Saturday, January 22, 2011
(From AAA Magazine)
I thought these were pretty interesting:
1. Walt Disney considered St. Louis, MO, as the site for Walt Disney World. But when local beer magnate August Busch, Jr. reportedly told Walt he'd have to serve beer in the Magic Kingdom, Disney turned his focus to Orlando.
2. To keep prices low as he bought up some 28,000 acres of Florida swampland, Disney hid his identity by creating dummy corporations, such as M.T.Lott Real Estate Investments. The average price Disney paid: $196 per acre. Weeks after his identity leaked out, nearby land prices jumped more than 500 percent.
3. The Contemporary Resort, one of the resort's two original hotels, was built in a contemporary way: Each of the 500-plus rooms was build off-site before being lifted by crane and slid into place like a drawer into a cabinet.
4. Walt Disney World spans 40 square miles-nearly twice the size of Manhattan. (You can sure get your exercise walking around there!)
5. There are 27 official Walt Disney World hotels, offering 24,742 rooms. If you stayed in a different room each night, it would take more than 67 years to stay in them all.
6. Cast members must stay true to their characters, so women portraying Snow White and Ariel the Mermaid aren't allowed to have tan lines. Why? Snow White must look "snow white" and mermaids-of course!-don't have tans.
7. Behind the fantasy, the reality: The folks at Disney World Laundry wash 285,000 pounds of laundry daily.
8. On the Jungle Cruise, a band of headhunters burst forth shouting tribal chants. Hidden in the audio mix, you can hear one warrier yell, "I love disco!"-a phrase added by a prankster sound engineer and never erased.
9. Many US Presidents have visited the park, but on Nov. 17, 1973-at the height of Watergate-Richard M. Nixon made history there. Addressing a conference of newspaper editors, he deliver his most infamous line: "I am not a crook."
10. Vacationing at Walt Disney World in December, 1974, a guest at the Polynesian Resort received some papers to sign. The guest? John Lennon. The papers? The documents that officially dissolved The Beatles. (A truly sad day in history, in my opinion.)
11. You cannot buy gum anywhere at Walt Disney World. Why not? It's too tempting for guests to leave a wad behind as litter.