17 Disney Facts That Are Too Much Fun Not To Share — So Here They Are

    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror really could've been a totally different ride!!!

    1. Walt Disney won his very first Oscar in 1932 for the short Flowers and Trees, which also happened to be the very first cartoon released in color.

    2. Dopey almost replaced Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia.

    3. The final ballroom dance scene in Beauty and the Beast reuses the animation from the final dance scene in Sleeping Beauty. But contrary to popular belief, it wasn't done to save money — it was actually done to save time.

    A side-by-side of four panels comparing Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast

    4. Robin Hood is notoriously known for being a movie in which the reuse of animation was very obvious — reportedly because the film had a very small budget. One of the movies that included reused animation was Snow White (for some of the Maid Marian sequences), and the artist who did those transformations for the film was none other than Don Bluth.

    A side-by-side comparing Maid Marian and Snow White both clapping

    5. The animated version of Robin Hood was not Disney's first film about the character. In 1952, the studio made a live-action movie about him titled The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men.

    A movie poster for Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood

    6. Mickey and the Beanstalk was supposed to be a full-length movie — but production of the film was stopped because of World War II.

    The giant chasing Mickey in Mickey and the Beanstalk

    7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was originally supposed to be a full-length movie, but at the time — in the late '40s — the studio didn't have the budget for it.

    The Headless Horseman scaring Ichabod Crane

    8. The classic Mickey Mouse hat was originally created for The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. The design of the hat was inspired by the 1929 animated short Karnival Kid.

    9. Disneyland's iconic churros — arguably the most famous park treat — aren't as old as the park itself. They were actually first introduced in 1985.

    Stock photo of churros

    10. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is actually a result of two rides Disney had in the works.

    Photo of the Tower of Terror sign with the ride in the background in 1994

    11. The iconic boulder-rolling scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark is an homage to a very similar thing that happened in the 1954 Scrooge McDuck comic, "The Seven Cities of Cibola."

    Photo of Indiana Jones running from a giant boulder in a cave

    12. In a sort of full-circle moment, the Raiders logo would go on to inspire the DuckTales one:

    A screenshot comparing the two logos

    13. Michael Eisenberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg turned down The Little Mermaid when it was first pitched. At the time, they were making a sequel to Splash and were concerned about making two mermaid movies.

    14. Anika Noni Rose had only one request when voicing Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog: that they make the character left-handed just like herself.

    Photo of Princess Tiana at her waitress job lifting a tray with her left hand

    15. In 1985, The Black Cauldron was the first Disney film to use the now classic Walt Disney Pictures logo with the castle, blue background, and falling star:

    16. Tangled was the first Disney Princess movie to be rated PG.

    Photo of Rapunzel and Flynn leaning up against a tree with his wanted posters on it

    17. And finally, The Golden Girls (Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia) almost had a cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet in the Oh My Disney scene.

    A publicity photo featuring Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White as their Golden Girls characters