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Disney Fun facts – Part 2
Here are some more of the less well known facts and figures about Walt Disney World.
So what do you do if there's no snow in Florida? Each Christmas season Walt Disney World Resort is decked with more than 11 miles of garland, 3,000 wreaths and 1,500 Christmas trees. The tallest is a 70-foot tree in Disney's Contemporary Resort. Trees ranging in height from 45 to 70ft, are placed in prominent positions in all the theme parks.
More than 50 million Cokes are consumed each year at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests also munch their way through 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French fries and more than 300,000 pounds of popcorn.
Walt Disney World Lost and Found is a very busy place. Every day on average, 100 pairs of sunglasses are handed in from the Magic Kingdom alone. There have been enough "shades" handed in each year in the Walt Disney World Resort to outfit every resident of Sun City, Arizona; Sun City, California; and Sun City, Florida. Since 1971, an estimated 1.5 million pairs of glasses have found their way to Lost and Found.
The most unusual items turned in have been a glass eye and a potty trainer. Both were eventually reclaimed by their owners (not the same person!!).
More than 230 Walt Disney World buses transport guests around the Walt Disney World Resort, making this fleet the third largest in Florida behind Miami and Jacksonville.
Since 1971, the total miles logged by the Walt Disney World monorail trains would be equal to more than 30 round trips to the moon. One dozen new cars were put into service along the 14-mile track in 1990 as the original fleet was retired.
Disney's Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Hotel was designed specifically to provide the bride and groom a view of the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle while standing at the altar.
Walt Disney World is home to Florida's two highest "mountains." In the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain rises 197 feet above Frontierland and Space Mountain in Tomorrowland is 180 feet tall.
Spaceship Earth, the visual and spectacular centrepiece of Epcot, weighs 16 million pounds - more than three times that of a Space Shuttle fully fuelled and ready for launch. The outer "skin" of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles.
Rainwater never falls off the sphere. It is absorbed into the ball and funneled away.
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Page added on: 30 August 2006
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