Are you considering taking your family on vacation to Disney World? If you are, you probably already know that visiting any of the Disney World theme parks can be an overwhelming experience. As a mom, and travel advisor, who has traveled to Disney World more times than I can count, I have learned a few things. One of the things I have learned over the years is some of the secrets of the Magic Kingdom. So, if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom, you are going to want to know these secrets. The result will be an incredible family vacation filled with tons of memories.
There are some not-so-secret secrets in Magic Kingdom. Most people are aware that there are different lands within this theme park. These lands all have their own theme-related attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping adventures.
However, there are few details scattered throughout each of these lands. Those little details are hidden in plain sight. Each secret creates a little adventure for your family during your visit.
If a child is having a meltdown, looking for or learning about it, a secret detail can distract them. Tired children will find a little excitement when needing to find a secret in Magic Kingdom. Use these secrets to your advantage, and you may avoid certain situations that are normally common in theme parks around the world.
A ride on the Carousel of Progress can result in spotting several hidden Mickeys. This ride will take you through the 1900s, as you see how a typical family lived throughout the years. The kids will marvel at the different inventions and traditions. They will also wonder how you survived before technology became so advanced.
I can’t tell you where all the Mickeys are located. That would spoil all the fun! However, I will tell you there is one right under a special Christmas tree.
2. Main Street Windows
Have you ever wondered who spent time creating and developing Disney World? Well, you can learn the answer to that question by looking up at the second-floor windows on Main Street. Advertisements sharing the names of Walt Disney, Elias Disney, Frank Wells, Card Walker, and Yale Gracey are all there. Those ads may look fake, but they are not. They share history you may not be aware of.
3. Pirate’s Chess
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom. To capture a glimpse of the pirate’s chess, you must enter the FastPass+ side of the line. That line will allow you to see two skeletal pirates engaged in a chess game that resulted in a stalemate.
If you don’t have FastPass+, you will miss the dueling chess players. No worries! Your family will still get to see quite a few pirates during the ride. And you can sing Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) for hours afterward!
Did you know that the People Mover ride is powered solely by magnets? That is a secret few Magic Kingdom visitors are aware of! Think about how powerful those magnets must be the next time you take a spin on this attraction.
Without those working magnets, you wouldn’t get the views of Cinderella Castle, Tomorrowland, and Space Mountain from a distance.
5. Paw Prints
A quick stop to eat at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant will result in your family seeing Lady and the Tramp’s paw prints. Look at the ground prior to entering the restaurant to capture a glimpse of Disney’s history.
6. Historic Portrait
Over in Fantasyland, everyone knows about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. However, did you know that a different ride used to be located there? Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was the original ride in that section. And if you look closely, you will see a historic portrait that shares homage to that distant memory.
The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is another popular attraction. This spooky house has multiple ghostly residents. Those ghosts are always happy to chill with the guests.
Prior to entering the Haunted Mansion, your family must wander through the graveyard. Inside the graveyard is an organ with the name Ravenscroft on the front. Ravenscroft pays tribute to Thurl Ravenscroft. He was a voice actor who was the lead singer for the bust in the graveyard scene in the movie.
These are the secrets of Magic Kingdom to know for your next family vacation. Depending on how quickly you are moving through the theme park, you may not see them all. But you should be able to add a couple to your list of things to do while on vacation in Disney World.
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