16 Crazy Little Known Disneyland Facts Every Fan Should Know

1Long hairs prohibition

Until the late 1960s, men with long hair were prohibited from entering Disneyland because it did not meet the standards of Disney's unwritten dress code. Employees were also prohibited from having any facial hair because visitors would associate it with un-American activities.

2Disneyland employees

Employees of Disney World and Disneyland were prohibited from having mustaches, beards, and goatees for nearly 50 years until the ban was lifted in 2012. Soul patches are still banned.

3It's a Small World

Disneyland had to close the "It's a Small World" ride for several months in 2007 for renovations because people were too fat for the ride and the boats were regularly getting stuck.

4Dave MacPherson

The first guest to enter Disneyland was a college student named Dave MacPherson. He didn't ride a single attraction because he had to get back to school. He was awarded a lifelong ticket to Disneyland (with up to 3 guests). The ticket has since extended to include Disney parks around the world.

5Stanford University's band

Stanford University's band has been banned from several campuses and even Disneyland. Some of their offenses include mocking a case of a missing girl at Southern Cal during halftime and playing outside OJ Simpson's trial.

6Stray cats

At night, Disneyland becomes overrun by stray cats. Disney embraces them because they keep the mouse population in check and treats them like pets, including spaying and neutering them and giving them shots.

7Disney gangs

There are Disney "gangs" that frequent Disneyland in California.

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8Pirates of the Caribbean ride

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland once used real skeletons taken from UCLA's Medical Center. Rumors still persist that a few of them still remains in the attraction.


Disneyland used to employ young women as mermaids who would swim in the water around the Submarine Voyage ride.

10Winnie the Pooh employee

A Disneyland employee working as Winnie the Pooh went to court for slapping a child. After recess, the man returned in costume, jigged, and answered questions on the stand in full character. The jury acquitted him after seeing the costume's short arms disallowed slapping someone at child height.

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