Anyone who has been to Walt Disney World knows that Disney specializes in the details; and I’m always on the look-out for new details or hidden Disney magic that isn’t so easy to find! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite Epcot hidden details that I have discovered on my visits to the park. Enjoy!
1. Club Cool-Located near the Fountain of Nations in Future World, this indoor spot offers cool Coca-Cola merchandise and soda fountains offering soft drinks from all over the world. Grab a paper cup and feel free to sample all you want for no cost at all!
2. Stave Church-At the Norway pavilion, you will see an tall, old wooden structure that is actually a replica of the old stave churches in Norway. While many guests see this building, they don’t realize that you can go inside! Go ahead and open the door and learn about Norway’s history in the mini-museum you find inside.
3. Timeline of Discovery-If you head towards The Land pavilion from Innoventions West, look down to find a large circle in the pavement with names and dates of those who have made scientific discoveries or accomplished great things.
4. Outpost Coca-Cola Coolers-Located at the World Showcase’s Outpost, take some time to explore the area next to the quick service counter. Open up the Coca-Cola cooler, listen, and then get refreshed! Just do it!
5. Lighted Sidewalks-Near park closing, after Illuminations, look down as you walk between Innoventions Plazas and Spaceship Earth towards the exit. You will find that the sidewalk twinkles in cool designs with fiber optic lights! Kids are sure to enjoy this!
Have you discovered any of these Hidden Details during your visit to Epcot? Let us know!
- Countdown to Disney: Favorite Epcot Feelings (aglassslippervacation.com)
- How to tour the Parks – Splitting up Epcot (chipandco.com)
If you have been to Disney World in the past ten years or so, you will know that Disney Pins are everywhere! Disney Pins feature characters, parks, attractions, restaurants, resorts, and much more so they make great souvenirs. Also, many of the pins are considered collectibles and trading with Cast Members and other collectors is serious business. Regardless of whether you’re just a fan of Disney pins or a avid collector, Disney pins make for a lot of fun at Disney World. So check out my Top 5 Places for Disney Pins at Walt Disney World!
1. Downtown Disney-At the Marketplace in Downtown Disney, you can find a huge covered pavilion selling nothing but Disney pins! This is the ultimate destination for Disney pins. In addition to the standard Disney pins you can find throughout the parks and resorts, you can find limited edition, special event, and resort pins, along with books and cases, and I have even seen a few Disney Cruise Line pins here. Also, just outside the pavilion, major pin traders often have their pins on display and some are willing to trade.
2. Frontierland Trading Post-In Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, there’s a store called the Trading Post that sells mostly pins. Almost every wall of this shop displays all kinds of Disney pins making it easy to see the variety that’s for sale. This is also a great place to trade with Cast Members.
3. Sorcerer Mickey Hat-Underneath Hollywood Studios’ massive icon is an area where nothing but pins are for sale. This is a great spot because you get to see a large variety of pins at one location!
4. Special Events-Special Disney World events like Star Wars Weekends, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House, Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party, the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, often have their special pins released only during the time of these events. Some events have pins that are relatively easy to find; but I noticed that at the Christmas events, Disney won’t sell them until right before it starts.
5. Epcot-I have found some different pins at Epcot that are hard to find anywhere else at Disney; and at World Showcase, the Cast Members who tucked back near the pavilions can have some great pins since not many people venture back there. You may also get to learn about their culture while you trade! Also don’t forget to stop at World of Disney in Epcot!
Are you a big fan of Disney pins and pin trading? What’s your favorite place to find Disney pins?
- Disney Pin Trading 101 – The Basics (livinginagrownupworld.wordpress.com)
- Disney World Quick Tips – Pin Trading (chipandco.com)
Anyone who has been to Walt Disney World knows that Disney specializes in the details; and I’m always on the look-out for new details or hidden Disney magic that isn’t so easy to find! Today I’m sharing with you my favorie Magic Kingdom hidden details that I have discovered on my visits to the park. Enjoy!
5. Cinderella’s Wishing Well-Located on the path running around the castle near Tomorrowland, you will find a wishing well sitting just off the path facing the castle! You can tell by its details that this wishing well definitely belongs to Cinderella and it makes a great photo spot! Also, the money tossed in the well goes toward charity. Truly magical!
4. Pirate Chess Game-Hidden inside the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, locked in a cell, be sure to look for two pirate skeletons playing chess! Not only is this fun to find; but chess pros will know that the game pieces are arranged into a deadlock. No wonder they died sitting at the board! How do you know how to find this hidden detail? When waiting in line, look through the prison bars and look down!
3. Cinderella Fountain-Tucked in a corner in Fantasyland, just behind Cinderella Castle, you will find a fountain featuring Cinderella herself! This sweet fountain is a big hit with little princesses; and those of a shorter stature will see that the pattern behind the fountain makes a crown behind her head when viewed at the right angle!
2. Disney’s Coat of Arms-On the front and back of Cinderella Castle, keep your eyes up to find a seal displaying the Disney Coat of Arms. What a great detail and homage to the man responsible for it all!
1. Gus and Jacque-When waiting for to take your picture with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table, keep your eyes up! Perched above your head are two familiar friends looking over Cinderella, her loyal mice friends, Gus and Jacque!
Have you seen any of these hidden details during your visits to the Magic Kingdom?
- Hidden Gems: Cinderella Wishing Well (aglassslippervacation.com)
- Teaching History Through the Parks: Magic Kingdom (chipandco.com)
- Best Things I Love About Disney-Pirates of the Caribbean (chipandco.com)
Anyone who has been to Walt Disney World knows that Disney specializes in the details; and I’m always on the look-out for new details or hidden Disney magic that isn’t so easy to find! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite Hollywood Studios hidden details that I have discovered on my visits to the park. Enjoy!
5. Crates-Located near Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, just off of Hollywood Boulevard, you will find a stack of crates. If you take a closer look at the addresses stamped on the crates, you will find they belong to some famous old Hollywood characters such as Rick Blaine from Casablanca and Scarlett O’Hara from the Gone with the Wind and more!
4. Route 66 Sign & Luggage-On Sunset Boulevard, across from Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage and in front of a storefront, there is a Route 66 sign with several old suitcases stacked at the base. This homage to “the Main Street of America” is a great photo spot that many guests rush right by. Be sure to check it out!
3. Rex-If you were a fan of the former Star Tours attraction at Hollywood Studios, you may find a familiar friend in the queue. Remember Rex? Your rookie pilot who whisked you through lightspeed, meteors, and the attack on the Death Star? He still calls Star Tours home, and you can now see him, wearing a defective sticker (haha) as you wait to ride this park’s new Star Tours – The Adventures Continue 3-D version!
2. Fire Hydrant-On the Streets of America, particularly during the steamy summer months, one of the street’s fire hydrants is sometimes opened so kids (and big kids too) can run through the cool spray!
1. Singing in the Rain Umbrella-Also located on the Streets of America, across from Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, look for an umbrella against a light post. When you grab hold of the handle, suddenly your Gene Kelly out of that famous scene from Singin’ in the Rain!
Have you run across any of these hidden details on your trips to Hollywood Studios? If so, be sure to share with us, along with any of your own hidden details, in a comment below! Thanks!
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