At Disney’s Muppet*Vision 3-D, the 3-D glasses are actually called … 3-D glasses. But at It’s Tough to be a Bug they are called Bug Eyes, and at Honey, I Shrunk the Audience they are called Safety Goggles. Park guests also wear 3-D glasses (or Carnival Games Goggles) for Toy Story Midway Mania!
instead of Disney’s California Adventure, Disney considered building DisneySea - a contrasting park to Disneyland, to be built in Long Beach next to the RMS Queen Mary (which Disney at the time owned). The park was to have led to a permanent West Coast ship in the Disney Cruise Line
Riding in the very first sled down Disneyland’s Matterhorn in June 1959, were Walt Disney, his wife Lilly, their daughters … and U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. When Vice President Nixon and Walt were waiting for the official first ride on the Disneyland Monorail, an empty train came by. In his excitement, Walt couldn’t wait. He grabbed Nixon and jumped on board, leaving Nixon’s Secret Service agents standing, stunned, on the platform!
Pianist Richard Carpenter and guitarist John Bettis performed music at Coke Corner on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. during the summer of 1967. Because they routinely deviated from the selections of turn- of-the-century tunes they were asked to perform … the pair were sacked after four months. Richard went on to have great success with his sister Karen - as The Carpenters. Many of their biggest hits were written by Richard and John Bettis.
The Enchanted Tiki Room: Walt’s inspiration for the Tiki Room — the first show featuring fully synchronized Audio-Animatronics figures — came from a small mechanical birdcage that he found at a New Orleans antique shop. He was so fascinated by the birds in the cage that he bought two of them — one to display and one to take apart. One of the original birdcages can usually be seen in the reproduction of Walt’s office located in The Walt Disney Story attraction on Main Street; however, it’s been temporarily relocated to the “One Man’s Dream” exhibit at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida as part of their 100 Years of Magic celebration