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7 Amazing “Secret Spots” Around Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World boasts an impressive amount of attractions to experience, dining locations to try, resorts to stay at, and places to explore. With so many things to see and do, guests can easily wander around the parks moving from one pavilion or land to the next thanks to the designs utilized to draw guests in. For example, guests are automatically drawn to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror due to its size, position at the end of Sunset Boulevard, and the sounds of other guests screaming. With so many interesting attractions and things to draw guests in, it can be easy to overlook some secret areas. Throughout the parks there are plenty of secret spots that guests are unaware of that can either be truly hidden or hidden in plain sight! Here are seven amazing secret spots around Walt Disney World that guests might not know about.

 

7. Japan’s Balcony

This secret spot is hidden in plain sight in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion. Located outside of the second story Tokyo Dining Restaurant is a balcony that can be accessed by all guests. It offers a gentle breeze and a perfect view of World Showcase Lagoon and Spaceship Earth. This is one of the most coveted places to watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, so try to get there at least an hour early and enjoy the show from this secret spot!

6. Wonders of Life Pavilion

Located in Epcot’s Future World, this pavilion is hidden in plain sight between the former location of Ellen’s Energy before it closed and Mission:SPACE. The pavilion used to feature attractions like Body Wars and The Making of Me, but closed years ago. While it remains closed most of the time, guests can enter into the pavilion during the Epcot Festival of Arts, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival,and Epcot Festival of Holidays to enjoy the festival centers, shopping, tastings, and demonstrations.

5. Magic Kingdom’s Quiet Pathway

Another secret spot hidden in plain sight is this pathway behind the Tomorrowland Speedway that stretches from Tomorrowland to Storybook Circus near the Walt Disney World Railroad station. Since this walkway is slightly off the beaten path, there are rarely any guests on it, making for a serene and quiet stroll while getting around in the Magic Kingdom.

4. Columbia Harbour House’s Second Level

While many guests enjoy the quick service dining options in Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, most don’t realize that there is an upstairs floor filled with tables to dine at. This upper level is rich in nautical detail, features beautiful views of Liberty Square and the Rivers of America from the windows, and even features a small and never crowded bathroom for guests to use. This secret dining spot is hidden in plain sight waiting for guests to enjoy it on their Disney vacations!

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3. Flame Tree Barbecue’s Patio

This quick service dining location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers up some delectable barbecue and draws many guests in with its delicious smell. While a lot of guests stop and dine here on a day in the park, many don’t realize that there is a patio located behind the ordering counters. The patio is covered and features a sweeping view of the river and Expedition Everest in the distance. With a gentle breeze, delicious food, and a great view this secret spot is the perfect place to enjoy a meal in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

2. Kilimanjaro’s Outpost

Sharp eyed guests might notice a wooden outpost building with a large balcony on the savannah while riding Kilimanjaro Safaris in Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This outpost building is a secret spot that can only be accessed by guests taking the Wild Africa Trek tour. At one point during the tour, guests get to enjoy a meal at the outpost and gaze out at the savannah to enjoy the unique view. While this secret spot can technically be seen by all guests, it remains exclusive only to those on the tour!

1. Second Entrance

On a busy day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can find themselves waiting on long lines to pass through the turnstiles into the park. Many guests don’t realize that there is actually a secret entrance to the park inside of the Rainforest Café located to the left hand side of the park’s entrance. To avoid waiting on a long line, be sure to head to this secret spot for quick access to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.