wdw facts

The Fun Fact He Tells You

•DANIEL freaking SEAVEY:
“Did you know you can survive solely on butter and potatoes?”

“And this is important why?”

•JACK honking AVERY:
“The pyramids in Egypt were originally white and smooth, ya know.”

“Like you think you are?”

•JONAH stinking MARAIS:
“Iceland is the only country without mosquitoes, actually.”

“Well, let’s move there then.”

•ZACH flipping HERRON:
“Hey, Y/N, guess what?”

“What?”

“Dogs can see their own farts.”

•CORBYN fudging BESSON:
“You forget about 90% of your dreams within ten minutes of waking up, babe.”

“That’s cool, Cor.”

“You must be that extra 10% then, Y/N.”

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Every Chris Sanders fan knows that you can see Stitch at Tomorrowland’s Stitch’s Great Escape. But did you know that Experiment 626 can also be found in the Tomorrowland gift shop, Merchant of Venus?

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The next time you’re in the shop, take a look up at the ceiling. Not only did Stitch leave a trail of footprints criss-crossing the store, he can also be glimpsed smashing his way through the ceiling tiles!

Oh, and there’s one more place you can spot Stitch in Tomorrowland – if you have really, really good eyes. It’s in the exit to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Upon exiting your vehicle, check out the murals on the wall to your right. A teensy-tiny painting of Stitch’s spaceship is flying in the top left corner of the first mural! How’s that for Hidden Mickeys sneaky Stitches?

Yeah, Pleakley – I know exactly how you feel…

This WDW fun fact comes courtesy of Kevin Yee’s Walt Disney World: Hidden History.

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October 31, 1939:  On a stormy night long ago, five people stepped through the doors of an elevator and into a nightmare.

That’s right, this night is supposed to be the night of the fateful accident sending five unwitting passengers into the Twilight Zone.  If you happen to get the chance to ride this attraction on a stormy evening, go for it!  The added ambiance of the storm only makes the story seem like it could be real!

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October 24, 2008:  Pixie Hollow opens in Mickey’s Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom.

A new meet-and-greet location, this area gave you the opportunity to meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.  This opening preceded the new Tinker Bell movie by just four days!

Unfortunately, this area closed with the addition of the New Fantasyland, and plans for an expanded Pixie Hollow were discarded.  You can still meet them in Adventureland in Tinkerbell’s Magical Nook!

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October 1, 1971:  The Magic Kingdom opens to guests for the first time!

The day everyone was waiting for!  Amid fanfare, the Magic Kingdom in Central Florida welcomes it’s first guests.  The park layout was almost the same as Disneyland’s in California, and opened with 23 attractions. Along with the Magic Kingdom’s opening, the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort also opened and began hosting guests.

October 1 is a big day in Disney’s history!  

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June 20 1995:  The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter opens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, replacing Flight to the Moon.

This is my #1 most missed attraction in all of Walt Disney World.  It was just so NOT Disney.  With implied death and dismemberment, as well as a sinister plot starting from the pre-show, which featured a robot named S.I.R., voiced by everyone’s favorite bad guy, Tim Curry, it stood out among all the other more family friendly attractions.  

Stitch was the worst thing to come to this space, in my opinion.  I will forever miss the horror that was Alien Encounter.  If you’d like to relive it as best you can, the best video I’ve found for it is HERE.

*Bonus* See if you can spot Tyra Banks and Kevin Pollack in the pre-show!

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September 5, 1994:  The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine attraction “temporarily closes” in Fantasyland.

The attraction will be officially closed two years later, and some of the submarines were sunk in the waters near Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  I have just the vaguest memories of this attraction, mostly of being too short to be able to sit on the stool and look out the window at the same time! With slow loading and unloading, the lines for this ride were some of the longest in the park at all times.  

I only got to experience it a few times, and was sad to see it go!  There’s a pretty good video HERE if you’d like to check it out!

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September 29, 1994:  Innoventions opens in the former site of Communicore in Future World in Epcot.

Innoventions is an ever changing area on either side of Future World full off different kinds of interactive displays, walk-through areas, and attractions.  Split into Innoventions East and Innoventions West, they make great areas to walk through while you’re navigating Future World.  Not only will you get to see and experience some of the latest and greatest innovations in home improvement, you can also score some delightful air conditioning and places to rest!

The name “Innoventions” comes from a combination of ‘invention’ and 'innovation’ which perfectly describes the things you’ll find inside.  If you have some spare time, take a peek inside!

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June 30, 2010:  There is a “soft opening” for Captain EO at Epcot at Walt Disney World, grand reopening is just two days later.

Captain EO has had a pretty colorful past at with Disney, having been in four different Disney parks.  Currently open at Walt Disney World in Epcot,  and Disneyland (although under refurbishment at Disneyland), it has had homes at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland as well.

In fact, after being open for exactly four years, Tokyo Disneyland’s show is closing today.  The show was made popular again after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, although many die hard fans of this 3-D show were clamoring for it’s return since the day it first closed.

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August 20, 1928:  Disney Legend and Imagineer Harriet Burns (born Harriet Tapp) is born in San Antonio, Texas.

Harriet was the first female hired by Walt Disney to be an Imagineer in a creative capacity, rather than just working in the office.  She had roles in many Disneyland attractions, including the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Walt Disney World attractions.  Pictured above, she’s working on one of the Seven Dwarfs for Mickey Mouse Revue.

Mickey Mouse Revue was in Fantasyland in the theater where Mickey’s Philharmagic stands now, and was also a musical show, with songs from classic Disney movies like Cinderella, the Three Caballeros, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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November 16, 2004:  Also on this day, Stitch’s Great Escape officially opens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.

This attraction took the place of the much loved ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.  Viewed by Disney as a more family-friendly show, your job is to monitor Experiment 626 and make sure nothing goes wrong.  Of course, you’re not safe for long as Stitch quickly outsmarts his captors and escapes, wreaking havoc around the room before escaping into the Magic Kingdom.

This ride is dark and can be loud, and may be frightening for young children (although nowhere near as scary as Alien Encounter was!).  It also has over the shoulder restraints, and while only used for parts of the special effects, may be unpleasant for people uncomfortable with tight spaces.

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July 7, 2006:  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest opens in theaters the same day as Pirates of the Caribbean reopens at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Pirates’ reopening featured several scenes where you can find an extremely well done audio-animatronic Jack Sparrow as well as Captain Barbossa.  

Keep a weather-eye open when you’re walking up the moving “gangplank” (aka walkway) as you exit.  Do you see the peg-leg foot prints below your feet?  Follow those prints to score some pirate booty in the gift shop!

Experience the ride for yourself HERE!

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October 10, 1998:  The Journey into Imagination attraction and the Image Works area of the Imagination Pavilion close for renovations.

Probably one of the worst attraction removals in the history of Epcot (right up there with the recent removal of Maelstrom), Journey Into Imagination was a fun, interesting, creative ride that highlighted the many facets of imagination, and starred the Dreamfinder along with the Figment of Imagination.

Upstairs, you could find the Image Works, an interactive are mainly geared towards kids, but plenty of fun for adults too.  You could play a part on a tv show via green screen, paint a picture high up on the wall by shooting the color at it from your paintbrush, run through the rainbow tunnel (pictured above), and make music by jumping on tiles.  There is a similar area now, but instead of being able to spend hours playing, it’s more of an area to walk through to find your way out.

The Imagination Pavilion used to be a glorious part of Epcot.  While it’s true lines for the attraction were minimal, it maintained the integrity of the idea of Epcot. The version we have now isn’t even a shadow of it’s former self.

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August 25, 2006:  The Seven Dwarfs respond to astronomers giving Pluto “dwarf planet” status by issuing the following statement via their friends at the Walt Disney World Resort:

“Although we think it’s Dopey that Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet, which has made some people Grumpy and others just Sleepy, we are not Bashful in saying we would be Happy if Disney’s Pluto would join us as an eighth dwarf.  We think this is just what the Doc ordered and is nothing to Sneeze at.”

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October 2, 1992:  Splash Mountain in Frontierland officially opens to the public.

The ride has been running since mid-July, a fact I’m sure most people appreciated during the extra hot Florida summers!  However, this day was the official grand opening ceremony. I always loved Splash Mountain and have a picture of little me somewhere around here that I’ve been meaning to dig up!  You can’t beat a water ride during the hottest part of the day around here, and Splash Mountain always delivers!

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July 21, 1999:  The very first fastpass is given out at Walt Disney World.

My home base of Mission:Space was the first attraction at Disney designed with the fastpass system in mind.  Originally, there was a single rider line, but it’s since been closed when they needed space to make separate “more intense” and “less intense” queues.

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August 21, 2007:  The Muppet Mobile Lab, featuring Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, begin touring Epcot.

The Mobile Lab was part of a test run that lasted a few weeks, and was testing advanced robotics , as well as transportation technologies.  The Muppets could interact with guests as they made their way around, and were a short-lived, fun diversion at Epcot.

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January 9, 1999:  Horizons closes permanently at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Although being closed intermittently since 1994, only open during peak seasons or during refurbishments of nearby attractions, this fantastic attractions closed it’s doors for good on this day.  A few years later the building was completely demolished to make way for Mission: Space.

Horizons was one of a kind and featured a “choose your own ending” segment, where guests were able to choose (majority rules!) to see a possible view of the future featuring land, sea, or space.