20 things you didn't know about Disney theme parks

Published: Thursday, July 17 2014 2:00 p.m. MDT

One of the oldest rides in Disneyland, the Mad Tea Party, includes spinning teacups on saucers and operates in Fantasyland.

Christopher Reynolds, MCT

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Thursday marks 59 years since Walt Disney opened the gates to Disneyland on July 17, 1955.

Although many people are familiar with the rides and shows today, visitors probably don't know about some of Disney's best-kept secrets.

From spontaneous performances to magic moment certificates, the Disney theme parks have perks for all to enjoy.

The parks have books written about some of their secrets, including "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disneys Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom" and "Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland."

Click here to see a list of just a few of Disney's secrets.

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