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At the “Be Our Guest” restaurant, there’s a secret desert that’s not on the menu, which is mentioned in the song by the same name on “Beauty and Beast”. According to the song, “the grey stuff is delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.”
When Pirates of the Caribbean was first being built in 1967, the Imagineers were rather unimpressed with the false skeletons placed around the ride. So, with the help of UCLA medical school, they were able to place actual human skeletons about the place. Most have since been removed, though the skull and crossbones on this headboard are still human.
On the signage for Animal Kingdom, a dragon can be seen amongst other less fictional beasties. There was originally going to be an area called the Beastly Kingdom, which was going to be dedicated to mythical animals.
From the perspective of an adult, Cinderella Fountain seems sad. She’s looking down at the animals, and her face is hidden. From the lower perspective of a child, you can see that she’s actually happy and that the crown sits on her head.
In the window of the “Hall of Presidents” are two lanterns. They reference the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” in which the revolutionaries would light one lantern if the British came by land and two if by sea.
There are various backstage tours at Disney World that show you behind the scenes of the park. These include a tour of the Epcot Gardens, where the special hybrid fruits and vegetables are grown, like Mickey-shaped watermelon.
‘Smellitizers’ are hidden at spots all around Disney parks and emit scents that suit the setting. In Main Street, the air smells of baked cookies and vanilla, the line for “Pirates of the Caribbean” smells salty, and “Soarin’” smells like fresh citrus.
Main Street is based on America in 1910, while Tomorrowland was designed to represent America in 1986. Both dates were chosen because they were years that the Halley’s Comet was visible from Earth. The next appearance will be in 2061.
There are several abandoned areas of Disney Land. A former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, it is rumoured that Discovery Island was left to run wild after bacteria capable of harming humans was discovered in the surrounding water.
Disney Land has two main problems - rodents and cats. After unsuccessfully trying to scare the feral cats away, the staff decided that the enemy of their enemy is their ally. In exchange for keeping the park rat free during the night, the cats are spayed, neutered, given regular shots, and fed.
In the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland is Club 33 - a private club with a decade-long waiting list for new members. The club is the only location that offers alcohol in the park, and its members are allowed exclusive access to areas of the park, like the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engine compartments of steam trains.
In Frontierland, you can find a hidden reference to Mary Poppins - a leg labeled “Smith.” In the movie, Bert says, “I knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith,” and Uncle Albert responds, “What’s the name of his other leg?”