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18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

Just about 10 years ago (June 27, 2008) a little robot rolled his way into the hearts of Earth-lovers the world over. With his loveable personality and deep desire to form a true emotional connection, WALL-E found his cozy little spot in everyone’s heart.

One of Pixar’s more successful films, WALL-E tells the story of a little trash compactor trying his best to clean up a deserted garbage-ridden planet. Told mostly using visual storytelling, WALL-E combines various sounds and effects with Pixar’s innate ability to showcase expression through body language for a story that speaks to humankind about the importance of protecting our planet.

To celebrate its near 10-year anniversary, here are 18 Fun Facts about WALL-E!

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18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

WALL-E and R2-D2 are played by the same actor…legendary sound designer, Ben Burtt. He’s also worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series.

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He created a library of 2,400 unique sounds for the film, the largest of all his films by far.

Writer-director Andrew Stanton was inspired by Alien while working on WALL-E. As a matter of fact, Alien actress Sigourney Weaver voiced the main computer on the starliner Axiom.

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Not surprisingly, WALL-E’s distinct look was inspired by a pair of binoculars.

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The Hello, Dolly references are all in the family. Thomas Newman, who composed WALL-E’s score, is the nephew of composer Lionel Newman, who was the co-composer for Hello, Dolly.

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Though he’s never named in the film, WALL-E’s cockroach friend is named Hal, a reference to 1920’s producer Hal Roach and the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins helped producers and designers make WALL-E look like it was filmed with an actual camera, rather than existing in some “computer space”.

Like any great Pixar film, there are Easter eggs galore! Keep an eye out for Hamm and Rex from Toy Story, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., the Pizza Planet truck, and many more.

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The Pixar team watched Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films during lunch every day for about a hear and a half to inspire the possibility of visual storytelling.

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WALL-E is the first Pixar film to be nominated for 6 Academy Awards.

The last piece of debris that clears away from WALL-E as he leaves Earth’s atmosphere is the Russian satellite Sputnik I, which was the first man-made object to be placed in Earth orbit.

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WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.

The name of the ship where the human race lives, Axiom, translates into something unquestionable or taken for granted.

At the end of the DVD, WALL-E fixes a broken lightbulb in Luxo with a newer energy-friendly spiral tube fluorescent light bulb.

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WALL-E boasted near 125,000 storyboards. The average for a Pixar film is 75,000. Not very Earth-friendly, guys!

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EVE was co-designed by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, the man responsible for the design of Apple devices.

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EVE takes about 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik’s Cube. That’s slightly better than the human record (4.9 seconds) held by Lucas Etter.

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The Axiom Starship was heavily inspired by huge ocean liners, like the Disney Cruise Liner.

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11 Crafty Food Ideas for a Grown-Up Disney Princess Party

Every girl may dream of becoming a Disney princess, but not every girl can…

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Not even ELSA made the final cut, you guys. The stakes are high.

Just like real life, becoming royalty in the world of Disney requires certain qualifications:

  • An Official Disney Princess must have a primary role in a Disney/Pixar animated feature film
  • An Official Disney Princess must be human or mostly human (Ariel)
  • An Official Disney Princess cannot appear primarily in a sequel or commercial failure

Some female protagonists, even those that hold the “princess” title, may not be included in the Official Disney Princess lineup. This could be because of one of several reasons: they are not marketable, their film did poorly at the box office, they are too young, they are not human, etc. In the case of Elsa and Anna, their franchise (Frozen) was so successful on its own that Disney figured they didn’t need to be part of the lineup. Tough break, ladies. Apparently it IS lonely at the top.

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Those lucky enough to make the cut were: Jasmine (Aladdin), Rapunzel (Tangled), Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Mulan (Mulan), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella (Cinderella), Pocahontas (Pocahontas), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Arielle (The Little Mermaid) and Merida (Brave). For the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls, we can only dream of joining the official ranks!

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One way to pretend you’re BFF’s with Mulan and Belle is to have a grown-up Disney Princess party! With these grown-up treats, you can create a whole new world of magic and childhood giddiness! Just remember to wrap everything up by midnight…mostly because, let’s be honest, we’re all gonna be passed out anyway…

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11 Crafty Food Ideas for a Grown-Up Disney Princess Party

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Use the flavor of Jasmine to ice these delicious Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream. Hopefully everyone can try one before Abu snatches them away!

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Belle
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Entice guests to the west side of your kitchen with these blooming Apple Roses. A soft sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar makes these sweet flowers irresistible to curious minds.

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Rapunzel
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She may have been trapped in a tower, but home girl certainly knows how to work a skillet! Serve up these tasty Rapunzel Braids in a cast iron skillet…or use the skillet to make a decadent chocolate chip cookie to enjoy with friends (or by yourself!).

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Ariel
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Life is better under the sea…and these Oyster Pearl Cookies are a sweet bite of better living! Don’t forget to serve them with a dinglehopper!

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Tiana
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Nothing says New Orleans like beignets. Coated with sweet confectioners’ sugar and a delightful mess to eat, these southern staples will help you catch your man in no time!

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Snow White
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This Dutch Apple Pie certainly isn’t poisonous…though you might want to tell people it is so there’s more to eat for yourself! Topped with tasty vanilla (or cinnamon) ice cream, this pie is a must for any princess-themed party!

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Cinderella
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These little Clementine Pumpkins can be eaten before, during, and after midnight without any risk!

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Sleeping Beauty
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Here’s a fun play on Sleeping Beauty’s pink/blue dress. These Pink and Blue Macarons are so cute and colorful…and they’d be even more on point if you mix the batter colors before piping your cookies!

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Merida
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These Big Brown Bear Cookies are perfect for Merida fans! Use a brownie mix to make your cookies, then add nails with slivered almonds for a ferocious cookie worthy of royalty.

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Pocahontas
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First of all, #hairgoals. Second, Native American Fry Bread is a great way to honor this beautiful Disney princess. A great accompaniment to stew or soup, this fry bread may not be all the colors of the wind, but it’s all the flavors of delicious.

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Mulan
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Nothing goes better with tea than these delicious Chinese Almond Cookies. A traditional Chinese dessert, these sweet and crunchy cookies are sure to bring honor to your party!

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The Human World

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“The human world…it’s a mess.”
–The Little Mermaid

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Remember Me

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“Know that I am with you the only way that I can be.
Until you’re in my arms again – remember me.”
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17 Fun Facts about Disney Pixar’s Coco

If you haven’t seen it by now, I highly suggest you find the time to check out Disney Pixar’s newest masterpiece, Coco. A story about life, love, death and everything in between, this heartwarming movie stars an all-Latino cast…and is absolutely STUNNING to see in theaters!

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Coco recently won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Movie (duh) and I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes home at least a couple Academy Awards as well. If you’ve already seen Coco or are interested in learning a little bit more about how this movie came to be, here are 17 fun facts that may surprise you!

17 Fun Facts about Disney Pixar’s Coco

Marigolds play a huge role in Dia de Los Muertos, helping to guide spirits home to their loved ones. Therefore, marigolds are the only living plants in The Land of the Dead.

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Dante’s breed is Xoloitzcuintli, which is the national dog of Mexico.

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When you see anyone playing the guitar in Coco, they are actually playing the correct notes. Animators studied videos of musicians to make the guitar playing as authentic as possible.

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There were 500 individual pieces of clothing created for background characters.

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The cleft that appears in Ernesto’s chin when he is alive also appears in his chin when he is dead. His bones are so pristine because he’s so well-remembered by family and friends.

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The director of Coco (Lee Unkrich) also directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3.

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In totality, the film took 7 years to make.

To stay true to the story, Coco features an all-Latino cast, including Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia, Bernal, Edward James Olmos, and Gabriel Iglesias.

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Coco marks Anthony Gonzalez’s (Miguel) first film. He was also 12 (just like Miguel) when recording his lines and has previously made TV appearances on Criminal Minds and Beyond Borders.

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Unkrich’s son was actually responsible for creating the design on Ernesto de la Cruz’s guitar.

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In true Pixar form, there are several Easter eggs in this movie, including an appearance by the Pizza Planet truck, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. piñatas, and a poster for The Incredibles.

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Just like his character, Anthony Gonzalez loves to sing. Every time he sang for the film, it reminded him of his grandpa, who passed away when Gonzalez was 6 years old.

Edward James Olmos accepted his part in the movie without even reading the script. The director pitched him the idea – that if you don’t tell the stories of your loved ones, they cease to exist – and Olmos signed on immediately.

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Coco opened in Mexico almost four weeks before it opened in the US. It quickly surpassed The Avengers (2012) as the country’s highest-grossing film.

The Land of the Dead is inspired by the Mexican city of Guanajuato, which is known for its colorful houses that almost looked stacked.

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The orchestra conductor for Ernesto’s musical show, “Sunrise Spectacular”, is a caricature of the film’s composer, Michael Giacchino.

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Despite the film’s predominately Latino cast, John Ratzenberger continues his streak of appearing in every one of the studio’s feature films. In Coco, Ratzenberger plays a ghost named Juan Ortodoncia. He is allowed to cross over to the land of the living because his dentist remembers him.

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Adventure is Out There Sign

Let me just say that watching Pixar’s Up was an emotional experience. Like every Pixar movie, it basically had me sobbing on the floor like a disturbed child, but I just loved the messages of love and adventure.

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To help tie our recent travel-inspired wall decor together, I decided to make a wood canvas featuring the “Adventure is out there!” quote from Up.

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I had some leftover buttons and letters in my craft stuff, so this sign basically was an awesome stashbuster and a fun way to use all the buttons I’ve somehow collected in my lifetime.

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*You can find the tutorial for the four pieces of string art here!

If you love traveling or Disney or buttons or all of the above, this would be a great addition to your home!

Adventure is Out There Sign

Materials:

  • Several buttons in various sizes and colors
  • Wood pallet
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black yarn or thread
  • Puffy letter stickers

Instructions:

  1. To place the letters evenly on the board, I actually started from right to left, adding the letters backwards so I knew I had enough room. The stickers that I had in my stash were sticky enough to stick to the board alone, but if needed, you can use Mod Podge to make them stick or spray them with extra adhesive if needed.
  2. Once the letters were placed, I started arranging the buttons. I didn’t glue anything down until I liked the shape of the balloon arrangement. Once I was satisfied with that, I started gluing the buttons to the board, placing hot glue on the back of the button, attaching a small black string, then pressing it to the board.
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  3. I continued working aaaaaaaalllll the way down the balloon arrangement gluing forever! Then I gathered and trimmed the black thread and added a little bow to hold it all together.
  4. I really like how this board turned out! It’s super easy to make and a great way to use up some extra buttons and stickers!

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Charming Personality

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“Let me guess, you have a great personality.”
The Emperor’s New Groove

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14 Fun Facts about Monsters Inc.

It was 16 years ago today that Pixar’s Monsters Inc. hit theaters.  Starring John Goodman and Billy Crystal, Monsters Inc. is one of Pixar’s most profitable films and continues to delight audiences even today.

With ground-breaking animation and a cast to boot, Monsters Inc. is certainly one of my favorite Pixar films and even won an Oscar for Randy Newman’s closing song, “If I Didn’t Have You”.

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To celebrate it’s 16th anniversary, here are 14 fun facts about Monsters Inc.!

14 Fun Facts about Monsters Inc.

The concept for Monsters Inc. was developed during a famous lunch meeting in 1994 where Pixar executives came up with ideas for four amazing films: Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, A  Bugs Life, and Wall-E.

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Boo is voiced by one of the story artists’ daughters.

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Sulley has more than 2.3 million strands of hair on his body and each one was individually animated.  A single frame of Sulley could take up to 12 hours to complete.

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Boo’s real name is Mary Gibbs.

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Randy Newman won his first Oscar for the film’s closing song, “If I Didn’t Have You”.

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Bill Murray was Pixar’s first choice for Sulley, but he never responded to their calls.  Classic Bill Murray.

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John Goodman (Sulley) and Billy Crystal (Mike) recorded their lines together…a rarity in film animation.

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Pete Docter’s original pitch for Monsters Inc. was to have a grown man be haunted by the monsters he drew as a kid.

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Randall’s anxious assistant, Fungus, was voiced by Frank Oz (the puppeteer behind Yoda, Miss Piggy, and Cookie Monster, to name a few).  He also came up with the name, Mike Wazowski.

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Bob Peterson, the guy who voices Dug in Up, is the same guy who voices Roz in Monster’s Inc.

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The Door Vault contains about 5.7 million doors.

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Monsters Inc. is the fourth film that Goodman and Steve Buscemi (Randall) have done together.

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There was also a special Monsters Inc. trailer made that was shown before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It involved Mike and Sulley playing charades with the answer being Harry Potter.

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The closing credits of Monsters Inc. state that, “NO MONSTERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS MOTION PICTURE.”

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Never Look Back

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“I never look back, darling…it distracts from the now.”
The Incredibles

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28 Fun Facts About Disney World

It’s the most magical place on earth…and the most mysterious!  Filled with hidden tunnels, secret passageways, INSANE casting rules, and lots of secretive tidbits, Disney World has remained a favorite tourist destination for kids and adults alike.

Whether you go with the kids or just go because you’re a kid at heart, there’s no denying that Disney World is a place where dreams come true…and now you can learn a little more about this magical getaway with these 28 Fun Facts About Disney World!

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28 Fun Facts About Disney World

There’s no gum sold at any Disney World or Disneyland park…so if you chew, bring your own.

It’s NOT a small world after all…Disney World encompasses over 50 square miles.

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Hidden Mickey Mouse heads can be found everywhere.

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Guests at Disneyworld are never more than 30 steps away from a trash can.  Some of them even talk to you!

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Since its grand opening, Disneyworld has only closed 3 times: Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, and a power failure in 2002.

Visit The Hat Shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and you’ll see an old pay phone on the wall. Pick up the receiver and you can eavesdrop on an interesting conversation.

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There are no bathrooms located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, in keeping with the time period of that area.

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In the Magic Kingdom Train Station, look closely for articles left by other “guests,” including Mary Poppins and other characters from Disney films.

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An imagineer named George was killed during the building of Pirates of the Caribbean.  It is said his ghost haunts the ride to this day.  Workers say “goodnight George” before they shut down the ride each night as a superstition to prevent attraction break downs the next day.

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Epcot’s American Pavilion is home to an American flag taken from the rubble of 9/11/2001.

Underneath Disney World are miles of underground tunnels called utilidors that house the massive costume departments, cast member break rooms, garbage chutes and more.  It also serves as a way for cast members to get from one place to another without disrupting the “magic”.

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Disney World averaged 10,000 visitors per day when it first opened in 1971. Today that number has swelled closed to 50,000 visitors per day.

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The new Avatar section of Animal Kingdom cost more than $400 million to build.

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Epcot gardens grow over 30 tons of fruits and veggies each year to help feed hungry park visitors.

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The Disney Company bought 12,000 acres of Florida Wetlands located about 15 miles south of the park back in the 90’s. The idea was to maintain the balance of nature and offset the environmental impact of the parks.

More than 1.6 million turkey legs are consumed at the parks every year. They are such a fan favorite that you can buy turkey leg hats, t-shirts and other souvenirs.

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Disney’s first Audio Animatronics were introduced to the world at the 1966 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY. The two rides were “It’s A Small World” and “Great Moments with Abraham Lincoln”, which later evolved into today’s Hall of Presidents.

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You never have to pay for water in Disney World…just go to any quick service restaurant in the park and ask for a cup.

One of the most popular Disney souvenirs of all time was the Mickey Mouse watch. It was first introduced in 1933 and sold for $2.95. Walt Disney himself was presented with the 25th million watch in 1957.

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Disney’s Wedding Pavillion near the Grand Floridian Resort is designed to give the bride and groom a great view of Cinderella Castle while saying their vows.

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Over 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs and 9 million pounds of French fries are consumed by hungry Disney World guests every year.

Walt Disney World Costume Department is home to over 1.2 million pieces of clothing.

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It takes over 150 tractor trailer loads of decorations to deck the halls for holiday celebrations. Wonder what Disney’s electric bill is for all of this?  It’s zero…they have their own power plant.

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Admission was only $3.50 on opening day in 1971…a little more than $20 today.  Nowadays, a ticket is gonna run you closer to $100, depending on the parks you want to visit.

Designers built an apartment for Walt into the castle plan for Cinderella’s Castle, but he died before its completion. That space was later turned into a hotel room that’s only available if you win a promotion or sweepstakes.

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Disney World is the largest single-site employer in the US…and employees aren’t just called employees — they’re cast members.

An estimated 1.65 million pairs of eyeglasses have made their way to Disney World’s lost-and-found bins since 1971. Every year, the park finds an average of 6,000 cellphones, 3,500 digital cameras and 18,000 hats.

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Disney World’s biggest theme park, Animal Kingdom, encompasses 403 acres.

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