10 Cool Secrets About Disneyland

Regardless of where you believe to be the true “Happiest Place On Earth” is, you have to admit, Disneyland is at least pretty magical. It's so magical, in fact, that even after 50 years and over 500 million of visitors, there are still tons of secrets hidden in and about the Magical Kingdom.

1. Disneyland was expected to fail.


Opening day was such a disaster that pretty much every press organization that attended the celebration had predicted the park's failure within one year.

It opened on a day that was 101 degrees and the street asphalt still wasn't dry, leading to it sticking to shoes. By the end of the first day, all but 2 of the 48 Autopia cars were crashed and about half the rides were broken.

Despite all that, park visitors loved it and attendance continued to grow day by day.

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2. Need a real drink?


While many Disney fanatics may already know this one, others may find it surprising to know there is exactly one place in the entire park that serves alcoholic beverages.

The place is called Club 33 and it is a very exclusive club to get in. To gain entry, there is a ten year waiting list and admission is at least a thousand dollars. Supposedly, the food is good though.

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3. Tomorrow Land is so outdated.


Or at least, the first version is by now. The only Tomorrow Land ride that still exists in its original state from the opening is Autopia, and even it was changed to fit with Cars the movie. Actually though, there is one major change in Autopia from how it was on opening day -there were originally no guide rail to keep people on track. Sometimes Disney was a little too trusting of the good of humans.

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4. There's a Disney Underground.



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It's not quite as exciting as it sounds though. Despite rumors, the area under the park isn't a massive underground city. There are many underground basements though, where cast can relax, change in and out of costumes and eat lunch in peace. Think of it like a few really big break rooms.

Disney World on the other hand, was built late enough that they have a full city underground.

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5. Olympic sports anyone?



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Just walking around the park over and over again is exercise enough for most people, but employees have the option of working out in the Matterhorn. Surely you didn't think that huge mountain was only used for one little ride did you? No, the Matterhorn is officially classified as a gym and has a full basketball court inside. In 1984, it was even certified as an official Olympic Stadium.

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6. It's safe, but not 100% safe.



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Despite persisting urban legends that claim no one ever died in the park, people have. At least 12 people have died there, reports vary as to whether some additional death tales are true or not. All things considered though, 12 deaths in over 50 years isn't that bad. Keep in mind, aside from dangerous rides, there is also a notable amount of gang violence at other Southern California amusement parks that doesn't occur as frequently at Disneyland.

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7. Ever feel like you're being watched?


You might be. There are cameras everywhere. Aside from average security brigades, they even have special tasks forces with only a handful of things to focus on.

There are at least two special forces at the park, one dedicated to catching people using drugs at the park, and another dedicated to catching people who flash or flip off the cameras during the photo parts of the rides. If you've ever gotten a message saying your photo isn't available when you got off the ride, there's a good chance someone either flashed some breast or flipped the bird to the camera.

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8. A ghostly Hazmat problem.



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There are many reports of people trying to spill the ashes of loved ones in the Haunted Mansion. As nice of a thought as it is, there are plenty of ghosts in the Mansion already and if everyone dumped their ashes here, then the whole thing would be covered in dust. So, every time it happens, the Mansion needs to be closed and a hazmat team cleans it.

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9. A pirate's life for Jack.


We all know that Johnny Depp is dang sexy, but just the character of Jack Sparrow? Apparently, a lot of women still think he's just as good as Depp. In Pirate's Booty, an ex-actor at Disneyland confessed how many women would try to hump him just for playing the character. The stories range from flirting to receiving napkins with naughty offers.

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10. Words from beyond.


Ever notice the telegraph clicking at the New Orleans' train station? It's ticking out the speech Disney gave out on the park's opening day. Traces of Disney are all over the park, my favorite one though is his old apartment over the fire house on Main Street. They always leave the light on in his memory. Not only is it cute, but it's also rad that he got to live in the park.

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A few other fun tidbits:



  • Steve Martin used to work in the magic shop here.

  • There used to be live girls dressed like mermaids in the 2000 Leagues Under the Sea pool.

  • Did your balloon pop? Just show any balloon seller your popped balloon and they'll give you a new one.

  • The Imagineers put special touches everywhere. The Haunted Mansion features faces of a few of the early Imagineers and has tombstones written with inside joke references.

  • Coke gives the park free soda to eliminate competition in the park and for the advertising.

  • Hidden Mickeys are spread all over the park and there's at least one in every ride.


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I actually have been in Club 33 and let me tell you it is AMAZING!! it really is, the membership is transferable, i got in because i friend of a client of my uncle had a membership and he invited me. Its really expensive but the food is great. as was the slight buzz i got before i left. I heard the membership was way more than $1000 more like $10,000. but i dont know. I recommend it if anyone has the chance.
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Snopes confirms that there is a basketball court in the Matterhorn, but it only one hoop and the "court" isn't anywhere near regulation size. Saying there is a full court in there is misleading.
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A good friend of mine knows Richard Nixon's nephew and invited us to have dinner at Club 33 once and it is really awesome. The food and everything else in there is just amazing. It's pretty cool getting let in through the door in New Orleans Square too.
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Ah! But there IS a way to get a drink at Disney!

Get on the monorail and ride to the hotel (the one that the train goes right through?). Can't remember the name of it. So dump the kids on your wife (the parade is a good time) and ride on over for a quick brewski or 2. Makes Dad's day a little more relaxin'.

EEK!
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About number 6 and safety, I read that Magic Mountain was quite the gang infested haven. Not sure if it's still like that but one of the reasons I haven't gone there in a long, long, long time. Disney still seems pretty safe, considering it seems like it's much closer to the 'gang epicenter' in southern california.
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It's not hard to get into Club 33. The membership is not "transferable" but any member can put anyone they want on a reservation list. The member doesn't even have to be there. I've been to it. My boss's business associates had a corporate membership and he knew I wanted to go so he got me on the list for a lunch as a present. I hear it was about a hundred dollars for lunch for me and a guest. Way overpriced, but I suppose if you are hardcore Disney people, it's still really awesome.

I'm a former cast member. Those underground tunnels are primarily used by the restaurants for deliveries and transportation of garbage. Notice there are no dumpsters anywhere in the park? They are underground. Trust me, those tunnels aren't glamorous. They smell like trash. They are used to conduct the part of the business that Walt didn't want you to see, since it would ruin your experience. Nobody want to see rats.

Eekster - that's how my dad would get beers every time we went. But now you can go to Downtown Disney and get a drink easily too.

If you want to know more, I highly recommend "Mouse Under Glass". For fun, google "Minnie's Moonlit Madness." Mouseplanet has a decent, if wordy, writeup. Most awesome fundraiser EVER.
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I grew up in Southern California about 15 minutes by car from Disneyland, so we went a few times a year. I have so many fun memories of that place. I really enjoyed this post, thank you!
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i am a cast member at Wlat Disney world and I would like to refute the Underground city remark. It is not a city. It a bunch of service tunnels. Yes there are breakrooms much like Disneyland, and yes tehre are more of them. But we don't live there or have fully operational Banks or anything. Its just a convenient way to get around. For the love of God stop calling it a city.
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I have been told that a lot of the Disneyland security force is actualy off duty police officers from local cities. They pay pretty good and seems to be a good part time gig for the cops. Magic Mountain has a discount for gang bangers who dress in colors, or thats how it seemed like to me the last time I was up there, about 20 years ago. The mouse wont stand for that. Disney ubber alles.
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Christine is right, the basketball court is no where near regulation size. It was actually put in to mock the city by Disney himself. This was because when the Matterhorn was built no building except for a sports arena could be that tall. So to get around the building code, Walt called it a gym and put up a basket and hoop. This information is found on Disney Vaults and on any of the underground tours.
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My dad was once detained for spitting off of the Skyway and held in one of the underground rooms until his mother arrived to retrieve him.

I've read the Jack Sparrow character's story on his blog before. Quite interesting and entertaining.

Oh, and if you stand or raise your hands at the right part of Splash Mountain then a voice will tell you "Sit Down!". I was present when a cousin showed that one off.
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My second cousins, third brother in law, roommates sisters babies daddy once gave me a membership to Club 33 but since he paid for it using his monopoly credit card they wouldn't let me in..

ok, so who else supposedly knows someones uncles corporate friend?

It's a freakin bar who cares..
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I have personally experienced number 7. My dad once "flashed" the camera on Splash Mountain and the picture was removed. I guess that Disney won't even stand for male chest exposure. I was very embarrassed at the time since I was about 13 or 14 but now I think it is kind of funny.
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I worked in the Park for quite a period of time as a part of the Entertainment Technical Services Department. As a result I was able to get into almost every part of the Park.

The 'Basketball Court' was put into place by request of the guys who would launch Tinkerbell every night prior to the fireworks. It gave them something to do while waiting. Just a hoop and a backstop, and some clever lad painted part of a key on the deck. That's all.

You can go underground at the back of the old 'America Sings' building, and can take a tunnel to the Tommorrowland Plaza Stage (which comes up out of the ground). From there you can go to the Matterhorn and can take stairs to get to the top. The only other tunnels in the Park are in New Orleans Square around "Pirates of the Caribbean" (which is mostly underground) and they serve as employee support areas, including a cafeteria and access to the stores for stocking purposes. That's all the tunnels there are, although some attractions and rides have basements for equipment and service.

Also, Walt's apartment is pretty cool.

The castle, emblem of the Park and of Disney itself, is infested with pigeons and has several inches of pigeon crap on the rooftop surfaces. I know this from personal experience. Prior to doing any service on the roof staff would normally put paper bootees over their shoes. Otherwise you would just have to burn them.
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Back when I was a young lad, I guess it was in the 1976-1977 time frame, my girlfriend Lori gave me a gum job on the People Mover. Anybody out there with a mom named Lori?
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I've heard that the reason nobody has "died" on the park is because Walt Disney claims nobody is officially dead until they reach the hospital.
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It's all built on lies I tell you! Lies! Ok, in all seriousness I remember going to Disneyland as a kid. I had the best time of my childhood. I got to meet the TMNTs, Tigger, Pooh Bear and Baloo. Ah, those were fun times. :)
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Jess is right. While we were working Guest Control one night during a parade, we saw a man drop dead from a heart attack on Main Street, in front of the Emporium. With his frantic relatives crowding around, a supervisor ordered us all to pretend that he was still alive; she even pretended he was speaking to her, even after the paramedics got there (I thought she was going to hit one of them for shaking his head when he was asked if the man was alive). The poor man had probably died instantly, but we still had to pretend, for fear of our jobs--I heard from a friend in Custodial that they carried on the charade until the entire family had been ushered out of the park and tidied off to the hospital. THAT'S why no one ever dies in Disneyland...

For the love of God, get the pixie dust out of your eyes, people--Disney is nothing more than a BUSINESS.
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Hiya all
Don't want to burst any bubbles here but what about Walt's (aledged) links to the occult and the illuminati? oh no, I hear you say, well just for starters have you ever looked closley at his name.......it has three sixes in it,see for yourselves and check out his links to the illuminati by searching....illuminati symbols, good look.
Ray.
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I've actually been in the back-lot of Disneyland when I got to perform there with my choir in high school, and I have to say it was pretty interesting experience to be back there. We didn't get in for free, didn't get free meals, and had a pretty lousy crowd, but it was still a fun experience to have actually performed at Disneyland.
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Disney is not a mean corporation that does not want dead people at it's park. They just do not declare people dead on their grounds, but rather wait for a paramedic to do so in the ambulance.

Also, many deaths at disneyland or world have been caused by the guests negligence of the rules. Like standing in a ride when they shouldn't be, or staying in an area for too long. For a complete list of people who have died, check out wikipedia about disneyland. It will list them off for you. Not until recently have people died due to actual ride malfunctions, like in 2003 when Big Thunder careened off the track.

Also, the main importance of service tunnels under the park are to move employees without them being seen. This can be for sanitation, or just for characters. Think of how it would ruin the atmosphere if you saw a cowboy strolling through tomorrowland.
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I, too go to perform at Disneyland. It was in the spring of 1983 with my High School Jazz Choir. We flew from Denver to L.A. after having a huge fundraiser for the trip. We got into the park for free, rode all the rides for free, having 'earned' our free day by doing a show on a stage in the park that almost nobody saw because it was right after the park opened in the morning...
We did get to go 'backstage', and we were watched to make sure nobody took any photos of the 'cast members' dressed as the various cartoon characters without their costume heads on. We saw this, and I tried to take a photo without being seen, but was nailed by the guys who were watching us. I was told that we couldn't take pictures 'backstage' because it'd ruin the illusion for the public if the photos were seen. No internet back then, so the pics would have just been seen at school and by family and friends...
We had a blast!
We spent spring break in So. Cal., and Disneyland was the finale of the trip. It's a pretty special and unforgettable trip for me. I love Disneyland. I haven't been since 1996.
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I, too got to perform at Disneyland. It was in the spring of 1983 with my High School Jazz Choir. We flew from Denver to L.A. after having a huge fundraiser for the trip. We got into the park for free, rode all the rides for free, having 'earned' our free day by doing a show on a stage in the park that almost nobody saw because it was right after the park opened in the morning...
We did get to go 'backstage', and we were watched to make sure nobody took any photos of the 'cast members' dressed as the various cartoon characters without their costume heads on. We saw this, and I tried to take a photo without being seen, but was nailed by the guys who were watching us. I was told that we couldn't take pictures 'backstage' because it'd ruin the illusion for the public if the photos were seen. No internet back then, so the pics would have just been seen at school and by family and friends...
We had a blast!
We spent spring break in So. Cal., and Disneyland was the finale of the trip. It's a pretty special and unforgettable trip for me. I love Disneyland. I haven't been since 1996.t
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I, too got to perform at Disneyland. It was in the spring of 1983 with my High School Jazz Choir. We flew from Denver to L.A. after having a huge fundraiser for the trip. We got into the park for free, rode all the rides for free, having 'earned' our free day by doing a show on a stage in the park that almost nobody saw because it was right after the park opened in the morning...
We did get to go 'backstage', and we were watched to make sure nobody took any photos of the 'cast members' dressed as the various cartoon characters without their costume heads on. We saw this, and I tried to take a photo without being seen, but was nailed by the guys who were watching us. I was told that we couldn't take pictures 'backstage' because it'd ruin the illusion for the public if the photos were seen. No internet back then, so the pics would have just been seen at school and by family and friends...
We had a blast!
We spent spring break in So. Cal., and Disneyland was the finale of the trip. It's a pretty special and unforgettable trip for me. I love Disneyland. I haven't been since 1996.
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I, too got to perform at Disneyland. It was in the spring of 1983 with my High School Jazz Choir. We flew from Denver to L.A. after having a huge fundraiser for the trip. We got into the park for free, rode all the rides for free, having ‘earned’ our free day by doing a show on a stage in the park that almost nobody saw because it was right after the park opened in the morning…
We did get to go ‘backstage’, and we were watched to make sure nobody took any photos of the ‘cast members’ dressed as the various cartoon characters without their costume heads on. We saw this, and I tried to take a photo without being seen, but was nailed by the guys who were watching us. I was told that we couldn’t take pictures ‘backstage’ because it’d ruin the illusion for the public if the photos were seen. No internet back then, so the pics would have just been seen at school and by family and friends…
We had a blast!
We spent spring break in So. Cal., and Disneyland was the finale of the trip. It’s a pretty special and unforgettable trip for me. I love Disneyland. I haven’t been since 1996.
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At one time Disneyland had the best trained security force in the world.They employed a lot of Marines as part time security officers.There was two Marine air bases nearby.They have both since closed.
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To Steve in Denver. How can you say there was no internet in 1983 when, The first TCP/IP-based wide-area network was operational by January 1, 1983 when all hosts on the ARPANET were switched over from the older NCP protocols. So yes, there was internet back in 83'
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dude above...seriously who had the internet back in 83? maybe he could of posted it back on his myspace account in 83'...douche. back ta disney, i saw a fight at disney this dude got creamed and was bleeding all over his face. totally bad ass. if your gonna try to get high at disney take either ectasy/ shrooms before you enter the park, or edible bud. your garenteed to get caught by smoking or the other powders. wheel chair helps get ya on rides.
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The last time I was there all I did was smoke pot in the park. That and play Frisbee. I was always somewhere were I wasn't supposed to be supposing that I was out of sight. None of those hidden cameras gave me any trouble.
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I grew up in Anaheim, went quite a bit. The place to get high was the skyride, no pun intended. Self-contained little buckets, open air, and as long as you kept burning objects down low, it worked like a charm. I'm sure the security folks were on to this but also knew that without cameras they really didn't have a way to nab us.
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My family (me, wife and 2 kids) have had annual passes for quite a few years and we go whenever we like. It is nice because you don't get tired of the place if you can just pop in for a couple of hours and leave if it is busy. My 7 year old and 15 year old don't even care any more if we get there, get something to drink and leave without riding rides. I know a lot of other people that live here in SoCal that have them as well, so it isn't anything special.

I have been to Club 33 twice. One of our family friends has a membership. Food isn't any more then you would pay at a decent restaurant at Downtown Disney, but it is difficult to get into if you don't know the right person.

If you want to know more secrets, killings (yes there has been a shooting), deaths, etc. Read the book Mouse Tails (and Mouse Tails 2), interesting read if you like reading about these things.
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As a current employee of Disneyland, I find this hilariously entertaining.

The guy above was right about the purpose of the basketball court on Matterhorn. It's there for entertainment purposes while the guys pass time before they launch Tinkerbell.

To #31... the reason that the employee you saw was talking to the dead person was to keep the show alive. A dead person isn't a sight to see for a young child, so that employee had to make the best out of that situation.

And to all of you who are interested in alcohol, just go down to Disneyland California Adventure. You can get margaritas, beer, wine, etc. and even walk around the park with it.

Another interesting Disneyland fact pertains to the fireworks. The fireworks look like they are coming up from behind the castle, but in fact they come out from behind Toon Town.
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Having lived in lakewood calif. my friends and I found ways to sneek into disney land...We never got caught but I was told later in life that that was likely because the parks personel were told not to chase us...
I did get into trouble there for asking goofy if he wanted to smoke a joint...I was asked to leave and told not to come back...It didn't seem a big deal at the time but I was told I would be on the list of those barred..
I've been there many times since..So I guess there never was a list..
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Paramedics cannot pronounce a person dead unless there is an obvious decapitation, or rigormortis and/or decomposition has set in. With any cardiac arrest, paramedics and EMTs "work" the patient all the way to the hospital..that is giving CPR or possibly shocking with a defirilator. Even if the patient seems to be a "lost cause" it is not for them to call a death. Also, if the patient is an organ donor, CPR must be performed all the way to the hospital to keep the organs viable for transplant.
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In 1976 I was kicked out of Disney for making lude, crude comments to snow white. In 1986 I was kicked out of disney for pissing on a bush while smoking a joint outside a beer tent. In 2004 I was ask to vacate the premises after repeately farting on an elevator--I had some good ones that day. I am allowed to apply for return to Disney in late 2008.
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I grew up in Orange County and spent many days in Disneyland. My friend's Grandmother had retired from Disney and was able to get us in anytime we wanted. (Apparently a normal perk for any person who worked there for more than a many number of years.)

A cool thing to do when you were a teenager was to steal the apple from the Snow White ride. All you had to was squeeze out of the car, snatch it from the witches hand, and then jump back in before you hit daylight. My friend had three of these as trophies. His luck ran out one time and we all got caught. They took us to the backlot and made us wait around for a few hours. Then security actually let us back into the park. I could never understand why they didn't just glue the apple down...
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I HAVE PERFORMED AT DISNEYLAND ABOUT 6 TIMES WITH COLOR GUARD AND EACH TIME WAS AWESOME!! IT WAS FUN TO OPEN AND LEAD THE PARADE THROUGHOUT THE PARK....I THINK THE ONLY BAD THING WAS IT DID LOOSE A LIL MAGIC WHEN YOU WOULD GO BEHIND TOON TOWN TO GET DRESSED AND YOU SAW COSTUMES HANGING WITH NO HEADS AND HEADS ALLOVER THE FLOOR BUT OTHER THAT THAT THE FUNNEST AND BEST PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR!!!
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yeah i saw the back lot of disney as well same rules applied to us as they did to the others who were there(fancy feet dance). disney keeps getting cooler and cooler each time i find some site revealing a particular mystery
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The telegraph in New Orleans station is not actually saying anything. I am a Ham radio operator and I know Morse Code, it is just beeping out gibberish. Sorry.
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Its amazing how fast they clean up the "scene" when you get injured too. I was there with a friend when one of their ride operators wasn't paying attention and pushed the go button before he had gotten out of the cart. It ran him over and severely messed up his back and messed up his kids shoulder. They scooped them up and rushed them out a side door and kept on like nothing had happened. He got a few mil for that.

My grandfather worked there for years and years, and he was able to get me and my friends in all the time. Its fun running around at night when the park is closed, the army like cleaning crew is impressive.

Apparently not setting the brake on the monorails in the service bay is not uncommon and they roll back and crash. I got to help fix the alert system the guys in the roundhouse use to alert them when the boss is coming. They like to sit around and play poker instead of fixing things like they should.

Since I still live here, I go once or twice a week still... not sure why hehe
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A friend of mine worked at Disneyland, posing as a princess. She said it was a horrible, oppressive job, because even on breaks in the underground, she was required to smile to "stay in character." Ack!
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dont quote me but ive heard the reason for there being a basketball court in the matterhorn is because legally they couldn't call it a ride because it was too big so they had to put a court behind the yeti to call it a stadium. its only half a court though because a full court wasnt legally required. pretty cool.
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Anony-moose, I suggest you check out the earliest Mickey cartoons, "Steamboat Willie" and "Planet Crazy". Not only does Mickey have a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT voice in "Plane Crazy" (much lower and scratchier), they hadn't developed that sickeningly sweet personality for him. He's actually cruel to Minnie and to various animals in those cartoons.

I saw it in a screening room at a convention and, having seen only today's Mickey, I was rolling over laughing. We all loved "Steamboar Willie" so much we got the guy to play it again. Apparently that "Steamboat Itchy" cartoon they had on "The Simpsons" a few years back wasn't much of an exaggeration as I thought!
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I didnt know they allowed Porn on these comments! #50's comment should be banned...disgusting. Kids read these for crying out loud.
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You can't die at Disneyland. They made a deal with the city of Anaheim. You can't call it the happiest place on earth if you have a chance of dying in the park. Time of death is registered when the body leaves the property. You die on harbor, katella, or ball rd.
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Ah Disneyland - I remember when it cost less than $10, E tickets, and when the guys on the Jungle Cruise could ad lib their lines.

I've eaten at the 33 twice - the food was pretty good, although I've had better. Certainly, it's better than anything in the park.

I had a friend who hand painted watches in a shop on Main Street - you could watch him work.

Most of the amusement parks in the area (Knotts, and Magic Mt.) have really clamped down on the gang activity - one way was to eliminate the live music venues - that cut down on problems almost overnight.
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You can actually drink at California Adventure...I was there last year and a friend and I frequented the margarita stand before wreaking havoc in Disneyland. Talk about a way to enjoy the park as an adult.... :)
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I was a waiter in Club 33. I had my tongue cut out so that I could not speak of it and had my fingers removed so that I could not type about it. My toes were hacked off since that stupid "My Left Foot" movie came out and made Club 33 security think about people typing with their toes. I had my neck muscles severed so that I could not nod or shake my head thus I am unable to answer yes or no questions. I also had my eyes gouged out thanks to Steven Hawking showing off his "talk with eye movement" toy and had my nose cut off because... well... I don't know why. Club 33 security hacked and Krazy glued me to prevent me from telling anyone of my experience as a waiter there. I am now just a left elbow and a pancreas- everything else has been removed. It has taken me weeks to type this message. I am using the million monkey- million type writer method by hopping from one key to another random key in order to get this message out. So far I have hit every ket I need. ket? darnit!!!!
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By the way you are wrong about autopia it was changed because chevron became the sponsor the cars movie came out years after it was changed
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My first, middle and last names all have six letters. Oh no! I'm a mason, we aren't connected to the illuminati, neither was Disney. This conspiracy theory thing really is way too much. Some organization (FreeMason, Shriners, etc) give over 1 Million a day to charity. It definitely sounds like a conspiracy to me.
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My father worked for Disney for 25 years. Around 1986 or so (when they really had perks for CMs not the half-baked stuff they do now)we had a wonderful time "backstage" in the park. We saw the movie reel that is used for Star Tours (so that it does not overheat), the hydrolics for the Indy cars, stood at the bottom of Space Mtn. (it's a looooonngg way down!)and walked through Club 33 (lovely bldg.). That sort of event made the CMs feel appreciated. Now, Disney has gone so corporate that the only ones catered to are celbs with big heads or else they charge you up the butt for something fun like that. They even cheat CMs out of their comp passes a lot of times!
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i too used to work at Disneyland, on the Matterhorn and Small World. The picture posted on the Matterhorn court is dead on. its not really a court at all and I was pissed cause when my training was over and i was allowed to go up there and shoot around, the damn ball was flat. Small World also had an attic the looked down on the ride and all cast members trained on the ride were allowed to sign their name on the wall up there.

I used to HATE the changing rooms because there were soooo many gay dudes working there and i had to sit there and be eye fu***d day in and day out. Most of the gays were respectful, but damn, I guess because there were soo many there and straight guys were the minority that some felt they could just make some rude ass comments. thank God for being able to fast trak your costume

*****Note******* all young straight guys.. If you want an easy job with lots of perks (WOMEN), then apply at Disneyland! seriously, i got soo much tail there because there werent many decent looking straight guys to choose from. it was awesome. If you see a Jasmine with a mole on her cheek at Disneyland, I banged her. Her name is Lisa
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I gotta say i enjoyed reading Scott-O's comment the most, next it would have to be RonnieDebunked

RonnieDebunked
November 21st, 2008 at 9:48 am
‘Ronnie’ isn’t even your REAL NAME, is it…SEBASTIAN??!!

Oh and disneyland is cool yaddee yadee yada
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My Uncle was Walt Disney's best friend, and Walt was like an Uncle to me. He came over to our house for dinner all the time. Walt never got into eastern mysticism, occult or anything else. The tarot cards that came out in the early 70's were not from the Disney Corporation, even though they carried Mickey Mouse's picture on the front. This was someones idea of a sick joke.
We spent many hours in all parts of the park. The tunnels are scary and stinky, because they contain all the stuff that's not glamorous (like the dumpsters). Still, being in all the parts of the park was still magical, and I will never forget it, and always be grateful for the Disney family's friendship to us.
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When I was in grade school I lived in a house directly across from Disneyland, the property was eventually purchased and a motel built in it's place, anyway I attended Kettella grammer school (spelling probably isn't correct) and I walked through the parking lot of Disneyland every day to school. At the time I thought it was pretty cool!
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I went to disneyland around Christmas time with an ex-employee. If you're walking along main street and notice at the bottom walls where the building meets the sidewalk, there are little speaker-looking things. Some of them are actually vents that release the scent of vanilla you detect in the air.

He confirmed that the underground tunnels are simply used to transport trash to/from the vendors and restock them. That way large carts and unsightly dumpsters don't have to be pushed through the heavy crowds.

The mermaids on the old submarine ride are pretty neat! I can't imagine swimming all that time though, and what about in cold weather? Did they say that the mermaids were "hibernating?"

I've also heard that the Tinkerbell who flies over the castle is frequently a man.
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I have been to Disney many times and always loved it. Once however, Mickey got a little Fresh with me and grabbed my azz. I even have the picture proving it, you can totally see where his hand is in the picture, and the shocked look on my face.
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Membership to Club 33 is non-transferable. I know. Member since 1992. I will not reveal the cost to join, but i wish it was only $1000.00.
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the Matterhorn does NOT have a FULL SIZE basketball court in it. When I was trained on the Matterhorn in 2000, my trainer thought it would be fun to go up there and show it off. It is less than a half-court and is mostly dusty, yet is still there. Back in 1959 when it was built, Walt beat the system by declaring it an official "sporting arena" therefore bypassing any codes that required it to be a certain height. If you really want great trivia answers... go work there. You can see all of this yourself! It's not hard.
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Also, I think most of the old animatrons from America Sings (after it closed) were relocated to Splash Mountain. The river boat should have a lot of familiar looking characters.
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Oh and I have your answer for the reasoning for the mermaids being taken out...
After working on the subs for a few years, I saw a diver go in the water to fix a prop in the lake. He had a full scuba suit on. I asked if it was cold. He told me the reason for it was because the chlorine concentration was so high in the water that it wasn't too great for your skin. After years of keeping the lake clean I guess it was decided to ditch the mermaids, and keep the water cleaner.
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Tinkerbell rumor:

Tinkerbell is NOT a man. It is a woman who has done it since the inception of the flight. Her daughter later joined her and they now take turns. On breaks, I used to go by big thunder mountain and watch her crash into the landing pad. That was fun! I believe with the controls now, that doesn't happen anymore.
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ps - harry twatter, tho vulgar and kinda weird, is pretty right on about the park. I enjoyed the same benefits as well. A little homophobic, but on point just the same. The ball was flat when i was up there too.
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