Fun Facts About Disneyland

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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11 Must-Go To Day Trips In North Carolina

For the wanderers and curious...

It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie's Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville

This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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Abroad 'Grew' Me

Change can not even begin to describe it


"Abroad changed me."

It's the cliche, all-encompassing, slightly asshole-ish phrase that any student returning from a study abroad experience is bound to let slip at least once. As ironic and annoying as it may sound, especially when repeated 100 times, it's definitely not false. However, I believe it best gets its point across when modified slightly.

The one slight correction that can be made to this statement is the word "changed". I know for a fact that my study abroad experience opened my eyes to new cultures, new perspectives, and new possibilities. I was able to branch out and pursue areas of interest I had never imagined. However, I am still me. I did not morph into a new person or lose anything I once had before I boarded that plane. If anything the correct phrase (although not grammatically proper) should be "Abroad grew me". The path I followed in my experience, every twist, turn, and bump that hit me along the journey, helped me to become something more of myself.

My problem-solving, communication and overall interpersonal skills have become so much stronger than those which I left JFK Airport within early September. All of this combined, my confidence has grown tenfold. In terms of my self-confidence, I have never felt more validated or reassured of who I am, what my values are, and what I want out of this life. All of these things are due to the situation I was put into, but I would not call them changes. Because the word "change" insinuates I never had any of these skills or characteristics before.

Being brave, for example, is not something I typically would label myself as. But when you are lost in the streets of Morocco, frantically running in circles to find a blue building (in what is known as the "Blue City") when your bus is leaving in under 5 minutes, the act of going up to a complete stranger and getting your Spanish to somehow coincide with their Arabic is not just a show of bravery, but a necessity. It is how you survive. Although I quickly learned that after a few too many travel fiascos, I also came to realize how much better life can become when you let this bravery into other aspects of your life - not just the emergencies. The little parts like trying new foods, volunteering to make a fool of yourself and flamenco dance, stopping at the street corner to converse with the woman selling flowers, these are the small things that shaped my entire experience. And these are the biggest things that helped me to grow. This bravery was something that I always had, just never to the extent at which I tapped into during my time abroad.

Yes, coming back from studying abroad I feel like the world around me and my normal life have changed. I never could have expected it to stand still just because I was absent. However, I do not feel that I have "changed" from who I was before. A desire for a challenge is what led me to go abroad in the first place and I am extremely blessed to be able to say that my wish was fulfilled. With each new experience, I expanded my horizons, and piece by piece I watched myself morph into what I would now call a confident and well-rounded individual. This growth has brought me to where I am today, but it is only the starting point on my adventure to further explore cultures, the world, and where my place is in it all.

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