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This is the place to read about little bits of information that you may not have known about Disney. Small little facts that you might find interesting.

Frontierland Stockade – Did You Know…

April 16, 2007
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Frontierland Stockade – Did You Know…

Did you know… that hen the Frontierland Stockade was being constructed, that Walt actually had some of the most qualified help in getting the job done! Guess who! None other than Davy Crockett himself, Fess Parker! And of course, his trusty companion, Buddy Ebsen! This stockade has survived fifty years of service, as compared...
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Popcorn Carts – Did You Know…

August 7, 2006
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Popcorn Carts – Did You Know…

Ever notice these clever and whimsical little fellas who “work” to keep the popcorn poppin? They have been inside the Popcorn wagons; some for well over 30 years… are the direct creation of the Walt Disney Studios! They are each featured in their respective ‘lands’ … Of course, Harold the Yeti has been around...
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Miss Haley Mills – Did You Know…

June 20, 2006
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Miss Haley Mills – Did You Know…

This lovely portrait of woman reclining is actually a left over from a Disney live action feature film starring Miss Haley Mills! Summer Magic! The scene when the Grampa is going thru the attic and perusing the attic’s inventory he uncovers this ‘risque’ portrait! It was appreciated by those at the studio so much...
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Hoops In The Wall – Did You Know…

May 4, 2006
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Hoops In The Wall – Did You Know…

Did you know why the landscape surrounding the Rivers of America has brick pillars with large iron hoops mounted to them? Well… it is for tying ships to them!! In the renovation for Fantasmic! it was decided to make the most of the “City Beneath The Sea’s” reflection of the major livelihood in a...
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New Orleans Insurance – Did You Know…

April 30, 2006
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New Orleans Insurance – Did You Know…

Throughout New Orleans Square, you can spot these markers high above the streets, posted on buildings. Not just another “art sans raison d’etre” (“art for no reason”)… On the contrary… these markers serve to inform that the proprietors have invested in INSURANCE!! Some clearly indicate the impressions of a fire hose or fire truck!!...
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Two Ladies On Main Street U.S.A. – Did You Know…

April 17, 2006
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Two Ladies On Main Street U.S.A. – Did You Know…

The two women on Main Street who are ageless and always look their best are Esmeralda and Tilly! And why shouldn’t they? Each is surrounded by glass and always have that dreamy-eyed look. Tilly has always shown the best example of Disney appearance guidelines, while Esmeralda gets to be the ONLY female On Stage,...
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Tom Sawyer’s Island – Did You Know…

March 24, 2006
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Tom Sawyer’s Island had four rafts; Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer, Injun Joe and Joe Harper. Joe’s raft was always found nearby the Burning Settler’s Cabin, But now Injun Joe has no raft!! Huckleberry has finally ‘commandeered’ his own! Oh, and hey “kids” you can still get a MAP of the Island!! Just ask!! Related...
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Mickey The Sorcerer’s Name – Did You Know…

March 23, 2006
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Okay, so we all know Fantasia was well ahead of its time most everyone remembers the comical segment of Mickey ‘trying on’ the powers of his master, every loyal apprentice yearns for the matriculation, but did you ever wonder what IS the Sorcerer’s NAME??? One good guess…(NOT MERLIN!!) Although not an accurate likeness, YENSID!!...
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First Names Only Please – Did You Know…

February 20, 2006
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Although Mr. Disney insisted on a “first name basis” for himself as well as Cast Members, at all levels, the only four to be addressed as “Mr.” are Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Johnson (Mission to Mars Control Room), Mr. Toad, and Mr. Smee! Everyone else is just first name! But there are those who do...
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Silver Dollar Mast – Did You Know…

January 26, 2006
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Did you know the sailing ship Columbia, in truest nautical fashion, has placed beneath each of her three masts a silver dollar? This is a longtime nautical tradition for sailing ships. Sailors in her time period (1787) were quite superstitious. The coins are always placed by whoever commissions the building of a ship, so...
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Hanoi Hattie – Did You Know…

January 25, 2006
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Did you know that in the 60′s the Jungle Cruise had a boat named Hanoi Hattie? The reason she is no longer named this is because it called the attention of the returning Viet Nam Veterans and they felt it was a bit inflammatory! So now you will find Yangzee Lotus, Congo Queen and...
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Real Live Birds – Did You Know…

September 27, 2005
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There are two sweet little birds… no they don’t belong to Cinderella’s entourage, nor Snow White’s tribe… they are actual real live birds… in the Adventureland Bazaar!! They are so cute … two sweet little yellow canaries!! ONE is NAMED ROSITA!! I guess she was too small for the Tiki Room’s Bird Mobile and...
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The Mark Twain – Did you know…

August 24, 2005
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There was a time when beverage service was available on the steamer Mark Twain. Yes!! This was up until the late 60′s. The remnant of this ‘bar’ can still be found on the third deck. There was a broadcast on the Disney Channel Vault Disney that showed some of the contemporary jazz greats performing...
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Hyperion Theater – Did You Know…

July 25, 2005
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The fabulous Hyperion Theater in California Adventure is named after the street where Walt’s first California studio was!! The studio where he and his brother Roy ventured into ‘the business’ of making movies!! From a modest studio in Los Angeles to a full scale production theatre of his own Company’s making!! That is where...
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Disneyland&’s Very Own Fleet – Did You Know…

June 13, 2005
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Disneyland once boasted one of the largest ‘nautical fleets’ in regular/daily passenger use in the Western Hemisphere! Jungle Cruise — as many as 10 , maybe more (Congo Queen, Yangtze somethin’, and others) Pirates of the Caribbean– too numerous to count — and yes, they have names (repeated – Camille, Marie, etc.) Mark Twain–ONE!!...
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Walt’s Model Train At Disneyland – Did You Know…

June 10, 2005
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Walt’s Model Train At Disneyland – Did You Know…

Did You Know that the model train found inside the Main Street Station is the craftwork of Mr. Walt Disney, himself? Quite a nice result from a hobby! But of course, once it is complete where to put it? Next to the ‘real thing’, of course!! That’s the thing about hobbies, they tend to...
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Fantasia – Did You Know…

May 30, 2005
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I was told by a ‘secret source’ that in the movie Fantasia there are scenes that are painted with a translucent purple, I think it is the Nutcracker part or some darker more dramatic segment, that the artist who was painting a background didn’t like the pigment of the purple paint and he just...
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Gold at Disneyland – Did You Know…

May 28, 2005
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Gold at Disneyland – Did You Know…

Now for the latest on the little extra details of the big 5-0… As you see all sorts of ‘icons’ throughout the Park, all decked out for the Celebration, such as Dumbo, Mr Toad’s car, a Tea Cup from the Mad Tea Party, you will notice if you look very carefully they are actually...
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Walt’s Apartment on Main Street U.S.A. – Did you know…

May 27, 2005
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Walt’s Apartment on Main Street U.S.A. – Did you know…

The apartment that Mr. Disney kept for himself and his family above the Main Street Fire House is now on display, kind of! You can see a window display of the furnishings at Disney Clothiers!! The display window is outfitted with replica furnishings and assorted knick-knacks of the actual apartment! Turn of the century...
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Dumbo Ride Whip – Did You Know…

May 26, 2005
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Dumbo Ride Whip – Did You Know…

I just LOVE Dumbo… so here goes… did you ever notice that atop the Dumbo Flying Elephants, Timothy the Mouse stands atop the balloon holding a ‘Magic Feather”? Well, I was looking through family pictures and in the first Dumbo Attraction, circa 1955-1982, he was atop a mirrored ball and holding a WHIP!! It...
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Dumbo’s Paint Color – Did You Know…

April 22, 2005
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That the paint for Dumbo Flying Elephant Attraction is EXACTLY the same color used in the film!! This is because it is a studio creation first, and Dumbo is a copyrighted character. So, in truest Disney fashion, he must be correctly colored wherever he is seen!! The Paint department must be sure to exactly...
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Training At Disneyland – Did You Know…

March 29, 2005
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Did you know the very first day of training for all Disneyland Cast Members is Traditions 101? Held at Disney University, of course!! Under the direction of Professor Emeritus, Van Arsdale France. His experience in employee development and attention to detail made him a perfect match to develop a contagious Magic, Appearance Standards, and...
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Winnie the Pooh – Did you know…

March 26, 2005
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Did you Know that in the past, up to the late 70′s,early 80′s, Winnie the Pooh donned a Hunny Pot on his head. Atop the Hunny Pot was a bee!! This bee was a really expensive bee! He was crafted at the Studio, cost (back then, $500.00!! Just for the BEE!!) and was mounted...
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The Matterhorn Moved – Did You Know…

March 18, 2005
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The Matterhorn, well I just love the Matterhorn so here goes… Did You Know the Matterhorn Bobsleds are the ONLY ATTRACTION TO EVER BE “MOVED”? Yes, in 1959, the Matterhorn was in Tomorrowland!! Then in about 1967 it became part of Fantasyland!! Quite a trick!! Moving a Mountain!! Well if anybody can do it,...
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The Monorail – Did You Know…

March 17, 2005
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The Monorail is actually quite something of a marvel. So much so that it is a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark!! Yes!! Disneyland Imagineers went to Cologne Germany to study the technology and how-to’s for using a scaled-down model in Disneyland! The technology was first developed by a company named Alweg (pronounced Al-Veg, hard G-sound,...
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Opening Day At Disneyland – Did You Know…

March 5, 2005
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On opening day at Disneyland the admission was invitation ONLY?? After the opening day, a regular admission was a whopping $1.00!! Of course, that was admission only; tickets for attractions could be purchased at Main Gate, as well as throughout the Park.   Related Posts:No Related Posts
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Matterhorn – Did You Know…

February 25, 2005
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The Matterhorn, in true Swiss fashion, sounding that ‘all is well in the valley’ and the shepherds may begin the day’s work, the Disneyland Matterhorn also ‘sounds off ‘ the morning each day with an alpenhorn! Just take a look at the signage for the Attraction and you will see what an alphorn looks...
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Touch The Apple – Did You Know…

February 23, 2005
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Did You Know… that the apple at the entrance to Snow White’s Scary Adventure in Disneyland will sound the Witch’s cackle (her old Hag’s cackle) when you try to twist the apple!! This was added in the 1983 Fantasyland update!! Also, the Wicked Queen can be seen in the top most turret, above the...
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Not A Single Line – Did you know…

February 19, 2005
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Can you name the only feature length animated film (released widely, and a Classic!) where the Title Character DID NOT speak a single word of dialogue? DUMBO!!! He never said an actual word! He only squeaked! ONCE!!   Related Posts:No Related Posts
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Being Laid To Rest At The Haunted Mansion – Did you know…

February 11, 2005
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The Disneyland Haunted Mansion seems to have its own separate following, so here goes… To give you an idea of what it is like to BE the ‘dear departed’ in the Haunted Mansion, the Doombuggies give you a glimpse into your future, of your ‘ view’ as you are placed into your ‘final destination’....
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