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No American institution is so equally beloved and reviled as Walt Disney World, the epicenter of childhood fantasy and fanny-pack fashion in Central Florida.But whether you love it or hate it, its intricacies are no less fascinating.Among the Disneyphile contingent (of which I am unabashedly a member) there exists the popular pastime of swapping Disney "secrets" in the hopes that your knowledge of Disney will reign supreme.There's no sense in spouting BS, either, as lovers of all things Disney will call you out quicker than Pinocchio's nose grows. In the spirit of showing off, here are a few of my favorite Walt Disney World factoids you probably never knew about.The Florida housing bubble was already brutal, but the Cinderella Castle really weathered that storm.The "underground city" network of not-so-secret tunnels really exists -- so if you want to see Snow White out of costume, hang out down there.Actually, that sounds like a good way to end up with a restraining order.
But because Florida is at sea level and engineers couldn't dig down, these "underground" tunnels are really at ground level and the park is built on top of them -- a lot like modern Rome, except with more mafia-style extortion.
Original plans called for hotels with a Venetian theme, a South Asian theme, and a Persian theme. But not the Smart Water, there's an up charge for that.
Those plans, however, were thrown out after the oil crisis. Nowadays, a one-day ticket will run you or , depending on which park you visit. I had a friend who knew a girl whose mom, upon her death, wanted to be cremated and spread from the top of the Dumbo ride. The land that became Disney World straddles Osceola and Orange Counties.
Oh, and the Shah of Iran was supposedly going to fund the Persian hotel, but, since this was supposed to happen in the late '70s, the plans were basically taken hostage and never released. You can go to multiple parks for an additional fee, or purchase multi-day tickets for a discounted price. This sounded odd until I heard it happens all the time. And, all Florida stereotypes aside, neither had the resources to support the park's construction back in the day. Designate Walt's land as its own autonomous taxing district.
The park apparently even has a special vacuum for such occasions. This autonomy, however, does not seem to apply to the American rule of law.Besides a restaurant, gift shop, and the ghost of Walt Disney's would-be apartment, that is.