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There are nuggets of interesting info though, including one story about how the character of ‘Tinkerbell’ can be played by either a man or a woman as long as they're short in height and light in weight.it's a rare glimpse behind the iron curtains of Disney secrecy.
Instead he decided his next park would be bigger and better, and bought an enormous slice of land in Florida (the existing theme park is already the size of San Francisco, with room to expand it twice over) to tunnel beneath.Each section is colour-coded to stop staff getting lost, but it apparently takes a while to get used to them – it’s not such a Small World after all.It all feels a bit Downton Abbey, with the ‘downstairs’ section hidden from view, despite being a hive of activity.These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.The trouble was, what I hoped was ‘magic’, always turned out to be a carefully planned illusion – the result of a magician spending hours and hours making his craft look effortless.
The Disney tunnels reveal the glamorous tricks which happen above our heads, in the Magic Kingdom, and while on the one hand the tour spoilt the illusion, I couldn’t help but leave with more respect for the efforts of the magician.
There are tales of the park being filled with feral cats at night to keep the rodents down, or the one about wild alligators inhabiting Splash Mountain. Visitors to the park might be surprised to know that there is a whole other world beneath their feet.
Under the Magic Kingdom, a network of closely guarded tunnels known as the ‘utilidors’ (utility corridors) are packed with offices, cafeterias and a wardrobe department (including an impressive 136 costumes for Mickey alone). Walt Disney himself came up with the idea for this subterranean world after he had completed Disneyland in California and was upset to see a cowboy crossing the sci-fi-themed Tomorrowland to reach his post at Frontierland.
Swampy conditions made this impossible, so he built upwards instead – and so the ‘tunnels’ were created at ground level (using eight million cubic yards of earth excavated from the man-made lake Seven Seas Lagoon), while the park itself was built on the second and third floors – with a barely noticeable incline!
If you’re over 16 and stump up a pricey $79 (£48) you can take a behind the scenes tour which culminates with a visit to this underground labyrinth.
Actually seeing the utilidors, the part of the tour that had really piqued my interest, was left until right at the end.