→ Empire has 90 Facts You Didn’t Know About Disney

I love posts like this. I did not know a bunch of them, but here are some of my favorites:

  • 12 – The theme parks use a patented ‘Smellitzer’ device designed to pump certain scents around. Whether it’s a waft of sea salt in Pirates of the Caribbean, or vanilla in Main Street, your senses are constantly being played.

  • 54 – Walt Disney’s attention to detail was legendary. He placed the bins at Disney World 25 steps away from the hot dog stall, as this was how long it took him to eat a hot dog.

  • 73 – The ideas for Wall-E, Monsters Inc, A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo came from a single lunchtime brainstorming session in 1994, before the first Toy Story film was even finished. What did you accomplish over sandwiches today?

  • 74 – Though commonly referred to as seven ‘dwarves’, the films actual title is Snow White and the Seven ‘Dwarfs’. This is because in 1938 when the film was released, ‘dwarfs’ was the accepted plural. Blame JRR Tolkien for the change.

I did know this one, and I still love it:

  • 20 – Joss Whedon was part of a team of writers brought in to perk up the Toy Story script, and came up with the character of Rex, the cowardly dinosaur (Rex was voiced by Wallace Shawn, who you’ll know from The Princess Bride and Clueless. What a CV.) and the line, “You are a sad, strange little man”.

Finally, I am going to have to try this:

  • 29 – Apparently, if you send Mickey and Minnie Mouse an invitation to your wedding they’ll send you back an autographed photo and a ‘Just Married’ badge. If you send Cinderella and Prince Charming an invitation, you’ll get an autographed congratulatory certificate.