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12 Amazing Facts About Walt Disney World

Many guests love to visit Walt Disney World time and time again thanks to its amazing theme parks, water parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs which are full of incredible experiences including attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, recreation, and more. With so much to see and do, many guests end up spending their entire vacation running around trying to enjoy as much as possible. Unfortunately, this fast paced touring style results in many guests missing out on some of the most wonderful details and facts in Walt Disney World because they didn’t slow down to take the time to look. Amazing facts and details are virtually everywhere throughout Walt Disney World and range from Hidden Mickeys to subtle nods to Disney history. Guests who take the time to slow down and really enjoy the property are sure to find some amazing details which further help to enhance the entire experience of their vacation. Here are twelve amazing facts about Walt Disney World.

1. Peter Pan’s Headlights

One of the most beloved attractions in Walt Disney World is Peter Pan’s Flight in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. The attraction sprinkles guests with pixie dust and invites them to soar high in the skies with Peter and the Darling children. After taking off in their pirate ships, guests soon find themselves flying high over the nighttime streets of London, complete with driving headlights. While the headlights look real, they are actually dots of black light paint on rotating bike chains.

2. Pepper’s Ghost

Another very popular attraction in h Magic Kingdom is the Haunted Mansion which is found in Liberty Square. The attraction invites guests into a stately manor home where nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts cause all sorts of eerie occurrences. The ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion is one of the most famous and features ghostly figures dancing, celebrating a birthday, playing the organ and more. The simple effect seems complicated but is titled Pepper’s Ghost and actually just uses lights and reflections.

3. Pollust Prime

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland recruits guests to join Star Command to help in the battle against the Evil Emperor Zurg. Guests fire laser lights at targets throughout the attraction to help collect power and defeat Zurg. While moving through the queue, guests should be on the lookout for Pollust Prime, a planet that looks similar to Earth but features a land mass that forms a Hidden Mickey!

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4. Familiar Faces

The most recognizable attraction in all of Epcot is undoubtedly Spaceship Earth which invites guests to travel from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication. The attraction is filled with many audio-animatronic figures, some of whom can even be found elsewhere in the Disney Parks including the Hall of Presidents. Guests should look for Teddy Roosevelt as a Roman, Dwight Eisenhower as a mandolin player, William Taft as an Egyptian, and John Adams as a monk.

5. Soarin’s Flight Number

Epcot’s Future World is also home to a popular attraction which brings guests on an epic hang gliding adventure around the world. Soarin’ Around the World brings guests above beautiful locations including the Great Wall of China, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbor, Mount Kilimanjaro, and more. While waiting in the queue, guests might hear that their flight number is 5505 which might seem like a random number but pays reference to the attraction’s opening day of May 5, 2005.

6. Dean Finder

Journey Into Imagination with Figment in Epcot brings guests on a whirlwind tour of the Imagination Institute where Figment showcases how imagination works best when it is set free. While moving through the attraction, guests might notice a door that reads Dean Finder. This is a subtle nod to the character Dream Finder who was featured in previous versions of the attraction alongside Figment.

7. Easter Eggs

Disney’s Hollywood Studio is home to many popular attractions including Toy Story Mania which magically shrinks guests down to the size of toys and invites them to compete in a series of midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the gang. While each 3D midway game is tons of fun, they also feature Easter Eggs which are special happenings that are triggered only when guests trigger specific targets.

8. Twilight Zone Props

Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which is housed inside the clearly abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel. The eerie attraction brings guests directly into The Twilight Zone and immerses them in the story. Those who are familiar with the popular television series will notice lots of props scattered throughout the attraction which reference popular episodes.

9. Muppets’ Key

Muppet Vision 3D in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the most hilarious attractions in all of Walt Disney World which no guest should miss. The main portion of the attraction is a 3D show in which chaos ensues and the entire theater almost comes down, but the preshow is equally as hysterical. Right after entering into the building, guests will notice an office on their right hand side with a sign saying that the worker will be back in five minutes and has left the key under the mat. Those curious enough to look can actually find the key waiting for them!

10. Tree of Life’s Support

The icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the massive Tree of Life which is covered with hundreds of branches and thousands of vibrant green swaying leaves. The highlight of the Tree of Life is its intricately carved trunk which features the likeness of hundreds of animals. While the Tree of Life might seem real, it was created by Imagineers and actually features an upside down recycled oil rig as its inner support.

11. Kilimanjaro Safari’s Hidden Mickey

The Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the very popular Kilimanjaro Safaris which invites guests to embark on a two week safari through the forests and savannahs of Africa. Guests can experience up close encounters with animals like lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, zebras, flamingos, and more. While passing by the flamingos, guests who take a close look at their island will notice that it is a massive Hidden Mickey!

12. Ye-Tea

Another popular attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Expedition Everest in the Asia section of the park. The attraction brings guests deep into the Forbidden Mountain where they soon find themselves scrambling to escape the fabled Yeti. While moving through the queue of Expedition Everest, guests should be on the lookout for an interesting blend of tea appropriately called Ye-Tea.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.