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Hidden Disneyland Secrets and Facts

Updated on November 17, 2014

Disneyland Secrets

Learn some little known Disneyland facts. What is their private club? How do they control rodents? Learn how you can pilot one of the rides and find out about hidden Mickeys. There's lots of fun Disney trivia here.

I'm a huge Disney fan and have found such happiness there through the years. It's a favorite vacation spot for my family, so I love picking up random facts about the park. So, ready to find out how much you know about the Happiest Place on Earth?

Sleeping Beauty's Castle image by HarchLight at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Disneyland Club 33

Disneyland Club 33
Disneyland Club 33

Disneyland has a secret club located in New Orleans Square near Pirates of the Caribbean, above the Blue Bayou Restaurant known as Club 33. It's the only location within the Disneyland theme park where you can have an alcoholic beverage.

This exclusive club has a waiting list to join which takes several years and in some years, there are no new members accepted. In addition, be prepared to pay thousands of dollars just to join.

Should you opt to join, one of the member benefits is that you can choose to reserve the club for special functions. Planning to have dinner there? If this is the case, be prepared to spend $40-$50 per entrée. I have never personally been inside, but it is a dream of mine.

Club 33 image by Emily Stanchfield at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Disneyland Feral Cats

Disneyland Feral Cat
Disneyland Feral Cat

Approximately 200 feral, (or wild,) cats reside in Disneyland. They are well provided for including medical care and feeding stations. So why are they there?

As clean as the staff members try to keep the park, and believe me when I say, you would be surprised at how clean the park is, it also happens to be home to rodents. The Disney feral cats get released to keep this problem down.

Should you happen to see one of these cats there, do not approach it. It will not react in the way a domesticated cat would. Be particularly cautious if you have young children. As cute as they may look, these are wild cats.

The cat in this picture is named Lucifer, after the mean cat in Cinderella. You might spot him near the Haunted Mansion.

Feral cat image by Just chaos at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Disney Main Street USA

Main Street USA
Main Street USA

When you first enter Disneyland, you encounter Main Street U.S.A. which is fashioned after Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, circa 1910.You may notice how pleasant it smells as you head towards Sleeping Beauty's Castle. The reason for this? The scent of vanilla is pumped through air vents. (Now I know why I always crave ice cream while walking here.) The exception to this is when the scent of peppermint is pumped during wintertime.

Main Street U.S.A. image by Fugue at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Oldest Attraction in Disneyland

Disneyland Petrified Tree
Disneyland Petrified Tree

If you are trying to guess the oldest attraction at the park, something in Frontierland may come to mind and you would be correct. However, you may not have guessed what the actual oldest attraction is.

Along the banks of Rivers of America you'll notice part of a petrified tree. This was an actual gift from Walt to his wife for their 31st wedding anniversary. Originally from Colorado, this tree stump is reported to be 75 million years old.

Tree image by Harshlight at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

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Disneyland Mark Twain

Disneyland Mark Twain
Disneyland Mark Twain

If you have visited Disneyland, then most likely you have seen the Mark Twain Riverboat which cruises along the Rivers of America. When completed, it was the first functioning riverboat to be built in the United States in fifty years.

Here's something cool. With some luck and the right cast members, you can pilot this ship as it takes its journey along the river. Find a cast member and ask politely if you can drive the ship or view the wheelhouse. Now, it's completely up to the cast member where it goes from here.

If you're lucky, you will be able to climb the stairs that lead to a door that says private. Knock on the door and see if you get invited in. With some luck, you'll be at the helm before you know it!

Mark Twain ship image by Erik Sorenson at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

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Disneyland Hidden Mickeys

Toontown Hidden Mickey
Toontown Hidden Mickey

Don't know what a hidden Mickey is? Throughout Disneyland, as well as other Disney parks, imagineers have included designs that look like the head and ears of Mickey Mouse. This custom began around the end of the 1970s or beginning of the 1980s and continues to this day.

The photo above shows a hidden Mickey. This one is located in the entrance queue of Mickey's Go Coaster in Toontown. One of the easiest ones to spot is on the table of the ballroom in the Haunted Mansion where plates are arranged to show Mickey's head and ears.

There are numerous others scattered throughout the park. While some are quite obvious, others are much harder to find.

Hidden Mickey image by Castles, Capes and Clones at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Hidden Mickeys Book

Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets
Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets

I can't begin to tell you how handy this book comes in if you want to search for hidden Mickey's. The first part of the book gives you hints, so you can find them on your own. If that doesn't work, more detailed information is given in the second part of the book to help you locate them. The book also has information for California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the Disney hotels.

 

Haunted Disneyland

Did you know that Disneyland is allegedly haunted? Click on the big arrow below to find out more including Walt Disney's ghost.

Haunted Mansion Organ

Haunted Mansion Organ
Haunted Mansion Organ

I can't go to Disneyland without visiting the Haunted Mansion at least two to three times. If you've been on this ride before, you may recall the ballroom scene. In that scene is an orgen being played by one of the ghostly inhabitants.

You may think that organ was constructed especially for the ride, but that isn't the case. The organ first appeared in the 1954 film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It belonged to Captain Nemo.

Haunted Mansion image by insidethemagic at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Disneyland Lilly Belle

Disneyland Lilly Belle
Disneyland Lilly Belle

Lille Belle is the name of one of the cars on the C. K. Holiday train that is part of the Disneyland Railroad. The train was named for Walt's wife. The car is quite fancy and is filled with antiques.

Not everyone can ride it, though. In fact, most guests never get the opportunity. However, there is a way you can try. Be at the park when it first opens and ask a cast member at the Disneyland Railroad if there is any seating available for the Lilly Belle. If so, the cast member will give you a time to ride it.

Keep in mind that the Lilly Belle does not run continuously and for that fact, doesn't even run everyday. However, if you are lucky enough to get on, you'll be joined by a cast member who will fill you in on interesting information while you take your journey around the Magic Kingdom.

The photo above is of part of the interior of the car and was taken by Harshlight at Flickr under Creative Commons licensing.

Secrets of Disneyland

Secrets of Disneyland: Weird and Wonderful Facts about the Happiest Place on Earth
Secrets of Disneyland: Weird and Wonderful Facts about the Happiest Place on Earth

Can't get enough Disneyland secrets? This book is filled with behind the scenes information along with colorful photos and some fun filled quizzes. What a perfect way to keep occupied while you're waiting to arrive.

 

Disneyland Facts and Urban Legends

Matterhorn Bobsleds
Matterhorn Bobsleds

Here are some additional interesting facts, along with some debunking of urban legends that follow Disneyland.

1, There is a partial basketball court on the top part of Matterhorn Mountain.

2.Toy Story characters will NOT fall to the ground if you yell out "Andy's coming!"

3. Ever wonder why so many pictures don't turn out on the rides when you go to see them after the ride? It's because people are doing things in the photograph that they shouldn't such as holding up their middle finger.

4. Six of the seven original crew members of Nasa's Mercury mission attended the grand opening of Space Mountain in Disneyland.

5.There are NO alligators under Disneyland.

6. Disneyland gets its Coke for free from Coca-Cola and gets to keep the profits from the sales.

7. At one time, male cast members were not allowed any facial hair. However, this is no longer true

.Image by andy castro at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Do you have any Disney secrets to share?

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing these Disneyland secrets! I don't think I ever noticed them since I've been to Disneyland, L.A., only twice. That was in 1987 when my family and I spent our summer vacation in California.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I have visited Disneyland once, but have been to Disney World repeatedly. I prefer Epcot. But any Disney park is a fun day.

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      EBear 2 years ago

      for an extra secret, after pooh's heffalump drem/nightmare, if you turn around and look above/behind you, you will see a mounted deer, buffalo, and moose from the country bear jamboree

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      Maryam Saeed Jilani 2 years ago from canada

      very interesting read. i have been to Disney only once and that was a long time ago. would love to go again.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      What fun - you have a truly unique lens. Thanks

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Not yet ... And When I will have one, I am not sure if i would share it anyway;)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @captainj88: maybe you will sometime.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Max Globe: Nice to know another Disney fan.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      I enjoyed reading about disney secrets, thanks for sharing.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      How interesting! Fun article. Never been, but now I know what to look out for.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I've never been, but would love to go! Maybe someday :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @skakati: Glad you like it.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @favored: I agree that some people might think them to be friendly. However, I think they are mainly out at night.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you.

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      Oh, I love Disneyland but have no secrets like yours! Thanks for sharing with us,

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      skakati 3 years ago

      Really very nice lens! Like it.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      What a good reporter you are :) The info on the cats was interesting. I can see how it would work, but it might seem a problem with people thinking they are friendly. Enjoyed my visit Janis. Thanks.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Fascinating. Good lens!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: I love their movies, especially the music that goes with them.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I don't think I have any Disney secrets but as I am a fan of Disney I watch its animated movies and cartoons. Well, it is great reading all these interesting secrets and facts together here in this lens. I love all the pictures you have shared as well. Great lens! :)