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Florida Guide > Disney General

Did you know................

The following are just a few little known facts about Walt Diney World and the way it works.

Did you know…………………..

All garden and plant displays within WDW are done in pots, even the trees!! This means that if, when a shrub or plant grows, it is the wrong height, or the flowers are the wrong colour, they simply dig up the pot and replace it with a different one.

All “Disney Princesses” are employed on a one year contract. They must be a dress size 6- 8 ( Uk 8 – 10 )and must agree to remain at that size for a year.
Each “Princess” is given a book and must learn the mannerisms of her character, for example, Snow White always claps with the the heel of her hands together, her palms and fingers never meet!!!!!! She must also learn the answers to questions that guests might ask.

Characters inside full costumes are not gender specific, eg; Cinderella’s Fairy Godmothers’ appearing in the parade, may be male and Captain Hook may be female!!

Autograph signing is always limited to 20 mins as the temperature inside the full costumes is approximately 20 degrees higher than the outside air temperature….that’s hot!!

The wigs of characters are made of synthetic hair, whilst the wigs of animatronics are made of real hair and cost up to $5000 each!! This is because characters are make believe but animatronics are intended to look real.

New recruits to the Disney organisation are said to be “ earning their ears “ and cast members will usually wear a red ribbon under their name badge which says just this!

The canal system around WDW was designed by the US military, however, the first attempt was so structured and ordered that Walt Disney had them redesign it.

When Cinderellas Castle was designed it was intended that there would be an apartment inside for Walt Disney to use on his trips to the Magic Kingdom, however, he died before it’s completion and the space for the apartment was left empty.

The distance between trash cans is never more than 27 paces. An experiment was carried out whereby all trash cans were removed from Mainstreet in The Magic Kingdom. All visitors were given a candy in a wrapper as they entered the park and observers noted that the average distance a visitor would walk before dropping the wrapper was 27 paces!!!!!!

The rotunda within The Great American Adventure is actually oval!!

The colour of the tarmac on the sidewalks of Magic Kingdom’s Main Street is especially dsigned to make the sky appear more blue and the trees appear more green.

The height of the window ledges in Main Street are all child height to encourage children inside, there is one notable exception,………the shop selling crystal and glassware!

There is a sunglasses code for those who work outside in the public areas of WDW, lenses cannot be dark or mirrored so that guests can always see the eyes of the cast member.

And finally, pin trading began after the Atlanta Olympic games where a Disney employee observed teams swapping pins from their own countries for those of another competing nation. The pin trading business is worth $70,000,000 ayear to the Disney Corporation.

If all these facts have whetted your appetite why not consider taking one of Walt Disney Worlds Backstage Tours?
To find out more, visit the Walt Disney World Website, or contact WDW on
407-939-8687

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