Did You Know?
The Magic Kingdom continues to amaze everyone, including me! While the park will be ever changing, some historical fun facts still remain. It’s always fun to hunt down old and new trivia! So, let’s dive into the Magic Kingdom!
You’ve likely heard of Hidden Mickeys, but have you ever searched for weathervanes? There are weathervanes on many Magic Kingdom buildings. Keep an eye out for a Rooster, a Moose, an Elf-like man (with a long nose), and a Crocodile!
Have you ever noticed that the entire length of Main Street, U.S.A. is bordered by red pavement? It’s as if the red carpet has been rolled out just for you! In reality, when Kodak was consulted, they revealed that this particular shade of red really enhances guest photographs—especially in contrast with the green grass.
Did you know that Fire Station 71 is a nod to 1971, the year that the Magic Kingdom opened? The door to the left of Main Street Fashion and Apparel also recognizes this important year with an inscription… Check it out the next time that you’re there!
There are plenty of benches in Town Square, but two benches contain special friends! You’ll find a bench with Goofy near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant—take a seat, he just might engage in a conversation with you! Roy Disney often sits with Minnie Mouse on a bench near City Hall. From one visit to the next, you might notice that these characters tend to move around a bit!
When you enter Cinderella’s chamber in Princess Fairytale Hall, notice the open book on the table in front of the window in the center of the room. It is open to the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which serves as a tribute to Walt’s first animated feature film, as well as Snow White’s Scary Adventures—the former attraction housed in this space.
Want to find another book? Inside Bonjour! Village Gifts, to the left of Phil Holmes portrait, is another open book; it’s the story of Beauty and the Beast in French.
Have you ever visited the Cartography shop? It’s located near Journey of the Little Mermaid. At the top of the Cartography shop is a weathervane (yep, another one for you weathervane hunters) in the shape of a squid—a tribute to Harper Goff and the attraction that once sat here: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
There is so much to discover at the Barnstormer. As you disembark your plane, look for the green bottle of airsickness pills sitting in front of the Second Aid crate.
The Liberty Square Tree has thirteen lanterns hanging from its branches, each lantern representing one of the original thirteen colonies.
There is a German family, by name of Kepple, living above Ye Olde Christmas Shop. The name “Kepple” is on the heart-shaped hex sign hanging outside to the right of the front door. What’s significant about the name Keppel? It honors Walt Disney’s paternal Grandfather, Kepple Elias Disney!