The Disney experts are brilliant when it comes to detail! I mean, there are some next level tricks they have employed to make you immersed in the Disney atmosphere. Last week I talked about my family's TOP 5 FAVORITE SMELLS at WDW, and I could ( and likely will) write a post about the visual tricks used throughout the Magic Kingdom. (I am such a GEEK) Today though, my advice to all WDW visitors is; Watch where you walk.
No, I'm not talking about crowds, strollers or the groups that feel it necessary to stop in the middle of the walkways to contemplate their next move, blocking the flow of visitors trying to get from point A to point B, causing a traffic jam and anxiety! (Sorry, I have feelings about those who block traffic) No, I'm talking about looking down every once in a while. The park pavements are beautifully and purposefully created with texture fitting the area around it and riddled with details that are most often overlooked. Here are a few of my favorites and where to find them. No photos because 1) I didn't take them and 2) Why show everyone exactly where they are and ruin the fun of the hunt?
First up is a huge compass rose. You will find this beauty in the vicinity of the Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. You have or will walk all over this spot a few times on your visit. Heck, I didn't even realize the pavement color had changed! There is at least one other compass rose in the park that I know of, but my lips are sealed so you can explore.
Next up is a hidden gem or I guess gems in Adventureland. The pavement in this "land' is imbedded with broken tiles, "jewelry" and "gems". It's as if a pirate was off to burry his treasure and dropped a few items. The particular spot to look for is an area that is imbedded with a few gold coins, jewelry and gems in one place, grouped together. You will know it when you see it by it's high concentration of loot. This would actually be a cute scavenger hunt idea for your little pirates.
Now over to Hollywood Studios. Two giant foot prints are often overlooked; one of a dinosaur, and one of a "Walker". I'm really embarrassed that I didn't pay attention to these areas before because they are pretty obvious when you do notice. I know when I said dinosaur, you probably thought I meant Animal Kingdom, but no, there is a dino print at the HS park. Trust me! If you never find it, message me and I'll tell you where.
The Animal Kingdom I have to just talk about on the whole! I really don't have a favorite thing to walk on in this park but that doesn't mean I don't suggest looking down. It just means there is SO MUCH to see. Where ever you walk in this park, you are stepping on animal, leaf and even human prints. There are remnants of old buildings, straw, places that are "worn out" or "muddy". The walkways are really a work of art that adds to the feel of you surroundings, whether we notice or not. Check it out when you go, its very interesting.
Epcot is home to my absolute favorite thing to walk on in all of Walt Disney World! The Fiber Optic Pavement! If this awesomeness has an official name, I have no idea what it is. It was a distraction for my tired babies when they were young and is so much fun to watch people discover. Now, obviously you WILL see this without having to pay attention...at night... but if you leave the park early you will walk over it without ever knowing since it looks just like regular walkways during the daylight. After dark, these paved squares look like you are stepping on tiny stars, then they change color and create many different patterns. You really have to see it if you never have, it is some very futuristic Disney magic.
Last but not least is not something you should step on but is a delight when you look down and notice. It is what you could call a "seasonal" or "moving" attraction. (insert giggles) We were lucky enough to witness this bit of Disney cuteness on our last trip. If we had been in a hurry, rushing to the next ride and not looking around us we would not have witnessed the mamma duck walking her adorable babies from a grassy area to a water area. This fluffy entourage had it's own Disney Cast Member as a protective escort. The DCM kept a polite distance between the duck family and the onlookers till they were out of traffic. Cuteness overload, so be on watch for friendly natives next time.
That's it. That's my reasons to Look Down and Watch Your Step at Walt Disney World. Remember to look for the little things that make big magic! Do you have a favorite not mentioned? Tell us about it in the comments!
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