People from all over the world love Disneyland and millions of people head to the parks every day. An escape from reality where adults and especially children can experience a bubble in time that is filled with fun, happiness, and exhilaration. We have all sat there and drifted away to a magical land while watching a Disney movie. We all know how magical Disneyland is with its extraordinary amusement park. With a bit of insider knowledge from alledged previous employees, we can now find out what they have claimed is happening behind closed doors at the theme parks.
Secret Codes Between The Staff
Although a big part of their job is keeping the kids happy, sometimes, the employees at the park have their limits when it comes to inappropriate behavior. An employee who worked at Disney World revealed how hard it was to be around families all the time, that it taught him what not to do when it comes to raising his own children.
Another employee revealed that they had certain codes between the employees for children who were being extremely annoying: ‘have a magical day’ is Micky mouse code for something entirely different.
Staying in Character Is a full Time Job
Many employees who worked as different characters in costumes reveal that one of the toughest things about the job was to have to stay in character for such long periods of time.
They couldn’t break out of character even if they were going on breaks. It must have been so hot under all of these furry costumes.
Where Dreams Sometimes Come True
Many employees have complained about strict dress codes and discrimination during the interview process according to their looks. In an interview, someone who was trying to get a job at the park expressed his frustration saying ‘Got an interview to work on the Disney cruise line!” but he continued.
“Unfortunately, I have tattoos, piercings, and brightly colored hair and that is not accepted.” But if you’re head to toe in costume, what does it matter?
Goofy Got Sued
Can you ever imagine Mickey mouse or Winnie the Pooh being sued? Well, apparently the most popular Disney characters were charged with different offenses and have been dragged to court. For example, 2008 was a bad year for both Tigger and Donald Duck who were being sued by a woman who felt they were behaving inappropriately in Epcot park in Florida.
In another earlier case, an employee who was dressed up as Winnie the Pooh was accused of slapping a little girl in the face. That same employee actually showed up for court in his costume, for some reason. Now that is what you call staying in character.
It Was a Sick Ride
What happens when you combine junk food with little kids going on rides spinning around and being dropped down? You get some sick kiddies and its also the poor cleaning people who have to clean up after it all.
In fact, one time things got incredibly messy that there were 36 cleanups in one day after people were riding the Rocket Rods at Tomorrowland, the Disneyland park in California.
A Dusty Situation
There are different ways to remember the lives of those who are deceased, and one way is to scatter their ashes at their most favorite places and sites that they liked to visit when they were alive.
There is actually an epidemic of spreading ashes at Disneyland. In fact, one woman was caught on camera scattering what seemed like a powdery substance at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. In a different incident, the cleaning staff reported that they found piles of ashes alongside the Haunted Mansion.
Cinderella’s castle is one of the most visited attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort, but what many people don’t know is that the only way to get into the luxurious lavish suite at the castle is by winning a competition.
Only special guests, winners of a competition and very important people are allowed inside that secret room. The suite was originally intended to accommodate Walt Disney and his family, so it has to be nothing short of amazing.
What A Wonderful World?
From the outside, Disney parks might seem like the happiest places in the world. The place that kids fantasize of visiting and parents dream of the perfect family holiday. However, inside, the picture can become a little bit different.
Parents are known to lose it when visiting the park with their kids to say the least. The pressure of their children misbehaving or the crowds, and the loud music, it can take its toll.
Not So Fantasmic
Water effects, lasers, music, fireworks and more – it all sounds like the perfect nighttime show for people visiting Disneyland, however the “Fantasmic!” show that is being held on the Rivers of Americas not so Fantasmic if you know everything that it takes to make it the big highlight that it is.
Part of the show is the big dragon that roars fire, but this special effect is actually harmful to the ducks that are hanging around the river, some of them were even caught in the fire. Disney has made some changes, and now it operates special systems that scare the ducks off before the show begins. Donald Duck must not have been happy.
Can You Spot Mickey?
All around Disney World, there are hundreds of Micky Mouse heads that are hidden in the most unexpected places. It’s actually one of the most subtle attractions at the park, and if you ever get tired of the spinning rides and other entertaining shows, you can always try and spot the Micky heads.
No matter how many times you visit the park, you will always find a new Micky Mouse.
If you ever craved gum when you were visiting one of Disney World parks, you must have been very surprised to find out that the shops at the parks do not sell gum. It’s already a hard enough job to try and keep the walkways clean.
With the thousands of visitors making their way through the different sites, it was a very conscious decision to not sell gum so it won’t get stuck on the rides or on the ground.
Main Street U.S.A. is one of the first ‘theme lands’ you will encounter when you step inside many of Disneyland parks around the world. One of its purposes is to resemble a typical all American town. However, while this idyllic American town might seem perfect on the outside, none of the dozens of American flags the are spread around are technically real.
None of them feature the typical 50 stars that are found on a real American flag, and that’s because such flags don’t count as real if they have less than 50 stars and so they don’t have to be lowered or raised when the weather gets bad.
Not All Is Milk & Honey
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was one of the first rides that were built at Disneyland Park and was one of the favorite rides among visitors. In 1997, it was announced that the original ride will be replaced by a new and more universal one, called The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
This transition from the historic ride to the new one resulted in many protests against that move from people who wanted the original Mr. Toad’s Wild to remain open. As a tribute to the old attraction, paintings of Mr. Toad can still be found on site.
Not The Best Ride
While it might seem that Disney World is a well-oiled machine, it’s actually the ride you have to make in order to get to the park that kind of takes the magic out of the whole ‘fantasy’ journey.
Next time you’re flying to Disney World, you might want to consider renting a car instead of taking one of the buses that the park operates, as there have been endless complaints about their lack of efficiency in terms of the time it takes until you get on the bus. Definitely not the best way to travel.
Mickey Mouse’s Shorts
One of the best kept secrets about the world’s most famous Disney character- Mickey Mouse has to do with his clothes! There are endless merchandise and products related to the famous mouse, but if there’s one thing you can’t but is the exact color of his shorts.
Perhaps due to copyright issues, the precise hue of Micky Mouse’s bottom attire will always remain a secret.
The Secret Dessert
Next time you’re at Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort, check out the ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant and ask for the secret dessert. You won’t find it on the menu, but if you’ll ask for ‘the grey stuff’, don’t worry, people won’t look at you weird.
The waitress will know exactly what you’re asking for. The ‘secret’ desert is actually a reference to Beauty and the Beast and the song from the famous movie.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Did you know? it’s actually an optical illusion. Looking at it from below makes it seem like a huge, towering building, just like a castle would be. The bricks get smaller as you get further up the building.
It makes it look like it’s stretching way off into the horizon, as a magical structure should. But this is a true lie. The castle isn’t even made of bricks.
The Mark Twain
The Mark Twain Steamboat has been around since the park opened in 1955. You can sail through the river, and pass by all the attractions through the park. The real reason to climb aboard isn’t officially advertised, however: if you ask politely, you can actually drive the riverboat.
If you’re lucky a cast member will direct you to the second floor to a door named “private”, where you’ll be taken by the captain to pilot the boat! This is mostly unknown to the public at large.
They Control Your Mind With Smells
A concept created by the man himself is the “Smellitzer”, a scent generator which ensures you’re having the exact sort of happy sense memories and associations that Uncle Walt intends for you.
Disneyland features multiple pumps and vents which launch and then suck up the right smell at the right time. It also makes sure that the food smells better than it actually is. So Disney parks are literally controlling one of your major senses.
They Lie About Time
One of the most frustrating yet common experiences during a visit to a theme park is standing in line, usually for long periods of time. Everybody wants to go on the best rides, which means you’re going to be waiting a while before you get to ride Splash Mountain.
It’s a totally displeasing experience, and theme parks do their best to make standing still for a long period of time more bearable, by…. lying. The clocks they have on offer are usually going slower, so it doesn’t seem like as long a wait.
They’re hidden, pretending to blend in with the actual civilians, but they are there and ready to swoop down at the first appearance of any risky behavior. It’s actually pretty similar to the idea of a panopticon, a mooted form of jail dreamt up by a philosopher where a single watchman has the ability to see any prisoner at any time.
Nobody is meant to be able to tell when they’re being observed, so they behave themselves out of fear of being caught. That’s a nice feeling to have whilst walking to Splash Mountain, eh?
They Don’t Let You Win Anything
Of course even after the $150 entrance fee, the park includes plenty of carnival-style games for you to waste even more of your hard-earned cash on, AND they’ll be just as rigged so you won’t realize that the hoops you’re throwing over the bottles are actually not big enough to fit over the targets that should get you that giant stuffed bear.
Maybe at other theme parks, but at Disney Land, it just feels wrong.
There Is A Special Secret Club
Club 33 is a secret club, where a select few can escape the massive crowds to drink fancy cocktails, eat five-star cuisine, and hang with celebrities such as rumored members Elton John and Tom Hanks.
Located in New Orleans Sq, the invite-only membership has a waitlist, and a whopping $25,000 to $100,000 initiation fee and $12,500 to $30,000 annual fee, depending on the level of membership.
Club 33 Inside Access
A newer attraction in Club 33 is its highly popular Salon Nouveau. To get to this classy jazz lounge, one passes through a hallway full of wine closets fully stocked with all the fancy booze a person could desire. The Salon Nouveau is where members might stop by on a visit to the park when they don’t intend to eat a full meal in the dining room.
The lounge is much more intimate and features a bar made to look like it was carved by hand and a grand piano that can stream live concerts from around the world. Not a bad way to rest one’s feet after a day of walking through the park.
Complaining about your job on social media is a no-no for most companies, but if you work at Disney you can’t reveal any of the details of your job… especially if you play a character. And you definitely aren’t allowed to take pictures backstage.
No pictures of Princess Jasmine. No Mickey without his head. No pictures of the parade equipment waiting to go out. Your head will be on the line if you do.
A time capsule was buried at the Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1995. No one knows exactly what is inside, but visitors will find out when it is unearthed during the park’s 80th anniversary on July 17, 2035.
It reads “A time capsule, containing Disneyland memories, messages and milestones, lies beneath this spot. The Disneyland Time Castle is dedicated to the children of the 21st century, who may unlock its contents on the 80th Anniversary of Disneyland: July 17th, 2035.”
Walt Disney had an apartment above the fire station. When the park was being built, Walt didn’t want to miss a minute of his dream being built. He would always turn a light on in front of his window so that workers would know when he was in the park.
You can see the window of the apartment from the street. They keep the light lit at all times in his memory except for when his family members are in the park as a sign of respect.