There are soooo many things to do in Disney World that it’s almost impossible to do it all in one trip (even a really long one)!
Of course, with so many things calling for your attention, there are some secrets that even the most seasoned Disney vets might not know about.
That’s right, we’re not talking Hidden Mickeys here folks, we’re looking at some Disney experiences that are under the radar and super magical. Check out 5 Super Secret Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Disney World!
You certainly won’t find talk of these five experiences on any map or times guide in the Disney Parks. So what exactly are these super-secret things? Well, we’ll tell you, but keep it a secret OK? 😉
1. Rare Character Meet and Greets (Including Moana!) In Hollywood Studios
Moana is a pretty difficult character to meet in Disney World, even though she’s a super popular modern princess! When Moana was released in 2016, there was a limited time meet and greet with the island princess, but it wrapped up pretty quickly.
Now, it’s pretty darn hard to meet Moana! She’s been spotted at special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but you can pretty much forget about meeting her with regular park entry. That is unless you know about a super-secret event in Hollywood Studios!
Character Palooza is an almost daily event in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but you won’t find it on any times guide! Basically, Character Palooza allows guests to meet characters-in-training from the finale of Fantasmic — which means super rare characters, and sometimes ones you can’t find anywhere else in the parks — including Moana on some days! This event takes place on days that there is a Fantasmic show (depending on crowd levels) between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM.
Now, the event only lasts for 20 minutes, so you have to hope for the best for when the characters will appear. And characters definitely vary. The location of Character Palooza also varies and has been seen behind the Tower of Terror gates, at the Streets of America, or near Echo Lake. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, stay on the move during the afternoon and keep an eagle-eye out for a gathering of guests or a squad of characters (like Moana)!
2. No Strings Attached Pinocchio Vouchers
The next secret on our list is one you have to be really lucky (or unlucky) to get! Did you know there’s a voucher that can get you a major magical moment in Disney World with no strings attached? CRAZY. This secret is even called the No Strings Attached Voucher and they can be distributed by Cast Members!
This one was written up to give a group of 6 priority entrance to Meet Tinkerbell in Magic Kingdom, but the Voucher can also be issued to count for a Disney Dining Plan Snack, any food or beverage item, merchandise, a fastpass, and more.
Cast Members throughout Disney World can hand these out, but here’s the rub — the most common reason to receive a voucher like this is if something goes wrong with your vacation. Maybe a line is ridiculously long for a ride and a Cast Member wants to make it right by giving you no wait later. Or maybe your brand new Mickey sweatshirt gets snagged on something and rips; a Cast Member could give you a voucher to replace the sweatshirt.
This can definitely make a difficult vacation experience a more magical moment. But remember, it’s not guaranteed. So don’t make up reasons to complain to cast members just to get one. They’ll usually reserve this kind of magic for a deserving guest.
3. Dance with Br’er Fox, the Country Bears, and MORE Friends at the Hoedown Happening
Here’s another little known way to hang out with some less common characters! Frontierland certainly becomes a hoot of a good time during this spontaneous event — the Hoedown Happening!
Now don’t check your times guide for Hoedown Happening because you won’t see it. Basically, it’s a dance party with Cast Members of Frontierland, the Country Bears, and others like Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear, and Br’er Rabbit. Many of these characters don’t have regular meet and greets either, so this is a great way to get some fun face time!
Hoedown Happening occurs randomly on any given day, and sometimes more than once! If you’re in Frontierland at the right time, you’ll see an operator from Big Thunder Railroad walk into the square and start waving a hat. And pretty soon a bunch of Frontierland folks will join him, including those characters!
A good way to catch this show is to spend a good chunk of time in Frontierland or even passing through it. Maybe grab a quick service meal and take a seat near the river. Just keep one eye on the streets to catch the Hoedown Happening!
4. Get a Special Goodnight from Cinderella Castle
This last secret is one that is super special — and you can see it if you’re in Magic Kingdom after it closes. Maybe you were in line at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or wanted to get one last ride in on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad before hitting the hay. It’ll take you a while to exit the park, and that’s when you’ll be treated to THIS! Keep an eye out for the 2-minute Goodnight Kiss show at Cinderella Castle.
This event is only visible from Main Street U.S.A. and features a special twinkling light effect on Cinderella Castle while “When You Wish Upon A Star” plays.
Then, you’ll hear the voice of a narrator who thanks you for joining in Walt’s vision for a place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true. You may even hear from Mickey Mouse himself!
It really is an emotional mini-show, and the park is often mostly empty by the time it plays. This secret is a magical one, and it might just speak to what Disney means to you.
So, there you have it! That’s 4 Super Secret Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Disney World. These experiences are a great way to add a little magic to your trip — if you know they’re there. 😉
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