Disney’s Hidden Safety Secret: The Real Purpose Behind Magic Kingdom’s Decorations

cinderella castle surrounded by lightning
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We’re willing to bet you’ve never noticed these Magic Kingdom easter eggs before, but the real reason behind these whimsical decorations may sound alarming to you at first.

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is home to six different neighborhoods, dozens of attractions, a myriad of Hidden Mickeys, and tons of…weather vanes? It’s true!

A thematic weather vane adorns nearly every building in Walt Disney World, each one decorated differently depending on the building it’s stationed on top of.

If you’ve never noticed any of these weather vanes, you’re not alone. After all, most Guests visiting the hectic and bustling Magic Kingdom Park are too preoccupied with the crowds of people to look up and take in these hidden details.


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In this video, TikTok user @walruscarp points out some of his favorite Magic Kingdom weather vanes. However, he does not point out the actual reason behind each weather vane.

It’ll come as no surprise to Florida residents and frequent visitors of Walt Disney World from out-of-state to hear that the Sunshine State is also the lightning capital of the United States. Central Florida is especially prone to lightning strikes, and the state was even determined the “number-one spot in the United States for total lightning density” in 2022.

For the most part, lightning strikes aren’t dangerous. However, lightning strikes can cause fires, life-altering injuries, and even death in the worst-case scenario. These weather vanes may look like they’re just for show, but they’re actually there to serve as lightning rods.

Rain Puddle at Walt Disney World

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These lightning rods heavily reduce the risk of lightning striking a building or, goodness forbid, a Guest.

So, even when the nastiest storms come rolling in while you’re visiting Magic Kingdom, you can relax knowing there are dozens of lightning rods to take the heat for you (literally).

Have you ever noticed these Magic Kingdom safety secrets? Let us know in the comments! 

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.

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