainEO 29 APR 00
    CONFIRMED: Marshall Thayer 27 AUG 00
    CONFIRMED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01
    CONFIRMED: anon 03 JUL 01
  2. When the doors on the fire station is closed, Mrs. Disney was in the apartment above. The ringing of the firebell by guests is disturbing.
    REPORTED: BRT 28 MAY 97 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  3. In memory of Walt's passing, the lantern that appears in the front window of his apartment facing Main Street, has always been left on.
    REPORTED: Gregg Ziak 08 DEC 96
    The lantern (and Christmas Tree, during Christmas), is on almost all the time. On very rare occassions, the light is turned off, usually in the event of a Disney family member attending the park or when the apartment is in use. The light is supposed to be lit at all other times.
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 15 JAN 97
    It is not widely known that there is a lamp in the window of the apartment above the Firehouse that is kept lighted at all times in memory of Walt Disney. The apartment above the Firehouse was (and still is, to some extent) a fully functional apartment where Walt and his family stayed, particularly in the early days of the Park's development. The apartment is still used on a limited basis for special guests.
    CONFIRMED: Robert 07 AUG 98
    CONFIRMED: Tiana 12 APR 99
    The lamp in the window of the firehouse is always kept on in his memory.
    CONFIRMED: Tiana 07 SEP 99
    CONFIRMED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  4. If you ever see a very talented piano player at the Carnation Corner Cafe playing on the days Wednesday-Sunday its my good pal Rod Miller. He's been playing in Disneyland for 27 years and has his own CD selling called "Rag Time."
    REPORTED: Jordan Wasyliw 09 MAR 97
  5. Rod Miller is a fun guy who allowed me to play the old piano there. It was pretty fun - I played a dixie jazz style version of the Indiana Jones theme. All we did was go up and start talking and my friend mentioned I played and Rod let me. Also - there are a large number of Anaheim residents, mostly retired, who have annual passes and come just to listen to Rod and shoot the breeze with him.
    REPORTED: Scott Kooiman 07 AUG 98
  6. According to Rod, the piano player at the Coca-Cola shop at the end of Main Street, Walt Disney said that anyone at Disneyland can tell when it is going to rain. If the flags on Main Street are pointing towards the castle it will rain. I don't know if Walt really said that or not, and I know that it cannot be scientifically possible. However, the night that he told me about it those flags were pointing to the castle and it did rain!!!
    REPORTED: John McKoy 25 DEC 96
    Rod Miller told me the same story eleven years ago. If the flag points straight down Main Street towards the Castle it will rain within 1 hour. I've seen it happen year after year. I know many people who have known Rod much longer who use this method to predict if it will rain at Disneyland. It may not be scientific, but it does work.
    CONFIRMED: Barbara Taylor 28 MAY 97
    Weird, the flag identified every rain shower on Sunday!
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 07 DEC 97
  7. With regards to Rod, the ragtime piano player on Main Street, he wears one ring on his right ring finger and only wears it when he's working. It has 10 diamonds on it, each with twelve points. it was made by the same jeweler who designed Liberace's rings.
    REPORTED: Ken Miller 08 DEC 97
  8. All of the stone side walks used to have Mickey heads on them but wore out a couple of years after the park opened but you can still see a couple of them on parts that are not walked on.
    REPORTED: bob 24 SEP 97
  9. There is a secret entrance to the park via a candy and gift shop on the Main Street U.S.A. Head towards the ribbon before it is cut and head into the store - the furthest down the street on the right. They let you out just as soon as everyone else and you have a straight shot at Fantasyland an Tommorowland.
    REPORTED: Nate Kaufman 29 JUN 98


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