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50 Facts About Disney

Morgan McGrath, Staff Writer

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With the growing popularity of Disney’s live version of Beauty and the Beast, it only seems fitting to ask the following questions: What else does the company have in store for the future? Do they plan on remaking more of their timeless classics? Additionally, what are some facts about Disney that most people don’t know? The answers to these questions, and more, are as follows with these 50 facts about Disney…

  1. Dumbo the Elephant is Disney’s only title character that doesn’t have any speaking lines.
  2. In The Lion King, the roars the lions make are actually recorded from tigers.
  3. Wayne Allwine, the original voice behind Mickey Mouse, and Russi Taylor, the original voice behind Minnie Mouse, were married in real life until Allwine passed away some 8 years ago.
  4. The Disney World Resort is 40 sq. miles – around the same size as San Francisco.
  5. Selfie sticks are not allowed to be brought onto Disneyland’s premises.
  6. Ariel was the first Disney princess to have siblings.
  7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cost Walt Disney’s animation studios a little over one million dollars to create.
  8. Disney is planning on remaking its famous Mulan, which will most likely be released to the public in November of 2018.
  9. In addition to the exciting news about a live action version of Mulan, Disney has recently stated 18 additional remakes of classic films will be created and produced before 2020. These new films include Winnie the PoohSword in the StoneDumbo, The Lion King, and Pinocchio.
  10. In Hindi, Baloo means “bear,” and in Swahili, Simba means “lion.”
  11. Main Street, U.S.A was the very first ‘land’ in all of the Disney Parks to have a specific theme. It’s based off of America in the early 1900s.
  12. In Hawaiian, Moana means “ocean” or “sea.” How fitting!
  13. Disney’s CEO from 1984-2005, Michael Eisner, originally thought Finding Nemo was going to be a failure. Luckily, though, the film was a major success.
  14. As of October 3rd, 2015, there are a total number of 220 Disney Stores in the United States alone.
  15. Shortly after Disneyland opened in 1955, there was talk of adding a Wizard of Oz land, but it never came to fruition.
  16. At least 200 cats actually live on Disneyland’s premises. Why? They are kept around to get rid of mice, rats, and any other rodents that enter the park’s property.
  17. Disneyland has a jail to temporarily detain wrongdoers who cause any sort of a disruption.
  18. There is a basketball court located at the top of Disneyland’s Matterhorn Mountain.
  19. At New Orleans Station in Disneyland, there is a Morse Code message that can be heard-it’s Walt Disney’s inaugural speech from the park’s opening in 1955.
  20. Park workers are not allowed to point with one finger. Instead, they must use either two fingers or their entire hand.
  21. Aurora, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty, is the Disney princess with the least amount of speaking lines.
  22. Zootopia is Disney’s 55th animated movie.
  23. Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Frozen, originally auditioned to play the voice of Rapunzel in Tangled.
  24. Boo, the little girl from Monsters, Inc., is actually named Mary.
  25. The Beatles almost voiced the vultures in Disney’s The Jungle Book.
  26. Pocahontas is Disney’s only princess to have a tattoo.
  27. Walt Disney acted as Peter Pan in one of his school’s plays.
  28. In total, there are over 5 million spots in 101 Dalmatians.
  29. Mickey Mouse was originally supposed to be named Mortimer, but Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it.
  30. Jennifer Lee, the co-director of Frozen, was the first woman to ever direct one of Disney’s animated movies.
  31. Pride Rock in The Lion King is based off of Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, Africa.
  32. Winnie in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh was based off of a real bear, named Winnipeg, who lived at London’s Zoological Gardens.
  33. The Princess and the Frog‘s Tiana is the only Disney princess to have dimples.
  34. The voice of Mrs. Potts in the original Beauty and the Beast film, Angela Lansbury, recorded “Tale as Old as Time” in a single take.
  35. The muses in Hercules were originally supposed to be voiced by The Spice Girls.
  36. The man who helped to design the iPod, iMac, and iPhone, Jonathan Ive, also helped to design Eve from Disney/Pixar’s Wall-e.
  37. Walt Disney’s final words were “Kurt Russell,” but no one knows why.
  38. Bernard, the male mouse from The Rescuers, has triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number thirteen.
  39. The Emperor’s New Groove was originally supposed to be named Kingdom of the Sun.
  40. On Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, the park only had a total of eighteen attractions.
  41. As of 2012, three babies have been born at Disneyland.
  42. High School Musical was, at one point in time, going to be a sequel to the classic musical Grease.
  43. In Disney’s Bolt, the main pup was loosely based off of an American White Shepard.
  44. Pocahontas was once supposed to have a turkey friend named Redfeather, who had the ability to talk, but the idea was cut when the writers of the film decided they’d rather have the animals not speak at all.
  45. Walt Disney’s personal favorite animation was when Cinderella’s dress transformed from pink to sparkling blue.
  46. Merida is the only Disney princess who doesn’t sing.
  47. In Fantasia, the sorcerer, called Yen Sid, is really just Disney spelled backwards.
  48. The first athlete to say the famed line, “I’m going to Disneyland!” was Phil Simms, former quarterback of the New York Giants, in 1987.
  49. Mickey Mouse made his first noise in Disney’s Steamboat Willie.
  50. Walt Disney’s dream was to create a park that looked like “nothing else in the world.” He certainly did just that.
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