Here’s the story of Disneyland’s felines, the cats who live in the happiest place on earth

Itas impossible to pinpoint exactly when the first felines started to appear on Disneyland property, but there have been sightings going as far back as 1955

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Soon after Disneyland opened, Walt decided that there should be an attractivenes inside of the park’s most prominent “weenie, ” Sleeping Beauty Castle. When he brought imagineers into the castle to begin the planning process for what would eventually become the Castle Walkthrough attraction, he was greeted by quite the sightascores of feral felines had set up a home for themselves inside the building. Not simply that, but the felines had brought with them an infestation of fleas. It became clear that something needed to be done about the felines, but the Disney company knew they couldn’t precisely “eliminate” the problem without considerable commotion from guests. The immediate answer was to adopt out all the felines to cast members, ensure them good homes, and so free up some valuable real estate. They dealt with the flea problem as soon as possible too.


Meanwhile, being an outdoor theme park with lands “ve been meaning to” simulate rustic situations, Disneyland had developed a bit of a rodent problem

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While the irony was lost on no one in the company, Disneyland had mice running aroundaand we’re not talking about Mickey and Minnie. There is likewise still plenty of feral felines on property who hadn’t set up shop in the castle. The felines were smart and recognized they’d received a decent hunting ground on a property that was free of all the typical dangers stray cats have to face. They were able to emerge at night to a relatively empty park, and they could hunt in peace.


It was around this time that someone in the Disney company must have had a fairly brilliant idea

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The cats weren’t bothering anyoneaferal cats, by nature, are scared of humansaand the latter are doing a much better occupation with pest control than any human exterminators were likely to do. So the feline were put to work. More accurately, they were allowed to continue doing the study they were already doing, but now it was with Disney’s blessing, and some payment.


The felines actually live a somewhat mundane life, similar to most other feral cats you might have in your neighborhood.

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Of course, they do so in the Happiest Place on Earth. They generally stay hidden out of sight during the day and merely come out at night. There are exceptions, of course, and guests have been known to place cats sleeping in the parks or otherwise slinking around property. As a general rule, Disney doesn’t encourage guests to get too close to the felines. In addition to the simple fact that it’s never smart to try to pet a feline you don’t know, these cats are often better off remaining solitary. If felines start to appear too comfortable around humen, Disney will adopt them out to casting members. The same is true of any new litters of kittens that are accidentally born on property.


It is estimated that the current cat population on Disneyland property is about 200.

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Some of the feeding station locations where guests are most likely to spot a feline include ones near the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland, Taste Pilot’s Grill at DCA and White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian. Cats can also often be spotted in the Rose Court Garden at the Disneyland Hotel and in the ditch that runs parallel to the route for the Mickey and Friends Tram.


They even have their own Instagram page

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So next time your’e around, don’t forget to visit our feline friends

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