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Disneyland Partners Statue – 3 Secrets

Walt Disney and Mickey Partners Statue

You’ve walked past the Disneyland Partners Statue many times, but have you really looked at it? I will show you 3 hidden details on the Walt & Mickey Partners Statue that you probably haven’t seen or heard of before.

Partners Statue Disneyland California with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background, Walt and Mickey statue

This is one of the most famous and recognizable scenes in all of Disney. The view above captures three Disney icons – Walt, Mickey and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Disneyland Chesire Cat Magic Mirror

Have you seen the chesire cat appear and disappear in the magic mirror at Disneyland? You know, the one that looks like a normal mirror, but then the grinning chesire cat suddenly appears? And then disappears?

Chesire Cat smiling in magic mirror in Mad Hatter store Disneyland California Fantasyland
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Disneyland Griffin, Gryphon, or Gargoyle

I found a scary-looking griffin (or gryphon) in Disneyland, and it was hiding in plain sight. Do you know where it is? And, by the way, what is a griffin anyway?

Closeup of a Griffin or Gargoyle at Disneyland Haunted Mansion New Orleans Square
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Disneyland Petrified Tree

What is 55-70 million years old and been on display in Disneyland since 1957? If you guessed a 10-foot petrified tree stump, you’d be right. Find out all about it.

Petrified Tree in Frontierland Disneyland with the Columbia sailing ship in background
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Dominguez Palm Disneyland

Did you know that there’s a palm tree in Disneyland that was planted way back in 1896, and is still there today? This story has to do with a promise Walt made to a family whose land he purchased to help build Disneyland in the 1950’s. That palm tree was already over 50 years old then, and the Disney company continues to protect this proud tree to this very day.

Arrow pointing to top of Dominguez Palm Tree in Adventureland Disneyland CA
Picture taken from Enchanted Tiki Room looking toward Jungle Cruise ┬ęDizBuff.com
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Disneyland Mugo Pine

The oldest living tree in Disneyland

You will never guess what the oldest living thing in Disneyland is. If you’re thinking along the lines of a plant, or hedge, or tree, you’re on the right track. This has everything to do with Walt’s meticulous attention to detail and desire to get things precisely right for his guests. It’s a fascinating story to hear about the lengths to which Disney went in 1955 to get everything as perfect as possible. (2020 update – this is definitely not a Mugo Pine – it’s been misidentified for years. Read further below for the correct identification of this oldest-living tree in Disneyland.)

Mugo pine Disneyland's oldest tree in StoryBook Land Anaheim California

Arrow points to a Mugo Pine – Disneyland’s oldest living tree

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Disneyland Tomorrowland Water Ball

Have you seen that huge round-rock ball in Tomorrowland? It’s made out of solid granite and even though it weighs over 12,000 pounds, a child can spin it around easily. How is that even possible?

The Disneyland Water Ball or Kugel Ball in Tomorrowland
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Disney Family Crest on Sleeping Beauty Castle

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…

Sleeping-Beauty-Castle-Disney-Family-Coat-of-Arms-Circled-in-red-crest

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?

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Disneyland Indian Head One-Cent Penny

You’ve probably walked down Main Street USA in Disneyland a number of times, but I’ll bet you never noticed the large Indian Head Cent mounted above the entrance to the Penny Arcade. And it’s not just any old large-prop coin either. Again and again, Disney Imagineers work their magic…

Large Indian Head Cent dated 1901 on Penny Arcade facade in Disneyland on Main Street USA
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Disneyland Lost Parents Sign

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?

Lost Parents Sign cropped

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?