15 Magical Disney World Facts That Will Blow Your Mind Away
To Disney enthusiasts, Disney World is the ultimate paradise in real life, where they can meet their favorite characters from movies, visit the iconic locations, or just simply have a nice, laid-back vacation to relax. Opened to the public in 1971, The Walt Disney World Resort was built in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, and hasn’t lost its charms through many years.
The resort receives millions of tourists from around the world to visit each year, and on the busiest day during the holiday season, the place is flooded with nearly 200,000 customers.
As vast as it is, Disney World also contains many secrets and interesting facts that not even the most faithful Disney aficionado would know about. Redditor u/H8TheDrake has made a post on the platform to ask about the most astounding Disney World secrets there are, and receives hundreds of answers in return. Let’s dive right in, to learn more about a side of the magical Disney World that we never knew before.
#1. A Whole New World.
“I used to work at Disney World. If you were to get on top of the castle on a clear night. (Which I have as my job pertains to it once in a while). You can see Universal Studios, almost all of the Disney theme parks, and you can see the Orlando I.
Cool stuff.” u/Reddstarrx
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#2. Be careful not to get lost.
“Disney World is almost the size of the city of San Francisco (WDW 43 square miles SF 47 square miles).” u/Frosty-Discipline512
#3. A little secret about Disney’s mascots.
“Minnie Mouse has over 365 different individual special events and holiday costumes. I’m sure Mickey has just as many, it was just that they specifically mentioned Minnie.
Buzz Lightyear is the most expensive costume and NASA helped design it. It’s made from fiberglass and costs about $8,000. The cheapest costume is Eeyore at between $300-400 because he and the other Pooh characters are mostly made of carpeting.” u/Susccmmp
#4. Hippity hoppity your gold is now my property.
“There is actual gold on the mosaic heading into the Land pavilion at Epcot.
There are lots of hidden Mickeys but there are a few other characters hidden throughout the Disney World, Donald, Minnie, etc... This is an old one and I don't think it exists anymore but there used to be a basketball hoop/half court in Cinderella castle.” u/Piemaster113
#5. See you later alligator.
“WDW is one of the largest private wildlife reserves in the US. and since the incident with the toddler being attacked more than 250 alligators have been removed from the park for guest safety.” u/Wildcat_twister12
#6. No wonder the dinosaurs look so chonky.
“In the vehicle loading area on the Dinosaur ride there’s three pipes running along the ceiling and walls that are yellow, white, and red. There’re also chemical formulas written next to them. These are the formulas for mustard, mayo, and ketchup and are left over from the days that McDonald’s used to sponsor the ride!” u/mmnoyd
#7. To start things with a bang.
“Disney is the second largest buyer of explosives (for their fireworks shows) in the world. The first is the U.S. Department of Defense.” u/Anileh
#8. The peak of diplomacy.
“The stone lantern in the Japan pavilion in EPCOT was presented to Roy by the then Emperor of Japan as a token of friendship.” u/hurtfulproduct
#9. I can see my house from here!
“Hollywood studios was originally a large hidden mickey when viewed from above! It’s a lot harder to see now since so much has been built off the main center, but you can still see the eyes and nose markings in the central plaza, and the general shape.” u/mer9256
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#10. A homage to the deceased.
“There’s a Wikipedia for everyone that has died in the parks most are heart attack related but a few are accident-related." u/huggles7
You can find the list of accidents here.
#11. The Castle in the Sky.
There is not one single brick on the castle at all. The trash system at Disney World was originally designed to be part of Walt's original design for EPCOT as in the city he hoped to design and found.
There are no restrooms in Liberty Square because Disney wanted authenticity. There were no bathrooms/toilets in colonial times. The Castle is 3 feet under the legal requirement to have a blinking light on the top for planes.” u/FlashyCow1
#12. It's a big kingdom.
"The tram driver at MK last night said that you could drop Disneyland Park and California Adventure on MK’s parking lot and still have parking spaces left over." u/AltotusAXS
#13. Modern problems require modern solutions.
"When they built Gaston’s Tavern they built it in the wrong spot and it was covering a manhole by a couple of inches. To fix this they installed a playful mini door that they can open to be able to access the manhole when needed." u/sperdush
#14. It's hard to find Nemo here.
"The Seas with Nemo and Friends aquarium is surprisingly large. At the time of its opening in 1986, it was the largest saltwater aquarium in the world. Today, it is the second largest aquarium in the US and 6th largest in the world. Pretty neat." u/LaysOnFuton
#15. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
"The female ballroom dancers in the Haunted Mansion are wearing older versions of princess dresses." u/Mburrell91
What other astounding Disney World facts do you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments.