/ Monday, March 25th, 2013

PartnersI thought this week it would be fun to share a few of my favorite hidden secrets located throughout Walt Disney World. If you have read my previous blog posts, you know that I am all about taking time and exploring the parks and appreciating the small details that are located throughout the World. Some of these details are fairly obvious and some take a keen eye to spot, but regardless they add a whole new level of storytelling by Disney which continually enhances my appreciation of the parks. So I am going to share a few of my favorite details this week, but limit it to only a handful as I feel that half the fun of discovering these secrets is searching them out yourselves and (even better) stumbling upon them without even trying. If everyone reading enjoys the post, please leave me some feedback in the comments below and I can maybe start doing more frequent posts featuring some other great hidden secrets and details. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite hidden secrets of Walt Disney World!

  • Starting off in the Magic Kingdom, try and locate the small pet cemetery located near the Haunted Mansion. Once you find it, be sure to stop and pay homage to Mr. Toad of the extinct Fantasyland attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Located somewhere in the cemetery is a tombstone with a figure of Mr. Toad on top, honoring his home in the Magic Kingdom for all eternity.
  • There are also several more tributes to Mr. Toad located in the attraction which replaced Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Be sure to be on the lookout for painting portraying Mr. Toad handing the deed of the building to Owl. There is also another painting Mr. Toad’s friend Mole.
  • While flying through Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight, be sure to look for a small figure that seems to look an awful lot like Ariel…
  • As you are exiting Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, take the time to closely look at the mural lining the gift shop. You may just find something indicating that a sneaky little blue alien has passed this way.
  • Over in Epcot, a neat little detail to take notice of happens midway through Soarin’. As you are passing over the golf course scene, see if you can make out any of the features of the man who is hitting the golf ball towards you. It’s actually Michael Eisner, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005.
  •  In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, head over to Muppet Vision 3D and stop just inside the entrance to the building to observe a door that says “Back in 5 minutes, key is under mat.” You know what to do…
  • After taking in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular search the outside of the theater for a rope that is descending into a dug out pit. The sign nearby says “Warning do not pull rope.” Once again, you know what to do…
  • While wandering the Streets of America at the Studios, see if you can stumble upon an umbrella perched upon one of the lamp posts. As you pose for a picture with this homage to the great motion picture Singin’ in the Rain, you might just find yourself getting a little wet as well.
  • While walking through the lobby of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, stop and look at a notice board which seems to have a few letters missing from its announcements. Seems like they may have fallen into the bottom of the display oddly spelling out a warning of your impending fate.
  • Finally, over in the Animal Kingdom look for a series of pipes while waiting in line for Dinosaur. There are three pipes (red, yellow, and white) stacked on top of each other featuring chemical formulas. Seeing as the previous sponsor of this attraction was McDonald’s, see if you can figure out just what those chemical formulas stand for.

There you have it, some of my favorite Disney World hidden secrets! As I said above, if you enjoyed this post and reading about some hidden details and secrets, please let me know in the comments as I would love to share some more of my favorite ones as long as you are enjoying reading them.

Would you like to read about some other hidden secrets and details in future posts? What is your favorite hidden secret in WDW? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

6 Responses to "Disney From The Twenty-Something: Hidden Secrets of WDW"

  1. Ethan says:

    In Soarin’ when you fly over the golf course,
    if you look closely at the golf ball, there’s a hidden
    mickey on it.

  2. sheila says:

    Always enjoy your post. I know this isn’t hidden but I think my favorite thing is still the statue of Roy and Minnie on the park bench.( the supporting cast) I think it is so special that he had the name changed to Walt Disneyworld. Such a unselfish thing to do. When ever I know someone going for the 1st time I lend them my Imaginer’s Books on all 4 parks. they are quick reads but give you a true understanding and appreciation of how the “story” of the parks work. Plus you can have fun looking for the small things they mention in the books. :)

  3. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    I love reading about the hidden things at WDW! The paw prints in the concrete at All Star Movies is my favorite because that’s the first one I found on my own :)

  4. This is my favorite post of your’s so far! You should definitely do more of these! I pulled the rope outside of Indiana Jones last time we were there! It was great! The key wasn’t under the MUppet’s mat though :( maybe because it was an off season!

  5. Demica says:

    Love this post!

  6. Claudia K says:

    This is terrific stuff. I have enjoyed WDW since it opened, as a college girl, honeymooner, and mom. It never, ever gets old there are always new things you spot on every trip! Thanks!!

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