Good Morning! Here are yesterday’s trivia answers. How many did you get?
1. Walt’s full name is Walter Elias Disney. Walt was born Dec. 5th 1901 in Chicago Illinois. He passed away Dec. 15th 1966 from lung cancer. Walt was an avid smoker. As a child, Walt grew up on his family farm in Marceline, Missouri, and that town was Walt’s inspiration for Main Street USA at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom.
2. Donald Duck was the original character chosen to play the sorcerer’s apprentice in Fantasia. Donald has appeared in more animated films than any other Disney character. This was the inspiration for his part in Mickey’s Philharmagic, the 3D film at Magic Kingdom.
3. On average 250,000 people ride the monorail system at Walt Disney World, every single day, making the total approximate passengers per year 91,000,000! Due to a tragic accident, we were one of the last families to ride in the front of the monorail with the driver.
4. There are hundreds of Hidden Mickeys all over Disney World. Three of my little know favorites are:
I am not sure if this one counts, but is reported in the official book of Hidden Mickeys. See the Mickey head in the wall next to Jack Sparrow?
2. we found this one in the Toy Story Mania queue during “soft opening”, which means we were one of the first, if not the first, to find it! We rode Toy Story Mania 18 times in 2 days when the ride first opened.
3. This marker in Epcot near the Odyssey Center is the exact center point of Walt Disney World! The Odyssey Center is in the area to the left, just past Test Track, on your way to the Mexico Pavilion. It is basically used for private events. There are also two sets of restrooms that are almost never used, and the baby care center is located there as well.
5. The names of the Disney Cruise Line ships are: The Fantasy, The Dream, The Wonder, and The Magic. Each have different characters on the back of the ship.
6. Ariel’s Sisters’ names:
- Aquata – blue tail and seashell bra, brown hair in a ponytail with pearl decoration
- Andrina – lavender tail and seashell bra, blond hair in a bun with pink decorations
- Arista – red tail and seashell bra, blond hair in a ponytail
- Attina – orange tail and seashell bra, brown hair in an up-do with small crown
- Adella – yellow tail, green seashell bra, black hair in ponytail with pearl decorations
- Alana – pink tail, violet seashell bra, short black hair with small crown
Ariel is the youngest.
7. EPCOT stands for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Because the attractions in Future World and World Showcase were not enough to make up separate theme parks, the two were combined in to one. Epcot opened in 1982. Epcot is the third most visited theme park in the United States, and the sixth in the world. It hosts approximately 12 million guests every year.
8. NO BRICKS were used in the making of Cinderella Castle! It is made of steel, concrete, and fiberglass. Cinderella Castle is 190 feet tall, just shy of the 200 feet height that requires a red flashing light to be at the top as a marker for planes flying overhead. The Castle can withstand 110 mph hurricane force winds. The moat around the castle holds more than 37 million gallons of water. A suite was built inside the Castle for Walt and his family. But sadly he died five years before the park opened, so he never got to see it completed. For this reason, the space was left unfinished until imagineers chose to get it finished, and from 2007-2009 guests were randomly selected to spend a night in the Castle Suite during Disney’s Dreams Giveaway. Sadly, the giveaways and “extra magic” from that time are no more. The Castle Suite is not for rent. You have to be invited to stay there.
9. A dole whip float, the very popular yummy treat made of either vanilla, pineapple, or the two twisted, floating in a sweet juice made of pineapple and a few other ingredients. It can be found regularly at Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. It can be found at a “make your own” station in Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort. During the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot you can get a Dole Whip, and a version made with Rum! Dole Whips used to be served at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom during peak seasons, but I have not seen it there in years.
10. The three Hyenas in the Lion King are: Bonzai, Shenzi, and Ed.
11. Mickey Mouse was originally named Mortimer Mouse. Walt’s wife Lilian asked Walt to name him Mickey because she said that Mortimer sounded too much like “mortician”. Mortimer was later created to be Mickey’s rival, competing for Minnie’s affection. Mickey was created as a replacement for Oswald the Rabbit in Disney Animated features.
12. there are 99 Happy Haunts in The Haunted Mansion! (if you didn’t know that one, you should be banned from Magic Kingdom!)
13. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Mr. Toad can still be found at Disneyland. A statue of Mr. Toad can be found in the cemetery at The Haunted Mansion.
14. The Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc, Bashful, Grumpy, Dopey and Happy.
15. In Fantasia, The Sorcerer’s name is YENSID, which is Disney spelled backwards.
16. Walt Disney is NOT FROZEN! He, and his head, are interred in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale California. Forest Lawn has 250,000 “residents”.
The area in front of Disney’s grave is often full of flowers and small plastic figurines of his most famous characters, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, left behind by visitors. Perhaps partially due to the fact that Disney’s grave is hidden and difficult to find, rumors sprung up after his death that his body had been cryogenically frozen and hidden somewhere, perhaps even at Disneyland. Another interesting fact that encouraged the rumors was that Disney’s will didn’t include any instructions or provisions for a funeral or burial. However, about a year after his death, Disney’s estate made a payment of more than $40,000 to Forest Lawn for the burial space and memorial plaque.
Buried with Disney are his wife, Lillian Bounds Disney (1899 – 1997), and his son-in-law, Robert B. Brown. The plaque also includes the name of his daughter, Sharon M. Disney Brown Lund (1936 – 1993), with the notation, “ashes scattered in paradise.” The plaque contains space for a total of eight names. Disney’s parents, Elias Disney (1859 – 1941) and Flora Disney (1868 – 1938), are buried in Forest Lawn’s Great Mausoleum.
19. Walt dropped out of high school when he was 16 years old. He wanted to enlist in the Army but was rejected due to his age. So he joined the Red Cross and became an ambulance driver during WWI. He was stationed in France for one year.
20. The six island villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort are: Aruba, Jamaica (ooh I wanna take ya) Martinique, Trinidad South, Trinidad North, and Barbados. Having stayed at all levels of resorts at Disney World, Caribbean Beach is by far my favorite resort at Disney World. It’s moderately priced, very tropical feeling, it’s centered around a beautiful lake, and the center of “town” Old Port Royale is amazing. Spanish fort themed pool, great dining, and calypso music to complete the theme. LOVE IT! We have stayed in the same room 3 times! If you’re wondering, it’s room 3501, a preferred water view room in Trinidad South which is Pirate themed. SOOO awesome! It’s on the first floor, has two corner windows, one overlooking the beach and play area, and one overlooking the lake. The same family of ducks has come to visit us every year. We named them Donald and Daisy. The last time we saw them they had three babies, which we named Hewy, Dewy, and Lewie. Donald came to see Matthew one morning, and he tried to waddle in to our room! We never fed them, so I have idea why they liked us so much!
Thanks for joining me on another Amazing Disney Adventure!