Disney is the best place on earth – I think we can all agree on that, right? But it can be really quite expensive, especially if you’re travelling from abroad to visit and have had to book flights, accommodation and get food for all the family too. Then throw in the park tickets on top of that, along with all the merchandise the kids are wanting – you can see why it’s the holiday of a lifetime for many families!
But if you play your cards right, you can have a lot of extra fun on your Disney holiday without splashing all the extra cash. All the below are available to any Disney guest for free – have fun!
We Disney fans like to get as much Disney insider info as we possibly can, whether that’s taking one of the Backstage Magic behind the scenes tours (so excited to hopefully be doing Marceline to Magic Kingdom next year!) or reading up on where the creators have stealthed away Hidden Mickeys in the background of movies.
Mickey was a replacement for Oswald
Every big Disney fan I’m sure already knows this one! Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt Disney’s first big creation, in 1927. It wasn’t until 1928 that Walt discovered that Universal Pictures, who his studios were then operating under, owned a lot more of Oswald than he first realised. They had taken on most of his staff under their own contract and retained the rights to Oswald. Walt Disney and a loyal animator, Ub Iwerks, refused to continue working under Universal and created their own replacement for Oswald.
As I’m sure any seasoned Disney fan knows, there are plenty of things you can do at WDW where you don’t necessarily need to spend money, or at least, plenty of Disney themed things you can do without an entry ticket. Visiting the hotels is big one of these, but there are several others too such as Celebration, Disney’s own town, which I’ll post about at some point, and the one I’m talking about today: Disney’s BoardWalk.
One of my absolute favourite things about Disney World is the hidden details – the things that an average person might walk straight past and not notice on the way to jump onto a ride, but that a real Disney enthusiast lives for. These are the things that make up that Disney atmosphere that we crave – such as the fact that you won’t find any chewing gum in the parks or that you’ll never spot a character out of place as they travel secretly “backstage”.
But one of the real treats of visiting the Disney parks is searching out Hidden Mickeys. You might ask: