It's Not a Small World After All . . . Covering 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is about the
size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Of the more than 25,000 acres, less than one-
fourth has been developed, with another quarter designated as a wilderness preserve.
A Cast of Thousands . . . 58,000, to be more precise. That's how many people it takes to create the
magic here at the Vacation Kingdom. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World Resort is the largest
single-site employer in the United States.
What the Well-Dressed Mouse Will Be Wearing . . . depends entirely on the occasion. Mickey Mouse
himself has 175 different sets of duds ranging from a scuba suit to a tuxedo. Minnie Mouse's
wardrobe contains some 200 outfits including everything from a cheerleader ensemble to evening
Suds 'R Us . . . If you were to wash and dry one load of laundry every day for 44 years, you'd clean as
much as the folks at Walt Disney World Laundry do in a single day. The cast members there
launder an average of 240,000 pounds each day. In addition, between 30,000 and 32,000
garments are dry-cleaned daily.
Smile! . . . Kodak estimates that approximately 4 percent of all the amateur photographs taken in
the United States are snapped at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland.
Winter Wonderland . . . So what if there's no snow in Central Florida? Each Christmas season Walt
Disney World Resort is "decked" with more than 11 miles of garland and draped with 300,000
yards of ribbon on more than 1,300 Christmas trees.
Who's Still Thirsty? . . . More than 50 million Cokes are consumed each year at Walt Disney World
Resort. Guests also gobble 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of french
fries and more than 300,000 pounds of popcorn.
Ears To You . . . There are enough of the famous "Mouse Ear" hats sold each year to cover the head
of every man, woman and child in Pittsburgh and enough Disney character T-shirts to put Mickey
Mouse's smiling face on the chest of every Chicagoan.
Hickory Dickory Dock . . . More than a half-million character watches -- mainly Mickey -- are slipped
onto wrists from Walt Disney World gift shops each year. At any given time, there are more than 200
different varieties of character watches. The most popular timepiece: a gold-tone relief of Mickey
Gone But Not Forgotten . . . Walt Disney World Lost and Found is one busy place. Every day an
average of 100 pairs of sunglasses are turned in at Magic Kingdom alone. There have been
enough "shades" submitted each year in the Vacation Kingdom to outfit every resident of Sun City,
Arizona; Sun City, California; and Sun City, Florida. Since 1971, an estimated 1.5 million pairs of
glasses have found their way into the "lost" bin.
Curious Claims . . . According to long-time lost and found staffers, the most unusual items turned
in have been a glass eye and a potty trainer. Both, incidentally, were claimed (but not by the same
Busman's Holiday . . . More than 230 Walt Disney World buses transport guests around the
Vacation Kingdom, making the Walt Disney World fleet the third largest in Florida behind Miami and
Fly Me To the Moon . . . Since 1971, the total miles logged by Walt Disney World monorail trains
would be equal to more than 30 round trips to the moon. One dozen new cars were put into service
along the 14-mile beamway in 1990 as the original fleet received a well-deserved retirement.
Tee Time . . . With the addition of the Pete Dye-designed Eagle Pines course and Tom Fazio's
Osprey Ridge, Walt Disney World Resort boasts 99 holes of golf. That makes this one of Florida's
largest golf resorts. A real "Magic Link-dom."
Room With a View . . . Disney's Wedding Pavilion was designed to provide the bride and groom a
view of Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle while standing at the altar.
A Mountain Range? . . . Walt Disney World Resort is home to Florida's three highest "mountains." In
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Mount Everest towers nearly 200 feet high in the Asia section of the
theme park. In Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain rises 197 feet above Frontierland. Space
Mountain in Tomorrowland is 180 feet tall.
Green Thumb. . . More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables grown at The Land pavilion at Epcot are
served in Walt Disney World restaurants.
Finger Food. . . More than 1.6 million turkey drumsticks are devoured every year in three Disney
theme parks -- Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios.
One Tall Ball . . . Spaceship Earth at Epcot is the tallest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. The
giant Sorcerer Mickey hand and wand make the attraction approximately 240 feet at its highest
point. It tops Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom (just under 200 feet), The Twilight
Zone Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios (199 feet), Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle (185
feet) and The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom (145 feet).
Room Roulette . . . If you wanted to stay in all the guestrooms in all of the hotels and resorts
currently open on Walt Disney World property (at a rate of one per night) it would take more than 72
50,000 Sprinkler Heads . . . and 2,000 miles of irrigation pipe are needed to water more than 3,500
acres of landscaping at Walt Disney World Resort. Since 1971, more than 100,000 trees and 2
million tended shrubs have been planted.
Well Grounded . . . Each year the horticulture staff plants 3 million bedding plants and annuals, and
maintains millions of other plants including more than 2 million shrubs, 13,000 roses and more
than 200 topiary.
A "Family" Tree . . . The "Liberty Oak," which is the focal point of the Liberty Square area in Magic
Kingdom, is the proud parent of more than 500 young trees. They all started out as acorns
harvested from the majestic oak.
Pack the Trunk . . . Earth Day 1991 signaled a "moving" experience for yet another impressive oak --
a 55-foot-tall tree weighing in at nearly 85 tons. The live oak was moved 12 miles across Walt
Disney World property. It is doing well in its new "digs" serving as a centerpiece for the Ol' Man
Island recreation area at Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.
Mow Miles Per Year . . . 450,000 mowing miles to be exact -- that's what it takes to maintain 2,000
acres of turf. For the record, those mower miles are the equivalent of 18 trips around the earth at the
Here's Looking (Down) At You . . . From the air, Walt Disney World Resort boasts a number of
"heady" sights. For instance, the unique "Mouse Trap" on the 6th hole at the Magnolia golf course
that looks like a famous corporate symbol. Over at Disney's Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club,
Mickey's profile greets golfers on the large practice green. The famous mouse is the model for the
courtyard and area in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney-MGM Studios.
Take your pick. . . There are over 300 places to dine across Walt Disney World Resort. And that’s
not counting the portable food carts. In all, more than 6,000 different food items are available.
Someone’s in the kitchen . . . There are more than 350 chefs on staff at Walt Disney World Resort.
Serving the wine . . . More than 550 sommeliers have been awarded the Court of Master Sommelier
Introductory Certificate at Walt Disney World Resort, with 300 sommeliers currently in restaurants.
Light as air . . . 10,000 dessert soufflés a year come out of the oven at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
You say tomato . . . California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort serves 70 pounds of vine-
ripened tomatoes every night during “tomato season,” July through November.
Green thumb . . . More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables grown at The Land pavilion at Epcot are
served in Walt Disney World restaurants.
It’s a toss-up . . . 31,000 Cobb salads are tossed every year at The Hollywood Brown Derby at
Disney-MGM Studios. The original recipe for the dressing, created in 1926, still tops the salads.
Thatsa pasta . . . Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney-MGM Studios serves 720 pounds of
pasta every day.
Finger food . . .Over 1.6 million turkey drumsticks are devoured every year in the four Walt Disney
World theme parks.
Warm beer . . . At United Kingdom Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in Epcot World Showcase, a
specially designed ale warmer can heat your Guinness to 55 degrees, the temperature favored by
Keeping cool . . . Over 2.6 million chocolate-covered Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are sold every
year at Walt Disney World Resort.
Just like mom’s . . . At least 125 orders of meat loaf and mashed potatoes are requested every day
at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney-MGM Studios.
Say cheese . . . More than 40 varieties of cheese are used by Disney theme park and resort chefs.
Afternoon tea . . . The formal afternoon respite is celebrated daily at Garden View Lounge at Disney’
s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Crazy for popcorn . . . 322,000 pounds of popcorn are popped every year at Walt Disney World
Resort -- that’s 5 million bags of buttery kernels.
More than 400,000 pounds . . . of unused, prepared food is donated annually through the Disney
Harvest program to feed the homeless of Central Florida.
26.2 miles . . . of bratwurst are served every 60 days at the Biergarten restaurant in the Germany
pavilion at Epcot. That, by the way, is the length of a marathon.
Don’t spit the seeds . . . More than a million pounds of watermelon are served every year at Walt
Disney World Resort.