Disney fans can never know too much about Walt Disney World. Discovering all the details and stories behind attractions and the parks make Disney World even more magical and enjoyable for die-hard Disney fans. There are big secrets, and little unknown tidbits of information to discover about the parks. Here are 10 secrets about Walt Disney World to add to your enjoyment of the parks.
10. Costumes Galore
Walt Disney World has more than 1.8 million costumes. That includes character costumes, as well as the costumes you see in the parades, and the shows. Mickey and Minnie alone have approximately 500 costumes. With that many costumes at Walt Disney World, it means that cast members are doing approximately 285,000 pounds of a laundry a day!
9. Frontierland Hoedown
The Frontierland Hoedown is a happening that many guests miss even though this show has been around for about a decade. It’s unscheduled, but tends to happen in front of the Country Bear Jamboree. Cast members, and characters such as Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit, a couple of the Country Bears and Clarabelle Cow gather to sing and dance in the street. Characters don’t sign autographs, but guests can take pictures and even join in the singing and dancing. It’s a great little show to happen upon, and a chance to see characters that aren’t often seen.
8. Liberty Oak
There are approximately 500 young oak trees throughout Disney World that started as acorns from The Liberty Oak tree at the center of Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom.
7. World Showcase Mountains
When Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is about to begin at Epcot, take a look at the mountains and rock formations in Japanese and Canadian pavilions. You can see some of the rocks open up to reveal sound and lighting equipment for the nighttime spectacular.
6. Lucky Number 13
Keep an eye on the standby line wait times for The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom, and The Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. If either attraction has a wait time of 13 minutes for the standby line, get in line! 13 minutes is a ‘code’ for no wait time at all. In the case of these two attractions, number 13 happens to be a lucky number!
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5. The Flag Retreat
Everyday at 5pm on Main Street USA, there is a flag retreat ceremony. There is a band that plays patriotic music, and often a veteran who is a guest of the park that day is asked to help with the flag retreat. If you are a veteran or are visiting with a veteran, visit guest services when you arrive to see if it’s possible to participate in the flag retreat. It’s a beautiful ceremony that many guests miss.
4. Single Rider Lines
Three attractions at Disney World have a single rider line option. They are not as visible as the standby queue or the FastPass+ entrance, but they are available for Test Track, Expedition Everest and Rock ‘N Roller Coaster. This is a good option if you haven’t been able to secure a FastPass+ reservation for these rides. The single rider line is a great way to get on the ride quickly without wasting time in a long line.
3. Hidden Pascals
We all know about Hidden Mickeys all over Disney World, but did you know there are also Hidden Pascals? In the Tangled themed rest area in Fantasyland, there are little Pascal statues hidden in a number of spots. Here are a couple of clues, look closely at the flower boxes, and by the water. Remember, Rapunzel’s little friend is a chameleon, so he may blend in well with his surroundings. How many can you find?
2. The Yeti
The fearsome Yeti in Expedition Everest is the most expensive and complex Audio-Animatronic that Disney has built so far. A few months after the attraction opened, a problem occurred with the concrete base structure the Yeti is on. He has been operating in ‘B mode’ ever since. Only a very lucky few have seen what the Yeti is really capable of.
1. A 7 in 1 Character Meet and Greet
There is an elusive character meet and greet that allows guests to meet seven characters at one meet and greet. Guests can meet all seven dwarfs during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, usually in Fantasyland. These meet and greets are unscheduled and they don’t sign autographs, but they do pose for photos. The two holiday parties are the only occasions the dwarfs seem to appear together to meet guests.
There are endless secrets about Walt Disney World. What are some of your favorite secrets?