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Do You Know These 6 Secrets About Walt Disney World Resorts?

By Caitlin Corsello

Any vacation in Walt Disney World is sure to be a magical one thanks to the endless fun and wonder created by the four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs. Guests who spend time in Walt Disney World are sure to absolutely love spending as much time being as close to the magic as possible. The best way to make sure that guests are fully immersed in the Disney magic is by staying on property at a Disney Resort. There are over two dozen Disney Resorts to choose from ranging from Value Resorts which offer up the best deals to Deluxe Resorts which can feature world class amenities, dining, and spas. With so many Disney Resorts to explore and enjoy, guests love to visit several of them during Disney vacations. Since each Disney Resort features its own unique theme and style, they feature different details, architecture, artwork, landscaping, and much more. Hidden within the details of the Disney Resorts are many amazing facts and secrets that guests love to discover. From Hidden Mickeys to scary serpents and everything in between, there are plenty of secrets to be discovered at Disney Resorts. So let’s see if you know these six secrets about Walt Disney World Resorts.

6. Underwater Speakers

One of the newest Disney Resorts is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort which brings guests directly into the magic of the movies. Guests who stay at the resort can enjoy different sections themed to bring the animated films The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, the Lion King, and Cars to life. Guests who stay in the Finding Nemo section can splash around in the Big Blue Pool which is the largest in Walt Disney World. The pool is surrounded by larger than life statues of favorite characters from Finding Nemo and also features a unique underwater detail. Guests who dive under the water at the Big Blue Pool can enjoy underwater speakers which keep the music going while guests are swimming.

5. Serpent’s Name

Another amazing pool in Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Doubloon Lagoon features several fountains, a splash and play area for children, a hot tub, nearby pool bar, and whimsical alligator statues playing jazz instruments. The highlight of the area is the massive serpent being ridden by Poseidon with his mouth wide open and his tongue acting as a slide. While many guests recognize the serpent, they might not know that his name is Scales.

4. Globe Hidden Mickey

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort brings nautical charm to life through rich details and wonderful amenities. The lobby of the resort is truly beautiful with many places for guests to simply kick back and enjoy the atmosphere. When first entering the lobby, guests should check out the large globe. Off the shores of Africa is an interesting sea serpent who is right next to a classic Hidden Mickey.

3. Unique Construction

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the most recognized in all of Walt Disney World. It’s unique and modern architectural style attract guests who love to ride the monorail through the lobby itself. While the structure of the resort is totally unique, guests might not realize the interesting way in which it was constructed. Disney’s Contemporary Resort featured all of the framing for the rooms being preassembled before neatly sliding into their places in the larger frame of the resort!

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2. Quiet Waves

Found near Disney’s Contemporary Resort is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which brings the splendor of the South Seas to life through white sand beaches, gently swaying palm trees, and tiki details. While the white sand beaches are idyllic and look straight across Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom, they were once different for guests. Back when the resort first opened in 1971, there was a wave machine at the bottom of Seven Seas Lagoon which create gently lapping waves on the sand to further immerse guests in the beach theme. Unfortunately, the waves were causing too much corrosion, so the machine was turned off resulting in the calm beach that guests enjoy today.

1. Horse Rides

A romantic experience that some might never think of at Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Guests who would love to take a quiet ride in a horse and buggy along the mighty Sassagoula River can do so at these locations. For a set price, horse drawn carriages make their way through the quiet and quaint streets of the two Disney Resorts offering up a truly unique experience that many guests would be surprised to find in the heart of Walt Disney World!

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.