Today we look at the different ways that Disney increases purchases, manages crowds, and improves visuals using Disneyland psychology. Thousands of people visit Disneyland, the happiest place on earth every day. They come to shop, ride, eat, and enjoy that special magic that only Disney seems to bring.
However, as each person steps their way into the park, many of them are unaware of the ways that Disneyland is using Disneyland psychology to control them. Here are the top 5 sneaky Disney Mind Control facts revealed.
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1. Heat On the Streets- Main Street, U.S.A.
Dark pavement + California sun = heat. You know it, I know it, and Disneyland knows it! This is one of the biggest tricks to Disneyland pyschology!
The pavement on Main Street, U.S.A is dark to keep you moving intentionally. Moving down the street and into the shops! It is great for traffic control. You don’t often find a large traffic jam down Main Street except during rope drop, parades, and fireworks because of this smart trick.
2. Cold Impulse Shopping
The Emporium on Main Street is the coldest shop in the entire park. You will also notice, they sell sweatshirts and spirit jerseys at the Emporium. No one really thinks to buy a sweatshirt when it’s 85 degrees outside, but if the AC is hitting you just right it’s easy to forget exactly how hot it is outside… And Disney keeps many of their indoor locations (and sometimes ride!) heavily air conditioned. Nothing inspires impulse spending than cold air when you're lacking a hoodie! That's some spending inspired Disneyland psychology for you.
3. Forced Perspective
Most Disneyland fans know that Main Street, U.S.A. was built using forced perspective. For example, the taller the building gets, the smaller the bricks actually are. Not only did it help with controlling the sizes of the buildings, but it makes Sleeping Beauty’s Castle look a lot bigger than it actually is.
Main Street, U.S.A. is not the only place this Disney forced perspective is in place. If you have ever taken a trip around the castle, chances are you’ve been to visit Snow White’s Grotto. The statues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves were a generous gift from an anonymous donor. However, there was one problem with them: Snow White is the same size as all the dwarves! The grotto was built using that same forced perspective so Snow White seems taller and many guests are none the wiser! This trick was so popular, that Tokyo Disneyland demanded the exact same grotto: dwarfed Snow White and all!
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3.Disneyland Go Away Green
Disney created a color called Go Away Green. A very bland green shade you see a lot of in the park but don’t really think anything about – until now. It was created with the idea that the common eye would glaze right over it. Truth is, unless you’re looking for it, it is all too easy to just glance right past anything painted in this all-too-neutral color. No See-Um Green is actually in a lot of places. The fences, buildings, the wall around the park… And most famously, the door to the exclusive Club 33. This is probably one of the most well-known Disneyland psychology tricks!
5. Vanilla Scented Air
From the furnishings inside and out, to the sounds of the drills and cries from the “painless dentist” office, there is always something commendable to be said about the details on Main Street, U.S.A. Step outside the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor or the Candy Shop with its cute little striped awning and take a deep breath. Smell that? Vanilla – YUM! Not only are there Aromatherapy studies that show Vanilla creates a calming effect, but doesn't it just make you hungry?! Taking a look underneath the windows, it looks like a speaker, but it’s not. That is a vent. (Technical term: the Smellitzer, a patented scent generator that makes sure you smell exactly what they want you to smell.)
Combine the Smellitzer with the awning to circulate the air and you have yourself one powerful urge to at least look into the window to see what’s cooking! You will also find your olfactory sensors at work in places like: The main entrance to the park (popcorn), Pirates of the Caribbean (old, wet wood and sea salt), The Haunted Mansion (dusty and musty.)
Clever, clever Disneyland psychology! While their secret mind control powers really aren't all that secret (anymore) or powerful, we still love the park and all its particulars.
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