• An old mansion in Los Angeles was dismantled so that its interior wood paneling, stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers and staircases could be used in Disneyland restaurants and on Main Street.

  • Disney employed the services of the Stanford Research Institute to help them find the perfect location to build their park. The selection process took over a year.

  • Opening day was broadcast live on ABC. The park ran out of food, counterfeit tickets were confiscated, there was a gas leak and rides broke down.

  • Disneyland gets about 2 million phone calls a year; the most frequently called individual is Mickey Mouse.

  • 3.2 million servings of ice cream are served at the park each year.

  • Disneyland has an inventory of 500,000 costumes. A new costume takes from eight months to a year to produce.

  • 21,000 cast members work at Disneyland Resort.

  • There are 800 species of plant in the park, which come from more than 40 countries.

  • 18 attractions were available when the park opened in 1955. Today there are more than 60 attractions.

  • 30 tons of trash is collected in the park on a busy day.

  • Walt Disney originally planned to build his “magic kingdom” on a studio lot in Burbank.

  • The gas lamps on Main Street are more than 100 years old. They were collected from three different cities.

  • Some of the railing in Frontierland comes from old plantations in Tennessee.

  • Eating facilities were designed so that they could accommodate an average of 15,000 persons daily.

  • Tropical plants and trees from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, China and Japan were brought in to make the landscape of Adventureland authentic.

  • Tomorrowland was designed to be a small scale city of the future. When the park opened in 1955, Tomorrowland represented the distant future of 1986.

  • The cabins found in Frontierland were made from logs cut in California’s Arrowhead region. The carpenters picked for the job were hired for their experience in log cabin construction or ship building and did most of the work on the structures using only an axe and an adz.

  • The Haunted Mansion theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” was updated by the Barenaked Ladies when they performed it as a short ditty on the 1996 album “Disney’s Music from the Park.”

  • The Matterhorn is the first tubular rollercoaster. The counsel general of Switzerland officially opened the ride in 1959.

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