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Title: The Secrets and History Behind Disneyland

The Secrets and History Behind Disneyland
"Disneyland will never be completed. It will
continue to grow as long as there is imagination
left in the world. -Walt Disney
  • By Kristin Elberling

  • As one of the worlds most known trademarks Disney
    has made its place in American and world history
    through its Theme Parks and controversies that
    are heard and visited by people all over the

Random Secrets
  • The employee break room is located inside the
    Matterhorn bobsled mountain and has a basketball
    court inside.
  • Where does Disneyland's trash go? Many people ask
    this question around the park the truth is the
    trash is shot from little pipes that go to under
    the castle, the trash can go to as fast as 60
  • On opening day Walt had to chose between drinking
    fountains or bathroom.
  • The next new attraction opened in tomorrowland
    was Cranes Bathroom of Tomorrow.

How Disneyland came to a reality
  • July 21, 1954 The ground was broken in Anaheim
  • July 17, 1955Disneyland opened to invited
  • July 18, 1955 Disneyland is opened to the public
    the original admission price was one dollar. The
    cost of rides was 10 cents to 35 cents.
  • September 8, 1955 Disneyland has its one
    millionth guest.

The Blackest Sunday
  • On July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened to invited
  • But Walt opened the doors to soon and Disneyland
    had its malfunctions.
  • Rides broke down.
  • Rides had to be closed down for television crews.
  • The freshly poured asphalt was not set yet and
    many women wearing high heels lost their shoe.
  • Many reporters said Disneyland was overpriced and
    would close down soon due to the malfunctions and

Disneyland's Time Line
  • 1959 Walt denied the Soviet leader Khrushchev a
    visit due to security concerns.
  • 1964 Disneyland makes more money than Disney
  • 1966 Disneyland's saddest year. Walt Disney
    passes away.
  • 1982 Disneyland stops using ticket books and
    introduce the passport good for all rides any
    number of times during that day.
  • 1985 The park is opened year round.
  • 1999 The fast pass is introduced.

What Goes on that the public does not see
  • If you are employee after 2000 and a male you are
    no longer allowed to have facial hair. But since
    Walt himself had a moustache. Men are allowed to
    have a small nicely trimmed one.
  • Women were allowed to wear eyeliner and eye
    shadow finally in 1994.
  • Every day Disneys 11 hair stylists fix the
    cartoons wigs throughout the park.
  • All the spare change found on rides and
    throughout the park is given to charity.

Oh Mickey, Your So Fine!
  • Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a
    drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from
    Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business
    fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at
    lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the
  • -Walt Disney

How was Mickey Named?
  • Mickeys original name to be was Mortimer. No one
    really knows what made Walt really change the
    name to Mickey it is known that it was suggested
    due to it was a more pleasant name. It took a
    while for Mickey to become a hit but once he did
    Mickey blew up all over the place and was later a
    household name.

Mickey Mouse vs. Donald Duck
  • Donald Duck is rumored to be more popular then
    Mickey Mouse in Finland. In 1977 when it is
    rumored Donald Duck was banned from Finland
    because he parades around with no pants and a
    sailor hat. The truth behind the story is that
    schools and many other children communities had
    to cut their budgets and decided to get rid of
    Donald Duck cartoons.

Donald Duck Party (Kalle Anka-partiet)
  • As a joke to the controversy Donald created, as a
    joke the Donald Duck Party was formed not being
    an official party until Bosse Person registered
    it and became the only member. The Donald Duck
    party has scored enough write in votes to be the
    ninth most popular.
  • In the 2006 election is placed 21st place out of
    40 parties with the most votes. It received 225
    votes that year all hand written in.

Architecture of Disneyland
  • To create the feeling of a Main Street Disney
    made the buildings nine-tenths the scale on the
    first level, seven-eighths the scale on the
    second level, and five-eighths the scale on the
    third level.
  • Disney used forced perspective on this street by
    angling all the buildings a little towards the
    magic castle making the walk there seem longer
    then the walk back.
  • When Disneyland first opened he had an agreement
    with the town of Anaheim that no buildings
    outside the park could be tall enough to be seen
    from inside the park.

The legend of the hidden Mickey's
  • There is a hidden Mickey outline everywhere in
    the park. The hidden Mickey's are also in movies,
    the shape of buildings and the shape of gardens
    that can only be seen by planes.

Club 33
  • Club 33 is a private VIP club located in
    Disneyland's New Orleans Square on 33 Royal
    Street. This is the only place in the theme parks
    that serve alcohol. It is rumored the name 33
    has many different reasoning's but have all been
    ruled out to it was simply the address of the
    location in the park. Walt got the idea when he
    attended the world fair in New York and saw many
    VIP sections. The club was first opened up for
    sponsors of the park, celebrities, and royalty.
    It wasnt till after Walt Disney died that the
    club was opened up to the public.

Club 33 cont.
  • The current wait time to join the club is now at
    14 years. This changes time to time depending on
    if the club is either allowing new members or not
    that year and if they have many openings that
    year. Club 33 is kept very well hidden from the
    public eye and many pass by it everyday with out
    recognizing its there.

The Legend of Walt Still Lives On
  • Walt Disney had an apartment over the fire
    station on Main Street. The apartment was 600 sq
    feet. The apartment is still maintained and kept
    to honor Walt Disney. It is left just as the
    apartment was when Walt lived there with antique
    furniture, red velvet carpet and an original
    grilled cheese maker. If you look you can still
    see the light shining in the apartment at all
    times to show Walts life is eternal.
  • You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are
    only kids grown up, anyway. -Walt Disney

Works sited
  • Brad Aldridge Productions. "Disneyland Timeline."
    Just Disney. Aug. 2002. 20 May 2009
  • Malloy, Betsy. Disneyland History. 22 May 2009
  • Witworth, Ken, et al. "Club 33 History." Club 33.
    20 May 2009      lthttp//
  • Wolf, Buck. "A Strange Ride Through Disney Theme
    Parks." ABC News. 4 May 2005.      19 May 2009