How well do you know Walt Disney’s original theme park in Anaheim, California? Here are some new secret tidbits about the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
9. Walt Disney had an apartment over City Hall – It seems as if every “Disneyland secrets” article mentions Walt’s apartment over the Fire Station, but did you know that he had a separate apartment over the adjoining Disneyland City Hall? The main apartment was common knowledge, so if Walt saw someone coming to see him that he wanted to avoid, he could just duck out a side window, crawl across the connecting rooftop, and hide out in his City Hall digs.
8. Famous small world dolls – When “it’s a small world” debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Disney Imagineers were tasked with creating over 300 singing and dancing dolls representing children of the world. Designers struggled to give each of them a unique appearance and personality, so many of the dolls’ features were modeled after popular celebrities and politicians of the era.
7. Clocks in Tomorrowland always show 12:01 a.m. – Every clock displays the time as one minute after midnight in the futuristic side of Disneyland Park — it’s always tomorrow, that is!
6. Being the “Happiest Place on Earth” is a statutory requirement – Some California legislators were put off by Disneyland’s boastful slogan, arguing that there were many locations in the state that led to happiness, or at least a general sense of well-being. In 1971, Assembly Bill 432 was passed and signed into law, allowing Disney to keep using the phrase “Happiest Place on Earth,” but with stiff daily civil penalties to the company if any other location was shown to be happier.
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