It’s the season for Easter eggs – and by Easter eggs, I mean hidden references and secrets that are always so exciting to find. Walt Disney World is fantastic for Easter-egg seeking nerds because the theme parks are full of them! Check out a few of my favorite Magic Kingdom Easter eggs.
In the pet cemetery by the Haunted Mansion exit, you can see a statue of Mr. Toad in the back to the left, an homage to the former Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride that used to be located in Fantasyland. On the same note, when you ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, you can see a picture of Mr. Toad handing a deed to Owl, as this was the former location of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
One of our favorite places for Magic Kingdom Easter eggs is the Haunted Mansion because of all the mysterious stories woven into the attraction. For an extra layer of mystery, see if you can spot the wedding ring embedded in the ground in the Haunted Mansion queue.
Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, when you go through the graveyard scene and see the four singing busts, the fallen bust is the face of Thurl Ravenscroft, who was the main vocalist for the ride’s main song, Grim Grinnin’ Ghosts.
Do you remember the movie A Christmas Story? Remember the voice of the narrator? You can hear that same voice, the voice of Jean Shephard, in Walt Disney World where he’s the voice of the father on the Carousel of Progress.
Inside The Chapeau on Main Street USA , pick up the party line phone to listen in on some conversations. Another favorite Main Street detail is the ‘singing lessons’ – go to the very back of the alley next to Uptown Jewelers and listen.
Throughout the theme parks, you can also spot ‘hidden Mickeys’, or the classic three-circle Mickey shape. These can be found in the art and architecture of the parks, in queues and attractions, in restaurants – basically anywhere. They’re fun to look for during your visit. One of our favorites is on Splash Mountain – in a scene where you see the alligator fishing, look for a Mickey-shaped red bobber.
If you’re a Disney nerd like me and really interested in seeing more hidden references and learning more about the history of the parks, I recommend looking at a backstage tour like this one.
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