25 Disney Park Secrets Every Fan Should Know

Posted by , Updated on April 5, 2015

Walt Disney was an incredible man with an amazingly creative mind and a very rich imagination. He’s widely considered to be the father of cartoons and the adult who has probably been more loved—directly or indirectly through his creations—by so many kids all around the world. The Walt Disney Company accepts more than 130 million guests annually at its wonderful Disney Parks and Resorts where kids and adults alike can discover a whole new world in which reality magically mixes with fantasy. Check out these 25 Disney Park Secrets Every Fan Should Know that will probably make you want to visit the closest Disney Park near you.

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In the hieroglyphics of the Indiana Jones section of The Great Movie Ride, you’ll see Mickey, Donald, C-3PO and R2-D2. Obviously there were hard-core Star Wars fans involved when the section was created.

Indiana Jones Section

On the Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur ride, there are three pipes in the queuing area with chemical formulas printed on them. These are the formulas for ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.

Animal Kingdom

The huge and impressive castle structure behind the German pavilion at Epcot was originally destined to house a boat ride that simulated a trip down the Rhine River. It didn’t work out that way but it’s still a very cool attraction for kids.

Disneyland in Germany

Epcot was initially designed to be a model community and home to twenty thousand residents. You can still see a diorama of Walt Disney’s vision on the PeopleMover ride.


In case you wondered if there’s extraterrestrial life out there you will most likely get your answers once you visit Disneyland. There’s a Galactic Communication Network phone in Tomorrowland that plays messages from around the galaxy.


Back in the 1990s Toy Story characters used to drop to the ground when guests yelled, “Andy’s coming!” but the practice has been discontinued for safety reasons.

Toy Story

When visiting Disney World you should look for a wedding ring embedded in the concrete in line at The Haunted Mansion. It’s believed to belong to the hanging bride you see in the stretching room and attic scenes on the ride.

Disney World

It's believed that Walt Disney went to many parks and observed how long people held on to trash before dropping it on the ground, and found that it was only about thirty steps. This is why there is never a trash can more than thirty steps from where you are in Disney parks.

Walt Disney

It might be hard to believe that such a “heavenly” place for children doesn’t sell gum but the fact is that none of the shops in Disney World sell gum, which is why you will never see any stuck to the rides or sidewalks.

Chewing gum

Sleeping Beauty Castle’s drawbridge is 100 percent real and works. Actually it has been raised twice: once on opening day, and again for a rededication in 1983.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

There’s a secret, private apartment above the Fire Department in Town Square. Supposedly Walt and his family used this as an actual residence when they wanted to visit the park without being noticed.

Secret apartment

Some claim that you can keep whatever you find in Disneyland, as long as you fill out a form and it isn't claimed within two months. However, Disneyland, says this is just a myth. Nevertheless there are many people who claim differently.

Disneyland Paris

At the end of the Star Tours ride right when you are about to crash into a fuel truck there is a man who ducks and picks up a phone. That man is George Lucas and filmed the scene especially for the ride.

George Lucas

Main Street and Tomorrowland are set in two very special astronomical years. Main Street is set in 1910 and Tomorrowland is set in 1986, these years coincide with Haley’s Comet appearance.

Haley’s Comet

Disneyland has its own shade of green called "Go Away Green" . It's meant to hide things like fences, garbage bins, and administrative buildings yet many people bring paint swatches to Disneyland and try to match the green for their own homes.

Noseeum green

Inside the Matterhorn there is a quarter of a basketball court. Walt Disney did not like to waste any space so he asked the Matterhorn climbers what they would like inside and they voted for a basketball court.


Splash Mountain was once nicknamed “Flash Mountain" because in the late 90s', people started baring their breasts for the camera located before the final drop.

Splash Mountain

The tombstones located in the Haunted Mansion feature the faces of a few of the early Disneyland Imagineers. The tombstones are also riddled with many inside joke references.

Haunted Mansion

The Tiki Room was originally destined to be a restaurant. That is why it’s the only attraction in the park that includes bathrooms.

Tiki Room

The park releases two hundred feral cats at night to catch mice and during the day they rest in well-hidden cat houses.


Disney is it's own city...kind of. In order to avoid bureaucratic issues with the construction of Disney Land in the state of Florida (since the appointed land straddled two counties), Disney asked the Florida State legislature to let the company govern it's own land. This gave Disney powers ordinarily held by city governments such as the authority to open schools, create it's own police force, and create building codes.

Disneyland's Address

The "Tree of Life" in Animal Kingdom was built around an old oil rig so it could withstand Florida hurricanes.

Tree of life

Steve Martin started off his professional career by selling guidebooks at Disneyland on the weekends. During his free time he would visit the Magic Shop. By August 1960 he was working in the Magic Shop showing all the tricks he had learned over the years.

Steve Martin

If you’ve had the good fortune to visit Disneyland you probably noticed that the light in the window of Walt’s apartment is always on in his remembrance and honor.

Walt Disney's apartment

There are several tunnels under Disney World that help employees and cast members move between the different areas so as not to be seen and ruin the magic.

Secret paths

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