One July 18, 1955 Walt Disney launched Disneyland, one of the greatest, if not the greatest amusement parks on the Earth. The successful venture spawned more parks and imitators, but Disneyland is the original. One of the distinguishing factors has been the squeaky clean image that all Disney parks have. This is all from Walt Disney himself and is one of the most important factors to their success, but it takes an army of people working every night fixing and cleaning the park so that it is flawless every morning. One problem they ran into but solved itself was the rodent issue.
Since the park has many food outlets and trash containers rodents naturally enter the area for a free feast. Traditional methods were used to rid the park of them, but they persisted. Then one day years ago the park received a new set of visitors, feral cats. These cats hid in the bushes and trees and then came out at night cleaning out the rodents. Instead of removing the cats, the Disney crew worked to control the population with spaying and neutering, locating homes for the kittens and maintaining a population of approx. 200 between Disneyland and California Adventure park. The cats have five permanent feeding stations and welcome residents. Gina Mayberry, manager of Disneyland's Circle D ranch stated, "We are not trying to get rid of them. They keep the rodent population down."
So the next time you go the Disneyland keep an eye out in the bushes and trees and you may see Disney's hidden feline army waiting for the park to close to go on the hunt.