Disneyland is the known as the Happiest Place On Earth. In fact, it’s been said that if a guest is seen with a frown on their face, they are immediately ushered to a “Happiness Re-education Camp” and forced to listen to a continuous loop of “It’s a Small World” until their hearts are full of cheer. Okay, not true. But there are a lot of interesting facts about Disneyland Theme Parks that you might not have known. In fact, we’re going to treat you to 10 of them. Enjoy and don’t forget to be happy!
1. The First Disneyland Cost $17 Million
Opened in 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim took 3,000 people to build and today contains 9 separate theme parks. For some weird reason Disney ordered tons of bathrooms to be built at the expense of drinking fountains because he thought they were more important.
2. Disney Earns $13.6 billion Just From Ticket Sales
When adding up ticket sales for all 11 parks combined, Disney makes around $13.6 billion. But that doesn’t even take into consideration the additional money they make from tickets for exclusive rides, concessions, souvenirs (every kid and their dog is going to want a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, you know). That’s around an addition $7 billion.
3. Walt Disney Had His Own Apartment in Main Street Park
One of the nice things about building your own theme park (aside from getting to name it after yourself, of course) is that you can live in it and there isn’t a damn thing that anybody else can do about that! That’s certainly what Walt Disney himself believed! As the park has being constructed, he wanted a place where he and his family could stay. So they created a private hidden apartment unit on the second floor of the Main Street firehouse. Although nobody lives there anymore and the place is closed off to the public, it remains fully furnished as a lasting tribute to the Man Behind the Mouse.
4. While there are 11 Disney Theme Parks, Only 5 Of Them Are True Disneylands
The 5 Disneylands are the ones in Anaheim (the original), Tokyo (the first one built outside America), Paris (where Mickey Mouse is a real snob about his cheese), Shanghai (the Chinese one), and Hong Kong (the other Chinese one). The other theme parks are Tokyo DisneySea, Disney Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. All Disney theme parks operate under the same conditions, and the retail cost for a ticket is the same everywhere ($95 to $135).