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7 Things Most People Miss at Walt Disney World

There’s so much to do and see at Walt Disney World. Often when visiting with friends and family that don’t get to go quite as much as I do, I find myself pointing out a few things that they absolutely would have missed otherwise. It’s very easy to miss some of the hidden gems of Walt Disney World simply because you didn’t know about it. Feeling like you need to rush from one attraction to the next, trying to fit it all in, can be overwhelming. But keep in mind, what sets Walt Disney World apart from other theme parks around the world, is the special attention that has been given to some of the smallest details. Here is a short list of things to keep in mind.

  1. The Cast Members

Trips to Walt Disney World are often so seamless – we take for granted who is really making all of that magic happen. From the “mousekeeper” who makes that towel animal for your resort bed, to the attendants at the entrances to the parks, to the Boat Captain taking you across the water at the end of your day – each one is so very special – and critically important. Take the time to greet them! Thank them if their smile and friendliness has helped make your trip extra fantastic.

  1. The Live “Spontaneous” Shows (Streetmosphere)

Throughout the parks, there are bands of acrobats, singers, and various electronic creatures, and dancers, who seem to just “appear” during your day. They often perform for 15-20 minutes, and then they are gone just as fast as they came in. Some favorites of mine are the Dapper Dans in the Magic Kingdom, the JAMMitor team at Epcot, DiVine in Animal Kingdom, and the Citizens of Hollywood in Hollywood Studios. Here’s an insider tip: do NOT miss the Frontierland Hoedown in the Magic Kingdom! The times for various shows and streetmosphere are easily found out by asking a Cast Member, but most Guests don’t bother, so it can really be hit-and-miss.

  1. Ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

This attraction is one of my all-time favorites, and people miss it all the time! There is often little to no wait – and the payoff is big! Your cruise through Tomorrowland lasts you just over 10 minutes! Go during the day for the people watching and to get a very small taste of Space Mountain for the little ones. Go again in the evening for a gorgeous view of Cinderella Castle with all of its ambient lighting.

  1. The Fiber Optics Show near Spaceship Earth

I am never in a hurry to leave Epcot, are you? Take a little extra time while you are exiting in the evening. As you walk past Spaceship Earth, be sure to look down for a subtle and intriguing fiber optics light show. It will be happening right under your feet in the sidewalks. Everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned members of your group will love it!

  1. Electrical Water Pageant

In 1970 the “Walt Disney World Preview” book said that water will also serve as a stage in Walt Disney World. These words ring very true when it comes to the Electrical Water Pageant. Look for great sea creatures and twinkling flags, all dancing to a medley of inspiring music, and shimmering across the lagoon surface. Your best viewing locations include the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Ask any crew members inside of these resorts for times. Despite being an iconic park classic – I have lost count of how many friends I have accompanied to the parks who said they had never heard of the Pageant before.

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  1. Flag Retreat

Late every afternoon, there is a gathering around the giant flag pole near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. It is a very special privilege and delight to participate in the Flag Retreat Ceremony. The pledge of allegiance is spoken and patriotic songs ring through your ears – courtesy of the Dapper Dans and the Main Street Philharmonic. Just try to keep a dry eye as the American flag is lowered, and folded; it’s not easy to do! One Guest is selected to participate each day. Check your Times Guide to be sure, but normally this occurs at either 5:00pm or 5:30pm.

  1. Cinderella’s Crown at her Fountain

This one gets my pick for the number one spot because it is always there for you, even on crowded days, any time of the day. As you enter the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, through the Castle archway, look for the Cinderella fountain on the left. You will see a bronze figure of Cinderella visiting with her animal friends. Behind her is a colorful painting that includes a crown placed well above Cinderella’s head. If you take a sip from the drinking fountains attached, it is almost like you are ‘bowing’ to the Princess. Instead of looking down, look up at Cinderella and you will find that she is wearing that crown!

 

What are some of your picks for things most people miss at Walt Disney World?

About Krista Joy

Krista Joy is an Orlando native and former Disney cast member. She is also the owner of Disneyways.com and founder of the Living The Dream online radio show. Krista was born and raised in the heart of Orlando Florida – where she still lives. Krista’s Disney dream is to bring magic and fun to the every day lives of her fellow Disney fans – while sharing some laughs along the way. She is very grateful to Rick and the team at DisneyDining.com for helping her to make this dream a reality. Contact information for Krista can be found at Disneyways.com/connect