Hidden Disneyland Gems
Have you always wanted to visit the happiest place on earth? Or perhaps you have already been and can’t wait to get back. Either way, Disneyland is a firm favorite attraction for almost everyone, regardless of whether they are visiting the city in which one is located or if they live there.
If you are planning on making a trip to a Disneyland resort soon, be sure to look out for these hidden gems guaranteed to make your visit all the more magical.
Walt’s Park: Walt’s Bench
One thing that sets Disneyland apart from other theme parks is the fact that it is the only theme park built with the founder’s involvement at every level. Walt Disney was involved with the original design inspiration for the first resort that then influenced all the other resorts. He was also involved with planning the opening day and more.
The inspiration for the theme park came when he sat on a park bench watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round. He wanted to create an environment in which parents and their children could enjoy doing things together. The idea stuck with him and 15 years later, he opened the first resort.
One of the most special hidden gems that you can find tucked away in Walt’s Park in Anaheim, California is Walt’s bench. It was on this very bench that the first thought of a theme park occurred to Walt Disney.
Disneyland Fire Department: Walt’s Lamp
Walt Disney had a small but fully functional apartment built into the second floor of the Disneyland Fire Station. While this apartment isn’t open to the public, you can sometimes take a peek into it during the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour.
The story goes that Walt put a lit lamp in the window of the firehouse apartment to let visitors know that he was in residence. These days, the lit lamp is kept in the window as a symbol of Walt’s spirit always being present at the resort.
Main Street: Windows
It is quite common for people to rush down Main Street as it’s the first one that greets you as you enter the park, and the excitement at what lies beyond easily draws them further into the park.
However, Main Street’s windows are quite special. Known as the ‘Windows to Enchantment’, they feature scenes from classic Disney animated films. These scenes also feature mechanized elements that move as you watch them and are as fun to watch as when you visit this site for non-stop entertainment.
‘It’s A Small World’ Hidden Characters
The ‘It’s a Small World’ boat ride is a firm favorite classic at Disneyland resorts. The adorable miniature world has always been a must-see for park visitors. As a sweet homage to the works of Disney Studios, as time has progressed, the Disney imaginers have added stylized versions of classic Disney and Pixar characters to the ride’s backdrop. If you look very carefully, you can expect to see Toy Story’s Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie, as well as titular characters like Aladdin, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Mulan to name a few.