disneyland fact

The clear balloon extends the life of the latex balloon and protect them from popping in the summer sun. Disney was seeing a lot of Mickey ears balloons drooping at the end of the day. They would then get a lot of complaints that the Balloon died before it could even get home. Using a second balloon mitigates that issue. Now the balloon lasts up to 4 months I have heard or so making the guests a lot happier.

Fun Fact:

That backwards descent on the Haunted Mansion is supposed to symbolize the fall from the widow’s attic window to your death. Notice how it’s only after the descent that you come upon the graveyard and the ghosts begin to actually acknowledge you.

The sophisticated Mr. Potato Head audio-animatronic required more programming time than any figure previously created by Walt Disney Imagineering. He has new animated eyes which are highly expressive and can look directly at a particular guest and is the first audio-animatronic whose mouth appears to form words and vowel sounds. Don Rickles pre-recorded the voice of Mr. Potato Head, who speaks more lines of dialogue than any previous audio-animatronic.

Disneyland Facts
  • If you go to Disneyland on your birthday(or close enough) and go to City Hall and tell them its your birthday, they will give you a birthday pin and write your name on it. When you wear it around Disneyland, the cast members are supposed to say :Happy birthday” to you. Its fun to see how many you can get.
  • Disneyland welcomes 65,000 guest in a single day and 10-12 million a year
  • Yes, there is a basketball court in the top of the Matterhorn
  • Many of the faces in the Pirates of the Caribbean are molded of the faces of the Imagineers. (the original creators of Disneyland)
  • The Pillsbury Doughboy’s name is the same voice that narrates the Haunted Mansion.
  • From groundbreaking to when it opened, Disneyland was built in 365 days.
  • At least 3 babies have been born at Disneyland
  • There are at least 100 feral cats roaming Disneyland, day and night, to take care of any rats.
  • To create the illusion of size on Main Street, designers made the ground-floor buildings nine-tenths scale, the second floors seven-eighths and the third floors five-eighths.
  • Tomorrowland was originally meant to represent the futuristic year of 1986, when Halley’s comet was due to make its next appearance.
  • Several times people have dumped family’s ashes inside the Haunted Mansion, which causes the ride to be shut down and cleaned ASAP.
  • The Yeti in the Matterhorn has a name. His name is Harold.
  • Every time Walt was at Disneyland he would leave the light on in his office above the firehouse to let people know he was there. After he passed, they decided to leave the light on all the time to show that Walt’s spirit is always with Disney.
  • If you walk through the Castle passage leading into Fantasyland and look down, you will find a spike in the ground. Before Toontown was built, this spike marked the exact center of Disneyland.
  • The smell of vanilla is pumped through vents onto Main Street. During the holidays, the scent is changed to peppermint.
  • If you ask a castmember on the Mark Twain boat, you can steer the boat and get a certificate for doing it.
  • If you ask the driver, you can ride in the front of the monorail.
  • There is a sort of secret club in Disneyland called Club 33, which has a 1 year wait list.
  • Steve Martin worked in the Magic Shop when he was a teenager.
  • The water in Jungle Cruise is dirty on purpose so you cant see the shallow water, which is at most 8ft.

Richard Ramirez Laughing In Court.

(New rare footage from “Monster In My Family” S02E02 The Nightstalker - Richard Ramirez 10-01-2017)


Cars 3 has PIXAR and cartoon fans awaiting to see the story of Lightning McQueen after all of the hype from the trailers! It’s officially out today, but before you head off to see it, catch up with 107 Cars Facts! http://frdr.us/2sBEYi7


Here It Is: The ACTUAL Story Told in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

While we all love the stories of the Bride and the Captain and the Eddie Murphy family (okay, so you can strike that last one from the record), in 2009 the Walt Disney Company actually released a book that described – in no uncertain terms – the actual tale being told in Disneyland’s magnificent Haunted Mansion ride.

In The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, Jason Surrell explains:

“Though not as intricately constructed as a Shakespearean play, a story exists. In fact, Imagineering legend and Disneyland veteran Tony Baxter believes that, in the end, combining the seemingly divergent work of [Imagineers] Marc Davis and Claude Coats inadvertently gave the Haunted Mansion a fairly solid three-act structure.

"In Act One, which begins slowly and ominously in the Foyer, guests anticipate the appearance of the happy haunts, and experience poltergeist activity and unseen spirits.

"Madame Leota provides the curtain that separates Act One and Act Two. The medium conjures up the spirits and encourages them to materialize, which they promptly do in the swinging wake in the Grand Hall and the Attic.

"The descent from the attic window into the Graveyard takes guests into Act Three, in which they are completely surrounded by the ghosts who are enjoying the manic intensity of a graveyard jamboree. Finally, one of three Hitchhiking Ghosts materializes beside the guests in their Doom Buggy before the exit.”

And there you have it. The actual story being told in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion – and in the classical three-act structure, no less!

Imagine going to Disneyland with Chris. (Part 2)

A/N: I hope you have a fabulous birthday @ateliefloresdaprimavera, you deserve it girl. Also, to anyone out there who’s got a birthday around the corner- this is for you. X (Read Part 1)

“Are you excited for your birthday?” Chris asked as you cooked the second batch of pancakes; Chris had demolished the first batch, leaving you little to eat hence why you had to whip up a second. “Twenty-six, damn kid. You’re getting old,” he teased you and you swatted him with the spatula, laughing.

“Says the thirty-six year old,” you retorted and he scoffed, holding a hand to his heart and earning another one of your famous eye rolls. “So can I write you down for Disney movies and ice-cream cake on Friday?” You asked, knowing the answer was yes because that was how the two of you spent your birthday every year since moving out to Los Angeles.

“Hm…” He pressed his lips together, pretending to contemplate. “No,” he responded bluntly and you frowned. “Sorry, but I’ve got plans.” Your heart sunk and you opened your mouth to argue when there was a knock at the door. “I think you might want to get that,” he pointed at the door then resumed eating his pancake.

You walked to the door feeling a little down that your best friend was ditching you on your birthday. Did he meet a girl? Was he going on a date? What could possibly make him change the way you’d spend your birthday together? You opened the door and looked around; there was no one there.

You were about to close it again when you saw what was sitting on your doormat; the rose in the jar from Beauty and the Beast. You bent over and picked it up gently, smiling when you saw what was in the jar. There were two tickets to Disneyland along with a Polaroid of you and Chris from Halloween when the two of you dressed up as Belle and the Beast; scrawled on the Polaroid in Chris’ handwriting was “be my guest?”

“The look on your face.” Chris’ voice turned you around. “Of course I wasn’t going to ditch you on your birthday, you idiot.” You shook your head at him, both of you were trying but failing not to smile. “Well?” He pressed. “Unless, of course, you’d much rather stay here and watch Disney movies while eating ice-cream cake.”

“Fuck no,” you laughed, “let’s go to Disneyland!”
• • • • • • • •
Chris was right about Disneyland being the happiest place on earth, it was no wonder he and his family had annual trips during the holidays. Trips he’d always invite you to, but trips you’d never got to make hence why you’d never been to Disneyland until now; a fact that still shocked Chris every time it was brought up. He felt responsible for you missing out, stating “I should’ve just dragged you with us.” Yes, Disneyland was everything you’d imagined it to be and it lived up to the expectations Chris had set you up with, but none of it would’ve mattered if Chris wasn’t the one you went with. Anywhere with that man was great, for you could’ve spent the day with him stuck in an elevator and have the best time of your life.

Like Chris promised back at your apartment, he took care of everything. From the drive there, to the car snacks and music playlist, to the hotel, and of course- the day at the park. He planned the whole weekend with great care and attention to detail because he wanted you to have the best birthday ever. That, and he was also slowly buttering you up to reveal when night fell and fireworks went off that he was in-love with you.

“Mickey ice-cream bar or churro?” You asked Chris, holding up the two snacks to see which you should try first. He made a “pffft” sound with his mouth and pointed to the Mickey ice-cream bar, making you smile as you took a bite.

“Any other hard hitting questions?” He quipped and you shook your head, giggling as you looped your arm with his. His heart fluttered at your touch, just as yours did at his. “Okay, where do you want to go next? We’ve got a couple hours to kill before we have to head over to the castle to see the fireworks.”

“You’re the park expert, you tell me.”

“You’re the birthday girl, you tell me.”

You smiled at Chris and he smiled back, the urge to tell him you loved him was on the tip of your tongue. After all he’d done for you today, it was hard to hold back your true feelings for your best friend. You just wanted to wrap your arms around his neck and kiss him. But then again, what if he didn’t feel the same way? You couldn’t ruin this, you couldn’t lose him as a friend. But you also didn’t want to just be his friend anymore, you wanted more- you wanted a life with him. It was time to take the leap, ignore all possible consequences and just jump.

“Well?” He raised his eyebrows. “Where are we going?”

“I love you,” you told him and he smiled, thinking it was another one of those platonic ‘I-love-you’ moments. The two of you have had plenty of those, so many that it was hard to differentiate between an actual confession and a ‘you’re-the-best’ kind of thing. It never failed to make his heart flutter, but it was never something he properly processed; vice versa when he told you he loved you because you were just best friends.

“I am pretty amazing,” he responded with a chuckle.

“No, Chris,” you shook your head. “I’m in-love with you.” You heard the words leave your lips and saw Chris’ lips part in shock; relief and angst simultaneously filled you. “I’ve been in-love with you for a while now, I just- I didn’t want things to change between us.”

Chris was suddenly at a lost for words. This was something he’d been dreaming about for so long now, fantasizing and playing it out in his head. Not once had this been a scenario he’d imagined, not once did he expect you to admit you were in-love with him. He thought he’d have to work to win you over, he was wrong; you loved him too.

“Can you please say-”

Before you could even finish, Chris’ lips were crashed against yours. You dropped both your churro and your ice-cream bar, out of shock and excitement that you were finally kissing your best friend. His strong arms wrapped around you, pulling you as close to him as possible. You smiled as you kissed him back; your arms looped around his neck and your fingers found their way under his hat and into his hair. It was happening, after years of playing it safe and pretending to be platonic, the two of you were finally displaying your true feelings for each other.

“Wow,” you breathed when Chris broke the kiss, resting his forehead against yours.

“Wow is right,” he chuckled softly, “I can’t believe it took us five years to get here. God, what we were thinking?” You laughed breathlessly, shaking your head. “I’m in-love with you too and-” he chuckled. “I was actually going to tell you later tonight when we were watching the fireworks, but um- I don’t think we need those fireworks when we’ve got some right here.” He pecked your lips as you choked back laughter. “Yup, definite fireworks right here.”

“You’re an idiot,” you laughed.

“I don’t care as long as I have you,” he smiled.

Alright. Everybody sit the heck down. You wanna hear a Disneyland secrets? Listen up cuz I’m gonna educate your butts!

See this skeleton, pictured above? Let me tell you ‘bout this skeleton. He’s hidden, and it’s really difficult to get a good look at him. There may not be many pictures of him at all. (So please give me photo cred if you tell your friends this story!)

Where is he located? He is at the end of the Exit tunnel of the Indiana Jones ride. You know that awful walk up the tunnel once you get off the ride? Walk, walk walk, STOP before you exit the mouth of the tunnel. In the corner, look at the wall. You’ll see that it looks like someone patched it up. It looks all nasty, like dried snot clay. Now look up. There should be an opening near the top of the wall. A big hole!

For two years, I’ve tried to enlist the help of friends to hoist me up so I could get a good picture, but I’m usually with girls who are scared of falling down or not having the strength to pick me up (I’m a hefty girl, I’m not exactly petite). Luckily, tonight I was explaining the secret of the skeleton behind the wall to my friend, when a passerby and his girlfriend offered to give me a boost! This is the kind of Disneyland camaraderie that I love. He gave me a big boost up– although on the way up, I may have accidentally fallen forward into his face… Sorry, guy, for giving you a face full of cleavage!!! – just long enough for me to get a picture! I was so grateful for his kindness. Finally, after years of telling my friends about this secret Skeleton Behind the Wall, I have photographic evidence! I wish I could have bought the stranger and his girlfriend a drink or something. I can’t thank him enough for his kindness.

Now here’s where the mystery lies. What gives with the secret wall, and this skeleton who’s chained there? My educated guess would be that Mr Skeleton here was just part of the scene, but too many people kept trying to reach into the alcove to grab him or pose for a picture, so they covered up that alcove by making a false wall. Did they purposefully leave the hole at the top so that people could look in? Did they leave the skeleton and props there for people to find? Maybe we’ll never know!

If you want to get a good look at Skeleton, DON’T use the hand rail as a boost up! It’s slippery and you’ll hurt yourself. Instead, have two friends give you a boost– or one friend, if they’re very strong. First, have a phone or flashlight ready! Don’t drop either one into the hole or you will never get it back. Skeleton will use it to post selfies on your Instagram. Once you have a boost, phone or light in hand, look down over the edge of the wall hole. Be careful when you do this, and make sure there are no Cast Members around. I wouldn’t want anyone to get in trouble! Be careful, and have fun!

Until next time,

Splash Mountain (Disneyland)
Splash Mountain (Disneyland)

There are four main songs to Splash Mountain: “How Do You Do?”, Ev'rybody Has a Laughing Place", “Burrow’s Lament”, and the closing song  “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”.  

“How Do You Do” was recorded specially for the ride by the Floozies in 1988, which was a 29 piece band. “Ev'rybody Has a Laughing Place” and “Burrow’s Lament” were sung by the Newton sisters;Elisa, Georgia, and Castell. They were from California and worked for The Walt Disney Company during construction for the ride.  And the finale “Zip-A-Dee-Doh-Dah” was performed by a choir of over 75 cast members, with Jess Harnell singing the solo for Br'er Rabbit.

Also, the vultures at the top of the lift hill are voiced by Edward Conor and John Kelfreese, who are employees of the Walt Disney Company.