Disneyland Resort Fun Facts
How do we love Disneyland? Today, we here at MickeyBlog thought we’d literally count the ways by sharing with you some awesome facts about the original Disney theme park, resorts and restaurants combining to make this must-go destination the “Happiest Place on Earth.” So brush up on your Disney trivia and start planning your getaway today.
Over 32,000 cast members work at Disneyland resort. This gives Disneyland the distinction of being the largest single-site employer in Orange County.
The Cast Members also represent a wonderfully diverse workforce with staff that speak over 30 different languages!
Disneyland Resort Costuming is also always hard at work providing Cast Member uniforms distinct to the areas that staff are working. As a matter of fact more than 1,200 different costumes are in use at the parks!
The iconic Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first tubular steel roller coaster on the planet when it first opened to guests in 1959.
Disney California Adventure’s nighttime water spectacular “World of Color” uses a submersible platform that is bigger than a football field with over 18.000 points of control and lighting that infuses nearly 1,200 fountains with color. This makes it one of the largest show systems ever created!
There are more than 3,000 species of plants, native to over 40 countries adding to the atmosphere at Disneyland. Also, the land surrounding the Jungle Cruise has evolved into its own ecosystem since the attraction opened. The trees have created a canopy allowing plants that otherwise wouldn’t survive in California to grow!
Celebrity Sightings – Disneyland is a hotspot for celebrities of all sorts. The resort has played host to numerous U.S Presidents (the first was Harry S. Truman), heads of state, athletes, artists, movie stars and more!
Both the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel have the coveted distinction of being one of AAA’s Four Diamond Hotels
In 2012, Cars Land at Disney California Adventure first opened to the public- ushering in a new era! The theme parks will be going through as similar transformation this year with the opening of the Avengers Campus- a land where the Avengers and their allies assemble to recruit the next generation of Super-Heroes.
The Ornament Valley Mountain Range in Cars Land is the largest rock structure at any domestic Disney theme park. It spans 300,000 square feet and is 125 feet tall at its peak.
Speaking of new era, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in May of 2019 and has the distinction of being the largest single-themed land expansion in Disney Parks history. It features two immersive attractions Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure invites guests to step into Los Angeles of the 1920’s and 30’s where you’ll experience sights and sounds similar to what Walt Disney may have experienced when he stepped off the train to follow his dreams in California.
More than 50 certified scuba divers work on the resort Facilities team, which maintains attractions such as “World of Color” and Finding Nemo Submarine.
Each time guests board Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, they will experience one of six randomized scenarios created by Disney Imagineers, accompanied by a popular song from the ‘60s, ‘70s, or early ‘80s.
As part of the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!,” the wicked Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” transforms into the dragon, which is 45 feet tall by 28 feet wide and weighs approximately 18,000 pounds.
From fast-casual fare to haute cuisine, the menu of dining options at the Disneyland Resort offers something for every guest. Dining experiences range from character dining such as Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast in Disney’s PCH Grill; quick service stops like Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure; and table service restaurants as Carnation Cafe in Disneyland.