(KTLA) – Disneyland Resort is full of magic – including some that remain hidden from guests.
Park-goers can walk through almost every part of the theme park during their visit, from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness, but some areas are “open to the public” enchanted.
Rumor has it that there will be a basketball court on the famous alpine adventure ride.
Walt Disney wanted the mountain to be a specific height, but the city of Anaheim had restrictions on the length of a structure unless it was a sports facility, according to Travel and Leisure.
To break this rule, Disney decided to build a basketball court in the ride’s attic to comply with city directives while maintaining the height to meet its expectations. According to the Disneyland website, the mountain is 147 feet tall.
The Disney Dream Suite/21 Royal
Originally designed for Walt and Lillian Disney, the exclusive 2 bedroom apartment on Pirates of the Caribbean attractions is available for groups of 12 for $15,000.
Guests reserving the suite will be escorted to the prestigious residence by performers the night before their visit, according to 21 Royal’s website.
According to Family Vacation Guide, the reservation also includes park admission, valet parking, a butler, and a seven-course meal.
Lilly Belle car
Walt Disney loved trains so much during his lifetime that he even had one in his backyard.
The Lilly Belle Car, named after his wife Lillian, is a private car known for transporting VIP guests around the park. The car received a little extra fairy dust as it’s decorated with “leather, velvet, mahogany and glass, complete with armchairs and marble tables,” according to the Duchess of Disneyland.
This car is the last remaining from opening day.
Some guests may have the opportunity to ride in the historic wagon if they arrive at the park at 7am, which is an hour before the scheduled 8am opening
According to Disney Dose, the first 14 people in line at the Main Street train station, USA, will be allowed to ride in the famous cart. The conductor will advise if the Lily Belle Car is available for the day.
Disney used to offer a Grand Circle Tour that declared Walt Disney’s love for trains and ended with a short ride on the Lily Belle Car. However, according to the Disneyland website, this offer is temporarily unavailable.
Walt Disney’s apartment
Everyone can see where Walt Disney’s apartment is, but only a few will be able to go inside. Located directly above the Disneyland Fire Station, the apartment is recognizable by the lone lamplight shining through a window overlooking the park.
According to Cheat Sheet, the lucky few who visit the iconic apartment have said it’s tiny, measuring around 500 feet. The apartment doesn’t have a bedroom, just a kitchen, bathroom, family room, and a wooden desk where Walt did his work.
The apartment is also furnished to match the fire station aesthetic and is decorated with antiques. The apartment balcony faces the Jungle Cruise ride.
Disneyland Resort used to host the “Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” guided tour, which included a visit to the condo, but is temporarily discontinued.
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