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    Here are some secrets/tips that I thought were interesting. Sorry if they're just repeats:unsure: So here they are:whistle::

    There is a hidden Eeyore sign in the back of the projection room in Indiana Jones. Ask a CM and they will show you if they have a flashlight!

    There is a real pet cemetary in the Haunted Mansion que. Ask a CM and they will take you to it.

    If you go to the top floor of TDA's parking structure, you can see where they house the parade floats. You can also see where they keep the horses that pull you down main street. If it's a breezy day, you'll be able to smell where they stable the horses.:blech:

    The spider web on the glass for Haunted Mansion (where the ballroom scene is) is actually a cover up for a crack. Some person brought a gun and shot at the glass so instead of spending mucho money to fix it, they hired a guy to draw a spider web and spider (they did this in WDW so it matched).

    The next time you are in Winnie the Pooh, look up and behind you as you exit the dream room, and you will see the original Country Bear Moose Heads. It's sometimes hard to see... the easiest thing to do is to turn on your flash of your camera and the next time you go through, sit in the back of the ride and extend your hands over the rear of the ride and take the photo backwards... I mean, the camera facing the rear... and it will be clear as day.

    Ask the captain CM if you can pilots Mark Twain, they will let you and you can get a certificate!

    There is one horse on the Carrousel with one gold tooth.

    In the Peter Pan ride, Captain Hook's hook is on the wrong hand.


    Not sure if this is true but- I heard that if you go up to the captain door of the mark twain and knock 3 times and say I'm here for my shift, they will let you in and make it seem as if you are driving it even though it is on a track, and you can blow the horn ( I think) does anyone know of this? or if it is even true?

    Once again sorry if any of these are repeats, or just aren't interesting to you. Once i find more that are worth mentioning i will post:yes:
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    I just love trivia like this, thanks for posting. :thumbsup:
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    very interesting:yes::yes:
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    Heres some more stuff i found! & thank you slowhand and robert!!
    General Info
    Walt designed the parks so when you pass from land to land, you don't see the others. If you where in Liberty Square, you can't see Fantasyland, trees, buildings, and distractions like the water wheel. The noise keeps you from looking to your left and seeing the other lands (even the pavement changes to match the new [mood] land).

    If there are 2 lines and you can't see the loading area from where you are, take the line to the left.

    Ever notice there isn't a lot of gum stuck on rides, trees, waiting areas in WDW? That's because they don't sell it, just for this reason.

    The Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue in MK, did everyone see what is on Walt's right finger ring?

    I remember reading that the walkway in MK is red because Walt wanted to lay out the "red carpet" for all guests.

    On the Keys to the Kingdom tour they mention that in WDW no trash can will ever be more than 30 steps away from you. It seems that Walt went to other parks when he was designing the park and counted how long a person would hold onto a piece of trash before dropping it on the ground. He came up with 30 steps.
    Parking Lot
    The MK Parking Lot only 6 of the 7 dwarfs have a lot named after them! There is Sleepy, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Sneezy. No Doc! Why no Doc? Because while naming the sections in the world's 3rd largest parking lot, the designers were afraid people might get the Boat Dock and the Parking Lot "Doc" confused.

    You could fit all of DisneyLand into the MK Parking Lot and still have room to park 500 cars!

    Aladdin

    The Golden Camel in front of the Aladdin ride (Adventureland MK) is controlled by someone hidden nearby and shoots unwary guests as they walk by. Whoever was controlling it was able to nail a few people in the back of the head!

    Buzz Lightyear

    The big points in Buzz are found leaving the first room. Turn around and shoot the back of the Orange robots arm or the back of the buzz saw. 100,000 points. The car turns automatically away form these so turn back score big!

    In the very last Buzz Lightyear room where you are still able to shoot, look forward at the top left corner, there's a planet with Mickey on it. This same planet is also on the map of planets in the waiting area just as you enter. The planet is blue, if that helps you any.

    Carousel of Progress

    There is a Picture of Walt Disney hidden in the CoP. It is in the daughter's room in the 1940s on the wall you are facing as you sit in front of the stage wall in the upper left corner

    The dog holding the keys in Pirates of the Caribbean and the dog in Carousel of Progress are both Walt Disney's dog, or so I've heard.

    Castle

    Sit in the outer edge of the Plaza restaurant...basically look at the castle, find the wire that goes from the castle down to the restaurant rooftop on the right, and go get a seat under it. TinkerBell will fly down that wire and right over the top of your heads!

    Discover the little mice up in the rafters of the lobby of the castle. Gus and Jacques in the throne room at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

    Behind the castle is a fountain with Cinderella. If you bend down and look at the fountain, the crown on the back wall appears to crown Cinderella.

    Stand behind Cinderella’s castle during the Cinderella surprise celebration show. Peter pan and Hook have to run from the top of the castle to the stage and they use that area by Tink's treasures. It's really funny too. They will do something silly, and peter will make a comment about the chase!

    If you sit on the stone ledge on the side of the castle, you will hear Stitch giggle and tell you to be quiet because he's hiding.

    Characters

    If you see a human character, like Mary Poppins, ask them a question about their movie and they go right into character.

    During the morning session about 15 min. before Buzz and Woody are scheduled to come out, the Army men come out in their Jeep and do a preshow. They choose 8-9 kids that were there early to line up. They had them shout their names and handed them weapons. Buzz and Woody made their appearance for a group photo with all of them.

    Cinderella comes into the downstairs lobby of "Cinderella's Royal Table" restaurant a few times a day, and you don't have to eat your meal there.

    The characters at the Fairy Tale Favorites line at the Toontown Hall of Fame change on the hour, but the Mickey's Friends and Pooh Friends are the same all the time. Go late in the hour, come out, and jump back in line for the top the hour. Some characters might pop out from behind the Judges Tent.

    Cinderella’s Carousel

    There is only one horse on the carousel that has a gold ribbon on its tail. This particular horse is rumored to be Cinderella's favorite.

    Fantasyland

    When you go to Sir Mickey's Shop in Fantasyland, look at where the roof meets the walls. You will see Willie the Giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk peeking into the shop.

    Fireworks

    If you don't need to see Tinkerbell fly or see the front of the castle while watching the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, go BEHIND the castle to see the fireworks. The view is fantastic, and you don't have to fight crowds. Nice to sit down after a long day at the MK.
    Haunted Mansion
    After riding the elevator/stretching room down, as you walk to the cars, there is a lobby with a desk and lamp. On the desk is a dictionary that is turned to the word death. This is not easy to see since it’s supposed to be behind a barrier, but go ahead and look because nobody is there to stop you

    The Bride's Ring (thrown from the attic and trampled into the ground by the invisible horse) by the mansion exit.

    If you're by the Haunted Mansion at night, look up at the top story right above the front door. If you watch it for a while, you'll notice a light pass by it and some shadows. It looks like 2 people are walking by with a lantern.

    When you go to board the doom buggies at the Haunted Mansion, notice the last bat head before you board has no features on it, it is smooth from all the hands rubbing over it through the years.

    The top architecture is very easy to recognize as chess pieces. The architect was famous for building structures that had chess pieces as a part of the structure. When he was commissioned to build the HM, he continued his "signature" and added some chess piece architecture to the top of it. The only chess piece missing from the outside is the knight. This is because it is always -k-night INSIDE!

    At the HM, the carriage in the courtyard is being led by an invisible horse, notice the hoof prints (go at night if you can). The invisible horse is called "Old Glue" or "Elmer" and the black hearse is the same one used in a John Wayne movie called THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER. Follow the hoof prints (and wheel tracks of the hearse) out to the area where the fast pass machines are housed. This is called the Stable because you can see horse whips, bridles, and horse shoes hanging down from above. Stand in front of the hearse at the Haunted Mansion and listen. You will hear the "ghost" horse whiney.

    At one point in the ride, you fall out of an attic window and die! I think this occurs when your doom buggy turns backwards and you make that steep descent...supposedly, if you pay close attention, the ghosts have not acknowledged you before that point, but after you "die," you enter the party scene, and that's when they acknowledge you for the first time!

    The well in front of the Haunted Mansion contains an Info Red Emitter (which activates the Info Red Receptor in Pal Mickey's nose).

    2nd ring in the pavement is a "fairy ring" formed by paving stones just beyond the well. This marks the spot where a huge oak tree once stood. It was removed when the fast pass machines were put in. If you stand in the middle of the fairy ring on the night of a full moon and call out "Leota" three times, she will come briefly to one of the upper windows of the mansion with her candle.
    Liberty Square

    We found the best place to see characters was the Riverboat in Liberty Square. You can't guarantee who will be on the boat, but it usually includes either Mickey or Minnie. We went twice, and both times there were at least 7-8 characters on board. It's not well advertised, and we had a chance to see them all with little or no waiting. It was only done for part of the day.

    In Liberty Square, where they have the building fronts with just door after door stop and take a look at them. (This is the area right behind the outdoor eating area.) The addresses on the doors are all two numbers. If you put 18 in front of it, that is the style of door that they would have had for that year. As you walk along, you can see the progression of the style. From the windows to the hardware to the door and window styles themselves.

    There are no bathrooms located in Liberty Square, in keeping with the time period of that area.

    In Liberty Square in MK, all of the shutters are hung slightly at an angle. This is because during the revolutionary war, England stopped shipping the US almost everything made of metal because the colonials would melt them down for bullets. One thing they did continue to ship was shutters. The colonials would take the metal hinges off the shutters to melt down for bullets and would hang the shutters with leather straps. Over time, the leather would stretch out, causing the shutters to hang at an angle.

    Main Street
    Talking Goofy on Main Street right by the entrance, there is a Goofy statue sitting on a bench. When you sit by him he talks.

    Tony's Town Square Restaurant
    At the back of the restaurant, there is a beautiful three-paned dark blue window, through which you can see the shadowy silhouettes of Lady and the Tramp sharing their late-night meal of spaghetti.

    The Lady and the Tramp paws in front Tony’s at MK.

    There is a shop on Main Street that will do a silhouette of a child's profile. About $5-$7. They don't take credit cards; you could only pay cash or charge it to the room.

    Be at Magic Kingdom at dusk for the flag lower ceremony.

    Most characters come from the Hall to the outside for meet and greets. Every character that came through stopped to say hi or mess with us. It was air-conditioned and no lines to stand in!

    The entrance to the park is like a theatre. The ticket area is like a lobby. Then, you go through the tunnels lined with "coming attraction"-type posters. The train station is the curtain, and when you go through it, you're in the “show.” Now, for the credits--If you look up at the names on the windows of the buildings along Main Street, you see the names of all the people who were responsible for building the park. The very last name is Walt's. It is on the backside of the last building on the right (ice cream parlor?). It seems like he's almost hidden from view, but Roy wanted him there so that he would always have a view of the castle. Walt is the last name as you walk in (being the director, always listed last at the beginning of a movie), and he is first on the way out (being the director - always listed first at the end of the movie). Some of the names (e.g., M.T. Lott) are both references to dummy corporations used by the Disney Company and inside jokes referring to the Imagineers, etc.

    The fire station on Main Street is Station No. 71. The Park opened in 1971.

    Have the whole family go into the Barber Shop for a coloring job! Free of charge and painted little Mickey heads on the back of the kids heads. Barber sprinkled 'Mickey dust' on all of us.

    Be leisurely when leaving the MK. It was so nice to walk around the lands going back from BTMR to Main Street, just looking around and enjoying the empty feeling. Also, get yourself a spot in front of the castle at about 30 minutes after the park closing. You'll be treated to the "kiss goodnight" from the castle...something really cool to see.

    Main Street Railroad
    If you sit in the very last car, the one that is the little platform out the back, they will ask you to be the guest conductor. They get to yell, "All Aboard!" into the microphone and announce the different lands.

    The telegraph you hear at the train station is tapping out Walt Disney's speech at Disneyland's opening in Code.

    On one of the shelves (CMs can help you locate it), you can see Aladdin's lamp as well as other characters belongings waiting to be picked up at the train station.

    In the Train Station, you can find articles left by other "guests,” including Mary Poppins and other characters from Disney films.

    Before the Magic Kingdom opens for the day, the WDW train is perfectly centered in front of the train station for those wishing to take pictures. It is the only time during the day that this occurs.

    What are the names of the four genuine steam engine locomotives? Lilly Belle - Walt Disney - Roy Disney - Roger Brogg.

    When you are in the waiting room of the railroad on Main Street, they have these antique Mutascopes. I thought they were just for display, but when you put a penny in, they actually work! There are 4 or 5 of them, and some of the lightbulbs were burned out so didn't work, but I know at least two of them did, and it only cost a penny to find out. The kids thought they were great. You put in a penny, start turning a crank and a short silent movie plays for you.

    In Town Square, there are a few flag poles with Amercan Flags on them. The main flag pole is always taken down during rain storms and right before sundown, but the rest of the flags are not taken down and that is because they are not real American flags. They look like American flags, but they are all missing a star or a stripe that makes them not actual American flags.

    Peter Pan
    In the nursery, over by Nana, there are some building blocks spelling out "DISNEY" and "P PAN."

    Pirates

    Years ago, a maintenance guy (or Imagineer) named George was killed during the building of the Pirates ride. They say his ghost haunts the ride to this day. The workers have to say "goodnight George" before they shut down the ride each night, or there will be problems with the ride the next day. The thread also said that if you yell out George 3 times during the fire scene, something "may" happen

    On the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, on the first bridge that you go under into the next room, sitting on the bridge is a man with one of his legs hanging over and another man standing next to him. If you look at the face of the man sitting, it is the face of Sid Caesar. One of the designers really loved Sid Caesar and made the face to look this way.

    Towards the end, when you pass under the bridge, the pirate sitting above you and his leg dangling…once upon a time, the red handkerchief sitting on the bridge beside him was between his toes dangling downward. Apparently, too many guests would stand up to try and grab the red hankie so they removed it from his toes and placed it on the bridge beside him. There is a gap between his big toe and second toe if you look.

    The dog holding the keys in Pirates of the Caribbean and the dog in Carousel of Progress are both Walt Disney's dog, or so I've heard.

    Riverboat
    Ask to ride in the pilot house and receive official riverboat pilots certificates.

    Space
    Mountain
    One of the asteroids is actually a chocolate chip cookie!

    Splash Mountain
    The little critter, in the cave-like room just before the last drop.. He comes upside down out of the ceiling and says "Go FSU!" An imagineer that graduated from Florida State put it there.

    There is a bridge outside the ride, right in front of the big drop. For every third log boat that hits bottom for the big drop, there is a water cannon that shoots up an extra bit of water and sprays the bridge, soaking everyone who happens to be standing there watching!

    Tink’s Treasures

    Has anyone ever noticed that when you go into Tinker Bell's Treasure's shop that it is also divided into two sections? When you enter the door nearest the castle, you are actually in the Darling Children's nursery. The merchandise shelves are beds, dressers, chest of drawers etc. There are dolls, kites, and other toys all around the ledge at the top of the room. Then as you go to the other end, the shop is laid out as Cap't. Hook's ship.. There is even a "bridge" where one could imagine a ship's wheel. You can see the tree where the Lost Boys live. You will even get to see TinkerBell fly into one of the trunk/limb openings to warn the Lost Boys of Hooks "gift".

    Tom Sawyer’s Island

    Be the first to find the six hidden paintbrushes!

    Tomorrow
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    The metal "palm trees" in Tomorrowland fold up at night and open during the day just like flowers!

    Toontown

    When you go to Minnie's house, make sure you turn all of the knobs in the kitchen. Hear the popcorn pop, etc.

    Take the back walkway from Toontown to Tomorrowland and avoid the Toontown crowds.

    If you go to Mickeys Toon Town entrance near the tea cups just before it opens at 10 a.m., you'll get an escort by several Disney characters to take you in.

    Winnie the Pooh

    Deed being handed off in Owl's House. The framed photo of Mr. Toad handing a deed over to Owl, which hangs in Owl's house. The Pooh ride replaced one of Disney's best-known creations, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

    Go into any Park store–the CMs have stickers behind the desk. Ask them for the “I Made Magic Today” sticker. They will give you 10 Mickey stickers and 1 “I Made Magic Today” sticker. Your job is to pass out the 10 Mickey heads to people that aren’t looking so happy and make them smile w/the sticker or people that are having a great time and telling them it’s because they are so HAPPY. At the end of the 10 stickers, you end up w/your sticker, and you know that every time you look at that sticker you made magic!

    Ask the bus drivers if they have any of the tradable bus cards!

    In some attractions, there are VIP lounges. If there are celebrities visiting WDW (or politicians, etc.), they can be taken into the VIP lounges. There are drinks and snacks available in the lounge, photo albums of different celebrities and people who have been in the lounge, and they get taken on to the front of the line when they are ready to ride. (If you look at Spaceship Earth from the back, there is a building attached to it with some window looking things. That’s the lounge in SE!)

    IF YOU ASK FOR A LARGE CUP OF ICE WATER THEY WILL GIVE IT TO YOU AT NO COST, AND YOU CAN GET AS MANY AS YOU WANT AT A TIME. (Get two when you get food or when you need something wet and cold. Drink one right way and use one to carry around so you can stay hydrated longer.) Disney won’t tell you this, but they won’t turn down your request.

    Just some more stuff i found, i will try these out when i go and will say which ones are false/undetermined!
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    Loving these secrets thank you!
    Im sure ive sat by Goofy in MK, i dont remember him saying anything though?
    And what is on Walts finger? :unsure:
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    Your Welcome, and i'm not sure. I just found these and thought they were worth mentioning. But, this can be one of those things you look foward to on your next trip to WDW. You know? But, if you really want to know I will take a picture of it when I go next week and PM it to you. Also, if anyone wants a picture of something just tell me before I go. I'm doing this for some people, as they want clarification and can't make it out to WDW.

    *Also, i think goofy just giggles. Sorry!
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    Unfortunately, Tink's Treasures no longer exists. :( :(
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    Awhh!:cry1:
    And I was really looking foward to that...

    Well, theres a bunch of other stuff to do.:sigh: Are there any secrets that i'm missing out on?:shrug:
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    We have some HERE :yes:
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    Stitch also will speak in any of the bathrooms. Some of the stuff he says is " Have you seen Lilo." and as previously mentioned "Stitch is hiding"
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    This must be Disneyland secrets

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