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• Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, before construction began. His brother Roy Disney took over the project. The Magic Kingdom opened for business in 1971. That was followed by Epcot Center in 1982, Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1989, and Disney's Animal Kingdom in 1998. Today, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of over 52 million. • Roy Disney died at age 78 in 1971, less than three months after the property opened.
• There’s a system of tunnels underneath the Magic Kingdom called Utilidors (for “utility corridors”) where all the secret and unsightly stuff happens: supplies brought in, trash taken out, props are stored, costumes are cleaned, etc. Although the Utilidor appears to be underground, that’s an illusion. The land was too swampy to build underground, so it’s actually the first floor of the compound, and the entire resort is built on top. When visitors are standing in front of Cinderella Castle, they may feel like they are standing at ground level, but they are actually on the 3rd floor of a gigantic building. • The daily fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom costs about $33,000 to put on, making Disney the largest consumer of fireworks in the world. • When you take a walk down Main Street and look at Cinderella’s castle, you might notice that the “bricks” get smaller the higher up the castle goes. It’s called “forced perspective.” The castle looks a little taller than it would if all the bricks were the same size. • Main Street in the Magical Kingdom is designed using forced perspective. When guest arrive in the morning, Main Street looks extremely long as it stretches towards Cinderella’s Castle. Once guests reach the castle and turn around to leave the park, Main Street looks very short as it heads towards the exit. ...continued
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Legend has it that Walt sat in Disneyland and counted how far guests would walk before tossing their trash on the ground, and 30 steps seemed to be the limit. In any of the parks, visitors are never more than 30 steps from a trash can.
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• The colored concrete walkways in the Magic Kingdom seem to correspond to each section but are actually colored because Kodak and Disney found that light reflecting off colored concrete creates more vivid photographs. • The brownish winding path in Liberty Square is meant to represent raw sewage that flowed down the streets of Colonial America, since indoor plumbing wasn't yet invented. • Throughout the resort there are thousands of “hidden Mickeys” worked into the designs: upholstery, artwork, wallpaper, flowerbeds, tile, and so on have subtle silhouettes of Mickey hidden in them. There's one hidden Mickey you can only see once a year: Inside the Little Mermaid ride at Fantasyland, workers drilled three holes in the ceiling that become the perfect Mickey at noon on November 18, which is Mickey's birthday. If you're at that spot, the sun will shine through those holes and create a three-circle Mickey image on the wall. There is a streetlamp in Tomorrowland with three round hooded lights. At a certain times of the day it will cast a Mickey shadow on the ground. • The Disney Transportation System is the third largest bus system in Florida with over 290 buses.
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• The water on the Jungle Cruise is dyed green in order to make it appear much deeper than it actually is. It also disguises the tracks that the boats travel on, as well as hiding trash. • The telegraph message at the train station is tapping out Walt Disney's speech at Disneyland's opening in Morse code. • When in queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, note that the two skeletons playing chess have died playing because the chess game is at a stalemate that nobody can win. ...continued
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• On June 27, 1829, English scientist James Smithson dies, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. Smithson decreed that the whole of his fortune would go to the United States, to found an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Today, the Smithsonian Institution is composed of 19 museums. • On June 26, 1945, delegates from 50 nations sign the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of saving "succeeding generations from the scourge of war." Four years later, the cornerstone was laid for United Nations headquarters, in New York City. • On June 28, 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, hand assemble the first Corvette. The car carried a price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 mph in under 12 seconds. • On June 25, 1969, the U.S. Navy turns 64 river patrol gunboats valued at $18.2 million over to the South Vietnamese Navy so that they could assume more responsibility for the war, raising the number of boats in its navy to more than 600. • On June 30, 1975, less than a week after her divorce from Sonny Bono, Cher tied the knot with rock star Gregg Allman, only to file for divorce from him just nine days later. She then reconsidered and remained married to Allman until 1979. • On June 29, 1989, in reaction to the Chinese government's brutal massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing earlier in the month, the House of Representatives unanimously passes a package of sanctions against the People's Republic of China. China remained largely unrepentant. • On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule, ending Britain's 99 years of rule over Hong Kong. In exchange, China pledged to preserve Hong Kong's capitalist system. © 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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• While standing in line at Splash Mountain, guests may notice bird houses in the trees. If they pay careful attention, they may eavesdrop on the birds inside those bird houses and listen to them bickering. • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin features a camel that spits water at passing guests. An employee sits near the camel pressing the button whenever a guest is in range. • The vehicles that move guests through The Haunted Mansion are called “Doom Buggies.” They pass crypts with humorous names inscribed such as I.M. Ready, Rustin Peese, Pearl E. Gates, Dustin T. Dust, and Asher T. Ashes.
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• It annoyed William Spencer that every morning when he went to pick up the newspaper from his front porch, he’d find it had blown all over his yard in Alliance, Ohio. The windier it was, the farther the newspaper would fly. It was 1923 and Spencer decided something should be done. • Spencer knew that the shipyard of the Goodyear Rubber Company in Akron had heaps of discarded inner tubes lying around. He brought home a bunch of those inner tubes, and cut them into strips. The wrist-size stretchy strips of rubber were perfect for wrapping around a rolled-up newspaper, making it easier to throw onto a front porch and harder to blow away in the wind. • He took his idea to the Akron Beacon Journal, and the local newspaper bought a bunch of Spencer’s inner tube strips. The rubber band was born. Spencer started selling his rubber bands to office supply, paper goods, and twine stores across the region, building his business up. • He opened the world’s first rubber band factory in Alliance, Ohio, and then opened a second one in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1944. In 1957, he patented the Alliance rubber band, which ultimately set the world rubber band standard. • Today, Alliance Rubber is the number one rubber band manufacturer in the world, churning out more than 14 million pounds of rubber bands per year. Their annual output would stretch to the Moon and back ten times.
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• The biggest consumer of rubber bands is the U.S. Postal Service which uses them to sort and group mail. Second place goes to the newspaper industry, followed by the floral industry and the food industry, which uses them to bunch things like asparagus and broccoli.
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• Most rubber bands are made from natural latex which is more elastic than synthetic rubber. • Rubber bands are manufactured by extrudAnswer: Dell. ing the prepared latex in the shape of a tube. A VERY LARGE NUMBER A large tube yields large rubber bands, and •a Edward Kasner wassmall a mathematician. In 1938 small tube yields rubber bands. The he was asked to come up with a name for a tubes are then sliced into rings. very large number: the numeral one, followed • Tobyextend theirzeros. life, rubber bands should be a hundred He asked his two young packed in what an air-tight bagwould or container, nephews name they suggest. and stored in a cool, dark place. • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a name out use of the funnies.bands A cartoon strip character • The of rubber by Britain’s Royal named Barney was very popular. Milton chose Mail postal service caused significant media Barney’s last name for the number. attention in the country due to the large quan•tity Kasner announced the new on name for the evbig of them found discarded the ground number in his next book, altering the spelling. ery day. They changed the color of the rubber to red,Page to make them more •bands Sixtyfrom yearsbrown later, Larry and Sergey Brin developed new internet Other visible, and atherefore moresearch likelyengine. to be picked engines searched each webpage and upsearch by postal workers. ranked them according to how many times a • The world's largest rubber of Nospecific term appeared on band them,ball but as Page and vember 19, 2008 was created by Joel Waul of Brin designed their search engine to search for Lauderhill, Florida. He then is thefind current Rethe specific term and out World how many cord holder according to the Guinness World links there were that led back to that page, Records. The ball, sat under which resulted in awhich betterpreviously search engine. a tarp in his driveway, weighs 9,032 pounds, • They decided they needed a name that isreflected more thanhow 6 ft many 7 in tall, is aboutthea 20 feet websites search inengine circumference, and consists of more than was searching. They took the name of Edward Kasner’s large only 700,000 rubber bands.very It took himnumber, six years to they misspelled it slightly, it ended up being construct. The rubber bandssowere contributed exactly thea physical same way the compacartoon byspelled Stretchwell.com, therapy character Barney spelled his last name. What’s ny. The ball is now owned by Ripley's Believe it called? (Answer at bottom of page) it or Not. • Before Joel COMPUTER Waul, Steve FACTS Milton of Eugene, •Oregon In 1981previously Bill Gatesheld said, kb for of memory the“640 record the bigought to be enough for anybody.” gest rubber band ball. His ball weighed 4,603.6 •lbs. Moore’s Lawsponsored states thatby computer performance and was OfficeMax. Before doubles everythe 18record to 24 months, ever since Steve Milton, was heldand by John Bain 1971, this has been true. of Wilmington, Delaware whose ball weighed •around HP, Google, Microsoft, Apple were all 3,120 pounds, andand consisted of over started in garages. 850,000 rubber bands which were donated by AllianceGoogle, Rubber from and Stretchwell Inc. Answer: googol.
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