Being a Disney Fanatic, we know everything there is to know about Walt Disney World. What the best times to travel are, what the best times to ride the popular attractions are, what restaurants offer the best food and so on and so fourth. When it comes to Disney Vacations we are experts. But what about what goes on behind he scenes? What about the history of the parks? Here are 50 Facts about Walt Disney World that even the craziest of Disney Fans are sure to enjoy.
1)-The Dumbo Elephants on The Dumbo Attraction where originally pink until Walt ordered them to be painted Grey.
2)-There are 97 Targets in the Frontierland Shooting Gallery.
3)-The Jungle Cruise has the lowest elevation of any attraction at the Magic Kingdom.
4)-The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is over 60 feet tall and 90 feet wide.
5)-The Original, and in our opinion the much better, version of the Enchanted Tiki Room show lasted 17 minutes whereas the current show only lasts 12.
6)-There are 146 Cars in the Tomorrowland Speedway.
7)-The Walt Disney World Railroad stretches for 1.5 miles.
8)-More than 1,200 couples get married at Walt Disney World Each Year.
9)-Cinderella's Golden Carousel was originally made in 1917.
10)-Walt Disney World's magic Kingdom opened October 1, 1971.
11)-50 Different odors were tested by Imagineers before the smell of the stink bug was chosen.
12)-It took 26 months to build Epcot's Spaceship Earth.
13)-It would take you 68 years if you wanted to stay in every room at every hotel for one night.
14)-Epcot's Test Track was supposed to reach 95 Miles per hour on the high speed run, but due to the steep, banked corners, it was reduced to 65 miles per hour to prevent the cars from flying off of the track.
15)-The 999 "Happy Haunts" in the Magic Kingdoms Haunted Mansion are represented by only 109 Animatronic figures.
16)-Every time Hollywood Studios has a showing of there epic night spectacular "Fantasmic," it costs walt Disney World $20,000.
17)-30 seconds of play is allowed in each section of Hollywood Studios Toy Story Midway Mania.
18)-Walt Disney World spares no expense on cast members costumes, a Cast members Bellhop Costume used in the Tower of Terror costs over $1,000.
19)-Around 9,000 employees were needed to make the magic Kingdom ready for opening day on October 1, 1971.
20)-4 Million plants are living inside of Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom.
21)-If Spaceship Earth were actually a real golfball, the golfer would have to be around 1.2 miles tall.
22)-At the time Epcot was being constructed, it was the largest project on earth.
23)-While most people believe that the Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney Worlds largest park spanning 107 acres, this award actually belongs to the Animal Kingdom and its 500 acres of Disney property.
24)-The Magic Kingdom cost $400,000,000 to build.
25)-300,000 yards of ribbon are used on Walt Disney World Christmas trees throughout the property.
26)-One tomato plant in the Living With The Land greenhouse can produce up to 32,194 tomatoes every 16 months.
27)-The highest point on Big Thunder Mountain is 197.5 Feet tall.
28)-The Tommorrowland Transit Authority People Mover lasts 10 minutes long, the perfect ride to relax and take abreak from walking around in the sun all day.
29)-Space Mountain was the world's first completely indoor roller coaster.
30)-There are 119 Audio-Animatronics in Pirates of the Caribbean including a talking Parrot, key Hoarding dog and swashbuckling pirates.
31)-Disney World is the size of San Francisco or two Manhattans.
32)-Admission was only $3.50 on opening day, (compared to $105 today)
33)-Dead peoples ashes are everywhere, literally. People spread the ashes of loved ones all over the park. The park apparently even has a special vacuum for such occasions.
34)-Walt Disney World is the largest single site employer in the US.
35)-Walt Disney World visitors consume almost 2 million pounds of jumbo turkey legs each year.
36)-Hotel rooms at the Contemporary and Polynesian Resorts where built offsite and then later slid into the building structure.
37)-More than 200 pairs of sunglasses are turned into the lost and found each day at Walt Disney World.
38)-Mickey has more than 290 outfits, from a scuba suit to a lighted tuxedo. Minnie? She has more than 200, from cheerleading attire to evening gowns.
39)-More than 500 of the young trees around Disney World properties started out as acorns from the "Liberty Oak," the focal point in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.
40)-Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom is the tallest of any of the parks at just under 200 feet. Space Mountain is the next closest at 180 feet.
41)-If you made actual Mickey ears for the "Earfful Tower", it would wear a size 342¾.
42)-If you look closely at the mosaic mural on the fourth-floor lobby of Disney's Contemporary Resort, you can see a five-legged goat facing the monorail track.
43)-There's only one harpist at the Disney World Parks. You can hear him nightly, over dinner at Victoria & Albert's, the restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
44)-Inside the upper levels of Cinderella's Castle is an apartment that Walt Disney intended to use when he and his family were in Florida. It was left unfinished when he died, until Disney announced in 2006 that it would be turned into a deluxe suite, which is awarded randomly to a family every day. It comes complete with 24-karat gold tile floors and a "magic mirror" that turns into a television.
45)-The Animal Kingdom has over 3,000 species that live among its 4 million trees and plants.
46)-Cinderella's Castle is made almost entirely out of fiberglass, and stands at 189 feet tall.
47)-A married couple from Boynton Beach, Fl., Alex and Donna Voutsinas, realised years later that they were coincidentally photographed together at Disney as children.
48)-Ever Wonder what the strangest things ever found in Walt Disney World are? How about a glass eye, a prosthetic leg and a potty trainer — all of which were claimed by their respective owners.
49)-Walt Disney died of lung cancer on Dec. 15, 1966, before the first shovel of dirt was moved on the construction of Walt Disney World.
50)-Walt Disney bought the 43 square miles of Central Florida swampland for Disney World for $5 million, or about $185 an acre, less than half of what it was worth at the time
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