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General Magic Kingdom Secrets

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  1. On average 15 children get lost every day in the Magic Kingdom and have to be reunited with their parents by Cast Members. The longest time that a child's parents went missing was 7.5 hours!
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  2. I recently went on the Keys to the Kingdom tour and was amazed how much the Magic Kingdom was thought out. For example, Walt wanted the park to be like a "show", so the Walt Disney Railroad Station acts like the curtain hiding all the contents of the "show". Also the only place you can see the Contemporary Resort in the park is from Tomorrowland which ties in with the futuristic theme. The only place you can see the Grand Floridian Resort is from the Walt Disney Railroad Station which ties in with the Victorian theme of the station. We rode the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, The Haunted Mansion, The Pirates of The Caribbean (we weren't supposed to ride "Pirates" but, we had the director of all Disney Tours (Chris was his name) was one of our tour guides and he let us ride it and he pointed out a hidden Mickey and told us the official story of "Pirates"), and we went into the utiltors. We all had a great time(I recommend it) and ask for Illiana and Chris(they are really good)
    REPORTED: anon 29 APR 98
  3. Many people seem to think that the ferryboats between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom are on a track. Just because they only go what looks to be straight across the lake. In actuality, it's not a straight shot. Also, for those boats to be on a track, there would have to be a huge switch underwater in front of each slip so that the boat could change tracks to go the other direction. That alone would created a rather large wave each time the thing moved. Also, anyone who rents the small rental boats on the lakes should stay out of the area where the ferryboats cross. I have seen cast members on the boats shooing reckless boaters away and the lake patrol boats out scolding them.
    REPORTED: Melinda 27 JAN 01

  4. Every night the maint. staff hoses down the park with over 120 degree water so all the gum will melt off of the mid-ways and cue-lines.
    REPORTED: Speed 30 OCT 98
  5. The Magic Kingdom does 68 tons of laundery per day and generates 115 pounds of lint!!
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97

  6. How to get to the Center Building behind the Magic Kingdom? This road is open to the public. From the Crossroads shopping area just outside of Lake Buena Vista Village, take 535 away from the Interstate, up about a block to the Texaco station and turn left. This road goes through a few golf courses and resorts, through many twists and turns, and finally, after several miles ends up at a stop light in the absolute middle.
    REPORTED: Michael Littell 04 OCT 95
    You'll never get to the buildings behind the Magic Kingdom using Littell's route, at least if you don't have security clearance. There's a much more direct way by which the usually unsuspecting guest finds himself or herself on the Magic Kingdom's service roads.
    UPDATE: SM 13 OCT 95

  7. The central location for garbage processing is also where floats are stored. The same floats are used for different types of parades by refitting them.
    REPORTED: Mike Kaply 10 AUG 95
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 29 MAR 98
    CONFIRMED: Brent Altenhof 30 MAR 97
    You can see parade float storage and entrance, garbage processing area, the storage area for the electric light boats, Splash Mountain's water recycling building and more from space.

  8. The Magic Kingdom can hold 100,000 people. Although they close the parking lots when it reaches 75,000, guests can still catch buses from the resorts.
    REPORTED: W. Todd Stephenson 11 JAN 96
    T. Stephenson reported that the Magic Kingdom holds 100,000 people. I'd like to add that in the summer of 1985, during the July 4th celebration, within 3 hours of opening, the Magic Kingdom had a head count of 100,000 people! I know...I was one of them! The park had to close its doors because there was literally no room to hold another body! Try enjoying that in 95+ degree heat and humidity! Needless to say, by lunch time, I headed back to our trailer and opted to visit the campground pool for the rest of the afternoon!!
    CLARIFICATION: Mary Glenn Crutchley 12 MAR 96
  9. For every three trees you see in the Magic Kingdom, there is one tree "behind the scenes" that is the similar size and looks. These trees are kept in case a tree is damaged during a storm it can be replaced at night without anyone knowing it was missing!
    REPORTED: Dawn 18 MAY 97

  10. There is a program called C.H.I.P. at the Kingdom. C.H.I.P. (Character Hotline Information Program) allows any Cast Member to call and locate any character for a guest. This program, combined with the character accessibility of Toontown, has all but eliminated guests who complain that they didn't see a certain character.
    REPORTED: anon 09 JUL 96

  11. The best place to watch the fireworks is from behind 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, by the pool thing where they do repairs on a lot of the rides.
    REPORTED: Jessica Winn 27 MAY 97
    Best places to see the fireworks: on the bridge leading from Main Street to Tomorrowland; from the top of the Contemporary Resort for a different perspective.
    UPDATE: Chris Cooper 19 SEP 98
    I have noticed that a lot of people put different places to watch the fireworks but no one made a reference to the Ferry Boats. My wife and I have seasonal year round passes and we have been on the boats at night going to the Magic Kingdom when the fireworks go off. It is a sight not to miss.
    UPDATE: Chris Scauzillo 06 DEC 99
    One of the best places to view the Fantasy In the Sky Fireworks is from "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin" in Adventureland while riding it (don't expect to see the whole fireworks show or be able to ride again) or from the Rockettower Plaza Ride (I can't remember the exact name of it, but you'll know it when you see it in Tomorrowland). Otherwise, try to see it from Main Street, USA, where guests are treated not only to the fireworks show, but to a light show that encompasses Cinderella's Castle. A NOTE THAT I HAVE NOTICED THAT DISAPPOINTS MANY LATE NIGHT GUESTS: Just because you can see Cinderalla's Castle from the vista from the top of the Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland does not mean that you will get a good view of the fireworks. The Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks is designed to be seen from Main Street, USA. You see from that vantage point that the fireworks come from above the Castle, but in reality, it comes from a straight line about 300 yards behind the castle, which is about 150 yards behind the park.
    UPDATE: Marcus -- Cast Member at Magic Kingdom 07 MAY 02
  12. Disney has a "adopt a backstage area" and "adopt a tunnel" program in Magic Kingdom. This is for employees that would like to keep these areas clean. I was in the backstage area in back of Splash Mountain because the ride broke down and it was a mess. They really do a good job of hiding it all..
    REPORTED: Scott Cimakosky 30 JUL 98
  13. As you walk from land to land, look down. The walkways/pavement changes as you move from one land to another.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 21 SEP 96
  14. As you walk from Liberty Square, into Frontierland, just before the Diamond Horseshoe, there is a metal plate that goes across the entire width of the walkway. Under that plate, water runs to the lake. This stream represents the Mississippi River. To the east is Liberty Square symbolizing the eastern part of the United States with its colonial architecture and early American theme. To the west is the early American frontier of Frontierland. If you look at the pavement, it changes on either side of the "Mississippi" following the Magic Kingdom's design of changing the walkways as you move from one land to another.
    REPORTED: Arthur Young 21 SEP 98
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 21 SEP 98
  15. Although there are many great locations outside the Magic Kingdom that offer a high rise view of the nightly fireworks, I would recommend that an excellent location within the park itself is on the bridge between the Castle and Tommorowland. I have used this vantage point on numerous occasions and have always had an unrestricted view. Plus, you are real close to those hidden speakers, so you get the full effect of the music too!!!
    REPORTED: Chris Neilson 23 OCT 97
    Another great place to watch the fireworks is in the small rose garden to the right of the castle. The is usually no one there and your almost right under the firworks.
    UPDATE: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
    The best place to view the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is from the train station platform or right at the Main Street center. The best place to get an up close view of Tinker Bell is the walkway between Main Street and Tommorowland. She fly's right over the walkway.
    UPDATE: Kevin 11 DEC 98
  16. We saw a wild bunny in the Park
    REPORTED: John, Amy, JB, Karrie and Robbie Cholnoky 27 DEC 98
    We saw a bunny near the T&TC and another near the Mad Tea Party.
    CONFIRMED: Kyle5555 07 AUG 99

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