A trip to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” isn’t complete without stopping by the park that started it all — Magic Kingdom!
There are so many special things about Disney’s Magic Kingdom: classic attractions, fan-favorite characters, and stellar entertainment. Everything here feels so nostalgic, welcoming, and dare we say…magical! So today, we’re tipping our hats to Disney World’s OG park and sharing 30 hidden secrets from Magic Kingdom!
Main Street, U.S.A.
- If you head to Le Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll find a telephone on the wall. If you pick up the telephone, you’ll be able to hear conversations between the citizens of Main Street.
- Main Street, U.S.A actually has a functioning barbershop! The Harmony Barber Shop gives actual haircuts and even has a special package for your child’s first haircut complete with a pair of Mickey Ears and a lock of their hair in a baggie of pixie dust! They’re temporarily closed due to the current health and safety precautions, but we’ll be looking forward to the reopening in the future!
- If you look up at the windows on Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll notice several names. These names are tributes to various Imagineers and some of the Walt Disney Company’s most important people.
- Halfway down Main Street, U.S.A. on the right, there’s a side street named Center Street. If you head back in this area and it’s quiet, you’ll be able to listen and hear the sounds of the citizens of Main Street conducting music and dance lessons in the rooms above.
- Even though you see “flags” on the top of the Main Street buildings, there’s only one real American flag, and that’s the large one on the flagpole closest to the train station. It is raised every morning and taken down every evening during the flag retreat. All the other “flags” that you see have the incorrect number of stars or stripes, so they’re not real American flags. This means they don’t need to be lower or lit at night!
- If you’re a fan of Lady and the Tramp, then you need to make a stop by Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street. In front of the restaurant, you’ll see two pairs of paw prints inside of a heart. (Guess who made those?!)
- Also, if you stand in front of the window with the picture of Lady and The Tramp on it at this restaurant and look at just the right angle, you’ll be able to make it seem as if Lady is jumping out of the hatbox of the Le Chapeau sign. This is a nod to the scene from the movie where Lady comes out of a hatbox.
- The “Kiss Goodnight” is a little known surprise at Magic Kingdom that happens after the park closes for the night. It begins about 30 minutes after closing time and includes a short light display on the castle and a “thank you for visiting” announcement. This offering hasn’t returned since the parks reopened, but we hope to see it again in the future!
- If you dine at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen in Adventureland, there are a few different places you could be seated. One of these locations is the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) room. As the story goes, the secret meeting room was previously hidden behind a bookcase, and you’ll pass that bookcase as you head inside. If you’ll look at the bookshelf, you’ll notice that The Jungle Book is tilted. That means that pulling this book out from the shelf is the way to open the hidden door to the S.E.A. room!
- In the Pirates of the Caribbean queue, you’ll pass two skeletons playing chess. The chessboard was set up so that the skeletons were locked in a stalemate (hinting at how they died). Sometimes the pieces get moved around by Cast Members, so we can’t guarantee that the board will be set up properly next time you pass, but make sure to check it out!
- Next time you take a ride on Jungle Cruise, take a closer look at the half of an airplane used in the attraction. The other half of this plane used to be found in the Casablanca scene in The Great Movie Ride over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
- One of the coolest hidden Mickeys in Magic Kingdom can be viewed from the very top of Splash Mountain. Right as you’re about to head down the big drop, take a look to your left. The outline in the rock forms a side profile of Mickey Mouse!
- On the second floor of the Liberty Square Riverboat, there’s a little-noticed indoor room. This room is a great place to take a seat and relax, there are several comfy booth seats and plenty of artwork to look at on the walls.
- While you’re walking through Liberty Square, take a look at the ground. The brown pathway that you see is meant to represent the waste that used to flow through the streets during colonial times, considering that indoor plumbing didn’t exist.
- There are no restrooms in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. Since public restrooms weren’t a thing in colonial times, all the restrooms in this area are just outside of the boundaries of the land.
- In the interactive portion of the queue for the Haunted Mansion, you’ll be able to spot a wedding ring embedded in the ground. Near the crypt that sprays water, you’ll see a trash can — the ring is stuck in the pavement on the ground near the trash can. This was actually added after so many fans claimed a flush metal pipe in the ground of the original queue was a wedding ring belonging to the bride inside the ride (it wasn’t but they added it for real later on!).
- As you’re heading inside the Haunted Mansion, make sure to look to your left just before you enter. Madame Leota’s gravestone is there, and occasionally, she’ll open her eyes, blink, and look around.
- After you get off of Haunted Mansion, make sure to check out the pet cemetery towards the exit of the attraction. To the tippy top left you’ll find Mr. Toad in the cemetery as a tribute to the long-gone Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
- The live oak in Liberty Square is over 100 years old. Hanging from its branches are 13 lanterns to represent the original 13 colonies. This tree was found on Disney World property and transplanted to this location!
- Take a look up into the windows of the Liberty Square buildings to find a window with 2 lanterns in it. This was a nod to Paul Revere and his famous ride to alert the Colonial soldiers how the British would be attacking them. One lantern if attacking by land, two if by sea!
- On The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, as you’re heading into Owl’s house near the end of the ride, look to your left and you’ll notice a photo of Mr. Toad handing the deed for the attraction over to Owl. Once again, this is a tribute to Mr. Toad’s old ride that was located in the same spot Pooh now occupies.
- Over in the area of Fantasyland where the Tangled-themed restrooms reside, there’s a scavenger hunt where guests can look for hidden Pascals. He’s a clever little chameleon, so he can be tricky to spot!
- Next time you’re strolling through New Fantasyland near Dumbo, look down. You’ll spot horse and wagon tracks as well as peanuts stuck in the ground! It IS a circus, after all!
- Nearby, check out the Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station. The little train that could from Dumbo has a sneaky secret. Each train car has a two-digit number on it. These 4 numbers are the years the 4 Disney World parks opened! Magic Kingdom in ’71, EPCOT in ’82, Hollywood Studios in ’89, and Animal Kingdom in ’98.
- Ever look down into the water on “it’s a small world” or other fountains in the park and see loads of coins? All the coins tossed into the wells, water rides, and water features are regularly collected and donated to children’s charities in Central Florida. Those pennies go to a good cause!
- Speaking of fountains, make sure to stop by Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland to make a wish! It’s located near the back of the Castle. When looking at Cinderella from the height of an adult, she appears as a normal girl. But, from the height of a child, she has a crown on her head!
- Also in the area of the Tangled restrooms, you’ll notice a seating area made of “tree stumps”. These tree stumps have charging ports and outlets on their sides, so this is a great place to relax and charge up.
- There are several hidden Mickeys surrounding the area of Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid. There’s a hidden Steamboat Willie in the queue, as well as a hidden Mickey that only appears on Mickey’s birthday. (That’s some SERIOUS Imagineering skill right there! One date a year that it’s easily visible!) You may also spot a hidden Nautilus or two — a tribute to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Voyage that occupied the space before this ride.
- If you dine in Pinocchio Village Haus, make sure to check for the wish book in the dining area. This book is located in the back left side of the restaurant, and is left there so that guests can write their wishes inside!
- While riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, you’ll get a glance at the model for the original EPCOT called Progress City. This original model was intended to be a living community, which is very different than the EPCOT we have today! This is the real-deal actual model, restored over the years and moved to Disney World for guests to view.
- There are several Easter eggs on Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress! The final ride scene has 4 hidden Mickeys, and the grandmother from the attraction is actually the SAME grandma that appears in the ballroom scene on Haunted Mansion.
- As you’re walking through this land, you may notice some odd-looking metal palm trees. The Imagineering story behind these trees is that they are the source of power for Tomorrowland called Power Palms. The branches could “open up” to collect solar energy. Each tree has coconuts, and the coconuts are harvested to collect the power. When charged up, the leaves of the palm would retract. See if you can spot the one closed up Power Palm! Of course, this isn’t actually true. The palms don’t really do…anything but look nice. It’s just part of Tomorrowland’s backstory.
Well, that’s all the fun facts about Magic Kingdom that we have for today! Did you know all 30 (plus a few extra. What can we say, there’s a lot of fun stuff to share!)? Stay tuned to DFB to learn more about the Walt Disney World parks and to get all the latest Disney news!
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