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  • On Sep 11, 2022
    Greg from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    what are the hidden gems of Magic Kindom, and Hollywood parks

    Welcome to planDisney, Greg! You've come to the right place! I love that you asked about hidden gems at Walt Disney World Resort. Too often, I go right past some of the most intricate details rushing off to a headliner attraction. I'd be happy to share some of my favorite places and experiences!

    Let's start with Magic Kingdom Park
    *Tom Sawyer Island is only accessible by raft and is an excellent place for self-guided exploration and spontaneous play, including trails, caves, and bouncing suspension bridges. 
    *Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was built in 1917, making it the oldest ride in the park. Look for the horse with the gold ribbon tied around its tail; it is rumored to be Cinderella's horse.
    *Liberty Square is immersed in history. The Liberty Bell was cast from the same mold used to create the original. The Liberty Tree (next to the tavern) features 13 lanterns; this oak tree is over 100 years old and was transplanted from another location on Walt Disney World property. 
    *The Main Street, U.S.A. Flag Retreat is a patriotic ceremony that occurs each evening. The "Star Spangled Banner" plays while the flag is lowered.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios:
    *50's Prime Time Café serves a divine Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake. Just be sure not to put your elbows on the table! 
    *Walt Disney Presents is perfect for true Disney fans and has two parts. The first is a self-guided tour through a gallery featuring memorabilia from the Disney archives, including a replica of Walt's office and his Oscar statues. The second part is a 15-minute film that details Walt's life story.
    *BaseLine Tap House has great charcuterie boards and Bavarian pretzels. It's the perfect place to stop for a mid-day snack.
    *In Toy Story Land, you shrink down to the size of a toy! Look down to see Andy's massive footprint in the pavement
    *Ask a Cast Member about activating "Chewbacca Mode" before riding Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run!

    I hope you experience a few of these, Greg, and then come up with a few of your own! See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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