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20 Best Disney World Secrets

Those who have been to Disney World several times in their life may think they have seen it all. The truth is that there are many Disney World secrets that not all park guests take the time to notice. These interesting & little-known details are part of what makes going to Disney World such a magical experience.

Best Disney World Secrets

How Many of these Disney World Secrets did you know?

1. When you arrive at any of the Disney World parks, you can stop by the ticket kiosk or guest services and get a free Disney Celebratory Pin. These pins are just one of many free Disney souvenirs you can get at the parks.

2. Disney Photographers will take pictures with YOUR camera/phone for FREE. Just hand them your camera and they will take a picture for you!

Sprinkling of Pixie Dust at the Harmony Barber Shop

3. You can get a free dusting of pixie dust at the Barber Shop on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom. As long as they aren’t too busy, just pop in the shop and request to be sprinkled with pixie dust.

4. The Flag at the top of Main Street USA is put up & down daily. One of the things you can enjoy seeing is the Flag Retreat ceremony that happens daily at Magic Kingdom.

5. If you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, you can have your purchases from gift shops delivered to your resort.

It can take up to 48 hours to arrive, so just don’t do it on the last day of your vacation.

Animal Kingdom Pins

6. Buy the cheapest Disney pin and then trade with Cast Members for the more expensive ones!

You will find Disney pins at just about any gift shop at the resorts or parks. Just be sure to follow these pin trading tips!

Hidden Mickey in Caballeros Ride

7. Disney Imagineers carefully placed hidden images of Mickey Mouse throughout all four of the Disney parks.

These images are referred to as Hidden Mickeys and they are fun to look for!

8. You CANNOT bring selfie sticks to the parks so leave them at home (otherwise they will take them at the gate). Don’t worry, you can get them back.

They will keep them at guest services for you to grab on your way out of the park.

9. One of the best Disney World tips I can give those of you who aren’t traveling with little kids is to utilize the single-rider lines.

Not all rides have them, but the ones that do will make your line time minimal!

10. One of our most popular Disney World secrets isn’t really a secret, but something very few people know about.

That is the Disney ride swap. If you are traveling with little ones who can’t ride a ride, ask for a kids swap.

One adult rides while the other waits (at the front of the line). Then they swap places for the second adult to ride.

Disney Balloons

11. If your kids pop their Disney Balloon, they will replace it for FREE.

Just take the receipt and the remains of the balloon with you.

Kids Meal at Disney

12. Adults can eat off the kid’s menu at quick service counters.

You can order whatever you want and Disney doesn’t care!

A lot of times, the kid’s meals are just the right amount for adults.

13. Disney Visa cardholders get special perks, like FREE photos, discounts at some restaurants & % off your purchase at gift shops! I love this card!

14. Disney World gift shops stay open 1 hour after the park rides are shut down.

It is the best time to shop because there is hardly anyone inside.

Get Free Water in Starbucks

15. You can get a complimentary cup of ice water for FREE at any quick service counter. Disney wants you to stay hydrated!

16. You can order food a la carte on just about any quick service menu. Just ask when you place your order and they will accommodate.

Roasting Marshmallows at Disney Resorts

17. Just about every Disney World resort does a FREE campfire in the early evening where you can roast marshmallows.

They also have FREE Movie Under the Stars nights!

If you are paying to stay on the property, you should take advantage of these fun activities.

18. Parking is FREE at Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon. Parking is free everywhere else only if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

19. You can walk right through the center of Cinderella’s castle. You will find some beautiful mosaic murals telling her story.

20. As you walk into Haunted Mansion, look for the Headstone for Leota right near the entrance to the mansion. Watch it carefully…

Chip & Dale Statue in Magic Kingdom

With all the hustle and bustle of a trip to Disney World, it is easy to overlook some of the details. Next time you are at any of the parks, I suggest you slow down a little so that you can find some other Disney World secrets that we haven’t listed here.

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Leigh Ann

Monday 16th of October 2017

Thank you! I definitely learned a few things. Going to Disney in February.


Monday 16th of October 2017

February is one of our favorite times to go to Disney! You should have a fabulous time with lower crowds.


Saturday 10th of September 2016

Parking is free at Water Parks. The bus service to resorts does run at the Waterparks as well. In order to get to another park would require more than one bus transfer.


Friday 9th of September 2016

I love your tips! So glad a friend introduced us to it, as we are taking our first trip yo Disney in a few weeks! If parking is free at the water parks, can you take a shuttle to the other parks?

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