25 Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Fun Facts

January 20, 2012
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The Magic Kingdom was the first of the four main theme parks to open on Walt Disney World property and whether it’s your favorite or not I think we can all agree that there is something very special about this place. It is rich in history and detail so I thought I would share 25 very interesting and fun facts about the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.

1. When the Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 the price for an adult admission was $3.50.

2. The 8 E ticket attractions located in the Magic Kingdom were:

Country Bear Jamboree

Hall of Presidents

Haunted Mansion

It’s A Small World

Jungle Cruise

Pirates of the Caribbean

Space Mountain

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

3. The tallest building in the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella’s Castle at 189 feet tall. The outside walls of Cinderella’s Castle is entirely made out of fiberglass. Also, there are 18 towers and 13 gargoyles.

4.  On the Jungle Cruise attraction the name of the head salesman who offers two shrunken heads for one of the passengers is Trader Sam.

5. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel once known as Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1917. Disney purchased the carrousel in 1967 from Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey. The carrousel’s original name is Liberty.

6. The Astro Orbiter attraction located in Tomrrowland opened in 1974 under the name Star Jets.

7. The Tiki Room in Adventureland was originally known as the Tropical Serenade and it was sponsored by the Florida Citrus Growers.

8. The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House stands 60 feet tall and weighs 200 tons and is made of concrete and polyethylene leaves.

9. The Winnie the Pooh attraction in Fantasyland is housed in the site where Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride existed until 1998.

10. The names of the 6 trains of the Big Thunder mountain Railroad are:

IB Hearty

IM Brave

IM Fearless

UB Bold

UR Courageous

UR Daring

11. The swinging suspension bridge that you travel to cross Tom Sawyer island to Fort Langhorne was named after Samuel Langhorne Clemens who most of us know as Mark Twain.

12. The Liberty Bell replica found in the center of Liberty Square was built out of the same cast mold as the original Liberty Bell located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

13. The Walt Disney World Railroad is an authentic 1928 steam-powered train.

14. The now extinct Mickey’s Toontown Fair was originally known as Birthdayland and then Mickey’s Starland.

15. To bcome a Galactic Hero at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin you need to score at least 900,000 points.

16. The name of the loveable audio-animatronic dog in the Carousel of Progress is Rover.

17. Stitch’s Great Escape attraction in Tomorrowland is housed in the site of the former Alien Encounter attraction that closed in 2003.

18. The Tomorrowland Speedway, an original Magic Kingdom attraction opened under the name Grand Prix Raceway and later changed to the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. In 2008 the Indy was dropped from the name.

19. The People Mover formerly known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (“TTA”) was originally named the WEDway People Mover. The initials WED stand for Walter Elias Disney.

20. The design of Main Street USA was inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

21. The names of the Jungle Cruise River boats are:

Amazon Annie

Bomokandi Bertha

Congo Connie

Ganges Gertie

Irrawaddy Irma

Mongala Millie

Nile Nelly

Orinoco Ida

Rutshuru Ruby

Sankuru Sadie

Senegel Sal

Ucvali Lolly

Volta Val

Wamba Wanda

Zambesi Zelda

22. Splash Mountain in Adventureland has a five-story plunge at a 45-degree angle at a speed of 40 miles per hour.

23. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin attraction in Tomorrowland is housed at the site of the former Disney’s Take Flight attraction that closed January 1998. Disney’s Take Flight attraction was previously known as Delta Dream Flight until Delta dropped their sponsorship in June of 1996.

24. The names of the 3 talking heads who introduce the Country Bear Jamboree are Buff, max, and Melvin.

25. The Magic Kingdom was actually built above ground. Depending on where you are in the park you may be as high as the 3rd story. The ground level (underground to guests) is a complex city of corridors called utilidors whose walls are color coded to signify the location. The utilidors function like a city below the park consisting of complicated tunnels with cafeterias,  employee check cashing services, rehearsal rooms, and sanitation stations just to name a few.

Stuart Sternberg is a founder of WDW Fan Zone you can find him on Google +, Facebook,  and follow him on twitter @disneygeekdad.

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4 Responses to 25 Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Fun Facts

  1. Kelly on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Brilliant article Stuart!! Love all of the history.

  2. V on January 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Actually, Trader Sam is the head salesman in Disneyland. Recently the WDW character was dubbed Sam in an effort to standardize the script. I can’t spell his real name for the life of me, so skippers, don’t kill me…his real name is (in WDW) Chief Namaee.

  3. abby on April 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    talest buiding is actually the tower of teeor :) sorry but you got it wrong

    • Shelley Scholl on April 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Abby-The Tower of Terror isn’t in the Magic Kingdom (which is what this post was about) it is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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