8 Of The Best Kept Secrets At Disney’s Resorts

Hidden Mickey in Yacht Club Lobby Globe

Guests who visit Walt Disney World love spending lots of time exploring the four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs enjoying various experiences. From thrilling and classic attractions to unique dining and shopping, there is something for each guest to love on a Disney vacation. There is no better way to be close to the magic at all times than by staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. With over twenty options to choose from, Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Each Disney Resort features unique themes, amenities, pools, and recreation making them all amazing options to enjoy on a Disney vacation. Along with the themes and amenities, there are plenty of hidden secrets found at each Disney Resort that guests love discovering while on vacation. Here are eight of the best kept secrets at Disney’s Resorts for guests to discover on their next trip to Walt Disney World!


8. Tonga Toast –

Guests who stay at or visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy several dining options which offer up delicious cuisine inspired by the tropical islands of the South Seas. Those who dine at the Disney Resort for breakfast can be lucky enough to enjoy one of the most delicious options in all of Walt Disney World. Tonga Toast features a massive piece of fried sourdough bread stuffed with bananas and smothered in cinnamon sugar. This decadent breakfast can be enjoyed at the full service Kona Café or at the quick service location Capt. Cook’s.

7. Stormalong Bay

While every Disney Resort is home to amazing and relaxing pools, there is one pool in particular which boasts some impressive features for guests to enjoy and relax with. Stormalong Bay is accessible to guests who stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and includes over three acres of aquatic fun. Featuring a zero depth entry sand bottomed pool, water slides, lazy river, hot tubs, and elevated sun deck, Stormalong Bay is the ultimate pool in Walt Disney World which many guests might not know about.

6. Beignets

There are some amazing snack options throughout Walt Disney World including everything from ice cream sundaes to savory turkey legs but there is one option which remains somewhat of a secret to many guests. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort transports guests to New Orleans’ French Quarter with whimsical jazz music, wrought iron details, and the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory quick service dining location. Found there is one of the most unique and delicious snacks that guests can enjoy! Beignets are fried squares of fluffy dough then smothered in powdered sugar and served in batches of three or six. Beignets are the ultimate snack after a long day in the parks.

5. Five Legged Goat

Guests who stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort can enjoy a massive lobby which features airy windows, plenty of overlooking guest rooms, dining locations, and a monorail stop right in the middle of things. Along one pillar in the lobby is a soaring mural which depicts a nature scene full of cliffs, figures, and animals. The mural was designed by Imagineer Mary Blair who is also well known for her whimsical designs found on It’s A Small World. Guests who look closely at the mural can spot a goat who sports five legs instead of four!


4. Zebra Domes

Those guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can feel transported to Africa with a massive atrium lobby that features sweeping views of a savannah with animals like giraffes and zebras. Guests who find themselves at the Disney Resort should definitely visit the quick service dining location The Mara to enjoy a unique treat which can’t be found anywhere else in Walt Disney World. Zebra Domes are small truffle like snacks which feature a liqueur from Africa topped with drizzled chocolate and coconut making them absolutely delicious!

3. Cozy Fireplaces

Guests who want to feel as though they are exploring the beautiful National Parks of the United States should be sure to spend time at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The Disney Resort features a beautiful décor full of large logs, rustic accents, and inviting details. One of the best features of the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are several cozy fireplaces tucked away in quiet corners of the upper levels of the lobby. Guests can find one of these quiet spots and kick back and relax at the end of a long day in the parks.

2. A Worldly Hidden Mickey

Guests who stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort can enjoy nautical details which will make them feel as though they are on the high seas. A focal point of the Disney Resort’s lobby is a massive globe which is decked out in beautifully drawn representations of the countries of the world. Those who look closely at the globe can also spot a Hidden Mickey located in the water just off the shores of Madagascar near a sea serpent.

1. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha 

For guests looking for a unique and entertaining way to spend time in Walt Disney World, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a great option. The show invites guests to enjoy an array of Polynesian inspired cuisine while watching various acts like hula dancers and fire dancers hosted by Auntie Winnie. Combining wonderful entertainment and delicious food, this is one show that guests will love!

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.