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7 Tips For Booking Your FastPass At Disney World Parks

FastPass

Using Disney’s FastPass+ System may take some getting used to for a Disney newbie, but it’s definitely worth getting a handle on before your next trip!  FastPass+ allows you to make reservations for the experiences you want to enjoy, allowing you to experience them at your reserved time with minimal wait.  Though many people don’t love the idea of choosing ...

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

Journey of the Little Mermaid

4. The Command Center helps keep things moving- literally. Also located under the Magic Kingdom is the Command Center, where a variety of fascinating things happen.  Here, Disney controls all of its lighting, effects, computer, and security systems.  Additionally, all of the animatronic figures in the park are controlled by the center.  Cast Members on duty can even view park ...

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

Utilidor Map

3. They’re large enough to allow vehicles to pass through.   Cast members may make their ways through the Utilidors on golf cart style vehicles with electric motors.  Another very important vehicle type that enters the Utilidors?  Armored cars, which are used to take cash safely out of the park. Photo Credit: Themeparktourist.com

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

2. Walt Disney wanted them built to keep cowboys out of Tomorrowland According to legend, Walt Disney was bothered by the site of a cowboy Cast Member walking from Disneyland’s Tomorrowland to his post in Frontierland.  He felt this was not appropriate in terms of theming and wanted this to be addressed in the creation of his new park, Walt ...

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

Utilidors

I’ve got to be honest- I didn’t even know there was an “underground” element to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World until only a few years ago, but since discovering this truth I have been very interested in what exactly goes on down there. This area, known as the Utilidors, is a series of tunnels that makes it possible ...

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

Cast Member Entrance Utilidor

12. It’s actually not “underground”. This is a hard fact to wrap your head around, to be sure.  The utilidors are not underground at all; rather, they are truly the “ground floor” of the entire Magic Kingdom Park.  The area that we enjoy was actually built as a second floor on top of the Utilidors. In fact, cast members who ...

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

11.  You can visit them! There are many backstage tours you can take at Walt Disney World, and a few actually give you a glimpse into the Utilidors.  One such tour is the Keys to the Kingdom tour, an experience that takes guests into some “backstage” park areas, including a parade float storage area and the utilidors.

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12 Terrific Facts About The Magic Kingdom “Underground” Utilidors

Utilidor Entrance

10. The entrances/exits are hidden in plain sight. The utilidor system spans almost the entire Magic Kingdom, and there are many entrances and exits throughout the park hidden in plain sight.  You have probably never noticed them, but once you begin to look for them you can see them in plain view.  Generally, the doors are typical looking, unmarked doors.  Each ...

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