25 things you didn't know about America's Disney Parks
Posted on 03/06/2016

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Call yourself a Disney fan? How many of these fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes secrets about America's Disney Parks did you already know...

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  • A kinder Dumbo
    A kinder Dumbo

    Timothy Q. Mouse presides over the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. He once brandished a training whip to make the elephants soar, but as times changed the whip was subtly replaced with a magic feather. One of the original Dumbo flying elephant vehicles is on display at the Smithsonian.

  • Hidden basketball court
    Hidden basketball court

    Hidden at the top of the 147-foot mountain of Disneyland's first roller coaster, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, is a single-hoop basketball court for use by park employees on their breaks. It was created by vote to fill the extra space in the mountain, as the coaster only takes up the bottom two-thirds of the peak.

  • Real life mice
    Real life mice

    It seems that real mice like to visit the Disney Parks just as much as Mickey and Minnie. To help curb the problem, Disney takes a barn cat approach and employs hundreds of collarless, free-roaming mousers that they feed, spay and neuter during the day, then let loose at night.

  • Spot the difference
    Spot the difference

    Despite one being located in Disneyland and the other in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the track layouts of Indiana Jones and Dinosaur are nearly identical. The sets and lighting are different.

  • Disco yeti
    Disco yeti

    The largest and most complicated audio-animatronic ever assembled is the 22-foot-tall Yeti inside Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, it doesn't work. When the ride opened in 2006, it lunged at every passing train, but its systems couldn't sustain the intensity and it was turned off. Now its design-failure immobilization is concealed with a strobe-light effect, and some guests have nicknamed it Disco Yeti.

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"Disneyland was designed so that you really couldn't see everything in a single visit," revealed Paula Sigman Lowery, a consulting historian for the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Even for the most eagle-eyed guests, it's easy to get swept up in the magic and excitement of a trip to one of America's impressive Disney Parks. So we don't blame you for having missed some of these Disney details along the way...

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