Whether it was a theme park, a museum, or even that place that did the amazing barbecue ribs, we've all visited somewhere we wished we could stay in forever. Good news! You (or at least the richest person you've ever smelled) can totally live in some of the most famous buildings in the entire world. Hidden inside many iconic locations are secret apartments formerly used by tireless custodians, overworked managers, or just rich guys who needed a quiet place to cheat on their wives. And for the right price, you could call these eccentric dwellings home. Like ...
Walt Disney And His Family Lived In A Secret Disneyland Apartment
You might think one of the coolest places to sleep in Disneyland must be in the castle, or on the ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, or inside one of those oversized Goofy costumes. But there's a little-known dwelling right inside the entrance to the park in California that wasn't just fit for a princess, but for the king himself.
Why he didn't live in the actual castle is anyone's guess.
During the construction of Disneyland, Walt Disney figured that all that commuting between the studio, the park, and his mansion was too much of a hassle. So in order to remain onsite for as long as he wanted, he had a small apartment built atop one of the first Disneyland buildings: the firehouse at the entrance. It's hard to imagine rich and famous Disney living like a college kid in that small studio apartment, but unlike most college kids, Disney had the best interior decorators in the world working for him. He asked Academy-Award-winning set designer Emile Kuri to create his and his wife's ideal home ... which looks like Santa's parlor:
The columns are peppermint bark.
Built in the Victorian style of their youth, this little apartment was a way for the Disneys to go back to simpler times, before all that silly castle-building started. But there was at least one cool thing in the apartment: a fireman's pole which Walt and the kids could slide down into the firehouse. But the fun was ruined when one fan climbed up Walt's pole while his family was there to see it. His hole was covered up and never spoken of again.