- Main Street USA is loosely based on downtown Marceline, Missouri, circa 1910, the year a four-year-old Walt Disney and his family left the small town and moved to Kansas City.
- Each evening, a model dressed as Tinker Bell “flies” for 750 feet between Cinderella Castle and Tomorrowland to signal the start of the nightly fireworks display.
- Three of the original Adventure Land attractions that opened in 1971 are still operating—the Swiss Family Treehouse, Jungle Cruise, and the Enchanted Tiki Room—Under New Management.
- Walt Disney World had to obtain approval from the U.S. Congress to place the Great Seal of the United States on the carpet in the Hall of Presidents.
- A cowboy and an Indian are America’s representatives in WDW’s “It’s a Small World” attraction.
- The fastest ride at Walt Disney World (with a top speed of 65 miles an hour) is Epcot’s Test Track.
- King Hassan II of Morocco sent 19 artists to Florida to help create the mosaics in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot, a job that used nine tons of handmade, hand-cut tiles.
- Since most of central Florida sits on a thin layer of dirt floating on water, Disney has developed a system of 43 miles of canals and 23 miles of levees to control the water levels.
- Next to the Department of Defense, WDW is the largest purchaser of explosives in the country (mainly for the nightly fireworks and other pyrotechnic shows around the park).
- A network of storage rooms, hallways, and offices runs underneath the attractions at WDW. The area that guests walk through is actually the park’s second and third stories.
- Enough Disney character tee-shirts are sold in WDW each year to give one to every person living in Chicago.
Brush up on your Walt Disney World knowledge to impress your friends and family while you wait in line.