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34 Disneyland Secrets and Fun Facts

1. The Matterhorn has two lines, one that wraps around the Tomorrowland side of the mountain, and the other that wraps around the Fantasyland side. The Tomorrowland side track feels like a faster ride, while the Fantasyland track feels slower.

2. The Fantasyland side line of the Matterhorn gets you two views of the Abominable Snowman, while on the Tomorrowland side you pass him once.

3. “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” re-opened in 2010. The presentation has been restored to its original 1960’s version and the animatronics’ used for President Lincoln have been upgraded and are even more life like. In the lobby are lots of interesting Disney artifacts and displays.

4. The Morse code that is being tapped out at the second train station is the speech Walt Disney gave at the opening ceremonies. In that speech he said that it would always cost 10 cents to get in to Disneyland and the rides would always be 5 cents. That speech can be found at the main entrance by the flag pole.

5. The Monorail operator can let a few people ride with him/her in the front Monorail cabin. Ask the operator as soon as you begin to pass through the turn stile.

6. Sometimes the Mark Twain river boat operator will also let you up into the wheelhouse, blow the whistle and steer the Mark Twain. Ask the operator as soon as you arrive.

7. If you dine at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square call ahead to request priority seating and ask specifically for a table by the water.

8. Many people eat dinner between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. This is one of the best times to go on attractions, due to the shorter lines. Also during a fireworks show is a good time to catch short lines

9. There is a ride board located just a bit southwest of the castle. It contains information on ride wait times and closures due to mechanical issues. Check the ride boards before you walk all the way to one corner of the park and to find the attraction closed. Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain are always having mechanical issues but they usually only last a few minutes.

10. Use the train to conserve your energy but remember you can not take strollers on board.

11. Try riding the Jungle Cruise early or at the end of the day; the line most likely will be shorter unless Indiana Jones is broken down, then everyone goes over to the Jungle Cruse. Make sure the line does not wrap around inside the building first.

12. If it's your birthday, go to City Hall and get an anniversary button, (City hall is next to the fire station and the first building on your left as you enter Main Street)

13. Above the Fire station is Walt’s apartment. He used this space to rest while working at Disneyland. Above the buildings in New Orleans Square are other apartments where Walt’s family would stay. The Disney gallery was originally planned to be an apartment for Walt, but he died before it was started.

14. During a fireworks shows, stand in front of the Castle, near or on the large compass in the cement not down a walkway or behind trees that may block your view. The main fireworks are lit over the back lot behind the park.

15. Get a schedule of shows and parades. For major shows lots of people line up 1-2 hours prior to the start time. If you’re planning on going to California Adventure during a parade you will have to wait as you may find yourself trapped on Main St. by a huge parade crowd

16. After the Buzz Lightyear ride your can email your photo to a friend for free. Just remember that you are also sending your game score good or bad.

17. On the map they had out at the front gate. The area that shows all the green trees between Space Mountain and Main Street is really the employee cafeteria and break area. When Disneyland was originally designed that area was going to be a colonial Boston village.

18. Star Tours has real movie artifacts from the movie Star Wars. Some of the robots you can see as you walk through were originally from America Sings, the singing chicken show from the 1970’s that was playing where Innoventions is now.

19. The singing chickens from America Sings are now in Splash Mountain. You can see how some of the chicken’s hands look like they are holding guitars.

20. It’s a Small World river has recently been updated for the first time in 50 years with a new non-leaking canal. In addition they have also added new Disney characters to each of the theme locations you pass through. It’s fun to see if you can find all of the Disney characters.

21. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle has a new walk through experience that has been updated with special effects.

22. Finding Nemo and the Sleeping Beauty Castle both have an “Alternate Experiences” for people that can’t make it up and down stairs. These are interesting to watch.

23. It’s interesting that of all the attractions on the Disneyland map only ‘Honey I Shrunk the Audience” is listed as “Frightening for Children. Indiana Jones has Snakes, Fire balls, Bats, Rats, extreme darkness and bugs crawling on the wall.

24. The armor shop next to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle sells real knives and swords. But if you buy them you can NOT take them home, they only ship them to your address. You can hold them with a staff member standing by.

25. The Tiki Juice Bar is the only place outside of Hawaii where you can get a Dole Whip. You can take your pineapple drink into the Tiki room show.

26. The original Astor Oriber “rocket ride” is now a clock in Tomorrow Land that spins and plays music every fifteen minutes. The original rockets can be seen in the Buzz Lightyear gift shop along with side panels from the People Mover ride.

27. If you’re looking for a good place to cool off the Starcade in Tormorrowland is the coldest place in the park.

28. Four old “missing” rides. Across from the entrance to the Matterhorn you can see the river where the speed boat rides use to be along with the loading dock. The Skyway landing cottage can be seen up on the hill just past Casey Jr. Circus Train. The old Rocket Ride and People Mover track are still in place in Tomorrowland.

29. There is a small basket ball court inside the top of the Matterhorn.

30. The second story windows on Main Street USA have names of the original staff that helped design and create Disneyland. For example above the bank on main street it says: Wilson Martin, he was the art director and designer on Sleeping Beauty Castle, Monorail and Pirates of the Caribbean.

31. Walt Disney borrowed on his life insurance and sold his vacation home to get part of the money to buy the orange grove that is now Disneyland.

32. Disneyland received its one-millionth guest on Sept. 8th 1955.

33. When the park first opened there were only 18 original attractions; King Arthur’s Carousel, Mad tea Party, Canal Boats of the World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventure, Rocket to the Moon, Circarama, Phantom Boats, Autopia, Jungle Cruise, Stage Coach, Mule Pack, Mark Twain Steamboat, Horse Drawn Street Cars (2), Fire Wagon, Surrys and the Disneyland Railroad.

34. Can you name all eight “lands” in Disneyland. Hint, the first one is at the entrance. Adventureland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street U.S.A., Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland.

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