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24 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland

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In The Disneyland Book of Lists, Chris Strodder shares over 200 lists of trivia, rankings, little-known-secrets, and more.

Walt Disney named Fantasyland as his favorite land.

Walt Disney named Fantasyland as his favorite land.

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In 1955 — the year Disneyland opened — adult admission cost $1, a movie ticket cost about 45 cents, and the average annual salary was $3,300.

In 1955 — the year Disneyland opened — adult admission cost $1, a movie ticket cost about 45 cents, and the average annual salary was $3,300.

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Disneyland itself cost $17 million to make.

Disneyland itself cost $17 million to make.

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The first ride that cost more to build than Disneyland itself (as it was when it opened) was Space Mountain, in 1977, at $20 million.

The first ride that cost more to build than Disneyland itself (as it was when it opened) was Space Mountain, in 1977, at $20 million.

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In 2014, Instagram named Disneyland as the most geotagged location in the world.

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When Disneyland opened, it spanned 160 acres. This means roughly 187 Disneylands could fit in Disney World.

When Disneyland opened, it spanned 160 acres. This means roughly 187 Disneylands could fit in Disney World.

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The highest stairway is located in Tarzan’s Treehouse, and comprises 72 steps.

The highest stairway is located in Tarzan's Treehouse, and comprises 72 steps.

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In case you’re wondering — in 2013, Ocean Spray Craisins were named Disneyland’s official fruit snack.

In case you're wondering — in 2013, Ocean Spray Craisins were named Disneyland's official fruit snack.

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All of the little “It’s a Small World” dolls were meant to sing different national anthems at the same time, but someone (thankfully) realized this would be chaos.

All of the little "It's a Small World" dolls were meant to sing different national anthems at the same time, but someone (thankfully) realized this would be chaos.

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Ray Bradbury was among Disneyland’s greatest fans, saying, “I found, in Disneyland, vast reserves of imagination before untapped in our country.”

Ray Bradbury was among Disneyland's greatest fans, saying, "I found, in Disneyland, vast reserves of imagination before untapped in our country."

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There was a brief window, from 1957-1961, when visitors could get beer with their picnic baskets in the outdoor Holidayland, despite the park’s ban on public alcohol.

There was a brief window, from 1957-1961, when visitors could get beer with their picnic baskets in the outdoor Holidayland, despite the park's ban on public alcohol.

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In 1957, the House of the Future had microwaves, picture phones, and intercoms on display.

In 1957, the House of the Future had microwaves, picture phones, and intercoms on display.

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There is a lesser known pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion, located behind the building.

There is a lesser known pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion, located behind the building.

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A petrified tree, which the park claims to be 55-70 million years old, sits near the Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland.

A petrified tree, which the park claims to be 55-70 million years old, sits near the Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland.

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If you stand above the manhole cover in front of the Five & Dime in Toontown, you’ll hear voices from underground.

If you stand above the manhole cover in front of the Five & Dime in Toontown, you'll hear voices from underground.

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And if you ring the doorbells around Mickey’s Toontown, you can hear cats (at the Dog Pound), set off a flash (at the Camera Shop), or see a puppy (at the Fire Department).

And if you ring the doorbells around Mickey's Toontown, you can hear cats (at the Dog Pound), set off a flash (at the Camera Shop), or see a puppy (at the Fire Department).

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Also in Mickey’s Toontown: Minnie’s shopping list, tacked on the refrigerator inside her house, and composed entirely of different cheeses.

Also in Mickey's Toontown: Minnie's shopping list, tacked on the refrigerator inside her house, and composed entirely of different cheeses.

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From 1955 to 1956, a corset shop called Intimate Apparel was open for business on Main Street, and it was said to be run by “the Wizard of Bras.”

From 1955 to 1956, a corset shop called Intimate Apparel was open for business on Main Street, and it was said to be run by "the Wizard of Bras."

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The most expensive item for purchase is found in Main Street’s Crystal Arts shop: the crystal replica of Cinderella’s castle, at $37,500.

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Until 2000, park employees (aka Cast Members) were not allowed to have mustaches. That’s changed, but they still can’t have visible tattoos, “non-conservative” eyewear, or any piercings beyond the ear.

Until 2000, park employees (aka Cast Members) were not allowed to have mustaches. That's changed, but they still can't have visible tattoos, "non-conservative" eyewear, or any piercings beyond the ear.

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Kevin Costner and Steve Martin both worked at the park before hitting it big — Costner as various characters in Main Street’s daily parade; Martin as a souvenir guidebook salesman.

24 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland

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24 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland

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The urban legend that real human bones are on display in Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t totally false — the attraction opened with a few bones from the UCLA Medical Center, though they have since been removed.

The urban legend that real human bones are on display in Pirates of the Caribbean isn't totally false — the attraction opened with a few bones from the UCLA Medical Center, though they have since been removed.

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Snow White’s evil witch peeks out the window in the tower above Snow White’s Scary Adventures every 24 seconds.

Snow White's evil witch peeks out the window in the tower above Snow White's Scary Adventures every 24 seconds.

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The Big Thunder Ranch outdoor area is available for private picnics (for up to 100 guests!) complete with catered meals and Disney character appearances.

The Big Thunder Ranch outdoor area is available for private picnics (for up to 100 guests!) complete with catered meals and Disney character appearances.

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The Disneyland Book of Lists (Santa Monica Press) is out on April 14.

The Disneyland Book of Lists (Santa Monica Press) is out on April 14.

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