• Disneyland has a not-so-secret pack of feral cats wandering the park.
  • The feline legion also helps with pest control.
  • The company doesn’t encourage people to go near the cats, as they’re wild.
  • Still, the cats have earned plenty of followers on Facebook and Instagram – and even captured the attention of Hollywood star Ryan Gosling.

 

Disneyland is home to some unexpected residents that might give Mickey Mouse pause.

The well-known park is home to hundreds of feral cats.

Mike Fox, author of “The Hidden Secrets & Stories of Walt Disney World,” “Disneyland Details: The Magical Hidden Secrets & Story Elements of Disneyland,” and “Disneyland In-Depth” and founder of the site Disney-Secrets.com told Business Insider that the park houses “cats members” who “roam the park day and night keeping any rodents in check.”

“Visitors love them, and they even have their own fan pages,” he told Business Insider. “The fact that their title is a play on the title of ‘cast members’ makes it that much more interesting.”

Here’s a look at how the wild cats earned free rein of Disneyland:

According to the cats’ fan site, the feline invasion of Disneyland began in around 1955, when the Walt Disney Company had to evict them from Sleeping Beauty Castle. Those cats were adopted by some cast members.

 

Foto: source disneylandcats/amyensid/Instagram

But, at some point, someone got the idea that the felines could perform a valuable service — ridding the park for rodents and pests.

Foto: source disneylandcats/susansea/Instagram

DisneylandCats.com said that a team of Disney cast members are assigned to monitor, feed and provide medical treatment to the park-wide clowder.

Foto: source disneylandcats/magic_kingdom_mamas/Instagram

DisneylandCats.com reported that the felines are fed at stations near the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

DisneylandCats.com reported that cats are fed at stations near the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.
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