A thread to put random theme park trivia facts you know
When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, each land (except Main Street, U.S.A.) had an animatronic show in it: Adventureland – Enchanted Tiki Room, Frontierland – Country Bear Jamboree, Liberty Square – Hall of Presidents, Fantasyland – Mickey Mouse Revue, and Tomorrowland – Flight to the Moon
The idea was that guests would want to get out of the Florida sun into a theater with air conditioning
Next time you are at Magic Kingdom…head to Liberty Square and look at the ground. You’ll notice an odd brown wavy pattern in the walkway. That my friends is supposed to represent human waste as during that time period there was no indoor plumbing and citizens would just throw their waste outside and it formed a river. This part of the walkway has been unofficially named, The Brown River…
Before Star Tours was refurbished in 2011 to become Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas proposed an idea to Disney before the release of The Phantom Menace about turning Star Tours into a pod-racing themed attraction. Disney decided not to go with the idea since they wanted to see how well the prequel trilogy would be received
You know that famous mosaic mural inside Cinderella’s castle and the the mosaic wall before entering the Land Pavilion? It was done by artist Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff. A Man who used to be a Nazi Interrogator. He requested by the allies to learn his successful interrogation techniques and never was on nuremburg trial. The US military still uses his interrogation techniques to this day.
Nazi Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun also worked with Walt Disney but on a project as a technical director, initially for three television films about space exploration. The initial broadcast devoted to space exploration was Man in Space. Though that’s technically not theme park, man in Space was used as an advertisment for Tomorrowland.