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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    On Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, if you turn your head to keep watching the goat, Bloody Mary will pop out of the second tunnel and kill you.

    Food prices at Disneyland are really no higher than they are anywhere else. They just appear that way because of forced perspective.

    In every restroom, one of the toilets plays a Disney tune when you flush it. Try to find them all! If a member of the janitorial staff hassles you about flushing all the toilets, tell them you're doing the "Musical Thrones" activity and they'll give you a list of all the restroom locations in the park, with spaces to write in the song titles. Fill them all out correctly and hand it in at City Hall to get a special button!

    All the ducks in the park are actually sophisticated animatronics. They are programmed to "eat" dropped food so that Disneyland can recycle it the next day and save money.

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Karalora View Post
    All the ducks in the park are actually sophisticated animatronics.
    Some Disneyland history buffs may find that a bit far fetched, however it's a fact that for the first five years after Disneyland opened, plastic swans were floated in the Sleeping Beauty's Castle moat. They were moved by underwater cam-and-lever mechanisms similar to the crocs and hippos in the Jungle Cruise. By 1960-61, real swans had taken up residence in the moat, and the expensive-to-maintain mechanical swans were removed.


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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Mr. Knott actually came up with the entire project of an amusement park in Anaheim, just a hop, skip, and a jump from his thriving berry farm down the road. A dire drought in late '54 and early '55 that wiped out the boysenberry crop forced Mr Knott to sell out at the last minute to Mr Disney, who then took credit for everything, including the term "theme park", that Mr Knott had coined. The park was going to be known as Knotts Landing, but alas that was never to be.
    As nice as the other parks are, we must always remember that it all began at Disneyland. Disneyland should be the crown jewel in the Disney crown.

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    There was once a very caring and charismatic leader of Disney Co. who hired an equally talented and charasmatic leader for Disneyland. Their names were Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler and they loved the park more then any fan could ever imagine. Under their guidance the park flourished and the standards were raised...
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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    There was once a very caring and charismatic leader of Disney Co. who hired an equally talented and charasmatic leader for Disneyland. Their names were Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler and they loved the park more then any fan could ever imagine. Under their guidance the park flourished and the standards were raised...
    Now THAT is indeed a good one! hahahahaha lol rofl lmfao

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    So, tell us something we don't (and, according to the thread, you don't) know about the trains?
    No way, sed.

    I've got enough false rumors about the trains to rectify to last me a lifetime already, without me adding to them!

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    No way, sed.

    I've got enough false rumors about the trains to rectify to last me a lifetime already, without me adding to them!
    The trains are actually powered by highly trained guinea pigs who were also the stunt doubles in GForce!
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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    The trains are actually powered by highly trained guinea pigs who were also the stunt doubles in GForce!
    If Steve can verify this, then I know it must be true!
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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Metallica was meant to be the honorary band for opening day, but they declined so Walt got his Mouseketeers when they all got into a horrible bus crash on their way to the ceremonies. That's where Walt got the for the Haunted Mansion and Metallica volunteered to give their music for the ride, but Walt thought that heavy metal would be too silly for such a serious ride.

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    The Matterhorn was originally intended to be a walk through attraction

    The Matterhorn was constructed to hide the body of Jimmy Hoffa

    Fantasyland's skyway station has not been torn down because it is considered a historical landmark

    They originally had live bears in Bear country Jamboree but a lady jumped a fence and got killed so they had to close it for a year and put in robot bears
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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    One of the toucans on the Jungle Cruise is real. It stays near the animatronic one because it was hatched in captivity and believes the mechanical bird to be its mother. It even mimics its movements.

    When the lighthouse in Fantasyland was painted gold for the 50th Anniversary, it was actually moved to a workshop backstage so the painters wouldn't have to work around the planters and things. When it was re-installed that evening, a time capsule was buried underneath it containing all 51 "Magical Milestones" pressed pennies.

    CMs working on Peter Pan's Flight were once investigated by the FBI when an anonymous tipster claimed that "pixie dust" was slang for a potent mixture of marijuana and cocaine.

    For Hidden Mickey seekers: if you stand on the crossover point of the Jolly Trolley track at exactly noon PST (one p.m. during Daylight Savings Time), face the "Toontown" sign, cross your eyes slightly and slowly tilt your head to the left, you will look like a moron.
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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    If an off-duty cast member (in no Disney costume and wearing no badge or anything that would identify them as an employee) overhears you saying "This is the Happiest Place on Earth!" they will ask you to wait while they call a park videographer, and then ask you to repeat what you said for the camera, then they will escort you to an office upstairs in Main Street where another employee will issue a free lifetime pass to the park - however you will have to sign a release form allowing Disney to use your photo, voice and video they took in any advertising, in any form of media, forever. If you don't sign that release you don't get the lifetime pass.

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    In DCA, your child can appear in Aladdin at the Hyperion. Before the show starts, have them bust out a Hannah Montana Song and dance routine in front of a cast member. If the cast member is impressed, your child will be asked to be in the show.


    In the Haunted Mansion the portrait of the greek priestess / medusa was actually based off a real lady. The imagineer who was designing the picture was going through a bitter divorce while working on it, so he used his ex-wife as a model for the portrait.
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    Good ones! In 1995 a maintenance worker noticed a gap of about 2.5 inches between two walls near the bottom of Space Mountain. Park architects and geologists speculate that the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994 caused the northwest edge of the foundation of Space Mountain to drop by about 4 inches, but declared that the building was structurally sound in spite of it. The track and show elements were not damaged, but the riders are 2.5 inches closer to the ceiling than in the attraction's original design. Part of the 2-year refurbishment of Space Mountain (2003-2005) included an expansion of (and seismic retrofitting of) the foundation of Space Mountain, which begins 15 feet below the ground level. This was costly but the park will not discuss the costs or details. At the same time the track was replaced with a stronger version and all show elements were made more secure. During the late 1990s and extensive survey of the entire park was conducted for earthquake safety. Most buildings passed the assessment but a few minor wooden ones, mainly in Frontierland, still have not been retrofitted and may not ever be. Rocket Rods was a short-lived attraction, run on the same track used by the venerated PeopleMover, that could not achieve high speed on the PeopleMover track as the curves were not banked enough and the rods had to slow down for the curves. To rebuild the track with the proper banking for the curves would have cost the park too much, as the entire original track would have to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, due to the upgraded standards in California that went into law after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.

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    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    If a CM sees you wearing your Honorary Citizen's button they'll take you to city hall and you get to take "In Walt's Footsteps" tour AND ride the Lily Belle

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