Disney Theme Park Hidden Secrets

Two If By Sea

American History is ripe with heroic tales of patriotism, many of which provide dramatic backdrops to Disney attractions like the Hall of Presidents.  Lincoln is well documented.  Ben Franklin, yes, he’s important.  Washington, sure.  But perhaps no patriot stands so tall as that immortal giant who carved himself into history with the simple act of […]

The Cartographer’s Crate

There are several visual gags right at the exit dock of the Jungle Cruise.  Those wonderful Disney name puns show up on a chalkboard, and there’s that cage with the bent bars, obviously for holding gorillas (or small children).  But my favorite detail doesn’t look like a joke at all, and unless you are intimately […]

Anatomy of the Haunted Mansion Stretch Room

The Haunted Mansion is known as the pinnacle of Disney Illusioneering — from the Pepper’s Ghost effect in the ballroom to the one-way glass of the Hitchhiking Ghosts.  But consider the Haunted Mansion Stretch Room in the Magic Kingdom, which actually has two stretching rooms. And all the stars must align or the whole illusion falls apart. […]

Spook Hill

I love a good roadside attraction, and as it happens, there’s a pretty cool one not too far from Walt Disney World.  It’s called Spook Hill, and the idea is that if you park your car on Spook Hill and put it into neutral, your car will roll uphill!  You can find these sorts of […]

Lions, check. Tigers, check.

Hidden Mickeys are such a big deal now for casual fans.  But these aren’t really secrets anymore, not with Disney publishing big yellow books on how to find them.  No, the real money is in finding tributes to other lesser known characters (and no, you can’t just put a bow on it and call it […]