95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
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95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks

Hidden basketball courts, secret tunnels …

The Disney Parks are probably some of the happiest and most magical places on Earth. On the other hand, what is often ignored is that these places are full of secrets. Disney Animation Studios are celebrating their 95th birthday this year, so we thought the following stories from  US City Traveler might fascinate you. Discover them in a few clicks!

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Secret Tunnels – Underground tunnels allow Disney employees and actors to move around without causing comical scenes. You will never see a member of the Tomorrowland universe in Frontierland, for example. © iStock
95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
No chewing gum – No Disney World shop sells chewing paste, so you do not see chewing gum on sidewalks or attractions. © Shutterstock

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
On Mickey’s Head – Thousands of Mickey’s heads are scattered across the parks. © iStock

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Giant bin – You will always find a trash can within 30 steps of you. The story goes that Walt Disney has visited various parks to calculate how long a visitor keeps his rubbish before dropping them to the ground. He determined that the distance was 30 steps. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Secret Suite – There is a secret suite in Cinderella’s Palace and no one can reserve it. This particular room is used only in case of promotional gift. © iStock

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
14 of the “Magic Kingdom” attractions are still in activity – among them are: the Country Bear Jamboree, the Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Frontierland shooting stand, the Jungle Cruise, the mugs, the Peter Pan flight, the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Swiss Family Treehouse, Hall of Presidents, Haunted House, Tomorrowland, Disney Train, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World. © Shutterstock

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
“Smellitizers” – Small devices nicknamed “Smellitizers” have been scattered around the park in order to emit perfumes in keeping with the place. For example, Main Street, USA smells of vanilla and cookies, the surroundings of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction smell like sea salt, the Ship of Earth smells like a log of wood and Soarin’s carousel ‘Around the World smells like citrus fruit. © iStock

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Colorful alleys – The colors of the Magic Kingdom’s alleys are random. Disney and Kodak have conducted a study demonstrating that light is best reflected on colored ground and allows for more beautiful shots. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Brown path – The winding driveway that runs through Liberty Square represents the flow of sewers through colonial America before the invention of plumbing. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Tall herbs – Unlike most lawns adorning Disney parks, carefully maintained, that of the Haunted House grows freely to contribute to the scary atmosphere of the place. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Alliance – An alliance is embedded in a cement wall of the Haunted House. It belongs to the woman hanged in the octagonal hall. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
“Andy is coming!” – At one time, Toy Story’s characters fell to the ground when the famous phrase was spoken. This attraction was interrupted for security reasons. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Intergalactic – A phone from the Galactic Communication Network, in the Tomorrowland universe, broadcasts messages from the galaxy. One of them is an advertisement for a pizzeria delivering everywhere in the solar system! (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
The trees of Tomorrowland – The futuristic palms of Tomorrowland fold at dusk and spread their leaves at dawn. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Epcot Community – Epcot was designed as a community able to accommodate around 20,000 people. The presentation of this gigantic project of Walt Disney can be discovered thanks to the attraction of the PeopleMover. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative CommonsEpcot Community – Epcot was designed as a community able to accommodate around 20,000 people. The presentation of this gigantic project of Walt Disney can be discovered thanks to the attraction of the PeopleMover. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Secret basketball court – Disney employees have access to a concealed basketball court on the third floor of the Matterhorn attraction at Disneyland in California. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
World Showcase at Epcot – The World Showcase attraction in Epcot Park still has room to present eight more countries. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Potential options – The 1982 book, entitled “Epcot Center: A Pictorial Souvenir”, mentions Israel, Equatorial Africa and Spain as potential pavilions. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Rose & Crown – The Rose & Crown restaurant, in the UK pavilion, is so called because “pink” and “crown” are the two names most frequently given to English pubs. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
Rhine travel – The castle behind the German pavilion at Epcot was supposed to host a simulator in which a boat would have plowed the Rhine to visitors. (Photo: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks
95 years of magic: the secrets of Disney parks Giant Aquarium – The aquarium in The Seas with Nemo & Friends is so gigantic that you could hold the Spaceship Earth dome! (Photo: Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ) © Flickr / Creative Commons

 

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