The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World’s original park, was designed with lots of hidden details that go unnoticed by many guests today. This article delves into the lesser known details behind the Magic Kingdom.
9. Historical Accuracy of Liberty Square
In Liberty Square, many of the things you see are original to the time period or made to look original to the time period. The replica of The Liberty Bell was actually made in the same cast as the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The window shutters are crooked, because they were attached with leather rather than iron since iron was needed for musketballs during the American Revolution. There’s even no bathrooms in Liberty Square because in the 1700s there were no bathrooms; but don’t worry, you can follow the “sewage” in the street (the brown covered pavement) to find the closest restrooms.
8. Main Street Shop Windows
On Main Street U.S.A., you will notice businesses and names on the upper levels of the buildings. Those businesses may be fictional, but they are all real names of people who contributed to creating the Magic Kingdom.
7. Authenticity of Main Street Music
A little bit lesser known fact than the businesses on Main Street, U.S.A. is that the music that plays is actually accurate to the turn of the century that Main Street depicts. The music and instruments that you hear are all played on instruments that existed at the time. There are some anachronistic songs such as the theme from “Up” and “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” from “Hello Dolly,” but the reasons these songs are still played because they also only use instruments from the time period.
6. Storybook Circus Details
When walking from New Fantasyland into Storybook Circus, take a look at the ground at your feet. You will start to see horseshoe prints, and slowly see more and more peanut shells and eventually popcorn boxes and other trash built into the ground. These give guests a feel of actually going to a circus but is often not noticed due to everything else around you. Next time you are walking to Storybook Circus, look down!
5. Peoplemover Concept
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority, also know as the Peoplemover, actually started out as an idea for what public transportation could be like if Epcot ever came to be as an actual Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow rather than a theme park.
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4. Pirates of the Caribbean Ride and Movie Inspiration
The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride made its debut in 1973 and has been a fan favorite ever since. When Walt Disney Pictures decided to make a movie inspired by a ride, Pirates seemed like an obvious choice, and became a hit. Later, when it became time to renovate and update Pirates, the Imagineers took inspiration from the movies and incorporated them into the ride. As a result, Pirates of the Caribbean is the only attraction to have inspired a film, and to have the film re-inspire the attraction.
3. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Cosmic Ray’s is a quick service restaurant in Tomorrowland. It is one of the busiest in any of the parks, and it is actually one of the busiest in the world! It’s the third busiest fast food restaurant in the world, behind an international McDonalds, and the world’s largest McDonalds, also in Orlando.
2. Dry Park (Almost)
Magic Kingdom used to be famous for being a “dry park”, meaning that no alcohol was allowed or served in the park. But this changed with the addition of Be Our Guest restaurant. While this no longer makes it a dry park, it is still not permitted to have hard alcohol in the park at all, and you can only have beer or wine if you dine at Be Our Guest or Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen.
1. The Second Floor
While this point is not much of a well kept secret, the Magic Kingdom is actually on the second floor. Underneath, on the ground floor, is the Utilidor, a system of halls that allows cast members to travel to and from lands without being out of place due to their costumes. Thanks to the Utilidor, you’ll never see a skipper in Tomorrowland or a cowboy on Main Street. The first floor of the park also contains cast member facilities, including offices, cafeterias, storage space, and more.