When many guests think of Walt Disney World, they immediately picture the Magic Kingdom. The original theme park on property, the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 and aims to transport guests into different lands of fantasy for thrilling adventures, classic attractions, entertainment, shopping, dining, and character meet and greets. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy quintessential Disney experiences like It’s A Small World, the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean. With so many amazing experiences to be had, many guests spend the majority of time on a Walt Disney World vacation in the Magic Kingdom. While many guests might think that spending a lot of time in the park means that they know all of the hidden secrets and history, there are some secrets which are overlooked by many. Let’s see if you know these six secrets about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
6. Starport 75 –
One of the most thrilling and popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Tomorrowland, a place where the future is happening now. Space Mountain is a massive attraction which can be seen from outside the park and is housed in a large building with a white futuristic looking roof. Guests who are brave enough to enjoy the attraction can blast off into the darkness of space for an adventure that is out of this galaxy. Guests who move through the queue of Space Mountain will notice several references to the name Starport 75 which is the galactic space hub from which they are about to depart from. Some guests might not realize that the number also holds historical meaning as Space Mountain opened in 1975.
5. A Tombstone Tribute –
Perhaps one of the most beloved attractions in the Magic Kingdom is the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. Guests love entering into Gracey Manor and rubbing elbows with the nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts who reside there causing eerie happenings and silly situations. Before entering into the house, guests move through an interactive graveyard which features tombstones that hint at some of the characters found inside the attraction. Just before entering into the foyer of the Haunted Mansion, guests can look to the right hand side of the queue to spot a tombstone dedicated to Madame Leota. Those who look long enough might even notice Leota open her eyes and look directly at them from regions beyond!
4. The Deed –
Over in Fantasyland is an attraction which invites guests to frolic in the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and his classic friends. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh takes place on a blustery day when a terrible storm rolls through the Hundred Acre Woods. Before this attraction was built, the spot was home to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride which brought guests on a whirlwind drive with Mr. Toad that culminated in them going to hell. Guests can still find a tribute to the previous attraction in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in the scene where the hunny pots pass through Owl’s treehouse. Guests can look quickly to the left hand side to spot a portrait of Mr. Toad handing over the deed of the attraction to Owl.
3. A Departed Friend –
Mr. Toad was such a popular character with many guests that another tribute to him can be found in the Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square. After guests disembark their Doom Buggies on the Haunted Mansion, they emerge blinking in the daylight near a series of crypts. Just past the crypts on the left hand side of the walkway is a pet cemetery high up on the hill. Guests who look closely at the back left hand corner of the pet cemetery can spot a tombstone with Mr. Toad posed jauntily on top.
2. The Emporium’s Beginning –
While the Magic Kingdom has plenty of places to go shopping, the best spot to stop at is the Emporium on Main Street. The store is massive and nearly stretches the entire length of Main Street selling everything from housewares and toys to clothing and accessories. Guests who look closely near certain entrances to the Emporium will notice that it was dedicated in 1901 which might seem like a random year but is a nod to the year that Walt Disney was born.
1. Traffic Patterns –
Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland is an attraction that is loved by both kids and kids at heart. After sprinkling guests with pixie dust, the attraction allows guests to take to the skies and fly high over London and Neverland with Peter and the Darling children. While flying over the nighttime scene of London, guests can spot many historical buildings as well as traffic zipping by below. While the traffic patterns might look completely realistic with pairs of headlights moving through the night, they are actually dots of black light paint on moving bike chains.