15 Disney World Secrets
Disney World is one of the magical places on earth. It says that on many of their travel brochures and they are not lying. Nicked named the “Magical Kingdom,” Disney World is an one-of-a-kind experience for children and adults. Majestic hotels, fine dining, and fun filled days and nights make Disney World a must go destination. The “magic,” however, usually takes place behind the scenes or, directly in your face without you knowing it. Here are some of the most magical secrets of Disney World.
What’s That Smell? At Disney World you can’t help but be happy. The whole place is like a fantasy land. There is even a smell that can only be found here. Not one thing goes unplanned around there, not even the scents in the air. On Main Street, and many other parts of the park, “smellitizers” are set to go off every so often, releasing the scent of vanilla or freshly baked cookies. You can never say the Disney World stinks.
Cinderella’s Castle Suite Cinderella’s Castle is one of the biggest structures in the park and is located directly in the middle of it. It was opened in 1971, and is so splendid you can’t even book a night there. To sleep in this royal palace you have to win a contest hosted by Disney. There is only one suite in the castle and it is decked out with two queen sized beds, a 17th century styled portrait of Cinderella that magically transforms into a TV, and a lot more.
Aladdin’s Spitting Camel The Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride features a camel statue to distinguish it from other rides. If you ever been by that ride you probably know that the camel “spits.” Many are fooled into thinking this electronic machine just has great aim, think again. There is actually someone paid to sit nearby the camel and operate it, when the operator thinks they can hit passing guests they command the camel to squirt water.
Secret Trick To Skipping Ride Lines When you venture to Tom Sawyer’s Island take a careful look through the attraction, if you see a paintbrush, grab it. Once you have it, find the nearest park employee and hand over the paintbrush in order to receive free fast passes for one ride. Considering many rides have lines with two and three hour wait times, this could be beneficial to your entire day.
Disney Is Presidential There are only three places in the United States where you can find a Presidential Seal. One is the Oval Office where the president works, another is in the hall of the Liberty Bell, and the third is located right in Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. The Hall of Presidents is an attraction is a multi-media presentation and stage show featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of all the presidents.
Secret Menu Item At “Be Our Guest” The Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the latest extensions to Disney World. It was opened in 2012 and is modeled after the castle from the Disney film The Beauty and the Beast. The menu there is great, but there is a secret menu with a secret sauce. Ask your waiter or waitress for “the grey stuff,” which is a reference from the famous “Be Our Guest” song from the movie, in order to try the secret item on the menu. The “grey stuff” is actually a delicious whipped cookies and cream panna cotta.
Non-Stop Transportation Disney World is really like another world. It is located in Bay Lake, Florida and covers 27,258 acres. Disney World is not a place that you can explore just in one day. You have to book at least a week long vacation and stay in one of its 27 resort hotels. Getting to all the different attractions would be difficult if Disney didn’t have its own transport system. Disney keeps the buses moving all day long, transporting park visitors to and from. Their transportation system is actually the 3rd largest bus system in all of Florida.
1 Plane For 2 Shows Running an attraction as big and wonderful as Disney World you have to be efficient and resourceful. The Jungle Cruise ride features the back-half of a crashed plane. If you go to the Casablanca portion the Great Movie Ride you will see the front end of a plane in tact. What most people don’t realize is that both shows use the same plane. Waste not, want not.
No Gum Disney World has a lot of gift shops, restaurants, food stands and snack bars. There is enough food to keep you full for days. However, if you want to chew gum at the park, make sure to bring your own. Not because gum is over priced, but because Disney World does not offer any gum for sale. This helps prevent visitors from stepping on gum around the park or on rides.
Disney’s Detailed Artwork There are many statues and pieces of art all through out Disney World. Many of these art pieces have hidden meanings or tell a story. Mr Toad’s Wild Ride was an old ride in the park, today it has been turned into The Many Adventures of Winnie The Poo ride. If you look carefully at the artwork found throughout the ride you will see a picture of Mr. Toad handing Owl the deed to the attraction. Further more, in honor of Mr. Toad handing his ride over to Owl, a tombstone was placed at The Haunted Mansion’s graveyard. The magic is in the details.
Magic Kingdom Tunnel Disney World is huge. It is like a large city, with streets and roads to get around. They streets of Disney are usually crowded with vacationers. Employees and cast members that work at Disney World don’t travel the same jam-packed streets as you and I. Instead they use an underground tunnel system referred to as the Magic Kingdom Tunnel. That’s how Goofy seems to be everywhere at the same time.
The Living Seas Disney World is home to The Living Seas aquarium. Using 5.7 million gallons of water, The Living Seas aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the country. It was opened to the public in 1986. It once held the largest saltwater tank until 2005 when the Georgia Aquarium opened. In 2003 Disney began to re-theme The Living Seas into a new pavilion based on the Pixar film Finding Nemo.
Secret Apartment on Main Street Walt Disney was a visionary that worked day in and day out to develop Disney World to his and the world’s liking. He even lived their. When walking down Main Street, you will see the USA fire house. What many people do not know is that just above this location sits a secret apartment. This is the apartment was used by Walt Disney and it still looks exactly as it did nearly 60 years ago.
Hidden Mickey Faces The first character that Walt Disney created that seen success was Mickey Mouse. Mickey is the character that is the most famous and is synonymous with the name Disney. All throughout Disney World there are references to Mickey in unexpected places. No matter how many times you frequent the place, you are sure to find a new Mickey.
Venture the Captain’s Quarters One of the many attractions in Disney World that grab the attention of many visitors is the Mark Twain River Boat ride. When aboard the Mark Twain River Boat ride, ask the pilot if you can visit the captain’s room. This is a secret code that will grant you access to the room the ship is piloted out of. It’s more of a straight forward question rather than secret code, but not too many people think to ask it.