Did You Know?

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY TERRI MILLER

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!

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