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25 Secret Disney World Finds To Check Out

Disney is truly a magical place.

It’s even more magical when you realize that there are tons of hidden gems for you to find during your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) in Central Florida.

Some you may have noticed while there are others that you may have zipped right by on past trips to the park.

Hidden Mickey ‘s

There are thousands of Mickey Mouse heads hidden throughout the park.

How many do you think you will find during your trip?

They are everywhere from picture frames to transport containers.

Clue: Some are even hidden in the lampposts!


There are devices called Smellitizers that can be found all over Disney parks.

When you are in certain WDW lands you may notice a special smell.

There are devices that emit scents that match the surroundings.

So now you know what that baked cookie and vanilla smell is near Main Street, U.S.A.

Smith ’s Wooden leg

At Frontierland Railroad Station you can see a wooden leg labeled “Smith.” 

This is a reference to Mary Poppins. In the movie, Bert says, “I knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith,” and Uncle Albert responds, “What’s the name of his other leg?” He still hasn’t come back to claim his leg.

Haunted Mansion

In line at “The Haunted Mansion,” you will find a wedding ring embedded in the concrete.

Look for it near the dead fisherman in the queue.

It is said that the ring belongs to the hanging bride you encounter in the stretching room and attic scenes on the ride.

Many have tried, but no one has been able to take the ring back to her.

Tower of Terror

The lobby and queuing area for the “Tower of Terror” ride are chalk full of hidden Twilight Zone references.

You can see Burgess Meredith’s broken glasses lying around. 

There is also a book with alien script that has been translated to “To Serve Man.” 

Which others can you find?

Cinderella ’s Fountain

Behind the castle at Magic Kingdom is a fountain with Cinderella.

Children usually notice what some adults miss here.

If you bend down and look at the fountain, the crown on the back wall appears to crown Cinderella.

Also note that she is actually happy and smiling.

Mr. Toad & Mr. Owl

You can see a painting or Mr. Toad handing the deed over to Mr. Owl on the “Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” attraction.

When the Mr. Toad ride was closed they wanted to create a tribute to the old ride.

This image signifies the replacement of the “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” attraction, for the current Winnie the Pooh ride.

There are other portraits from Mr. Toad characters in the same room.

Official Presidential Seal

The Presidential Seal in the “Hall of Presidents” attraction is one of only three seals.

This is an official Presidential Seal, not a knock-off.

This installation would not have been possible without an act of Congress.

The other two are in the Oval Office and in the hall containing the Liberty Bell.

Palm Trees in Tomorrowland

Check out the futuristic palm trees in Tomorrowland at dawn and dusk.

Come to the park early and stay late to this the palm trees in action.

They unfold for the day and refold themselves in the evening.

It’s a truly magical moment to capture.

Dragon Signs

Take notice of the dragon that appears on signs for Animal Kingdom.

A dragon’s head also hangs above the front gates.

These were incorporated to represent a scrapped area called Beastly Kingdom.

The area was going to highlight mythical animals.

Three Pipes

On the “Dinosaur” ride in Animal Kingdom, there are three pipes in the queuing area labeled with very specific chemical formulas.

These are formulas for ketchup (red), mustard (yellow) and mayonnaise (white).

They were installed when McDonald’s was a sponsor for the ride.

Now they serve as a little known reminder of the partnership.

Disco Yeti

The Yeti inside “Expedition Everest” in Animal Kingdom doesn’t work.

After the ride opened in 2006, it was determined that the systems could not sustain the intensity of the Yeti’s lunging.

A strobe-light effect replaced the movement.

Some guests now refer to it as the “Disco Yeti.”

The Great Movie Ride

Find Mickey, Donald, C3P0 and R2-D2 on the “The Great Movie Ride.”

If you look closely at the hieroglyphics in the Indiana Jones sections of the attraction you will find them.

C3P0 is holding a screwdriver trying to fix R2-D2.

Mickey is having lunch with Donald Duck.

Sir Mickey's Shop

Go into Sir Mickey’s Shop in Fantasyland.

Head directly to the back of the shop.

You will see Willie the Giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk peeking into the shop where the roof meets the walls.

He’s still searching for Mickey.


Only one country or region has its name written out on the It’s A Small World ride.

While many nations have figures to represent their land none are confirmed in writing.

If you look carefully you will see a small hat with the name “Mexico" written on it.

This is during the Central/South American section of the ride.

Tapping Noise

At the Main Street Railroad Station list for a repetitive tapping noise.

The noise is actually a Land Line Telegraphy extension of Morse code. 

An endless loop of Walt Disney's 1955 speech at Disneyland’s opening is played.

 It says, “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”

13 Lanterns at the Liberty Tree

There are 13 lanterns that hang from the Liberty Tree in Liberty Square.

The lanterns represent the 13 original colonies.

Each night the lanterns illuminate the tree.

The tree itself is a 100-year-old oak found on the property and transplanted, with a younger oak grafted into the base.

20th Century Phone

Look for a turn of the century (20th century) phone in the candy shop on Main Street.

The phone is a party line; the entire area shared them to communicate.

If you pick up the receiver you can hear a conversation between a mother and her daughter.

Ask the shop workers about the phone call to find out a bit more.

Real American Flag

There is only one real American Flag in Town Square.

The other flags are similar to an American flag, but they are all missing a star or a stripe.

Everyday only the center flag is raised and lowered.

This is the real flag.

Station No. 71

The fire station on Main Street is Station No. 71.

The station number corresponds to the year that the park opened, 1971.

The Main Street fire engine picks guests up outside the Fire Station in Town Square.

Like the rest of Main Street's motorized vehicles, the fire engine is equipped with an engine that replicates the putting sound of early 20th century motors.

Also like the other Main Street Vehicles, the fire engine does not run during parades or after dark.

Secret Apartment

There is a secret apartment above the fire station in the Magic Kingdom.

Walt and his family actually used this apartment.

There are a number of antiques in the apartment, including an Edison phonograph.

This apartment is not open to the public.

Main Street Barbershop

The barbershop on Main Street offers free color jobs.

Stop in for a painted little Mickey head on the back of the kid’s heads.

You can opt for just a bit of ‘Mickey dust’ if you don’t want the paint.

They also specialize in ‘First Haircuts,” in case you want to bring your little one down for their first haircut.

Halley’s Comet

The specific years that Main Street and Tomorrowland were chosen because they were years that Halley’s comet was visible from Earth.

Main Street is based on America in 1910.

Tomorrowland is representative of America in 1986.

At this rate it will be another 45 years before we have another land with a specific time theme.

Paintbrush Tom Sawyer Island

Find a paintbrush on Tom Sawyer Island and hand it to the barge driver.

Every day cast members place several paintbrushes around Tom Sawyer Island.

If you happen upon one snap it up quickly and hand it to your driver.

In return the driver will hand you a free fast pass good for one ride.

It should be good for your entire party.

Cast Members

Disney Cast Members all point with two fingers.

If you ever ask Belle or Cinderella for directions take notice that they will show you the direction with two fingers.

This is because some cultures consider pointing with one finger to be rude.

Costumed cast members use their entire hand since it is harder to bend the oversized fingers.

There are many other great finds, but you have got to get to the Walt Disney World Resort to discover them!

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