• On Jan 18, 2008
    Melissa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thanks for the extra fun things to do ideas and answering my question so quickly, could you tell me about some not so obvious things to do in the parks, especially MK.  I liked the tour ideas, how about some things that don't cost extra?

    Hi Melissa,
    I did some thinking, and I have some more ideas for some fun and FREE things to do.  Usually an hour after the Magic Kingdom opens, Tom Sawyer's Island opens.  Be on the first raft to the island and then begin to hunt for a paintbrush;  the person who finds it gets fast passes for his/her entire party for Splash or Big Thunder Mountain.  If you are able to sneak away to Guest Services alone, ask them if PUSH the trash can will be making an appearance.  PUSH is a talking, wandering trash can that interacts with guests; you could arrange for your kids up to be surprised.  Similarly, you could hunt for the trash can in Tomorrowland that talks when used.  If you don't mind spending a few dollars before you visit, I'd suggest purchasing Steven Barrett's book on Hidden Mickeys (used copies are usually available on  He has detailed scavenger hunts for hidden Mickeys throughout all of Walt Disney World.  You could even divide up into teams and make it a competition.  
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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