Disneyland Secrets Infographic
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 Everywhere
At 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.
Every 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 Street
Main 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 Secrets
In 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.
Some Additional Secrets
Steve Martin used to work in the magic shop. The dog holding the keys in the Pirates of the Caribbean and the dog in the Carousel of Progress are both modeled after Walt Disney’s dog. And located in front of Cinderella’s Castle you will find the iconic “Partner” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Walt is pointing, but at what, exactly? Some say he’s pointing to the future.
A Light Stays On
When Disneyland was under construction in the early 1950s, Walt didn’t want to miss a moment of his dream coming to life. He installed a small private apartment above the Fire Department with a lamp in the window signaling to cast and crew that the “boss” was on site. Today the lamp stays lit in honor of the man behind the mouse.
The Secret for Saving on Your Next Disney Vacation
Many Anaheim vacation rentals are located only minutes from Disneyland and feature amenities like private swimming pools, game rooms or home theaters. Some even decorate in a Disney theme and all have the usual great amenities of vacation homes, like space to relax, bedrooms for kids and your own kitchen. You’ll find deals like homes that rent for $200 per night and sleep up to 14 people!