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30 things you didn't know about Disneyland
Disneyland has been such a dream destination and a treasured cultural icon to people worldwide for more than half a
century that almost everyone thinks they know quite a lot about Walt Disney's original theme park. But there is more to the
"Happiest Place on Earth" than meets the eye.
By Larry West
6. Disneyland Park does not sell alcohol or chewing gum; the first because Walt Disney wanted to maintain a wholesome family
environment, the second to help keep the park clean and to prevent guests from being  inconvenienced by stepping in a gooey

7. Disneyland creator Walt Disney, who pioneered animated filmmaking, was the voice of Mickey Mouse for two decades and won
more Oscars (32) than anyone else in history, attended only one year of high school.

8. When Disneyland was under construction, Walt Disney had a private apartment installed over the historic fire station on Main
Street, U.S.A. so he could supervise. After the park was built, he and his family continued to use it frequently. Everyone in the
park knew when Disney was there because he left a light burning in the window. Since Disney's death in 1966, the light has been
left on to honor his memory and to show that his spirit will always be a part of Disneyland.

9. A fireman's pole connected Disney's private apartment to the bottom floor of the firehouse. Walt Disney was usually eager to
start his work day and often would slide down the pole. The hole at the top of the pole was sealed up after an enthusiastic guest
climbed up the pole one day and introduced himself to the Disney family.

10. Approximately 20,000 "cast members" work at  the Disneyland Resort. Collectively, they contribute more than 500 types of  
arts, crafts, professions and other skills to the operation.

11. Every Disneyland Cast Member wears a name tag, even the draft horses that pull the trolleys up and down Main Street, U.S.A.

12. Some Disney cast members have gone on to international fame. From the age of 10 to 18, comedian Steve Martin worked at
the park after  school, on weekends, and during summer vacations. He started by selling guide books at the gate, and then
moved on to selling souvenir spinning lassos in Frontierland. Martin later demonstrated and sold packaged magic tricks and joke
novelties at the old Merlin's Magic Shop in Fantasyland, where he became an accomplished magician. He learned to juggle from
Disneyland Court Jester, Christopher Fair, and modeled his trademark, "Well, excuuuuuse me," phrase on the exasperated
outbursts of a woman he worked with at the park.
Here are 30 secrets, fun facts and bits of trivia about Disneyland Resort that may surprise you:
4. Disneyland Park welcomes as many as 65,000 guests in a
single day and between 10 million and 12 million each year.
Well over 500 million guests have passed through the gates of
Disneyland since opening day, including  seven U.S.
presidents and many other prominent 20th century dignitaries
and celebrities.

5. Having fun is hungry and thirsty work. Every year, guests at
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
consume an estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot
dogs, 6.5 million orders of french fries, 1.6 million servings of
popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons
of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros.
13. The Disneyland Resort Operational Costume Division has a
costume inventory of roughly 800,000 pieces and stocks 500,000
yards of material in 900 different fabrics. Approximately 150,000
individual pieces and 300,000 buttons are replaced each year.

14. The Disneyland Resort issues, maintains and cleans costumes
for more than 15,000 cast members, who exchange more than
20,000 garments for cleaning each week during the summer.

15. In addition to dressing thousands of human cast members,
Disneyland Resort also maintains costumes for more than 650
Audio-Animatronics® figures.

16. The Disneyland Band has logged more than 3,500 marching
miles and more than 90,000 performances since opening day in
1955 and draws from a repertoire of more than 400 musical
17. Keeping Disneyland Park clean is no small task. Workers use 1,000 brooms, 500 dust pans and 3,000 mops a year to keep
the park looking its  best, and collect approximately 30 tons of trash during a busy day—about 12 million pounds annually. The
streets of Disneyland are washed and steam-cleaned  after closing each day.

18. Not all of the refuse collected in the park goes to the landfill. Every year, Disneyland Park recycles approximately 4.1 million
pounds of cardboard; 1.3 million pounds of green waste; 370,000 pounds of office paper; 361,260 pounds of glass bottles;
274,280 pounds of plastic bottles; and 17,240  pounds of aluminum cans.

19. More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland looking fresh and better-than-new.
20. Disneyland has 10 bodies of water, which hold nearly 20
million gallons of water.

21. Disneyland uses more than 100,000 light bulbs, including
11,000 "rim lights" that outline the buildings on Main Street,

22. The  landscaping at the Disneyland Resort includes
more than 800 species of plants  from more than 40
nations—including roughly 17,000 trees and 100,000  
shrubs—which makes it one of the most extensive and
diverse botanical collections in the western United States.

23. The trees at Disneyland Park range in size from one-foot
dwarf spruce in Storybook Land to 80-foot high eucalyptus
trees and towering evergreens along the Rivers of America.

24. Each year, about 1 million colorful annuals are planted at
Disneyland. The Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” at the
Disneyland Main Entrance is replanted six  times a year.
25. Maintaining the acres of flowers and greenery at Disneyland requires a horticulture staff of 100. More than 60,000 drip
emitters and sprinkler heads keep the grounds watered.

26. Disneyland spends about $41,000 per night on the fireworks show above Sleeping Beauty Castle.

27. Sleeping Beauty Castle features a real working drawbridge, but it’s only been lowered  twice—on opening day in 1955, and
to celebrate the newly remodeled Fantasyland in 1983.

28. The King Arthur Carrousel has 68 horses. No two are alike and they all move.

29. When the Disneyland Monorail debuted in 1959, it was the first daily monorail operating in the Western hemisphere.

30. It cost $17 million to build Disneyland in 1955, more than $138 million in today’s  dollars, although the price of the real
estate has probably increased  considerably over the past 55 years.
1.. Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions. Today,
there are more than 60 adventures and attractions.

2. When Disneyland opened, Anaheim, Calif., had five hotels and two
motels with a total of 87 rooms, and there were 34 restaurants  in the
city. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels  with
more than 18,000 rooms, and well over 450 restaurants.

3. From groundbreaking to opening day, Disneyland was built in just
365 days.
Twin Baby Boys Have In-Depth Discussion
The Princess and the Pea
by Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she
must be a real Princess. He travelled right around the world to
find one, but there was always something wrong. There were
plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he
had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something
which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come
home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real
princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and
lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a
fearful night.

In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate,
and the old King himself sent to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible
state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her
hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at
the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.
‘Well we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the
bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then
twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked
her how she slept.

‘Oh terribly bad!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I
seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather
beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess.
The Crab and His Mother
One of Aesop’s Fables
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
An Old Crab said to her son, “Why do you walk
sideways like that, my son? You ought to walk straight.”

The Young Crab replied, “Show me how, dear mother,
and I’ll follow your example.”

The Old Crab tried, but tried in vain, and then saw how
foolish she had been to find fault with her child.

Example is better than precept.
A Year 5 teacher was giving her Primary pupils a lesson in developing
logical thinking.

'This is the scene', said the teacher.

'A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses
his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help.

His wife hears the commotion, knows he can't swim, and runs down to the
bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?'

A little girl raised her hand and asked, 'To draw out all his savings?'
Short Scary Story with a Funny Ending Story
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Able Fable was a miserable old man, who was always worried that someone would break into his house and steal all his
money. Each night before he would go to sleep, he would lock his wallet up in a safe located near his bed so that if anyone
were to try to rob him they would have to wake him up to do it.

Unfortunately, on the night that Able died he had only placed the wallet on the table near the safe without locking it up.
Before his death, Able said to his family and friends that none of them were to touch his home or his money and he said that
anyone who came near his safe and wallet would be greeted by his ghost and be scared away.

Following Able's death the family decided that the money in the Fable house was not doing any good if not used, so they
went into the home to get it.

Able's oldest son decided to make the first attempt. He opened the door and went in, he saw Able's wallet on the table and
reached for it. Immediately he heard a voice say:"I am the ghost of Able Fable, put the money back on the table!"

The voice scared the son so much that he ran from the room and out the door, screaming: "I heard the voice of a ghost!"
The oldest daughter in disbelief decided she would make her way into Able's room. She entered and reached for the wallet.
She then heard the voice say: "I am the ghost of Able Fable, put the money back on the table!"

The daughter was so scared that she dropped the wallet and ran from the room screaming: "I heard the voice of a ghost!"
The youngest son decided to make his attempt at getting the money. When he entered the room and reached for the wallet
he also heard the voice say: "I am the ghost of Able Fable, put the money back on the table!"

The youngest son decided that he was not easily scared and said back: "Well, I am the ghost of Davey Crockett
and the money is going to stay in my pocket!"

The youngest son took all the money for his own and the ghost of Able Fable was never heard from again!
Ghost of Able Fable
25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9
by Parents.com
Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.

Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or
loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms
and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite,
kind, well-liked child.-
Manner #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an
emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me"
is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first.
It can save you from many hours of grief later.
Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it
open for someone else.

Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor
working on something,
ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn
something new.

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling
and with a smile.

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will
likely want to help you again. This is especially true with

Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so,
ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when

Manner #25

Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.
Manner #14

Don't call people mean names.

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others
you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and
pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters
are doing their best

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your
nose in public.
Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out
of earshot of adults.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the
good time you had.

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12

Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a
powerful effect.

Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and
Smart Cookie !
Weird but Cute!