What are some interesting facts about Disneyland

40 amazing facts about Disneyland

Disneyland, the happiest place in the world, has been hugely popular since it opened!

The only way to visit this magical place is visited by millions of people from all over the world every year.

Find out more about this magnificent adventure park with these 40 impressive facts!

  1. The original Disneyland in Anaheim, California opened on July 17thth, 1955.
  2. It only took a year to build with 2,500 workers, and it cost $ 17 million to build.
  3. The Disneyland location in Anaheim is the only theme park directly monitored and built by Walt Disney.
  4. The idea for Disneyland came to Walt Disney after he took his daughters to Griffith Park in the 30s and 40s and watched them play the carousel.
  5. The bench from Griffith Park, where Walt Disney developed the concept, can be seen in the park next to the entrance to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
  6. In order to get further inspiration for his concept, he visited other parks, for example in Tivoli in Denmark, in Efteling in the Netherlands and in the USA in Children's Fairyland.
  7. Disneyland California Adventure was built on the site of the original Disneyland parking lot.
  8. In 2013, Disneyland was the third most visited park in the world with around 16.2 million visitors.
  9. The earliest documented report of Disney's plans was in a 1948 message to a production designer. He called his concept at the time "Mickey Mouse Park".
  10. On the opening day in 1955, 28,000 people attended, but half of them bought fake tickets or snuck into the park by jumping the fence.
  11. When it originally opened, there were only 18 attractions, 14 of which are still running. Today there are a total of 51 sights!
  12. It was $ 1 to enter when it first opened - it's a whopping $ 99 today!
  13. The most popular Disneyland souvenirs are the Mickey Mouse ears. Over 84 million have been sold since the park opened!
  14. There are roughly 200 wild cats that live in Disneyland to get rid of rodents. All cats were spayed and neutered before being released back to the park. If the cats cannot survive just from hunting rodents, there are feeding stations for them around the park.
  15. The longest-serving actor has been working there since 1956. He is currently working at the Carnation Café.
  16. Over 700 million people have visited Disneyland since it first opened.
  17. All of the plants in the Tomorrowland ride are edible to represent the advancement of humanity.
  18. In the case of the Pirates of the Caribbean, all skeletons from the UCLA medical center were real. Now there is only a human skull on the move, attached to the head section.
  19. Disneyland employees weren't allowed to have mustaches until 2000.
  20. There is a time capsule buried in Sleeping Beauty's Castle for 40 in 1995th Anniversary that will open 50 years later in 2045.
  21. Originally, the park was to be built on just 16 acres across from Disney Studios in Burbank.
  22. The Matterhorn was the first ever steel roller coaster, the first roller coaster that could transport several cars on the track at the same time, and the first fully themed indoor and outdoor roller coaster. Walt Disney got inspiration for the Matterhorn from Switzerland.
  23. There is a basketball court in the Matterhorn that is only available to employees. They use it to shoot hoops during breaks.
  24. 2.8 million churros are sold at Disneyland each year.
  25. Until 1982, guests had to buy individual tickets for each attraction.
  26. The Haunted Mansion is just a front for the actual drive which is underground. If you walk down the portrait hall, you are actually walking under the tracks of the Disneyland Railroad!
  27. There used to be a tobacco shop and a lingerie shop. The tobacco shop closed in 1991 and the lingerie shop only lasted 6 months and closed in 1956.
  28. The drawbridge in Sleeping Beauty's Castle is fully functional but has only been used twice. Once on the opening day and again for the opening of the converted Fantasyland.
  29. Walt Disney sometimes waited in unison with park goers just because he loved hanging out with them.
  30. The last voyage personally supervised by Walt Disney was the Pirate Ride of the Caribbean.
  31. It took Thunder Mountain 10 years of planning and 18 months to complete, which cost $ 17 million. That's more time and the same cost as the entire park!
  32. There were only three unscheduled days for the park to close - the day of mourning following the Kennedy assassination, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and September 11th.
  33. There are more than 100,000 lightbulbs outlining the buildings on Main Street.
  34. 3 babies have been born at Disneyland since it opened.
  35. When visiting the park, you are never more than 30 paces from a trash can.
  36. There are eleven Disney parks around the world in four countries - technically, the sun never sets on Disneyland.
  37. George Lucas attended Disneyland's opening day when he was 11.
  38. Disney originally wanted live animals on The Jungle Cruise, but most of the animals were nocturnal and would have slept during the park hours.
  39. The coins thrown through into the water It's a small world are donated to a charity that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases.
  40. The kilometers traveled by the monorail trains correspond to more than 30 return flights to the moon.