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8 Crazy Facts About Walt Disney World

There are so many great facts and secrets about Walt Disney World.  It is a magical place that was carefully planned and built with every detail in mind.  The huge fan following also created unique scenarios and stories.  Here are 8 fun facts about Walt Disney World:





 

8 – Walt Disney World is double the size of Manhattan.

Yep, you read that right, DOUBLE the size of Manhattan. That is crazy to think about. It is also the size of the city of San Francisco if you want to think about it that way. It makes up about 40 square miles, and not even a third of the land is developed, so there is still a lot more room to add more magical fun for guests to enjoy.

7 – When Disney World opened, a ticket cost $3.50.

I can’t even imagine only spending $3.50 to get into Walt Disney World. Ticket prices are over $100 for a single day of admission into any of the four major theme parks. It goes to show the amount of inflation over the years since Magic Kingdom first opened.

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6 – There are thousands and thousands of resort rooms.

There are so many resort rooms on property that it would take years and years to stay in each and every guest room at Walt Disney World. If you want to be exact, it would take around 68 years to stay in every guest room on property… along with a ton of money. I don’t know that anyone will ever actually attempt to complete this feat. That would require a lot of dedication.

5 – Cinderella Castle is made of fiberglass.

It may look like bricks and stone, but the castle is actually made of a fiberglass material that is painted to look more realistic. You would never look at the castle and think it looks like fiberglass. It is incredibly realistic, and one of the most loved and recognizable Disney icons.





 

4 – There used to be a waterpark and island on property.

River County was a waterpark that was open before Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach were opened. The park closed after these new water parks open and more dangers existed with waters in Florida since the park used a system that utilized lake water. River Country was abandoned entirely, and wildlife took over with animals, plants, and trees completely taking over and growing up over the existing attractions. However, the site of River Country has recently been cleared.

Not only did Disney abandon the water park, but they also abandoned Discovery Island in Bay Lake. The island had animal exhibits, and once Animal Kingdom opened, the island was left entirely abandoned as-is. The equipment, chairs, supplies, etc. were all left behind for nature to take over. Both of these locations have been the subject of a lot of curiosity and speculation amongst fans.

3 – It is one of the most popular destinations to leave human ashes.

Many individuals want to have their remains left at Walt Disney World. The Haunted Mansion is the most popular spot for this at Walt Disney World. Individuals attempt to leave their loved ones remains on the attraction at least once a week, so I’ve heard. When this happens, the entire ride has to be shut down for cleaning, and the remains make it to the Disney landfill. The costs associated with the cleaning can be hefty, and if Disney catches you dumping the remains, they will make you pay for it and could pursue legal action. It is a very serious matter, so I don’t recommend trying this one.

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2 – No straws or balloons are allowed or sold at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Out of concern for the animals and their safety, there are no straws or balloons sold at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are paper, biodegradable straws that are given with drinks that are much safer for the environment.  Balloons aren’t sold at all at the park, and if you bring one from another park, it must be checked in and won’t be allowed inside the park.  This is also done at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  There is a balloon holding area at the front desk where you can check balloons in and out.  The animals’ safety comes first!

1 – No gum sold at Walt Disney World.

You may have noticed that you can’t find gum for sale at Walt Disney World.  It should come as no surprise that this was definitely by design.  Disney didn’t want guests to dirty up the parks by leaving their gum behind or sticking it to things, so they detour guests from chewing gum by not selling it.  It technically isn’t banned from the parks, but rather just isn’t encouraged.



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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!