13. Oswald Is Here, Too!
Before there was Mickey Mouse there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—an earlier character creation that was unfortunately lost to Walt Disney early on in his career. It was this loss, however, that eventually led to the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. Yet back in 2006, the Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and now many fans are happy to have him back on home turf. But with the establishment of many different Disney Parks all around the world prior to Oswald’s homecoming, his presence is still pretty scarce to say the least. But with the new Fantasyland groundbreaking taking place following Oswald’s grand return, there were at last possibilities for the rabbit to hop in and start anew.
Most notably, in keeping with the Hidden Mickey tradition, Fantasyland now sports at least two known Hidden Oswalds. When standing across from the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction and wait time sign look down at the pavement and you will see three pebbles embedded into the concrete that form the likeness of Oswald’s head and ears. Another Hidden Oswald placement can be spotted briefly while zooming along on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. It happens pretty fast though. Once you’ve passed Doc going up the second lift look to the left and, if you are observant enough, you will see a 3D carved image of Oswald on one of the horizontal logs of wood.
12. Secrets Aboard the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is among the most popular attractions and currently stands as the most in-demand ride in all of Magic Kingdom Park with wait times exceeding 70 minutes or more on average. But it’s with good reason, because this thrilling Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-themed rollercoaster sports a number of fascinating attributes—in addition to the aforementioned Hidden Oswald. For starters, the carts you ride within are pretty unique to say the least, having been designed to sway individually from side to side.
Also, if you look closely you’ll see that no two riding carts are exactly the same, as each one was individually painted to give a rugged and worn feeling. In fact, the intricate attention to detail comprising of this overall attraction is pretty impressive when you really take a closer look, especially when considering the different gem colors and sizes and other unique references to the movie. Even some of the figures from the former Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction were repurposed to appear in this new attraction, as observant riders may realize. And while there are plenty of other interesting tidbits connected to this fascinating ride, one trivia fact in particular is worth mentioning—the incorporation of a classic original song that was cut from the finalized 1937 film version. The song is “Music In Your Soup” and you’ll hear it being played around the ride queue and other surrounding areas at various times.
11. Princess Fairytale Hall
As mentioned above, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was preceded by another Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-themed attraction known as Snow White’s Scary Adventures. This dark ride, which took guests through a series of places and scenes featured in the film, closed in 2012 to be replaced by the new Princess Fairytale Hall. The latter opened in 2013 to the delight of aspiring young princesses visiting the Magic Kingdom as an ingenious new way to have some one-on-one time with Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other featured Disney Princess.
Currently Cinderella makes appearances with Princess Elena from Elena of Avalorand Rapunzel appears alongside Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. For this experience guests enter into a fancy tournament tent setup leading to the Royal Gallery. There are several charming portraits depicting Disney’s most iconic Princesses of all time, from various beloved movies. Please note that Cinderella and Rapunzel each have their own separate queue sections to line up for and do not appear together. So if you want to see them both you have to get in line twice.