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Fantasyland Secrets & Facts

General Fantasyland Secrets

  • The oval mirror in the Mad Hatter's Shoppe will reveal the Cheshire Cat (from Alice in Wonderland) every few seconds. This effect is achieved by using a type of mirror, widely used by law-enforcement, known as a "50%" mirror. The representation of the Cheshire Cat, a solid animatronic piece, is in a room behind the mirror which is left dark. To expose the cat, the room is slowly lit. The image of the cat comes through the mirror and then the room is slowly darkened, making the cat diappear. If a forgetfull cast member forgets to cover the back of the mirror you may just catch them changing the bulbs in the light from the other side of the mirror. (Robyn Mackay)
  • If you're in Fantasyland looking across from the Village Haus restaurant, you're still able to see the Fantasyland entrance to the old Skyway ride that would let you ride in a suspended car over Disneyland all the way through the Matterhorn and end up at Tomorrowland. You can also see the Tomorrowland entrance to the ride near the restrooms beside the Autopia entrance. Skyway closed in the mid '90's. (Julia H.)

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Peter Pan's Flight Secrets and Facts

  • The toy blocks on the floor of the nursery in the first scene of Peter Pan's Flight spell out "DI5NEY" and "PPan."
  • The effect of the bubbling volcano at the top of Neverland is created by blowing air up on tiny styrofoam balls.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Secrets and Facts

  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is based on a segment from the Disney film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The Mr. Toad segment was based on the classic story, The Wind in the Willows.
  • Each of the cars is named after a character from Wind in the Willows (e.g. Ratty, Mr. Toad, Badger, etc).
  • The silhouette of Sherlock Holmes can be seen in one of the windows in the town square scene.
  • The effect of bumpiness while the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride car is traveling on the pier is created by small wooden blocks on the area the wheels

Snow White's Scary Adventures Secrets and Facts

  • Snow White's Adventures was renamed Snow White's Scary Adventures to warn potential riders of the frightening nature of the attraction.
  • The original Snow White's Scary Adventures did not feature an actual representation of Snow White, as guests were supposed to be experiencing the scenes as if they were Snow White.
  • While in the line for Peter Pan's Flight, look up at the highest window in the Snow White's Scary Adventures attraction across the plaza. The Evil Queen from the movie Snow White opens the curtains in the window and looks down at the guests for a moment or so. She Most quests never notice this effect. (Robyn Mackay)
  • The apple offered by the old hag in Snow White's Scary Adventures used to be a real prop but it kept getting stolen by riders. It has now been replaced by a holographic apple visual effect (Ryan M.)

Pinocchio's Daring Journey Secrets and Facts

  • Fiber optics are used to create the illusion of fireworks in the skies of Pleasure Island in Pinocchio's Daring Journey.
  • The effect of the Blue Fairy disappearing in the final scene of Pinocchio's Daring Journey is created through a trick called the Pepper's Ghost illusion, which is used heavily in the Haunted Mansion. Fiber optics are used to simulate the fairy dust left behind on the floor as the Blue Fairy magically disappears. If you look back from your vehicle, you can see the figure of the Blue Fairy that's reflected to create the illusion.
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey featured the first hologram used in a Disneyland attraction in the scene where Lampwick turns into a donkey.

King Arthur Carrousel Secrets and Facts

  • The people who clean King Arthur Carrousel in Fantasyland at Disneyland are only allowed to use water, no chemicals.
  • The horses on King Arthur Carrousel are all salvaged, hand-painted originals ranging in ages from 90 to 110 years old.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant Secrets and Facts

  • The bottom loading area of Dumbo the Flying Elephant currently features fanciful fountains, but the original attraction only had concrete below the flying elephants.
  • The original Dumbo ride broke down and was replaced by the one created for Disneyland Paris. Paris had to wait for a new one to be built (Jonny Woodruff).

Storybook Land Canal Boats Secrets and Facts

  • The houses in Storybook Land are fitted with six-inch doors and quarter-inch
    hinges that open and close (so the Disney electricians can change the
    lightbulbs). (Robyn Mackay)
  • On the canal boats in Storybook Land the boat operator cast members follow a pre-written script while guest are on board. Towards the end of the day, if there are only adults on the boats, you may hear the cast members change their tour script (ala The Jungle Cruise). (Robyn Mackay)

Casey Jr. Circus Train Secrets and Facts

  • Some of the cars on the Casey Jr. Circus Train are actually from the original carrousel ride in Fantasyland. (Cameron D.)

Alice in Wonderland Secrets and Facts

  • Alice can be found in one place on the Alice in Wonderland ride ... just before you enter the Queen's Courtyard, look for her on the right side in the trees across from the caterpillar. (John Wickert)

Mad Tea Party Secrets and Facts

Matterhorn Bobsleds Secrets and Facts

  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds is an attraction completely unique to Disneyland. No other Disney theme park has this attraction.
  • There is a basketball court inside the very top of Matterhorn Mountain. Cast members often play on the Matterhorn basketball court.
  • The Matterhorn was the world's first tubular steel track roller coaster (Jonny Woodruff).
  • The much-discussed basketball court is now used as a storage facility.

"it's a small world" Secrets and Facts

  • "it's a small world" was originally created for the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York.

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