The Coolest, Best Kept Secrets of the Disney Parks

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Think you know all of the Disneyland secrets? The popular theme park harbors some deep, dark, and sometimes amusing secrets that you probably don't know. Millions are blissfully unaware as they roam the amusement park in search of... well... amusement. But what they don't know is that they could be enjoying a cocktail at a secret members-only bar next to the Pirate of Caribbean ride, playing basketball inside the top of the Matterhorn, or shopping at a secret Disneyland lingerie store on Main Street.

What are the Disneyland secrets? From the so-called "Hidden Mickeys" located all over the park, to driving an actual riverboat, you're about to learn the secrets of Disneyland here on this list of secret spots. Imagine your kids' or friends' surprise when you know all of these fun tricks to do next time you go to Disneyland! As you read through the hidden Disneyland secrets, make sure to vote for the secret you'll investigate during your next Disney adventure!

There are plenty of fun things to do at Disneyland, but the best things to do, other than spending time with your family, are the secret ones. Especially if it's that special day and you can take advantage of all the Disneyland birthday secrets. If you don't know the facts you might miss out on a really unique experience. 

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    There's a Secret Suite in Cinderella's Castle

    It 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. 

    Click here to see what else happened at Disneyland this year. 

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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 Smell

    Disney 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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    Cinderella Fountain Looks Different to Kids and Adults

    While 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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    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 Infestation

    Though 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

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    The FAA Put a Flight Restriction on Disney World Airspace After 9/11

    Due 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 Real

    When 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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    There's a Special Car Named the "Lilly Belle" at the End of Disneyland's C. K.

    If you get there early in the morning, you can make a reservation to take a ride in the car, which was named after Walt Disney's wife, Lillian.

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    Disney World Is Second Only to the US Military as the Nation's Largest Consumer of ...

    Thankfully, it's only because of the frequency of their knock-out fireworks displays.

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    The Bench Where Walt Disney First Envisioned Disneyland Is Now in Disneyland

    He originally considered building Disneyland in Griffith Park, near Disney Studios, but the space didn't turn out to be large enough. The bench from the park is now located in the foyer of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."

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    Disney World Is Built Atop an Intricate System of Underground Tunnels for Staff and Characters ...

    By the time you make it to Cinderella's Castle, you're actually standing on the third floor of a structure that starts deep underground.

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    Disney Employee Name Tags Display First Names Only Due to Walt's Disdain of Being Called ...

    Though how he thought slapping his last name on everything in the park would help cut down on its usage remains a mystery.

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    Disneyland's Main Street Shops Are Named After Real People

    Most are names of people who worked for either the park or studio for many years.

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    Tommorowland Depicts 1986

    Maybe they tried to change it when 1987 rolled around but "Yesterdayland" just didn't have the same ring?

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    People Often Try to Scatter Loved One's Ashes in the Haunted Mansion

    Though some would-be scatterers ask permission to send the remains of their loved ones floating off into the haunted ballroom, the park's answer is always "let's not." Unfortunately however, there have been a number of folks who have been caught not caring.

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    Animal Kingdom Was Originally Going to Be for Mythical Beasts

    This is why there is so much dragon decor in Animal Kingdom. When it was first built, there was originally going to be an area called the "Beastly Kingdom" which would be dedicated to magical and mythical creatures. The idea was eventually scrapped but a dragon can still be seen among his non-mythical fellows in the logo on many Animal Kingdom signs.

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    The Tree of Life Was Built Around an Oil Rig

    The oil rig was already there when Disney originally bought the land for Disney World.

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    There's a VIP Club in Disneyland's New Orleans Square That Costs $25,000 Just to Join ...

    Though it's generally a pretty poorly kept secret by now, especially among Southern California locals, "Club 33" is an elite VIP bar and restaurant originally created by Walt Disney to entertain dignitaries and celebrities. There's currently a 10-year waiting list to join.

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    Urban Myth, Busted

    Several babies are known to have been born at the happiest place on earth - not a bad start in life. It was rumored that each one was given a lifetime pass to the theme park, but that's been recently debunked by a former employee. However, Teresa Salcedo was issued "Disneyland Birth Certificate No. 1" on July 4, 1979 and will forever hold the honor of being the first tot to take her first breath in the Magic Kingdom. 

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