It’s not easy keeping the magic alive. Disney World employs 62,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the country.
Every single day, more than 200 pairs of sunglasses are turned in to the Lost and Found department at Disney World. Good luck sifting through that pile if your aviators go missing over in ToonTown.
Giant turkey legs were first introduced at Disney World the 90s, and became such a popular item that they were quickly introduced to the other parks. More than 1.6 million turkey drumsticks are consumed at the resort every year, and you can even buy all sorts of gear (t-shirts, hats, etc.) with pictures of turkey legs on them.
Mickey Mouse’s original name was Mortimer Mouse, but Walt’s wife thought the name sounded “pompous.”
Walt Disney bought the 43 square miles of Central Florida swampland for Disney World for $5 million, or about $185 an acre.
Disney World has closed three times, all in anticipation of hurricanes: Sept. 15, 1999, for Floyd; Sept. 4-5, 2004, for Frances; and Sept. 26 of that same year for Jeanne.
Wondering about the weirdest things ever found? How about a glass eye, a prosthetic leg and a potty trainer — all of which were claimed.
Mickey has more than 290 outfits, from a scuba suit to a lighted tuxedo. Minnie? She has more than 200, from cheerleading attire to evening gowns.
Cinderella’s Castle is made out of fiberglass, and it stands 189 feet tall.
Disney World’s biggest theme park, Animal Kingdom, encompasses 403 acres.
If you were to stay in a different room every night at the Disney World resorts, to sleep in them all would take you 68 years.
What does Epcot mean? Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
It’s the late voice actor Jack Wagner you hear telling you to stand clear of the doors on the Disney World monorail. You can also hear his recording aboard the tram at the Orlando International Airport.
Disney’s infrastructure has more than 270 buses, making it the third-largest bus system in the state, behind Jacksonville and Miami.
Ever notice the water tower wearing the giant Mickey ears at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? If you made actual Mickey ears for it, the “Earffel Tower” would wear a size 342¾.
Disney World decorates more than 1,500 Christmas trees at holiday time.
If you dress up folks in all the shirts sold at Disney World in one year, you’d have enough for every resident of the state of Montana (pop. 974,989.)
Before it became strictly a theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (originally called Disney-MGM studios before a legal falling out) was designed to be a working studio.
The first film made at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was “Ernest Saves Christmas.”
Television shows were filmed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, too. “The Mickey Mouse Club” featured soon-to-be stars Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera. No shows are filmed there today.
Who would have thought? More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables are grown each year at EPCOT’s Land Pavilion and used in the resort’s restaurants and cafes.
The Liberty Oak, which stands in Liberty Square in the MagicKingdom, has spawned over 500 young oak trees via its harvested acorns.
There’s a hotel suite tucked away in Cinderella’s Castle that can sleep up to six and has flat-screen TV disguised as magic mirrors. Unfortunately, you can’t just make a reservation—overnight guests are winners that are chosen at random by the park each day.
When Disney’s MagicKingdom first opened in 1971, adult admission cost $3.50. Today, it’s $89.
15 miles south of Disney World is the Disney Wilderness Preserve, which is a 12,000 acre wetlands mitigation project that Disney company bought it in the 90s. Disney provides funds for restoration and wildlife monitoring in order to offset the lands impacted by the development of Walt Disney World. Fair enough.
If you take a helicopter ride over the Magnolia Golf Course, you might spot an (almost) ‘Hidden Mickey’: the entire course is shaped like the Disney corporate symbol.
The monorail system at Disney World once cost $1 million per mile; Disney’s price? $11 million each, at a rate of $5 million per mile. Monorails start circulating at 5 a.m., and the average top speed is just 55 mph.
When a guest or Cast Member is injured, the standard protocol for emergency services is to request an ‘Alpha Unit.’ Anytime you here a reference to an Alpha Unit, you’ll know that it’s code for getting help.
The MagicKingdom contains nine-acres of an underground complex; it’s the tunnel system used by Cast Members and other employees, and also gives secret access to delivery trucks, employee break rooms, and support offices. The tunnel is connected through 28 different stairways and stairwells throughout the area.
Cast Member Costumes: More than 2,500 different designs make up a working wardrobe of about 1.8 million pieces. Approximately 13,000 costume pieces are manufactured each year.
Happy Holidays: Each winter holiday season, Walt Disney World Resort is decked with more than 15 miles of garland and draped with 300,000 yards of ribbon on more than 1,500 holiday trees.
Transportation: On average, 250,000 Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort ride the various forms of “mass transit” every day, which include monorails, ferryboats, bus services and water taxis.
Dining: There are more than 300 places to dine and more than 350 chefs on staff at Walt Disney World Resort. More than 650 sommeliers have been awarded the Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Certificate at Walt Disney World Resort, with 300 sommeliers currently in restaurants there.