There are Hidden Mickey’s all over Disneyland. Some are so tiny, they’re almost impossible to spot, and some are so HUGE they’re also impossible to spot. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even know you’re walking right through the *largest* Hidden Mickey in Disneyland, because it’s almost invisible from ground level.
Did you ever notice the Coat of Arms on Sleeping Beauty Castle as you walked through the drawbridge entrance on the way to Fantasyland? If you’re not looking for it, it’s very easy to miss. And there’s an interesting story behind it…
Circled in red, this is a family’s actual Coat of Arms, but whose is it? Before we get into the nitty-gritty of that, let’s talk about the family name, Disney. What are the Disney family’s roots? AndWhere did those roots originate?
George & Mary Darling
There are two signs in front of City Hall in Disneyland California that say “Lost Parents.” Did you know that the two characters on top of the sign are actually George and Mary Darling from the Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie?
George and Mary Darling look a little worried. Could it be that their three children, Wendy, John and Michael, have just flown off to Neverland with Peter Pan?
Disneyland has not one, but two working, vintage orchestrions. What’s an orchestrion? It’s kind of like a one-man band, only there’s no man, and it’s 100% mechanical. Disney’s Welte orchestrion is pretty well known, but their 2nd one is a bit more hard-to-find, buried deep in Frontierland.