cats might stay as far from humans as possible, but they’re not at all
shy when it comes to social media. The Cats of Disneyland (did you even
know there are cats at Disneyland?) have a website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and now they’re on Instagram.
As the story goes, cats were waiting when Mickey and Minnie arrived at
Disneyland in 1955. Walt Disney discovered them when he entered the
building that would become Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The four-legged
sleeping beauties he found were adopted out to cast members. But the
others on the property were trapped, neutered and returned. Generations
of feral cats have been providing rodent control, with the exception of
Mickey and Minnie, of course, ever since.
Feeding stations are
scattered around the property, and cast members of Circle D Ranch keep
the bowls full and manage the cats. Cats who become too friendly with
humans are adopted to Disney employees who promise them forever homes.
Being feral, the Disneyland Cats prefer to sleep during the day and
work the night shift when all the humans have left the park. But
sometimes a lucky visitor spots one on the prowl during daylight hours.
The Instagram account features sightings of cats as they nap in the sun,
perch on a rooftop or go for a stroll during the day.