The Magic Kingdom has been entertaining guests since 1971. Over its 45 years of existence, veterans have discovered many things to love about the park. The best thing to a Disney veteran are the inside stories and secrets found at the park. Whether or not you are a newcomer or a veteran, here are eight secrets at the Magic Kingdom that you’ll love!
8 – Haunted Mansion Ring – guests who are traveling through the standby queue for the Haunted Mansion – be sure to look down towards the front of the line. Buried in the pavement there is a ring that has many rumored stories – does it belong to Master Gracey or is it from one of his many brides? The ring is a fun find at the end of the line when waiting for this Disney classic!
7 – Second Story Seating – over in Fantasyland at Pinocchio’s Village Haus, guests can enjoy their meals at a semi-secluded dining area on the second floor. The tables are located outside looking towards the carousel and the rest of Fantasyland. There is a staircase to take guests to the tables and it offers wonderful views and allows guests some time to relax and recharge for more time in the park!
6 – Behind Main Street Exit – on days when the Magic Kingdom is particularly busy, Disney will open a second Main Street exit. On the path between Main Street that leads to the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, there are a set of green gates that will be thrown open to allow guests to bypass a clogged Main Street and deposit them in the Town Square. The secondary exit has recently been wonderfully themed to make guests feel like they are still on Main Street!
5 – Mr. Toad References – hidden in two locations at the Magic Kingdom, one Thaddeus J. Toad still makes appearances for the guests. The first location guests can find him is in the pet cemetery at the exit of the Haunted Mansion. Look to your left as you walk out and at the top of the hill, you will see a Mr. Toad statue. The second location guests can find Mr. Toad is at the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. As guests enter one of the rooms, located on the wall behind them on the left is a picture of Mr. Toad giving the deed to the property to Rabbit. Be sure to look for both of them on your next trip!
4 – Stretching Room – when visiting the Haunted Mansion, guests wanting to get out of the Stretching Room first need to pay attention to the portraits when they enter the room. The door out of the Stretching Room opens below the portrait of the woman with the umbrella that ultimately stretches to her standing above alligators on a tightrope. This is true no matter which Stretching Room you walk into!
3 – Tom Sawyer Caves – guests who visit Tom Sawyer’s Island can exit Fort Langhorn through secret caves – it is a little bit of tight squeeze, but it is a fun way to explore some hidden areas of the island and have some adventures. You also get the added bonus of some cool air and some shade on hot days!
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2 – Space Mountain Lights On – guests who stay late at the Magic Kingdom could possibly luck out and catch the lights on at Space Mountain. The best way to accomplish this is to take a ride on the Tomorrowland Transportation Authority close to park closing. When Space Mountain closes before the park (like during the 24 Hour Party), the lights may be on and guests can see the intricate roller coaster structure inside of Space Mountain!
1 – Liberty Square Tree – in Liberty Square, a southern live oak tree found on property was transplanted to its current location. The tree is over 100 years old and has 13 lanterns hanging from it to signify the 13 original colonies that became the United States of America. Some people will walk right past the tree, but take some time to check it out on your next trip!
The little secrets and stories are some of the most fun things at the Magic Kingdom. These are some of our favorites – what are yours?
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