9 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

Many Chapman students love spending time at “the happiest place on Earth,” with some even considering themselves experts on all things Disney. Test your Disney knowledge with these nine lesser-known facts that you can whip out during your next trivia night.

1. The Bench That Started it All

Do you ever wonder where it all started? The bench that Walt Disney sat on when he came up with the ambitious idea of Disneyland is still in the park today. The bench from Griffith Park is on display in the Opera House lobby. 

2. The Haunted Mansion’s Fallen Bust

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If you’ve ever been on the Haunted Mansion ride you’ll probably recognize these singing busts. The face projected on the fallen bust is Thurl Ravenscroft, the famous voice of Tony the Tiger. Although it may not be obvious, next time you ride The Haunted Mansion look closely for the singing busts because “They’re Gr-r-reat!”

3. Flight Restriction

One thing you won’t see at Disneyland is airplanes, as the park received a flight restriction in 2003. No aircrafts are allowed to fly below 3,000 feet or within three miles of the theme park. 

4. The Everlasting Light In Walt’s Apartment


One of the first things people see as they walk into Disneyland is the fire station. The apartment above the fire station was built when Walt realized he needed a place to stay while working in the park. If you look closely, you’ll see a lamp peeking out of the window. The lamp is always shining to represent the ever-present spirit of Walt Disney. 

5. Tomorrowland Plants

Disneyland is known for their delicious and overpriced food, but Disney’s menu goes a bit further than advertised. If you’re looking for a cheaper option than a $4 churro, all of the plants in the futuristic world of Tomorrowland are edible.  

6. The Time Capsule

There are two time capsules within the Disney parks that serve as a reminder of Disney’s humble beginnings and the hopes for the future. One time capsule is buried in front of the famous Sleeping Beauty castle, and the other in California Adventure on Buena Vista Street at the entrance of the park. 

7. The Lilly Belle Car

An iconic part of Disneyland’s railroad is the car named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, the “Lilly Belle.” It’s hard to catch a ride on the Lily Belle because it is only available to the public for one ride each day. 

8. A Winnie the Pooh Secret

The Winnie the Pooh ride was built where the Country Bear Jamboree once was. Fortunately, three characters from the Jamboree are still keeping their history alive. You can spot them if you turn around in your cart right before you enter the Hunny Heaven room on the ride.

9. The Little Man of Disneyland

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Although many trees are in Adventureland, the tree in front of the Indiana Jones ride entrance is special. If you look closely this tree is the home of Patrick Begorra, The Little Man of Disneyland. Patrick is a leprechaun from the Disney Little Golden Book “The Man of Disneyland”.