40 Fun Facts About Disney World You Never Knew Before
Disney World is one of the happiest places on Earth for the kids. In fact, it is every child’s dream to visit a Disney Theme Park once in their lifetime. They are entertaining as hell and help in fulfilling a lot of childhood fantasies. But that’s not all. It also turns out that it’s one of the most interesting places on the planet. Why? Come, let’s explore!
You might think you know everything about the Disney parks all around the world. But there’s a lot more to learn about the merriest place in this world –
1. There Are About 74,000 Cast Members In Central Florida
The largest theme parks in the world will have hordes of employees. And for the record, people who work for Disney World are not called employees; they are called cast members and must always be in character when on duty.
2. An Average Of 210 Pairs Of Sunglasses Are Turned Into Disney’s Lost And Found Every Day
There are a lot of lost shades in the theme parks. Since 1971, an estimated 1.65 million pairs of glasses have found their way into the “lost” bin. Aside from just glasses, Lost and Found cast members collect more than 6,000 cell phones, 3,500 digital cameras, 18,000 hats, and 7,500 autograph books annually.
3. Mickey And Minnie Have Hundreds Of Unique Outfits
Mickey and Minnie have one hell of a wardrobe. You might have thought all over the years that you know what they’re going to wear, but Mickey Mouse has over 135 sets of different outfits, and Minnie has more than 100. So, they are quite the shoppers. Now, that’s a dressed-up joke. Nah, it’s a crappy pun.
4. There Is Symbolism In The Cinderella Mosaic
Did you ever notice that? Disney says that “guests can see that each of Cinderella’s stepsisters appears with her own special facial tint. One sister displays a red tint to show that she is ‘red with rage,’ while the other sister displays a green tint to show that she is ‘green with envy,’ as they both watch Cinderella try on the glass slipper to reveal a perfect fit.”
5. You Can’t Buy Gum Anywhere In Disney World
Do you want candy? Sure, you will get it. Overpriced beverages and ice cream? Pretty much everywhere you look. But when it comes to gum, you won’t find any. That’s because they don’t want you heathens sticking your gum in unfortunate places.
6. Disney World’s Largest Theme Park Is The Animal Kingdom
Which is Disney’s largest theme park? There are a lot of contenders for it. But the Animal Kingdom park comes out on top. It covers 580 acres and is dedicated and themed entirely around the natural environment and animal conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
7. The Headhunter Of The Jungle Cruise Is Called Trader Sam
Trader Sam should not to be confused with Trader Joe, who wears a Hawaiian shirt and tries to sell you cookie butter. Trader Sam is the tribal who collects heads of poor critters who step in his way.
8. Newlyweds Can See The Cinderella Castle From The Altar Of Disney World’s Wedding Pavilion
It was done to add to the novelty factor of the park. In fact, the altar needed to have a USP. Disney Park Planners came up with this unique feature. That’s truly one way to start a “happily ever after” life. Wasn’t this your childhood dream, girls?
9. The Creepy Tombstone Is There For A Reason
Most of us have seen this tombstone. But do you know why it is there? When Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride closed, it was placed in the Haunted Mansion to honor it. Popular rides get these sorts of tributes when they close down.
10. You Can’t Ring Balloons, Straws, Or Drink Lids Into The Animal Kingdom Park
Balloons, straws and disposable lid-tumblers are banned in the Disney Parks. It’s not that they don’t trust you, but they do it for their own security purposes. They do it for the safety of the animals.
11. The Camel Outside The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin Ride Actually Spits On You
Most of the guests, especially children are surprised by the spitting. It’s thought that a cast member operates the camel and decides which guests to spray with water. How cool would that job be? We don’t know about the coolness, but the job is entertaining and funny as hell.
12. Cast members Wash An Average Of 285,000 Pounds Of Laundry Per Day
Walt Disney Parks have a lot of dirty laundry to wash. What do the above stats mean? If you washed and dried one load of laundry every day for 52 years, you’d clean as much as cast members at Disney World do in a single day. In addition to the 285,000 pounds they wash, 30,000 to 32,000 garments are dry-cleaned daily.
13. People Can Actually Stay In A Guest Room Suite In Cinderella’s Castle
Did you know that Walt Disney originally built the little apartment for himself? But he died before the construction was finished. The suite can accommodate up to six people. But you can’t make any reservations for booking it. The only way you can get in is by winning a sweepstakes Disney prize drawing.
14. Epcot Is 33 Years Old
Did you know that Epcot is over three decades old? The discovery showplace first opened on Oct. 1, 1982, and covers over 305 acres of land. It has also a secret behind it. In fact, it shows us what kind of genius Walt Disney actually was. Want to know more? Scroll ahead.
15. Epcot The Name Is An Acronym For Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
EPCOT is actually an abbreviation. Now, did you know that? We don’t think so! It is actually an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Wow! Walt Disney came up with the word because he wanted Epcot Center to be a futuristic functional community where people actually lived.
16. Expedition Everest Is Walt Disney World’s Tallest Attraction
Expedition Everest ranks first in the world when it comes to the World’s tallest attraction. But can you take a wild guess at how big it actually is? For those who love to absorb all sorts of information, Expedition Everest is just under 200 feet tall.
17. There Are 4,000 Acres Of Gardens And Maintained Park Landscapes
Disney put a lot of unused land to use. Their gardens and landscapes cover a lot of area. In fact, there are around 400 acres of garden and landscapes in the Disney Parks. To put that in perspective, that’s about 3,000 football fields.
18. The Fountain At Epcot Innoventions Plaza Can Shoot Water 150 Feet In The Air
The fountains at the Epcot Innoventions Plaza have a lot of turbo-powered boosters to shoot the water. They can shoot water around 10 stories high. In fact, if all of the “shooters” were set off at the same time, there would be 2,000 gallons of water in the air.
19. Disney World Is Way Bigger Than You Probably Think
Disney Theme Parks are constructed over enormous areas. It spans about 40 square miles. For a comparison, that makes it the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. According to Disney, of the approximately 25,000 acres, about a third is conservation land.
20. There Are Hidden Mickeys All Over The Parks
Disney Theme Parks have hidden Mickeys splattered all over the place. Be it the trimming of the shrubbery and the hedges, or the manhole covers, you will find a lot of hidden Mickeys. If you want to have some fun next time you go, check back with some sites dedicated to logging all of the ones people have found.
21. The Happiest Place On Earth Is Also A Campground
Yes, you can camp at most of the Disney Theme Parks. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers 409 cabins and 799 campsites for people to stay at. Now, isn’t that great?
22. Most Cast Members At Walt Disney World Can Speak in 14 languages
Many of the cast and crew members speak in 14 international languages. But they do not know it in entirely. They will be able to guide you to the bathroom but that’s it. Anything past that is going to require a translation app and excessive hand motions.
23. What Was The First Movie To Be Ever Filmed At The Disney World?
Do you know which was the first movie to be entirely shot at Disney Studios? Odd as it may sound, that would be Ernest Saves Christmas, filmed at then-unfinished Disney-MGM Studios, now called Disney Hollywood Studios.
24. Cinderella’s Castle Is Not Built From stones
It looks like it is made of stone, but that is not the case. Cinderella’s Castle is made from all sorts of modern materials. The entire building is built out of fiberglass, concrete, steel, cement, and plaster, with no bricks or stones used at all. But if they had to use stone, they would have to cut a mountain or two for it.
25. The Liberty Oak In Liberty Square Is The Parent To Over 500 Other Trees
Did you know that the Liberty Oak in the Liberty Square is parent to over 500 young plants and trees? Probably not. The trees all started out as acorns that were harvested from the tree. Now you can see a whole bunch of greenery in the Disney Park, all thanks to the Liberty Oak.
26. Disney World’s Beach Club Resort Pool Holds 750,000 Gallons Of Water
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to... You remember the lines of the Ancient Mariner, don’t you? Disney World Beach Club resort holds a lot of water. And what about Stormalong Bay? It’s a part of What do you think, how much water does it hold? That’s the largest pool in the world with a sand bottom.
27. Over 75 Million Coca-Colas Are Consumed Each Year At The Disney World Resort
Coca Cola sells like hot cakes in the Disney World resorts. No wonder, it is the most sold beverage around the world. Now, if you’re not much of a pop drinker, you’re probably someone that drank one of the 13 million bottles of water.
28. The Magic Kingdom Is The World’s Most Popular Theme Park
The Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular theme parks in the world. Now did you know that? You did? Great! As of December 2019, it’s held the No. 1 spot. This has been a trend for a few years now. It is followed closely by Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland.
29. The Magic Kingdom Is Also The Merriest Place On Earth
If anybody knows how to celebrate Christmas in style, then it is the Walt Disney World. You ought to see it to actually believe it. The whole of the park is illuminated and the Walt Disney World resort decorates the parks with 1,500 Christmas trees every holiday season.
30. The Tree of Life Is Almost Bigger Than Life
The Tree of Life is a gargantuan structure. In fact, all the guessers would be unable to estimate the height. So, how tall do you think the tree is? It’s around 14 stories tall and a whopping 50 feet wide. That’s a behemoth of a tree.
31. A Secret Tunnel System Runs Under The Magic Kingdom
Now isn’t that a wonderful fact to know? The tunnels are not underground, however, but they are at a ground level. These structures are beneath the Magic Kingdom. Nicknamed “utilidors,” the passages are designed so that cast members and service workers can travel from place to place unseen by parkgoers so that the “magic” of the place is not disrupted.
32. The Water Tower At Hollywood Studios Has A Name
Every structure, especially the prominent ones have actually got their own names. Have you seen the water tower in Hollywood Studios? Did you know that they too have got a name? And it is a cute one. So, are you ready to know what it is? It’s cleverly called Earffel Tower.
33. Walt Disney World Is Over The Hill
Disney parks have grown quite old now. They have been with us for over four decades now. The first theme park opened on Oct. 1, 1971, which means it is almost 45 years old. Seems like the happiest place on earth will be there for centuries.
34. The Jungle Cruise Has Its Own Self-Sufficient Ecosystem
Disney has always tried to be ecologically friendly. The park engineers came up with a unique concept. They built up an entire ecosystem around any sort of flora in the park. Plants in the ride are now native to the jungle and can survive on their own. So, all the vegetation in the park is natural.
35. The Parks Use “Smellitzers” To Match The Theme
Our noses help us to make an experience quite memorable. With this fact in mind, the park engineers came up with a device called a smellitizer, which sends a waft of sweet-smelling aromas in the park. The Main Street USA typically smells like cookies and vanilla, but around Christmas time, the strategically placed vents release the smell of peppermint. And what does Pooh’s Adventure smell like? Any guesses? Naturally, that smells like honey.
36. Guess How Much Epcot’s Spaceship Earth Installment Actually Weighs?
The Earth Epcot is actually very heavy. We are sure you must have made a lot of guesses. But who guessed the closest? Let’s find out. The weight of Epcot would be approximately 16 million pounds.
37. The Be Our Guest Restaurant Serves “The Grey Stuff” From The Song
In the song Be Our Guest, the memorable lyrics say “Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” and you can actually order the dessert from the restaurant’s menu. But what it actually is, we do not have any answers. Many guess it is a form of a black currant ice cream, which has been mixed with other desserts as well.
38. There Is A Wedding Ring Embedded In The Concrete Of The Haunted Mansion
You all must have seen the embedded ring in the Haunted Mansion. It looks creepy, no? Legend has that it belonged to the hanging bride you see on the ride, so that’s a cheery thought. But, in reality, nobody knows who it belongs to.
39. Admission Fees In 1971 Was Just $3.50
Can you imagine how times have changed? Owing to inflation, the park is now the most expensive in the world. But given the magic it holds, the experience is pretty much priceless.
40. Disney World Was Originally Planned for St. Louis, Missouri
Before the creators ultimately chose the Orlando, Florida destination we all know today, St. Louis was a serious contender for Disney World. There was even a blueprint for the park, which was recently sold at an auction. History says there are a few reasons they chose Orlando in the end, but the not-so-fun indoor factor seems like a huge one to us.