Disneyland Secrets [Infographic]
Secrets in Plain Sight
Disneyland may look like a regular theme park, but there’s a secret world hidden behind the balloons, the castles and the cotton candy – a place where wild cats roam the park at midnight and Mickey Mouse hides in the wallpaper.
Mickeys are EverywhereAt Disneyland, the round-eared Mickey Mouse emblem is impossible to miss. Hundreds of them are scattered across the park, from the floral wallpaper of the first aid stations to the rust marks atop a treasure chest in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. When you go to Disneyland, keep your eyes peeled: no one knows exactly how many exist.
Cat PatrolEvery night after closing time, 200 feral cats are released into the park to help keep the rodent population under control. The cats spend their days resting in the park’s well- concealed “cat houses,” but you will sometimes spot a furry face peeking out from between the mechanical lions on the Jungle Cruise.
Secrets of Main StreetMain Street Disneyland represents Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney’s boyhood town. The scent of vanilla is pumped into the air along Main Street. During the holidays, the scent is changed to peppermint. The asphalt in Disneyland is actually a mixture of asphalt and rubber, making it more comfortable for guests to walk on.
The Haunted Mansion’s SecretsIn the lobby is a desk and a lamp. On the desk is a dictionary that is turned to the word “death.” If the organ in the Haunted Mansion looks familiar, it was in the submarine Nautilus from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Before you board the “doom buggies,” note the last bat head – it has no features. It has been smoothed and polished by all the hands that have rubbed it over the years. As you ride through the mansion, look for the three hidden Mickeys on the dining room table. The Haunted Mansion features faces of a few of the early Imagineers and has tombstones written with inside joke references.