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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