Anyone that has ever been to Disney World (or Disneyland) knows that it truly is the “happiest place on earth.” Everywhere you look more fun, adventure, and perfection awaits… but with so much going on to delight your senses it’s easy to miss the many secrets surrounding the theme park.
Here are 18 fun facts and secrets about Disney World–some of which can really pay off! Plus, grant you the opportunity to show off to friends and family the next time you visit the park.
1. What’s That Smell?
At Disney World you can’t help but be happy. The whole place is set up like fantasy land, including plenty of friendly faces, fully costumed characters, and there is even a smell that can only be found here. Not one thing goes unplanned around here, not even the scents in the air. On Main Street, and many other parts of the park, “smellitizers” are set to go off every so often, releasing the scent of vanilla or freshly baked cookies.
2. Sleep Like A Princess In Cinderella’s Castle
Cinderella’s Castle was built in 2006, it is located within the theme park and is so splendid you can’t even book a night there. To sleep in this royal room you have to win a contest hosted by Disney.
3. Develop A Fear For Aladdian’s Spitting Camel
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin features a camel that spits water at passing park-goers. Many are fooled into thinking this electronic machine just has great aim, think again. There is actually someone paid to sit nearby the camel and operate it, when the operator thinks they can hit passing guests they command the camel to spit.
4. Secret Trick To Getting On Your Next Ride Without Waiting In Line
When you venture to Tom Sawyer’s Island take a careful look through the attraction, if you see a paintbrush you want to grab it! Then, find the nearest park employee and hand over the paintbrush in order to receive free fast passes for one ride. Considering many rides have lines 2 and 3 hours long, this could be beneficial to your entire day!
5. Disney Is Rather Presidential
There are 3 places in the United States where you can find a Presidential Seal. One is the Oval Office, another in the hall of the Liberty Bell, and the third is located right in Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.
6. Order The Secret Menu Item At “Be Our Guest”
When visiting the Be Our Guest Restaurant, modeled after Beauty and the Beast, ask your waiter or waitress for “the grey stuff” (a reference from the famous “Be Our Guest” song) in order to try the secret item on the menu.
7. One Big Bus
Disney keeps the busses moving all day long, transporting park visitors to and from the park. The transportation system is actually the 3rd largest bus system in all of Florida!
8. 2 Planes For The Price Of One
The Jungle Cruise ride features the back-half of a crashed plane. The front-half from this same plane is featured in the Casablanca portion of the Great Movie Ride.
9. Where’s The Gum At?
If you want to chew gum at the park, make sure to bring your own! Not because it’s over-priced, but because Disney World does not offer any gum for sale. This helps prevent visitors from stepping on gum around the park or on rides.
10. Disney’s Telling Artwork
I still remember when Mr Toad’s Wild Ride was open at the park, today it has been turned into The Many Adventures of Winnie The Poo ride. If you look carefully at the artwork found throughout the ride you will see a picture of Mr. Toad handing Owl the deed to the attraction.
11. RIP Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
In honor of Mr. Toad handing his ride over to Owl, a tombstone was placed at The Haunted Mansion’s graveyard.
12. Navigate The Park Like A Pro
Employees and cast members that work at Disney World don’t travel the same jam-packed streets as you and I, instead they use an underground tunnel system referred to as the Magic Kingdom Tunnel.
13. Water Wiz
Using 5.7 million gallons of water, the Seas Aquarium offers the second largest aquarium in all of the US.
14. Secret Apartment on Main Street
When walking down Main Street, look for the USA fire house, just above this location sits a secret apartment.
15. Secretly Shhhallow Waters
Despite its deep appearance, the lake that hosts the Fantasmic attraction is only 1 foot deep.
16. How Many Mickey Faces Can You Find?
All throughout Disney World there are references to Mickey in unexpected places. No matter how many times you frequent the place, you are sure to find a new Mickey!
17. Venture the Captain’s Quarters
When aboard the Mark Twain River Boat ride, ask the pilot if you can visit the captain’s room. This is secret code that will grant you access to the room the ship is piloted out of.
18. Familiar Canine
The dog featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is also featured in the Carousel of Progress.
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