Did You Know? Imagineers who created the Morocco pavilion in Epcot are particularly proud of its authentic architecture, and they had some expert help to achieve it. King Hassan II took a great interest in DIsney’s spotlight on his country. To assess the pavilion’s authenticity, he actually studied the Imagineers’ scale model of the area prior to its construction. He even sent his personal architect to work with Imagineering team on the project
Did You Know? Walt had plans to build an apartment on the upper floors of Cinderella Castle for himself and his family, much like the apartment in the Fire Station at Disneyland. Although the basic room was built, it was never completed as an apartment because Walt died before the park opened. Instead, Walt Disney World telephone operators worked there for many years until 2007, when Imagineers renovated the space to create the CInderella Castle Suite. The 650-square-foot suite was designed to include all modern amenities while exuding the feel of a true seventeenth-century chateau. As a touch of Disney magic, it even includes one special glass slipper on display. The suite is not for rent, though guests were randomly chosen to stay there during 2008’s Year of a Million Dreams.
Did You Know? Walt originally intended to build two additions to Main Street in Disneyland, California, sprouting off of Center Street. The first, called Edison Square, was to celebrate American innovation, and the second was Liberty Square, a tribute to colonial America. However, the upcoming American bicentennial celebration was only 5 years away when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Always the forward thinker, Walt felt it was important to include Liberty Square in the new resort, further differentiating Walt Disney World from Disneyland
Did You Know? Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon is prohibited during park hours, but you can surf after hours or before the park opens in the morning. Walt Disney World books Private Surf Parties for up to 25 wave riders so they can enjoy the 2.75-million-gallon wave pool all by themselves. Waves up to six feet tall will roll out every 90 seconds, giving you 100 chances for a great ride in just three hours.
Did You Know? Hollywood Studios was essentially the first Disney theme park to be designed and developed without significant input from the first generation of legendary Imagineers. This “new” crew of Imagineers worked with their predecessors on the design of Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland, and many other large scale projects. But the generational transfer of knowledge, tradition, and storytelling was finally put to the test with this park’s installation.
Did You Know? When Epcot opened in 1982, Walt’s wife Lillian presided over the dedication ceremony of the World Fellowship Fountain, which features dancing water set to music. At the dedication ceremony, representatives from 23 countries attended to “feed” the fountain with water from their own lakes and rivers. Disney wanted the fountain to represent the commonalities and shared aspirations of people around the world.
Did You Know? The Magic Kingdom’d Crystal Palace, which serves as the transition from Main Street U.S.A. to Adventureland, was inspired by several pieces of architecture, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in England, New York’s Crystal Palace, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Did You Know? Although Disney’s attention to detail is legendary, Walt asked Imagineers to design the storefront windows on Main Street U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom closer to they ground than they would have been in their time period of the early 1900’s. He felt it was important for children to be able to see inside.
Did You Know? When a Foodie visits Victoria and Albert’s take note: You’ll want to reserve the most exclusive table in the whole entire DIsney resort, the Chef’s Table, in the very heart of the kitchen. You can watch the entire meal being prepared by a top notch team. Here, you’ll be served up to 13 specially prepared courses, which are personally explained by the head chef
Did You Know? Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the only AAA five-diamond restaurant in Central Florida and has been recognized with an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator as well. With only 18 tables in the main dining room and another five private “fireplace room,” dining here is an upscale experience,