One of the things that I love most about going to Disney World is looking out for hidden secrets that people may not know exist. It’s fun to point these out to my family and to be on the lookout for them around the park. Here are some of my favorites. If you know others, please share!
- The Haunted Mansion ride takes you on a haunted ride through Gracey Manor. Inside, you ride in a “doom buggy” while exploring a home with 999 happy haunts (ghosts). The ride itself gives you a lot to look at, but the queue leading up to it is extremely interactive and, in my opinion, one of the best. One of my favorite features: in the queue, you can find a fun secret that adds to the ride’s story line. After passing Captain Culpepper’s grave, look down and you can spot a wedding ring embedded in the pavement. This ring is said to have been thrown out the window of Gracey Manor by the Black Widow Bride (Constance Hatchaway), who is known to kill her husbands on their wedding day. Look out for her at the end of the ride in the attic! Also, at the ride exit, be sure to look over at the pet cemetery where you can spot a familiar character from Disney’s earlier history…Mr. Toad. Your parents may like this one if they remember Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! It’s rumored by cast members that the following is hidden on his gravestone “Dear Mr. Toad, It’s sad but true. Not nearly as marketable as Winnie the Pooh.”
- When you walk through Cinderella’s Castle to get to Fantasyland, be sure to stop behind it for a look at the fountain showing Cinderella surrounded by her mice friends. Adults won’t be able to appreciate this secret, but it’s perfect for kids. From a child’s perspective, the crown on the mural behind the fountain looks to sit perfectly on Cinderella’s head. So even though she dressed in simple rags in the fountain, the crown shows that she will one day become a princess.
- While walking through Adventureland, as you near Aladdin’s Magic Carpets you may notice a large puddle of water on the pavement. No, it’s not the Genie’s sweat. Just stand on the puddle and you’ll be blasted by a jet of water. Where is it coming from? The golden camels, of course! They spit water at unsuspecting guests passing by. It can be a great way to cool off in the summer, and especially fun for kids.
- When you enter the park, you’ll walk down Main Street U.S.A. The sides of the street are lined with shops. Most people rush by them trying to get to their favorite rides, but if you have the time to check them out, you’ll spot tributes to Disney’s Imagineers and other friends and family of Walt Disney. For example, one window shows a shop for a contractor named “Elias Disney”. He was Walt’s dad! Another window, above The Bakery, appears to be a shop for camera repairs (Iwerks-Iwerks Stereoscopic Cameras). It is a tribute to father and son Ub and Don Iwerks. Ub worked with Walt in the beginnings of Disney, and he helped create Mickey Mouse. Don was a Disney cinematographer and helped with work on the Circle-Vision camera. Also on Main Street U.S.A., American flags soar on top of every rooftop. However, none of them are real American flags! They all have incorrect numbers of stars and stripes. This is because if they were real, they would have to be raised, lowered, and flown at half-mast. Since the flags are up on rooftops, Disney didn’t want to have to raise and lower them. For this reason, they made the flags fake. The only real flag is in Town Square and is raised and lowered daily, and you can watch that happening at the Flag Retreat Ceremony. Also, all of the fake flags double as lightning rods!
- One place to dine in Fantasyland is Pinocchio Village Haus. It is themed to Pinocchio (hence the name), and has seven rooms for different characters in Pinocchio. It also features a window into “it’s a small world”, but there’s another hidden gem there that most people don’t know about. In the front of the restaurant, if you head to the side facing Peter Pan’s Flight, you can find a book. Above the book is a small picture of the Blue Fairy with a quote above her, reading, “You Deserve to Have Your Wish Come True”. The book is actually a wish book, and inside you can share your wish. This is really fun to find and write in for everybody.
I hope you enjoyed my post about secrets in the Magic Kingdom. If you have more secrets that you’d like to share, or if you have seen any of these before, share in the comments below. I’d love to know. That’s it for this post. I hoped you enjoyed it, and have a magical day.