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  • Actor Allusion:
    • At The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management, William called Morris a hockey puck, a favorite insult of his voice actor Don Rickles.
    • In the Aladdin stage show at California Adventure, Iago occasionally squawked "Aflac!?" like another bird that Gilbert Gottfried has voicednote .
  • All-Star Cast: Most never receive "billing", as it were — it would distract from the immersive nature of the attractions — but an amazing array of name performers and renowned voice actors have contributed to these parks over the years. Some are simply reprising roles from Disney's film, TV, etc. productions, but many others have worked as narrators and even original characters.
  • California Doubling:
    • Often the Florida parks are advertised with footage from Disneyland Resort. This has only become more common with the homogeneous "Disney Parks" branding.
    • It was most blatant with the original version of Soarin' at Epcot, which—despite removing the Californian subtitle—still focused only on that region, complete with Disneyland during the finale. Thankfully, when the film was updated in 2016 to be a world tour, it was also given region-specific finale scenes, so passengers in Florida now fly over Epcot at the end.
  • Development Hell:
    • New "countries" for World Showcase have been teased for decades now. Additionally, there were plans to add a Mt. Fuji-themed roller coaster to the Japan area for a very long time. The idea finally got off the ground (sorta) in the form of Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom. A common misconception is that no new countries have been added either because there's no space or the countries refused to finance the pavilions. In reality, there are actually eight to ten empty plots of land that were intentionally left empty for future pavilions, and the only pavilion that was actually financed by a government was Morocco.
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    • The Haunted Mansion took 18 years from first concept sketch (1951) to actually opening (1969), entering this state several times. The ride's actual exterior was finished in 1963, but the concept shifted from a walk-through attraction to a dark ride midway through development.
    • Rivers of Light, the World of Color-esque night show at Animal Kingdom has the dubious honor of entering this state mere days before it was supposed to begin previews in spring 2016. No one knows exactly what was wrong with it, whether it was mechanical or something with the programming/choreography, but the opening was postponed and it took until February 2017 for public previews to begin.
  • Doing It for the Art: This attitude among the cast members is strictly enforced by the rigorous training and crazy work conditions. Most are not going to get rich working at a Disney park, so they're going to stay only if they really want to work there.
    Cracked: To outsiders, this seems like the kind of minimum wage summer job anybody can get. When you see some guy sweating his balls away in a huge furry mascot costume, you don't imagine his job interview was much more intensive than "Are you currently breathing and not a child molester?" But this is actually a very difficult job to get, and a lot of people want it. [...] Those who remain are the ones who are truly into it — many have known all their lives that this was where they wanted to work. They grew up not wanting to be an astronaut or a cowboy, just wanting to work at Disney.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Very prevalent in the late Eisner-era, like so many other things at Disney. The Submarines getting shut down for the first time, the entire fiasco surrounding Journey Into Imagination, the infamous cost-cutting that went into California Adventure, the Paris Studios park and Hong Kong Disneyland, and other problems.
    • When Walt Disney World was in early development, there were plans for rides based off Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and Mary Poppins. However, Roy Disney felt Florida deserved its own versions of already existing rides from the California Park, thus they got their own Snow White's Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Peter Pan's Flight. It's been theorized that the reason the former ride was so scary was it being a deliberate Writer Revolt.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Downplayed with Kingdom Hearts, which Disney was initially reluctant to reference in the parks. Sora could be seen back when the first game came out, but the costume left much to be desired and hasn't appeared since then; Kingdom Hearts merchandise is relegated to the Mitsukoshi store at Epcot's Japan pavilion. As the series became more mainstream, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy's Kingdom Hearts outfits started appearing at meet-and-greets during the late 2010s, and it's become more common to hear Utada Hikaru songs as ambiance.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • On fan forums, Disney's Hollywood Studios tends to be referred to as "The Park Formerly Known As Disney-MGM Studios", or "TPFKAD-MGMS" as a gag of sorts. More likely, however, fans will refer to the park as either "MGM Studios" or just "MGM", although at least some fans will call the park "The Studios".
    • Bucky, the original fire-breathing dragon in Fantasmic!. The updated model after Bucky is officially code-named Snaps McGee, but it's also known under its Fan Nickname of Murphy - a reference to the many problems it experienced when it was first unveiled. Both are pretty cutesy names for something that can spit a plume of fire 20 feet long.
    • The perpetually inoperative animatronic Yeti in Expedition Everest, complete with flashing strobe lights to give the illusion of movement, has been nicknamed "Disco Yeti".
    • The Abominable Snowman in Disneyland's Matterhorn is referred to as "Harold", both by guests and cast members.
    • The PeopleMover was nicknamed the People Remover by Jungle Cruise skippers due to the actions of a few guests.
      • By that same virtue, guests with weaker stomachs referred to the Pixar Pal-Around as the "Puke Wheel" when it was the Sun Wheel, and as "Mickey's Puke Wheel" when it was Mickey's Fun Wheel. This is in reference to the cars that swing.
    • When Fantasmic at Disneyland was updated in 2009, the dragon that Maleficent turns into had so many technical problems at first that the fans dubbed the dragon Murphy (as in "Murphy's Law"). In the same update, Flotsam and Jetsam were added to Ursula's segment, silently slithering through the water. Since both are animatronics mounted on Seadoos, they were nicknamed "Flotsam and Jetski" (sadly, both were removed from the show a few years later, suffering the same fate as the 20-foot tall Ursula animatronic that was used in the first few years of the show).
    • Longtime visitors usually refer to rides by simpler names. For example:
      • Pirates of the Caribbean as "Pirates"
      • Haunted Mansion as "Mansion"
      • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage as "Nemo" or "the subs"
      • Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye as "Indy"
      • Mad Tea Party as "the teacups"
      • Space Mountain as "Space"
      • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as "Big Thunder"
      • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as "Pooh"
      • California Screamin' was usually called "Screamin'"
      • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as "ToT" or "Tower"
      • All of the Buzz Lightyear attractions as "Buzz"
      • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover as simply "the PeopleMover"
      • Both of The Little Mermaid attractions as "Mermaid"
      • The Ratatouille-based ride at Walt Disney Studios Park and Epcot is usually just called "the rat".
  • Follow the Leader: A trope that unfortunately hung around Walt Disney World throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s after Michael Eisner took over. While both decades were periods of unprecedented growth throughout the resort, the reasoning behind it was less "we should deliver the most original concepts we can to the guests" as it had been previously, and more "why are people leaving the resort, and what can we do to prevent that?". And so the Disney-MGM Studios was built so people wouldn't have to leave to visit the (then-unbuilt) Universal Studios Orlando park, Pleasure Island was built so people wouldn't have to visit Church Street Station, Animal Kingdom was built so people wouldn't have to visit Busch Gardens, etc. This logic came back to bite them when they attempted to apply it to Disneyland on the west coast with Disney's California Adventure, built on the reasoning that if the best of California was showcased in the park then people wouldn't have to go out and actually see California. The only problem is that most of the park's guests were natives of California, who really didn't care for Disney's take on their state.
  • Fountain of Expies: Some of the knockoff "lands" that popped up around Disneyland are so bizarre that they have to be seen to be believed.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience was renamed MicroAdventure when it was exported to Tokyo. As a bonus, while the American and Paris preshows were a narrated slideshow, Tokyo got a specially-shot filmed one in which a Japanese reporter interviewed Dr. Nigel Channing.
    • Depending on which coast you're on, the Little Mermaid-based dark ride is either named The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure (in California) or Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (in Florida).
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is shortened to just Big Thunder Mountain in Tokyo and Paris.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland opened on January 24th, 1993. January 24th is the birthday of Gary Wolf, author of Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, on which the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based.
  • Missing Episode: In the early '80s, when Disney Channel was new, there was a possibly never-aired show called Dreamfinders, which starred Dreamfinder and Figment. The show has been reported to have three episodes, but they've never been released to the public.
  • Newer Than They Think:
    • That statue of Walt and Mickey holding hands at the end of Main Street is so iconic, most everybody thinks it's been around forever. In fact, it was only installed in 1993!
    • Splash Mountain is another case of this; it opened in 1990, but many assume it's older, largely due to the Old Shame (see below).
  • No Export for You:
    • There's been four video games based on Tokyo Disneyland: Mickey No Tokyo Disneyland Daibouken (Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland) for the SNES, Tokyo Disneyland: Mickey no Cinderella Shiro Mystery Tour (Mickey's Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour) and Tokyo Disneyland: Fantasy Tour for the Game Boy, and Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea for the Game Boy Advance.
    • Speaking of Tokyo Disneyland, much of its merchandise is exclusive to Japan, unlike the homogeneous "Disney Parks" branding in the American parks. Japanese merchandise tends to include more obscure characters, such as Marie of The Aristocats and Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
    • Some parks also have Disney characters who can be extremely rare, or exclusive to each park, some not even showing up at all. For example, the characters from The Emperor's New Groove have be reported to be spotted only in Disneyland Paris but aren't seen in the other parks. Same goes for Berlioz and Toulouse who are only found in Paris, Tokyo and recently Shanghai note . Chef Louis can only be found in Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo DisneySea, the Cheshire Cat has been exclusive in Disneyland Paris for a few years now note  , and other characters such as Jumba, Pleakley, Gantu, Dr. Hämsterviel, and some of the other experiments besides Stitchnote  can only be found during special events in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, although Disney in the United States have been slowly bringing the L&S costumed characters other than the title duo to Walt Disney World in the 2010s.note 
    • Speaking of Lilo & Stitch, the interactive attraction Stitch Encounter (Stitch Live! in Disneyland Paris) has operated in every Disney resort except for the American resorts, which had Stitch's Great Escape! in Walt Disney World instead. Given that ride's reception, and Disney having built rides with similar concepts (Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor directly across from SGE!, Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot and California Adventure, and Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios—all of which are based on more popular Pixar IPs), it doesn't seem like Stitch will show up at the American parks anytime soon.
    • On the flip side, there are several attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World that have either stayed exclusive to the United States throughout their entire existences (whether they're still operating today or not), or have been exported to non-U.S. parks, but only run in the States today. This includes the Matterhorn Bobsleds (Disneyland-exclusive, though Expedition Everest is similar in concept), Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress,note  The Enchanted Tiki Room,note  and the aforementioned SGE! and Laugh Floor, among many others. In addition to all that, Walt Disney World is the only Disney resort to have water parks and miniature golf courses.
  • Old Shame:
    • Splash Mountain is based upon Song of the South, a movie Disney otherwise doesn't like talking about. Eventually, this led to an announcement that the ride would be re-themed to The Princess and the Frog.
    • As the parks have aged, Disney has begun talking more and more openly about old rides that didn't quite work out or simply didn't last for very long, such as Flying Saucers or the Viewliner, respectively. But certain attractions, such as the opening year's circus or the Rocket Rods, will only ever be acknowledged once every blue moon.
    • Everyone involved agrees that Superstar Limo was a terrible mistake. A generic, uninspired, boring, and cheap-looking dark ride that had to play way too safe because unfortunate circumstances caused the original concept for the ride to be scrapped, and production was too far in development to let it all go to waste. In fact, one of the original ideas before its retheme to "Monsters, Inc.: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue" was to have Muppet characters riff on just how bad the ride was. California Adventure as a whole performing poorly during its opening season certainly didn't help.
  • The Other Darrin: Occasionally, if new dialogue is needed for a character and the original voice actor is unavailable or has passed away, one of Disney's usual actors will fill in for them.
  • Parody Retcon: The Jungle Cruise was supposed to be an African safari ride, with animatronics replacing the inconvenient live animals. Nobody took it seriously, so Disney switched to the Played for Laughs version we have today.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • "*insert ride here* is getting closed down and remade!" is one that frequently makes the rounds and it's (almost) never true. Journey Into Imagination seems to be the most popular subject of this rumor thanks to its wildly popular first incarnation and resultant heavy dose of They Changed It, Now It Sucks! from those who dislike the revamped version.
    • The Haunted Mansion is subject to several:
      • One of the singing busts in the graveyard section bears an uncanny resemblance to Walt Disney himself and many people assume it's him; it's actually Thurl Ravenscroft (and yes, that's his voice singing).
      • One rumor was that Disney would put in characters from the 2003 movie adaptation in the ride, much like how Pirates of the Carribean put in Jack Sparrow and Barbossa from the films into the ride. Due to the film only performing modestly, it never came to pass.
      • There are also plenty of rumors about Walt Disney's cremains being stored in an urn somewhere in the ride, as well as that the ride is haunted by his spirit (or possibly some others). The latter will probably depend on your belief in the supernatural, but Disney has vigorously denied that the former is true. The ride is, however, a popular place for relatives of deceased Disney-lovers to dump their cremains (much to the chagrin of the ride's operators, who have to clean up the ashes).
    • Among the more silly legends include:
      • The Matterhorn will either sink or fall over if the Submarine Lagoon is drained. A quick Google search will easily debunk this (the lagoon has to be drained for refurbishment, which has occurred as recently as 2014), yet it persists.
      • The Skyway closed because someone fell out and died. People actually did fall out of Disneyland and Magic Kingdom's Skyways, but not all of them died, and the closing was instead attributed to the aging metal components. The one person who did die was a Magic Kingdom janitor who was on the loading platform when the attraction was turned on for the day, and grabbed hold of the bucket, eventually losing his grip and falling to his death. The other two incidents involved a female Magic Kingdom cast member who suffered a similar incident to the janitor but survived, and the other was a Disneyland guest who intentionally jumped in a failed attempt to scam Disney.
  • Production Throwback: Disney has practically made an art form of this. If a ride is remade, expect some reference to the original to be present somewhere in the new version, typically in the queue area. It would actually be easier to list the rides that DON'T follow this trope. Some notable examples:
    • In the most recent incarnation of the Imagination pavilion's ride (Journey into Imagination with Figment), one of the offices in the Imagination Institute Sense Lab belongs to one "Dean Finder", a call-back to Dreamfinder from the original version of the ride.
    • In Test Track, the emblem to the pavilion's original ride, "World of Motion", is visible in the queue.
    • In the Floridian version of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, various references to the site's former occupant, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. These include pictures in Owl's house of Mr. Toad handing over a deed to Owl and Pooh meeting Moley. In the Californian version, the mounted heads from The Country Bear Jamboree can be seen if you turn around after exiting the Heffalumps and Woozles room.
    • In the new version of Star Tours, the previous version's host, REX, can be seen in a crate bound for his home factory (with a "DEFECTIVE" label stamped on it). He also shows up as a DJ in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • Various animatronics from closed rides. Dozens and dozens of America Sings characters were moved to Splash Mountain, and various bits of World of Motion have shown up in everything from Pirates of the Caribbean to just hanging around the California Adventure backlot section for atmosphere. It was necessary in the case of Splash Mountain to do a lot of reprogramming to make the America Sings animatronics "forget" their old routines.
    • When Journey into Imagination went down for its first refurbishment, most of the props were removed from the ride and sold off. However, they kept the Dreamfinder's vehicle - it now sits in the rafters of the MouseGear store in the Innoventions area of the park.
    • The infamous Superstar Limo at California Adventure was retooled into a Monsters, Inc.-themed dark ride, Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!, using the same layout and ride vehicles with different paint jobs, and putting the "celebrities" animatronics into CDA suits (with the exception of Regis Philbin, who was redressed as a Randall animatronic).
  • Refitted for Sequel: Various ideas that weren't implemented in certain parks sometimes get redeveloped into concepts for future attractions in other parks.
    • In Epcot, a pavilion based on Africa (It was specifically to be called Equatorial Africa) was meant to be placed between China and Germany. It would be right by the drawbridge that is used to bring out the Illuminations globe. The concepts developed for this area would later be developed into the Africa section of Animal Kingdom.
    • Disney's America was a theme park concept to be outside of Washington DC but never took off the ground due to historians protesting it's proximity to a civil war battlefield and the possible Disneyfication of American history. One of the planned areas was "Victory Field" that was based on America's military defense history. Concepts developed for this are would later develop into Soarin', which would be installed in California Adventure first before being expanded to other parks.
    • In the '70s, an additional, Steampunk land called Discovery Bay was supposed to be added to Disneyland. It would have been inspired by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and the film The Island at the Top of the World, but the project fell through when the film bombed at the box office. The idea of a steampunk, Victorian sci-fi land would later be resurrected as both Discoveryland (Paris' Verne-honouring version of Tomorrowland, which also includes the Hyperion airship from the film) and Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea. Likewise, the characters of Professor Marvel and his dragon companion from a proposed Discovery Bay attraction would later be reconceptualised, respectively, as the Dreamfinder and Figment from Journey into Imagination.
  • Release Date Change: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused different projects around the world to have their opening dates changed:
    • The Beauty and the Beast mini-area and dark ride at the Tokyo resort had been ready to open in the spring of 2020 but didn't open until the last week of September as Oriental Land Company decided to hold off on opening until they were able to get capacity back up.
    • Avengers Campus in California was set to open summer 2020 but the resort stayed close from March until at least December, therefore it missed its date. It remains to be seen if it will open with the rest of the resort or if Disney will delay it until capacity is back to somewhat normal levels.
    • EPCOT's renovation has seen big delays. The France pavilion expansion and its Ratatouille ride missed its summer 2020 date with no new one being announced, although it was pretty much complete by the time the park closed in the spring. The Guardians of the Galaxy ride is also expected to miss its summer 2021 date.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • A perpetual licensing deal that Marvel Comics signed with Universal Studios in 1994 prevents Disney from building anything Marvel-related in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland, their two biggest theme park markets. However, they are free to build Marvel attractions in their four other resorts. How, you ask? Well, originally, the licensing deal extended to California as well,note  but when Universal got into a dispute with Marvel over the profits of the license, Universal Studios Hollywood let the rights lapse back to Marvel in 2008... one year before Disney purchased the company. God knows what happened to the poor sod in Universal who made that call. Disney has found a loophole around this contract by using Marvel characters that Universal doesn't own the license to: the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange (2016). A GOTG rollercoaster is currently being built at Epcot and is expected to open in 2021. Although, Marvel outside of Spider-Man is not popular in the Japanese market so the IP missing from the Tokyo resort is not as big of a missed opportunity as it is in Florida.
    • And on that note, Disney's also made a deal with Universal that they cannot use the characters the latter is using in their parks anywhere east of the Mississippi, which in turn means that while Disney World may not get a dedicated Marvel-themed land, other parks like Disneyland will. As of now, Disney's California Adventure will get the Avengers Campus, which is scheduled to open sometime in 2020. Plans have also been made to include similar Marvel-themed experiences in the international parks, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Paris.
  • Series Hiatus:
    • In an unprecedented move, Disney announced in 2020 that their parks in California, Florida, and Paris will be closed starting March 15th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The parks in Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai have also gone through a series of closures due to the outbreak. Shanghai was re-opened the second week of May, and Tokyo in early July. Hong Kong re-opened in June but closed again in July following a surge in cases.
    • The American and French parks were originally scheduled to re-open at the end of March, but once it became clear that the virus was unfortunately going to stick around for longer than most thought by the beginning of April, their closures have now been extended to "until further notice". Then, Disney World and Disneyland were scheduled to open beginning in mid-July (and began phased reopenings of Disney Springs), but spikes in the pandemic resulted in Disneyland cancelling their plans (due to California state regulations) and sparked criticism of Walt Disney World for not doing likewise. Ultimately, the Florida parks indeed reopened beginning July 11, followed by Disneyland Paris on July 15.
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • The spinning teacup ride based on Alice in Wonderland is named Mad Tea Party. California Adventure also featured a nighttime Electronic Music event named... Mad T Party. The fact that nearly everyone just refers to the former as some variant of "the teacup ride" as opposed to using its name keeps this from being much of a problem, however.
    • Adventureland is not to be confused with the film Adventureland, the Long Island theme park on which it is based, or any of the many other theme parks with the same name.
  • Throw It In!: Walt didn't have the landscaping ready for Tomorrowland when Disneyland opened—so he instructed his staff to leave the native California desert shrubs, and put little signs in front of them giving the plants' scientific names.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Disneyland's America Sings, a ride chronicling the history of music in America on a rotating stage, was clearly a product of the mid-1970s Bicentennial celebration. It showed with its patriotic theme and brightly decorated exterior with red, white and blue paint. Attendance dropped sharply after the era ended, rendering America Sings a relic until it closed in 1988.
    • Superstar Limo, the first ride in California Adventure to close, got hit hard with this before it even opened in 2001. Half of the featured celebrities in the All-Star Cast had seen their popularity crumble by the time the ride closed eleven months later.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • Working Title: Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom was originally going to be named "Tiger Rapids Run". This name was used in the 1998 application The Walt Disney World ExplorerSecond Edition for one of DAK's slideshows in the program.
  • Writer Revolt: Done on the occasions when Imagineers are forced to tear down a ride to build a new one. They'll often sneak in a Shout-Out to the original version.
    • Occasionally, the shout out will be in a totally different attraction. At the Magic Kingdom version of 'The Haunted Mansion'', a tombstone for Mr. Toad is at the ride's exit.
  • You Look Familiar: Martin Short has appeared in four different Disney attractions over the years, the first being the Monster Sound Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, then The Making of Me and O Canada! at Epcot (in all of which he stars as himself), and later in CineMagique at Walt Disney Studios Paris, in which he plays a character called "George".

Miscellaneous Trivia:
  • Steve Martin worked at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland in the 1960s, learning comedy and borrowing a few acts from The Golden Horseshoe Revue.
  • As far as celebrities hosting Disney attractions go, Martin Short is the only one to have hosted something in both halves of Epcot: The Making of Me, a short film in the former Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World where he gives the audience The Talk, and the current version of the Circlevision film O Canada, which pretty much has No Fourth Wall (partly because the theater it's shown in is circular).
    • And speaking of hosting, as seen in this Yesterworld episode, Kurt Russell also got his start in a Disney park, in Disneyland.
  • Henry Kissinger once took a break from his day job and sold popcorn on Main Street USA. Nobody recognized him.
  • In the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, when you enter the Portrait Room, the floor lowers as to have you go through a hallway under the train tracks and into a building outside the berm, saving space. In Disney World, on the other hand, the ceiling rises (there's more room in Disney World, so the room doesn't have to move, but they wanted to keep the gags).
  • The skeletons inside Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, when it first opened, were real human remains. Walt Disney was dissatisfied with artificial prop-skeletons available at the time, so he acquired actual skeletons for the ride prior to his death. All the real skeletons have long since been laid to rest - the skeletons in the ride now are artificial, save one; the skull on the headboard is the last real skull.
  • In the mid-1970s, Michelle Pfeiffer played Alice in the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade.
  • The gold parts of the outer facade of "it's a small world" in Disneyland are covered in 24K gold leaf. The facade's construction used up all the gold leaf available in the entire United States at the time. Although much, much more expensive at the outset than gold paint would have been, it has long since paid for itself by never needing to be replaced or retouched.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade has temporarily returned to Magic Kingdom twice since originally being replaced by Spectromagic, most recently in 2010; they brought it back for the summer until popular demand saw them change it to an open-ended run. That's what they told everyone at least. The not-so-well-kept secret was that Spectro was in desperate need of refurbishment, and since they needed to get the Electrical Parade out of California Adventure because of concerns over crowd control before World of Color opened, they figured bringing it back to Florida was the best way to handle both situations. The parade ended up staying at the Magic Kingdom for six years, until it moved back to Disneyland for another limited run during the early 2017 refurbishment of the Paint the Night parade. The former Spectro floats were eventually demolished, leaving Magic Kingdom without a nightly parade. (The Sebastian prop from Spectro's Little Mermaid float was reused for Festival of Fantasy, the current daytime parade.)
  • The front of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle was originally intended to be the back. Designers weren't entirely satisfied with the original front and decided to turn it around and Walt preferred the result.
  • Almost all of the windows on Main Street USA in both parks are call-outs to one Disney staffer or another. The one exception is "Benjamin Silverstein, M.D."; there was no person by that name, but having a Jewish name listed meant that Disneyland had a place to hang Hanukkah decorations.
    • The window for park designer Ken Anderson, listed as "Ken Anderson Bait Co.", is a friendly jibe at Ken's hobby - Ken was an avid fly fisherman, and you don't use bait when fly-fishing.
    • In Adventureland, this window advertises banjo lessons taught by Harper Goff, a designer and art director for Disney and the man behind the Nautilus. This is a reference to Goff being resident banjo-player in Ward Kimball's Dixieland band "The Firehouse Five Plus Two", whose music can be heard around New Orleans Square.


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