Terrific Tuesdays: What’s Hiding Below Magic Kingdom?

100_0042-1Magic is happening all around Walt Disney World Resort. As you walk down Main Street at Magic Kingdom, there is magic happening right under your feet too, with a 9 acre system of corridors, rooms and service areas known as the Utilidors, running underground at the Magic Kingdom.

Once while in Disneyland, Walt Disney saw a Frontierland cast member dressed as a sheriff, in Tomorrowland. He thought that having a sheriff walk thru the area ruined the illusion of Tomorrowland. This prompted him to develop the Utilidors at Magic Kingdom.

Technically the Utilidors are not underground. Due to the high water table in Florida there is no way to successfully built down. Therefore the Utilidors are built on the first floor as a foundation with Magic Kingdom being built on the second and third floors. When the Seven Seas Lagoon was dug out, the dirt was removed and added on top of the Utilidors so Magic Kingdom could be built on top of them.

Below Magic Kingdom lies an entire infrastructure. There are sewer lines, water pipes, computer cables as well as a state of the art trash system. The trash is moved thru pneumatic tubes to a central collection point. In short they use a high tech vacuum system to get the trash from one place to another. There are 29 access points across the park so you don’t have to be in a land where you do not belong while in costume. There are no access points in the Storybook Circus area since that was built onto the park in later years. 

Some of the rooms underneath the Magic Kingdom are cafeterias, rehearsal studio, hair salon, computer room, security, banking, laundry, merchandise and much more. As a non cast member the only way you can see this system is by taking either the Keys to the Kingdom tour or the Backstage Magic tour. You must be 16 years or older to participate in these tours.

Next time you are walking down Main Street in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World you will not see it, but will know the magic is happening right below your feet.

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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