On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. It's estimated that just under 45,000 people make their way to Disney's land of enchantment every single day! That's not the only fun fact we know about Disneyland—here are five more interesting tidbits you probably didn't know...
Walt Disney Had A Secret Apartment in the Park
Although Walt apparently loved to walk around the park and chat with visitors, he still needed a retreat after a long day. It turns out, he had his own secret apartment within Disneyland – a small spot above the fire department on Main Street. While Walt is sadly no longer around, the apartment remains, and the park employees apparently keep the light in the window to symbolize his presence in the park. Walt and his wife aren't the only residents of Disneyland, though—the park is also home to over 200 feral cats that help keep rodents and pests down to a minimum within the park walls.
Members of the Cast Can’t Use One Finger to Point It isn’t unusual for visitors to ask employees at Disney for directions, but workers there never use only one finger to point. This is because Disneyland is a vacation location for visitors from all around the world, and pointing with one finger is considered offensive or rude in some cultures. Employees gesture either by using two fingers or an open palm to avoid offending anyone.
The Matterhorn Is Equipped With a Basketball Court The Matterhorn is a popular attraction at Disneyland, and tourists probably don’t know that there is a half-court basketball court inside. It was installed for the use of employees near the top of the mountain and contains a net and full backboard. Unfortunately, not just anyone can take a break from lining up for rides to play a few rounds of ball – the secret court is only for employees.
Future-President Ronald Reagan Hosted a Live Telecast of the Park's Opening. Sure, he would later become the President of the United States, but when Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was just an unemployed actor looking for his next gig in Hollywood. Disney found him and brought him on to host the live telecast of the park's opening. Tickets cost just $1, and there was only 18 attractions compared to the 52 today. Other notable former Disneyland employees include Steve Martin, who was a magician at the park, and Michelle Pfieffer, who played Alice in Wonderland.
If You Hear "Code V," Keep an Eye Out...For Vomit
If you’re ever at Disneyland and hear there’s a Code V near a particular ride, you may want to avoid that area. "Code V" is the term used among the park's 23,000 employees for when someone has a few too many churros before getting on the teacups ride. Needless to say, if you hear someone yell out "Code V in progress!" keep an eye out for any flying leftovers coming your way.