Things You Didn't Know About Walt Disney World

Things You Didn't Know About Walt Disney World

Brush Up On You Disney Parks Fun Facts and be the Hit of Your Next Disney Trip
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Think you know everything there is to know about Walt Disney World? Well, test your knowledge see how many of these 40 interesting facts you know!

1. The Walt Disney World Resort takes up an area of around 30,500 acres, making it approximately the same size as the city of San Francisco.

2. When Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park first opened in October of 1971, the price of adult admission cost $3.50. (today it is $90.00)

3. The opening day crowd at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park has been reported as 10,000 guests.

4. In the early years, the original or “E ticket” attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park were Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Jungle Cruise, It’s a Small World and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

5. Park officials estimate that The Magic Kingdom Park welcomes approximately 17.5 million annually. They also have reported that Epcot receives 11 million visitors, Disney’s Hollywood Studios plays host to 9.9 million fans and around the same number explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom with 9.9 million.

6. The tallest point in Magic Kingdom is the top spire of Cinderella Castle is the tallest structure in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park at 189 feet, followed by Space Mountain at 183 feet.

7. The oldest ride in the Magic Kingdom didn’t even make its debut in the park. It’s a Small World actually premiered in the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Since then over 256 million people have ridden the “the happiest cruise in the world”

8. The 180-foot-tall Spherical “Spaceship Earth” which serves as the icon of Epcot weighs in at approximately a whopping 16 million pounds, and the aquarium found at “The Seas With Nemo and Friends” is large enough to submerge “Spaceship Earth.”

9. The Haunted Mansion while spooky in a family friendly way actually houses some guests post mortem. Despite it being illegal and against park policy many guests have over the years spread their loved one's ashes on the ride, hoping to ensure their dearly departed relative becomes one of the happy haunts.

10. The jolly headhunter who shows up near the end of the Jungle Cruise is known as “Trader Sam.”, he now has his own tiki bar and restaurant in Disney Springs.

11. In conjunction with the release of the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, the ride was updated to include a few familiar faces including the famous Jack Sparrow. (Also, this ride also features some actual human remains in the form of an actual human skull watching over a sleeping pirate!)

12. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is home to the magnificent Tree of Life. A manmade structure that stands 14 stories, features more than 300 animal carvings and is 50 feet wide, it is also home to a four-dimensional theater experience, and the featured attraction in Animal Kingdoms first ever nighttime show Rivers of Light” set to premier summer of 2016

13. Nestled behind Cinderella’s Castle is Prince Charmings Regal Carrousel. Built in 1917, it was once located at Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey.

14. The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place in an exact replica of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Complete with cement handprints!

15. Astro Orbiter first opened in Tomorrowland in 1974 as Star Jets, and during the moon landing coverage thousands gathered underneath of its ride cue to watch Neil Armstrong make his famous Giant Leap for Mankind.

16. The Hall of Presidents features a presidential seal prominently in its lobby, it took an act of congress to allow, in existence there are only three presidential seals reproduced under this act, the one on the carpet in the oval office, one in the hall which houses the liberty bell and the one featured in Disney.

17. Originally known as the “Tropical Serenade,” the Tiki Room in Adventureland was once sponsored by Florida Citrus Growers, since then it has gone through many transformations one of which involved Zazu from the Lion King and Iago from Aladdin serving as the new managers of the club. Guests hated it and it was transformed back in 2014.

18. Nestled in the heart of Adventureland is the 60-foot-tall Swiss Family Treehouse. The exciting walkthrough experience weighs approximately 200 tons and is made of concrete and thousands of polyethylene leaves. It serves as an interesting time waster when waiting for those fast passes!

19. Cinderella Castle, the centerpiece of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, features 18 towers and 13 gargoyles, it also houses a sit-down dining experience and a secret suite only available by promotional giveaway. The suite was originally designed to be Walt’s personal residence inside the park but sadly he passed away before Disney World came to fruition.

20. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Fantasyland is located on the site of the former Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, an homage to the former Amphibious Owner can be seen in the section of the ride involving owl. Two photographs on the wall depict Mr. Toad handing the deed over to owl. Also hoping he will rest in peace a statue of Mr. Toad can be seen on the grounds of the Haunted Mansion as you exit the ride.

21. The “Spirits of America” statues in The American Adventure at Epcot represent Adventure, Compassion, Discovery, Freedom, Heritage, Independence, Individualism, Innovation, Knowledge, Pioneering, Self-Reliance and Tomorrow. Each modeled after different important figures in American history. The watch over the exciting show which displays the evolution of America as narrated by Mark Twain.




22. Towering four stories over DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Dino-Sue is an exact replica of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered. It makes for a great photo spot before heading over to experience the exciting Dinosaur Ride formerly sponsored by McDonalds! (look for red, yellow, and white tubes during the ride cue, the formulas painted on those tubes are the chemical formula for Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayonnaise.)

23. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland features six trains: I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R. Courageous. It is also the shortest in the Disney mountain range which features Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. (there is a special collectable pin for riders of the range available in the shops behind Pecos Bill’s Eatery.


24. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios launches you at a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and features one of the only indoor roller coasters with a complete loop, as well as exciting blacklight effects.

25. A swinging suspension bridge leads from Tom Sawyer Island to Fort Langhorne, which was named after Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain). Look around on the ground on either side of the bridge, i you happen to find a paintbrush with a bright yellow handle brings it with you to the nearest cast member, they will give you a pass to skip the line on any park attraction!

26. The replica of the Liberty Bell that can be found in the center of Liberty Square was built from the same authentic cast as the original in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It also sits in front of a replica of the liberty tree, a famous set piece from Disney’s Johnny Tremain.

27. The exit to Haunted Mansion features crypts with humorous names inscribed such as I.M. Ready, Rustin Peace, Pearl E. Gates, Manny Festation, Dustin T. Dust and Asher T. Ashes. Also, some new additions have been added to the entrance cue, including a mister to keep you cool and an interactive Ghost band grave marker. Also, look down as you approach the entrance, you may see a wedding ring embedded in the concrete, this belongs to the angry bride who waits for you in the attic, but be cautious, hell hath no fury like a bridezilla

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28. The Walt Disney World Railroad, which serves approximately 1.5-million passengers annually, is an authentic 1928 steam-powered train. It was a labor of love for Walt who loved trains more than anything! He, in fact, had two miniature railways on his property in northern and southern California. His daughters have spoken about how they saw their dad at his happiest when he arrived via train to open Disneyland to the public.

29. The Mission: SPACE thrill ride at Epcot is so authentic that motion sickness bags are available just in case of emergency, it also has two ride cues, ones for people who are prone to motion sickness and those who are not, the two simulators create the feeling of liftoff in different ways, one using centrifugal force, and another using nothing more than movie magic.





30. A portion of “New Fantasyland” lies in the area that was once known as Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Mickey’s Birthdayland and Mickey’s Starland, the latest reincarnation allowed Belle and Rapunzel to take up residence at the Magic Kingdom and saw Ariel expand her role in the park!

31. Sonny Eclipse, an “intergalactic lounge singer,” performs daily at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, he and his space angels delight guests as they dine on Disney quick service meals. (it is a great place to try and scout out a fireworks spot! Sitting outside near the back of the restaurant allows for some amazing views of the nightly spectaculars.

32. In order to rank as a “Galactic Hero” at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, you must score 900,000 to 999,999 points, also to make this ride a little more interesting have a bet going with your party as to whom can score the highest, winner gets to pick one edible treat from the nearest food stand! (Mom and Dad that makes the prize far less expensive than a toy that will probably not fit in the jam-packed suitcase!)

33. The audio-animatronic dog in the Carousel of Progress is named “Rover.”, he is also featured on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as the pooch with the keys

33. The audio-animatronic dog in the Carousel of Progress is named “Rover.”, he is also featured on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as the pooch with the keys

34. Astronauts Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, and Jim Irwin were present at the grand opening of Space Mountain in 1975.

35. Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland lies at the former site of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, which closed in 2003. It has been said this was the scariest attraction on a property, which is why it was replaced with a more kid-friendly experience.

36. One of the original attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Tomorrowland Speedway was once known as Grand Prix Raceway, it is now the mini test track and takes riders along the Disney World Railway and under the shadow of Space Mountian.

37. Renamed The Seas with Nemo & Friends in 2006, The Living Seas pavilion opened at Epcot in 1986 and was originally sponsored by United Technologies, it is the largest aquarium in the united states and is home to the most diverse captive sea population on the planet.

38. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park while based on is actually quite a bit larger than Disneyland occupying a space of approximately 107 acres, whereas Disneyland only takes up roughly 80 (not including California Adventure)

39. The design of Main Street U.S.A. was loosely based on Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Featured on many windows are names of important people in Disney’s life, including his father, mother, and brother. The faint smell of Vanilla is piped into the streets in reference to the delicious smell bakery’s and confectionaries produced in the warm summer months.

40. While being the happiest place on earth Disney World can also be the busiest, park estimates show that each year approximately 48 million people visit all four parks on the Walt Disney World Resort campus.

How many did you know? Was there any that we missed? Reply in the comments and share with friends and family! And remember, Have a Magical Day!

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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The Queen Of Soul Leaves A Story To Tell And A Voice That Cannot Be Replicated

Aretha Franklin may have passed on, but her legacy will live forever.

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On March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was born. The daughter of a well-known and highly respected Baptist Minister and Gospel singer from Memphis, Tennessee would soon move to Detroit, Michigan, where Aretha would meet lifelong friends and musical contributors.

Aretha Franklin was engulfed in music from the day she was born and, by the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and began singing alongside her sisters in the church choir. It was during this time that Franklin first met strong, historical figures, such as Clara Ward, Smokey Robinson, and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. These are notable family friends that would stand by Aretha's side many times in the future.

Like many people finding themselves in the spotlight, there is more to Aretha Franklin's story than what is put in the tabloids. There are deeper events in her timeline that contribute to her emotion-filled voice. At the small age of six, Aretha endured her mother's leaving of the family and death four years later.

Aretha began a family of her own at the age of 12. In 1956, Clarence, Franklin's first son was born. Two years after, Aretha gave birth to her son Edward.

In the years that make up the start of the Franklin Clan, Aretha Franklin signed to Columbia Records and moved to New York. Moderate success would be found in the next five years of her music career. In 1961, Aretha Franklin was married and conceived her third child, Teddy Jr., with her newly-wedded husband.

While moderate success is admirable, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records and, in 1967, released an album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" with a hit track of the same name giving Aretha Franklin her first Top 10 hit.

Following the great success of her 1967 album, Aretha moved on to release other critically acclaimed hit songs, including, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools" and more, earning her several Grammy awards and the cover of Time Magazine, where her nickname, The Queen Of Soul, was born.

To the outside world, Aretha Franklin was constantly moving up, but, behind closed doors, Aretha's personal life was struggling. Ms. Franklin has a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and reckless driving. She had also developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Franklin divorced her abusive husband, Ted White, and allowed the experience to serve as inspiration in the studio. Aretha was married and gave birth to her fourth son, Kecalf, in the 1970s. The relationship would end in 1984.

Along with her growing popularity as a singer, Aretha Franklin became a symbol of pride for many black Americans during the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Many women, also looked to Aretha as a strong black woman that is living proof of what Black Women can be.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, becoming the first women to ever be listed.

As times changed and music continued to redefine itself, it became difficult for a soul-gospel singer to stay in the spotlight. Nevertheless, Aretha Franklin always found a way to release a hit that transcended the ever-changing boundaries of music. With collaborations, covers, an autobiography, and The Presidential Medal Of Freedom awarded in 2005, Aretha Franklin never left the minds of all who cared to listen and pay attention. She continued to inspire multiple generations and give breath-taking performances that reminded the world why she was, indeed, The Queen Of Soul.

Aretha Franklin spoke to hearts around the world with the utter of one subtle note. Her ability to stay relevant, no matter the age group, amazed but did not surprise. The world knew she was one of a kind. The world knew there was only one Aretha. Through the years, Ms. Franklin never altered to fit in and never strayed away from the type of music she wanted to produce for the happiness of others. Her name alone is a cause for celebration. The amount of records she holds is mind-boggling. Her music narrated, not only her personal endeavors but the lives of people worldwide. A personal connection can be made when listening to any of her songs. Aretha Franklin is a standing ovation within herself.

Little did the outside world know, Ms. Franklin had been battling illness for years, behind-the-scenes. Although occasional rumors would ring of her health, Aretha dodged all questions and killed all concerns with poise and a brilliant smile. She did not want the world to know of her health issues, no matter how small. A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin told People Magazine, "She has been ill for a long time, She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public." Word spread of a battle between Aretha Franklin and Pancreatic Cancer for many years, although, of course, no confirmation or details were given on the matter.

It started to become hard to hide the ailing condition of The Queen once shows frequently began to be canceled, due to doctors orders. Aretha had announced in February of 2017 that she would be retiring from music, but may take the stage at select events. Franklin was true to her word and returned to the stage in August of 2017 and at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision benefit gala in November of the same year. Fans became highly concerned by the more than noticeable shift in Aretha Franklin's appearance.

A close friend of the phenomenal singer told TMZ, "she could go at any time," and mentioned that she was down 85 lbs. This information was given two weeks ago. Unfortunately, better updates did not follow.

On the morning of Thursday, August 16, 2018, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. She leaves behind her soul-touching music, a record of more than 20 chart-topping R&B; hits and 18 Grammy wins, and anthems that will live for ages. She is survived by her four sons.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and, while the physical body that is Aretha Franklin has moved on to Glory, the teachings and inspirations of her soul shall live forever. Like many idols before her, it is indeed hard to say goodbye, but let us be grateful for the time we had to witness the greatness that is Aretha Louise Franklin. May she rest in sound peace.

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