Whether you have already visited Disneyland or have heard about the experience from your friends, you know that it is a magical place. It was founded back in 1955 by Walt Disney, and today, it is considered the most popular theme park in the world.
Just under 20 million people visit Disneyland every year, which is, you have to admit, astonishing. On the other hand, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, considering that this place is made to be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
Walt’s initial idea was for it to be a resort where adults can take a break from the working lifestyle while kids experience different attractions. That is exactly how Disneyland works today.
The best thing about it is, if you do your research and plan your trip on time, you can find a family package at great prices. In our opinion, a visit to Disneyland is something any family is sure to love.
This is not only because of the rides and attractions but also because of the amazing food!
This amusement park is clean, welcoming, and a place where you could certainly spend more than one day. However, there are still some features that are not revealed to visitors.
Read on and find more about the best kept secrets of Disneyland!
The Best Hidden Attractions
Even if you have visited Disneyland more than a few times, there are surely attractions and secrets that you have yet to experience.
Cinderella Castle – Secret Suite
We are talking about the Cinderella attraction that is set in New Orleans Square. Below the POTC ride, you will get to find the secret suite that was initially designed for Walt himself.
Just a small percentage of total visitors get to experience this suite for a night. That is usually achieved through special promotions that Disneyland occasionally runs.
It is highlighted by a mirror that hides a TV, 24-carat tiles, as well as decorative ceilings.
Believe it or not, there are certain tunnel systems that are 2-3 stories below you. You may be wondering what these are for.
They are actually for staff and characters that need to go from point A to point B without getting stuck in the crowd. In most cases, these connect the popular attractions, as well as staff buildings and ride entrances.
The Protection Envelope
Every ride has a clear safety warning that you should keep your body parts inside the riding vehicle. Still, park management is aware that not everyone is going to follow these instructions.
This is the main reason why all the elements of the ride except the vehicle are not within your reach. This is called the envelope of protection that is basically an invisible barrier.
Smellitizers That Lure You to Come Back
Once again, Disneyland management does everything to create a genuine atmosphere of a magical place. For this reason, different smellitizers that release aromas are used.
Thus, Main Street will smell of freshly baked croissants. On the other hand, you are likely to feel like a real pirate going through the POTC ride with the familiar musky water smell.
Sitting at the Front of The Monorail
At some point, we’re sure you decided that you have walked enough. You want to take a break from walking but still arrive at the desired destination.
This is the main purpose of the monorail. While most people don’t know it, you can actually enjoy a front view from this vehicle as long as you consult with the staff!
Of course, another condition is that someone else hasn’t already taken it.
The Mark Twain Boat
Another experience that you were probably not aware of is being the captain of the Mark Twain boat. Once again, all it takes is asking the staff about whether the boat is free to steer.
You are sure to love it, and the best thing is you can’t crash the boat!
Landmarks And Signs That Didn’t Catch Your Eye
Apart from the many attractions that you might have missed, there are also different signs and advertisements that you probably didn’t notice.
For example, you may have not known about the partnership that Disneyland has with Coca Cola. They are saving millions with the deal to get free syrup in exchange for advertising Coca Cola everywhere around the park.
This has been going on for decades, and we are sure that this win-win situation is sure to continue in the future, as well!
Also, while you may have seen the popular landmarks, we bet you didn’t know each has a specific name. Thus, you may have climbed the Tree of Life or embarked on Spaceship Earth without even knowing it.
Another fun fact is that the uniform name for the park landmarks is “weenie”.
Chances are, you probably did notice that the light is always on just above the Fire Department at the Main Street. The reason for this is to represent the life of Walt Disney.
Back in the day, there was a flame lit every time he came to the park, and the memory lives on.
We also bet you didn’t know that the idea that stands behind the red carpet at the entrance to Disneyland is to make you feel special. The concept of this amusement park is that everyone gets to feel unique, and the red carpet certainly plays that role.
Last but not least is some trivia about the King Arthur Carousel. There is a horse dedicated to Julie Andrews, who is known to have been the official ambassador of this park for years!
What makes Disneyland a magical place to visit is not only the versatile attractions but also the secrets that are well-kept. These secrets are just waiting to be revealed by a keen visitor. We have done our best to highlight some of the most interesting secrets, and now it is up to you to go ahead and enjoy the experience in all its glory.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.