Have you heard about these Disney World myths and legends? Yes, even Disney World has their own tall tales and legends floating around; and today, we are going to take a closer look. Some of these yarns are true, some are not; but regardless, they're fun to wonder about!
Legend #1: Haunted Mansion Ring-This popular legend began when fans began to notice a metal ring in the pavement outside the Haunted Mansion. It wasn't an actual ring to wear, but rather the remains of a sawed off pipe. Soon fictional stories began to circulate, saying that it belonged to the attic bride or Master Gracey had threw it there, etc... This soon became a beloved piece of Haunted Mansion lore; but it disappeared when the Haunted Mansion queue was redone. However, Disney has made up for it by leaving a ring somewhere in the new queue; and this ring definitely looks like a wedding ring. Can you guess where it is?
Legend #2: Cinderella Castle can be broken down in case of a hurricane-Even though Disney World is located at the center of Florida, it still can suffer some storm damage. However, this legend is not true; and if they were to remove something from the castle, that would require cranes, heavy work, and a lot of time.
Legend #3: Gobble for a Turkey Leg-The rumor is that if you gobble like a turkey at a Hollywood Studios at a snack cart, you will get a free turkey leg. While we haven't tried it for ourselves, our sources confirm that this is true, but only person is picked per hour. Therefore, not everyone in your group can gobble for a free treat; and if someone else before you already has, you won't be selected.
Legend #4: There is a hatch on top of Spaceship Earth-From what we have heard, this myth is true! Supposedly there is a promotional photo of Mickey Mouse on top of Spaceship Earth for the opening of Epcot; and that's how he got up there.
Legend #5: Get 100,000 points with one shot on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin-Supposedly if you aim and shoot at the back of the big, orange robot's arm, or at the buzz saw, you get 100,000 points! But make sure you turn around as your leaving the room, don't try it when you first see it.
Legend #6: Tell a Cast Member at the Great Movie Ride which dog statue is female and you get to skip the line-Rumor has it that if you tell a Cast Member that they are actually statues of dogs, not lions; and can point out which one is female, you get to bypass the line! The dogs are part of Chinese culture and are actually called Foo Dogs. Tip: The female Foo Dog always has her paw on a baby Foo while the males have a paw on a globe.
Legend #7: Bonus FastPasses when you're first to use FastPass machines-Supposedly when you are the first to use a FastPass machine at the Magic Kingdom, you not only get your FastPasses but bonus ones too! We have personally experienced this, but we can't guarantee it happens all the time. The only downside was that we only got a FastPass for a show, not a big ticket ride; but it was still pretty cool.
Legend #8: Swan and Dolphin was rejected because of construction flaw-We have heard from a Disney Cast Member that the Swan and Dolphin Resort was originally supposed to be a Disney Resort, just like the Grand Floridian and Contemporary and so on. However, when it was being built, someone placed one of the giant statues of the fish or swans backwards. As a result of this and other issues, Disney sold it.
Legend #9: Hollywood Studios is a giant Hidden Mickey-If you have ever seen an aerial view of Hollywood Studios, minus the giant sorcerer's hat, you can see Mickey. Definitely one of the best hidden Mickeys yet.
So these are a few Disney Myths and Legends we've uncovered! What do you think of them?
Here at A Glass Slipper Vacation, we always like finding and sharing Disney World secrets and tips! So today we are showcasing one of our favorite Magic Kingdom secrets which also makes a great tip as it can really save you time fighting the crowds during your visit!
Our secret is a boardwalk/pathway that runs along the banks of the Rivers of America at the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland! When you're exploring this corner of the park, you will find that many guests flood down the western style street which runs between Adventureland and Liberty Square, and the crowds from Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad only add to this madness.
If we are trying to reach Liberty Square, looking for your laughing place at Splash Mountain, or wanting to experience the wildest ride in the wilderness at Big Thunder Railroad, we recommend you take this boardwalk to get there!
Why? The boardwalk tends to bypass the bottlenecks and helps you get from one place to another a little quicker, especially since many guests don't even realize that it's there! It's rugged appearance and details also keeps with the frontier theme, and you can get really great views of the river and Tom Sawyer Island.
If you take a stroll down this path at night, you will find rustic lanterns all alight, as well as a lighted view of Splash Mountain in the distance.
So if you want to escape the crowds and get from one place to another while exploring Frontierland, take this picturesque path. But don't tell anyone! Let's keep it a secret between us!
Want to know a secret? We have one for those of you trying to book a Disney vacation over the dates you want and still grab one of Disney's great deals and discounts at the same time!
For those of you who don't know, when Disney releases a deal like Free Dining, or a room discount, certain dates are "blacked out" or are not available. These dates usually fall on some of Disney's busiest times, such as holidays or special events.
But there is a way to enjoy these special dates and discounts too. How? Here's the secret!
If you book your Disney Vacation on the last day of a deal or discount, it will extend throughout the rest of your trip. This way, you can enjoy the discount even though it has ended!
Confused? Here's an example. Disney's Free Dining Offer extends to December 20th 2012, just five days shy of Christmas. However, if the first day of your vacation is December 20th, and you take the offer, the Free Dining deal will extend throughout the rest of your trip.
That means you can have free dining throughout your Christmas trip to Walt Disney World! Now that's a great Christmas gift!
So that's our secret. We have taken advantage of it ourselves in past years and it's great to have that flexibility!
Has anyone ever taken advantage of this secret? Do you think you would? Let us know!
Epcot's France pavilion is one of the most beautiful spots at the World Showcase; but it sure wouldn't be France without the signature Eiffel Tower in the distance!
But did you know that this Eiffel Tower holds a few Disney secrets? Epcot's Eiffel Tower, like many of Disney's buildings and architectural features, is an example of forced perspective. This is an illusion where Disney makes it appear as if things are taller than they truly are, such as the buildings on Main Street U.S.A. In reality, this Eiffel Tower you see looming over the France pavilion was constructed at a one-tenth scale of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Regardless of the difference in size, Epcot's Eiffel Tower is historically accurate in more ways than one. First of all, this tower was built according to the original blueprints of the real tower; and Epcot's tower has a beige tone instead of the greenish cast of the actual one has in Paris. Why? Epcot's France pavilion is meant to mirror Paris in the 1800s, before age had changed the tint of France's most famous icon.
Finally, Epcot's Eiffel Tower has another secret. In order to maintain forced perspective, Imagineers have put a harmless deterrent on the tower to keep the birds away from ruining this illusion of size! Pretty smart, huh?
So the next time you take a stroll around the World Showcase, keep an eye out for this pavilion's icon and remember all the thought Disney Imagineers put into this tower to create a seamless piece of France for you to enjoy!
Liberty Square, one of the Magic Kingdom's themed lands, celebrates the era in which our United States was born! As always, Disney Imagineers put in a great deal of effort when designing Liberty Square for it to be both entertaining and historically accurate; and they certainly succeeded! Liberty Square is full of extras and details and historical notes that many guests fail to notice. Hopefully, today's post will remedy that and let you in on some secrets and uknown magic awaiting you at Liberty Square!
~Shutters: The shutters on the buildings in Liberty Square are crooked! Why? In Colonial days, they used leather instead of metal to hang shutters; and after a while, the leather would cause the shutters to lean!
~Sleepy Hollow-This snack stand is home to some unique and delicious snacks, such as Chicken and Rice Soup, Mickey Waffles with toppings, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Iced Coffee, Cappucino, Coke and Root Bear Floats, and more! If you're on a budget, the soup here is just as filling as a meal for some guests, but at a much smaller price! Also, the Ice Cream Sandwiches here consist of a big scoop of ice cream between two, big chocolate chip cookies! They're famous! Finally, who can resist a delicious Mickey Waffle with powdered sugar or other sweet toppings? Yum!
-Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe-This Magic Kingdom store is completely dedicated to Christmas 365 days a year. The Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe has three rooms containing all kinds of Christmas goodies. Be sure to pay attention to the decor of each room as they are meant to look like three different colonial family homes. One part of the shop is owned by a musician, another by a woodcarver, and the last section belongs to a German Immigrant family.
Tip: Sometimes a Disney Cast Member will have a guest visiting the store help decorate one of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe's Christmas trees!
~Bathrooms-During your visit to Liberty Square, be warned that there are hardly any bathrooms. Why? The reason for this is because there was no plumbing in the colonial time period and Disney wanted to keep every detail as historically accurate as possible! The only bathrooms that you can find in Liberty Square are in Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern. Those in Columbia Harbour House are upstairs and technically located in Fantasyland; and there's a small bathroom in Liberty Tree Tavern to satisfy regulations, but expect a wait!
~A Quiet Corner-If enter Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe from Liberty Square, go all the way through to the exit at the end of the shop to reach a shady, secluded area facing Cinderella Castle. Here you can see artists drawing portraits of guests, along with other Disney guests relaxing and getting off their feet, away from much of the crowds and noise. One Cast Member said that mothers often bring their little children here to nap in their strollers. It's a pleasant little corner away from the mayhem to recharge!
~Gazebo-Near the quiet area I mentioned above, you can find a charming gazebo where Princess Tiana from the Princess and the Frog can be often be found!
Tip: Do note that the quiet area near the gazebo can get a little crowded and rowdy when Tiana is visiting!
~Liberty Belle Riverboat-Board this riverboat at Liberty Square and take a cruise around Tom Sawyer Island on the Rivers of America. While it's not an exciting attraction, and can be a little lengthy for eager, young guests, it provides unique views of this area of the park and many adults enjoy a few minutes to relax and enjoy the view!
~Parade-Main Street Electrical Parade runs through Liberty Square. Here you can find great spots to view the parade!
~Liberty Tree-One of my favorite things at Liberty Square is its Liberty Tree. A Liberty Tree is another example of Disney striving for historical accuracy as many towns in the Colonial period had their own Liberty Tree. These trees served as a meeting places. Liberty Square's Liberty Tree has thirteen lanterns hanging from the branches which represent the thirteen colonies! When you're at the Magic Kingdom, check at the Liberty Tree at night to see the lanterns aglow!
~Details-Keep your eyes up when you walk through Liberty Square. You might see two lanterns in a window which pay homage to the lanterns which warned Paul Revere if the British were coming by land or sea!
~Hall of Presidents-Arrive at the Hall of Presidents a few minutes before showtime to explore the lobby. There are displays here showcasing items that belonged to Presidents and even dresses that belonged to some of the First Ladies!