16. There’s Something In The Water
Disneyland isn’t the only place to do it, but the water in attractions is always tinted turquoise or brown. Ever wonder why? It’s to obscure the ride tracks and filtration systems and keep the park looking beautiful.
17. House Full of Ghosts
The Haunted Mansions could be considered one of the most haunted houses ever. It boasts a whopping 999 ghostly inhabitants within its walls. See if you can count them all next time you’re brave enough to visit!
18. No ‘Staches in The Park
Up until the 2000’s, male cast members were not allowed to grow mustaches. This is just one of many strict rules Disney expects cast members to adhere to. When you have a public reputation like that, who can blame them?
19. Walking With Pirates
Originally, the hugely popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride was supposed to be a walkthrough attraction, as was the Haunted Mansion. Aren’t you glad they made that change?
20. Are Those Bones Real?
For authenticities sake, when the ride first opened real human skeletons were used as props in Pirates of the Caribbean. Today only one real human skull remains, the one attached to the headboard of the bed.
21. Announcers Stick Together
The park announcer for Disneyland, Bill Rodgers, is married to the announcer for Disney’s California Adventure Park, Camille Dixon.
22. Steve Martin Was A Cast Member
Even Steve Martin can trace his roots back to Disneyland. He worked as a guidebook salesman in the Disney Magic Shop in the 1950’s.
23. Disney Is A Dry Park
To maintain the park’s image as “the happiest place on Earth” the only place where alcoholic beverages are able to be purchased is in Club 33, open only to adults.
24. Man Of The People
Walt Disney enjoyed walking the park and talking to visitors so much that occasionally he would wait in line with them for attractions.
25. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”
One of the talking busts in the Haunted Mansion is voiced by Mr. Thurl Ravenscroft, the same man who sang the all too familiar song from “The Grinch” animated movie.
26. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Holds A Secret
Somewhere in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is a time capsule buried on opening day of the park. No one knows what is hidden inside but the capsule is set to be opened on July 17, 2035, Disneyland’s 80th Anniversary.
27. Down Time
In the early days, Disney wasn’t the destination that is it today. To cut the cost of operations, management decided to close the park on Mondays and Tuesdays during the off season. These days the park is open year round.
28. $3.50 Used To Get You In
When the park first open, tickets were only $3.50 for a day pass! Can you believe that? At $79 a day for one park that was a great deal. It’s nice to know that Disney came from humble beginnings at least.
29. The Inspiration Behind The Park
Walt Disney conceived the idea of Disneyland after taking his daughters to an amusement park and watching them play. He noticed how run down the park was and that the parents had nothing to do while the kids played. He dreamed up a place where families could go and everyone would enjoy the excitement and magic. He definitely succeeded.
30. The Tobacco Shop
One of the original shops on Main Street, The Tobacco Shop closed its doors in 1991. These days it’s a music store that sells Disney music and videos, including music from attractions only found in the park.