Public Speaking

Title: The Hidden Secrets to Disneyland

Topic: The secrets of Disneyland

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General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose: I want to inform my audience about the theme park of Disneyland and how it holds hidden secrets that

aren’t normally seen by the human eye.


A. Attention Getter: Who here has been to the most magical place on Earth, Disneyland?

B. Relevance: For the most part, a majority of us have been to Disneyland. However, I bet that most of those who

have been do not know exactly how or where the magic of the theme park originates from. Even if you have not

attended Disneyland, this speech is still relevant to you because all of us have been influenced in some way by the

magic of Walt Disney.

C. Credibility: I personally have attended Disneyland and researched this topic extensively enough to feel

confident exposing these secrets to all of you. My Disneyland experiences and in-depth research make me

credible to give this speech today.

D. Thesis/Preview of Key Points: The theme park of Disneyland holds hidden secrets that are not normally seen

by the human eye, but are there to keep the theme park’s magical experience alive. These secrets are revealed

through three primary elements: 1) Disneyland’s settings, 2) attractions, and, 3) how Walt Disney still lives on

through his park.

Transition to Body: To begin, let’s start off by exposing the secrets behind the setting of Disneyland.


A. The setting of Disneyland helps to set up the theme park as a magical place visit.

1. The scent of Disneyland creates an environment that your brain will remember.

a. The food shops all throughout Disneyland smell great, not because there is always fresh food, but

because there is a device to ensure that the theme park-goer is smelling exactly what the employees want

you to smell (Zurowski, 2004).

b. Walt Disney wanted each ride to have a certain smell to it so that rider would specifically remember

their experience through that ride (California Screamin’ smells like citrus, Pirates of the Caribbean smells

like salt water, etc.) (Zurowski, 2004).

2. The different lands within Disneyland each create a particular environment.

a. There are secrets tunnels underneath Disneyland to ensure that a costumed employee would never be

found in the wrong land.

b. The trashcans, benches, and water fountains are all painted and disguised to blend in so the theme park

wouldn’t loose it’s magical touch (Raymond, 2011).

Transition to Second Main Point: Now that we are aware of how the setting of Disneyland keeps it’s magic, let’s

move on to exposing the secrets behind the attractions.

B. The attractions of Disneyland add to the magical element of the park.

1. There are hidden attractions that few people are aware of.

a. Within Disneyland, there is a secret club called Club 33 that includes only 487 members that have gone

through a waiting list and who have all paid a $9,500 check (Niza, 2007).

b. At the top third part of the Matterhorn Mountain, there is actually a fully functional basketball court

that was built due to the excess space (Raymond, 2011).

2. There are stories behind some attractions that are kept a secret to ensure that Disneyland is still viewed as a

magical place.

a. Families always request to hold ceremonies on rides for children who have passed away (Raymond,


b. There is a dead body in the Haunted Mansion ride and supposeably all around the park because

families refuse to follow the rules and sprinkle their children’s ashes into the rides (Raymond, 2011).

Transition to Third Main Point: We just discussed the attractions of the theme park; finally, let’s take a look and how

the magic of the creator of Disneyland, Walt Disney, lives on through his park.

C. Walt Disney’s magic lives on throughout Disneyland’s park.

1. There is an apartment above Disneyland’s Fire Department where Walt Disney always used to stay, a lamp

now always remains on in the apartment in remembrance of him (Zurowski, 2004).

2. While Walt Disney himself had a mustache, when opening the park, he forbid any employee from having

facial hair in order to keep the employees looking clean- this rule is still applied today (Raymond, 2011).

3. The train station’s telegraph machine taps out (in Morse code) the very same speech that Walt Disney

delivered on the grand opening day of Disneyland in 1955 (Zurowski, 2004).


A. Transition to Conclusion: In conclusion, Disneyland holds hidden tricks and secrets that create the park’s

magical experiences.

B. Summary of Thesis and Key Points: The magic is what makes Disneyland so special and wonderful to its

guests. As we learned today, Disney’s magical environment can be observed through the setting, attractions, and

how Walt Disney still lives on throughout the theme park.

C. Memorable Closing: Regardless of how many tricks or secrets the theme park of Disneyland may hold, let’s

always remember that these magical experiences all originated from the idea of a little mouse name Mickey.


Niza, M. (2007, June 21). Secret societies: Yale and Disneyland. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Raymond, A. (2011, July 1). 8 Secrets about Disneyland. CNN Living. Retrieved from


Zurowski, M. (2004). Discover the secrets of Disneyland. LexisNexis Academic. Retrieved from

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