December is traditionally associated with holiday cheer and pepperminty happiness, which makes having a Friday the 13th this month feel weird. Like Donald Duck in pants.
And, like of lot of things we believe, fear of Friday the 13th – called paraskevidekatriaphobia – isn’t based on any kind of scientific proof of pre-weekend nefariousness or, you know, scientific logic. Nope. Superstition is the only thing that says 13 is a crazy unlucky number.
Good thing Disney doesn’t agree.
Disney Parks Blog took a day normally met with doom and gloom, and gave it some mouse-eared magic, sharing 13 “lucky” facts that show how the number relates to Disney Parks. In the best ways possible of course:
LUCKY TH1RT3EN 1 of 14
13 Disneyfied facts on Friday the 13th. Anyone's head spinning yet?
13th Hour 2 of 14
Did you know? The grandfather clock in the Haunted Mansion attraction features only one number on its face. One guess as to what it is...
July 13 3 of 14
Walt Disney and Lillian Bounds tied the knot on July 13, 1925 in Lewiston, Idaho.
13 Lanterns 4 of 14
The Liberty Tree in Magic Kingdom Park has 13 lanterns hanging from its branches. Yep. One for each of the original U.S. colonies.
And now I'm singing "Fifty Nifty United States." Tell me you remember that one from grade school.
13th President 5 of 14
Can you name the 13th U.S. president featured in The Hall of Presidents?
Psst... it's Millard Filmore.
No. 13 6 of 14
Former NFL great Kurt Warner wore jersey No. 13 for the St. Louis Rams while making a rather mouse-eared announcement to the world: "I'm going to Disneyland!" and "I'm going to Disney World!"
13th Animated Feature 7 of 14
Alice in Wonderland was Disney's 13th full-length animated feature film.
13 Stories 8 of 14
Each time a guest "drops in" to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, they might just plummet 13 stories in a haunted service elevator.
13.1 Miles 9 of 14
Ok, so this one isn't exactly 13. However, a lot of runDisney events are 13.1-mile half marathons.
Bonus random fact: I've run those magical miles. Twice.
1913 10 of 14
One of Disney's famed "Nine Old Men," Marc Davis, was born in 1913. He began at Disney in Animation, and later in his career, became one of the company's original Imagineers. Disney Parks attractions Davis helped create are The Enchanted Tiki Room, "it's a small world," Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise.
13th Animated Film 11 of 14
Brave was Disney-Pixar's 13th full-length animated feature film.
1313 12 of 14
1313 is the numeric street address for Disneyland Resort.
13 Minutes 13 of 14
Muppet Vision 3-D takes guests on a wild, 13-minute trip through Muppet Labs.
1313 13th Street 14 of 14
Donald Duck stars in a 1939 animated cartoon called "Donald's Lucky Day" that's set on Friday the 13th. In it, Donald is a bike messenger who experiences his share of misfortune thanks to several signs of "bad luck" - a broken mirror, a black cat, and the number 13 - as he tries to deliver a package to "1313 13th Street."
The cartoon was even released on Jan. 13, 1939, which was Friday the 13th that month.
Photo credits: Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks
Travelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and personal site, One Mom Media.