100 Interesting Disneyland Facts, Figures and Statistics (2019)

Here are the more interesting Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Statistics and Facts and fun facts I was able to dig up recently. I tried to mix up statistics with some fun facts about the park and its attractions. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Opened in 1955, Disneyland is the granddaddy of Disney theme parks, yet often it is one of the most overlooked. With Disney World and its many attractions and resorts often getting the lion’s share of the limelight, there are countless reasons to stand up and take note of the goings-ons at Disneyland. With 60 years of history and in such close proximity to Disney’s movie studios, there are quite a few unique features of Disneyland that often go unnoticed.

Disneyland Facts and Statistics

Photo by Sean MacEntee

So just how big has Disneyland become after all these years? You might be surprised. It is actually very close in annual visitors to the Magic Kingdom’s 20 million.

See also: 600 Amazing Disney Statistics and Fun Facts

Please note that some of these Disneyland facts are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

Disneyland Facts

When did Disneyland open?

1955


Where is Disneyland located?

1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802


When did the Disneyland Monorail open?

June 14, 1959


How many Monorails are there at Disneyland?

3 (Red, Blue, Orange)


How much did it cost to build Disneyland?

$17 million


Number of people that it took to build Disneyland:

2,500


Number of people that were invited to attend the Disneyland grand opening:

22,000


How much did Disneyland tickets cost in the first year?

$1 for adults and $.50 for children


How much does a Disneyland ticket cost now?

$97 – $124 for a one-day adult ticket
Last updated 7/13/17


How big is Disneyland?

486 acres
Last updated 10/1/16


Disneyland Statistics

Number of Disney-owned hotels at Disneyland:

3
Last updated 10/1/16


Number of rooms at Disneyland hotels:

2,400 rooms
Last updated 10/1/16


Number of people that have visited Disneyland (all time):

more than 750 million
Last updated 6/12/17


Disneyland attendance total for 2015:

18.3 million


Disneyland attendance total for 2014:

16.7 million


Estimated number of Disneyland visitors that rode the Skyway while it was in operation:

150 million


Space required to build “Star Wars Land” at Disneyland:

14 acres


Number of lights included in the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade:

600,000 lights


Original run of  Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland:

June 17, 1972-November 25, 1996


Date the Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland:

January 20, 2017


Number of Disneyland Resort visitors (all time):

700 million
Last updated 7/17/14


Date that Star Tours opened in Disneyland:

January 9, 1987


Annual amount that Disneyland generates for the Southern California economy:

$5.7 billion
Last updated 6/12/17


Average wait time for Disneyland’s most popular rides:

24.4 minutes

Last updated 7/13/17


If the Disneyland Resort was a restaurant chain, it would be the 84th largest chain in the US based on food and beverage sales/


The Enchanted Tiki Room introduced the world’s first audio-animatronics in 1963


How tall is Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland?

77 feet


Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle is 112 feet shorter than Disney World’s Cinderella Castle.


Pirates of the Caribbean has had more guests than any other theme park ride in the world.


Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean were supposed to be walk-through rides.


Disneyland is 22 acres smaller than Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.


Number of attractions at Disneyland on opening day:

18


Size of Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District:

15 acres


Number of venues in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney complex:

30 venues

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa:

948 rooms and 50 DVC villas


Number of rooms at Disneyland Hotel:

973 rooms


Number of rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel:

481 rooms


Number of cast members at Disneyland Resort:

29,000 cast members


Number of plant species at Disneyland Resort:

800 species


Average amount of material Disneyland Resort recycles daily:

32 tons


Number of languages spoken by cast members at Disneyland Resort:

40 languages


There is actually a basketball court inside the Matterhorn


Number of quick service and table service locations at Disneyland Resort that offer allergy-friendly menus:

120


Number of food and beverage cast members employed at the Disneyland Resort:

9,000


Number of food and beverage locations at Disneyland Resort:

155


Number of different food items available at Disneyland Resort:

15,000


Number of apples consumed by Disneyland guests every year:

236,000


Average number of Mickey-shaped pretzels consumed at Disneyland Resort annually:

890,000


Average number of hot dogs consumed at Disneyland Resort annually:

2,500,000


Number of kids meals served annually at Disneyland Resort:

12 million


Year the Disneyland Hotel opened:

1955


Year Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel opened:

2000


Number of parking spaces being added with the new parking garage at Disneyland:

6,800 spaces


Average number of Disneyland wishes granted through Make-A-Wish annually:

750
Last updated 6/12/17


Number of Southern California jobs Disneyland supports (in addition to cast members):

25,000 jobs
Last updated 6/12/17


Growth in Disneyland workforce from 2005-2015:

approx 65%


Total amount of convention and meeting space at Disneyland:

20,000 sq ft
Last updated 6/12/17


Total number of fountains used in the World of Color show:

1,200


Number of scuba divers Disney employs at Disneyland:

50
Last updated 6/12/17


Number of parking spaces in Disneyland’s Mickey & Friends parking structure:

approx 10,000


How many attractions at Disneyland?

60 attractions


The longest-serving cast member at Disneyland was Oscar Martinez, who worked there from 1956-2017.


There is a time capsule buried in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle which was buried on Disneyland’s 40th anniversary and will be opened 50 years later in 2045.


How many people visited Disneyland in its first year?

about 3.6 million people


Shortest run for a Disneyland attraction:

Mickey Mouse Club Circus (November 1955-January 1956)


Space Mountain actually cost $3 million more to build than all of Disneyland.


King Arthur Carousel was actually built in 1922-  33 years before Disneyland opened.


The drawbridge on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle actually works and has been used twice.


The last attraction Walt Disney personally supervised construction of was Pirates of the Caribbean.


Splash Mountain was originally supposed to be called Zip-A-Dee River Run.


Walt Disney actually had a private apartment above the Main Street fire station.


3 babies have been born at Disneyland.


4.4 million churros are sold at Disneyland each year.


Actor/comedian Steve Martin and Actress Michelle Pfeiffer both worked at Disneyland when they were young.


How long did it take to build Disneyland?

1 year


Disneyland was built on a 160-acre orange grove


Doritos were actually invented at Disneyland.


The fastest ride at Disneyland is Splash Mountain (40 mph after the drop)


Disney California Adventure Facts and Statistics

Year that Disney California Adventure Park opened:

2001


Disney California Adventure attendance total for 2015:

9.4 million


Disney California Adventure attendance total for 2014:

8.7 million


Cars Land opening at Disney California Adventure:

June 2012


Number of performers in the Pixar Play Parade:

120


Number of fireworks effects in the “Together forever” nighttime show:

900


Number of Space Aliens that appear in the “Together forever” nighttime show:

more than 300


Number of lights used in the Paint the Night show:

1 million


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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.

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