Sidewalk Scavenger Hunt

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?

Gertie the Dinosaur's footprint at Hollywood Studios.  Note how the sidewalk cracked due to her size!

Gertie the Dinosaur’s footprint at Hollywood Studios. Note how the sidewalk cracked due to her size!

Footprints of the circus animals in Magic Kingdom at the Storybook Circus

Footprints of the circus animals in Magic Kingdom at the Storybook Circus

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.

The Brides Ring
The Brides Ring

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!)

One of the many hidden treasures located between The Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride and the Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland
One of the many hidden treasures located between The Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride and the Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland

Survey Markers

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?

Survey Marker

Survey Marker

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?  

 

Red sidewalk in Epcot.  Note the compass rose made with the gray pavement.

Red sidewalk in Epcot. Note the compass rose made with the gray pavement.

Examples of the different color pavement

Examples of the different color pavement

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.

 

In the Germany Pavilion, the bricks create a repeating crescent shape,  indicative of what you might find in a small German town

In the Germany Pavilion, the bricks create a repeating crescent shape, indicative of what you might find in a small German town

Mission Space has the best pavement. The area in front of the attraction has dozens of planets, asteroids, and comets imbedded into the ground.

Planets outside Mission Space.  The lines indicate their orbit pattern

Planets outside Mission Space. The lines indicate their orbit pattern

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.

Fiber optic lights in the pavement outside of Innovations West

Fiber optic lights in the pavement outside of Innovations West

Hidden Mickeys

Searching for hidden Mickeys is not a new idea. But have you ever looked for them in the sidewalks?  How many can you find?

Near the entrance to the FASTPASS queue for Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a classic Mickey is formed by a manhole cover (the "head") and two elephant tracks (the "ears").
Near the entrance to the FASTPASS queue for Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a classic Mickey is formed by a manhole cover (the “head”) and two elephant tracks (the “ears”).

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!

1 comment for “Sidewalk Scavenger Hunt

  1. Narissa
    16 March, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Very nice article, Lorie. I seem to recognize the little girl running towards the Epcot fountain. LOL! Nice job!

Leave a Reply