Disneyland opened July 17,1953, with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 adventures and attractions.
From groundbreaking to opening day, Disneyland was built in 365 days.
Well over 600 million guests have passed through the gates of Disneyland since opening day, including 7 U.S. presidents and many other prominent 20th century dignitaries and celebrities.
Having fun is hungry and thirsty work. Every year, Guests at the Disneyland Resort consume an estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of French fries, 1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros.
Disneyland Park does not sell chewing gum, because Walt Disney wanted to keep the park clean and prevent Guests from being inconvenienced by stepping in a gooey mess.
Every Disneyland Cast Member wears a name tag, even the draft horses that pull the trolleys up and down Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland Resort dresses approximately 21,000 Cast Members, and also maintains costumes for more than 650 Audio-Animatronics figures.
Keeping Disneyland Park clean is no small task. Cast Members use 1,000 brooms, 500 dust pans and 3,000 mops a year to keep the park looking its best, and collects approximately30 tons of trash during a busy day-about 12 million pounds annually. The streets of Disneyland are washed and steamed-cleaned after closing each day.
Not all of the refuse collected in the resort goes to the landfill. Every year, Disneyland Park recycles approximately 4.1 million pounds of cardboard; 1.3 million pounds of green waste; 370,000 pounds of office paper; 361,260 pounds of glass bottles;274,280 pounds of plastic bottles; and 17,240 pounds of aluminum cans.
More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland looking fresh and better-than-new.
Disneyland has 10 bodies of water, which hold nearly 20 million gallons of water.
The King Arthur Carrousel has 68 horses. No two are alike and they all move.
Mickey Mouse not the original choice for a name, originally he was to be named Mortimer.
Walt Disney did not allow his male Cast members to have mustaches.
When the moat around Sleeping Beauty's castle was dredged, all the money recovered was given to charity.
Richard Nixon's famous "I am not a crook" speech was given at Disneyland. He and Walt Disney were good friends. The Burbank Studio is held up on the hands of statues of the seven dwarfs. The studio was built with the proceeds from Snow White.
ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC.
Just thought you would like to know...Dr Lee