Unlocking the Forbidden: 31 Magic Kingdom Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know About!

What you do not know is while we think we may see all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer, there are quite a few Magic Kingdom secrets you should take note of on your next Walt Disney World vacation!

Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened on a glorious day in October of 1971. That charming day has led to the start of millions of magical memories from the old to the young.

The Magic Kingdom is divided into six lands:

  • Main Street U.S.A.
  • Tomorrowland
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Adventureland

The lands are centered around the hub, which is Cinderella Castle. This is especially important to note when planning and mapping out your trip to discover each hidden gem.

Just know that the park is ALWAYS changing so some of the experiences listed below may no longer be available.

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Main Street U.S.A. Secrets and Facts

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1. Main Street U.S.A. Red Carpet

Main Street U.S.A. is bordered by red pavement to give you the Red Carpet Treatment.

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2. Fire Station 71

In honor of the year Magic Kingdom was opened, you get the name of Fire Station 71.

3. Lady and the Tramp in Tony’s Town Square

Tony’s Town Square is named after the restaurant where the main characters from Lady and the Tramp enjoyed their famous meal.

4. Disney History in the Windows

Second story windows have names of fictional businesses with real-life Imagineers, artists, and other significant people in Disney history.

5. A View for Everyone

Store windows on Main Street are lower than normal to allow little ones the ability to see through them.

6. Join the Party Phone Line (R.I.P.)

Prior to the pandemic, there was a wall-mounted phone in the General Store and listen to a hot party line.

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After the 2020 pandemic, it was removed and has yet to be replaced.

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7. Listen to Singing Lessons

If you turn on the first street right off of Main Street, you may hear some singing and dancing lessons near the small café area.

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Fantasyland Secrets and Facts

Now let’s head over to the land of fantasy!

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8. Hidden Offices

Fantasyland is actually on the second floor. The first floor is known as Utilidors, which are used to house offices of the Magic Kingdom.

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9. The True Castle Height

Cinderella Castle appears much higher than it really is by using forced perspective.

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Cinderella Castle

10. Real Castle Name

The world-famous castle in the Magic Kingdom is actually called Cinderella Castle NOT Cinderella’s Castle.

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11. Bow to a Princess

On the side of the castle is a fountain with Cinderella on it. Take a drink from the water fountain and you’ll automatically be bowing down to a princess.

12. Wake up Tinker Bell

The first person who walks inside Tinker Bell’s Treasures will be given the opportunity to “awaken Tinker Bell.”

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13. Find a Submarine inside Pooh’s Playful Spot

At Pooh’s Playful Spot is a tribute to the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. Find the picture of a submarine on the inside of the tree’s front door.

14. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

There’s also a tribute to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride inside the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction.

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When you enter Owl’s house, look back and find the picture on the wall showing Mr. Toad handing the deed to his house to Owl.

15. Peter Pan’s Flight

On Peter Pan’s Flight find the building blocks by Wendy’s bed that spell out P Pan and D Disney. Making this a Magic Kingdom must do!

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Liberty Square Secrets and Facts

Now it’s time to head to a land of freedom, Liberty Square!

16. Ship Lost at Sea in Columbia Harbour House

Each section of the Columbia Harbour House is dedicated to a ghost ship or a ship lost at sea.

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17. Columbia Harbour House Sea Captain Artifact

The Haunted Mansion sea captain spear can be seen as one of the artifacts in Columbia Harbour House in the area where you order food.

This same sea captain can be seen in the portrait after you exit the stretch room of the Haunted Mansion.

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18. No restrooms in Liberty Square

There are no restrooms in Liberty Square (besides ones required in restaurants) to mimic the time period.

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19. Madame Leota’s Final Resting Place

Pay close attention to Madame Leota’s tombstone. Her eyes may magically open for you.

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20. Gargoyles in the Haunted Mansion

As you leave the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, listen for gargoyles talking. They are making sure you “stay together.”

Haunted Mansion Stretching Room Portraits with Gargoyles
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21. Haunted Mansion Pipe Organ

There’s a replica of the pipe organ from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion.

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Disney’s Haunted Mansion Pipe Organ

22. Tony the Tiger in the Haunted Mansion

One of the singing statues in the Haunted Mansion was the voice of Tony the Tiger from Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes!

Frontierland Secrets and Facts

Now we’re heading over to the WILD, WILD, WEST!

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23. Hidden Paint Brush

Find the paintbrush laying around in Tom Sawyer’s Island. When you find it, turn the paintbrush into an Island Cast Member for a special surprise.

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Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom

24. Listen to Disneyland’s Opening Day Speech

Near the telegraph office, you will hear Morse code of Walt Disney’s opening day speech at Disneyland in California.

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25. A False Splash on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The splash on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is not cause by the log-flume, but by a water-cannon hidden in the landscaping.

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26. Wild Party on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

While on BIG Thunder Mountain Railroad, look towards the window on the second-floor of the saloon to see the “wildest party in the Wilderness” in progress.

You’ll also see a portrait of a certain Disney Imagineer!

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Adventureland Secrets and Facts

Now it’s time to take our journey through a land of adventure!

27. Listen out for Pirates

On Pirates of the Caribbean, as you board your vessel look for a tunnel on your right and listen closely for pirates digging.

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28. Illusion of a Straw Hut

While waiting for the Jungle Cruise, look for the small hut. Believe it or not, the “straw” on the roof is actually metal.

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Tomorrowland Secrets and Facts

Time to venture out into the future of tomorrow!

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29. Listen to Your Space Friends (R.I.P.)

There used to be a special phone booth in Tomorrowland where you could pick up the receiver and listen to something interesting.

Tomorrowland Lunching Pad at Rockettower Plaza with Baby Care Center Sign Magic Kingdom

The booth was located near the Lunching Pad quick-service counter (under the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Astro Orbiter).

It was removed during the 2020 pandemic and has not return as of the update to this article.

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30. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Previous Name

The TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority) was once known as WEDway Peoplemover after Walter Elias Disney.

Peoplemover Tomorrowland Transit Authority Entrance Magic Kingdom

31. Listen out for Mr. Tom Morrow

Towards the end of your TTA experience listen for the paging of Mr. Tom Morrow.

Get it??? Mr. Tomorrow!

What to Know Before You Go to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Before when end this hidden Magic Kingdom secrets guide, let’s go over some of the most common questions I’m asked.

How much does the Magic Kingdom cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Magic Kingdom ticket starts at $109 (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

What are the best things to do at the Magic Kingdom for adults?

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What day of the week is best to go to the Magic Kingdom?

Tuesday is the best day of the week to have your Disney day. If Tuesday doesn’t work, Wednesday and Thursday are good as well.

What Should I Use My Genie+ Pass on at the Magic Kingdom?

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What rides at Disney World have single rider line?

The Magic Kingdom currently does not have any single rider attractions. While planning out your day, you’ll want to have your Genie+ Passes booked as mentioned earlier in this guide and arrive early to the park.

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My Final Thoughts on Your Magic Kingdom Secrets

As you can see, the Magic Kingdom theme park has so many hidden gems ready for you to discover if you know where to look.

On your next solo Disney trip, make it a fun game to discover each little secret.

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My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, USA Today 10Best Contributor, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!

Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.

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(Original Article Date: June 12, 2019/Updated April 25, 2024)

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