Every kid dreams of the day they get to go to Disneyland or Disney World. From a young age, we’re imprinted with the idea that it’s a magical place where all of your dreams come true. Football players say they’re going there after they win the Super Bowl. Celebrities are always there, rubbing shoulders with Mickey and Minnie. When you’re a kid, that’s all you could ever ask for.
Some of us never get to make that trip. Others do and get to live out the childhood dream. While it might amount to a giant expense for mom and dad, for the kids it’s a defining moment. Add in that you can now see Darth Vader and Spiderman at Disney parks, and it’s hard for the kids to contain themselves.
As amazing and interesting as Disney World and the company’s other parks are, there are a lot of things going on under the surface the public doesn’t see. From a business standpoint alone, these theme parks bring in a mind-boggling amount of money. Again, if you’ve been there, this won’t be much of a surprise. A visit can be very expensive. But there are other things you might not know that make Disney World all the more interesting.
1. Florida ‘fakeover’
No, we didn’t misspell “takeover.” In Disney’s case, getting its Florida theme park started required some literal faking. In order to acquire all of the property needed to build the park, Disney used dummy corporations. It’s a pretty fascinating historical account, actually, and involves all kinds of juicy stuff: secret land, political deals, and sketchy business tactics. Who knew such a magical place required so much questionable behavior to get built?
All that work paid off, though. You just need to look at how many people the park attracts.