10 Secret Things in Disney World You Didn’t Know Existed

Disney World is a lot like Disney movies; there’s always hidden detail you’ll miss 100 times before you see it. Then, you’ll never be able to un-see it!

Even if you’re a seasoned Disney World traveller, there are some hidden gems you’ve likely missed. Below is our helpful list of the top 10 secret things in Disney World that we think are worth looking out for.

1. The Hidden Mickeys

Hidden Mickey Lighting Fixtures at Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Disney has peppered thousands of “Hidden Mickeys” throughout the parks, waiting to be discovered. These are subtle Mickey Mouse shapes incorporated into attractions, restaurants, experiences and the landscaping. Some are really obvious, while others are a bit more abstract and take a bit more of time to spot. There are actually a couple that can only be seen at specific times of the day, like in the queue of Under The Sea, The Journey of the Little Mermaid.

It’s like a never-ending treasure hunt that adds an extra layer of fun as you explore the parks.

2. The Utilidors

You may have noticed that Magic Kingdom is on a hill. That’s because beneath the Magic Kingdom lies a labyrinth of utility corridors known as the Utilidors. These secret tunnels allow cast members and operations to function without disrupting the magical experience above ground. While not accessible to the general public, there are special behind-the-scenes tours that let you in on the secret. This all came about because Walt Disney was disappointed when he saw a cast member dressed as a cowboy going to work in Frontierland by walking through Disneyworld’s Tomorrowland. To preserve the magic of each distinct land, an underground tunnel system was created.

You can learn more about the Utilidors, while visiting the main floor of the Magic Kingdom on the ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ walking tour.

3. The Five-Legged Goat

Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Yes, you read that right—a five-legged goat. This unique mural character is a part of the grand mosaic in the fourth-floor lobby of the Contemporary Resort. Created by Mary Blair, the same artist behind “It’s a Small World,” this oddity has puzzled and delighted fans for years.

4. Club 33

Club 33 at EPCOT’s American Adventure Pavilion – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Nestled in hidden corners of Disney World is the uber-exclusive Club 33. Membership is pricey and notoriously difficult to obtain, but if you manage to get in, you’ll enjoy an elite dining and entertainment experience.

There are actually separate Club 33 locations in all four Disney World theme parks:

  • Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom
  • American Adventure in EPCOT
  • Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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5. The Kiss Goodnight

Many people rush out as soon as the park closes, missing “The Kiss Goodnight”—a heartfelt thank-you message projected onto Cinderella Castle, accompanied by “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

It happens at Midnight and it’s a your cue as a guest to start making your way out of the park. It’s Disney’s way of saying goodbye after a magical day.

6. The Main Street Windows

Windows on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Okay, this is less of a hidden gem and more of a “once you know what it is, it totally makes sense”.

If you look up to the windows of the second and third floors of the buildings along Main Street, USA, you’ll see business names with their proprietors. If you know anything about Disney History, you’ll recognize some of those names as Imagineers, composers, and other important people in the Disney company.

Still waiting for my invitation, but I’m happy to wait for the perfect space.

7. Pull the Rope in Indiana Jones

While waiting in line for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Hollywood Studios, you’ll see a well with a sign asking you not to pull the rope.

Do it anyway. You’ll be treated to funny audio effects, making your wait a bit more entertaining.

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8. Phone Calls from Tomorrowland

In Tomorrowland, find a futuristic phone and pick it up. You’ll hear communications from Disney characters engaged in otherworldly adventures, giving you a sneak peek into a space-age future—or at least Disney’s charming version of one.

9. Cinderella’s Wishing Well

Cinderella’s Wishing Well at the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

To the right of Cinderella Castle, you’ll find a wishing well that many visitors overlook. Toss in a coin and make a wish. It’s a peaceful, romantic spot, and rumor has it that the well brings good luck!

It’s also the home of countless marriage proposals daily. Seriously….all the time!

10. The Epcot DiveQuest

If you’re SCUBA-certified, you can go on an underwater tour of the massive aquarium in Epcot’s Living Seas Pavilion. It’s a 40-minute dive where you’ll come face-to-face with sea turtles, sharks, and even Nemo and friends.

Disney World is much more than just rides and character meet-and-greets. It’s a realm full of secrets, waiting to be discovered. So the next time you think you’ve seen all there is to see, remember this list and go hunting for hidden magic.

Happy adventuring!

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