Walt Disney's Disneyland is a magical experience for many. That's because every interaction that you have with the park and the beloved characters within it has been carefully choreographed to deliver that experience.
The trouble is that it's not the only side of Disney and in the background, there's a darker and less "child-friendly" reality to Disneyland.
These pictures are the reflection of that dark reality. They're the images that the Disney company doesn't want people to see because they could mess with their bottom line. Check them out, they're truly fascinating.
1. Mickey Mouse Moves Out
Once they're out of view of the paying public, the costumed staff members can breathe easily and act like people in costumes would normally do.
2. Somebody Took The Plug Out
The Jungle Cruise is a favorite ride for many, but when you pull the plug and let the water drain out, this is the hippo that really props up that ride.
3. The Boat Yard Of Despair
Tourists are never allowed in areas like this, and ideally, they shouldn't even know that they exist. This is the boatyard for the Jungle Cruise.
4. The Controls For Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The thrills of the Big Thunder Mountain are somewhat muted when you realize the ride is nothing but a slightly more complicated remote-controlled toy.
5. The Goat Breakdown Room
Animatronic animals are pretty darned awesome whichever way you cut it, but sometimes they need to be cut up to be repaired. This goat is not having a good day.
6. When You Remove The Skin From A Pirate
No, this isn't a real pirate, so this isn't scary. It's a pirate from a ride and it's had its skin removed so that it can be repaired.
7. Walt Disney's Own Apartment
Walt Disney, like most of us, valued his privacy and he would never have wanted you to see into his apartment. But here it is anyway.
8. Walt Disney's Kitchen
We have no idea why these devices should be kept a secret, but they did belong to Walt and that's why they aren't normally shown to the public.
9. Get Behind It's A Small World
"It's A Small World" is an all time Disney favorite and one of the most enduring memories people have of the parks. This is what it looks like from behind.
10. Looking Down From The Matterhorn
If you were allowed to scale The Matterhorn at Disneyland (and only park employees are allowed to do this) this is what you would see.
11. We Wanted To Be Kept In The Dark About Space Mountain
The terrifying indoor roller coaster that is Space Mountain looks an awful lot more ordinary when you turn the lights on it, doesn't it?
12. The Pirates Can't Chase You
You don't build what people can't see because it's expensive. So, the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride has pirates which don't have any legs.
13. The Cast Gets Changed
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and friends are obviously people in costumes if you are an adult. If you're five, they're real. Disney takes great care never to break this illusion.
14. The Monorail Hangar
We assume that everyone knows they have to park the trains somewhere, but apparently, the guests aren't supposed to know it exists. We have no idea why.
15. The Ride Is On Rails
This is the track that makes the magic of the Jungle Cruise happen and yes, you're not supposed to know about the track at all.
Disneyland is still an amazing place but it's nice to know that behind the magic there's a more prosaic reality.
16. The Ghost Of Pop Century
This is the derelict remains of Disney's never finished Pop Century Resort at Lake Beuna Vista in Florida. It was abandoned in the wake of 9/11.
17. The Not So Haunted Mansion
It's fair to say that we weren't expecting real ghosts in The Haunted Mansion, but this does kind of take the chill out of things.
18. Captain Hook Has Only One Leg, Too
This is something we weren't aware of in Peter Pan -- the fact that Captain Hook has a mechanical leg. No wonder he's always so angry.
19. The Pirates Of Another World?
The Pirates of the Carribean and, indeed, much of the other rides at Disney depend on animatronics to make things work. This is a robot without covering.
20. Who Needs Legs Anyway?
Robots are expensive, so why build the bits that the public will never see? Here we have three pirates that don't exist from the waist down.
21. This Is Not Your Imagination
This is Figment from the popular Epcot ride Journey into Imagination; sadly, Figment's now retired and this is what happens when you retire at Disney.
22. The Last Ship
Captain Hook's ship was put out to pasture by Disney in 1982. This is one of the last shots of it before it was destroyed.
23. Oh Deer!
This head was left behind the Country Bear Max ride at Disney. We hope that no children ever encounter this; it looks so sad and pitiful.
24. An Empty Driveway
This was the back of Jules Verne's house and more importantly, Herbie - the famous Volkswagen Beetle - was once parked here before he was deemed "surplus to requirements."
25. Not So Nightastic
This is behind the scenes of Disney's Summer Nighttastic - which doesn't look so great when you get up close to it, does it?
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