Thursday, October 29, 2015

More Disneyland Fast Facts!

We've done it once before, but now, thanks to an article in a local newspaper, we have a new set of Disneyland fun facts to share with you!
(Facts courtesy of the Press Democrat)

1. On opening day, the Jungle Cruise was called the Explorer Boat Ride Through the Rivers of Mexico, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia. (Good call on the name change, guys!)

2. Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. were among the first people to ride the Autopia. 

3. Two of the book titles you can see in the library scene of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride are "For Whom the Toads Croak" and "A Tadpole Grows in Brooklyn."

4. Jonathan Gold, a restaurant critic for the LA Times, said that Disneyland's corn dog is the best he's ever had. 

5. It was predicted by a psychic in 1971 that Disneyland would be inside of a bubble to control the weather by 1999!

6. In the early days of Disneyland, there was a lingerie store on Main Street called The Wizard of Bras. 

7. Richard Carpenter (of The Carpenters) played music on Main Street in 1967, but was fired for playing modern music. 

8. The E Ticket, for Disneyland's best rides, wasn't introduced until 1959 when the Matterhorn and Submarine Voyage opened. 

9. Walt Disney originally wanted Disneyland to be in Burbank, but when he brought the idea to the city, they said no because they thought it would create a "carny atmosphere."

10. When Tom Sawyer Island first opened in 1956, kids could borrow fishing poles and fish in a pond filled with catfish, perch, and bluegill. (What did they do with the fish once the kids caught them???)

Know any other Disneyland facts? Share them with us in the comments below!

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