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Disney Fun facts – Part 4
Here are some not so well known facts and figures about Walt Disney World.
The "Liberty Oak," the focal point of the Liberty Square area in the Magic Kingdom, is the proud parent of more than 500 young trees. They all started out as acorns harvested from the majestic oak.
From the air, Walt Disney World Resort boasts a number of heady sights. For instance, the unique "Mouse Trap" on the 6th hole at the Magnolia Golf Course that looks like the famous Mickey Ears. Over at the Bonnet Creek Golf Club, Mickey's profile greets golfers on the large practice green. The famous Mouse is the model for the courtyard and area in front of the Chinese Theater at the Disney Hollywood Studios.
As a precaution against any Millennium glitches, Walt Disney World hid portable lights and generators all over the property to insure light and essential power when the Millennium arrived. They had been placed behind potted plants so that they would be unobtrusive to guests, but easily found by Cast members if need be.
The National Geodetic Survey has a first order GPS station on the Disney property designated as station "RATWORLD"!!
The names of 2 of the approach procedures that all aircraft follow into their arrival at Orlando International Airport are Goofy Two and Minnie Two.
Walt Disney World employs more people on one site than any other company in the US. During peak times it ranges between 55,000-60,000 cast members, which is about half of the Disney employees worldwide.
The monorail system is one of the most expensive rides in Walt Disney World. The price per mile of track exceeds $5 million dollars, just for the track. The monorail tracks cost 1 million dollars a mile (for double track). When Disney bought the monorail trains, they cost $11 million each, and they have 7 of these monorails.
Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain only move at 26 mph. Pretty slow for a roller coaster. The Monorail was the fastest ride in Disney until Test Track was installed in Epcot.
The monorail's top speed is 55 mph, but they cruise at 40 mph. There are 12 monorail trains at Walt Disney World which start circulating around at 5 am. The monorail trains also switch tracks occasionally.
The track that spans from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot Center is at an average altitude of 21 feet.
Kodak estimates that approximately 4 percent of all the amateur photographs taken in the United States are snapped at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland.
Cinderella's castle is not made of stone... it is entirely made of fibreglass!
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