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There's a Secret Suite in Cinderella's CastleIt was originally intended to be an apartment for Walt Disney and his family, but he passed away before it was finished being built. It rocks 24 karat gold floor tiles, stained glass windows, and a magic mirror that doubles as a television. Disney now occasionally allows families who win a competition to stay in the suite for the night.
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The Window Above the Fire Station on Disnleyland's Main Street Looks out From Walt ...You can still see a light in the window that used to be lit in order to announce that Disney himself was on the property. After he passed away, it was lit permanently and is now never extinguished in order to symbolize his constant presence in the world he created.
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Disney Parks Are Designed to Enchant Your Sense of SmellDisney Parks use "Smellitizers" to ensure that various areas are equipped with the appropriate smells. They produce everything from the amazing "baked goods" smell on Main Street to the musky sea smell on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
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Walt Disney Once Ordered Trash Cans Be Placed Exactly 25 Steps From the Hot Dog Booth at ...He chose this super specific distance because that's exactly how long it took him to eat a hot dog.
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Disneyland Has a Cat InfestationThough knowledge of their existence has been carefully guarded from reaching the ears of Mickey for decades, Disneyland actually has a number of feral cats who roam the park at night in order to help control the... mouse population. In exchange, the kitties are all spayed/neutered, given regular shots, fed, and even have their own website at disneylandcats.com.
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Cinderella Fountain Looks Different to Kids and AdultsWhile most adults interpret Cinderella's downward gaze as sadness, kids can see that she's smiling from their lower vantage point.
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The FAA Put a Flight Restriction on Disney World Airspace After 9/11Due to security concerns, a no-fly zone was put into effect within a three mile radius of Cinderella's Castle after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
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The Skull on the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Is RealWhen the ride first opened at Disneyland in 1967, its designers found that the fake skeletons available were too flimsy. Despite the creepiness factor, they discovered that actual human skeletons worked much more to their liking and originally used several that the UCLA Medical School had lying around. Though have since been replaced by fakes, the skull and cross bones seen above are among the few genuine human remains left inside the ride.
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