10. Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys are one of the best secret finds at Walt Disney World simply because there are so many of them. It never ceases to amaze me how many new ones there are and how different minds can spot different ones that others glance over. Whether you are in the parks, waterparks, Disney Springs, or the resorts, you are bound to find Hidden Mickey’s. If you’re looking to find as many as you can, you can purchase a guidebook with all of them listed in it from many Disney gift shops.
9. Ring at the Haunted Mansion
The wedding ring, currently located in the queue outside the Haunted Mansion, is a great secret find because guests (like you!) are actually responsible for it. The original “wedding ring” outside the ride, was actually a leftover piece of support in the cement, however guests created the legend that it belonged to the bride in the Haunted Mansion. When the ride was updated with an interactive queue, the “ring” was moved towards the queue, and made to look more like an actual wedding ring.
8. Cast Member’s bats at the Haunted Mansion
Another secret find at the Haunted Mansion can be found by finding one of the female Cast Members working there. Their costumes include a bat headpiece, which they name upon starting the job. Asking about their bat’s name is a great way to pass time while waiting in line, and learn more about this classic attraction.
7. Windows on Main Street USA
The windows on Main Street USA, are fittingly designed in the style of turn of the century America, however there is even more detail to notice if you look more closely. The names of the people and businesses represented on the windows are actually the names of people who had a great influence in the creation of the park. Next time you’re walking down Main Street, see how many well-known names you can spot!
6. Exhibits in World Showcase
The exhibits in World Showcase are not necessarily secret— overlooked might be the better term here. They are in plain sight for anyone walking through the countries, however not everyone stops to look at them. While many guests are rushing to the next ride, I love taking my time looking at all of the shops and exhibits inside World Showcase.
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5. Pin Trading with Cast Members
Pin trading with Cast Members is very popular, however what many people do not know is that there are pins that you can only get through trading with Cast Members. Disney’s Cast Members are equipped with pin lanyards that include the Hidden Mickey pins, which are unavailable for purchase as a guest. If you’re looking for a really unique pin, you’ll want to start trading early in the day, as these pins tend to run out if enough traders are out looking for them.
4. Key under the mat at Muppet Vision 3D
In the queue for Muppet Vision 3D, at Hollywood Studios, you’ll notice a sign that mentions that the employee will be back in a few minutes but the key is under the mat. Be sure to lift up the mat—there really is a key under it! These queue includes a number of other secret finds as well. One of my favorites is the “net full of Jell-O” that is hanging, in reference of famed Mousketeer, Annette Funicello.
3. Mosaic inside Cinderella Castle
The mosaic inside Cinderella Castle is often overlooked as guests are booking it over to Fantasyland, however it really is worth stopping and spending some time there. The mosaic tells the story of Cinderella and is made with hundreds of thousands of pieces of hand-cut Italian glass, tiles, sterling silver, and 14k gold. The mural took artists almost two years to complete, and is definitely a must-see if you’re walking through the center of the castle.
2. Tower of Terror in Morocco
Have you ever stood across from Morocco at World Showcase Lagoon to get a nice view of the park? Did you notice you were also getting a nice view of Tower of Terror? Tower of Terror was built in the location it is currently at so that it would blend in to guests in Epcot. If you stand across from Tower of Terror from World Showcase, you’ll notice that it seamlessly blends in to the color scheme and design of Morocco, meaning it will not break the theme and look out of place, even though it is being viewed from an entirely different park.
1. Tributes to old attractions
Disney is constantly changing and updating its theme parks, sometimes having to remove beloved attractions in the process. The good news is that there are still tributes of old attractions in many of the theme parks. If you’re heading over to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, look for the picture of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to the attraction to Owl. Mr. Toad can also be found inside the pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion. Another great tribute is in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, as one scene includes chickens, as representations of Dreamflight and Take Flight, which used to occupy this attraction space. Other ways to get your old attraction fix include careful pin shopping. You may be able to track down some pins for your favorite old attraction that is no longer opened.