I have been tired and busy this last week, so much that I did not have time to update my blog yesterday. So I decided to relax today and what other way to forget all the rush than thinking about the happiest place on earth – Disneyland.
I Googled about a few interesting facts about the Disneyland California Park and here are some of them. (I stay close to the Disneyland park, in fact I can hear the fireworks right now as I write this blog)
1. From groundbreaking to opening day, Disneyland was built in just 365 days.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches.
6. 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.
7. ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC.
8. Steve Martin used to work in the Magic Shop in Disneyland. Among the celebrity staff was Michelle Pfeiffer [Alice – Electrical Parade], Rene Russo, and Ron Ziegler [Jungle Cruise Skipper].
9. Disneyland’s address is 1313 Harbor Blvd – this address was picked by Walt, not automatically given to the park. It is believed that 13 may stand for M, the thirteenth letter in the alphabet, resulting in “M.M.” [Mickey Mouse]. 1313 was also Donald Duck’s address and 313 was Donald’s license plate number.
10. The cats among Disneyland are kept left alone because they keep the rodent population in check. Walt was afraid of mice.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Every Disneyland Cast Member wears a name tag, even the draft horses that pull the trolleys up and down Main Street, U.S.A.
14. The statue of Walt Disney in the hub at the top of Main Street was made 1 inch taller than he was.
15. 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.