20 California Adventure Secrets You Don't Know

Updated on May 31, 2016

Disneyland was the only theme park on the Disney property in Anaheim for a very long time. In 2000 California Adventure opened up right across the way from Disneyland. In its short existence the park has gone through many changes, some including the installation of World of Color fountains, the removal of some rides and the addition of others. In 2012 California Adventure underwent a huge remodel. We all know that Disneyland has many, many secrets but you are probably wondering how can a park that is so new compared to Disneyland have secrets? Well it does! They may not be as historical as those in Disneyland from 1955 but they are just as fascinating and fun! In this Hub I will share with you 20 secrets you don't know about California Adventure!

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1. Mortimer's Market on Buena Vista Street has a very special meaning.

Mortimer was the name that Walt Disney wanted to originally name the mouse that we all know as Mickey today. His wife thought that the name Mortimer was too pretentious and Walt decided to change it. To honor this they named the market after the mouse that started it all.

2. There is a special flag located in a window on Buena Vista Street.

The flag inside the window display has only 48 stars! This is because because during July 4, 1912-July 3, 1959 the United States flag only had 48 stars and Buena Vista Street has a 1920's and 30's theme to it.

3. You can find personal mailboxes on Buena Vista Street.

Mail boxes on Buena Vista Street.
Mail boxes on Buena Vista Street. | Source

Along Buena Vista Street you will see a set of personalized mailboxes. The names on the boxes (S. Yoshiwara, E. Valiant, T. Ogelvie and P. Peabody) are actual people that have worked for Disney. Staci Yoshiwara was a devoted Disney fan and Cast Member who passed away before Buena Vista Street was finished. Eddie Valiant was the name of the drunken detective in Who Framed Roger Rabbit played by Bob Hoskins. Theodore Ogelvie is a character from The Apple Dumpling Gang played by Don Knotts. Peavy Peabody was an expert mechanic from Walt Disney's Studios' The Rocketeer.

4. There is something shaky about the Pacific Wharf.

The wharf shakes every so often to emulate a Californian earthquake. It is very subtle but it does vibrate occasionally.

5. Elias and Co. has a unique suit on display.

Here is the replica suit on display inside of Elias and Co.
Here is the replica suit on display inside of Elias and Co.

The suit featured is a replica of the actual suit that Walt Disney wore to the premier of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. It is a grey suit with a pink tie and hat.

6. The Hyperion Theatre is named after a very special place.

The Hyperion Theatre in California Adventure.
The Hyperion Theatre in California Adventure. | Source

The Hyperion Theater is a nod to the historic Disney Bros Studios that was located at 2719 Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake District of LA.

7. Tower of Terror is faster than you think it is.

Tower of Terror.
Tower of Terror. | Source

Tower of Terror is the fastest high-speed elevator in the world!

Bonus Secret

Tower of Terror has three of the largest motors ever built for a ride. They are three times larger than the largest high-speed elevator motor.

8. The Twilight Zone created a special episode for Tower of Terror.

The episode of the Twilight Zone that you view inside of the library before you get in your elevator shaft was made specifically for the ride. It never aired on television.

9. There is a hidden character in the Monsters Inc. ride.

There is a Nemo hidden behind the Harry Hausen's Sushi Chef.

10. There is proof of the human world inside the Monsters Inc. ride.

In the locker room scene there is sometimes a Tower of Terror Hotel towel hanging by a locker. The towel isn't always there because the cast like to change it out.

11. The Cozy Cone Motel has a few visitors.

Inside the office you can see Buzz, Ham, and Rex hiding in the cones. This is a reference to the Toy Story 2 movie.

12. The countdown voice sounds familiar on Screamin'.

Neil Patrick Harris voices the countdown right before the roller coaster car takes off for the ride.

13. You can find some luck in A Bugs Land.

Here is the four leaf clover inside It's A Bugs Land!
Here is the four leaf clover inside It's A Bugs Land! | Source

Inside of It's A Busg Land there is a four leaf clover hiding among all of the other super-sized clovers. Maybe if you find it you will get some luck for the day!

14. There is a special barrel in the Blue Sky Cellar.

There is a WED wine barrel inside the cellar. It stands for Walter Elias Disney Entp. (a group of artists, designers, engineers, writers, and builders responsible for the theme park who were hand picked by Walt) formed in 1952.

15. The boardwalk gazebo has some fancy scroll work.

If you pay close attention to the scroll work on top of the gazebo in the boardwalk you will see that the pattern is made out of the shilloutte of Donald Duck.

16. There is a hidden character in Ariel's Under Sea Adventure.

Here is Mr. Limpet hiding in the kelp inside the Little Mermaid ride!
Here is Mr. Limpet hiding in the kelp inside the Little Mermaid ride! | Source

Towards the end of the scene where Sebastian is trying to convince Ariel that life is the bubbles under the sea if you look on the right hand side by the rocks in the background you will see a very familiar fish! The only catch is that he is not a Disney character! It is none other than Mr. Limpet.

17. There is a special tribute inside of Ariel's Under Sea Adventure.


Towards the end of the ride there is a cabinet with two cameos on it. This is a tribute to Hans Christian Anderson, the Dutch author who wrote the Little Mermaid fairy tale in 1837.

18. The trees inside the Golden State are special.

Trees inside of the Golden State in California Adventure.
Trees inside of the Golden State in California Adventure. | Source

Disney spent $500,000 on the 136 smog-resistant Aptos Blue and Soquei Redwoods from Santa Cruz to give the park an authentic look.

19. You can get free Wifi in a certain part of the park.

Free WiFi inside of California Adventure.
Free WiFi inside of California Adventure. | Source

In California Adventure by the Grand Californian Hotel you can access the hotel's free WIFI inside the park!

20. The Red Trolley Cars have meaningful numbers.

Here is a Red Trolley Car on Buena Vista Street inside California Adventure.
Here is a Red Trolley Car on Buena Vista Street inside California Adventure.

There are two trolley car numbers: 623 and 717. The 23 in 623 refers to the year that Walt's studio in Kansas City went bankrupt and when he decided to try his luck in Hollywood. The 600 in 623 refers to the historic model number of the trolley car used in Hollywood. The 17 in 717 refers to the opening day of Disneyland which was July 17, 1955. The 700 refers to the 700 series trolley car that was used in city areas in the mid 1920's.

Bonus Secret

These Trolley Cars were based after the popular rail cars operated by the Pacific Electric Railway in the 1920's. On April 8, 1961 the cars made their last trip from LA to Long Beach. Walt frequently traveled by these trolley cars.

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      Heidi Fivey 

      21 months ago

      is there a book to buy with all of your secrets. And where to get Disney ears checklist?

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      3 years ago

      In the catapillar ride you can smell the foods


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