5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disney World

On this day in 1971, about 10,000 visitors converged near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World. Here are five interesting tidbits you probably didn't know about Disney World...


The American Flags Flown at Walt Disney World Aren’t Official If visitors to Disney World look closely, they will discover that the American flags flying there have a different number of stripes or stars. The U.S. Flag Code states that flags flown after dark have to be illuminated, and this is how Disney avoids this requirement. However, the one flag located in Town Square is official and lowered every evening in accordance with protocol.

The Boardwalk Inn Resort Chairs Have Both a Purpose and Names When visitors enter the lobby at the Boardwalk Inn Resort, they may notice two chairs near the fireplace that can give them the creeps. They are Nanny Chairs, which are copies of boardwalk carousel chairs meant for nannies or parents to sit on as their kids ride on the carousel; both chairs have names placed on the back. Near the gym along the boardwalk, there are other chairs that are named Alix, Todd, Paul, and Carrie.


There Are Vast Tunnels Underneath Disney World A warren of underground tunnels lies underneath Disney World. These tunnels help employees get around the park more easily. The company color-codes the walls in the tunnels to make it easier for employees to find their way, and they have the fun of zipping around on battery-operated vehicles that are similar to a golf cart. Guests who are lucky enough to take the Keys to the Kingdom tour are allowed in the tunnels, but they are the only ones that can do so.

There’s a Reason You Smell Popcorn on Main Street Disney likes to have a little fun and pumps scents into the queues and rides as well as along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. Sometimes Main Street smells like baking cookies, and other times, it smells like popcorn. However, if visitors pass by the ice cream parlor on the plaza, the waffle cone smell is the real thing.

Families May Decorate a Christmas Tree Any Day of the Year For families who are really into the holidays, the Christmas Store offers an opportunity to decorate a Christmas tree every day. All they have to do is head to the store early; each day, a family is chosen to decorate the tree that will be displayed that day. In addition to placing the decorations, the honor includes having your family’s name posted as the decorators for that day.