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What's Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secret?

Walt Disney World: They would like to tell you its DVC, but we think otherwise

From Tim W
Posted September 24, 2008 at 7:54 PM
What is your favorite thing at disney world that alot of people dont know about? They have a number of them. So basically what's your favorite thing to experience that is sort of hidden or kept very hush hush, cuz there are some...


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From Corey Romberg
Posted September 24, 2008 at 8:01 PM
One of my favorites would have to be going to the Animal Kingdom Lodge and watching the animals in the hotel's backyard...not only is it free, but you get to observe the animals at a relaxed pace, not having to worry about making the next Finding Nemo show or your Everest FP like at Animal Kingdom...and at AK, most of the animals on the Lodge's reserve can only be seen from Kilimanjaro Safaris

From Raul Araoz
Posted September 24, 2008 at 9:48 PM
I know it is overgrown and impassable now, but the hidden trail between Africa and Asia in AK was always my favorite hidden thing at WDW. I would just hang out in there and feel like I was completely separated from everything else. It seemed like no one knew about it.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 24, 2008 at 8:52 PM
DVC is a pretty well kept secret at Disney World. There are alot of perks.

Anyway, one of my favorites is Carosel of Progress and Columbia Harbor House

From Tony Duda
Posted September 24, 2008 at 10:19 PM
I really enjoy the Boardwalk area which has a lot to entertain you, several restaurants and the ESPN club. You also can visit the Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club hotels for more things to see. DVC may be a great deal if you don't mind the initial approx. $17,000 to buy into along with about $1000 per year in fees because it is a timeshare which makes you an equity owner and responsible for maintenance of the particular hotel you buy into.

From Corey Romberg
Posted September 25, 2008 at 12:46 AM
Good call on the Boardwalk...ESPN Club is a lot of fun, Spoodles has amazing pizza, and Flying Fish is the #2 seafood restaurant in all of Florida...plus its pretty at night, with all the lights reflecting on the water

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:11 AM
This may sound silly, but I think that it is that there is music playing everywhere you go. It almost gives you the feeling of being in a movie. You just get sucked into the atmosphere of the area you are walking through. I love walking through the parks and hearing the music coming from the hidden speakers in the flower beds. I have never heard anyone else talk about this, but everytime I think of Disney World, I think of the music.

From dylan k
Posted September 25, 2008 at 12:29 PM
I know this answer may have come up somewhere but what is DVC?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 25, 2008 at 12:47 PM
Disney Vacation Club


Its basically Disney's Timeshare. Its actually better than an average timeshare.

From Tim W
Posted September 25, 2008 at 2:14 PM
idk, ive finally joined after yrs of being pestered. the people would literally come up to you and ask you to look at stuff. from my persepctive there are outposts everywhere and flyers everywhere and even flyers in hotel rooms. i just don't think its a big secret.

From Corey Romberg
Posted September 25, 2008 at 2:10 PM
I agree with you completely Amanda! I love the background music in the parks...it really adds to the whole feeling and transports you to whatever land youre in...Imagine watching a movie without any background music? It just wouldnt be the same...the same goes for walking in the parks without music...my Ipod is filled with all that great Disney music!

From steve lee
Posted September 25, 2008 at 2:51 PM
Yeah, calling DVC a secret at this point is pushing it. In addition to the aforementioned pushy folks (nowhere near as bad as the ones at Universal used to be, however), they just had an hour long friggin' infomercial about it on Travel Channel the other night...

Judging by most guests I've encountered it appears that FASTPASS may be the best kept secret. It's mindboggling how many people don't understand the system.

From Tim W
Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:02 PM
yea there are a ton of people who dont use it when they can still....oh and if you ride the disney magical bus thing to the resort, guess what it will show a disney vacation club movie. they lay it on everywhere.

From Karin S
Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:16 PM
I like taking the walk between Epcot and DHS. I know...after doing the parks all day, maybe the last thing you'd want to do is go for a walk, but it actually was very enjoyable.

From Raul Araoz
Posted September 25, 2008 at 4:52 PM
Lying on a hammock on the beach at the Polynesian Resort and watching the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom and then the Water Parade.

From Carrie Hood
Posted September 28, 2008 at 9:11 AM
Oh, you mean THOSE kind of secrets. Not the fun stuff involving the parks themselves, well in that case I do know of a few.

Oddly enough if your not to keen on the ticket price go over to Prime Outlets off of International Drive and do a Time-share tour. Yes, they can be annoying but you can also get breakfest/lunch and spend an hour of time for $25 tickets to both Epcot and DHS. It's a way to save a little bit of money if your looking to cut your costs down.

Always good advice for any theme park is to talk to your locals! They tend to know where and when specials are going on. Anything from restaurant discounts to where to find merchandise deals.

And speaking of Merchandise, take a little side trip! There are 3 WDW outlet stores in Central Florida. There are two located in the Prime Outlets located off International Drive and One more located in the Premium Outlets off Vineland Ave. You can get theme park items for yourself, friends or family anyplace from a 30% discount to 75%!

These little bits provided by your friendly Ex-Central Florida Resident!

From Robert Miller
Posted September 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM
Here's a little secret Tim. If you ride it, next time you go on Buzz Lightyear, hit the inside of the left hand on the giant robot and get a 100,000 bonus.

From Tim W
Posted September 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM
haha i always lose at tht game. And carrie it can be orlando secret or theme park ride secret. like a resturnt alot of people dont know about or a little factoid about a ride like robert said.

From Russell Meyer
Posted September 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM
I've got a few...

The Coca-Cola Cool Zone in EPCOT---As much FREE soda as you can drink. Granted it's all soda from other countries, but there's bound to be one or two that will quench your thirst on a hot day.

The Canada Pavillion in EPCOT---Everyone knows about LeCellier Steakhouse and "O' Canada," but the rest of the pavillion is one of the best places to take a break. It's somewhat secluded and quiet, and most people don't usually stop to see our neighbors to the north.

The Magic Kingdom Barber Shoppe---What a cool place to get a haircut, especially if you have a kid. Some people know about it, but it's far enough the beaten path that there aren't ridiculous lines to do it.

Tours---There are many different guided tours through all four parks, and they all cost money, but give repeat visitors some new and interesting ways to visit Disney World.

Monorail Driving---During peak times, it's not worth trying, but if you're ever the first person on a monorail platform, ask a cast member if you can ride in the front. There are a few seats in the very front car with the driver that provide a whole new experience, and your kids will get a kick out of it.

There are others, but they're probably best kept secret so that they stay special.

From Tony Duda
Posted September 28, 2008 at 11:32 PM
Good call on the monorail front seats. I've done that a few times and got a co-pilot card from the engineer. Disney has a surplus sale of discontinued items in Celebration once or twice a year and I think one is going on around this time of year. Never been to one since I don't live near Orlando.

From David Graham
Posted September 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM
For me, I like the mini golf they have down there at Disney, Fairways, playing the gardens side. There is only, I think, 7 of them now in the world like that. You also have the mini one by Blizzard, which is nice after hours, due to once the water park closes, the buses don't go there and means less people to play. Also you use to be able to rent canoes at the Port Orleans to use around the golf course and could do the canal up to the lake at P.I, but been a while since I looked into that. They also offer lots of before hour events at the parks, the sedgeways at Epcot, or the train at MK where they take you behind the scenes there.

From Bruce Lane
Posted September 29, 2008 at 9:58 PM
Best kept secret? Heck, that's easy. Walt is alive, well, and working as a bartender in Climax, North Carolina. He's been hypnotized, so he doesn't know his real identity.

More specifically, he believes his name to be Abe Lastvogel. With the right keyword, though, the illusion will be broken, he'll remember who he is, and he will return to his empire to vanquish the small-minded fiends who were responsible for letting Michael Eisner in the front door to begin with.

The only problem is that the keyword is unknown, and the last person who purportedly knew it has been offered "early retirement" by the Department of Homeland Conspiracies.

This bit of concentrated weirdness has been sponsored by Hoover Brothers, makers of Dim Flakes cereal and Dead Cats Hand and Body soap, 93.7% pure! Just look for the colorful cross-eyed cat on the label.

(With a nod to the Firesign Theater for the borrowed material, I'm going down for the evening. G'night all...)

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:43 AM
I just thought of another one. We had a theme park view room at the Contemporary Resort on our Sept.7th trip. The Magic Kingdom lights stay on all night with the lights on the castle continuing to change throughout. On our first night there, I could not sleep and sat out on the balcony at around 3am watching the castle lights and gazing at the others along Main Street and Tomorrowland. It is truly beautiful and quite peaceful.

From Kyle Shields
Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM
All the hidden pathways and cool stuff on Tom Sawyer's Island in the Magic Kingdom. It's fun to take my twins there and just run around.

From Lee Mak
Posted October 1, 2008 at 9:15 AM
it may sound silly, but there are many little pathways that can help you avoid human traffic in the parks that can stop you from getting to board more rides than you think you can hit. You may disagree, but depending on the time of day and where you are coming from, these could buy you precious minutes...

across from the Swiss Fam Tree house in the MK, there is a cut-through that bypasses the rest of Adventureland and takes you part way through Frontierland. You can use this to bypass the Caribbean plaza and double back to splash mountain and the run-away train.

Also in the MK, isntead of going into the main hub moving towards the castle to go into tomorrowland by the bridge, cut through the restaurant to the right by the ice cream shoppe and it will be dead empty. It puts you out across from Stitch and bypasses the lolligazers taking pictures in front of the walt statue and the castle itself...this also goes for Advertureland; there is walkway next to the Crystal Palace that bypasses the hub and brings you to the bridge to Adventureland.

Epcot has two bypasses such as the one above that veer off after the fountain on the other side of Spaceship earth going towards the countries. They move the left and the right and will take you directly in front of Mexico and Canada respectively.

I find these to be short-cuts...you may not

Not so secret, but still secret...Hidden Mickeys...although there is a book with all of them, it is still up to the viewer to find them. It is a great hunt for folks who have been to Disney a lot. I have never purchased the book and I tend to find a new one every time I go.

During Magic Hours, run to the back of the parks if you have the stamina and hit the big rides first. Sounds like a "not so secret" but I always find people taking their time...kinda of defeats the purpose. You can hit the "big three" of each park in the first hour if you hustle, anytime of year, even week 52. Try doing that after the park opens to non-resort guests! Not only will you hit the big three, you will also be able to fastpass your fave and hit it again pretty early in the day!

Someone mentioned the hammock at the Poly for the fireworks and stole one of my best kept secrets. Please, all members on the board here, lets keep that one quiet :) There is no beating it...especially since the pool bar is not too far away!

I think Jellyrolls on the boardwalk was the best place for drinks outside the parks but still on property. I haven't been in a few years, so I am not sure if it is still there, but man, the dueling pianos was super fun. You write the song you want to hear on a slip of paper and place it on one of the pianos, and they would get to it if they knew it. I wrote "hey-ya!" from Outkast on a five dollar bill and they rocked it. They were standing up and slamming the top of the piano down on itself to make a HUGE clap on beat...getting the "fellas and the ladies" to kick in at those parts in the song. It was intense!

What else? What else?

Mexico in Epcot has the San Angel Inn restaurant. If you time it just right, you could eat dinner with the full Mariachi band performing behind you. You can ask for a table that will provide you a view of the plaza. People really bunch up to see them because they are really authentic and it can get too crowded. Silly, but fun.

When going the Downtown Disney area at night, be sure to start at Downtown disney since it closes around 11 or 12p depending on the time of the year you go and then make your way to West end where the shops and bars are open later. Pointless to do it any other way, especially if you can only do it one night on your trip.

The Earl of Sandwich Downtown Disney has some of the most affordable and delicious quick service food in Disney. They have many different choices for all types of eaters, even finicky ones. This is the late lunch/early dinner spot.

Although expensive, the Fultons Crab House is seriously one of the better seafood restaurants I have even eaten in...and being from the island with Montauk in driving distance, this is a bold statement. No kidding, it is totally worth the price and if you hit it when it opens, you can walk right in to a table that overlooks the lagoon. Priceless.

I have more, I think I have given over some of my good ones (you may think different depending on your attendance level), but you all deserve it. Themeparkheads and Coasterjunkies got to stick together!!! Let see some more!

Happy Travels,
LeeMak

From Jacquie Watkins
Posted October 6, 2008 at 4:36 PM
Undoubtedly the Concierge floor of the Boardwalk Inn. I have traveled the world and stayed at some high-end hotels, but never have I received such considerate, friendly attention consistently from the whole staff. The rooms are beautiful and spotlessly clean (and I am picky). The beds and bedding are comfy. Everyone went out of his/her way to be helpful and respond to every request I made. In some cases I got more than I asked for. On a scale of 1 to 10 -- it's an 11.

From Scottland Jacobson
Posted October 6, 2008 at 5:06 PM
On Winnie the Pooh, once you enter "Owl's House" near the beginning of the ride, look back to the left - you'll see a picture of Mr. Toad handing the deed to the property to Owl.

Lee already mentioned the Hidden Mickeys - those are a blast. I've still never found the one that's supposedly in the boiler room queue of ToT.

Not necessarily a huge secret - but the single rider lines earlier in the day for Test Track and Mission: Space can significantly decrease your wait time.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted October 7, 2008 at 7:53 PM
I like Russell's suggestions - my friends and family are always impressed when I take them to the Coca-Cola cool zone. And thanks for the nod to Canadians.

Other "secrets" or suggestions:

If you have a room or restaurant table overlooking the lagoon and the Magic Kingdom, not only can you eat in peace while enjoying the show BUT you also get a bonus electrical light parade on the water.

Many animals remain inactive in the Animal Kingdom during the peak hours of the day because of the intense heat. By going during Extra Magic Hours, you can leisurely enjoy the animals without hordes of people harassing you.

Many attractions allow you to "loop-through" the ride again without disembarking. This usually occurs during evening Extra Magic Hours and when few people are waiting to get on. Rides I've re-rode without getting off include:
Space Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain (four times in a row)
Expedition Everest
Kali River Rapids (six times in a row)
Star Tours

If you ride late at night (especially during Extra Magic Hours), the Cast Members are usually more lenient about, uh, lewd gestures in the on-ride photos. We've got pictures of "the shocker" on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and "the finger" on Kraken. Makes a great keepsake for weirdos.

There is a second Indiana Jones Outpost near the Indiana Jones attraction. It's nearly empty and in a dead-end zone, and it features some great souvenirs plus props from the movies.

Nearly every Epcot pavilion has flower gardens, although some are harder to find than others. See if you can find them all, especially the Japanese gardens.

From John Thompson
Posted December 1, 2008 at 7:04 PM
Really, you've been able to stay on Space Mountain in WDW? I thought it went back "into" the mountain and up to the loading level. I always thought guests couldn't fit through this "recycling" part of the attraction??

From dawn jones
Posted December 2, 2008 at 5:15 AM
Are you allowed to visit Disneys Boardwalk area if you are not a guest of the hotel? We drove to the entrance back in September but got the impression that people were showing their key cards or some verification they were staying in the hotel so we just turned around and drove off. Maybe we should have asked, but I was very disappointed not to be able to see the area.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted December 2, 2008 at 7:39 AM
No, you can go and enjoy Boardwalk for free! They just check for a variety of reasons such as that you aren't going to cause problems (like rob people) and that you are not trying to park there and then go to EPCOT.

From J. Dana
Posted December 2, 2008 at 9:15 PM
The "secrets" are some of the best parts of WDW (or Disneyland too!).

In Disneyland:

1. I never knew about the Lily Bell Caboose on the Railroad until this last year when a friend of mine from WDW actually got us on...you need a ticket (guest relations?), but you get to ride with a conductor on the large, "luxury" caboose that Roy and Walt designed for dignitaries....it's one of the best things ever (if you like nostalgia). It's filled with China, chandeliers, photos of Walt, Roy and the family....

At Walt Disney World...

1. I LOVE the museum at the back of the Japanese pavilion in Epcot...rarely crowded, it's very interesting.

2. Hammock at Poly....THE BEST. I stumbled upon this light parade on the water while enjoying a swing in that hammock.

3. Campfire and free movies in Fort Wilderness...for those who've never done this, you MUST go do it....back in the middle of Fort Wilderness, they have a campfire area set up for nightly smores and songs with Chip N Dale, then they show a movie on a big outdoor movie screen....and it's all FREE (they have a snack bar there to buy hotdogs, burgers and smores).

4. Hayrides in Fort Wilderness...

5. Fruity drinks and a steel drum band out by the water in Caribbean Beach Resort. Perfect ending to a perfect day.

6. La Patisserie in French Pavilion -- not much of secret, but worth putting on your list.

7. Bird Aviary along the Jungle Trek in Animal Kingdom.

8. Night vision binoculars at the Animal Kingdom Lodge allow you to see the animals roaming at night -- when they're much more active.

9. Boma restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the best gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet you're likely to ever find. The best!

10. The comedian/piano player inside the Rose & Crown at Epcot...she's new, brought over from the Comedy Warehouse.

11. Polynesian Luau at the Poly Resort. WOW. Great food, hula dancers, lots of music, and Stitch.

I could go on an on...

From J. Dana
Posted December 2, 2008 at 9:15 PM
The "secrets" are some of the best parts of WDW (or Disneyland too!).

In Disneyland:

1. I never knew about the Lily Bell Caboose on the Railroad until this last year when a friend of mine from WDW actually got us on...you need a ticket (guest relations?), but you get to ride with a conductor on the large, "luxury" caboose that Roy and Walt designed for dignitaries....it's one of the best things ever (if you like nostalgia). It's filled with China, chandeliers, photos of Walt, Roy and the family....

At Walt Disney World...

1. I LOVE the museum at the back of the Japanese pavilion in Epcot...rarely crowded, it's very interesting.

2. Hammock at Poly....THE BEST. I stumbled upon this light parade on the water while enjoying a swing in that hammock.

3. Campfire and free movies in Fort Wilderness...for those who've never done this, you MUST go do it....back in the middle of Fort Wilderness, they have a campfire area set up for nightly smores and songs with Chip N Dale, then they show a movie on a big outdoor movie screen....and it's all FREE (they have a snack bar there to buy hotdogs, burgers and smores).

4. Hayrides in Fort Wilderness...

5. Fruity drinks and a steel drum band out by the water in Caribbean Beach Resort. Perfect ending to a perfect day.

6. La Patisserie in French Pavilion -- not much of secret, but worth putting on your list.

7. Bird Aviary along the Jungle Trek in Animal Kingdom.

8. Night vision binoculars at the Animal Kingdom Lodge allow you to see the animals roaming at night -- when they're much more active.

9. Boma restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the best gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet you're likely to ever find. The best!

10. The comedian/piano player inside the Rose & Crown at Epcot...she's new, brought over from the Comedy Warehouse.

11. Polynesian Luau at the Poly Resort. WOW. Great food, hula dancers, lots of music, and Stitch.

I could go on an on...

From TH Creative
Posted December 7, 2008 at 4:52 AM
Okay this is kind of ... well, sneaky. And it probably breaks some rules.

We always pack some towels and a change of clothes for the kids when we go to the Magic Kingdom

We always arrive early at opening -- get through eight or nine attractions and then watch the 3 PM parade in Town Square.

We then exit the park and take the little boat over to the Polynesian Resort. We while my wife and I enjoy a drink at the tiki bar the kids jump in the pool. After a little swimming, the kids change and we have an early dinner at that great little cafeteria (nice choices and fair prices) and then take the boat back to the parks.

I suppose the pool is just for hotel guests. But in our defense we usually drop $60 or $70 on dinner and drinks.

Forgive me, Walt!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted December 7, 2008 at 8:42 PM
Hmmmm, interesting! I am suprised nobody thought or this or got caught doing this. I guess there is very little to prevent this from happenning. I guess if they give out wristbands like they do at Beach Club, it might stop it. But then again your are a Disney Pro. You've pumped a ton of money in Disney as it is!

From Dan Babbitt
Posted December 8, 2008 at 12:15 PM
Just think of all the music you hear in the parks. Imagine staring at the Cinderellas Castle, Sorcerors Hat, The Tree of Life and Spaceship Earth. Now imagine your the only one in the park and its 7o'clock in the morning the sun is just coming out and the park and the first guest wont be in the park for another 2 hours.

Now all of a sudden the music changes and you hear Britney Spears, Justin TImberlake, and all the different types of music you hear on the radio. Thats what I get to hear everytime I work in the morning! Its the strangest thing to hear and seeing maybe 1 or 2 other cast members either going to work or working to clean the park!

From TH Creative
Posted December 9, 2008 at 5:29 AM
Mr. Murphy Notes:" You've pumped a ton of money in Disney as it is!"

I Respond: AMEN BROTHER! This past summer we visited all four Florida parks, took in a character breakfast and more than one shopping trip and movie at Downtown Disney. Then we travelled out to California where we visited both parks, stayed at the Grand Californian and had dinner at the Blue Bayou.

CHA-CHING!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted December 9, 2008 at 5:40 AM
Dan -
That sounds hysterical, though it would be really great if something inappropriate and raw was playing over the speakers. I'm picturing myself staring at the majestic castle while listening to old-school Ice Cube songs.

Also, I guess I was wrong about Space Mountain, but I have a memory of re-riding without departing. I definitely do not remember traveling through the closed-off area to get back to the loading dock ...

From Meghan L
Posted July 5, 2009 at 8:50 PM
One thing I didnt see mentioned was about Mexico in EPCOT. I happened to stumble upon this wonderful ride while I was just browsing around. I believe its toward the left in the back but its a slow moving canoe type ride and it shows a lot of interesting things and you can even watch a 10 minute video folowwing the ride. I found it to be very relaxing and quiet compared to the busy and noise-filled shopping areas in the mexican temple.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 6, 2009 at 5:58 AM
I think you are thinking of the Norway movie at the end, but the Mexico ride is still nice.

From John Charlton
Posted July 7, 2009 at 11:07 PM
Not too much of a secret but DOLE WHIPs are one of my favorite things at Disney World. They are available in Adventureland.

But this might be a secret... you can get FREE dole whips at "the Poly". We went over on the monorail after finishing MK one evening, and ate dinner at the small restaurant near the pool area. The cashier gave us free whips! We sat outside and enjoyed the fireworks show!

Also cool is that they pipe the music/audio for the fireworks into the restaurant and pool area at the Polynesian.. was a great way to end our evening at MK.

Another secret - the fabulous Mariachi Cobre at the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT. The musicians are fantastic and it is a great way to relax for a while and beat the midday heat. The band leader, Carlos, even let my 9 year old son play his violin during one of the band's breaks! Thanks Carlos!

From Eddie N
Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM
My Favorite "Secrets" are the program that lets you use Night Vision Goggles at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel employees stand outside on a deck with the goggles and let you observe the animals at night.

2) Is my favorite snack shop in Hollywood Studios the Writers Stop it has the best sticky buns and coffee.

My favorite candy is the Mickey Mouse Coconut Patties that they sell at Caribbean Beach Resort.

From Tony Duda
Posted May 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM
Wow! This is an old thread but actually a good one to resurrect. About Writer's Stop...I did this the past Holidays. While going to see Osborn Family Spectacular of Dancing Lights, I hated the HUGE line that forms so I told the CM at the barricade that I wanted to get a coffee and danish at Writer's Stop (or Buy the Book for us oldsters). She let me through the barricade, I got my coffee and Danish and then left through the side door and right into the Dancing Lights area. No long line, I got my snack and saw the Lights.

From Kathryn Leigh
Posted June 17, 2010 at 6:13 PM
I think the best kept secret is Fort Wilderness....not really a secret, but not given enough credit. There's so much to do there, and I've spent weekends upon weekends riding the monorails to different Disney hotels and pool-hopping....

From TH Creative
Posted June 18, 2010 at 5:33 AM
Off Kilter at EPCOT.

From Tony Duda
Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM
TH, all the Epcot live shows actually. The British Invasion with it's chronological advance through the several shows each day is little known. On Monday, at the first show, 3 pm, they included 3 non-Beatles songs into the set (Ferry Cross the Mersey, Wild Thing and GLORIA). I didn't see the later shows so I don't know if more non-Beatles songs are also included. And, everyone loves watching Mo'Rockin.

From Andy Milio
Posted June 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM
Best secret at DVC is obviously the Hidden Mickeys. They are pretty hard to find sometimes. I've never actually found any, but I've seen pictures.

From luis gonzalez
Posted June 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM
the saki bar in the back of the japanese pavillion, talking about soccer with the british tourist in the rose and crown while sipping a guinness, putting a handful of glazed almonds into my cup of vanilla soft serve in adventureland, crab cakes at the brown derby.

WORD!!!!!!!!!

From Carrie Hood
Posted June 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM
The Bakery at Norway beside Puffin's Roost.

I'd happily kill people for their Sweet Pretzels, having moved out of Orlando about 5 years ago now I miss them. Anytime a friend goes to Epcot they get marching orders to overnight me one!

Another favorite for myself is Tom Sawyers Island. It's a nice place to find some shade and relax for an hour or two.

From Tim W
Posted June 19, 2010 at 12:35 PM
^The glazed almonds in vanilla soft serve sounds really really good!!!

From charles henderson
Posted June 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM
Wow those are some great ones

Unbeknowest to most but WDW can be romantic
I took my Wife on a night time Horse Drawn Carriage ride at the Port Orleans Resort. She though it was great.

Also at the Downtown Disney area Hotels the Double Tree will give free cookies, I have done this the last two times i visited WDW, I was not a guest there both times.
Just go in and ask the front desk.
They are warm and really good.

From Erin Greenup
Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM
Epcot:
1. In Epcot, the Rose & Crown Restaurant (UK Pavillion) sits right on the water will a full view of the Illuminations show at night. Check showtimes depending on the date of your visit. If you book in advance and request a table (probably outdoors) with a view of Illuminations, you'll get to sit, relax, enjoy the show, and have a great meal/drink in the process.

2. Want to eat in one of the Epcot full service dining restaurants but it's too expensive or can't get a dinner reservation? Book them for lunch instead! You get the same dining experience, pretty much all the same food, and it's less expensive than dinner. Then you can use the money you saved for a quick service dinner and take advantage of the rides as everyone else leaves the parks or sits down for dinner.

3. This probably isn't a huge secret, but Soarin', Test Track, and Mission Space are the most popular rides at Epcot and all have Fastpass. When first entering the park, go straight to your favorite Fastpass ride, grab a Fastpass ticket, then try to get another Fastpass for your next favorite ride. If the ride times do not overlap, you can have more than one Fastpass, then while you wait, you can hop right on the rides with shorter waits. You can get through all the rides much quicker this way, and then have time to re-ride your favorites or relax a bit while others stand in line for 60-90 minutes.

Magic Kingdom:
1. It's best not to go to MK on a Extra Magic Hours day or on a Saturday, even if you're a Disney Hotel Guest, unless you only go during the Magic Hours times only. In this case it's a good idea to upgrade your park tickets to Park Hopper, so that you can enjoy extra magic hours (if you are a Disney Hotel Guest) but not be committed to that park for the whole day.

2. As another poster has mentioned, I too was able to re-ride Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad during Extra Magic hours. We didn't go on as soon as the park closed, it was still fairly crowded, but we waited an hour or so and then got on, and they let us re-ride each one without having to get off... it was fantastic and quite a different experience at night...fun!

3. If you're a planner, then Google Earth is a must, they have 3D overlays of Disneyworld and you can clearly see all the paths between all your favorite rides... a good way to avoid the crowds and figure out the best transportation. It's great for checking out hotels too.

From Derek Starr
Posted February 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM
@Corey Romberg

The trail is still there just hard to get to due to a character greeting zone right by it.

From Brandon Adair
Posted March 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM
My favorite secrets:
1. The hidden key on Muppet Vision
2. The ghost of George on Pirates.
3. The "lion dogs." Point out the one female to a cast member. Do it.
4. TURKEY LEGS!!!!

From Donna McKay
Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM
the sparkly paving stones beside the fountain at Epcot that I always make a point of going to see them on the way out of the park after illuminations. And going for a copmplete loop on the monorail from MK to the ticket and transportation centre mid afternoon is a lovely way to cool off and see some spectacular views

From Will Chilcote
Posted April 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM
Single Rider Lines. They save you so much time. And all u have to do is ask a cast member if that attraction has one. Most of the major rides have one. Many of them have hidden entrances but, all the cast members at that attraction know where it is.

Another one that I experienced as a kid is "corporate sponsor lounges". Many of the attractions that are sponsored by corporations have "secret" resting rooms for employees of the company that sponsors it. Ask ur employer before u go to Disney or Universal.

Example, my dad used to work for AT&T that sponsored the E.T. ride at universal. There was at that time a "secret" room for employees with free snacks and drinks and air conditioning. We went in there for like 30 minutes and just rested.

From Clint Wilson
Posted April 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM
I almost feel like I shouldn't add this, but what the heck. In January of '10 my wife tried to make reservations for two at one of the nicer restaraunts, (Le Cellier I think). The woman on the phone said there were no reservations available...we were dissapointed because we had never eaten there before. My wife hangs up the phone, and a not a minute later, the reservation lady actually called my wife's cell phone and "suggested" that even though there were no reservations for two available, maybe we should call back and try for a reservation for three instead. Sure enough, my wife calls the reservation number, asks for and gets a reservation for three for the exact time and date that we had wanted.

I actually felt pretty bad for being less-than-honest....it's Disney after all.

From John Beals
Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:07 AM
On a really busy day at AK, you can enter the park through Rain Forest Cafe and save some time. You pass the large lines at the main gates.

Park wide, even though its not really a secret, Beaches and Cream ice cream shop is a great place to go and take a break during the hot days.

From Michelle Books
Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:31 PM
In my past two visits to Disney I learned a few things that I found not only interesting but I also never knew.

Fast Pass...Don;t worry if you don;t make it back to the ride that you fast pass for in time. As long as you use the pass after the designated start time, you can go anytime after that. No need to rush and get there within the one hour window that is stated on the fast pass. I found this to be a great added benefit so that we did not lose time rushing around trying g to get to the fast pass at a certain times.

Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada)...Can't get reservations??? No worries! You can actually order take out from there! You can order their soups and breads for take out!

From Tony Duda
Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM
True, the Disney fast passes can be used after the printed start time BUT the fast pass window times for the new Magic Kingdom Mickey Mouse meet and greet seem to be strictly enforced. Just a warning.

From Andy Milio
Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM
I don't think this counts, but I love the idea of Hidden Mickeys

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted April 12, 2011 at 4:42 AM
I know this is a little off subject, but on the Disney Cruise (ships Magic and Wonder at least) there is a secret deck (not so secret anymore) on 7 Aft that hardly anyone knows about. It's at the end of a corridor of state rooms and has only 2 loungers, but it's quite a big space. Me and my mum went for a little quiet time and I enjoyed hearing the hushed voices of two little girls a couple of decks above us going "How did they get down there?" :-)

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