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.
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The Magic Kingdom is divided into six lands:
- Main Street U.S.A.
- Liberty Square
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.
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Town Square Secrets and Facts
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.
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
Use the wall-mounted phone in the General Store and listen to a hot party line.
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
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.
9. The True Castle Height
Cinderella Castle appears much higher than it really is by using forced perspective.
10. Real Castle Name
The world-famous castle in the Magic Kingdom is actually called Cinderella Castle NOT Cinderella’s Castle.
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.”
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. 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
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.
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.
19. Madame Leota’s Final Resting Place
Pay close attention to Madame Leota’s tombstone. Her eyes may magically open for you.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
25. A False Splash on Splash Mountain
The splash on Splash Mountain is not cause by the log-flume, but by a water-cannon hidden in the landscaping.
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.
Adventureland Secrets and Facts
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.
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.
Tomorrowland Secrets and Facts
29. Listen to Your Space Friends
There’s a special phone booth in Tomorrowland where you can pick up the receiver and listen to something interesting. The booth is located near the Lunching Pad quick-service counter (under the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Astro Orbiter).
30. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Previous Name
The TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority) was once known as WEDway Peoplemover after Walter Elias Disney.
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
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 $118* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).
What are the best things to do at the Magic Kingdom for adults?
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
What day of the week is best to go to the Magic Kingdom?
Tuesday is the best day of the week to have your solo Disney day. If Tuesday doesn’t work, Wednesday and Thursday are good as well.
What Should I Use My FastPass on at the Magic Kingdom?
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
What are the best Disney resorts for Solo Travelers?
- Swan and Dolphin Resort
- Windsor Hills Resort (perfect if you’re meeting family or friends later)
- Fort Wilderness Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Buena Vista Palace
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 FastPasses booked as mentioned earlier in this guide and arrive early to the park.
Disney World Single Rider Attractions
- Test Track – Epcot
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios
- Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
- Smugglers Run – Hollywood Studios
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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(Original Article Date: June 12, 2019/Updated July 6, 2021)