There are a lot of cool things to know about Disney World and beyond!
We take a look at fun facts about the parks all the time, but there are still things that blow our minds! For one, there is a lot of history behind the names of Disney! So, let’s take a look at some of the coolest facts behind attraction names and more.
Here are nine Disney facts that will blow your mind!
1. “Topolino” in Topolino’s Terrace is “Mouse” in Italian!
Have you visited the restaurant at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort? Topolino’s Terrace is actually named after a famous Disney figure!
2. Some Disney movies have different names in other countries!
Zootopia is called “Zootropolis” in the U.K., Moana is called “Oceania” in Italy and “Vaiana” in Spain, and The Avengers is called “Avengers Assemble” in the U.K.!
3. “It’s a small world!” is named after the song; that’s why it’s in quotes!
The beloved boat ride was originally supposed to be called “Children of the World,” but once Walt heard the Sherman Brothers’ “It’s a small world!” tune, he changed the name.
4. The Liberty Square Riverboats are named after real people.
The Admiral Joe Fowler was named for Disneyland’s construction supervisor and the Richard F. Irvine was named for a WED executive!
5. Splash Mountain’s name is inspired by the film Splash.
Ever wondered why Splash Mountain has the name it does? Then-CEO Michael Eisner was hoping to use the name to promote Splash, the 1984 film with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
6. Haunted Mansion is named after an Imagineer.
Haunted Mansion is often referenced alongside the name “Gracey.” The manor itself is even called “Gracey Manor” at times — a tribute to Imagineer Yale Gracey.
7. The Walt Disney World Railroad trains are named after important Disney people.
There’s the Walter E. Disney named for Walt Disney, the Lilly Belle, named for Walt’s wife Lillian, the Roger E. Broggie named for a Disney engineer, and the Roy O. Disney, named for Walt’s brother.
8. Figment’s name came from Magnum P.I.
The name for the purple dragon came when Tony Baxter was watching Magnum P.I. who called something a “figment of imagination.”
9. Kali River Rapids has a spiritually significant name.
Kali is the name of a major Hindu goddess and therefore fitting for the name of an attraction set in India.
Did you know these facts? Tell us in the comments!