1. Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 adventures and attractions.
When Disneyland opened, Anaheim, Calif., had five hotels and two motels
with a total of 87 rooms, and there were 34 restaurants in the
city. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels with
more than 18,000 rooms, and well over 450 restaurants.
3. From groundbreaking to opening day, Disneyland was built in just 365 days.
Well over 600 million guests have passed through the gates of
Disneyland since opening day, including seven U.S. presidents and many
other prominent 20th century dignitaries and celebrities.
Having fun is hungry and thirsty work. Every year, guests at Disneyland
Park and Disney California Adventure Park consume an estimated 3 million
hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of french fries,
1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9
million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros.
Disneyland Park does not sell chewing gum, because Walt Disney wanted to
keep the park clean and prevent guests from being inconvenienced by
stepping in a gooey mess.
7. Disneyland creator Walt Disney,
who pioneered animated filmmaking, was the voice of Mickey Mouse for two
decades and won more Oscars (32) than anyone else in history, attended
only one year of high school.
8. When Disneyland was under
construction, Walt Disney had a private apartment installed over the
historic fire station on Main Street, U.S.A. so he could supervise.
After the park was built, he and his family continued to use it
frequently. Everyone in the park knew when Disney was there because he
left a light burning in the window. Since Disney's death in 1966, the
light has been left on to honor his memory and to show that his spirit
will always be a part of Disneyland.
9. A fireman's pole
connected Disney's private apartment to the bottom floor of the
firehouse. Walt Disney was usually eager to start his work day and often
would slide down the pole. The hole at the top of the pole was sealed
up after an enthusiastic guest climbed up the pole one day and
introduced himself to the Disney family.
21,000 "cast members" work at the Disneyland Resort. Collectively, they
contribute more than 500 arts, crafts, professions and other skills to
11. Every Disneyland Cast Member wears a name tag, even the draft horses that pull the trolleys up and down Main Street, U.S.A.
Some Disney cast members have gone on to international fame. From the
age of 10 to 18, comedian Steve Martin worked at the park after school,
on weekends, and during summer vacations. He started by selling
guide books at the gate, and then moved on to selling souvenir spinning
lassos in Frontierland. Martin later demonstrated and sold packaged
magic tricks and joke novelties at the old Merlin's Magic Shop in
Fantasyland, where he became an accomplished magician. He learned to
juggle from Disneyland Court Jester, Christopher Fair, and modeled his
trademark, "Well, excuuuuuse me," phrase on the exasperated outbursts of
a woman he worked with at the park.
13. The Disneyland Resort
Operational Costume Division has a costume inventory of roughly 800,000
pieces and stocks 500,000 yards of material in 900 different fabrics.
Approximately 150,000 individual pieces and 300,000 buttons are replaced
14. The Disneyland Resort issues, maintains and
cleans costumes for more than 15,000 cast members, who exchange more
than 20,000 garments for cleaning each week during the summer.
In addition to dressing thousands of human cast members, Disneyland
Resort also maintains costumes for more than 650 Audio-Animatronics®
16. The Disneyland Band has logged more than 3,500
marching miles and more than 90,000 performances since opening day in
1955 and draws from a repertoire of more than 400 musical numbers.
Keeping Disneyland Park clean is no small task. Workers use 1,000
brooms, 500 dust pans and 3,000 mops a year to keep the park looking
its best, and collect approximately 30 tons of trash during a busy
day—about 12 million pounds annually. The streets of Disneyland are
washed and steam-cleaned after closing each day.
18. Not all of
the refuse collected in the park goes to the landfill. Every year,
Disneyland Park recycles approximately 4.1 million pounds of cardboard;
1.3 million pounds of green waste; 370,000 pounds of office paper;
361,260 pounds of glass bottles; 274,280 pounds of plastic bottles; and
17,240 pounds of aluminum cans.
19. More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland looking fresh and better-than-new.
20. Disneyland has 10 bodies of water, which hold nearly 20 million gallons of water.
Disneyland uses more than 100,000 light bulbs, including 11,000 "rim
lights" that outline the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A.
The landscaping at the Disneyland Resort includes more than 800 species
of plants from more than 40 nations—including roughly 17,000 trees and
100,000 shrubs—which makes it one of the most extensive and diverse
botanical collections in the western United States.
trees at Disneyland Park range in size from one-foot dwarf spruce in
Storybook Land to 80-foot high eucalyptus trees and towering evergreens
along the Rivers of America.
24. Each year, about 1 million
colorful annuals are planted at Disneyland. The Mickey Mouse flower
“portrait” at the Disneyland Main Entrance is replanted six times a
25. Maintaining the acres of flowers and greenery at
Disneyland requires a horticulture staff of 100. More than 60,000 drip
emitters and sprinkler heads keep the grounds watered.
26. More than 30 different languages are spoken by Disneyland Resort cast members, including Russian, Hindi and Portuguese.
Sleeping Beauty Castle features a real working drawbridge, but it’s
only been lowered twice—on opening day in 1955, and to celebrate the
newly remodeled Fantasyland in 1983.
28. The King Arthur Carrousel has 68 horses. No two are alike and they all move.
29. When the Disneyland Monorail debuted in 1959, it was the first daily monorail operating in the Western hemisphere.
It cost $17 million to build Disneyland in 1955, more than $138 million
in today’s dollars, although the price of the real estate has probably
increased considerably over the past 55 years.
31. Mickey Mouse not the original choice for a name, originally he was to be named Mortimer.
32. Disney’s California Adventure Land was built on what used to be the parking lot for Disneyland.
33. The statue of Walt Disney in the hub at the top of main street was made 1 inch taller than he was.
34. The buildings along Main Street USA are built to create the effect of a longer street when entering the park and a shorter street when going back to your car.
35. It was so hot on opening day that the high heals that the lady guests were wearing sank into the newly paved Main Street USA.
36. A plumbing strike caused Walt Disney to decide
between water to drink or water to flush toilets. He was accused of
trying to make money by not having water to drink.
37. The 1,000,000th guest was welcomed into the park within a month of the park opening.
38. To ensure his employees that he was working as hard as them when the park was being built, Walt Disney
kept a light on in the window of the apartment he had built over the
Fire Station. Since his death, it is kept on 24/7 as a reminder of Walt Disney's dedication and hard work.
39. Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches.
40. When the moat around Sleeping Beauty’s castle was dredged, all the money recovered was given to charity.
41. Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” speech was given at Disneyland. He and Walt Disney were good friends.
42. Club 33 is a secret club inside Disneyland. Walt Disney
had it built so he could entertain guests. The members-only club has a 3
year wait list and boast membership fees from $9,000 - $25,000 with
yearly dues of $3,000 - $6,000.
43. ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC.
44. The Burbank Studio is held up on the hands of statues of the seven dwarfs. The studio was built with the proceeds from Snow White.
45. Matterhorn Mountain is exactly 100 times shorter than the real thing at 147 feet