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Unlocking the Secrets: Discovering the “Little Things” That Make Disney World Special

As we prepare for our Walt Disney World vacations, we are always excited about the new and thrilling experiences waiting for us. We look forward to those first rides on Tron: Lightcycle Run or being able to walk through Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana.

Although we look forward to those significant experiences, many little things make our Walt Disney World trips magical and memorable. It would be best if you didn’t miss out on some of these secret little things that make Walt Disney World so unique. Look at our list so you won’t miss any magic during your trip.

Disney Skyliner, FriendShip Boats, Magic Kingdom Ferryboat
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Disney Transportation

Transportation is typically viewed as a means to get from one place to another. Even though this is still the case at Walt Disney World, Disney transportation is also one of those little things we enjoy during our vacations.

When at Walt Disney World, enjoy a nice, relaxing boat ride. You will see parts of the Walt Disney World Property that you won’t otherwise enjoy. Taking a slow ride down the Sassogoula River to Disney Springs or enjoying a ride from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Grand Floridian via the Seven Seas Lagoon is just a little magic everyone should experience at least once during their vacation.

The Skyliner is another mode of transportation that will bring extra magic to a vacation. It isn’t just a way to get from one place to another; it is a ride and an experience all on its own.   Catch a ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Riviera or travel from EPCOT to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We enjoy seeing Walt Disney World from high up.

Also, the Disney monorail is the original mode of transportation that brought magic to guests during their visits. Ride around the Seven Seas Lagoon to enjoy the lake views, Magic Kingdom, and the Disney resorts.

Disney transportation is one of the little things that brings us a lot of extra pixie dust during our stay.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Hidden Areas in the Parks

When most guests head to Walt Disney World, they rush off to a specific ride, show, or attraction once they enter a Disney park. Typically, these experiences are the big rides and thrills on their must-do list. We also love these experiences; however, we have discovered hidden, quiet areas that are just as magical.

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are so many hidden trails and animal viewing areas that we love taking time to just walk around the Park and see what we can find.

World Showcase is full of hidden gems as every country offers unique shops, eating areas, and beautiful areas to relax and enjoy. Even as the busiest Disney park, Magic Kingdom still provides quiet places to enjoy the magic. We love getting a snack and relaxing on the hub grass while people-watching.

Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it might seem hard to find some little things to enjoy, but the well-themed lands of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge provide excellent areas to take in the magic.

These little things hidden throughout the Disney parks are part of the magic. Don’t miss them when you are visiting.

Related: Hidden Spots in Disney for When You Need Quiet

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
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Disney Resort Magic

We mainly focus on the four Disney parks as we plan our trips to Walt Disney World. Although we love heading to one of the four parks daily, the Walt Disney World Resorts also offer plenty of magic for guests. Enjoy your Disney resort instead of rushing off to the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios one morning.

Some magical moments happen every day at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Even though they are little things, they add a lot of magic.

If you have been at a feature pool in the middle of the afternoon, you have probably seen or heard pool activities. Each afternoon at all the Walt Disney World Resorts (weather-dependent), excellent Cast Members head out to the feature pools with activities and fun prepared.

These small activities, such as Disney trivia or hola hoop contests, are small activities that are so much fun for little ones. We love that Disney takes time to add a little extra magic to the afternoon with these fun games and prizes.

Each Walt Disney World Resort also offers unique activities throughout the day. From tye-dying t-shirts at Disney’s Pop Century or painting at Disney’s Beach Club, look for unique daily activities. We love how they are connected to the Walt Disney World Resort and, for a small fee, can be a great souvenir.

Movies under the Stars, Walt Disney World
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Another little thing we enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resorts is the movies under the stars. On select nights, Guests can enjoy a movie outside under the Flordia sky. We realize that most of us have probably seen the chosen movie multiple times; however, there is something special about watching it outside at a Walt Disney World Resort.

Finally, consider getting up early or staying up late one day to enjoy the quiet of your Walt Disney World Resort. There is something magical about watching the resort wake up in the morning or settle in for the night. Take a quick walk around the resort to enjoy the magic of your resort at least once during your trip. You will be amazed at the calm that it will bring you.

When most guests plan a trip to Walt Disney World, we know they are focused on the significant must-do experiences. Although we agree that these are fun and magical, we also enjoy the little things that Disney has to offer. We hope that you will consider enjoying some of these lesser-known magical experiences during your next Walt Disney World vacation.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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