Walt Disney's "secret" Disneyland apartment


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  1. Mordicai says:

    I only know about this because of Epic Mickey.

  2. awjt says:

    Walt isn’t the only famous old dude with a secret fire pole in his closet.

  3. klotz says:

    In 1999 I went to Epcot center to work on an installation in Tomorrowland.  They told me to drive down a back road, take an unmarked exit, tell the guard who I was, park, walk past Orange Horizons, then go to a popcorn stand, turn left, and enter a door set in the wall behind a shrub.  I went to an espresso cart but it didn’t have any popcorn.  I said, “Where is the popcorn cart?”  The man pointed and said, “The door is over there.”  

    The door led to stairs and a tunnel with roads and carts.  I passed a large wooden crate marked “FUEL CELL” and went into a dark room, with black-flocked walls, where my equipment had been stationed for me to work on.

    I tried the underground break room, but it was dismal.  On the way, I saw someone smoking.  Another person, a manager type, approached the first guy and said, “Could I ask you to do me a favor?”  The guy straightened up and assented, and was told, “Could I ask you to put that out for me?” Wow.

    So I spent three days underground, emerging only to eat at the theme restaurants.

    The last night, I stayed until 9pm, so I decided I’d wait for the fireworks, not having gone to any of the amusements available (not that my badge, which said “NO RIDES”, would have let me).  As I headed back to the closed Orange Horizons building, a beefy but cheerful man said, “Hello, hello, hello!” to me as a I walked by him.  I said, “Good night” and kept going, but he kept greeting me.  Gradually it dawned on me that he was security.  I fished my “NO RIDES” badge out and showed it to him, and he smiled broadly and let me head back out the way I came.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    His daughter sounds exactly like Dianne Feinstein.

  5. headcode says:

    I have actually had lunch at Club 33, which I think is the place above Pirates of the Caribbean that is mentioned above.  I went with a friend whose mother worked at a law firm that had a membership.

    I’d have to say that it was a top dining experience.  It was a buffet, but a buffet with such items as quail’s eggs and caviar.  Plus, it’s the only place in the park where you can get alcohol.  It was great fun to have gotten in to that place.

    • Cory Doctorow says:

       C33 adjoins the place over Pirates, but it’s a different place. The place over pirates is right at the “front” of New Orleans Square, close to the water. C33 is set back in the middle of the square. 

      I’ve eaten there too — it’s pretty good, though IMO, the food is actually miles better at the Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Hotel, which may be my favorite restaurant in southern California, period.

  6. yeahyeahwhtever says:

    Walt’s shower in that apartment is unique too.

  7. LeSinge says:

    Late to the party but wanted to say that the Disney gallery was one of my favorite places in Disneyland and I was crushed when I found it closed on a recent visit. Major bummer. It wasn’t just a souvenir shop–it had all the old attraction posters for sale, tons of concept art from the Imagineers, and even a model of Disneyland. They even had an option to have almost any piece of art you wanted custom printed in multiple sizes and mediums. 

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