Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Disneyland Fun Facts - The Enchanted Tiki Room, Sleeping Beauty Castle & Haunted Mansion

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. 
The Enchanted Tiki Room: Walt's inspiration for the Tiki Room -- the first show featuring fully synchronized Audio-Animatronics figures -- came from a small mechanical birdcage that he found at a New Orleans antique shop. He was so fascinated by the birds in the cage that he bought two of them -- one to display and one to take apart. One of the original birdcages can usually be seen in the reproduction of Walt's office located in The Walt Disney Story attraction on Main Street; however, it's been temporarily relocated to the "One Man's Dream" exhibit at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida as part of their 100 Years of Magic celebration.

Haunted Mansion: The singing busts in the Graveyard scene represent the singing group the Mello Men, who also play the parts of the singing cards in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," and can be heard on Alice's attraction singing "Painting the Roses Red."

Sleeping Beauty Castle: A special spot just beneath Sleeping Beauty Castle marks the original center of the park, before Critter Country or Mickey's Toontown were added. As you emerge on the other side of the tunnel into Fantasyland, there's a golden spike driven into the ground -- look for it on your next visit!

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