Walt Disney World has been around for a long time and has an amazing and interesting history. True Disney fans, as well as, this travel planner love all things Disney are fascinated by the little know facts and trivia about Disney. I thought I would pick out a few things that I have found particularly interesting in my quest for knowledge of all things Disney.
- Because it is tremendously expensive to clean up gum from under park benches, tables or any other place it gets stuck, Disney does not sell gum in any of its parks or resorts.
- Hidden Mickey’s can be found everywhere. A hidden Mickey is the 3 circle silhouette of the head and ears of Mickey Mouse disguised and subtly hidden in decor, rock formations, table settings and designs of all sorts. Thousands of hidden Mickey’s have been recorded and more included with each park update. You can even buy books to help you track them all down.
- Guests in Walt Disney World are never more than 30 steps away from a trash can.
- “Mortimer Mouse” was the original name of Mickey Mouse before Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it.
- The First Disneyland Admission Ticket ever sold was purchased for $1 US in 1955.
- Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park outside of the U.S. It was opened in April 1983.
More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables are grown at The Land pavilion at Epcot and are served in Walt Disney World restaurants.
- The “Liberty Oak,” which is the focal point of the Liberty Square area in the Magic Kingdom, is the proud parent of more than 500 young trees. They all started out as acorns harvested from the majestic oak.
- 450,000 mowing miles are traveled each year to maintain 2,000 acres of turf. For the record, those mower miles are the equivalent of 18 trips around Earth at the equator.
- Each year a horticulture staff plants 3 million bedding plants and annuals and
maintains millions of other plants including more than 4 million shrubs, 13,000 roses, and more than 200 topiary.
- Stormalong Bay, Disney’s Beach Club Resort swimming area, holds 750,000 gallons of water, making it the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.
- The fountain at Epcot Innoventions Plaza can shoot water 150 feet in the air — within 30 feet of the top of Spaceship Earth. If all of the shooters were fired at once, there would be 2,000 gallons of water in the air.
- Spaceship Earth, the visual and thematic centerpiece of Epcot, weighs 16
million pounds — more than three times that of a space shuttle fully fueled and ready for launch. The outer “skin” of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles. Also, did you know that rainwater never falls off the sphere? It’s channeled into the ball and funneled away.
It is not necessary to know all the trivia around Disney to have a fun time. It is important, however, to plan your trip well to get the most out of the time and money you spend. With the help of a travel planner whose primary focus is helping you get the exact vacation you want you can save both time and money. A travel planner costs the clients nothing, but the benefits are priceless. As an Authorized Disney Travel Planner, I help you navigate the resort options, travel to and from the airport, figuring out how to feed the group, fast pass arrangements and all the little extras your group will enjoy.