Most everybody knows Disney and Disneyland. It seems even the people that know the least about any media know Disney. After all, who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the rest? Then, there’s the princesses and all the other movie characters that people love, too. On July 17, 1955, the Disneyland theme park opened in Anaheim, California. While much is known about Disney and Disneyland, there are always little-known facts. Here are the top 5 facts about Disneyland.
Disney Changed Anaheim in a Year
It is not certain exactly what happened in the year that Disney was being built. However, it took exactly 365 days for Disneyland to be built in Anahiem, CA. This changed the city which started with only five hotels, two motels, and 34 restaurants. The businesses didn’t come to Anaheim immediately, but with a theme park open in a year, that opened the doors to businesses coming to the city.
Walt Disney’s Spirit Is in Disneyland
A candle above the fireplace on Main Street U.S.A. In Disneyland always burns. This is to show that the spirit of Walt Disney will always be there. The tradition started after Disney died. The reason for this is that when Disneyland was being built, Walt Disney had a private apartment built about the fire station. He could live there and supervise the building of the park. After the park was built, Disney and his family still used the apartment. Whenever he was there, he would light the candle. Now, the candle is always lit as if he were there to indicate that his spirit is there.
Disneyland Gave Steve Martin His Career
From the ages of 10 to 18, comedian Steve Martin worked at Disneyland. He started by selling guide books. He ended up selling different things and he eventually learned how to do magic tricks and how to juggle. He even modeled his catch phrase, “Well, excuuuuuse me” on outbursts from one of his coworkers.
Disneyland is Green
Disneyland doesn’t throw away all of the trash that is in the ark. The park makes sure to recycle what it can. Over four million pounds of cardboard, over one million pounds of organic waste, and thousands of pounds of paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum are recycled each year.
You Can Know Everybody that Works at Disneyland
If you go to Disneyland, you can know everybody that works there by name. This is because every staff member wears a name tag. While it is true that this applies to every human, it even applies to the draft horses that pull the trolleys.