There’s more to The Walt Disney World Resort In Florida than meets the eye.
With a park spanning nearly 40 square miles, a lot happens each day behind the scenes. We’ve rounded up some interesting facts for you, so the next time you visit the magical place, you will be in the know!
1. It’s Not A Small World, After All…
Did you know Walt Disney World is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Yes, that’s correct! The size of a city. Each day numerous time is spent sprinkling magic over the 25,000 acres.
2. Tunnel Vision
Did you know there are tunnels under the parks which enable cast members to get around the park quickly and swiftly. Next time you’re there, why not book a ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ tour where you get to snoop around with one of our tour guides.
3. Dressed To Impress
Did you know Mickey Mouse has 136 different sets of outfits, ranging from a scuba suit to a tuxedo. Minnie Mouse’s wardrobe contains more than 100 outfits, including everything from a cheerleader ensemble to evening gowns. They are covered for every occasion!
4. Gone But Not Forgotten…
Walt Disney World Lost and Found is one busy place! Did you know, every day, an average of 210 pairs of sunglasses are turned in. Since 1971, an estimated 1.65 million pairs of glasses have found their way into the “lost” bin.
5. Spaced Out
The thematic centrepiece of Epcot weighs 16 million pounds – that’s more than three times that of a space shuttle fully fuelled and ready for launch. Also, did you know that rainwater never falls off the sphere? It’s channelled into the ball and funnelled away.
6. The Lion’s Den
The lion-like figures flanking the door at the entrance to Be Our Guest Restaurant were referred to as “golions” by the design team as they are a combination of a goat and a lion.
7. Hit A Brick Wall…Or Not
How many stones do you think make up Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom? None. The whole shell of the building is fibreglass.
8. Eye Spy
The mosaic mural in the fourth-floor lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort was created in 1971 with 1,800 one-square-foot tiles and took 18 months to construct. If you look very closely you’ll see there’s a five-legged goat facing the monorail track. See if you can spot it when you visit next!