Disneyland Cats

Sleeping calico kitten

Before Disneyland opened to the public, Walt Disney inspected Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and found a kitty napping there. Walt Disney grew up on a farm and knew that where there could be rats, you need cats. Cats took the title of most adorable rodent terminators years ago and never lost it.

Walt Disney recognized a cute rodent terminator when he saw one. With hungry fans expected to visit Disneyland, he wanted to serve food without attracting a rat population that could multiply rapidly within the park.

He let the kitty keep napping. And when he found the kitty had friends and family at Disneyland too, he let them all stay. They’ve never let him down.

Disneyland’s cats still sleep during the day and rodent patrol at night. If you’re lucky, you might see one during the day. Could it be the “Happiest Place on Earth” without cats?

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34 Responses to Disneyland Cats

  1. Patti Griner says:

    I am a sucker for stray cats, so I love that Disney is home to so many!

  2. Ellie Di says:

    Cute story…I never tought about it, but it’s quite clever to have cats in order to keep the mice population low. Good Ol’ Walt!

  3. Lujuana Miller says:

    Walt Disney was a treasure and he showed it again when he he let the cats stay at Disneyland! Way to go Walt!!!

  4. Amber Terry says:

    This is the first I’ve read about this and it’s so sweet…and practical :p

  5. Della Williamson says:

    A world without cats is not a happy world. Period. Back in the late 50’s we had gone to Disneyland. We saw a few cats. One little girl came right up to us. My younger sister picked up the kitty and cuddled her. Asked Mom if we could keep the kitty. The attendant nearby spoke up and said that the kitty belonged to the park and that if she left she would be missed by her family. And she would miss them. So she gave the kitty a couple more little cuddles then put the kitten down and it was gone lickety split. We had just come out of the house of the future. Everything was push button. Even the temperature of the water for the bath tub could be picked with the push of a button. I remember asking my Dad as we came out of the house if we would ever have push buttons. The attendant hid a snicker as my Dad say “I sure hope not. People are lazy enough already.”

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  7. kelly nicholson says:

    They have giant mice walking around everywhere….gonna need bigger cats!

    • LOL. When Walt Disney was young, he lived in a room above a garage that had a couple of mice. He left food by his drawing board so mice would approach it while he was drawing. Then, he drew the mice and created Mickey and Minnie Mouse. He originally used the name Mortimer Mouse. His wife suggested “Mickey” instead of “Mortimer”.

  8. Terri S says:

    I love this! I never knew that about Disneyland. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Debra Holloway says:

    Love Disney, great place for humane entertainment.

  10. Debbie Welchert says:

    Interesting story that I have never heard before. I would love to take my grandchildren to Disneyland someday.

  11. John Smith says:

    Such a cute kitten in the picture! Too bad Disneyland is populated by such large mice!

  12. icefairy says:

    I love cats. Good for Walt Disney to make such a smart decision! Thanks for sharing this fun fact with us!

  13. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This cat is so cute. What a great idea. I love visiting Disney. Great vacation time

  14. Pamela Gurganus says:

    This is so interesting! I never knew! I’ll be sure and keep an eye out if ever at Disneyland.

  15. Karen H says:

    What a wonderful story. I’ve only visited Disneyworld once and didn’t see the cats but I’m sure they are as cute as this one.

  16. Jodi Hunter says:

    How wonderful!

  17. Lori Smanski says:

    I didn’t know that, but makes perfect sense.

  18. Rita Wray says:

    Walt Disney was a very smart man.

  19. Jocelyn says:

    One of those little known facts that slips by without much notice. Bravo for the patrolling cats.

  20. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I have been to disneyland four times and never seen a cat…pigeons and ducks, but no cats

  21. Judy Thomas says:

    That is so awesome and way better than other forms of population control.

  22. Cali W. says:

    My dad has worked for Disney for many years and I have seen the many Disney cats. 😉

  23. Mary Preston says:

    A sensible solution. Well done Walt.