Disney in the Details: 20 Park Details that Will Blow Your Mind


15) The Big Blue has some surprises underwater.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is home to the largest swimming pool on Disney property. It holds a whopping 308,527 gallons of water! But being the largest pool at Disney World is not its only claim to fame. Imagineers hid some surprises in this massive pool, but you’ll have to hold your breath if you want to find those surprises. That’s because there are special underwater speakers at the Big Blue that pump out music from some of your favorite Disney feature films. There are even times when you can hear Dory and Nemo talking!

14) Hidden Mickeys are hidden EVERYWHERE!

Hidden Mickeys are those little groups of three circles that are arranged to look like Mickey’s head and ears. There are hidden Mickeys are all over the parks at Walt Disney World. There’s a hidden Mickey created with rocks on the floor of the aquarium inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion and there are a few of them hidden in the Christmas scene at The Carousel of Progress attraction. There are so many of them, that guide books have been written to help Guests find them while they are in the parks!


13) Sounds and scents are pumped into the air.


In addition to how things are built to look like the real deals, Disney also adds scents to the air and sounds to your ears. As you walk down Main Street at Magic Kingdom, you’ll notice the aroma of cookies, which entices you to walk into the Confectionery. (During the Christmas season, the scent of peppermint is in the air.) As you begin your journey at Kali River Rapids, you will notice the native Indian scents of jasmine and ginger. The scents are infused into the mist through which the rafts pass on the way up the first incline. As you walk down Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will hear the screams at the Tower of Terror attraction. Some of the screams are real, but much of what you hear are screams that are recorded and played to increase your excitement and anticipation about riding the thrilling attraction!

12) The Swiss Family Robinson liked to recycle.

The Swiss Family Robinson treehouse at Magic Kingdom inside Adventureland is one of the more underappreciated attractions at the park. But the more time you spend there, the more details you notice. In this case, it would appear that the Swiss family relished the idea of recycling. As you know, their boat was ruined, thus forcing the family to create a new life for themselves on a deserted tropical island. From the looks of the replica at Disney World, the family by no means wasted any part of the remnants of their boat. Oars support awnings along the walkway around the treehouse. The entrance sign to the attraction is made from the end of a broken oar. The suspension bridge makes use of the boat’s ropes and riggings, and the awning under which Guests enter the attraction is made from none other than the boat’s hull!

11) The Jungle Cruise should hire better baggage handlers.

There’s a lot of manufactured mayhem in Adventureland aboard the Jungle Cruise. Skippers get crazy with the puns, would-be ferocious creatures are surprisingly harmless, and nobody knows how to read the directions on packages on the dock. Look closely at the many packages and boxes in the queue, and you will see many of them with the words, “This end up,” but alas, that end is down! Packages, boxes and baggage are clearly mishandled. Who knows why, but this little detail lends itself to the realness of the attraction.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.