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    Tower of Terror eyeball! 
    Park: Disney's Hollywood Studios Submitted by: Katie
    Submitted on: 3/6/2012

    Tower of Terror eyeball! On the tower of terror, you start off by going to the first level where you see the ghosts. The lights flicker, and they're actually taking a picture of you. When you go up to the level where your car is taken through the halls with the clocks before the drop sequence, there is a giant eyeball in which your photo from the previous level is displayed. The eyeball won't always be on the same side; it depends on which elevator you get in. It's quite shocking when you see it for the first time, but it is certainly an interesting find!


    Mission Space briefing 
    Park: EP Submitted by: Revan
    Submitted on: 10/28/2010

    In the Mission Space briefing, we are told that the Deep Space X2 Shuttle is powered by solid hydrogen and can ascend to space in less than six seconds.

    In reality, using solid hydrogen as a space fuel could not work, because once a solid fuel is lit, you cannot stop it, and thus the spacecraft would be out of control once the fuel is burned! Ascending to space takes about 8 minutes putting the astronauts into space in any less time would certainly put them in danger.


    THIS IS NOT DRINKING WATER 
    Park: All Submitted by: Carolyn
    Submitted on: 2/16/2005
    Confirmed by: wdwlover

    Did you know that Disney World recycles all the human waste from the parks and hotels....

    It's true, the solid and liquids are seperated and the solids are used as fertilizer on the tree farm, where all the trees for the parks are grown. The liquids are then cleaned naturally by growing hydrangas in them and then the water is sent off to the sprinkler system. 

    When you look around, you'll see little signs that say "THIS IS NOT DRINKING WATER!" Now you know what they really mean by that!


    What a bunch of garbage! 
    Park: All Submitted by: Jayson
    Submitted on: 5/18/2004
    Confirmed by: Kim

    All the trash at Disney World is sorted by hand to pull out recyclables such as aluminum cans (Disney has to recycle a minimum of 25% of its garbage). Another 50% or so is used in incenerators to generate 1/3 of WDW's electricity. Kim:I just took a backstage tour and I can confirm that the trash is separated by hand, separating trash from recycleables, but nothing about the electricity. The trash, is taken to the landfill.


    Alpha Unit 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: BooboBunny
    Submitted on: 12/26/2003
    Confirmed by: TinkFan22 ; boricuaboy

    If a guest or Cast Member is hurt or needs medical attention, a Cast Member would request an Alpha Unit. This is so Guests are not alarmed. TinkFan22: I was a cast member in WDW and during the Food & Wine festival at Epcot, Alpha units were all over the place!


    Protein Spill? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Michelle
    Submitted on: 11/14/2003
    Confirmed by: BoobBunny

    Did you know that vomit is called a protein spill in disney world! 
    BooboBunny:This is true. If a guest or cast member vomits, a cast member is supposed to call a custodian to clean up a Protien Spill. Just one of the ways Disney preserves the show!!!!


    Talking walking palm tree 
    Park: AK Submitted by: Mike
    Submitted on: 7/7/2003
    Confirmed by: Steve

    Talking, walking Palm tree at the entrance to Animal Kingdom...actually he rolls, but he is hysterical makes all these comments to people going in and out and yes if you look around you can see the cast member with the remote and microphone.

    Steve: This is the same technology as the "walking, talking" trash can that can be seen at other parks including Epcot.


    Tower of Terror not so tall? 
    Park: MGM Submitted by: Kelly
    Submitted on: 7/7/2003
    Confirmed by: Tinkerbell

    When building the Tower of Terror, the original tower was supposed to be much taller than what is built today. But, the taller tower would have had to have a blinking light at the top for planes. Disney thought this would ruin the effect of the theme of the ride, so they decided to build it just under the height required for the blinking light. 

    Tinkerbell:Yes, it's true - after reading this I asked one of the cast members who confirmed this for me.


    It's Not a Small World After All 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Covering 47 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Of the more than 30,000 acres, less than one-fourth has been developed, with another quarter designated as a wilderness preserve.


    A Cast of Thousands 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    More than 54,000, to be more precise. That's how many people it takes to create the magic here at the Vacation Kingdom. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World Resort is the largest single-site employer in the United States.


    What the Well-Dressed Mouse Will Be Wearing 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    depends entirely on the occasion. Mickey Mouse himself has 175 different sets of duds ranging from a scuba suit to a tuxedo. Minnie Mouse's wardrobe contains some 200 outfits including everything from a cheerleader ensemble to evening gowns.


    Suds 'R Us 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    If you were to wash and dry one load of laundry every day for 44 years, you'd clean as much as the folks at the Walt Disney World Laundry do in a single day. The cast members there launder an average of 240,000 pounds each day. In addition, between 30,000 and 32,000 garments are dry-cleaned daily.


    Winter Wonderland 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    So what if there's no snow in Central 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. In addition, trees, which range in height from 45 to 70 feet, are placed in prominent positions in the theme parks.


    Who's Still Thirsty? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    More than 50 million Cokes are consumed each year at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests also gobble 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of french fries and more than 300,000 pounds of popcorn.


    Ears To You 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    There are enough of the famous "Mouse Ear" hats sold each year to cover the head of every man, woman and child in Pittsburgh and enough Disney character T-shirts to put Mickey Mouse's smiling face on the chest of every Chicagoan.


    Hickory Dickory Dock 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    More than a half-million character watches -- mainly Mickey -- are slipped onto wrists from Walt Disney World gift shops each year. At any given time, there are more than 200 different varieties of character watches. The most popular timepiece: a gold-tone relief of Mickey Mouse.


    Gone But Not Forgotten 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Walt Disney World Lost and Found is one busy place. Every day an average of 100 pairs of sunglasses are turned in at the Magic Kingdom alone. There have been enough "shades" submitted each year in the Vacation Kingdom 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 into the "lost" bin.


    Curious Claims 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    According to long-time lost and found staffers, the most unusual items turned in have been a glass eye and a potty trainer. Both, incidentally, were claimed (but not by the same person).


    Busman's Holiday 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    More than 230 Walt Disney World buses transport guests around the Vacation Kingdom, making the Walt Disney World fleet the third largest in Florida behind Miami and Jacksonville.


    Fly Me To the Moon 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Since 1971, the total miles logged by 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 beamway in 1990 as the original fleet received a well-deserved retirement.


    Tee Time 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    With the addition of the Pete Dye-designed Eagle Pines course and Tom Fazio's Osprey Ridge, Walt Disney World Resort now boasts 99 holes of golf. That makes this one of Florida's largest golf resorts. A real "Magic Link-dom."


    Room With a View 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Disney's Wedding Pavilion was designed to provide the bride and groom a view of the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle while standing at the altar.


    A Mountain Range? 
    Park: MK Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Walt Disney World is home to Florida's two highest "mountains." In the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain rises 197 feet above Frontierland. Space Mountain in Tomorrowland is 180 feet tall.


    Spaced Out 
    Park: EpcotFW Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Spaceship Earth, the visual and thematic centerpiece of Epcot, weighs 16 million pounds -- more than three times that of a Space Shuttle fully fueled and ready for launch. The outer "skin" of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles. Also, did you know that rainwater never falls off the sphere? It's absorbed into the ball and funneled away.


    6-Million-Mile Man 
    Park: EpcotFW Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    The DNA Tower at the entrance to Epcot Wonders of Life pavilion is 5.5 billion times actual size -- just the right size for a human 6 million miles tall.


    Ready Aim 
    Park: EpcotFW Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    The fountain at Epcot Innoventions Plaza can shoot water 150 feet in the air -- within 30 feet of the top of Spaceship Earth. If all of the shooters were fired at once, there would be 2,000 gallons of water in the air.


    IllumiNations 
    Park: EpcotFW Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    More than 26,000 feet of lights outline the Epcot World Showcase pavilions -- a string long enough to stretch across the Golden Gate Bridge more than six times.


    One Tall Ball 
    Park: EpcotFW Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Spaceship Earth at Epcot is the tallest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. The giant Sorcerer Mickey hand and wand make the attraction approximately 240 feet at its highest point. It tops The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror at the Disney-MGM Studios (199 feet), the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle (185 feet) and The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom (145 feet).


    What Big Ears You Have 
    Park: MGM Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    The Earffel Tower, Disney-MGM Studios' water tower landmark, would wear a hat size of 342 3/4.


    Biggest Ever 
    Park: AK Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Disney's Animal Kingdom encompasses 500 acres, the company's biggest theme park. The centerpiece is The Tree of Life, 14 stories high and 50 feet wide at its trunk.


    Big Gulp 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    It would take more than 20 million 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola to fill one of the humongous Coke cups at the Home-Run Hotel in Disney's All-Star Sports Resort.


    Tennis Anyone? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    It would take nearly 9.5 million tennis balls to fill one of the tennis ball cans at Center Court Hotel in Disney's All-Star Sports Resort. That's enough to stretch from Walt Disney World Resort to Key West.


    World's Largest 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Stormalong Bay, Disney's Beach Club Resort swimming area, holds 750,000 gallons of water, making it the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.


    Room Roulette 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    If you wanted to stay in all the guestrooms in all of the hotels and resorts currently open on Walt Disney World property (at a rate of one per night) it would take more than 72 years.


    50,000 Sprinkler Heads 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    and 2,000 miles of irrigation pipe are needed to water more than 3,500 acres of landscaping at Walt Disney World Resort. Since 1971, more than 100,000 trees and 2 million tended shrubs have been planted.


    Well Grounded 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Each year a horticulture staff of more than 600 plants 3 million bedding plants and annuals, and maintains millions of other plants including more than 2 million shrubs, 13,000 roses and 200 or so topiary.


    A "Family" Tree 
    Park: MK Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    The "Liberty Oak," which is the focal point of the Liberty Square area in the Magic Kingdom, is the proud parent of more than 500 young trees. They all started out as acorns harvested from the majestic oak.


    Pack the Trunk 
    Park: MK Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    Earth Day 1991 signaled a "moving" experience for yet another impressive oak -- a 55-foot-tall tree weighing in at nearly 85 tons. The live oak was moved 12 miles across Walt Disney World property. It is doing well in its new "digs" serving as a centerpiece for the Ol' Man Island recreation area at Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.


    Mow Miles Per Year 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    450,000 mowing miles to be exact -- that's what it takes to maintain 2,000 acres of turf. For the record, those mower miles are the equivalent of 18 trips around the earth at the equator.


    Here's Looking (Down) At You 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: Admin
    Submitted on: 5/7/2002
    Confirmed by: Admin

    From the air, Walt Disney World Resort boasts a number of "heady" sights. For instance, the unique "Mouse Trap" on the 6th hole at the Magnolia Golf Course that looks like a famous corporate symbol. Over at the Bonnet Creek Golf Club, Mickey's profile greets golfers on the large practice green. The famous mouse is the model for the courtyard and area in front of the Chinese Theater at the Disney-MGM Studios.


    Y2K Prep 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    As a precaution against any Millennium glitches, Walt Disney World hid portable lights and generators all over the property to insure light and essential power when the Millennium arrives. They have been placed behind potted plants so they will not be obtrusive to guests.


    Disney Store checkout 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    All Disney stores cash registers automatically ring up park tickets as Non-taxable transactions. The sale prices of park tickets are EXACTLY equal to (WDW signed price +6%), thus yielding a price equal to what you'd pay at the park gate.


    Rat World? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: Rob Doucette

    The National Geodetic Survey has a first order GPS station on the Disney property stamped as station "RATWORLD".
    This has been confirmed!

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    Airplane Approach 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    The names of 2 of the approach procedures that all aircraft follow into their arrival at Orlando International Airport are named GOOFY TWO and MINEE TWO.


    Lots of employees 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    Disney World employs more people on one site than any other company in the US. During peek times it ranges between 55,000-60,000 which is about half of the Disney employees worldwide


    Monorail Spanish 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    On the monorail, the Spanish version of "Please stand clear of the doors" is said "Por favor mantenerse al lado de las puertas." Translated literally that means "Please keep yourself to the side of the doors." Another user has written us stating that this is not true: "The monorail does not say stay standing next to the doors. It says: por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas. Which means stay away from the doors."


    Most Expensive Ride 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    The monorail system could be one of the most expensive rides in Walt Disney World. The price per mile of track exceeds 5 million dollars, that's just for the track. The monorail tracks cost 1 million dollars a mile (for double track). When Disney bought the monorail trains 11 or so years ago, they cost 11 million each, they have 7 of these monorails.


    Monorail 2 fastest ride? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    I don't think this is any big secret, but did you know that Space and Big Thunder Mountain only move at 26 mph? Pretty slow for a roller coaster. The Monorail was the fastest ride in Disney until Test Track was installed in Epcot..


    Monorail top speed 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    The monorail's top speed is 55 mph, however they cruise at 40 mph. There are 12 monorail trains at Walt Disney World which start circulating around at 5 am. The monorail trains also switch tracks occasionally. The track that spans from the TTC to Epcot Center is at an average altitude of 21 feet.


    Monorail expansion 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    Rode in a monrail cab to EPCOT and talked to one of the operators/drivers; Don't expect any new extensions in the near future. Significant problems with the Bombadier's .. Some piles have been installed but no track is in.


    Got Film? 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    Kodak estimates that approximately 4 percent of all the amateur photographs taken in the United States are snapped at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland.


    Disney World covers 47 miles 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    Covering 47 square miles, Walt Disney World is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Of the more than 30,000 acres, less than one-fourth has been developed with another quarter designated as a wilderness preserve.


    The Castle 
    Park: MK Submitted by: admin
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    Cinderella's castle is not made of stone... it is entirely mad of fiberglass!


    How pass time in the lines 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: ScrapAng
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    If all else fails, and you find yourself in a line, at least be prepared. If you are vacationing with children, small bottles of bubbles, like the kind on a necklace from the dollar store, can keep them quite happy. Another good idea is a small batteryo operated fan or mist bottle (bring from home, they are sold pricey in the parks!). Any kind of activity to keep your mind off the wait. If your outgoing, strike up a converstation with somebody you've never met! Start off with "where are you from". You can meet some very interesting people!


    See'm first 
    Park: ALL Submitted by: ScrapAng
    Submitted on: 4/30/2002
    Confirmed by: admin

    See popular attractions during parades especially Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, which tends to be for the younger crowd, as are the parades sometimes.