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- 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.