Walt Disney World is known as the most “magical” place in the world. “Have a Magical Day” is one of the lines most commonly heard out of each cast members’ mouth. But do you know just how magical? Disney World is so full of hidden gems, inside jokes and little details that guests see everyday but don’t realize the significance. Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom get their first taste of Walter E. Disney’s amazingly creative mind as soon as the rope drops.
The Magic Kingdom was designed as if its guests are walking into a movie theater. You must pass through the tunnels of the railroad station in order to get into the park. The WDW Railroad station serves as the “curtain” rising upon the upcoming movie. As you pass through the tunnel, pay attention to the large posters of the rides found throughout the park – these posters are placed there to show guests the “upcoming attractions”.
Once you have passed through the train station tunnels, you will notice the strong smell of freshly popped popcorn. Look to your left where you will find an old fashioned popcorn cart. Do you know why? That wonderfully enticing smell of fresh popcorn creates the illusion that you have just stepped into the lobby of a theater.
As you walk down Main Street, USA towards Cinderella’s Castle, there are shops offering merchandise and food which is what most people pay attention to. There’s more than meets the eye. The 2nd and 3rd story windows of the shops along Main Street represent the “opening credits” to the movie. These windows not only bear the names of fictional businesses but also offer a tribute to those people who were significant to the Disney Company, to the development of the Walt Disney World Resort and their families. For example, Walt’s brother Roy’s name can be found above the Confectionary shop (for those long time visitors, it’s where the old camera shop used to be) as well as his wife’s name and 7 of their children. The last credit is given to Walt Disney himself and can be found above the Ice Cream Parlor. If you are standing facing the castle at the end of Main Street, turn around and look above the Ice Cream Parlor. There is it – the “star” of the show – Walter E. Disney.
And last but not least, the “main attraction” of the your movie experience – Cinderella’s Castle. This is where your “Magical Day” begins. Enjoy the show!