Roy O. Disney dedicated the property and declared that it would be known as "Walt Disney World" in his brother's honor. In his own words: "Everyone has heard of Ford cars. But have they all heard of Henry Ford, who started it all? Walt Disney World is in memory of the man who started it all, so people will know his name as long as Walt Disney World is here." After the dedication, Roy Disney asked Walt's widow, Lillian, what she thought of Walt Disney World. According to biographer Bob Thomas, she responded, "I think Walt would have approved." Roy O. Disney died on December 20, 1971, less than three months after the property opened.
10,000. That was the number of people in attendance for Disney World's soft opening on Oct. 1, 1971. But the grand opening later that month — which included performances by Julie Andrews, Bob Hope and Glen Campbell — was televised nationally. Today, the Magic Kingdom alone averages about 47,000 visitors a day.
The iconic park bench occupied by co-founding father Roy O. Disney seated next to Minnie Mouse greets millions of guests each year and is one of the most prized photo locations ever. Although it was originally placed inside the fence in Town Square at Magic Kingdom Park, guests routinely climbed over it to sit next to Minnie. Within a year, it was relocated just outside the fence. Guests may feel that the empty space to the right of Minnie was made for them, but Blaine’s intent was to show Minnie’s conscious decision to sit right next to Roy as a way to make him more “approachable,” as he was rarely in the limelight as was Walt.
If you would like to get pictures of the Magic Kingdom without any people in them book an early breakfast at the Crystal Palace or Cinderella's Royal Table. This will give you access to the Park before it is open. Each land is roped off but you will be able to travel around the hub and the Partners statue for some great people free photos.
A small reference to a closed Epcot attraction exists in the exit queue of Space Mountain. There is a travel label on a case for Mesa Verde. Mesa Verde was a desert turned into a living environment by the technology of the future in the now closed Horizons Futureworld pavilion. The cases painted to resemble luggage were once simple shipping containers when Federal Express was the attraction sponsor from 1993- 2004.
The eerie piano in the Haunted Mansion that is being played by a ghost whose shadow you can see by looking at the floor in front of it. There are also 3 sheets of music but one is on the floor and only contains staff lines implying that the composer never lived to complete his work and is doomed to haunt the mansion until it is finished. The piano itself is an original by Schomacker Piano Co. built somewhere between 1870 and 1890.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin features a camel that spits water at passing park-goers. Many are fooled into thinking this electronic machine just has great aim, think again. There is actually someone paid to sit nearby the camel and operate it, when the operator thinks they can hit passing guests they command the camel to spit.
The sixty feet tall, ninety feet wide Swiss Family Treehouse has over three-hundred thousand fabricated leaves and roots that burrow forty-two feet into the earth. Since it is man-made, Imagineers could not list it as a Banyan tree, so it is of the species Disneyodendron Eximus or “Out-of-the-Ordinary Disney Tree.”
A married couple from Boynton Beach, Fla., Alex and Donna Voutsinas, realized years later that they were coincidentally photographed together at Disney as children. The girl in the pink under Smee's left hand, and the boy in the stroller being pushed by the man with the black shirt in the backround.
If you visit the Swan and Dolphin resorts located in the Epcot area of resorts there is an interesting design element about each resort that most guests never notice. In the Dolphin resort 3D elements like the Dolphins in the lobby fountain are untouchable by guests where 2D objects like the Dolphins in the fountain located outside of the building are touchable. It is the opposite in the Swan. The 3D swans in the lobby fountain are close enough to the edge that guests can touch them but also in the lobby are 2D monkey sculptures mounted on a pole out of guest's reach.
Disney has always been committed to conservation and this is extremely true in Animal Kingdom. This park has an entire section dedicated to the important subject and even uses paper straws for the protection of their animals.Some benches in Animal Kingdom are made from recycled milk jugs while others are wooden, but the fun, multicolored, animal-carved benches are 100% environmentally friendly.
The Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a very popular place to eat at among park guests. The restaurant is all about predator and prey. It starts with the sign out front, to the paintings on the walls around the counter, to the pavilions that cover the seating areas and even the tables and chairs. Hungry crocodiles eating fish, snakes eating mice and ant eaters eating ants. Take a look around the next time you visit the park and see how many species eating species.
In late 2016 Animal Kingdom will open up Avatar Land. It's designed by Walt Disney Imagineering with Avatar producers James Cameron and Jon Landau also providing creative assistance. The area will be an immersive world based upon the fictional exoplanetary moon, Pandora and will include Pandora's floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Avatar Land is expected to span several acres and will feature multiple rides and attractions, entertainment, audio-animatronics, 3-D holograms as well as retail, food and beverage outlets. Although exact details of the attractions have not yet been announced or even devised, James Cameron confirmed that a flying attraction featuring "3-D projections and creature designs that were cut from the original film" was a concept on the drawing board for the area. Avatar Land will include elements from the original Avatar film as well as its three, yet-to-be-released sequels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQm4B2UYGY8
Animal Kingdom is the only park to have doors on its bathrooms. That seems kind of weird, right? The reason is for security. In an emergency event that the animals get loose and run rampant, guests are to hide in the bathrooms with the door closed and locked. Thankfully, those doors have ever needed use, but it’s nice to know the precaution is there.
If you are ever in the holding room for Voyage of the Little Mermaid located at Disney's Hollywood Studios be sure to look at the items along the wall. There are numerous jokes and oddball artifacts with small signs there to amuse the waiting guests. According to the sign this is an antique mariner porta potty. I'm assuming these were labeled by Scuttle..
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