Edible Plants, Human Skeletons and Basketball Courts – 12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Disneyland Theme Parks

Everyone loves Disney. Everyone adores Disneyland. It’s been apart of our lives – the films we watch on television, and the big screen; the big parades and meeting our favourite characters.

Ranking as the number one resort amusement park corporations in the world (with 134,330,000 guests attending in 2014), Disneyland is the third most visited park in the world.

So, how much do we know about Disney? Not a lot, but here are twelve facts that you may not know about Disney.

1. You Can Eat the Plants in Tomorrowland!

Yes, all the plants in Tomorrowland are edible. The island was to pin-point the theme, which was farming where by teaching visitors, they can learn that humanity cam make the most of its resources.

2. The Haunted Mansion has a Pet Cemetery Behind It

If you take a chance to visit the Haunted Mansion and walk behind it. When you’re there, you’ll come to the cemetery, where it has many pet gravestones including one for Mr. Toad.

3. When Disneyland Opened, the Park Only Had Eighteen Attractions

When Disneyland opened on 17th July 1955, it originally had eighteen attractions. Today, twelve of them are till at the park. They are:

  1. Autopia
  2. The Disneyland Band
  3. The Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station
  4. The Disneyland Railroad New Orleans Square Station
  5. The Jungle Cruise
  6. King Arthur Carousel
  7. The Mad Tea Party
  8. The Main Street Cinema
  9. The Mark Twain Riverboat
  10. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  11. Peter Pan’s Flight
  12. The Storybook Land Canal Boats

4. The Matterhorn Ride Has a Basketball Court

It’s true – there is a half-court basketball structure on top of the mountain. When they are on their breaks, employees go to the basketball court to shoot hoops. Rumour has it that the mountain is still there.

5. Celebrities Have Worked There Before They Were Famous! 

They include the likes of Steve Martin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Williams, Kevin Costner, John Lasseter, Richard Capenter and Jodie Prenger.


John Lasseter was a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise before he became the CEO of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios.

6. Want to Lend a Paw?

When visitors are not around in the park, the staff realise over two thousand feral felines in order to drive the rodents around the park. Although the park have said that the cats are nocturnal creatures, you may be lucky to see one, anywhere around the Disneyland Park.

7. Male Employees Weren’t Allowed Moustaches and Beards

Before the turn of the 21st century, workers who are male had to shave and be cleanly shaven. Can you imagine your male characters without moustaches and/or beards, if they originally had them?

8. Real Human Skeletons on a Disney Ride? That’s Totally Creepy…

When the Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened, the staff thought about giving the ride a sense of realism by adding real. Yes, real human skeletons to the ride. However, the creepiest thing about this was that Disney had the skeletons, on loan from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Today, the skeletons have been removed and replaced with artificial skeletons. That is, apart from one which is still there.

9. Who Were the Inspirations Behind Disneyland? alt Disney’s daughters were the inspiration behind Disneyland

Walt Disney’s daughters, of course. Before Walt created Disneyland, he took his daughters, Diane Disney Miller and Sharon Mae Disney on a trip to L.A.’s Griffith Park and had a ride on the merry-go-round. And the rest (they say) is history.


Walt Disney with his daughters, Diane and Sharon.

10. Disneyland, In It’s History, Has Only Closed Three Times 

  1. The Death of John F. Kennedy
  2. The Northridge Earthquake
  3. 9/11

11. Secret Club?! What?!

Believe it or not, Disneyland has its own private club. Club 33 used to be a secret club, where Walt Disney used it to invite and host parties for important people. Located in New Orleans Square, Club 33 is only open to members and their guests. Also, it is the only place in the park where it serves alcohol and has a full bar.

12. Castle Capsule

On 17th July 1995, a time capsule was buried in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, when Disneyland celebrated it’s forth anniversary. The capsule will not be opened until 17th July 2045 – 50 years after it’s burial.


Sleeping Beauty Castle, where the time capsule is currently buried.

So that’s it, twelve things you didn’t know about Disneyland and it’s theme parks. What’s your favourite fact about Disneyland? Which facts about Disney do you think should have been on the list?

Author: Sez

My name is Sez. I am on the Autistic Spectrum; I was diagnosed when I was two years old. Being Autistic can be tricky; I easily jump into conclusions and miss important skills that are part of my social life. However, my "condition" hasn't stopped me from doing the things I love. I am currently studying Performing Arts at a Drama school in London. I'm a hard worker and a dreamer. Also, I love creative writing and writing lyrics. I'm a keen adventurer and would love to travel the world. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoy actingmylife. :)

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