21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

How many of these fun facts did you know about The Happiest Place On Earth?

You've been to Disneyland too many times to count and you're a lover of anything and everything Disney, but did you know the theme park holds a ton of widely unknown secrets? Scroll through to find out how much the park has changed since it opened and which urban legends about Disneyland are true.

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

1. It only cost about $2.97 for admission the park when it first opened which included special attractions. Today is costs about $95 for a single-day pass.

2.There have only ever been three unscheduled days the park had to close: the national day of mourning after John F. Kennedy was killed, after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, and on 9/11.

3. The gold trimmings on the outside of the 'It's a Small World' ride are made of real 22 karat gold.

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

 

4. When it opened in 1959, the Disneyland Monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.

 

5. There is a human skull on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, attached to the headboard.

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland


6. In 1956, there was a lingerie shop on Main Street - it closed 6 months after opening.

7. Three babies have been born in the Disney parks, the first being born near the Plaza Inn and issued "Disneyland Birth Certificate No. 1" on July 4, 1979.

8. The props in Indiana Jones's office when you're waiting in line for the ride are real props from the movie franchise.

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

9. An 11-year old George Lucas was at the park on opening day, July 17, 1955.

10. The purple teacup and the orange one with diamond shapes on it are the fastest spinners on the Mad Tea Party ride.

11. The total cost for creating Disneyland was $17 million. Compare that with the cost of Splash Mountain, which was $75 million in 1989 and $100-150 million for the Indiana Jones Adventure in 1995.

12. The least busiest times to visit Disneyland include the first two weeks of November and December, the weeks between Easter and Memorial Day, and the weeks between New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr day.

13. In 2014, Instagram named Disneyland as the most geotagged location worldwide.

14. No aircrafts are allowed to fly within a three-mile radius of Disneyland ever since 9/11.

15. Club 33 a members-only exclusive escape to drink fancy cocktails and eat five-star cuisine is located above New Orleans Square - the waiting list is rumored to be somewhere between 4-7 years and costs $10,000 a year!

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

 

16. All Disneyland (and Disney World) attractions created since 1965 have been designed so that the human body cannot reach out and touch anything - playing a big role in the recent banning of Selfie Sticks.

 

17. There's a half-court basketball court located in the top of the Matterhorn. Employees can hang out, shoot hoops and even play a game of ping-pong during their breaks.

 

18. Near the New Orleans train station, you can also hear the dot-dash-dot of a telegraph relaying in Morse code the opening lines of Disney’s speech at opening day of Disneyland.

 

19. Walt Disney had an apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street. You will notice the light in the window of Walt's apartment is still on today in remembrance of Walt Disney. The only time the light is turned off is when his daughters are in the park out of respect.

21 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

 

20. Main Street USA was designed after Marceline, Missouri, where Walt Disney grew up. 

21. In 1995 a time capsule was buried in Sleeping Beauty's castle. It will be opened on Disneyland's 80th anniversary, July 17, 2035.

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