Magic Kingdom secrets
Disneyland, the place all kids and young grown-ups wanna live. But MentalFloss.com has spilled the beans about the real Magic Kingdom. The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland is one of the scariest places in the park, but not for the reasons you’d expect. In 1994 former Disney employee David Koenig told about a family given permission for a memorial for a 7-year-old boy. They were later found to be sprinkling a powdery substance off their ‘doom buggies’. Several people have also scattered ash of family members around the park. Each night at Disneyland, after the sunburned families and exhausted cast members have made their way home, the park fills up again, but now with hundreds of feral cats. They are kept at the park since it opened in 1955 to get rid of the real mice around. Think the cats have the coolest job in the park? Don’t forget the topless watcher. This employee had to check the photographs taken on Splash Flash Mountain for exhibitionists showing their breasts. For 43 years, Disney theme park workers were forbidden from growing facial hair. In 2000 male employees were again allowed to sport mustaches. (Beards, goatees, and Chester A. Arthur-style muttonchops were still off limits.) But you will either have them when you’re hired or grow them during vacation. When Disney wanted to open a park in Orlando, Florida they chose a spot which was in two counties. A lot of bureaucracy so the state granted Disney it’s own city with it’s own governance. The less-than-magical parts of the park, such as fences, garbage bins, and administrative buildings, are all coated in a color known as “Go Away Green”. Few people outside the park know that deep inside the 147-ft. Matterhorn mountain with its bobsled-like roller coaster lurks a basketball court. Hidden behind a dull green door in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square is one of the park’s most exclusive and mysterious attractions: a VIP lounge called Club 33. It’s served the likes of Johnny Depp, Elton John, and scads of executives from companies such as Boeing, Chevron, and AT&T. Check everything here.