Attention to all Disney lovers out there! Or curious minds? Whatever title you would like to represent, wear that badge proudly! I’ve gathered you all here today to expand your knowledge on the massive platform that we all grew up watching. This giant brand is none other than Disney, the world’s biggest platform for audiences of all ages! Go ahead and kick back comfortably as I present to you my selected picks of twenty Disney facts you may not know! Feel free to follow this blog to keep up with all of the latest blog articles! Who doesn’t like to be entertained? Go on, I know you want to do it! Have you done it yet…? Okay good!
1. If you’re ever attending a magical day at Disneyland and you’re referred to as a “treasured guest”, it doesn’t mean what you think it might mean. It actually means that you’re among the rude customers that they dealt with. Workers have been warned about you.
2. Walt Disney was actually a secret informant for the FBI for the last 26 years of his life
3. Most experienced Disney animators choose to work on Pocahontas instead of the Lion King because many at Disney had little faith in the project, leaving mostly first time animators working on the Lion King.
4. Ariel from The Little Mermaid is the only Disney Princess to have a child of her own!
5. Bambi and Bambi 2 holds the record for the largest gap in between movie sequels. The first film released in 1942, while the second film released 64 years later in 2006.
6. Cinderella’s real name is actually “Ella”. “Cinderella” was an insulting nickname given to her from her stepsister.
7. Disney renamed “Rapunzel” to “Tangled” and “Snow Queen” to “Frozen” because they blamed feminine titles for underperforming box offices.
8. Walt Disney played Peter Pan in a school production play when he was a child.
9. November 18th (also my birthday!) is Mickey Mouse official birthday due to his very first film “Steamboat Willie” being released on that day in 1928.
10. Speaking of birthdays, Donald Duck’s birthday is June 9, 1934
11. The name of the sorcerer in “Fantasia” is Yensid which is “Disney” spelled backward.
12. There is an alternate ending to The Lion King, where Scar defeats Simba by throwing him off Pride Rock to his apparent death. A fire then consumes Scar who stands there, laughing manically, while he burns to death. It was deemed “too dark” for a Disney film.
13. Mulan is currently the only official member of the Disney Princess franchise who is technically not a legitimate princess “in the traditional sense,” as she was neither born the daughter of a king or queen nor does she become a princess consort by marrying a prince.
14. Beast, from Beauty and the Beast, is a chimera with the head of a buffalo, eyebrows of a gorilla, body of a bear, jaws, and mane of a lion, tusks of a boar, and legs and tail of a wolf.
15. Disney’s “Pocahontas” (1995) was originally supposed to feature a talking turkey named Redfeather voiced by John Candy. After Candy’s death, Redfeather was dropped from the film and it was decided the animals shouldn’t speak.
16. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs won Walt Disney a special kind of Oscar: It consisted of one full-size Oscar and seven miniature ones.
17. After Disney released “Princess and the Frog”, over 50 children were hospitalized with salmonella from kissing frogs
18. To help illustrate the hippo ballerina scene in ‘Fantasia,’ Disney animators hired a 200-pound woman to move about on a soundstage, studying how her flesh quivered and which parts were under the greatest strain
19. The development of the Disney animated film Wreck-it-Ralph started in the late 1980s’s, spanning nearly three decades and four working titles
20. In A Bug’s Life (1998) Manny, a mantis, is married to Gypsy, a butterfly because if he was married to another mantis, he might not have survived their wedding night. Sexual cannibalism in praying mantis occurs 15-30% of the time.
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