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With how long Disney has been around, it’s no wonder there are some surprising stories and mind blowing Disney facts to be uncovered. How many of these Disney facts about the Disney movies, parks, and family did you know?

 

  1. Say what?!?

 

Disney World is larger than 17 other countries.

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  1. A black and white world.

 

For a number of years, Walt Disney held the patent for technicolor films, making him the only animator allowed to produce cartoons in color!

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  1. That’s a lot of fire power.

 

Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosives. You may be wondering who’s the largest? The only entity to purchase more explosives than Disney is the U.S. Military. Interesting.

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  1. An accidental invention.

 

Doritos were invented and first sold at the Disneyland parks, a Disney fact that many of us are very thankful for.

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  1. It was worth a shot.

 

After the release of “The Princess and the Frog”, more than FIFTY children were hospitalized after contracting salmonella from kissing frogs. It’s a lot more magical in the movies, kids. Luckily no princesses are to blame for the Tide pod challenge. 

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  1. A Forgotten Kingdom

 

Disney once considered building a park dedicated entirely to villains called “Dark Kingdom”. The parks crown jewel would have been a giant replica of Maleficent’s eerie castle, just as Cinderella has her castle in Magic Kingdom. Though this park would have been fun to see as an adult, the Disney team declared the project “too scary” for young children to visit and abandoned the idea of a villain-themed park.

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  1. A Real Life Disney Couple?

 

Ever wonder how Mickey and Minnie have such a seamless romance? It might have something to do with the fact that the official voices of Mickey and Minnie belong to a sweet old married couple. Their names are Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor!

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  1. The Secret Disney Tunnel System

 

When Disney World opened in Florida, Walt was troubled by the sight of characters having to walk through the “wrong lands”to get to their spots, which he believed would spoil the magic for visitors. To correct this, he implemented the construction of an elaborate underground tunnel system that performers and staff could use to navigate around the park under the radar. The entire park is built on an incline to accommodate the tunnel system!

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  1. Recycling Voices

 

Disney has known some exceptional voice actors in its decades of animations, so it’s no surprise that some characters are voiced by the same person. Some of the most notable voice doubles include Kathryn Beaumont who voices Wendy Darling (Peter Pan) and Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Eleanor Audley who voices both Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), and Lea Salonga who voiced Princess Jasmine AND Mulan. Some other Disney character voices have appeared outside the Disney realm in roles that are quite different from the Disney films. Did you know that the voice of Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh) is also the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME in the Transformers series?! And the voice of Lilo (Lilo and Stitch) is the same voice that haunts our dreams as Samara Morgan in The Ring? Talk about versatility.

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  1. Does that even count?

 

Expedition Everest at Disney World is the tallest “mountain” in Florida.

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  1. Disney and The Beatles

 

The eccentric quartet of vultures in “The Jungle Book” are based of the real life Beatles. They were originally intended to be voiced by the “fab four”, but were unable to complete the project due to scheduling conflicts. We suppose being a Beatle could take up quite a bit of your time.

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  1. The Rejected Dwarves

 

When selecting the names for the seven dwarves in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, the Disney team had quite a few names to choose from before deciding on the final seven. The names that didn’t make the cut were: Burpy, Shorty, Tubby, Stuffy, Puffy, Lazy, Swift, Sniffy, Nifty, Gabby, Baldy, Hickey, Wheezy, Dizzy, Deafy, and Jumpy.

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  1. He Who Shall Not Be Named

 

The Disney team must have been preoccupied with naming all of the dwarves, seeing that Snow White’s prince has no other name other than “Prince”. That’s pretty interesting given that he plays kind of a big part in the film.

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  1. Haunted Mansion Conspiracy

 

In the haunted mansion’s attic, there are six portraits of the bride and her husbands. In each portrait, she is wearing a pearl necklace. With each portrait, she adds a string of pearls which was meant to symbolize that each marriage was making her richer.

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  1. The Recurring “Dead Mother” Theme

 

It’s no secret that there is a long list of Disney characters that have tragically lost their mothers at an early age. Could this recurring theme be due to Walt’s guilt over his own mother’s tragic death in 1938? After the immense success of Snow White, Walt used part of his new fortune to buy his parents a new home. Tragically, the thoughtful gift led to Flora Disney’s death by carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating system.

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  1. What does it take to “close” Disney?

 

As of 2017, Disneyland has only had three unscheduled closings. The National Day of Mourning following President Kennedy’ assassination, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and after the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11th, 2001.

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  1. The Littlest Mermaid

 

Though all Disney princesses end up with their happily ever afters, Ariel is the only Disney princess to have had a child. Her name is Melody, appropriate, given her mother’s enchanting singing voice.

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  1. All That Glitters

 

The gold trimming that adorns the exterior of the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland is not paint, but rather REAL 22-karat gold!  Bonus Disney Fact, the rides song, “it’s a Small World”, is said to be the most played and translated song on earth. Being played over 50 million times on just the rides various locations world wide.

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  1. The Tom Cruise Effect

 

We thought they looked familiar. It’s a little known fact that the animation of Aladdin was actually based off of the famous actor, Tom Cruise. No wonder Aladdin was so handsome!

 

  1. Walt’s Favorite Animation

 

After decades of magical animations, we can’t imagine ever choosing a favorite. Our last Disney fact reveals that Walt Disney openly stated that his favorite piece of animation in all of Disney history was the iconic fairy godmother makeover given to Cinderella before the ball! What is your favorite Disney Animation? Have more interesting Disney facts?  Leave them in the comments below.

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