Everyone knows that the magical parks of Disney are fun and exciting. But there is a whole lot more you might not know. Here are some fun facts about this amazing theme park.

Growing up with the magical world of Disney, you get to know all the characters from the classics: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, not to mention, probably the most famous, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. The list just goes on and on. At the famous Disney theme parks you can meet all your favourite characters and more. It is impossible not to be impressed regardless of your age.

Here are some fun facts on Disney and Disneyland®:

1. An idea takes form

Walt Disney conceived the idea to create Disneyland® after a ride with his daughter on the merry-go-round at L.A.’s Griffith Park.

2. Still going strong

Numbers from 2013 show that Disneyland® Paris has now been visited more than 275 million times. That is approximately twelve million visitors per year. This theme park claims to be the 4th most visited tourist attraction in the world.

3. Mortimer Mouse..?

The character we all know and love as Mickey Mouse, was ‘born’ in 1928. But did you know that he was originally going to be called Mortimer? To please his wife Lillian, Walt Disney renamed his character to Mickey.

4. Great staff

There are many people at play to make a day at the Disneyland® Resort go round. Over 1,000 artists work here,  including actors, dancers, musicians, designers, decorators and seamstresses- just to mention a few.

5. Fascinating attraction facts

The Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is actually 43 metres high. The Space Mountain rockets goes up to as speed of 70 km per hour, and one rocket is launched every 36 seconds. The Pirates of the Caribbean area features 119 state-of-the-art audio-animatronics figures.

6. Food and beverage

At Disneyland® Paris four million hamburgers are eaten each year, together with 20 tonnes of seafood, 700 tonnes of chicken and 283 tonnes of chips. Not to mention the six million litres of Coca Cola that is drunk each year.

7. Eager founder

When the first Disneyland® was built, Walt Disney wanted to stay at the park as much as possible to oversee the work. The Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney personally supervised the construction of.

8. The split of the Beatles

Beatles legend John Lennon officially ended his career in the band by signing the termination papers while vacationing at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort in December 1974.

9. Huge area

The Paris resort is enormous. It consist of 4,800 acres divided into two distinct theme parks, seven Disney owned hotels, six Disney associated hotels, including Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland® Paris, a golf course and its own railway station.

10. ‘Just Walt’

Walt Disney always wanted to be called by his first name when being amongst his employees. That is supposedly why you only see first names on the employee nametags.

 

What is your favourite Disney character?