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30 Disneyland Secrets You Don't Know

Updated on September 8, 2016
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There are many secrets about Disneyland that most people do not know. I have chosen 30 to share with you for your next trip to Disney's magical theme park.

Since the overwhelming response to the poll asking whether people wanted to read more secrets was "yes," I have also written a second article about the many secrets of Disneyland called 20 More Disneyland Secrets You Don't Know. Check it out!

Secret Places and Facts About Disneyland

Read on for details and more secrets.
 
 
1. Walt Disney's apartment above the fire station.
6. Main Street was modeled after a real town: Marceline, Missouri.
11. The golden stake in the ground outside of Fantasyland is a survey marker, not the center of the park.
2. Special window dedications in Main Street storefronts.
7. Main Street was built in a "forced perspective," so the castle doesn't seem far away as you walk toward it.
12. The Disney family crest is above the gates of Sleeping Beauty's castle.
3. Steve Martin used to work at the Magic Shop.
8. The park's address, 1313 Disneyland Drive, is code for "Mickey Mouse." M is the 13th letter of the alphabet.
13. The castle's drawbridge works but has only been lifted twice.
4. Lilly Belle Pullman car used to give VIPs a private tour of the park. Every once in a while, visitors can still ride it.
9. You can see the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain Riverboat and meet the Captain if you know a special phrase.
14. If you rub the brass apple outside Snow White's Scary Adventure you'll get a surprise.
5. "Test bricks" on Main Street were used to figure out the size and shape Walt wanted for the park.
10. The park releases feral cats at night to catch mice.
15. There is a luxury apartment located directly above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

1. Walt Disney Had an Apartment Above the Fire Station on Main Street

The light in Walt's apartment window above the fire station on Main Street USA.
The light in Walt's apartment window above the fire station on Main Street USA. | Source

When the park was being built, Walt was so busy traveling between Burbank and Disneyland's construction site he had an apartment built, so he could keep an eye on the progress. He would always turn a light on in front of his window so that workers would know when he was in the park. You can see the window of the apartment from the street.

Bonus Secret

You will notice the light in the window of Walt's apartment is still on today in remembrance of Walt Disney. The only time the light is turned off is when his daughters are in the park; this is out of respect.

2. There Are Special Window Dedications in the Storefronts on Main Street

Window dedication to Walt Disney.
Window dedication to Walt Disney. | Source

The names in the windows are given as credits to the people who contributed to the parks. Some are characters or stories. They typically appear as a fictional business name and/or refer to a hobby/device made by that person. For example: Walt Disney's window is located at the Main Street Cinema, and it is labeled Disneyland Casting Agency.

Window dedication to the Sherman Brothers.
Window dedication to the Sherman Brothers. | Source

Bonus Secret

There are three requirements for receiving a window dedication:

1. It can only be dedicated after the employee's reaching retirement.

2. It can only be awarded to recognize the highest level of service, respect, and achievement.

3. The decision to dedicate the window must be agreed upon between both top individual park management and Walt Disney Imagineering.

3. Steve Martin Used to Work at the Magic Shop

The shop where Steve Martin used to work at in Disney.
The shop where Steve Martin used to work at in Disney. | Source

Steve Martin started out selling guidebooks at Disneyland on the weekend. During his free time there, he would visit the Magic Shop. By August 1960, he was working in the Magic Shop showing off all of the tricks he had learned over the years.

4. The Disneyland Railroad Has a Very Special Car

The Lilly Belle.
The Lilly Belle. | Source

The Lilly Belle Pullman Car is used to give VIP guests a private tour of the park. It is furnished with antiques and has stained glass windows. Every once in a while, tickets to ride this special car are given to park visitors.

5. Test Bricks on Main Street

The right side of the wall is made of bricks of all different shapes and sizes!
The right side of the wall is made of bricks of all different shapes and sizes! | Source

There is a brick wall in Main Street that has bricks on it the do not match in size or shape. These are actually the bricks Walt used to figure out what size and shape he wanted the bricks to be in the park. This wall is located behind a water fountain next to the lockers.

6. Main Street Was Modeled After a Real Town

A look at some of the shops on Main Street, USA.
A look at some of the shops on Main Street, USA. | Source

Main Street USA was designed after Marceline, Missouri, where Walt Disney grew up. He wanted to share his fond childhood memories with his guests.

Bonus Secret

Main Street also utilizes Air Smellitizers! These patented machines wonderful smells of food and candy through vents out into the crowd of people walking along Main Street! During most of the year, Main Street uses the scent of vanilla and the delicious smell of candy, but during Christmas it is changed to peppermint! These machines are also located in other parts of the park, creating a salty sea breeze near Pirates of the Caribbean and a honeyed aroma near Pooh's Adventure.

7. Main Street is Built in a Forced Perspective

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Main Street is built in a forced perspective, so if you are walking toward the castle, it doesn't seem very far away. However, when you are exiting the park, Main Street will look longer. Also, the buildings are designed to look bigger than they actually are!

8. Disneyland's Address Is Code for "Mickey Mouse"

Disneyland's address- 1313 Disneyland Dr.
Disneyland's address- 1313 Disneyland Dr. | Source

Disneyland's address is 1313 Disneyland Dr. , Anaheim. The 13th letter of the alphabet is the letter "M." The address spells "MM" for Mickey Mouse.

9. You Can See the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain Riverboat and Meet the Captain

You can, in fact, view the wheelhouse at the top of the ship! You need to know a specific phrase to ask in order to do this, but half the fun is figuring out the passphrase, so I won't write it here. Politely ask various cast members, and one of them may give you instructions on what to do. If you are deemed worthy, you may even be shown how the ship is driven and allowed to steer! You also get to see some pictures of Walt Disney on the Mark Twain and the place where he liked to nap the most!

Here I am driving the Mark Twain!
Here I am driving the Mark Twain! | Source
Here is my certificate I received after piloting the Mark Twain!
Here is my certificate I received after piloting the Mark Twain! | Source

10. The Park Releases Feral Cats at Night to Catch the Mice

One of the cats taking a rest from catching mice on a dock alongside the Jungle Cruise.
One of the cats taking a rest from catching mice on a dock alongside the Jungle Cruise. | Source

At night, 200 feral cats are released to catch the mice in the park. During the day, they rest in well-hidden "cat houses," but don't be surprised if you see some cats walking around during the day.

11. There Is a Very Special Gold Spike in Fantasyland

The gold spike in Fantasyland.
The gold spike in Fantasyland. | Source

Right outside the gates of Fantasyland, you will notice a gold stake in the ground. Most people believe that this represents the original center of Disneyland but it actually is a survey marker. It was used to ensure that Main Street was centered with the castle.

12. The Disney Family Crest Is Above the Gates of Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Here is the family crest on the castle.
Here is the family crest on the castle. | Source

The crest, which features three lions in a shield framed by plumage with another lion standing above, was added in 1960. It is located directly above the entrance to the drawbridge of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

13. The Castle Drawbridge Is Real

Sleeping Beauty's Castle drawbridge.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle drawbridge. | Source

It has only ever been lifted twice in its existence. The first time was on the park's opening day, and the second time was in the 1980s, when Fantasyland was being refurbished.

14. There Is Something Special About the Brass Apple Outside Snow White's Scary Adventure

The spell book and brass apple outside of Snow White's Scary Adventure.
The spell book and brass apple outside of Snow White's Scary Adventure. | Source

If you rub the brass apple located in line for the ride, you will hear a clap of thunder, and the witch will start to cackle loudly.

The Evil Queen looking out of her window.
The Evil Queen looking out of her window. | Source

Bonus Secret

If you watch the window above the ride, you can see the Evil Queen looking out every so often.

15. The Dream Suite Is Located Directly Above Pirates of the Caribbean

The Dream Suite.
The Dream Suite. | Source

This luxury apartment was meant to entertain VIP guest during special events. Dorothe Redmund (famous for Gone With the Wind) helped design the layout, and Walt's wife helped decorate it. It includes a living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open-air patio. Park guests are randomly selected to stay inside the suite.

Bonus Secret

From 1987 to 2007, the suite was turned into the Disney Gallery. At the end of 2007, it was turned back into the Dream Suite for guests to stay in.

16. Disneyland Created Its Own Shade of Green

A close-up of noseeum green.
A close-up of noseeum green. | Source

Noseeum green is a very specific color that Disney Imagineers created. All of the buildings and unattractive things such as trash cans are painted in this color so that they're less noticeable. Noseeum is supposed to be the most unobtrusive shade of the spectrum and is meant to disappear into the background.

Bonus Secret

Many people bring paint swatches to Disneyland and try to match the green for their homes.

17. Club 33 Is Located Right Next to the Blue Bayou

The door to Club 33.
The door to Club 33. | Source

The inconspicuous door is painted noseeum green to keep the location more secretive. As you leave the Blue Bayou, you can see the entrance to Club 33, an exclusive members-only club with a five-star restaurant and bar, to your left. There is a passcode box located near the door.

Club 33 is the only place in Disneyland where alcohol is served, and it is also famous for its décor. The club is filled with memorabilia from the Disney Archives, and the elevator is an exact replica of one that Disney saw in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Bonus Secret

Club 33 members also receive complimentary valet parking and can ride the Lilly Belle.

18. The Tiki Room Was Originally Going to Be a Restaurant

The women's bathroom by the Tiki Room entrance.
The women's bathroom by the Tiki Room entrance. | Source

Since it was supposed to be a restaurant, there are bathrooms attached to this attraction (the only one in the park).

19. There Is a Bullethole in the Glass of the Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion decorated for "The Nightmare Before Christmas Spectacular."
The Haunted Mansion decorated for "The Nightmare Before Christmas Spectacular." | Source

In the Grand Ballroom, you will see a gigantic spider web. If you look closely, you can see a bullet hole in the glass paneling. It is said that either a child with a BB gun or slingshot made the hole or a man with a shotgun created it when he thought he saw something strange. Either way the hole could not be repaired, and the glass was too expensive to replace, so it was covered with a spider web.

20. The Organ in the Haunted Mansion Is from a Movie.

The organ inside the Haunted Mansion is the same one seen inside the submarine Nautilus in the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea! In the video above, you can see it being played.

21. The Tombstones Located in the Haunted Mansion Are for Real People

The graveyard features faces of a few of the early Imagineers of Disneyland. Inside jokes also riddle the inscriptions of the tombstones.

22. There Are Hidden Characters inside the Winnie the Pooh Ride

Max, Buff, and Melvin in the Winnie the Pooh ride.
Max, Buff, and Melvin in the Winnie the Pooh ride. | Source

This Winnie the Pooh ride was built on the location where the Country Bear Jamboree was once. However, three of the characters from the old ride still remain! Toward the exit of the ride, if you look behind you, Max, Buff, and Melvin are visibile hiding in the ride! You must be in the first row to see them—they will appear as you're leaving the room with the Heffalumps.

23. Splash Mountain Used to Be Called "Flash" Mountain

The top of Splash Mountain.
The top of Splash Mountain. | Source

Many people have been known to flash the camera inside of Splash Mountain. This is why people's pictures are sometimes unavailable for viewing—if anything naughty is done for the camera, it is automatically pulled so that no one can see it. There used to be cast members who would manually do this, but now there is a computer system that does all the hard work for them!

Bonus Secret

The top of Splash Mountain is called Chikapin Hill.

24. Indiana Jones Used to Be a Parking Lot

So this may not be a huge secret because obviously the park had to use space to expand. But what most people don't know is that there's a tribute that parking lot inside the line of the ride. Inside the screening room, if you look back at the projector, you will notice an Eyeore sign. This is here because where Indiana Jones sits used to be the Eeyore parking lot.

25. The Indiana Jones Line Has a Few Fun, Interactive Features

Mara written inside the temple.
Mara written inside the temple. | Source

Once you are inside the temple and have made it through the caves, there is a part of the line that looks like a bridge. Overhead there will be spikes in the ceiling, and certain bricks on the ground will have a diamond insignia carved into them. As you walk through, you will notice that on your left there is a peculiar-looking, slightly curved bamboo post. If you pull on this post, something will happen! You will hear a loud noise, and the ceiling will drop just a little bit! As the line moves on, you will come to an open room that has a big obelisk in the middle. As you walk around it, you will notice a sign that says "Do not pull rope." Pull on it! You will hear the "person" inside say something to you!

Bonus Secret

Throughout the entire line there are messages written on the walls in Mara. You can get a decoder card and translate all the messages while you stand in line!

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26. The Matterhorn Has a Basketball Court Inside

The Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn. | Source

Inside the Matterhorn, there is a quarter of a basketball court. Walt Disney did not like to waste any space, so he asked the Matterhorn climbers what they would like inside, and they voted for a basketball court! Later on, a ping pong table was added as well. Employees are allowed to take their breaks there and have some fun!

Bonus Secret

The bobsleds use the bottom 80 feet inside the mountain. The top 67 feet are not part of the attraction. The mountain is a total of 147 feet tall!

27. Main Street and Tomorrowland Are Set in Two Very Special Years

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Main Street is set in 1910 and Tomorrowland is set in 1986. These years were both years when Haley's Comet could be seen from Earth.

28. Disneyland Has an Underground System

There are several tunnels underneath Disneyland for the purpose of taking out the trash and deliveries. The tunnels are not extensive and do not connect.

29. George Lucas Makes a Special Appearance in Star Tours

At the end of the Star Tours ride, right when you are about to crash into a fuel truck, there is a man who ducks and picks up a phone. That man is George Lucas!

Bonus Secret

George Lucas filmed this specially for the ride.

30. No Facial Hair Allowed

You will see very little facial hair on cast members.
You will see very little facial hair on cast members. | Source

When Walt Disney opened the park, he would not allow cast members to have facial hair to distinguish Disneyland from the sleazy carnivals of the time. After 60 years, this rule has been removed, but there are still no cast members with dwarf-length beards!

How many secrets did you know already?

  • 20% All of them!
  • 11% None of these!
  • 37% About half!
  • 32% Less than half!
659 people have voted in this poll.

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Want to go further into the many secrets of Disneyland? I learned these secrets just from talking to cast members over the years and friends who have gone a lot—which is exactly what David Koenig did in Mouse Tales and More Mouse Tales. When he became friends with a bunch of Disney workers, he learned a lot of secrets he would never have suspected and thought that readers would be interested in learning about them too. He can explain what it's like to wear a costume and why Disneyland thought it was such a great idea to bring in feral cats! Check out these books!

Do you want to know more secrets?

  • 99% Yes tell me more!
  • 1% No thanks!
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      Brookisha 5 weeks ago

      There are several facts that are wrong, for example the gold spike is the center of MAINSTREET not Disneyland itself. At least someone actually said the Matterhorn had a half court not a full court lol. Good article though, but I already knew all of these facts.

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      hello 5 months ago

      good for my project

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      Tavia Burden 12 months ago from Washington, D.C.

      Great article! I feel like I generally know a lot of these, but some of them really surprised me (like the VIP train car and the test brick wall). I'm definitely a fan of your writing now! Can't wait to read more from you!

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      Sarahi99111 14 months ago

      Is i true that the evil queen will look at u

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      Charles Raymer 20 months ago from Hartford Ky.

      This was very insightful

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      Lyndsay Gamber 21 months ago from California

      Hi Rabadi!

      I hope you get to go soon as well and thank you for the follow! =)

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      21 months ago from New York

      I've always wanted to go to DisneyLand with or without kids but hoping sooner or later I get married and have children so we could get to experience the magic together. Great Hub I am now following you!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 21 months ago from California

      Hi Haley!

      Halloween is my FAVORITE time of year to go! I definitely recommend doing the Haunted Mansion because it is Nightmare Before Christmas themed and checking out the Thunderland Ranch located behind Big Thunder Mountain and next to Fantasyland. Definately utilize the Fastpasses to get the most out of your day. I also want to let you know that on certain days they have the Halloween party so you might want to look at their event calendar before you go because they will close the park down early on those days. There are a lot of hotels around the area, there is a really convenient one right across from the park. You could walk to Disneyland from it. Make sure you get a first visit button from someone who works there (they are free)! Let me know if you have any more questions =)

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      Haley 21 months ago

      Hey!! So I am taking my kids to disney land.. This will all be are first time.. Do you have any tips on passes or places to stay? We are going during Halloween.. Last minute trip! ha

      Mahalo from Hawaii

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      Lyndsay Gamber 21 months ago from California

      Hi Troyangeluk!

      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. I hope you get to go soon; it is really fun!

      Hello reelme!

      Thanks for commenting! =)

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      Rahul 21 months ago from India

      excellent, cool article

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      Troyangeluk 22 months ago from UK

      I really enjoyed this read, haven't been to disneyland in 10 years but might be going this year so seeing great information and pictures like these is great :).

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      Lyndsay Gamber 22 months ago from California

      Hello Jalya!

      I can't guarantee that by telling you the phrase that you will get to go up in the wheelhouse but you must ask the first cast member you see at the dock if you can please view the wheelhouse. If selected you will be given specific instructions to follow. Good luck!

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      Jaiya 22 months ago

      I know you said you didn't want to but I'm going to Disney land and it would be amazing if you could tell me the pass phrase to get on the boat. Im really awkward so asking if kinda bad... I mean i could just get my younger sister to do it but it would be amazing if you could tell me before Friday this week. xxx Jaiya.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 23 months ago from California

      Hi Nadine,

      Actually; I know the person who did some of the paving for Disneyland's underground system and I have seen it with my own eyes. Thanks for commenting.

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      Nadine 23 months ago

      Disneyland does not have an underground system. If you research it, that's WDW that has one. Your video even says Disney World.

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      Hazel Abee 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Like the secrets ... very interesting ... will look out for them when One Day I am there ...

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      Jason Bechtold 2 years ago from Maricopa, AZ

      wow, great article! I learned a lot of new things :)

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      raquelle148 2 years ago

      You caught my attention by those secrets. Nice hub!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, these pictures are wonderful. I thought the castle was fake

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      tanvir bhatti 2 years ago

      interesting info; wishing a trip to Disneyland with some background knowledge

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      MyQuestBe 2 years ago

      Great article! Between this and my Disneyland and Walt Disney World Secrets Gold apps, I am definitely ready for my next trip!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I have been to Disney World but never Disneyland! I enjoyed learning about its secrets though. Voted up!

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      Sally Trezza 2 years ago

      So fun!

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      Lilmsrandom2002 2 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thank you for sharing. I never knew there were so many secrets in Disneyland.

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      Tanya bernedoodle 2 years ago from Sandpoint idaho

      Thx for the info

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This is fantastic and almost serves as a fun guide since I've never been to Disneyland, but now I'm even more eager to go one day and check out some of these locations. The photos were also fantastic. Voted up.

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      Deepika 2 years ago from New Delhi

      I am a big fan of Disney land.I am glad to know about these secrets of Disney land.Its an informative hub.I must say it's a very nice sharing.

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      Cool discoveries there, I live in Japan and they have two Disneys places here. I ought to look for some here too.

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      Susan Trump 2 years ago from San Diego, California

      Loved it! I started there from the first year. It was a fabulous place. The day I got to see Walt was heaven. I knew as a youngster that I was in the presence of greatness. It was good to hear his voice again.

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      Beverly Werner 2 years ago from Catasauqua

      I didn't know - that was fun to read!!!

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I couldn't agree more!!!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 2 years ago from California

      Hi Tanirogers!

      Thank you so much! I hope they enjoy it as well and Seattle is not that far at all. =) You are never too old (or far away) for Disneyland in my opinion.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      This is amazing--my daughters, now 20 and 21, LOVE Disneyland and we go whenever we can! (We live in Seattle so not too far?) I am sharing this with them! Thanks!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 2 years ago from California

      Hi JPac1!

      I am there about three times a month. Usually I'm there twice just to take pictures and fact check my articles and once for a real trip (with friends and rides). Thanks for commenting!

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      James Packard 2 years ago from Columbia, Missouri

      What a fun hub! thanks for sharing, Lyndsay! How often are you at the park?

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I had heard of some of these, but certainly few compared to what is here. Some have been on TV.

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      Courtney Rhodes 2 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      I haven't been to Disneyland since 1984 and had forgotten most of it. My favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean.

      I do distinctly remember being really tired leaving the park and thinking it would take forever to pass the castle! thank you for sharing, hopefully I'll get the chance to go back.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 2 years ago from California

      Hi Emilia Riera!

      I am glad that you were able to learn something new! Thanks for commenting.

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      Emilia Riera 2 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Very nice. I've seen Disney secrets before, but these were all new to me!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 2 years ago from California

      Hello Amanda Tigar!

      It's not just the phrase but you have to get there early and hope for a nice conductor because they don't always do it. But you ask to "view the wheelhouse please". :-) it was so much fun!!!

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      Amanda Tigar 2 years ago

      So interesting you got to drive the Mark Twain Boat!!! Sounds like something i would like to do... any specific phrase I should say? :)

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      Tommy Newcomb 2 years ago from OFallon, MO

      Excellent article. Excellent.

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      Dr Pradip Hira 2 years ago from Ahmedabad-India

      some facts are really interesting like 4th and 11th

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      Marlene Nava 3 years ago

      So interesting and cool next time I go too disney land I will look for these secrets...thanks so much

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      Madison Resare 3 years ago

      Some very fun and interesting information! thanks :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Lyndsay,

      Thank God you are doing okay. Just check to make sure that you were okay.

      I am tired--been a long day. Talk to you soon.

      Kenneth :)

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Kenneth!

      I am doing very well! How are you? Thanks for the lovely comment! :-)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Hi, Lindsay!

      How are you? I hope you are fine, happy, and doing well. I still think that you are a very talented writer. Just keep up the great work.

      :)

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Charles!

      Thanks! It is really fun looking for everything and I hope you get the chance to do so!

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      Mr Sodiji Olasile 3 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Wish to visit this place by God's grace

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Very nice information there, lot's of things we never knew. What about in China, they attempted a fake one some years back, that was just embarrassing. Hong Kong has a good real one though. I like the one here in Japan too, Disney land & Disney sea.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Hi, Lyndsay!

      Your turn.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Kenneth Avery!

      Haha thanks!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello velzipmur!

      Thanks so much!

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      love it! Great job on this article.

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      Deborah 3 years ago

      Between this and the Hidden Mickeys my anticipation for the next visit is high! In the '60s they wouldn't let men/boys in the park with long hair, either. They wouldn't let our group in because of that so we walked to the D'land Hotel's sundries shop, bought scissors, adhesive tape and gauze bandaging, and wrapped the offender's head to hide his long hair. We also rented a wheelchair for him and they let us right in. Good times!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Lyndsay . . .true, that your hubs are interesting, but in modern "hipster" slang, your hubs are all a "morning win."

      LOL.

      Keep 'em coming, my good writer friend.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello jlpark!

      Disneyland is super fun and I hope you go one day and enjoy it!

      Hi rustedmemory!

      I am glad you enjoyed my Hub! =)

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      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      This is the first time I have every wanted to go to see Disneyland

      Upvote!

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I've never been, but they are very interesting facts - I will have to remember this hub for future reference!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Lyndsay,

      Hey, your work IS much-appreciated. I told the truth to you. I like to say that there are only two things in life I do not waste:

      1. Time

      2. Words

      So the words I tell you are sincere. You are a very good writer. This Disneyland work proves it.

      And I will send you a personal note of thanks in a few days for the Very-Appreciated Follow.

      Thanks.

      Kenneth

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Gina!

      I am glad you enjoyed my Hub. The secret phrase is you have to be one of the first people there and ask the first castmember you see if you "can please view the wheelhouse". They don't always let you go up, you have to be deemed worthy by them!

      Hello kenneth avery!

      Thanks so much! It really means a lot to know that my work is appreciated!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Lyndsay,

      Wow, what a great read. Informative, useful and I voted up and all the rest. I am in awe of how much time and research it took you to do this hub. Simply in awe.

      Steve Martin? That got me. I love him.

      I cordially invite you to check out a few of my hubs and then be one of my followers.

      I would love that.

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      Gina 3 years ago

      Hi!! Great article! Going to Disneyland this weekend for my friends birthday & can't wait to do some of these... But I gotta know... What's the secret phrase to say in order to steer the Riverboat!?

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Carrie Lee Night!

      Thanks so much! Have a great week as well!

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Voted up and interesting. Enjoyed this hub very much. Did not know any of the secrets. Have a great week.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello BNadyn!

      Thanks for commenting! If you do go I hope you have fun searching! :-)

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Never been but want to go now to see all these secrets. Interesting article, thanks for sharing all of this. My kids would love to visit here and explore all these interesting tidbits. :)

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      In the immortal words of Darth Vader, "Impressive. Most impressive". This will make my trip to Disneyland all the more memorable - if I ever get there, that is. Voted up!

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      Azzure 3 years ago

      I wnt to know about the secret

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      Jen Corrigan 3 years ago

      I've never been to Disneyland, but now I want to go more than ever to check out the secrets you shared!

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      Tatiana 3 years ago from Florida

      Great read! So cool to read about the window of Walt's apartment! I love knowing cool little facts like that! Voted up!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting! Disneyland is even more detailed than I imagined. Too bad the Toy Story characters don't lie down anymore when you shout "Andy's coming." Disneyland has an awesome sense of fun.

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      JasonCulley 3 years ago from Cheyenne, WY

      Great hub. Knew them all except for #5 (Test bricks in Main Street).

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      jean 3 years ago

      They had to stop doing " andy' s coming" for a variety of reasons. It was causing too many problems. They will still gladly pose for pictures as long as needed.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Rae Savior!

      I am glad you enjoyed it! Have fun looking at all the secrets in person!

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      Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

      You, ma'am, just made my future trip to Disneyland more exciting! Thanks heaps for writing this hub -- such a delight to read :) Voted up.

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      socalsue 3 years ago

      I went the first year opened. Love Christmas time. The best! Thanks for Secret info. Well join this with my grand daughters. It will make it fun for me and them.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago

      The Toy Story characters don't lie down anymore. =( When you say "And's Coming!" they say "He's at college!" I guess they say it was happening too frequently. Maybe try it on a slow day.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello SamitaJassi!

      It was my pleasure! Thank you so much for commenting!

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      3 years ago

      I wish i could go to Disneyland .I could find all of these it could take me a will but I could

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello Better Yourself!

      Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed my Hub!

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      GREAT hub! I really enjoyed learning all of this, and it makes me want to schedule a trip to Disneyland asap and check out all the 'secrets'! Well done, voted up!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi carlajbehr!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read it! Im glad you enjoyed it!

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      Carla J Behr 3 years ago from NW PA

      Wow! One of the most interestintg hubs I've read in a long time - well-researched and it kept me reading right until the end.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello jeffreymaskel!

      Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed it and ended up reading all of them!

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      Jeffrey Maskel 3 years ago from Boulder, CO

      This article was a really fun read. I was just going to scan a couple and ended up reading the entire thing. Very interesting. Good hub.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi DzyMsLizzy!

      Thank you so much! There are lots of interesting things about Disneyland! Keep an eye out for an upcoming Hub with more secrets!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello WiccanSage!

      Thanks! I love learning new things too! It was an amazing experience driving the Mark Twain! Something I will never forget! Have fun decoding! It really helps to pass the time when the lines are long!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi Pamela Mae Oliver!

      Thank you!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi epbooks!

      You are right! You are never too old to go! I am glad this gave you some smiles! Thank you for sharing! =)

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello Tygher41!

      Thanks for commenting! I hope one day I get the chance to visit Walt Disney World!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi bestentryDSLR!

      I am glad you enjoyed reading it! Have fun in December and on your search! Keep an eye out for my upcoming Christmastime Disneyland Hub!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi freelancecontent!

      I am glad you enjoyed it! If you are planning on going in the summer check out my Hub Surviving A Summer Trip To Disneyland! Thanks for commenting!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello pinkhawk!

      Thank you for commenting!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello FlourishAnyway!

      Thank you! You should go back! You will definitely feel like a kid as you hunt down all the secret things that most people don't know about! It is almost like a scavenger hunt!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hi tastiger04!

      Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed it and learned some new things!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Hello kcreey!

      Thank you! Have fun looking for secrets during your next visit!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      They only do it while walking through the park not when people are in line to meet the characters. I have seen it :-)

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      Brandon 3 years ago

      Most of these are spot on except go the " Andy's coming" . I was in line to meet buzz and some kids next to me yelled it and the cast members said it wasn't true . Although I'm sure it's happened maybe before I don't think they do it all the time . I was pretty upset about this.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. Also shared on Face Book! ;)

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Most interesting, indeed! Thanks for sharing all these tidbits. I've been to D-land only about 3 times, but never knew much except about the tunnels and underground cast areas.

      Voted up and across.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I'm a huge Disney fan and knew a lot of these but am always excited to find some things I don't know. This was great. I think it's so cool you got to steer the ferry. I live right near Disney World (very excited, our annual trip is next week!) so I don't go to Disneyland often but next time I'm going to have to look for a decoder card. Great hub!

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      Pamela Mae Oliver 3 years ago from Georgia

      I love Disney World, but I haven't been in years. Your article was very well done!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never been to Disney Land but have been to Disney World many times and though I'm in my forties now, this hub made me want to go back. I don't think you're ever too old to visit this place. Thanks for the smiles in posting this hub! Voted up and shared.

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      Megan Carroll 3 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL

      Although I've been to Disney World hundreds of times, I've never visited Disneyland. Thanks! I know something to look for should I ever go! =)

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      bestentryDSLR 3 years ago

      This was a very interesting hub! i'm going with my family to Disneyland in December. We will have to look at these things when we are there.

      Voted up!

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      freelancecontent 3 years ago from Worldwide Web

      I'm considering a holiday there with the kids next summer so this was a great hub to read.

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      pinkhawk 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Interesting! :-)...This easily caught my attention... thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I didn't know any of these secrets. You made me feel like a kid. I want to go back just to test them out! Great photos and inside tips.

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Awesome hub! I have been to Disneyland numerous times in my life, and I did not know all of these....very very well written! This will make my next trip there more exciting as I look for some of these things :) Voted up and interesting!

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      Kevin 3 years ago from Whistler Canada

      Great hub. I'll have to look out for these secrets the next time I visit Disneyland.

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