19. It also has very impressive public transportation
Walt Disney World has a public transportation system that puts plenty of American cities to shame. At about 400 buses, its fleet is larger than the one operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. (One reason: On peak days, Disney gives LA traffic a run for its money.)
20. There were originally supposed to be even more hotels in Magic Kingdom
Original plans called for hotels with a Venetian theme, a South Asian theme, and a Persian theme. Those plans, however, were thrown out after the oil crisis put a damper on tourism. Oh, and the Shah of Iran was supposedly going to fund the Persian hotel, but, since this was supposed to happen in the late '70s, the plans basically ran afoul of everything that transpired in Argo.
21. Hotel rooms at the Polynesian and Contemporary were built offsite
After the pre-fab rooms were constructed, there were slid into the frames of the buildings. So that makes it kind of like sleeping in a giant furnished drawer, minus the giant Gideon bibles.
22. The Beatles broke up at Disney World
Disney is the most magical place on earth, unless you’re a Beatles fan. In the winter of 1974 John Lennon was at Disney’s Polynesian Resort for a holiday vacation with his family. It was there on December 29 that he signed the document that ended The Beatles.
While we’re at it, here’s another fun historical tidbit: In 1973, during the days of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon participated in a Q&A with the media at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It was during that session that he delivered his famous statement, “I am not a crook.”