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Issue 974

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• The daily fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom costs about $33,000 to put on, making Disney the largest consumer of fireworks in the world.

• When you take a walk down Main Street and look at Cinderella’s castle, you might notice that the “bricks” get smaller the higher up the castle goes. It’s called “forced perspective.” The castle looks a little taller than it would if all the bricks were the same size.

• Main Street in the Magical Kingdom is designed using forced perspective. When guest arrive in the morning, Main Street looks extremely long as it stretches towards Cinderella’s Castle. Once guests reach the castle and turn around to leave the park, Main Street looks very short as it heads towards the exit.

• The colored concrete walkways in the Magic Kingdom seem to correspond to each section but are actually colored because Kodak and Disney found that light reflecting off colored concrete creates more vivid photographs.

• The brownish winding path in Liberty Square is meant to represent raw sewage that flowed down the streets of Colonial America, since indoor plumbing wasn’t yet invented.

• Throughout the resort there are thousands of “hidden Mickeys” worked into the designs: upholstery, artwork, wallpaper, flowerbeds, tile, and so on have subtle silhouettes of Mickey hidden in them. There’s one hidden Mickey you can only see once a year: Inside the Little Mermaid ride at Fantasyland, workers drilled three holes in the ceiling that become the perfect Mickey at noon on November 18, which is Mickey’s birthday. If you’re at that spot, the sun will shine through those holes and create a three-circle Mickey image on the wall. There is a streetlamp in Tomorrowland with three round hooded lights. At a certain times of the day it will cast a Mickey shadow on the ground.

• The Disney Transportation System is the third largest bus system in Florida with over 290 buses.


• The water on the Jungle Cruise is dyed green in order to make it appear much deeper than it actually is. It also disguises the tracks that the boats travel on, as well as hiding trash.

• The telegraph message at the train station is tapping out Walt Disney’s speech at Disneyland’s opening in Morse code.

• When in queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, note that the two skeletons playing chess have died playing because the chess game is at a stalemate that nobody can win.

• While standing in line at Splash Mountain, guests may notice bird houses in the trees. If they pay careful attention, they may eavesdrop on the birds inside those bird houses and listen to them bickering.

• The Magic Carpets of Aladdin features a camel that spits water at passing guests. An employee sits near the camel pressing the button whenever a guest is in range.

• The vehicles that move guests through The Haunted Mansion are called “Doom Buggies.” They pass crypts with humorous names inscribed such as I.M. Ready, Rustin Peese, Pearl E. Gates, Dustin T. Dust, and Asher T. Ashes.


• A group of feral cats live inside the compound, where they help keep the rodent population under control. They are fed at several permanent feeding stations and they all receive proper medical care.

• Gum isn’t sold anywhere on Disney World property, saving employees from scraping it off of pathways, railings, and tables.

• Employees are instructed to always point with two fingers when giving directions, because pointing with one finger is an insult in some countries.

• The costume department consists of 1.2 million pieces of clothing, making it the largest wardrobe department in the world.

• If you were to wash and dry one load of laundry every day for the next 44 years, you’d clean about as much as the Cast Members at the Walt Disney World laundry do in a single day.

• Wonder what Disney’s electric bill is for all of this? It’s nothing, because they have their own power plant.