There are so many amazing things to discover at Walt Disney World that it’s hard to fit it all in one trip. To help, I’ve put together some Disney World secrets you’ll want to make time for on your next vacation!
Whether it’s your first trip or 155th time at Disney, there’s always something new to discover. There are, however, some little known things that add lots of WDW magic and most guests don’t know about them. Let’s explore some of these secrets of Disney World!
Have you been to the Island of Corona located between It’s a Small World and the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom Park? If not, then you are missing out! From the lanterns and frying pans to Flynn’s satchel, this area feels just like stepping into the movie. You will find Rapunzel’s tower, a waterfall, and a stream there. Its also home to the infamous Tangled bathrooms and another well-kept Disney secret.
The Hidden Pascals hunt is a fun little touch of magic that is free (love it!) and gives families a chance to slow down. If you are looking, you can also find Rapunzel’s chameleon friend Pascal! in fact, there are 10 of Rapunzel’s best friend and sidekick. When you’re searching, make sure to look high and low, and remember that chameleons can change color easily!
Another little known secret of this area of Walt Disney World is the phone chargers hidden in the tree stumps. Sit down, cool off, and get your phones charged up before moving on to explore other areas of the park. Make sure to bring a charging cord with you!
Green Army Drum Corps
Did you know the toy soldiers from Toy Story also happen to be an excellent drum corp? Too many visitors miss these live performances as they’re rushing to ride Slinky Dog Dash. This talented group of soldiers perform daily in Andy’s backyard in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The green army men in the drum corps put on a fantastic and energetic show several times each day. You can usually catch them in front of the Alien Spinning Saucers near the legos bathroom.
Don’t forget to check in with Sarge and the Green Army patrol for boot camp every day. They’re always looking for cadets to help keep things in order around Andy’s backyard!
Take a Free Tour of a Restaurant
Did you know that guest and visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can take a tour of not one, but two restaurants and sample some free food? The tour starts at 4 pm daily and is led by two African cultural representatives.
The tour begins at the Boma podium where your guides will take you for a brief tour through the Boma Restaurant and learn the history behind the décor.
You will then be shown to the buffet line where your guides will teach you about the African influence on the dishes available. Next, your guides will take you on a tour of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s second table-service restaurant, Jiko. During the tour free samples of some African-influenced dishes are offered to participants.
Free Pixie Dust
Did you know that royalty of all ages can get a dusting of pixie dust for free at the Magic Kingdom? It might not give you the ability to fly, but you’re sure to get a kick out of it just the same!
You can get a sprinkling of pixie dust at Sir Mickey’s located directly behind Cinderella’s Castle, in Fantasyland. And don’t forget, with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust all your dreams can come true!
Photopass is for Everyone
Disney Parks have cast members sprinkled through the parks capturing magical memories for guests. Many Disney guests assume that PhotoPass is not for them if they don’t intend to purchase any pictures from the service. This is simply not true!
Any PhotoPass cast member or character attendant will be happy to take your picture with your camera or phone. You can still have wonderful photos to remember your trip without having to spend any extra money.
Many Disney World guests know that your little ladies can be transformed into Disney princesses at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique by their Fairy Godmothers. But what most guests don’t know, is that your young explorers can have a similar experience.
Guests of all ages can be transformed into a swashbuckling pirate or mystical mermaid in the Magic Kingdom. The packages include hair, make-up, and appropriate pirate or mermaid accessories.
Adventure-seeking guests can participate in this experience by visiting the Pirates League in Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Become a Wilderness Explorer
Do you have an UP fan in your group? if so, make plans to join Russel at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Become an official Wilderness Explorer during this fun scavenger hunt activity. Wilderness Explorers earn badges for completing tasks and challenges throughout the park.
This activity is completely free and while it is geared towards adventurers ages 7 to 12 the whole family can participate. To get started pick up a handbook and register at the Wilderness Explorers Headquarters located near the bridge from Oasis to Discovery Island.
Wilderness Explorer badge and activity locations are spread throughout the park and you can find them by using the map in your handbook or searching for the Wilderness Explorer signs. There are more than 30 challenges and activities that you can complete to earn your badges. The more challenges you complete, the higher ranking Wilderness Explorer you become.
It is highly unlikely that you will complete all 30 challenges in one day, but it’s a fun way to explore Animal Kingdom Park. Your handbook and badges also make excellent souvenirs of your trip. You are welcome to bring the handbook back to complete more challenges when you visit again.
Free Outdoor Movies and Campfires
All of the Disney resorts and campgrounds offer nightly outdoor movies and campfires for guests and visitors. There is no charge to participate in these complementary campfires. The movies change each night and vary at each resort. Check with the front desk, look at the resort schedule, or call (407) 939-2273 to find out the movie schedule.
Most of the movies are shown on an inflatable screen near the pool, so you may be able to participate in a “swim-in” for double (or is it triple?) the fun!
These are far from all of the Disney World secrets & things to do see and do, but they will get you started! Which secret do you plan to try out first? Share your favorite Disney World secrets and fun park ideas in the Everyday Disney Ideas Facebook group.