What’s that on top of the mushroom ticket booth at Alice in Wonderland? It looks like somebody left their shoes up there? But whose shoes could they be? And why are they up there?
Ever notice the Cigar Store Indian on Main Street USA in Disneyland? What is he doing there? There’s no tobacco store anywhere in Disneyland.
When Disneyland first opened in 1955, there were a number of shops on Main Street that are now closed or have been replaced by other unique and magical boutiques. One of those original shops was the Tobacconist on the east side of Main Street, right next to the Cinema. It closed in 1990 and has since been replaced by the 20th Century Music Company, but its Cigar Store Indian is still presiding over Main Street USA.
There’s a myth that the golden spike near Sleeping Beauty Castle marked the exact geographical center of Disneyland when it opened in 1955. Let’s take a look at this myth to see if it’s really true or not. If you already know about the golden spike, there’s a bonus trivia fact at the end of this post that I’ll bet you do NOT know – could there be a second golden spike?
Eeek! The Evil Queen is after me! Just like she was after Snow White. If you glance above the entrance to Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Fantasyland, day or night, you might see the Wicked Queen slowly part the velvet curtains and stare out over the courtyard. Update for 2021 -> this attraction has been reimagined and renamed “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish.” See video of the changes further down below …
Off in the distance in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, you might spy a sailing ship’s masts and sails. It looks like a ship is anchored on the waterfront in the Port of New Orleans. I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to bob and weave my way through the backstreets and passageways of New Orleans Square to find that ship and explore further. Of course, this is all Disney magic, and it is also a tip of the hat to one of Disney’s Legends, Herb Ryman.
In Disneyland’s Town Square, it’s hard to miss the towering 65 foot flagpole, but have you ever noticed the flagpole’s unique-looking base? It’s an ornate piece of metal that came to Disneyland because of an automobile accident in Los Angeles.
Even Disney’s popcorn carts are different and “themed” or designed to the land or area that they are located in. The popcorn cart in Tomorrowland looks like a spaceship, and the cart near the Matterhorn looks like it could be in a Swiss alpine village. Read on to see pictures and learn more.
Frontierland Popcorn Cart
There’s quite a story behind the Snow White Grotto just off the East side of Sleeping Beauty Castle. One account claims that it all started with an unexpected gift from an Italian sculptor to Walt Disney. Could Snow and her 7 dwarfs have been based on a European boxed, soap set?
We don’t have to guess – Walt Disney told us in his own words. He was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, watching his daughters ride the Merry-Go-Round when he had a thought. There ought to be a place where both parents and children can enjoy themselves together.
Have you seen those little dressed-up characters cranking popcorn canisters all over Disneyland? They’re called Roastie Toasties and they’re awesome. In the early days, they were all clowns. Not any more …