Five Disneyland secrets that adults will lose their minds over
Either way, rekindle that childlike wonder on your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth by seeking out these five secrets that even the most emotionally-crippled adult will find some spark of happiness in discovering.
1. Real bones in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride
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Everything in Disneyland is animatronics and plastic, right? Not the fine gent above, if you're to believe the rumors. He's pure, grade-A human skeleton.
According to former Disney producer Jason Surrell, the creators of the ride were unimpressed with the fake-looking skeletons at the time of the ride's opening (1967). So, they simply asked some pals at the UCLA Medical Center for some spare skulls and bones, and apparently UCLA was like, "Yeah, sure, how many?"
Since then the bones have been replaced by the new, cutting edge super realistic fake bones we now enjoy today. But some swear that you can still spot up to three actual skulls, based on details like looking more aged than the other props.
The best way to find out is to go ahead and ride it 17 times in a row while intently staring at each skull. No one will question you, I'm sure.
2. Edible plants
No, not that kind of edible plant.
Walt himself had a vision of the future that apparently included just eating whatever is nearby. Or as Disneyland puts it: "The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources."
Lol! "Humanity making the most of it's resources." Good one guys!
3. Tomorrowland is supposed to be 1986
While we're in Tomorrowland, let's talk about one of the most kick-ass-little-known tidbits in the park: This particular area was a vision of what life would be like in the distant future of 1986. We know, all you can think of when you remember 1986 is the Iran-Contra Affair, but apparently they did not have the foresight to build that into one of the rides.
So throw on your "True Colors" while you navigate the "Labyrinth" of Tomorrowland, and maybe you can become "Top Gun" of the Culture Club. Or just, you know, think about Madonna for a second.
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4. You will never get into Club 33
Well, the fact that you'll never get into this place is maybe not really a secret, but the club itself is pretty secret-ish and ultra-exclusive — and it's the only place within Disneyland Park where you can get alcohol. That alone might make it worth the $25,000 membership fee. I mean, who wants to schlep all the way over to California Adventure for a stiff drink?
Located in New Orleans Square roughly above the aforementioned Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the entrance is nondescript, with nothing more than a number 33 address plate marking the outside of it.
According to the L.A. Weekly, there are only two ways to get in: Become a member (or work for a company that is a member), or schmooze one of said members into bringing you along as a guest. So in other words: No, you will never get to see it.
5. Yell "Andy's Coming!" at the Toy Story characters
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And watch them all fall dead to the ground.
Or at least freeze whatever they're doing and go limp, just like they do in the movies. They are no longer allowed to hit the deck, probably because it's the ground of Disneyland and no one should lay on it, but they will still react to you (probably).
No, it doesn't take care of that looming project deadline your boss has been hammering you about, but it will make you feel like you have some vague sense of control over your life, so we say do it!
James is a Senior Editor at MapQuest.