18 Fun Facts That'll Get You Hyped For Your Next Visit To The 'Happiest Place On Earth'

18 Fun Facts That'll Get You Hyped For Your Next Visit To The 'Happiest Place On Earth'

11. The Haunted Mansion's hitchhiking ghosts actually have names!


Disneyland is my absolute, all-time favorite place on earth. Just the mere thought of it excites me!

I can practically smell the churros now. I feel a turkey leg in one hand and an equally overpriced Coke in the other.

I see Mickey Mouse in the distance, and a long line of excited kids and their parental guardians.

I love it all. And I'd do anything to be there right now.

But, I'm not. And you probably aren't either if you're reading this article. So, without further ado, here are 18 fun facts I've compiled that'll make you even more excited about your next visit to the happiest place on earth!

1. It use to cost $3.50 to get into the park.

Believe it or not, it's true. Imagine how many tickets that would've bought you! Now, tickets are $100+ for just one day! I clearly was born in the wrong era.

2. On Disneyland's 40th anniversary, a time capsule was buried in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

On July 17th, 1995 (aka Disneyland's 40th anniversary), a time capsule was buried. No one knows what's inside it, but they plan to unearth it July 17th, 2035 on Disneyland's 80th anniversary. Mark your calendars, Disney lovers!

3. Mickey Mouse has over 290 outfits while Minnie Mouse has over 200.

And they say us girls are bad. Psh.

4. Three babies have been born at Disneyland.

Could you imagine?

5. Disneyland pumps different scents into the park so their guests can associate different smells with Disney.

It works. I associate churros and overpriced anything with Disneyland.

6. Hundreds of feral cats inhabit Disneyland.

Don't be alarmed! They're there for a reason, and that reason is to get rid of any rodent problems. They're mostly nocturnal, though, so you shouldn't see them during park hours.

7. All the plants inside Tomorrowland are edible.

Say whaaat?

8. The purple and orange teacup are the fastest spinners on the Mad Tea Party ride.

Keep that in mind next time you pick your teacups.

9. There's a basketball hoop inside the Matterhorn ride.

Employees actually sometimes go there to shoot hoops on their breaks.

10. The props you see inside the Indiana Jones ride are actual real props from the movie franchise.

How cool is that?!

11. The Haunted Mansion's hitchhiking ghosts actually have names!

Their names are Ezra, Phineas, and Gus.

12. James Avery aka Uncle Phil from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," voiced Splash Mountain's Brer Frog.

Listen carefully next time!

13. The fastest ride at Disneyland isn't a rollercoaster...

It's Splash Mountain! And, as someone who's rode as the head of the ride, I can truly attest to this fun fact — this thing goes fast AF. As a matter of fact, the ride reaches about 40 mph while plummeting down the ride's 47-degree plunge into the briar patch.

14. All the skeletons inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride use to be real.

Rumor's true, folks. Thankfully, there's only one real human skull left. It's the one attached to the ride's headboard.

(Also, if you're wondering where those skeletons came from, they came from UCLA's medical center.)

15. The water features in Disneyland are either green or brown in order to hide vehicle tracks and filtration systems.

The magic never stops.

16. The Disneyland Railroad has a secret car dedicated to Walt Disney's wife, only open to a select few lucky guests every day.

Lillian Disney's one lucky gal. If you want a special experience abroad the magical railroad, get to the park extremely early and ask a cast member to ride the Lilly Belle car. The inside of the train car is decorated like a Victorian parlor, decked out with plush velvet seats and Disney historical artifacts — including a scrapbook and family photos.

17. A telegraph inside Disneyland's telegraph office repeats a portion of Walt Disney's opening day speech in morse code on repeat.

It translates to: "To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future."

18. Doritos were invented in Disneyland.

Betcha didn't know that fun fact, didja?

Frito-Lay opened a restaurant inside the park when it first opened in 1955 called Casa de Fritos. The restaurant came up with a way to repurpose stale tortillas by flavoring and frying them. After the snacks became a huge success with Disney guests, Frito-Lay transformed Doritos into the national brand we all know and love today!

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If You Give A Girl A Little Brother

You've given her the world.

I remember back to my childhood, standing at the top of the steps yelling down to my parents "Why did you decide to have another child?" I remember riding in the backseat yelling "Mom, was I not good enough for you?" as my brother threw snow at me .

I remember crying when my mom made us share our first cell phone. I remember playing in a pool at a waterpark, and my dad couldn't play with me because my brother couldn't swim and needed my dad to be with him. I played by myself, thinking "They must have not wanted a girl when they only pay attention to him."

But now, at almost 22, I realized that the best gift God has ever given me was my little brother.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a pain in her ass.

Oh, he'll be annoying. He'll get in the shower just because you said you were going to. He'll start talking every time you do. He'll pull stupid pranks, he'll make you listen to bogus music, he'll make you watch stupid tv shows, he'll smell up the bathroom (and probably smell himself.) and boy, I promise there will be day's you will resent him. But he's just training for living with your husband one day.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a role.

As a big sister, I had somebody copying all my moves. If I did something, so did he. If I didn't eat something, neither did he. If I didn't like somebody neither did he. He was like a little shadow that did everything I did, so I was always motivated to make good choices and make him proud of me.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a rough side.

I wouldn't have done half the things I did if it wasn't for him. Play basketball in the drive way, spend hours on our bikes, spend the summer days in the pool, or down at the park. I wouldn't have learned that it's okay to get in the dirt and have some fun. I wouldn't have played half the made up, imaginary games we played every day. I wouldn't have played with Hot Wheels, or Lincoln Logs, or Leggo's. I would have played with Barbies by myself all day long, and what's the fun in that?

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her the best friend she'll ever have.

In the end, when our parent's both pass away, I won't be alone, because I will have my little brother. When the world gets tough, and everyone turns away from me, he will always be there. No matter where he end's up in life, I know he will drop everything and come running when I'm in need.

For Christmas this year, I bought my brother his first tattoo. We got matching tattoo's on our sides. Our lives our different now, because we're grown up and live on opposite sides of the state. But no matter where we go in life, if we look up, we will be looking at the same sun and moon. We are made up of the same matter, 'made' by the same people, and love each other more than I think we'd like to admit.

Alex is my true other-half.

Give a girl a little brother, and you made her whole.

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​10 New York City Brunch Restaurants I Love A Waffle Lot

Trust me, breakfast is overrated, even if it is at Tiffany's!


You guys knew it was coming! If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram you would know that the thing that I love most in the world is brunch. My life motto is "Mimosa es su mosa" or maybe "On Sundays, we drink mimosas." Just kidding! However, there is nothing I love more than having waffles, poached eggs, and a latte on a Sunday with my girlfriends. Brunch is a long-held tradition for us, it's a great way to relax and it honestly just brings everyone together. So I thought I'd share a few of our go-to spots!

1. Dudley's

This is my favorite place of all time to get brunch. Dudley's is right on Orchard Street, it has a quaint little interior great for dinner, as well! However, I suggest going during the summer to enjoy their outdoor seating. The food is just so delicious! The first time I went was actually at the end of August with my best friend Alexia. She had just gotten back from traveling and we wanted to brunch, go to The Met, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and go thrifting all before we went back to school the next day. We got brunch and were full pretty much the whole day, it was insane. It was also really fresh. Alexia even says when she comes home from Greece no meal ever compares to the food she eats back home, but this really hit the spot. The cuisine is American with an Australian twist. I normally get the chia muesli, a burger with a salad on the side instead of fries. Also if it's later in the afternoon, I'll just do cauliflower tempura with green aioli! For drinks, I suggest a latte or their cold brew.

2. Buvette

I literally just went last weekend with my friend Emily, so if that doesn't tell you how much I love it here, I don't know what does! Buvette has extremely friendly staff and great food, the portions are a tiny bit small but they are super filling, definitely try the specials! I suggest the Belgian Waffle with berries and a latte. My friend Emily got a lemonade and avocado toast!

3. Victor's Cafe

Best croquettes and burger to date. I also got yuca fries on the side. Best brunch ever, oh my gosh! Of course, I got a latte with that, too! The paella de vegetales and platanos are to die for, as well. Victor's Cafe has my heart!

4. Your Mother's House

I actually just went to Your Mother's House on Sunday. It's not the best brunch ever, but they have such a great menu with tons of variety. I even had this Groupon for bottomless brunch if you are of legal drinking age. The Groupon definitely makes it worth it!

5. Sarabeth's

This has been a long-standing tradition between my friend Sara and I. The first time we went was actually when I was like 13, I want to say. It was December and at the time Sara was like 17 and she bought me tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes. However, the only reason I took the train at that point was for work so I wasn't going to be allowed to go. So we devised a plan to convince my mother that her mother was going and it all turned out quite splendidly.

We went to Sarabeth's, I got the lemon ricotta pancakes, and Sara got the crab cake benedict. I would recommend both. Then we saw the Rockettes. However, the reason this is a funny story is that a month later on Christmas Eve, she and her parents came over and our mothers are extremely close because Sara and I have been friends since I was five years old. Sara and I went to my room to hang out and left our mothers to talk. After a few glasses of Chardonnay, Sara's mom told my mom that we went alone. I was grounded for three weeks. Well worth it though, not only did I see the Rockettes, but I found a regular brunch spot!

6. Chat Noir Tea

I know I'm a coffee girl, but I needed some tea to spill it at this brunch! Chat Noir Tea has an amazing Croque Monsieur and a great English breakfast tea. I suggest getting the tea service for two!

7. Juliette

I've told you guys once and I'll tell you again, all great things reside in Williamsburg! I'll be back here with my girlfriends in two weeks. I recommend the french toast at Juliette if you have a sweet tooth like me!

8. The Cheesecake Factory

This is probably one of my favorite places to eat, for dinner here I usually get the crusted chicken romano but for brunch, at The Cheesecake Factory they have plenty of sweet things, so I'll normally order a few things and split it with whoever I'm with!

9. Milk & Honey Cafe

I know this one is a throwback to the "10 Instagram Worthy Cafes" article I wrote but the Milk & Honey Cafe does have some great brunch options and come on, you can try one of the best cafes and brunch places in New York all at once! (Fun fact: My Odyssey profile picture was taken here!)

10. Cafe Mogador

So I wanted to include Cafe Mogador in this because it was actually recommended to me and will be my next brunch stop, so I figured why not leave this here as a little surprise for us both!

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