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Spending the night at Disneyland with 200 cats

May 5, 2010 | 12:42 pm

Anaheim's Disneyland park drew an estimated 15.9 million visitors last year while operating 365 days of the year.

So the only way to maintain the park in the immaculate condition demanded by its founder Walt Disney is to deploy an army of workers to toil through the night.

In this rare glimpse of the Disneyland operations, we got to see the nighttime work of more than 600 janitors, gardeners, painters, mechanics and decorators.

The work is often mundane and occasionally bizarre.

Perhaps the strangest thing we learned about the after-hours work is that the park's rodent population is kept in check by approximately 200 feral cats that live in Disneyland but only come out at night.

The cats, apparently, don't mess with Mickey or Minnie. 

-- Hugo Martin