No matter how many times you’ve visited Walt Disney World, there is always more to discover. Imagineers put so much effort in to creating layers and layers of magic around every corner, that even if no more changes were made to the parks or resorts, we can’t imagine ever being “finished” discovering Walt Disney World! If you’re wondering what you’ve been missing at Walt Disney World, read on.
10. Hidden Mickey Fun
Walt Disney World is just full of Hidden Mickeys, some well known, and some not so well known. One of our favorites – which tends to fall into the latter category – is the hidden Mickey in the statue of Gaston and LeFou outside of Gaston’s Tavern. Go to the back of the statue and look for the tiny Hidden Mickey in the base near the water, below Gaston’s left leg.
9. Complimentary Campfires
Did you know that most Walt Disney World resorts offer nightly campfires and marshmallow roasting? We can’t think of a more delightful end to a day in WDW! Except maybe by following it up with an outdoor Disney movie! And the best part? These activities are completely free.
8. Horse Hijinks
Some of our favorite lesser-known activities at Walt Disney World take place in resorts on property. You can visit Cinderella’s ponies and the Main Street USA horses at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and you don’t have to be staying at the resort to do so. You can also opt for a horseback trail ride, even if you’ve never ridden a horse before!
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7. Simply DiVine
The next item is about a hidden (literally) person, and as far as we’re concerned, she’s the best street performer in Walt Disney World! Her name is DiVine, and she is completely outfitted in greenery, so that she disappears into the foliage of Animal Kingdom until she moves. She tends to perform for 20 minutes at a time, usually on the path between Africa and Asia (just ask a cast member if you can’t find her).
6. Cretaceous Trail
It’s not always easy to find the entrance, but the Cretaceous Trail, near DINOSAUR in Animal Kingdom, is worth searching for! It’s a path through lush, prehistoric-looking vegetation, and it’s populated by several dinosaur statues (keep your eyes peeled, as sometimes they’re hiding in the “jungle”!) that make for excellent photo opps. This is also a free, and fun, way to kill some time if waiting for your next FastPass+!
5. Moroccan Magic
Even if you’ve walked through the Morocco pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, chances are you’re missing a lot. There’s so much to see in this pavilion that free tours are offered, if you want to see and learn more! One highlight is the spectacular prayer room (originally built for the pavilion’s cast members), bedecked in gorgeous tiles hand-made by Moroccan artisans. This pavilion is worth a closer look!
4. Wave Win
Even if you’re not staying at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, it’s worth heading over the check out The Wave…Of American Flavors. It flew under the radar for years with us, and we wish we’d discovered it sooner! With a cool, laid-back vibe and food that delivered rave reviews from everyone in our party, it was a hit. We love the amazing service here, and the personal attention guests with dietary restrictions receive. Plus, you walk to and from the Magic Kingdom from here! Win.
3. Muppets Present…
Happily, we discovered this little-known Magic Kingdom performance by being in the right place at the right time! At various times throughout the day, if you’re hanging around Liberty Square, you’ll see Kermit and his friends pop out of the windows of the Hall of Presidents to bring you “Muppets Present…Great Moments in History”, a hilarious re-enactment of America’s founding. Show times are available online, if you’re not as lucky as we were!
2. Disney-Grown Eats
If you’ve ever taken the relaxing boat ride through Epcot’s greenhouse in Living with the Land, you will have been impressed at all of the food grown on site. And you can actually eat the food you see on this attraction! Dine at Sunshine Seasons or at the Garden Grill to get your fill of sustainable, Disney-grown produce and seafood.
1. Hidden Imagineer Details
Looking for the best, and often least-crowded, place for a quiet break in the Magic Kingdom? Take the first side street on your right as you go down Main Street USA towards Cinderella Castle. Head to the end of the street, and be very quiet! You’ll hear a voice singing scales, and the sounds of someone tap dancing, coming from the music and dance schools above. Only a handful of guests hear these magical Imagineer extras each day, and now you can join them!