Everyone loves to find little surprises around the Disney Parks, right? It’s so fun to spot things you never noticed before that are more than just the occasional Hidden Mickey. Here’s a list of some great secret finds at Walt Disney World Resort!
8. Indiana Jones Rope Pull
“Don’t pull that!” One of my favorite parts of the details in the Parks is when they can be interactive. This fun rope pull is right outside the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Hollywood Studios. It’s incredibly easy to miss because it just looks like it belongs there, a part of the facade. But if you pull the rope (even though there’s a sign that specifically says not to, ignore that) you will get quite an earful from someone down below!
This one you really have to keep an eye out for! DiVine is a character in Animal Kingdom that often gets completely passed by because she blends right into the environment! Her costume allows her to be on stilts and covered in green paint and vines and leaves. She moves so slowly and carefully, immersing herself into the forest behind her. She’s so cool, if you can find her!
6. Contemporary Fireworks Lookout
Everyone loves the fireworks, right? But everyone loves a great view even more. On the main floor of the Contemporary Resort – the floor with Chef Mickey and the stores – there’s a door to a small balcony overlooking Cinderella Castle. There isn’t a ton of room, so it never gets too crowded. And the view of Wishes Fireworks is second to none!
5. Sleigh Rides
So maybe Florida has never seen a white Christmas, but it still loves to pretend! Every December, Fort Wilderness Resort hosts sleigh rides around the campground. Maybe this isn’t exactly a secret, but Fort Wilderness often gets forgotten, even though it can be the most festive place during the holidays. At this point of the year, the entire resort is completely decorated for the Christmas season so your whole ride is festive and merry.
4. Main Street Piano Lessons
Main Street is full of tons of little secrets and surprises. I love the views and details all down the street, like the words on the windows of the storefronts and the street lamps. I especially love the little side streets that hold lots of secrets. If you hang out in these alleys long enough you might be lucky to hear a piano lesson from an above apartment or maybe even a voice lesson. Sometimes a phone might right or some kind of conversation can be eavesdropped on!
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3. Back Paths of Animal Kingdom
Of course there are animals to be seen at Animal Kingdom, but some of them are harder to find than others. Along the main path to the Tree of Life and the surrounding Park areas, the path juts off to reveal several secret animal pens. I love checking in on the otters at the beginning and end of my day in Animal Kingdom. My other favorite is the giant tortoise. He is way off the path and enjoys moving slowly and chilling in the shade.
2. Night Vision Goggles
Animal Kingdom Lodge makes sure that the animal experience doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Guests to the Lodge get to see the savanna day and night! At the lookout spot off of the pool, Cast Members stand by to hand out night vision goggles and talk about the animals. The goggles add such a cool green-tinted experience, even though you don’t get them for long. Not a lot of people know about this secret find, so it’s pretty low key and a great time!
1. The Train Village
Next to the Germany pavilion in Epcot is a miniature train set that runs around an intricate tiny village. This village is a replica of a small German town filled with adorable secret little surprises. During certain Epcot festivals, like Food and Wine or Flower and Garden, the village even has little booths like the real ones in the Park. The village even gets decorated for Christmas with trees and garland. Look carefully and you might even catch sight of some of your favorite characters!