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    There is a huge network of underground tunnels beneath Disneyland, which was built slowly during the 1950s as a fallout shelter in case of a nuclear attack. It is designed to accomodate up to 45,000 people if necessary, and has its own nuclear power generator purchased from a decommissioned Navy submarine. It also has a water filtration plant that can recycle any water to the point where it is clean enough to drink. Although the tunnels have never been used for any purpose, park employees inspect it on a regular schedule and frequently have to evict people who have found their way into it.

    The Haunted Mansion really is haunted. In June 1971 a 14-year-old girl fell from a Doom Buggy and was killed before cast members knew about it and could stop the Omnimover system. The accident was never publicized because the girl's family was large and socially prominent in the San Francisco Bay area. The park made a large settlement with the family but that included the stipulation that the accident would never be mentioned. A funeral was held in Vallejo, California but newspaper reports stated that the girl had drowned while the family was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas. A family member (who remains anonymous) has stated off the record that if any family member or anyone who knew the girl rides the Haunted Mansion, the girl's face pops up in the attic section to greet them.

    On It's A Small World, if everyone moves as far to the right side of the boat as possible, at a particular point in the flume, the boat will turn right and go into a different section of the flume, which has all the old and "broken" figures that used to be in the main ride, and they are all placed close to the flume, and each guest can pick one up and keep it as a souvenir. That section rejoins the main part of the flume just before the ride's end.

    Screams that you hear coming from the Matterhorn as you are waiting in line for it (or are merely walking by it) are pre-recorded. They were recorded in 1959 on the first day the ride was open, but now are played in a continuous 3-hour loop. This is designed to make the ride seem more scary and heighten your anticipation when waiting in line for it.

    Now make up your own phony legend....

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    Since the Capt Jack makeover of Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp makes occasional appearances in the ride, taking the place of one of the animatroic Capt Jacks in various scenes.

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      That's believable!

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      • #4
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        Methinks this will become quite the memorable thread.



        • it's a small world was originally much, much more cheerful, but they had to tone it down after realizing that all of their test guests left the ride in a state of complete terror.

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        • #5
          Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

          Heres one:

          A Disney Jail does exist. Located within It's a Small World, it's used to imprison anyone that complains too much about theme issues and such (Fantasmic! not belonging in Frontierland for example.) and is punished by listening to that dreaded song for 3 years.


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          • #6
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            Ha ha! Yeah, what did they need waterboarding for when they could just play "It's A Small World" over and over? Great, now I'm going to have that song in my head all day.

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              The above-ground track that weaves its way through Tomorrowland was once a ride.
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                Not only that, Disneyland experimented with the idea of making it a walk-through attraction but after a one-day "test run" with cast members pretending to be guests, that idea was quickly discarded.

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                  Originally posted by Zoe Necrosis View Post
                  The above-ground track that weaves its way through Tomorrowland was once a ride.
                  Haha! That's almost believable! Good one.

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                    The upper portion of Sleeping Beauty's castle is really a cattery for cats used for park rodent control.

                    The original attraction in what is now the submarine lagoon was to be a glass bottom boat attraction, but the regulations for boats were so cost prohibitive that Disney changed the ride to use submarines, which at the time had no civilian oversight.

                    When "The Enchanted Tiki Room" first opened adults could order pineapple rum at the kiosk in the waiting area, but this beverage offering was short lived because too many inebriated adults tried a little too hard to "sing like the birdies sing."

                    The track that guides the Mark Twain and Columbia around the Rivers of America was only added when the Columbia was launched because the cast members would try to race the ships around Tom Sawyers Island, often grounding one of the boats when they tried to pass in too narrow a section.

                    The original theme of Tomorrowland was to be of a dark dystopian future in 1984, because one of Walt's favorite sayings was "George Orwell was an optimist." Foruntately Roy Disney talked Walt out of the idea.

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                    • #11
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                      I'm sorta leery of threads like this, because some of these "urban legends" well probably be taken as gospel by someone, and then spread via our wonderful little Internet.

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                      • #12
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                        The rigging of the sailing ship seen above the roof line at the rear of New Orleans Square (most folks never see this until it's pointed out to them) is a substitute Columbia used when the actual Columbia is in for a refurb.
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                          Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                          Originally posted by Zoe Necrosis View Post
                          The above-ground track that weaves its way through Tomorrowland was once a ride.
                          No way!!! Did it go slow, or fast???

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                            Originally posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
                            The rigging of the sailing ship seen above the roof line at the rear of New Orleans Square (most folks never see this until it's pointed out to them) is a substitute Columbia used when the actual Columbia is in for a refurb.
                            Actually, that's a fact, not an urban legend -- I'd heard about it from several Cast Member friends in the early 70's. Disney added the substitute Columbia rigging in '72, the same year as a near-miss collision between the Mark Twain and one of the Indian War Canoes (since renamed Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes) -- a problem they solved by putting the Mark Twain, Columbia and Canoes on separate tracks.


                            "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                            it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                            together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                            designed to appeal to everyone."

                            - Walt Disney

                            "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                            - Michael Eisner

                            "It's very symbiotic."
                            - Bob Chapek

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                            • #15
                              Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                              Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
                              I'm sorta leery of threads like this, because some of these "urban legends" well probably be taken as gospel by someone, and then spread via our wonderful little Internet.
                              I believe that is the goal. Are you trying to crush our dreams??

                              So, tell us something we don't (and, according to the thread, you don't) know about the trains?
                              Like, they run on recycled waste, and if they hit 88 miles per hour, the train goes from the world of yesterday, to the world of fantasy, to the world of tomorrow, to the world of The Grand Canyon, to the world of the dinosaurs?

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                                On Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, if you turn your head to keep watching the goat, Bloody Mary will pop out of the second tunnel and kill you.

                                Food prices at Disneyland are really no higher than they are anywhere else. They just appear that way because of forced perspective.

                                In every restroom, one of the toilets plays a Disney tune when you flush it. Try to find them all! If a member of the janitorial staff hassles you about flushing all the toilets, tell them you're doing the "Musical Thrones" activity and they'll give you a list of all the restroom locations in the park, with spaces to write in the song titles. Fill them all out correctly and hand it in at City Hall to get a special button!

                                All the ducks in the park are actually sophisticated animatronics. They are programmed to "eat" dropped food so that Disneyland can recycle it the next day and save money.
                                Like this post? Read more like it at The Disneyland Dilettante!

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                  Originally posted by Karalora View Post
                                  All the ducks in the park are actually sophisticated animatronics.
                                  Some Disneyland history buffs may find that a bit far fetched, however it's a fact that for the first five years after Disneyland opened, plastic swans were floated in the Sleeping Beauty's Castle moat. They were moved by underwater cam-and-lever mechanisms similar to the crocs and hippos in the Jungle Cruise. By 1960-61, real swans had taken up residence in the moat, and the expensive-to-maintain mechanical swans were removed.


                                  "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                                  it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                                  together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                                  designed to appeal to everyone."

                                  - Walt Disney

                                  "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                                  - Michael Eisner

                                  "It's very symbiotic."
                                  - Bob Chapek

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                                  • #18
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                                    Mr. Knott actually came up with the entire project of an amusement park in Anaheim, just a hop, skip, and a jump from his thriving berry farm down the road. A dire drought in late '54 and early '55 that wiped out the boysenberry crop forced Mr Knott to sell out at the last minute to Mr Disney, who then took credit for everything, including the term "theme park", that Mr Knott had coined. The park was going to be known as Knotts Landing, but alas that was never to be.
                                    As nice as the other parks are, we must always remember that it all began at Disneyland. Disneyland should be the crown jewel in the Disney crown.

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                                      There was once a very caring and charismatic leader of Disney Co. who hired an equally talented and charasmatic leader for Disneyland. Their names were Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler and they loved the park more then any fan could ever imagine. Under their guidance the park flourished and the standards were raised...
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                                        Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                        Originally posted by techskip View Post
                                        There was once a very caring and charismatic leader of Disney Co. who hired an equally talented and charasmatic leader for Disneyland. Their names were Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler and they loved the park more then any fan could ever imagine. Under their guidance the park flourished and the standards were raised...
                                        Now THAT is indeed a good one! hahahahaha lol rofl lmfao
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