So you think you know everything about Disneyland Paris? Think again! / Well, you’re in for a treat! Hidden in our sets are numbers paying homage to the invention – and the inventors –of Disney Parks. Now is the time to take a closer look.
Walt Disney’s birth year (1901) can be found on the front window of Disney Clothiers, Ltd and on some floor elements on Main Street, USA, along with the first name of Walt’s father, Elias. At Disney Studio 1, above the Hollywood Jewel Box entrance door, “12 05” can be read. This is also in reference to Walt’s birthday, but written the American way, with the month coming before the day. Did you ever notice that his entire date of birth, December 5th, 1901, appears on the license plate of the truck parked at Backlot?
The 92 number, found on some elements making up our sets, refers to the opening year of Disneyland Paris. On the facades of Emporium and Harrington’s Fine China and Porcelains, the 1892 date also relates to this particular event, but it was carefully set back 100 years in the past, to be consistent with the Victorian atmosphere characterizing Main Street, USA. “14 01 Flower Street”, featured on the pediment of Walt’s – an American Restaurant, cleverly alludes to the address in Glendale, California, of the Walt Disney Imagineering offices.