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According to one source, Americans buy about 5 million things that are shaped like Mickey Mouse, or have a picture of Mickey Mouse on them, in the course of one day.

According to the folks at Disney there were 6,469,952 spots painted on the dogs in the original 101 Dalmatians.

Actor Jeremy Irons provides the voice of the narrator for Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

Animation artists love inside jokes. In the Disney film Beauty and the Beast (1991), the road signs that Belle's father encounters in the forest show the names of two California cities: one points to Anaheim, while the other points down a dark, sinister-looking path to Valencia. In truth, Anaheim is the site of Disneyland, while the rival Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement theme park is in the city of Valencia.

As of December 30, 1997, Disney held eight of the top ten spots on the All Time Movie Video Sales Chart: The Lion King (1); Aladdin (2); Cinderella (3); Beauty and The Beast (4); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (5); Toy Story (7); 101 Dalmatians (8); and Pocahontas (10). The two non-Disney flicks to make the list were Forrest Gump (6) and Jurassic Park (9).

At Disneyland in California, José the Macaw, the mechanical star of the Enchanted Tiki Room, originally sat near the entrance to Adventureland. He was so popular with visitors that he created a traffic jam and had to relocated to inside the attraction.

At Disneyland Paris, the park's famous Sleeping Beauty Castle is known as Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.

At the rate of about 40 painting hours per horse on the King Arthur's Carrousel at Disneyland, it takes several years to refurbish all of the horses. Then the cycle starts again.

Box-office champ Toy Story (1995) is said to be filled with subtle inside jokes. One is in the name of the evil boy who lives next door to Andy and the toys. Sid Phillips, the wicked boy, was reportedly inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who was known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build bizarre creations.

Cowboy singer Rex Allen narrated more than 80 Walt Disney films.

Discovering two photographs of a nude women among the film's more than 110,000 frames, Disney Studios recalled 3.4 million copies of the kiddie home video release of The Rescuers (1977), featuring the voices of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor.

Disney World in Florida was opened to the public in 1971. The amusement park was the largest in the world, set within 28,000 acres. It required a $400-million investment, and did not do well during the first year it was opened. Only 10,000 people visited Disney World during that initial year. With time, however, the attendance numbers rose to more than 10,000 people an hour.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles), making it twice the size of the island of Manhattan, New York.

Disney's Mulan was the first feature length production created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, Florida, located at Disney/MGM Studios at Walt Disney World.

Disney's animated film Mulan did not do well in China. Many Chinese, especially the elderly, complained that the title character looked too Western.

Disney's Matterhorn was the first roller coaster to run on steel tubes, which made the ride smoother while allowing Disney to build longer-lasting coasters faster and cheaper.

Disney's Mickey Mouse was featured on cereal boxes for the Post cereal Toasties corn flakes back in 1935.

Donald Duck comics were nearly banned years ago in Finland because he didn't wear pants.

During WWI, young Walt Disney made money with another young man painting helmets with camouflage colors, banging them up to look battle-scarred, and then selling them to Americans in search of realistic souvenirs.

Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is edible. Plants in this section of the amusement park include bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, and more. Guest are more than welcome to pick their fill.

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