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12 fun things you may not know about Disneyland

By in Press Enterprise on December 26, 2017

By Marla Jo Fisher

Test your Disney trivia mojo here. How many of these items do you already know?

The lead horse on the iconic Fantasyland carousel is named Jingles. Walt Disney wanted all horses on the carousel, and he wanted them all to be leaping, so when a classic carousel was purchased, it was supplemented with other horses and those that had straight legs were redesigned. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

1. King Arthur Carousel. The lead horse on the iconic Fantasyland carousel is named Jingles. Walt Disney wanted all horses on the carousel, and he wanted them all to be leaping, so when a classic carousel was purchased, it was supplemented with other horses and those that had straight legs were redesigned.

Disneyland’s Main Street was built in 7/8 size and buildings are in forced perspective, with the top floors smaller than the bottom floors. Shown: window designer Shawna Tice Photo by Jack E. Hancock/ Orange County Register

2. Main Street, USA. It’s an amalgam of several small towns, including Ft. Collins, Colorado, but most closely resembles Marcelline, Missouri, where Walt Disney grew up. All the storefronts were built to 7/8 size with forced perspective, so that they grow smaller on the top floors, giving them a storybook character.

The Mark Twain Riverboat will be plying the Rivers of America with trips on the Rivers of America beginning July 29, and will be in the new version of the river show "Fantasmic!" when it returns on July 17. The show was put on hiatus, and the boat sat at the dock for more than a year while crews rerouted the Rivers of America to make room for the now under construction "Star Wars" land at Disneyland. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Mark Twain Riverboat was […]    

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