The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World – Book Review

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With Disney Social Media Moms 2013 just around the corner, I’ve been searching online for hidden gems at Disney World. I love finding things to see and do that might not be out in the open. I love Disney’s attention to detail, so when I came across The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom I had to buy it.  I was thrilled to find all of these hidden gems in one place.

Hidden Magic of DisneyI came across this book in the bookstore and thought I would just flip through it, mentally make a couple of notes, and then return it to the shelf. Instead, I found myself flipping from one page to the next, amazed at the amount of history, tips, and fascinating facts inside.

When I got home I settled in and read 1/2 the book in one evening! I know I’ll spend the next few weeks saying to Dave and everyone else in our party, “Did you know…?” and “Look at this!”

Here’s a peek at just a sampling of some of the hidden magic found in the book:

  • Only one flag on the Main Street Town Square is real.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table used to be called King Stefan’s Banquet Hall but there were eyebrows raised at why Sleeping Beauty’s dad would have a room in Cinderella’s Castle
  • When strolling around Liberty Square you’ll see the houses have addresses with only 2 numbers on them, add an “18″ to each number and you’ll have the year of that style of house would have been popular
  • The central rose had to be added to the fence built around Cinderella Castle had to be added after the fact because children kept sticking their heads through and getting stuck!

Just a word of note, this book was published in 2009. So while it is an older book, it’s important to realize that some of the things mentioned may no longer be there. It’s good to do a quick search online before marking anything down as a must-see.

Even though it’s 3 years old now, I think The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World a wonderful book full of the history and detail of the parks. I enjoyed the Magic Kingdom Timeline and learned so much from it alone, that it made purchasing the book worth it.

Product was not provided. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Julie Wood says:

    I find this book to be fascinating and I would love to tread it. I like all things Disney and did not know about the interesting facts that this book has.

  2. Robin Wilson says:

    I’ve never been to Disney, but it’s on my bucket list of things to do! You didn’t say if this book had any pictures, but I have always been fascinated about how Disney is run. Especially info about the “underground” city!

  3. Sonya Morris says:

    We are hoping to go to Disney this year, this would be a great read before we go!

  4. Olivia Rubin says:

    Trying to think of some other hidden gems I learned of while working in the Magic Kingdom…I guess I know more about ride construction and presentation/illusion from doing walk throughs of rides at the end of the night. ….Peter Pans know the cars that are driving around England that appear when you are flying over head, well it is a black band with fluorescent dashes no bigger than a half of inch in length, just dashes that appear to be cars. Wendy is reading “children of god” to micheal, and they are rubber chocolate chip cookies. In Its a Small World, you have to get a tectnis shot if you work that ride.And if you shout “Andy’s coming” all the army men and toys will freeze!

  5. Sarah L says:

    I’ll have to look for this book before our trip in October. Thanks for the info.

  6. Great idea to buy the book before going. I wish I would have before we went. I felt like we only experienced half of what we could have.

  7. Sandy VanHoey says:

    How cool….I want this book too. My daughter will be taking my grandson at the end of the month…she would love reading this before she goes.

  8. This would be such a cool gift for a Disney lover.

  9. Olivia Rubin says:

    I hope you have taken the underground tour. With all the enthusiasm you have for Disney, you are surely one to appreciate all that is behind the scenes. As a former Magic Kingdom employee/hostess, I can tell that you that the rumors of a zoo are true. Yes, there is a zoo underneath the magic kingdom with entrances throughout the park. There is also a bank, a vending machine that dispense $10 socks and a seperate zip code for it all.

  10. saminder gumer says:

    this is so cool. i never knew some of the secrets and i bet some of them are pretty amazing.

  11. Awesome idea. I have to get this for my husband he is taking my daughter in June

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  12. Jennifer Marie says:

    That is a good reminder to to check to make sure things are still there before you go. Even though 3 years isn’t that long, things do get updated.

  13. Sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  14. This sounds like such a cool book! Thanks for the review.

  15. This sounds so cool! I will have to look for it.

  16. Austin Baroudi says:

    My mom has this book! I love it!

  17. Jennifer Marie says:

    sounds like a good book-I will have to tell my friend about this-she thinks she knows everything about magic kingdom :)

  18. This sounds great. We’ve been talking about a family trip to Walt Disney and this would be perfect for the older kids. I know they’d love to know all the “hidden” secrets.

  19. Elisabeth says:

    ohh this would be a great gift for a Disney lover!

  20. Tiffany Winner says:

    it’s fun knowing all the behind-the-scenes stuff

  21. courtney b says:

    i love disney world- one day i plan on taking all the kids!

  22. I would have loved to have this book when we took the kids when they were little but now …I have grand kids to look forward to bringing. I will definitely check out this book before my next trip!

  23. Thanks for the great review! Am going to pass this on to my daughter!

  24. Jean Fisher says:

    I must check this out before our trip to Walt Disney World later this year. I think I’ll feel like we’re getting so much more out of what we’re seeing!

  25. chelesa sims says:

    this looks like a fasanating book and i will have to pick it up

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