You know those cubby holes that hold your valuables before entering a rollercoaster? This is why you use them. According to Disney's record keepers, since 1971, 1.65 million pairs of glasses have been collected in their lost and found department. Yearly, 6,000 cell phones, 3,500 cameras, 18,000 caps and 7,500 autograph books are snatched up by the same people. What does this mean to you? It means while you were waiting on line for the Small World ride, you should have been raiding that f*@!ing Lost and Found bin, hocking the s**t, and selling for a ticket to a real destination. Like Cabo.
Disney World doesn't have employees, like you'd expect at any regular corporate Shangri-La. They have cast members. Cast members must always been in character when on duty — off duty — in order to sustain the all-consuming myth of the Disney paradise. Otherwise...gosh I don't even want to think about the otherwise.
Inside Cinderella's Castle is a livable suite that Walt Disney designed to live in himself. But the mastermind died before it was completed, and now you can get the chance to live inside it. For a price. But not a monetary price. The price of chance: you must win a sweepstakes, making the odds even more elusive and ever so much more enticing.
Is there anything that says conservation and eco-friendliness more than 194,871 miles of toilet paper roll? Perhaps 3 million pounds of eggs? 700,000 gallons of bleach? Or how about 150 million sheets of paper? Ah, the merriment. Those are just some of the prodigious amounts of supplies that Disney burns through in a year.
Unlike the impressions of the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast, or some stigmata in a Big Mac bun, the Mickey symbology has not been implanted in the world down God willy-nilly, but carefully and systematically by the park's designers. Repeated exposure to symbols is one way to instill them in the memory of impressionable minds. Making them an object of chase and pursuit is one way to make them the stuff of Grail legend, They're apparently all over the park.
Nature is a beautiful thing, even inside Disney's grounds. Apparently the oak trees in Liberty Square were all spawned by the same tree, the Liberty Oak. They grew from acorns into the mighty trunks they are today, giving the impression (and perhaps illusion) that Disney is natural, bucolic, pastoral, real. As Hegel said, becoming not being is the mark of life: but what of becoming a tree in the midst of Mickey clones?
If you had to take a guess, how many different paint colors were used at Disney? Three? 300? How about upwards of 20,000? Because that's how many different colors and types of paint it takes to vivify the grounds of pure imagination.
Did you know that certain Disney princesses where opera gloves while some don't? Why, you ask? Good question: Here's why: Cinderella, Belle and Tiana were all married into royalty. All the other princesses were born into royalty and, hence, show their hands. Fun fact: Mulan is one of the princesses who was given the title of a "Disney Princess" because of her acts of heroism.