Walt Disney World’s Imagineers have designed and created a truly magical vacation destination. From amazing attractions and dining experiences to Broadway caliber shows and shopping locations, there is so much to enjoy while on a Disney vacation. Part of what makes enjoying Walt Disney World so special is the beautiful amount of detail, theming, and planning that create each area of the world. These details can be everything from small designs in décor to strategic positioning of attractions or shops. In addition, some of these details can be so obvious that they are overlooked whereas others can be so subtle that they are hidden in plain sight. Regardless of the detail, they all add up to make the parks and resorts amazing. Here are the top ten details that most people miss at Walt Disney World!
10. Main Street Windows
Most guests wander down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and are focused solely on Cinderella Castle or heading to the attraction that they want to experience first. What many guests might overlook are the dozens of themed windows on the second and third floors of every building along Main Street. The windows might look like ordinary ads for local businesses and townspeople, but they actually honor real people who helped to make Walt Disney World a reality. Each person who is honored with a Main Street window usually has a bit of their personality worked into the design. For example, look for Frank Wells whose window is the highest on Main Street as he was an avid mountain climber!
9. Cinderella’s Mosaic
The breezeway of Cinderella Castle might be looked at by some guests as simply the quickest and easiest way to get from Main Street to Fantasyland, but it is home to a great detail that often goes overlooked. When headed towards Fantasyland, there is a beautiful mosaic depicting the story of Cinderella along the left hand side of the breezeway. The huge mosaic is so rich in detail that the stepsisters can even be seen as green with envy and red with rage!
8. Tower of Terror’s View
When visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, no guest misses the massive and ominous Twilight Zone Tower of Terror looming on the end of Sunset Boulevard. However, there is another location where the attraction surprisingly blends right in. Imagineers realized when building the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror that it was so tall it could be seen from Epcot’s World Showcase. Specifically it could be seen in the distance behind the Morocco Pavilion, so Imagineers purposely painted and themed the architecture of the attraction to blend into the Moroccan skyline. Most guests don’t notice this detail since the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror really looks like it could just be a Moroccan building in the distant skyline!
7. Min & Bill’s Crates
Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers up some delicious food with a lovely view of Echo Lake. There are several crates located next to the quick service location which look like they blend right in, but actually have some great Hollywood details. Guests who look closely at the crates will recognize names and addresses that pay homage to some of Hollywood’s most popular films including Casablanca, The Producers, and Citizen Kane.
6. Pirate’s Endless Game
A great detail that is often overlooked by guests can be found on the FastPass+ return side of the Pirates of the Caribbean queue in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. Guests who walk along that queue have to find a window in the wall with bars that looks down onto an unusual game of chess. The game has been in a stalemate for so long that the pirates are now skeletons and stuck there for eternity.
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5. Pet Cemetery
The Haunted Mansion is one of Walt Disney World’s most popular and beloved attractions and is home to some amazing details and effects that guests love watching. Many guests exit the attraction and hurry back into Liberty Square to move onto the next experience and end up missing a great detail along the exit walkway. On the left hand side just before passing through the gates into Liberty Square there is a pet cemetery filled with some interesting tombstones and monuments. Guests who look closely can see the howling dog and also Mr. Toad who used to have an attraction and home in Fantasyland.
4. Kilimanjaro’s Hidden Mickey
Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it takes guests into the Harambe Reserve for up close encounters with animals like giraffes and lions. At one point the safari vehicle passes by an island covered with dozens of flamingos and guests are offered a great photo opportunity. What most guests might miss since they are concentrating on the birds is the fact that the island itself is a giant Hidden Mickey!
3. Spaceship Earth’s Familiar Faces
Spaceship Earth in Epcot is an attraction with dozens of Audio-Animatronic figures ranging from Egyptian royalty to artists of the Renaissance. With so many figures on display, Imagineers ended up utilizing face molds that had already been crafted to save time and money when designing the attraction. Most of the molds came from the already open Hall of Presidents, so hidden throughout Spaceship Earth are some of the presidents dressed in period appropriate clothing! Look for Teddy Roosevelt as an Egyptian, James Buchanan as Gutenberg, and Ulysses S. Grant as a sculptor!
2. Cinderella Castle’s Structure
Most guess love Cinderella Castle and enjoy all of the small details that make it unique like the soaring gold turrets and intricate lattice work. A detail that many guests might not realize is that while the building looks like it is made of real stone not a single brick was used! Cinderella Castle is actually made of fiberglass and concrete so that it can withstand the aggressive hurricanes that often hit Central Florida.
1. Lettuce Art
Living with the Land in Epcot’s Future World is an attraction which takes guests into the pavilion’s greenhouses and shows them how food can be grown in various ways that are environmentally friendly. While passing through one greenhouse, guests can observe massive tables on each side of the boat where lettuce is growing. Many guests might not realize that each table has different types of lettuce growing to form designs including Hidden Mickeys and the Epcot logo!