10.) Character Palooza - We almost don't wait to post this secret because it's so awesome and still unknown to most guests, but we just can't resist! On nights when Fantasmic is being shown at Hollywood Studios, a mixture of characters appear on the Streets of America to meet and greet with guests! This event is not announced or advertised and can vary due by season and due to inclement weather. Also, you never know what characters will show up, but just to name a few that have made appearances include: Captain Hook, Belle, Jafar, Meeko, Pocahontas, and even Stitch!
9.) Resort Pin Trading Boards - Most Disney Resorts have a pin board kept behind the counter that they will let you see if you just ask! It's one of the best ways to do a little pin trading and few guests know about it!
8.) Grand Floridian Live Music - In the Grand Floridian's lobby, you can often find a big band performing period tunes such as "As Times Goes By" or some classic Disney tunes, such as "Beauty and the Beast," "A Whole New World," or "This is Love." If the band isn't playing, a pianist may be playing the grand piano on the lobby floor, and sometimes guests start dancing!
6.) Epcot Pavement - At night, in Epcot's Future World, be sure to look down to see the seemingly magical twinkling sidewalks! It's a big hit with kids and is sure to charm you too!
5.) Watch a Parade While You Dine - Some of the windows at Tony's Restaurant on Main Street USA offer prime parade viewing if you get the right table at the right time! Also, the second floor of Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom offers a lofty view of the park's Jammin' Jungle Parade in the afternoon.
4.) Souvenir Licenses - While we can't guarantee it, many transportation operators around WDW have honorary licenses or trading cards to hand out. Just ask for one when riding the Monorail, a Disney Bus, a Ferry, or even the Liberty Belle Riverboat. They make great (rare) souvenirs!
2.) No Gum or Pepsi - When visiting WDW, there are two things that you will not find for sale: chewing gum and Pepsi. Why no chewing gum? Have you ever seen other theme parks, or even your local supermarket parking lot? There's gum everywhere and it really takes away from the clean, always opening day look that Disney offers. So if you want gum, you best bring your own. Secondly, Disney has a partnership with Coca-Cola, meaning that there is no Pepsi sold at the parks or resorts; and since we prefer Coke anyway, that's just fine with us!
1.) Pirates of the Caribbean & Splash Mountain are Neighbors - Yes, this is true! I know that when you're in the park, these two attractions are a pretty good distance apart; but behind the scenes, these two rides are right next door to on another as they both require and hold a lot of water! It's a whole new world behind the fences and doors! For example, the above picture (apart from the Cast Members and Bears) shows a path that leads to a backstage area where it's clear that Splash and Pirates are really close together!)