Being a Disney Fanatic, we know everything there is to know about The Magic Kingdom. What the best times are to visit, when 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 the Magic Kingdom we are experts. But what about what goes on behind he scenes? What about the history of the park? Here are 25 Fascinating Facts about The Magic Kingdom that even the craziest of Disney Fans are sure to enjoy.
1)-Walt Disney World's magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971
2)-The Dumbo Elephants on The Dumbo Attraction where originally pink until Walt ordered them to be painted Grey.
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)-The Walt Disney World Railroad stretches for 1.5 miles
7)-The 999 "Happy Haunts" in the magic Kingdoms Haunted Mansion are represented by only 109 Animatronic figures,
8)-Around 9,000 employees were needed to make the magic Kingdom ready for opening day on October 1, 1971
9)-4 Million plants are living inside of Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom
10)-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.
11)-The Magic Kingdom cost $400,000,000 to build!
12)-The Tommorrowland Transit Authority People Mover lasts 10 minutes long, the perfect ride to relax and take a break from walking around in the sun all day
13)-Space Mountain was the world's first fully indoor rollercoaster. The 2 roller coasters in Space Mountain rise to a height of 92 feet and the trains have a top speed of 27 miles per hour. The Alpha track (Left Side) is 3,196 feet long while the Omega (Right Side) is 3,186 feet long
14)-There are 119 Audio-Animatronics in Pirates of the Caribbean including a Talking Parrot, Key Hoarding Dog and swashbuckling pirates
15)-Admission was only $3.50 on opening day, (compared to $105 today)
16)-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.
17)-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.
18)-Cinderella's Castle is made almost entirely out of fiberglass, and stands at 189 feet tall.
19)-More than 12,000 cars can fit in the Magic Kingdom's massive parking lot, which is larger than the Magic Kingdom itself itself at 125 acres compared the the parks 107 acres.
20)-More than 1 million fireworks are used annually in the displays above the Magic Kingdom.
21)-The oldest ride at the Magic Kingdom is the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The ride was originally built in 1917 by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company. 90 of its horses are originals, made of hand-carved wood. There are 11 fibreglass horses added by Disney.
22)-There are 146 Cars in the Tomorrowland Speedway
23)-The names of the 6 trains of the Big Thunder mountain Railroad are:
24)-The People Mover formerly known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (“TTA”) was originally named the WEDway People Mover. The initials WED stand for Walter Elias Disney.
25)-The four narrow-gauge locomotives used on the Walt Disney World Railroad were built between 1916 and 1928 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán in Mexico.
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