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Walt Disney World Trivia

  • When Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened its doors on October 1, 1971, adult admission cost just $3.50, a seven-ride attraction ticket book cost $4.75 and an 11-ride attraction ticket book cost only $5.75.
  • Approximately 10,000 guests attended the grand opening of Disney’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.
  • At 189 feet tall, Cinderella Castle is Disney's Magic Kingdom's tallest structure. Space Mountain is the Magic Kingdom's second tallest structure at 183 feet tall.
  • It’s A Small World and the Carousel of Progress both debuted at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
  • From 1971 to 1982, Disney's Magic Kingdom offered ticket books that categorized attractions based on an "A" to "E" scale. E tickets were used for the eight most popular Magic Kingdom attractions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • The Omnimover vehicles used for The Haunted Mansion are nicknamed “Doom Buggies.”
  • "Chief Nammie ” is the headhunter who shows up near the end of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
  • At 199.5 feet tall, Expedition Everest is the tallest artificial mountain at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • William Windsor Jr. was the first guest to enter Disney's Magic KIngom when the theme park first opened its doors on October 1, 1971.
  • The cover of Life magazine's October 15, 1971, cover depicts approximately 1,500 Disney characters and employees posing in front of Cinderella Castle.
  • Epcot's Spaceship Earth rises 180 feet and weighs approximately 16 million pounds.
  • The 14-story Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom boasts approximately 300 animal carvings.
  • Cinderella's Golden Carrousel was originally built in 1917 and once stood at Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey..
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios features a replica of world-famous Mann's Chinese Theater.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland weighs 200 tons and rises 60 feet.
  • The six trains at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are named I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R. Courageous.
  • The Walt Disney World Railroad is an authentic 1928 steam-powered train.
  • Each space capsule at Mission: Space is equipped with motion sickness bags.
  • At 30,500 acres, Walt Disney World Resort is approximately the same size as San Francisco, California.
  • Disney's Magic Kingdom draws an estimated 16.2 million guests annually, followed by Epcot (9.9 million), Disney's Hollywood Studios (8.6 million) and Disney's Animal Kingdom (8.2 million).
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios launches you at a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.
  • Intergalactic lounge singer Sonny Eclipse entertains diners daily at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland.
  • Golf legend Jack Nicklaus captured the first championship at the inaugural 1971 Walt Disney World Open Invitational.
  • The Atlanta Braves spend Spring Training at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, which features a 7,500-seat, state-of-the-art ballpark.
  • Before Disney closed its Central Florida animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in 2003, several animated films were worked on there such as Mulan (1998), Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003), among others.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney World's largest theme park, opened on Earth Day - April 22, 1998.
  • The now-defunct River Country opened at Fort Wilderness in 1976 as Disney World's first water park.
  • Epcot is the only Disney World theme park that boasts two entrances (one being accessible via Disney's Boardwalk).
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic in Fantasyland boasts the world's largest seamless projection screen.
  • The theme and characters for Splash Mountain were inspired by the 1946 Disney movie, Song of the South.
  • President Richard Nixon gave his famous "I am not a crook" speech during at convention at Disney's Contemporary Resort in 1973.
  • Actress Judi Dench currently narrates the Spaceship Earth ride in Epcot (the original narrator was Walter Cronkite, followed by Jeremy Irons).
  • According to legend, a total of 999 ghosts inhabit the Haunted Mansion.
  • WEDway People Mover was the original name for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
  • Surfing instruction can be arranged at the Surf Pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Despite an intense "Save the Toad" campaign, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1998.
  • One of the Magic Kingdom's original attractions, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closed in 1994 and has been partially replaced by a Winnie the Pooh playground and Ariel's Grotto, a Disney character meet and greet area.
  • The fountain at Epcot Innoventions Plaza can reputedly shoot water up to 150 feet in the air.
  • The 5.7-million-gallon tank at The Seas with Nemo & Friends is home to approximately 3,000 fish and other sea creatures.
  • Epcot's France Pavilion contains a 103-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.
  • The Earth Glode that provides the centerpiece for Epcot's "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth," weighs 350,000 pounds.
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort is home to a bar called the "Gurgling Suitcase."
  • Using a series of dummy corporations, Walt Disney purchased the land for Disney World at a cost of just over $5 million.

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