Can you think of a more magical place in the world than Disneyland? I'll give you some time ... You can't, can you? It's a place that every kid dreams of visiting. From the imagination of the incredible Walt Disney, Disneyland is not only home to all the incredible characters he created; it's also a massive theme park with a host of different areas to visit, each with their own theme, from Main Street USA to Adventureland to New Orleans Square.
And of course, what's a theme park without rides? From humble beginnings, where there were only a few rides, Disneyland now boasts many, each totally unique, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which opens on May 31, 2019 as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area. Disneyland is truly a magical place filled with laughter and fun! Have you been there? Well, then you might have an advantage in our Ridiculously Hard Disneyland Quiz. Here you'll find a ton of questions about the park itself, the people in it, the Disney characters (of course) and how it all operates. There are even a few secrets that we'll reveal to you through the quiz! Maybe you can guess the answers to them!
So are you ready, Mickey? Let's quit mousing around and ace this quiz!
The original Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California. And the street it is located in is even named after the theme park! Its exact location is 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA.
Disneyland forms part of the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland was opened on July 17, 1955, and its design and construction were carried out under the leadership of Walt Disney himself. Disneyland is now one of the two theme parks within the Disneyland Resort, the other of which being the Disney California Adventure Park.
True! In the 1990s, it was decided by the powers that be to change the name of Disneyland to Disneyland Park. And the reason they did this? Well, it was to have it stand out from the massive complex around it, which continued to expand.
The first Disneyland theme park to open outside of the United States was in Tokyo, Japan. The first visitors entered the park on April 15, 1983. In 2017, the park hosted 16.6 million visitors!
True story! And it was the Griffith Park in Los Angeles where Walt Disney had his idea for a theme park of his own. His would be a little different, though, as he could incorporate his now famous characters into the park as another type of attraction.
When it opened in 1955, Disneyland had just 18 different rides and attractions. And how many of those originals are still running today? Well, you wouldn't think any, but in fact, 14 of them still remain.
As a child, Steve Martin spent plenty of time at Disneyland, not as a visitor but as an employee. He started out as a young child selling guide books but later moved on to work in the magic shop.
Even though it only had 18 rides when it started out, people flocked to Disneyland to see what it was all about. Many in the media and corporate world thought the park would be a failure, but it took just two months for a million visitors to move through the turnstiles.
Yes, really! The original "it's a small world" ride has 22-carat gold in the trimmings found on the outside of it. "small world" is a water ride and is replicated at a number of other Disneyland parks around the world.
Located in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Disneyland Hong Kong opened on September 12, 2005. Since its opening, it's hosted over 25 million visitors. In 2017, it ranked as the 18th busiest theme park in the world, based on yearly attendance.
Although called the Matterhorn, the full name of this roller coaster is the Matterhorn Bobsleds. The first tubular roller coaster in the world, the ride was styled to look like the Matterhorn peak in the Alps. The Matterhorn was officially opened on June 14, 1959.
On July 17, 1995, the 40th anniversary of Disneyland, park authorities buried a time capsule in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It will be opened on July 17, 2035, the day which marks the 80th anniversary of the theme park.
Long before the Hollywood blockbusters we know and love, Walt Disney had already come up with the theme for a pirate-based dark ride. Called the Pirates of the Caribbean, this ride opened in 1967. Sadly, Walt Disney died three months before it opened.
The Zip-a-Dee reference clearly comes from the Disney song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," which featured in the 1946 movie "Song of the South." Today, Splash Mountain is a classic log ride, so prepared to get wet!
Marcus Mouse is a Disney character but certainly a lesser-known one. And where does he come from? Well, should Mickey want to marry Minnie one day, he's going to have to talk to Marcus at some point. Why? Because Marcus Mouse is Minnie's father!
Builders back in the 1950s sure were quick! And although Disneyland wasn't that massive originally, it was still an ambitious project. After all, it had 18 rides that needed to be built and tested before the park could be opened. And that all just took one year. That's pretty impressive!
Surely you've seen them! Most people entering Disneyland buy themselves a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. After all, he's Disney's best creation and probably the most famous mouse in the world. Estimates suggest over 84 million ears have been sold.
In 1959, Disneyland added a monorail to help transport people around an ever-growing park. Did you know that this monorail was the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere?
The Haunted Mansion is found at three different Disney parks throughout the world. It was first seen at Disneyland and opened on August 9, 1969. And if the first ghost doesn't scare you, one of the other 998 might!
Tomorrowland is one of the original themed lands found at Disneyland, and it opened with the park in 1955. Incredibly, all the plants used in this land are edible, with Disneyland saying "the visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources."
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was announced in 2014. Construction began the following year, and the area will encompass 14 hectares. Set in the Star Wars universe, it promises many of the characters we know and love from the movie series.
While today it costs around $100 to enter Disneyland, back in 1955, it cost just $1. Having said that, that was pretty pricey at the time! It didn't deter people from checking out the new theme park, however!
Back in the 1970s, Michelle Pfeiffer went down the rabbit hole ... in Disneyland, that is! She played the part of Alice in Wonderland in the Main Street Electrical Parade. So not only Steve Martin had a start in Disneyland, it seems.
It wasn't massive, but Walt Disney did have a small apartment overlooking Main Street in Disneyland. Not only was it private, but it was a secret from most. Today, a light shines in the window to signify the presence of Disney.
Yes, up until the year 2000, no male staff member at Disneyland was allowed a mustache, unless the role he might be playing demanded one. Other things are still banned, including beards, any unnatural hair color and piercings.
Amazingly, the construction of Disneyland and everything needed to get it up and running before it opened in 1955 cost $17 million. That was a lot of money in 1955, and Disney was taking a big risk. But it worked out in the end, that's for sure.
Before Disneyland became Disneyland, Walt Disney would refer to it as Mickey Mouse park. Let's be honest, we should be happy with the fact that he ended with Disneyland, and it certainly isn't a strictly Mickey Mouse establishment.
From its original 18 attractions, 14 of which are still operating, the park now consists of over 50 attractions. These include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Matterhorn Bobsleds, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Disneyland has been forced to close on three occasions. The first was in 1963 for a national day of mourning following the killing of John F. Kennedy. The second was in 1994 after the Northridge Earthquake, and the last time was on 9/11.
It was a different world when Disneyland opened in 1955. Tobacco shops were certainly something you would find on a Main Street anywhere in the United States. But as smoking became more unfashionable and its health risks became more known, and seeing that Disneyland is all about the kids, the shop was taken off Main Street in 1991.
Main Street is and always has been one of the main attractions in Disneyland. Filled with many different buildings, these structures are illuminated at night thanks to 100,000 light bulbs. Now that's a serious electricity bill!
Disneyland is pristine! Many workers see that the park is kept spotless, even while people enjoy themselves. So if someone vomits, it needs to be cleaned immediately. This is known as a Code V among employees. It used to be called a protein spill.
Donna Duck? Never heard of her! But she is a Disney character. In fact, before Daisy, Donna was Donald's love interest! This was before 1940, and interestingly, Donna looked just like Donald but had a hair bow!
Yes, despite many thinking it was an urban legend, there is a basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn. It's one of the many secrets Disneyland contains, including the private and exclusive Club 33 with its secret entrance.
Since it opened in 1955, Disneyland has not allowed alcohol on the premises for consumption by the general public. Members of Club 33, however, do have access to the restaurant of the same name where alcohol is sold.