Disneyland has a number of secrets that are part of it's rich
history. Ranging from the hidden Mickey ears throughout
the park to Walt Disney's private apartment and even the
exclusive Club 33, there are many secrets and items of interest
Perhaps my favorite of the Disneyland Secrets is the exclusive
Club 33. Club 33 is an exclusive, private club within the
Disneyland park. Located in New Orleans Square, it has
played host to many famous names, and continues to be a highly
sought after membership.
The club maintains less than a 500 count membership, and there
is a large waiting list to join. There are a number of
excellent sites out there that go into detail about this club,
but perhaps the best I've come across is
Disneylandclub33.com. Check their website out for any
and all details you want to know about this club. Very
interesting reading, not to mention many pictures of the club
There are a couple Disneyland secrets concerning the Matterhorn.
There are two lines for this ride, seemingly ending up at the
same ending point. In fact, the two sides are not
identical, and when riding on the Tomorrowland side, you will
have a faster ride. Keep in mind, the weight of your
bobsled will also determine the speed of your ride, but the
Tomorrowland side is the faster ride, all things being equal.
In fact, when the ride first opened, there were "faster" and
"slower" signs for the ride. These labels caused uneven
lines, however, and have since been removed.
Another Disneyland secret concerning the Matterhorn- when the
Matterhorn was first built, Disney had to include a basketball
court inside the Matterhorn. The only way he could get a
permit to build a structure of this size was to build a sports
In another Disneyland secret, keep your eye out for hidden
Mickey's. Disney has incorporated a Mickey Mouse logo into
almost every ride, attraction and building in the park.
Some of these are very cleverly hidden, and some can only be
seen from certain angles, or even the air! There is no
official count for the number of hidden Mickey's, but it has
become a tradition to incorporate at least one, often times
more, hidden Mickey's into each attraction.
An interesting Disneyland secret has to do with the walkway
between the Disneyland and California Adventure parks.
This area is paved by thousands of octagon shaped pavers.
For $150, you can sponsor one of these pavers and have it
personalized. They call it a "brick sponsorship" or "Walk
of magical memories", and is a pretty nifty thing to be able to
essentially write your name in the Disneyland concrete!