Taking a trip to Disneyland sometime soon? Here are some tips and secrets about Disneyland that will help you feel like an insider.
A steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat takes you on a cruise along the Rivers of America. Insiders Tip: If you ask a cast member to see the wheel house you might be allowed to drive the Mark Twain boat, ring the bell, sound the whistle, and sign the guest book. The guestbook is signed only by the lucky few who have gotten to drive the boat since the mid-1950s.
On Main Street USA there is a firestation with a lamp always on in the window. The lamp stays lit for Walt Disney. He built and apartment there above the firestation when the park was being built in the early 1950s. The lamp being on signified that Walt Disney was there, now the lamp stays on to signify his spirit will always be there.
The Haunted Mansion may actually be haunted. On more than one occasion families have spread the ashes of their loved ones along the tracks inside the Haunted Mansion. Disney custodians have to clean up the ashes when this occurs, but what if nobody knows? There surely have been occasions where the families have been surreptitious enough to not get caught in the act. One such story is a woman who scattered her son's ashes on the ride, the son is said to sometimes be seen crying at the end of the ride.
Main Street and other places smell exactly how the people at Disney think they should. Vanilla scent is put into the air along Main Street. Near the holidays the scent is changed to peppermint.
Disneyland has a problem with mice. Not the Mickey and Minnie kind, but real mice. They also had a problem with feral cats. Disney put the cats to work for them after the park closes at night. During the day the cats get to stay in one of the five feeding stations in the park.
At the bottom of Splash Mountain a camera would take the riders picture. Flashing, making lewd gestures, and other behavior led to the need for a job just to regulate these pictures. The position no longer exists because the regulation took all of the fun out of it for people. There have also been marriage proposals in the Splash Mountain pictures, these are not discouraged though.
The top third of Matterhorn mountain was empty because the ride only took up the bottom part. The employees voted on what they wanted to occupy the space and now there is a basketball half-court.
The most exclusive club in the world, Club 33 is a speakeasy in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. There is an application process then, if you make it, a 10 year waiting list. If you get off the waiting list there is a $10,000 initiation fee, then $3,500 a year. The lucky few who get in can dine among many rumored celebrity members including: Tom Hanks, Elton John, and Johnny Depp.
Even if you aren't taking a trip to Disneyland anytime soon these secrets still are amazing. The thought that goes into every little detail there is truly magical.