This is the week of our 7th annual, mother-daughter Disneyland getaway and I was planning to share a little Disneyland trivia with you. In anticipation of our trip, I spent an excessive amount of time looking for obscure Disneyland facts.
Of course I discovered a few interesting tidbits:
- The Haunted Mansion queue passes through one pet cemetery, but there’s actually a second that is now out of the view of guests. (Ask a Cast Member to see it.)
- Doritos were invented in Disneyland. The Frito company ran a Mexican style restaurant in Disneyland on New Orleans Street called Casa de Fritos. Legend has it that the restaurant was delivered a batch of stale tortillas one day, but instead of throwing them out, the marketing executive had the idea to fry them up and serve them as chips. Doritos means “little golden things” in Spanish.
- The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.
- All the plants in Tomorrowland are edible.
- The term used by employees when a park guest vomits is “Code V.” It was formally “Protein Spill.”
- Trash cans are strategically placed so guests are never more than 30 steps from one.
- The Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror) is 183 feet tall, making it currently the tallest building in Anaheim.
- The longest-serving cast member is Oscar Martinez, who started in December 1956. He works at Carnation Café.
- The purple teacup in the Mad Tea Party spins the fastest.
- Disneyland is home to a small army of feral cats – approximately 200 of them! They mostly hide during the day but at night they roam and assist in keeping the rodent population at bay. Even though they are feral they are well cared for – adult cats are spayed and neutered, and clean food and water is made available.
Ahh... The mysterious feral cats!
Since my daughter and I heard the legend of the feral cats, we are always on the lookout and so far have only seen one cat. We were riding the Disneyland Railroad around the park and it was hanging out in the backlot. So this year, in addition to riding as many rides as we can, it is our mission to actually photograph one of the secretive feral cats of Disneyland. I'll post it on my Instagram if we are successful.
If you would like to learn more about the feral cats of Disneyland you'll love fun fact #11!
11. The cats of Disneyland can be found @disneylandcats on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and they even have their own website, Disneyland Cats.
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