I have been Disney Imagineer for 8 years. Here are nine lesser-known facts about the park.


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There are lots of fun facts about Disney Park rides and designs. Charlie Sykes / AP

All six Disney facilities have versions of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but one has a special mechanic.

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Vehicles exist all over the world. Tribunnews service via Margie Lambert / Miami Herald / Getty Images

The Dumbo the Flying Elephant is the only vehicle in all six Disney facilities around the world.

However Ride the magic kingdom It is the only one in Florida with a “duel dumbo” (two carousels operating side by side).

The rumors are true-there are “tunnels” under the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but they aren’t really underground.

Street view of Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle.

View of Main Street USA and Disney World Cinderella Castle. Charlie Sykes / AP

Below Magic Kingdom and Epcot is a “utility” consisting of a complete road and sidewalk infrastructure.

However, it is not technically a tunnel because it is not actually located underground. Located on the 1st floor of the property, the actual park is on the 2nd floor.

Utility tunnels have multiple purposes, such as secretly moving park employees. letter, Waste, food, and commodities. It is also used for urgent purposes.

Visitors can sign up for a Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour to see behind the scenes of the utility tunnel system. When it becomes availableThe 5-hour tour costs $ 99, but if you like learning about Disney’s secrets, it’s well worth it.

Disney World properties in Florida don’t just consist of theme parks and hotels.

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Beyond the theme parks are protected wetlands. John Raoux / AP

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Thousands of acres of wetlands Beyond theme parks.

This area is protected by wildlife conservation and conservation easements.

Walt Disney initially envisioned Epcot as a fully functional utopian city.

Epcot

Epcot could have been more than just a theme park. David Roque / Disney Parks

Epcot, Or the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was originally more than just a theme park. Walt Disney aimed to embrace urban planning techniques and build a real community that embodies an ideal lifestyle.

The plan included a futuristic approach to life, commerce, transportation and recreation. To make it even more futuristic, Wolt envisioned it all housed in an air-conditioned dome.

A few months after the process, Wolt died and Epcot’s plans were finally changed.

The tallest Disney castle in the world is in China.

This image shows Disneyland and the night while people are looking at the lights behind the castle.

Shanghai Disneyland has an enchantment storybook castle. Hu Cheng Wei / Getty Images

Out of 6 Disney Castles around the worldOpened in 2016, Shanghai’s fascinating fairy tale castle is the tallest at about 197 feet.

The shortest is the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, California, 77 feet high.

Disneyland was not originally thought to be in Anaheim, California.

A map of California showing the distance from Burbank to Anaheim

The park was almost close to Los Angeles. Gabriella Sorrento

In the 1950s, Walt initially proposed placing Disneyland in Burbank, California. It is about 36 miles northwest of where we finally arrived in Anaheim.

As Disneyland’s vision grew, Wolt turned to larger lands. This was the main reason for the move.

The park opened on July 17, 1955, and the resort was expanded in 2001 to include Disney California Adventure Park.

Imagineer consulted with a Feng Shui expert when designing Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland Castle

View from behind the castle in Hong Kong Disneyland. Associated Press Photo / KinCheung

When planning and designing Hong Kong Disneyland, Imagineer consulted with Feng Shui Masters and experts. Ancient Chinese customs focus on creating a space that balances with the natural world.

Imagineers wanted to make sure that the design had a sense of harmony, so when walking in the park, be aware that all the buildings and sidewalks are arranged with a greater purpose in mind.

All of Disneyland’s first day vehicles are still in operation 66 years later.

The photo shows an improved jungle cruise ride at Disneyland.

Jungle Cruise has been improved over the years, but it’s still there. Allen J. Scheven / Getty Images

You can go back in time by hopping during your stay Attractions It made its debut in 1955 when Disneyland first opened.

All of the original rides are still in operation, but Jungle Cruises, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Markt Wayne Riverboats, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, King Arthur. Carrousel, Autopia, Disneyland Railroad.

Tourists had to buy an “E” ticket to ride the most popular attractions, but the term is still used today.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Millennium Falcon

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s new ride is an “E” ticket attraction. Kim Renfro / INSIDER

Between 1955 and 1982, Disneyland and subsequent Disney World guests had to purchase separate tickets for each attraction they wanted to ride. By the late 1950s, vehicles were divided into five layers, A, B, C, D and E, based on their popularity.

E-ticket rides are the most coveted attraction, and although Disney has discontinued the system, the term is still used to refer to the park’s major top-notch attractions.

Vehicles like Star Wars today: The rise of the Resistance and the Mickey and Minnie runaway railroads are considered “E” ticket attractions.

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