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  • On Jun 22, 2016
    Jennifer from AL Asked

    Hello, we are planning our 4th trip to Disney World. I want to spend some time focusing on the extra magical parts! Can you suggest anything specific? I know about the phone in the candy shop and the wish book at Pinocchio's Village Haus. Thanks!

  • Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we're so glad you're here!

    You are going to have such fun looking for Disney Imagineering Hidden Treasures and Magical Surprises making your visit unique and unforgettable! Keep your eyes and ears open as you tour the Theme Parks for those little Imagineering details, here are some to get you started.

    Disney's Magic Kingdom ParkCrooked Shutters at Liberty Square replicate the softening of the leather hinges over time giving way to the weight of the shutters. The Windows on Main Street, U.S.A. pay homage to those who have made contributions to the Walt Disney Company. Tony's Town Square Restaurant highlights Lady and the Tramp featuring their paw prints imprinted on the concrete. 

    Epcot- As you exit Epcot at night, take a look at the sparkly pavement at Innoventions Plaza where the fiber optics present an amazing display of sidewalk fireworks.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios- Just past the turnstiles at Muppet*Vision 3D, the window on the right displays a sign indicating the staff is out, look for the key under the mat.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park- Head over to Harambe's hot Swahili Showers then over to the Dawa Bar's rusty showers which will cool you off, they're real!

    Happy Disney Trails~

    Jacqueline

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    I absolutely love planning the magical moments at Walt Disney World that are off the beaten path. I have a few little hidden gems that will make your trip extra magical. 

    At Hollywood Studios, in the Muppet Vision 3D attraction, peak under the welcome mat which is to the right in the front entrance. You will find a key under the mat that the muppets have left for little visitors!

    At Magic Kingdom, The Haunted Mansion is full of little secrets. When you first enter the elevator/stretching room, you will see a desk and a dictionary opened to the word "death". Also, check out the pictures on the walls of the bride. You will see the same bride, Constance, in all three pictures, but with different husbands. In each picture it shows the husband losing his head, but Constance gaining a strand of pearls. 

    Also at Magic Kingdom, a little known secret is the "Kiss Goodnight" show, which occurs 30 minutes after the park closing. During Kiss Goodnight you can enjoy a special message throughout the park and see the beautiful lights twinkle on Cinderella Castle.

    In Epcot, ask a Cast Member to speak with Goofy on the phone when you enter the American Pavillion.

    In Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life has over 300 animals carved into the trunk. See if you can identify any of them, such as the chimp who was studied by Jane Goodall!

    I also love finding Hidden Mickey's throughout all of the Walt Disney World parks and resorts! I especially love finding the Hidden Mickey's at the Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!

    Magically,

    Stacy

     

     

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    My fellow panelists have already shared some really "extra magical" ideas. I'd like to add just a few more:

    Magic Kingdom Park:
    1. At Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor watch for a special text password. The Monsters may select your gag during the show and use it live on stage!
    2. Don't miss performances by The Dapper Dans, nor the colorful life stories of the Citizens of Main Street.
    Epcot:
    1. At Club Cool, there is a soda fountain which provides free and unlimited samples of exotic Coca-Cola products from around the world.
    2. At the U.K. phone booths, dial 1-407-827-9862 (left);1-407-827-9863 (center) or 1-407-827-9861 (right). Unsuspecting guests will answer; then have them engage in a conversation "with Mickey" or "the Queen of England."
    Disney's Hollywood Studios:
    1. Take the ultimate Star Wars selfie on an Imperial speeder bike while darting between the giant trees on Endor!
    2. On days Fantasmic! is running there is an unannounced Disney character meet-and-greet. It takes place anywhere between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Just keep on the lookout around the Streets of America, Echo Lake or the gates near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Park:
    1. Don't miss the Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch. Visit early in the morning to see veterinarians working on animals.
    2. If you arrive late and find a large crowd at the entrance to the park, head over to the Rainforest Café. There is a separate entry into the park behind the gift shop.
    Ritzy ºOº
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    There are so many magical spots and facts in Walt Disney World. Have fun looking for some new things or discovering some new facts. Here are a few:

    *Shoe Tree in Bay Lake where dozens of shoes adorn this tree out in the water.

    *Gum is not sold anywhere on property.

    *There are 3 water bridges at Disney where water actually goes over the roads. Most prominent is one connecting Seven seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.

    *Look for the five legged goat on the Mary Blair mural on the 4th floor.

    *Fantasmic Lagoon is only 18" deep.

    *Star Tours robot pages "Egroeg Sacul" or George Lucas.

    *Pull the rope outside of Indiana Jones in Hollywood Studios.

    *Soarin flight is 5505 which represents when it opened on May 5, 2005.

    *Mailbox in Living With the Land boat ride has 82 on it which is when Epcot opened in 1982.

    *Search the Leave A Legacy photos in Epcot for Neil Patrick Harris, N'Sync, Tinkerbell, and Figment.

    *Notice the pavement turns dark between France and Morocco. This symbolizes the Straits of Gibraltar.

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    Hi Jennifer!

    Reading what my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists have already suggested leaves me feeling extra excited about your upcoming trip! They have really shared a lot of really cool little known secrets and facts and Kay has taught me some things that I have never heard before!

    A great way to get the whole family involved in seeking out some really cool hidden items is to look EVERYWHERE for Hidden Mickey’s! They are often “hidden” in plain sight. I have found them in windows, carpets, ride attractions, and more. There are even books and websites dedicated to finding them! Make it a game. Keep track and see who can find the most hidden Mickey’s!

    As you enter Magic Kingdom Park it is easy to get caught up in looking at Cinderella Castle and taking in all of the sights, sounds, and smells on Main Street, U.S.A. However there are some really fun details that most people may not notice. My absolute favorite detail is when walking down Main Street, U.S.A. towards the castle, there is a cross street called Center Street. Here you will find a couple of seats and it is a great place to watch the rush of the crowd. Once you are sitting for a while you may notice that you hear some tap dancing, a ballet lesson being taught, or even some singing lessons taking place! If you look up you will notice a sign in the window advertising lessons!

    The other fun surprise that my kids love is in Epcot. In the evening as you exit Epcot, take a look down at the cement near Innoventions plaza. Embedded in the ground is fiber optics that provides you with a display of “fireworks” right beneath your feet!

    I hope that you have a magical time discovering the hidden side of Disney World!

    ~Heather~

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