Are you a self-proclaimed Disney nut? There are so many secrets and tips to learn that you could never know them all. Before your trip to Disney Land in California or Disney World in Orlando, brush up on your Disney knowledge.
1. There are two lanterns in the window of the Hall of Presidents. These lanterns reference Paul Revere’s Ride, a poem about how the revolutionaries lit two lanterns if the British came by sea.
2. Want a behind-the-scenes peek of the park? There are underground and backstage tours that you can book. You can even check out Epcot Gardens, where hybrid fruits and veggies are grown, some in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
3. Wonder how staff members and the Disney cast get around the park without being spotted? There are underground tunnels that they use to move between different areas of the park. Otherwise, characters from Tomorrowland would have to pass through Frontier Land!
4. There are Smellitizers throughout Disney, which are machines that emit smells that are perfect for the specific area. For example, Main Street always smells like vanilla and baked cookies. The Pirates of the Caribbean line always smells salty, like water.
5. You could spend all of your time looking for hidden Mickey heads; there are 800 of them hidden! To spot some quickly, look up their location before your trip, at the same time when you’re searching for affordable hotels in Orlando.
6. Main Street in the Magic Kingdom is based on America circa 1910. Tomorrowland was designed with 1986 in mind. Both of these dates were picked because those are the years when you could see Halley’s Comet from Earth. The next appearance of Halley’s Comet will be in 2061.
7. There are many abandoned areas of Disney Land, as well as Discovery Island, an abandoned wildlife attraction in Disney World. Bacteria was discovered and the plans had to be left behind. In 1976, River Country opened in Disney World, but closed in 2001 because the natural water was dangerous.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask the conductor at Main Street Station if you can catch a ride upfront! The same goes for the pilot on the Mark Twain boat.
9. On the Great Movie Ride, try to find Donald, Mickey, R2-D2, and C-3PO in the hieroglyphics in the Indian Jones part.
10. Two big problems in Disney Land are rodents and cats. They were unsuccessful in scaring away the feral cats, so they put them to work. The cats keep the rats out of the park, and as a “thank you,” they’re spayed, given shots, and fed.
11. There’s a private club, called Club 33, in the New Orleans Square section of Disney Land. There’s a ten-year wait for members. This is the only spot in the park that allows alcohol. Plus, its members have exclusive access to various areas of the park, such as the wheelhouse in the Mark Twain riverboat.
Keep a running list of the small details you want to check out during your trip. When you come upon an attraction, you’ll have something to refer to that will remind you of what you want to spot.
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