These are the Top 100 Disney World Secrets & Tips in Magic Kingdom
I LOVE scavenger hunts. I love having a map in hand, clues to solve, and a course set to uncover untold stories, riddles, and of course the best kept secrets. So you shouldn’t be overly surprised that when travelling to Walt Disney World I made it a mission to uncover many of its secrets, its hidden Mickey’s, easter eggs, tributes, and unique extra features that make it the all-round magical place that it is. I know that many Disney fans out there are just as keen to uncover as many of the Disney World secrets and tips as possible, so I have created this round-up of 100 of the BEST Disney World Secrets throughout the parks for you to find on your next trip.
100 Disney World Secrets and Tips…
1 – Main Street USA – Tony’s Restaurant
Let’s start at the beginning of the park, and in one of my favourite areas – Main Street USA. Head to Tony’s Restaurant – an homage and tribute to Lady and the Tramp – one of Walt Disney’s favourite full-length films that was designed somewhat around his childhood home of Marceline Missouri. If you head to the doorway and look down, you will see Lady and Tramp’s paw prints in a heart within the cement! Check them out the next time you are there. Inside the restaurant you will find several prints and photos honouring the canine couple.
2 – Hidden Mickey Revealed- Town Square Theatre, Main Street USA
I love the Town square Theatre! First of all it is modelled after one in turn of the century America and second it is a beautiful setting to meet both Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell. This hub is also the meeting point for all the guided tours that take place in the parks. Beyond these attractions, the souvenir shop, and the tour meeting point, there are several Hidden Mickey’s ready for you to find. We will reveal one, but the remaining six you will have the joy of finding on your own!
Pro-tip: Until May 2018 Mickey in the Town Theatre will be able to speak to guests. After May, he will be hanging up his vocal chords and will not be able to speak with guests any longer.
The Hidden Mickey:
Inside the Town Square Theatre, Head on over to the Electricity Display. Here, you will see after you take a photo of Mickey Mouse with your flash, that he transforms into a skeleton in your photograph 🙂 Pretty neat huh?
3 – Get a Haircut on Main Street USA
More of an insider tip than one of the many Disney World Secrets, but did you know that you can get a magical haircut at Disney World Magic Kingdom? Head to the Barber Shop in the far corner to the left of the Emporium windows and get a truly enchanting cut. They do not wash hair here, but they do styles, and the sweetest baby’s first haircut experience packages that come complete with the cut, a preserved lock of hair, a certificate, and a special set of Mickey ears embroidered with “Baby’s First Haircut” and the date. This isn’t so much a secret, but more of a special experience that few truly know about when visiting the parks.
4 -The Chapeau Shop Main Street USA – Party Line
Back in the fifties, many households had the “joy” of sharing a party line with a stranger. Meaning, making telephone calls proved challenging if the other person was on the line. This is brilliantly portrayed in the film Pillow Talk starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. (Watch the film for a great laugh…). Disney brought the nostalgia of the party line challenge many faced back in the day to the parks! Check out the vintage phone in the Chapeau store as you wait for your personalized Mickey Ears and have a listen at the conversation happening! It is such a cool little extra.
5 – Guest Relations Pin Book
Here is a head’s up! Check out the Guest Relations office on Main Street USA and have a look at their trading pin book! They have a huge selection and offer guests 2 trades. Not many know about this spot in the park to trade outside of the pin trading posts and from cast members directly.
6 – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
This isn’t really a secret, though so many guests leave Main Street USA so fast that they don’t pay much attention to the attractions right at the front of the park. Head to the Fire Station right beside Guest Relations and check out the scavenger hunt game hosted by Merlin of Sword in the Stone! To join, you need to register your magic band, get a pack of spell cards and a map from the cast members. After registering, head to the starting portal and listen to Merlin’s explanation of how to play. Follow the map to the marked portals and try to defeat the villains from the various favourite Disney films. What I love about this game is that many obscure characters are featured along with the popular ones! The game is FREE unless you purchase card binders or special cards. Each day you’re at the park, each person is entitled to a new pack of cards. If you get any doubles, don’t worry! Check out the Fire Hall’s trading card binder and trade with them the doubles for those you are missing in your collection. If you are short on time, don’t worry – your scores and progress is saved for 18 months.
7 – The Emporium Gift Shop – Hidden Mickey Revealed
While shopping in this huge shop, take a close look at the merchandise stands. You just may see the Hidden Mickeys upon them!
Pro-tip: Did you know that the Emporium was purposely built as a full-length shop connecting all the different product lines? This was to give guests a dry alternative to getting through Main Street USA if the weather was poor, especially during the random rain showers.
8 – The Music Lessons Facade on Main Street USA
As you walk down Main Street USA, you will see a very quiet nook on the right side. In there, you will find some wonderful shops, a portal for the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (shhh did I just give a spoiler!?) and music lessons taking place on an upper floor. What is so fun about this is that there really aren’t any budding musicians! Walt Disney wanted guests to feel as if what they are seeing was truly happening so if you listen hard, you will hear the sounds of pianos, violins, and at times, the odd saxophone.
9 – The Confectionery Potpourri
Did you smell something as you walked down Main Street USA? Well that was no coincidence – that was intended! The confectionery blows the smells of candy, baking and sweetness out into the air for guests to smell as they walk by. It is just another way to add a touch of magic and joy to the start of your day at the Magic Kingdom.
10 – Hidden Mickey Revealed – Confectionery
As you walk past the Confectionery, you just maaaaaay wish to go in for a treat. While inside either to purchase a sweet treat or to trade pins from their exclusive oven mitt, check out the overhead candy bins!
11 – Rapunzel Meet and Greets near Guest Relations
Don’t have time to wait at the Fairy Tale Hall to meet Rapunzel? Well, on random occasions she, and a few other characters do meet and greets right beside Guest Relations on Main Street USA! Peek out to the photo spot and see if any characters are out and ready for meet-ups. Right after we did some pin trading we stumbled across Rapunzel and jumped at the opportunity to meet her!
12 – Magic Kingdom is Built over Underground Utilidors
Did you know that the Magic Kingdom is above an entirely different underground world? Well, all the cast members travel from world to world using the underground utilidors! Walt Disney never wanted disruption of themes when out in the parks. Each land carries a theme, an ambiance and a look that he didn’t want affected from cast members of other lands walking through wearing different uniforms and causing a disruption in the mood. To keep business and this from happening, the utilidors and underground tunnels leading to all corners of the park were built. Learn more about these on exclusive guided tours! We did the Keys to the Kingdom tour while there and part of the tour includes a tour of a few parts of the utilidors and seeing where cast members go when off stage. Review coming soon!
13 – The Lighting on Cinderella’s Castle
Did you know that your photos in front of Cinderella’s castle and the other castles around the world will always turn out for lighting? Disney ensures the lighting is perfect for photographs in front of the castle and ensure they will turn out. They cannot control closed eyes, blinks, or silly faces, but at least they won’t be too dark or shadows!
14 – The Suite in Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom
This is one isn’t much a secret anymore, but what the heck, let’s put it in here. The original purpose of the suite inside the castle was a living quarters for Walt Disney and his family while in the parks. However, he sadly died two years before the park opened in 1971. The suite remained there with not much action for awhile, and now has been extended to the public, but through sweepstakes wins only. There is no possible way to score an experience in the suite unless you have won a contest endorsed by Walt Disney World. But, you just never know – you may be the lucky winners of a future contest and receive this VIP experience as a prize…
15 – Hidden Mickey Revealed – Crystal Palace Restaurant
Have you eaten with our friends from the 100 Acre Woods? If not, you are missing out on a truly enchanting experience! But before you head inside for a wonderful buffet meal, do have a look at the tower above – do you see anything that looks like Mickey??
Pro Tip: Try to get breakfast reservations between 8:15 am and 9am! You get access to the park ahead of opening time, which gives you an advantage for photos without crowds, and a quieter environment to get your day going.
To read more about our experience at Crystal Palace, check out our review here.
16- Casey’s Corner – Hidden Secret!
So Casey’s Corner is a favourite of guests to nab the best hot dogs in the entire park. But don’t kid yourself! This baseball themed cafe has more charm and intrigue than you may think! Not only will you find Hidden Mickeys in here, but also a really cute homage to the pillars of much of WDW success – the imagineers.
If you head to this restaurant, have a look at the group photo of the baseball team on the wall. Those guys are not actually ball players for any team, but in fact, the team of DISNEY IMAGINEERS! What a nice tribute and hidden gem on Main Street USA!
17 – Walt Disney’s Office above the Plaza Ice Cream Parlour
So if you look really hard above the Plaza Ice Cream Parlour (home to Mickey’s Kitchen Sink!) you will see Walt Disney’s name on the office window. This was done so that if he were working at the park (sadly he didn’t get the chance), he would always have a view of Cinderella’s castle and could easily go down and enjoy his favourite ice cream – do you have any idea what that was? Sorry to disappoint folks, but with such a creative mind, our beloved Walt Disney loved good ole vanilla – plain and simple!
18 – Hidden Mickey Revealed – Horse Carriage on Main Street USA
So first of all, if you have not enjoyed the leisurely ride from the park entrance to the castle in the morning aboard the horse carriage, you really need to do it! First, the horses are treat SO WELL here at Disney World! They only come out in the morning and then rest for the remainder of the day. They are guided with a walking cast member and a driver on the carriage and not given too much weight to pull with a maximum number of passengers. Have a look at the horse’s bridle. Do you see a Mickey?
19 – Need the Facilities? You won’t find any in Liberty Square!
Are you heading to the smallest land of all in the Magic Kingdom? That my friends would be Liberty Square. If you are there, take heed of the fact that there are no public washrooms in this land and for a reason! The imagineers wanted this area to reflect Colonial old world America and in those days, there were no washrooms, only outhouses! So if you need to use the washroom, make sure you take care of business in Main Street USA, Adventureland, or elsewhere before stepping back in history.
20 – Gum is not sold anywhere in the Disney Parks!
Have you noticed that you cannot stock up on your favourite bubblegum or breath freshening gum? Well Walt Disney World doesn’t allow it to be sold in the shops to keep the grounds as clean as possible. This doesn’t mean that you cannot bring it inside though. Cast members and security won’t stop you from bringing any inside. If you do, try to toss it in the provided bins to keep Walt Disney’s parks as clean as possible for the reasons they won’t sell it in the first place.
21- The Liberty Bell in Liberty Square
If you have been to Philadelphia (or not) you may know that the original Liberty Bell sits proudly in the city. It is an important piece of American history that Walt Disney didn’t take lightly and wanted to be a part of the Disney parks! Check out the Liberty Bell located in Liberty Square across from the Hall of Presidents. It was cast from the same mold as the original, crack and all, and is the only other Liberty Bell in existence as the mold broke after this one was made….
22 – The Flags at the Disney Parks have flaws on purpose!
Have a look at the flags adorning the spires of the castle, upon the Main Street buildings and in front of the park. Notice anything different? Well, none of the flags are accurate and on purpose! The USA have very strict flag handling regulations and in order to avoid such a rigorous list of stipulations, Walt Disney World uses pennants instead of real flags. Some are missing stars, while others miss a stripe.
23- Check out Cinderella’s Fountain
This special fountain near the Castle has a different perspective for adults and for children! At a child’s viewing level, or if an adult kneels, Cinderella appears to be wearing a crown, while for an adult she looks like her image in the movie. These types of details Disney is famous for in so many ways. Check out the photo and see if you can spot the crown too! At the base, also be sure to photograph her mousy sidekicks Gus and Jaq.
24 – Beast’s Castle – Check out the West Wing
I know I have harped on about Be Our Guest Restaurant a little, but seriously it is one of my favourite places in the entire complex. Not only for its food and the chance to meet the Beast, but also for the wonderful details in the experience. First, you are greeted and escorted to your table by Lumiere, but the secret I am revealing is inside the West Wing. Make sure you head in there at some point during your meal. Even if you aren’t sitting in the West Wing, make sure you mosey on in there to get a photo of the magic mirror and Enchanted Rose! It literally is an enchanted rose that is blooming right in front of your eyes. While in there, take a close look at the Prince’s ripped photo. His face turns from Prince Adam to the Beast right in front of your eyes!
25 – The Official Deed Exchange in the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
I am still a little sad about the closing of Mr Toad’s Wild Ride as it was a part of my childhood pilgrimage to Walt Disney World. However, the imagineers did give him the tribute he deserved by adding subtle details and homages to him around the park. One of these is in the first room of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. The 100 Acre Woods team took over the space of Mr Toad’s and officially replaced the attraction to what it is today. In the second room there is a small, yet subtle tribute with Mr. Toad handing Owl the deed to the land where the attraction used to stand. This is a very sweet hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed on the ride.
#26 Check out the Submarine Carving in the Tree at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Those of us who had strong patronage to the Disney Parks in the earlier years will remember the incredible 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. Sadly in the 1990’s this ride had to close and was replaced by The Little Mermaid ride and Ariel’s Grotto. To honour and pay tribute to this retired ride, the imagineers included a carving of a submarine in the tree in the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride. Subtle but adorable right!?
#27 – Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant – Blue Fairy Wish Book
While dining at Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland, be sure to check out the Blue Fairy’s Wish book! you can write down a wish for the Blue Fairy to help come true!
#28 Maximus hoof prints
As you go through Fantasyland, you will notice Rapunzel’s tower just past Peter Pan’s Flight. At the moment, the spot is a glorified rest space with washrooms, charge stations, and benches to rest between fast passes. But if you look closely to the ground, see if you can spot Maximus’ hoof prints in the ground!
While you’re searching for Maximus’ hoof prints, why not look for Rapunzel’s sidekick too! Pascale can be found around the tower. He is tough to find, but if you look closely, you can find him!
#30 The Imagineered Original intention of Peter Pan’s Flight
When you ride Peter Pan’s Flight, you are in a flying boat above London . You see favourite characters beneath, Captain Hook in battle, and the Darlings with their beautiful Nana. But you didn’t see Peter until recently. Why? Well, because the original vision of the imagineers was for guests to see the ride and fly over London in Peter’s eyes. So, you are Peter in the boat… Now, the very last scene in the ride has Peter in battle with Hook. This was a response to the many, many guests who questioned the whereabouts of Peter and why he didn’t appear in the ride. To appease these guests who didn’t “get it” Peter was added to the ride. Whoa!
#31 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Peter Pan’s Flight
There are a total of SIX Hidden Mickeys in Peter Pan’s Flight! The Imagineers hid some really cool Mickeys in this attraction. One is a very lucky one on if the rotation hits just right, but the others, if you look hard, you should be able to find with each ride. To help you on your scavenger hunt, here is a hint on where to find one in this classic attraction: Have a look at the mermaids! Do you see a Hidden Mickey?
#32 It’s A Small World Attractions secrets
This ride was one of Walt Disney’s original visions brought to life. It was nearly all designed by the brilliant artist Mary Blair. She was responsible for most of the look and feel of the designs and animatronics in the 10-minute classic ride. Mary Blair was an incredible artist who revolutionized animation and artistry jobs for women. This inclusion to this list is basically a stance and a huge breakthrough for women back in the day more so than a secret, but it is a nice fact that Mary Blair brought this attraction to what it is today.
Inside info: There are rumours floating around of the It’s a Small World being re-imagineered into a Tangled ride. I personally would love for It’s a Small World to remain as is to preserve the look and feel of Walt Disney’s original vision and for a Tangled ride of its own to be created. What are your thoughts?
#33 Use your Magic Band for It’s a Small World for a surprise
What I love about Walt Disney World is how they update attractions to suit the current trends and societal needs. In doing so, they are still able to keep the nostalgia and original charm of many of their attractions. This is the case with It’s a Small World in my opinion. They have maintained the delightful feel of the ride, but added a techie surprise for guests at the end! If you use your magic band on the ride, check out the final scene in It’s a Small World – the children will give you a personalized farewell at the end on a screen! We loved this little added bonus which didn’t take away from the original ride, and only enhanced it.
Pro-Tip: Now, this ride rarely generates huge lines so most people don’t use fast passes for it; however, this is the easiest way to register your magic band on the ride. After your initial three fast passes, schedule it’s a Small World for a fast pass in order to use your magic band and see the message for yourself.
#34 Hidden Mickey Revealed – It’s a Small World Boat Ride
There are three Hidden Mickeys that have been discovered in the It’s a Small World ride. But we are here to help you find at least one of them 🙂 While in the South Pacific area of the It’s a Small World, look closely at the Koala faces 🙂 Do any of them resemble Mickey Mouse?
#35 Prince Charming’s Carrousel – The Imagineered Intended Experience
First of all, this glorious classic ride gives guests a French lesson – the ride purposely takes the French spelling of Carousel for extra effect (whoa!). Secondly, the ride was renamed in 2010 from its original name “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel.” This was done to give the feeling that guests are training their horses for duels just like Prince Charming had to do back in the day. Now, ask yourself, did YOU get that feeling as you rode your beautiful horse?
#36 Look for Cinderella’s Horse on Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
It has not been officially proven, but it is definitely a strong rumour and assumption made by guests that the one horse (out of the 90 different ones!) that has a gold ribbon on its tail is actually the one ridden by the princess Cinderella herself. See if you can nab that one when you ride this beautiful carrousel!
#37 Rapunzel Lantern Picture
There are so many wonderful picture spots in Disney World that it would be a shame to miss some of the really special ones! I personally think the photo opportunity to hold one of the beautiful lanterns just outside Rapunzel’s tower shouldn’t be missed. It isn’t one of the many Disney World secrets, but it definitely is an insider tip to avoid missing this highlight of your trip. There are no fast passes here and the lines do get lengthy, but head here around 5 pm as the photo opportunity only happens in the evening for the lantern effect.
#38 The Mad Hatter Teacup Ride Secrets
There are several Disney World fun facts surrounding the Madd Hatter’s Teacup ride! First of all the design of the teacups was created by Mary Blair. They do look stylish don’t they? Secondly, now and then have a look at the teacups for any “special riders.” Alice and the White Rabbit have been seen riding the teacups every so often! Rumour spoiler: many have though the purple teacup was the fastest on the ride in all 5 locations worldwide. This my friends, has been proven wrong and the teacup remains the same speed as all other coloured cups.
Did you know? For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary in Anaheim, a gold teacup was added to the ride?
#39 Dumbo the Flying Elephant Nostalgic Secrets
Growing up, I loved riding Dumbo the flying elephant and my dad would always brave the line-ups and ensure I got to ride. When going back, I loved riding it as it relived fond memories with my dad. Sadly, through the years and the Fantasyland expansion, the original look of the ride was changed from the original. The original had 10 elephants and Timothy in the centre on a ball with a whip. This was how the original ride unveiled in 1971 looked and will always look to me. Nowadays, Timothy no longer appears in the centre and instead is a golden ball with Stork statues with baby circus animals. The new version is nice, but nearly as incredible as the original with Timothy. But not all is lost! Disney Tokyo is the only park with the nostalgic version of the ride. So for all the die-hard fans who love the original versions of rides and attractions, you will need to head to Tokyo Disney to ride the original with Timothy in the centre.
#40 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Fairy Tale Garden
After enjoying a ride on the teacups, many head on over to Fairy Tale Garden to meet with Merida from Brave. This area is an incredible replica of the Scottish princess’ life with the family tapestry, her bow collection, and more. But within this magical area on the border of Tomorrowland, are two Hidden Mickey’s for your to find. Here is our reveal of one of them for you: Check out the wall on the upper left of the stage. Do you see Mickey’s favourite dog at all!?
#41 The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Gem Game Reveals a Surprise
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is my favourite ride at the Magic Kingdom. Case closed. I have been lucky to get a fast pass for one of my experiences, but for other two times, had to wait about 40 minutes. This wasn’t too bad thanks to the fun and interactive area the imagineers created to keep minds occupied while waiting to ride. When you arrive at the mine area, spin the wheels for the picture of the dwarfs to appear on the ceiling. If you spin all the wheels enough to reveal all the dwarfs, wait and see what happens in the centre – Snow White will appear! She only appears once all seven dwarfs are visible in the circle which takes the efforts of several guests to create!
#42 Flying Carpets of Aladdin Ride
This ride similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant is located right in the heart of Agrabah in Adventureland. If you look closely at the ride, check out the camels! if you get too close, you just may get wet! The camels spit out water! Did you know that the camels used to be part of a parade float? Instead of tossing them, they were worked into the attraction for a fun and interactive experience with guests.
#43 Enchanted Tiki Room Disney World Secrets
This original attraction created by and envisioned by Walt Disney, was the first attraction to have animatronics. Truly the start of something incredible, the Enchanted Tiki Room’s birds were all designed as the first talking characters in the parks.
Did you know? The tiki room thatched roofs are made of aluminum! Touch them as your walk on by.
#44 Pirates of the Caribbean Disney World Secrets
Originally the Florida park did not want to include Pirates of the Caribbean in their Adventureland attractions. This was thanks to the presence of pirates not too far away from the shore of Florida. After the public outcry, they caved and included the ride in Florida which was well received. Recently, Disney underwent some refurbishment on the ride to change the view and scene of the redhead. This was a touchy renovation bringing mixed opinions. In 2006 characters from the Film franchise including characters as Barbosa and of course, Captain Jack Sparrow. The characters are also voiced by the original actors including Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush.
#45 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Pirates of the Caribbean
There are more than 10 Hidden Mickeys in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! To help you on your quest o find all eleven, we will reveal one for you. Be sure to look closely at the treasure room’s door! Make sure you pay close attention to the lock in the middle of the open door…
#46 The Jungle Cruise Disney World Secrets
This was another original attraction imagined and envisioned by Walt Disney himself! A cruise through the various jungles of the world, Walt Disney originally wanted REAL animals for the ride! His brother Roy O. Disney said no as it would be too pricey and difficult to maintain. Animatronics were made instead. Did you know? The animals in the water don’t have legs and feet? This was to save money as guests wouldn’t see the bottom anyway! As well, the water really does look scummy doesn’t it? Well, that is actually an illusion. The water is actually very clean and the bottom is that colour to make the water look like authentic jungle streams.
#47 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise has 7 Hidden Mickey’s! One of my favourites that I will share with you are the faces of the canoes on the shore. This one is an insider tip as it is very hard to find! The faces are painted to look like Mickey, Donald, and other classic characters.
#48 Swiss Family Robinson Tree house Secrets
This is such a great break from the long lines in the park. Walk up the tree house and get an idea of how the Robinson family had to live. Did you know that there are 330,000 leaves in the attraction that has concrete roots in the tree? Fascinating!
#49 Splash Mountain Secrets
This is one of my absolute favourite rides in the parks. It is a nod to the classic and sadly controversial film “Song of the South” that features the characters from the Brer Patch – Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and many others. Did you know that 950,000 gallons of water were used to create this ride!? As well, the ride was originally named Zip-a-Dee River Run. This was changed by the CEO Michael Eisner to promote the film “Splash” starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Be sure to check out your ride photo at the end! This used to be the highest plunge in the world!
#50 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Secrets
Another thrilling ride in Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! Did you know that it was modelled after Monument Valley in Florida’s ride and after Bryce Canyon in California’s ride?
#51 Tom Sawyer Island Secrets
Tom Sawyer Island is such a lovely diversion at Walt Disney World. Take the raft over to the island and have a rest while your kids check out the caves and walk the rope bridges. This classic attraction brings you back to the days of Tom Sawyer and truly depicts the heartwarming characters Mark Twain created. First of all, have a close look at the rafts – they are all named after characters from the Tom Sawyer story. Secondly, while on the island, have a look in the caves. You just may find a Hidden Mickey or two!
#52 the original Paintbrush Tradition on Tom Sawyer Island that is now long gone.
This was such a great tradition that has now made it to the Disney history vault. Guests used to go to Tom Sawyer Island and should they find a hidden paintbrush that was connected to the fence Tom had to whitewash, they would receive a prize from the raft driver in exchange. The prize was a fast pass. Nobody really has confirmed the reasons behind stopping this fun extra Disney World Secret experience, but one of the most convincing reasons is the evolution of the fast passes on magic bands and those thoughtless guests who pocketed the paintbrushes for souvenirs.
#53 Try to catch the Hoedown in Frontierland
If you time your visit to Frontierland right, you just may have the rare opportunity to catch the hoedown featuring some of the rarer classic characters like Brer Rabbit, Horace Horsecaller, and Clarabelle Cow! It isn’t a timed or scheduled event so it really is a lucky break to hit one of the most entertaining Disney world secrets in the park.
#54 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Shootin’ Arcade
The fun shootin’ arcade in Frontierland is a classic attraction in Disney World that depicts the Old West. While having fun in the arcade, see if you can find the Hidden Mickey!
#55 Guests Used to Get to Awaken Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell’s treasures was a delightful little shop in Fantasyland that was replaced by Cinderella’s Couture. Before this change, a family was chosen daily to awaken the adorable fairy and were given a souvenir certificate to commemorate the rare given opportunity. This is no longer possible as the store no longer stands.
#56 A Family of the Day would get involved in the opening of the park everyday
What an honour it would be to get selected by Disney World to be a part of the rope ceremony! Even though the ceremony has changed slightly with the omitting of the wagon, the chosen family still gets the chance to help the characters open the park!
#57 The Magic Kingdom Design is done on purpose!
Did you know that no matter how high you are, the park is designed in such away that no matter what land you are in, that is the only land you can see? Walt Disney never liked mixing lands with different uniforms, views or anything that would disrupt the feeling of the land for guests. This was done purposely so that you wouldn’t be taken away from the theme you are currently a part of.
#58 Find the Red Robot in Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin for a Reason!
Have you struggled to score high on this ride to beat fellow riders? Well, here’s a teensy secret that can help you reach the maximum score of 999,999! Look for the red robot near the beginning. Each time you hit it, you will score 100,000 points!
#59 Find the fun party line in Tomorrowland!
Check out the fun phone right near the People Mover! Pick up the phone and have a listen. This is one of the fun party lines found in the parks.
#60 Tomorrowland Speedway Checkered Flag
The speedway is one of my favourite rides in the parks. First, you get to control a car, second, you get to drive one of 146 CARS on the track 4/10 of a mile long, and third, you are congratulated on your victory at the end with the checkered flag! Every rider gets the congratulatory checkered flag wave. Check it out when you reach the finish!
Did You know? The name of this ride has been changed twice? First it was the Grand Prix Raceway, than the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, and then finally Tomorrowland Speedway which was finalized in 2009. The Indy used to sponsor the ride so once the partnership ended, the Indy part was removed from the name.
#61 The Second Storey Windows of the Liberty Square Buildings
Check out the windows in the second storeys of the Liberty Square buildings. You will see a single candle lit. This is a nod to the revolution and Paul Revere’s quote with the famous warning to the American people: “one if by land, two if by sea.”
#62 Guest Relations in Liberty Square’s Pin Book
More people and especially pin traders flock to the Guest Relations in Main Street USA to check out their exclusive and large pin book. But few know of the book at the Guest Relations office in Liberty Square! This book is as large as the one in Main Street USA, but less picked over.
#63 Hall of Presidents Secrets Revealed
So many guests skip the Hall of Presidents when they head to Disney World thinking that it is a boring history lesson. But seriously, it should be an included attraction on your list if not for anything but the fact that it is one of Walt Disney’s original dream attractions to have all the Presidents in one room together. It was first considered to be just wax figures, but then the idea of animatronics and having a select few speak was developed. Bill Clinton was the first of the modern presidents to speak and provide a speech. As well he provided the watches for his figure! Every time a new President is voted into office, the attraction is closed to be updated for 100% accuracy. In fact, the attraction only recently reopened as the addition to President Trump was added.
#64 The Marble Step Beside the Hall of Presidents
Check out the small marble step just outsdie the Hall of Presidents. It is an actual artifact right from Montecello, Thomas Jefferson’s House! The plaque has been removed with this information, but cast members in Liberty Square can confirm for you!
#65 The Tree in Liberty Square is Special
The tree that sits in the centre of Liberty Square is over 130 years old! It was discovered during the construction of the park and was transplanted to its current location. It has been taken care of here ever since.
#66 The Pet Cemetery in the exit of the Haunted Mansion
Another tribute to Mr Toad is located here in the pet cemetery of the Haunted Mansion! Right as you exit, do stop and take a photo of Mr Toad’s grave! A true homage to the retirement of his ride in the Orlando park.
#67 The Floating Head in the Haunted Mansion is the voice of Eleanor Audley!
Does the voice of the floating head in the Haunted Mansion ride sound familiar to you? Well, it should! It is the powerful Eleanor Audley who voiced Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Madame Tremaine in Cinderella.
#68 The Bride’s Ring at the Hearse of the Haunted Mansion
Check out the pavement as you exit the ride and stand near the hearse with the invisible horse. The wedding ring was from the bride inside the ride and was tossed from the window. It was trampled on by the invisible horse. If you listen closely, you can also even hear the whinny of the horse! How creepy is that!?
#69 Hidden Mickey Revealed – Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square
While on the ride, take a close look at the plates on the floor in the dining room. See a Mickey or two?
#70 You can find a Garbage Bin every 30 steps in the Disney Parks
In order to keep the parks as clean as possible, there have been bins placed every 30 steps! No excuse for garbage on the ground…
#71 Check out the Shaped Fireworks
Walt Disney world is so ahead of its time with the number of attractions and innovations. Check out the fireworks at night. Some of them are actual shapes of character heads or items! In particular, have a look out for Merida’s bow, Maui’s hook, and Donald Duck’s hat!
#72 Mickey’s Shorts Colour is protected!
Even though you buy items featuring Mickey Mouse, his shorts will never be the correct red from the cartoons and sketches! This is protected and will never be released to the public. Crazy huh!?
#73 Send Yourself some Mail from Magic Kingdom and get a stamp!
You may have noticed the USPS mailbox right in front of Guest Relations. It is a functioning mailbox with USPS staff picking up the mail every other day. Grab a postcard or send yourself a letter and head on over to the Disney Chamber of Commerce to the left of Guest Relations to purchase postage and to use the magical stamp. In about a week, you should receive your special mail with the Magic Kingdom sealed mark of magic!
#74 Check out the Magic Kingdom Walkway
As you enter the park, check out the ground. It is red for a reason. Walt Disney wanted to lay out the red carpet for guests to feel like elite visitors.
#75 The Wicked Stepsisters Mosaic in Cinderella’s Castle
Have a close look at the faces of the wicked stepsisters. They were purposely coloured a particular way. One has a red face and the other a green face. Red for Rage and Green and green for envy.
#76 Country Bear Jamboree Secrets
This delightful show was one of the last ones Walt Disney was a part of. After he past away, it almost got shelved; however, the imagineers decided against shelving the classic at the last minute and went through with developing the show. When inside the theatre, do check out the floor for claw marks. After the show, the characters do come out to greet guests and grab photos with them!
#77 The Country Bears Jamboree Moonshine Jug
Again, not so much a secret, but more one of the Disney World tips! If you are looking for some unique souvenirs instead of the usual stuff, than I highly recommend grabbing one of the adorable moonshine jugs only available at the cart outside the Country Bears Jamboree show. It is super cute and comes with your favourite beverage inside. I love mine and have it on my shelf!
#78 Tell Peter Pan it’s your Birthday or Wear the Button and See What happens
So you know that Peter Pan never grow up right? Well, he isn’t a fan of the concept so if you are wearing the birthday badge, or tell him it’s your birthday, you won’t get the nicest greeting! He will though make you laugh and tell you how he doesn’t like growing up. For a similar reaction, ask Tinkerbell about Wendy when you meet her. Haha!
#79 Frontierland Railroad stop Wooden Leg
See if you can spot the “Wooden leg named Smith.” This is a reference to the joke told in Mary Poppins!
#80 The Fire Station number
As you go to become a Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom at the Fire Station, check out the number of the station – it is 71. This is denoting the opening year of the park!
#81 Mickey’s Phillharmagic – Hidden Mickey Revealed
Check out the musical instrument on the stage of the production. Look closely on the instruments and in particular the French horn. Do you see the hidden Mickey?
#82 Ask to help drive the Liberty Belle Riverboat for a special certificate!
As the Liberty Belle Riverboat has been under refurbishment on and off in the last few years, I’m not 100% this secret is still valid, but from past visits I do recall those invited in with the driver and receive a special certificate.
#83 Attractions are Unfinished on Purpose!
Walt Disney famously uttered these immortal words: “Disneyland will alway be incomplete so long as there is imagination.” In honour of this quote, the imagineers have left certain attractions unfinished. For example, check out the castle spires. One is deliberately left unpainted.
#84 Check out the Opening Pitch at Casey’s Corner
Another fun extra for the children in your group! Before the opening of Casey’s Coerner where they serve the best hot dogs in the Magic Kingdom, a child is chosen to throw the first pitch like in baseball! After this, the cast members will begin singing “Take me out to the Ball game to the crowd and toss Cracker Jack bags to the crowd. After the pitch, why not stick around and here the special piano playing by the one and only Disney Jim!
#85 The Gray Stuff at Be Our Guest Restaurant
“Try the gray stuff it’s delicious! Don’t believe me, ask the dishes!” You must remember this line from the song in the movie? Well, while dining at Be Our Guest for lunch or dinner, take the opportunity to try the gray stuff! There are other desserts too, but everyone who dines at Be Our Guest really should try it to get the true feeling of the restaurant.
#86 Mayor Goofy Used to welcome Guests on Main Street USA
He was’t there the last two times I visited, but Mayor Goofy used to appear right outside Tony’s Restaurant on Main Street USA. If you sat close to him, he would even speak to you! He hasn’t been seen lately, but the rumour has it that he is getting cleaned from all the love from guests, Iago, and Zazu…
#87 Grab Your Fun Driver’s License near the Tomorrowland Speedway
This is more of a tip from my Disney World Secrets and tips! But, after you ride the Tomorrowland Speedway, for $5 you can grab a fun driver’s license from the booth. Such a cool souvenir!
#88 The Presidential Seal at the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square
Did you know that the Presidential seal in the Hall of Presidents is only one of three that exists? The other 2 are in the White house and the Hall of the Liberty Bell.
#89 The Haunted Mansion’s Spires are all Chess Pieces!
Did you notice? If you look at the tops of the spires in the Haunted Mansion building, they are chess pieces! This was a nod to the imagineer’s favourite game to play.
#90 Check out the Pooch in Pirates of the Caribbean
If you take a close look at the dog in the animatronic scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean, you may notice that he looks familiar! That is because it is the same dog found in the Carousel of Progress!
#91 Tribute to Walt Disney in the Carousel of Progress
While watching the Walt Disney World Fair nostalgic attraction, check out the portrait in the daughter’s room. It is a picture of Walt Disney himself!
#92 Check out the Ceilings in Be Our Guest Restaurant
Have a close look at the cherubs on the ceiling of Be Our Guest Restaurant. Their faces are of the imagineers’ children!
#93 Grab a Celebratory Button
Another tip from my Disney World Secrets and Tips round up, but make sure if you are celebrating an occasion or even your first visit to grab the free button from any shop! This will give you extra pixie dust on your visit and numerous well wishes for the occasion!
#94 the Long Kiss Goodnight
This is one of my favourite things at the Magic Kingdom (well except that it means the day is over!) but stay 30 mins after the fireworks are complete for a special message! What makes it even more special is that it is the voice of Roy O. Disney!
#95 Pose with Roy O. Disney
Since so many guests hurry out of Main Street USA, few take the time to see all the details and secrets in this area alone. One of them being the tribute statue to Roy O. Disney right in front of Guest Relations. This statue sits at a bench with Minnie Mouse and recognizes the genius financier brother of Walt Disney who ensure at park opening that there was zero debt!
#96 Buy a Mickey Mouse Watch
The Mickey Mouse watch is the most popular souvenir to date with Walt Disney himself receiving the 25 millionth in 1957! They were first sold for just under $3 in the early thirties.
#97 Merlin’s Appearances near the Sword in the Stone
Although very, very scarce, Merlin has been known to appear near the Sword in the Stone statue outside Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel! No appearance is guaranteed so it is all luck if you spot him!
#98 The Morse Code at the Main Street USA Railroad stop
Listen carefully while at the railroad station! You can hear morse code of Walt Disney’s speech from Disneyland!
#99 Check out the ground in Liberty Square
If you have a look at the ground in Liberty Square, you will see the brownish coloured path. This was to depict the plumbing of the colonial American times.
#100 Birds Appearing Around the Partners Statue in front of Cinderella’s Castle
This is a feeling that the cast members have felt over the years and makes the final of my round up of Disney World secrets and tips. Walt’s favourite song of all those composed throughout the years for his films was said to have been “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. Many believe when birds appear near the partners statue in front of Cinderella’s castle that they are Walt Disney watching over his park, his guests, and the magic. Truly a beautiful and spiritual thought.
There you have our round-up of 100 Disney World Secrets and Tips for the Magic Kingdom in particular! How many did you know about? Have you spotted more incredible secrets to add?
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