33-Day Disney Countdown in 1 Post (Steal It!)
There comes that time in any wait to a vacation when it becomes hard to focus on anything else. That time usually comes for me about a week before the departure date. But we all know that the internal countdown begins long before the point of full distraction. Look around the internet and you’ll find a lot of different methods for counting down to an impending Disney trip. Heck, the photo above belongs to some little kid.
When some friends and I threw down the gauntlet and started planning an all-adults long weekend to the land of mouse, it was while we were in the middle of enjoying one of our day trips to Busch Gardens in Virginia. The plan to attend both the Food & Wine festival and the Halloween party was actually hatched as we launched out of the station of the roller coaster “Verbolten.” That was back in mid July.
One of our crew created a Facebook page for the trip, and as always, the planning and anticipation of the event have been almost as fun as I am hoping the trip itself will be. What I have decided to share is the numerically inspired trip countdown which I have created and posted for them over the last 33 days.
Let’s get started!-
The classic Disney cartoon short “Flowers & Trees” was released in 1932.
Disney World’s newest value resort (value-plus really), Disney’s Art of Animation, was opened on May 31st, 2012. Lebeau and family stayed there that same November.
Every year, 30 tons of fruits and vegetables are grown at the Land Pavilion in EPCOT and served to guests on property.
There are 29 food and drink locations in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
There are 28 hidden trolls at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT.
Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom travels 27 miles per hour in speed. In the grand scheme of things, that’s a pretty slow roller coaster. Has it ever made Space Mountain a less thrilling ride? Nope.
Disney studios have won 26 Academy Awards, including this special one, which was presented to Walt himself by none other than Shirley Temple. This Oscar, along with others, currently resides at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
Walt Disney World sits on 25,000 acres of central Florida land. This is why, in Florida, you can’t see any of the “real world” from inside the parks. Just one of the intended improvements when the project was planned.
There are currently 24 different Disney-owned resorts on property at Walt Disney World. This is one of the reasons why fans of the parks can visit over and over without having the same experience twice.
Disney Brothers Studio kicked off a great success story with the mixed animation and live-action “Alice” comedies in 1923.
Disney World’s newest theme park, Animal Kingdom, had its grand opening on April 22, 1998.
Walt Disney World offers a 21-day ticket, which it promotes to European tourists.
Each passenger boat in “It’s A Small World” at Disney World has a capacity of 20 guests.
There are 19 large torches surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT.
The Country Bear Jamboree features 18 audio-animatronic bears.
At current rates, Disney World welcomes 17 million guests through its gates each year.
Not all at once, as the above picture might suggest.
Each spinner in Fantasyland Circus at the Magic Kingdom features 16 flying Dumbos. This information was more difficult to acquire on the internet than you might think.
Each day, Walt Disney World uses approximately 15 million gallons of water.
The infamous underground passageways, or utilidors, rest 14 feet below the streets of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. They were motivated when Walt Disney spied a Frontierland cast member in Disneyland heading to his post by walking through Tomorrowland. The thematic inconsistency was unacceptable, so Disney World was given a solution to the problem.
13 lanterns hang from the tree in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, symbolizing the United States’ original 13 colonies.
12% of the land at Walt Disney World is either gardens or landscaping.
The World Showcase in EPCOT is made up of 11 pavilions dedicated to different countries from around the world.
There are 10 Pascals hidden around the new “Tangled”-themed rest area in the Magic Kingdom. Pascal is Rapunzel’s pet chameleon in the very popular computer animated musical.
The table service restaurant in the China pavilion in EPCOT is called Nine Dragons.
There are 8 available seats in each log running through the Magic Kingdom’s version of Splash Mountain. This is one of the most popular and highly regarded attractions on property.
Just across from the entrance to the Magic Kingdom park, sits Seven Seas Lagoon, where multiple deluxe resorts rest along the shore, including the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian.
The entry way to the new “Be Our Guest” restaurant includes 6 muttering, snickering and snoring suits of armor. It is only necessary to enter this way during counter service lunch hours.
Most Disney fans have never heard of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, or any of the rest of Michigan’s 1992 freshman class of basketball players. To Disneyphiles, the “Fab Five” moniker refers to the five most popular characters from the animated Disney Shorts. They include: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. This set of characters are featured together in merchandise and at popular “character dining” spots on property.
Walt Disney World includes 4 different theme parks: The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
The railroad which encircles the Magic Kingdom at Disney World runs on a narrow 3 foot track gauge, and has 3 different stops, at Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, and the new Fantasyland Circus.
In order to maximize rider flow commensurate with its very efficient, always-running, “doom buggies,” the Haunted Mansion actually employs two identical “stretching rooms” as a pre-show.
Walt Disney World held its grand opening on October 1st, 1971. On that day, admission for children cost just $1.
Okay, so there it is: a numerical countdown of Disney facts to distract you a little while waiting to leave on your vacation. Feel free to make use of it if you like, but be sure to adjust for changing numbers as time plods on.
My traveling group and I have reached our “zero” day. I’ll check back in and let you know how it went!