Secrets & Fun Facts at The Magic Kingdom

Disney Momma  —  May 6, 2014

I recently posted Secrets and Fun Facts at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Now, I’ll share some of the fun things in my favorite park: The Magic Kingdom!  There are so many “secrets” in this park.  This list only scratches the surface.

Again, I learned of most of these things through the book The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom by Susan Veness.  You can find it here.  It’s also available for Kindle.  I also have several website that I used.  They can be found on my Disney Pinterest board.

TOWN SQUARE

In front of the entrance of Tony’s Town Square, to the left of the stairs, are Lady and the Tramp’s paw prints in the cement.  Aww!  Puppy love!

Lady and the Tramp Prints

FANTASYLAND

Willie the Giant can be seen lifting the roof at the back of Sir Mickey’s Shop.

Willie the Giant

You can also see Mickey and the Beanstalk in the shop…Jack and the Beanstalk

and the keys to free Donald and Goofy!Keys for Jack

On Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Cinderella’s horse is the second one in and has gold ribbon at the bottom of it’s tail.  I didn’t get the ribbon in this picture, but this is the one!

Cinderella's Horse

Cinderella’s Wishing Well can be found on the walkway to the right of Cinderella Castle (toward Tomorrowland).  If you find it, go ahead and make a wish.  The money goes to children’s charities.

Well

Image Credit: MousePlanet

Image Credit: MousePlanet

While waiting in line to ride “Dumbo The Flying Elephant,” you may find some peanuts that he left behind.

Dumbo cement

 

FRONTIERLAND

I’d read over and over again about the “Wooden leg named Smith” in the waiting area for the Frontierland train station.  Being a big Mary Poppins fan, I had to find this real-life version of Bert’s silly joke, but when I visited in September 2013, it wasn’t there.  I don’t know if it was being fixed up or if it’s gone forever.  If you have an idea, leave a comment and let me know!

Wooden Leg?

If you’ve ever been on Tom Sawyer Island, you’ve probably noticed this face in the cave.  Creepy!

Cave Face

 

ADVENTURELAND

Look down around the “Magic Carpets of Aladdin.”  You will notice jewels and lost treasure in the cement.

Adventureland JewelsAdventureland Jewels 2

Adventureland is also home to the historic Orange Bird at Sunshine Tree Terrace.  Stop by and get a Citrus Swirl or just stroll by for a look at this cute guy.  The Orange Bird used to even be a walk-around character in the 70s.  D23 Armchair Archivist has a great video about the history of the Orange Bird.

Orange Bird

 

TOMORROWLAND

The metal palm trees in Tomorrowland actually capture solar energy.  The energy is stored in the trees’ “coconuts.”

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3 responses to Secrets & Fun Facts at The Magic Kingdom

  1. Who knew? 🙂 I’ve been going to WDW since the year it opened and the only thing I knew about were the peanuts and jewels embedded in the sidewalk and Orange Bird. I remember drinking orange juice from the plastic orange – Disney’s version of a juice box years and years ago. You learn something new every day – and I love it that I’ve found another Disney “nut” to learn from!

    • Orange Bird is so cute! How awesome that you’ve been going to Disney World since it opened! All of my visits have been in the last 10 years. It would have been great to have seen it in years past too.
      I’m glad you learned some new “secrets” from my post. I love learning new things about WDW. When I read about these, I couldn’t wait to visit and find them for myself!
      It’s great to meet you, Maureen! I just “followed” you on Pinterest too. 🙂

  2. UPDATE: On a visit in September 2014, the Wooden Leg Named Smith was still not in the train station at Frontierland. I’m thinking it has been taken down for good.