The magic of Disney is in their attention to detail, and the sidewalks were not left out! You and your family will pound many miles of pavement when you visit the Disney Parks and Resorts. So let’s go on a scavenger hunt and see how many delightful details can be found on the ground!
Footprints, Tracks, and Fossils
In many areas the pavement takes on the look and feel of dirt and mud. All sorts of footprints, tracks, and fossils were imbedded into the cement to make it look realistic. You should be able to find the tracks of cars, bicycles, animals, and the imprints of fallen leaves and sticks. Don’t forget to look in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood Studios for the hand and footprints of celebrities. How many can you find?
Seek Hidden Treasure
Who knew you could find hidden treasure imbedded in the sidewalks! One of the most famous treasures is the bride’s ring in the queue of the Haunted Mansion. Legend has it that this ring belongs to Master Gracey’s bride.
Next, head over to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom and see how many different pieces of jewelry, gems, tiles, and coins you can find around the Flying Carpets of Aladdin. (Watch out for the camel, he spits!)
Survey markers are objects used to mark key survey points on the Earth’s surface. There are hundreds of survey markers all over the Disney properties! To get you started, here’s one that is locate outside an entrance to Mouse Gear. The marker is located on top of a curb that separates the walkway from landscaping. The mark is approximate 3 feet from the wall of the building. Who will be the first in your group to find one?
Look for Color
Do you know why the Walt Disney World sidewalks are that reddish color? Disney worked with Kodak to determine that photos taken by guests will look better with a red sidewalk instead of grey concrete. Disney uses a reddish-brown to suggest the earth of the Wild West in Frontierland, grey to represent the future in Tomorrowland, and blue in Morocco and Epcot. What colors can you find?
Lights, Patterns and Designs
Pavement color, texture, and material are used extensively throughout all of the parks to create a setting. When you visit the World Showcase in Epcot, take a look at how the pavement is stamped into brick and stone patterns to represent the style and design of the country you are visiting.
Mission Space has the best pavement. The area in front of the attraction has dozens of planets, asteroids, and comets imbedded into the ground.
In a small area in front of Innovations West there are sections of pavement that have been outfitted with fiber optic lights that they dance and change colors after the sun sets.
Searching for hidden Mickeys is not a new idea. But have you ever looked for them in the sidewalks? How many can you find?
So the next time your family seems more like a group of evil villains, turn the walking into a scavenger hunt and see what treasures can be found on the ground! Take lots of pictures and at the end of the day, see who had the most unique find! You just might find something that noone else has discovered yet!
Best of luck!