Everybody wants to be a cat – at Disneyland!
No admission required, these kitties roam the Anaheim theme park for free, wild and mostly out of view, unless you look very closely — or click onto their social media pages featuring photos, stories, fun facts and merchandise.
“For the most part, the cats really do keep to themselves,” Taylor Roberts, who’s behind DisneylandCats.com and its affiliated Twitter and Instagram pages, tells Southern California Life. “We always encourage people to keep their distance and respect the kitties’ right to be there undisturbed by people.”
DisneylandCats link: http://disneylandcats.com/, Instagram @DisneylandCats
The most visible cat is one fans have called Francisco, who hangs out in the same spot by Grizzly River Run about every day. Another favorite sighting, says Roberts, was a cat stomping around the Storybook Land miniatures looking like “some sort of giant monster there to destroy the city.”
Nobody really knows how they got to the Magic Kingdom, though reports the park releases hundreds every night is a myth. They’ve been sighted since 1955 when Disneyland opened, taking care of the rodent population – though keeping their paws off one VIP mouse in particular – with the blessing of park officials.
“Disney is doing a really great thing for these cats by choosing to treat them so well,” says Roberts. “The company feeds, neuters, and cares for the health of the cats when they certainly don’t have to, which I think is very admirable!”
Although Roberts started the DisneylandCats’ social media presence with a Twitter account in February 2013 – the same year he got an annual pass – he’s careful to note that his role is only as a human facilitator.
“What I always say is that no one ‘runs’ the account except the cats,” he says. “I’m merely a ‘good friend’ of the DisneylandCats and I help them get their points across.”
As such, much the blog material is narrated from the cats’ point of view, including posts on “My Favorite Haunts” and an FAQ section full of cat-itude. “You humans have a lot of questions,” it says, “and I am feeling particularly generous right now, so I am going to answer some of them.”
DisneylandCats is not part of the Walt Disney Co. in any way, though the relationship between them has been warm and fuzzy.
“We have plenty of cast members, Imagineers, and other employees who follow along with the updates,” Roberts says. “I honestly think the site has inadvertently been great publicity for the parks because it gives cat lovers another reason to go more often just to try to scope them out and take pictures.”
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