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    Post your WDW little-known secrets

    This thread is to post secrets about WDW that meet two criteria:

    1) You yourself, or someone in your party, found it out during your trip. Basically, you were there when it was discovered.

    2) It's not common knowledge amongst Disney fandom (i.e. no "Did you know Everest has no backside?")

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    If anyone wastes their time by going to that House of the Future thing at Epcot's Innoventions, where you have Home Theater PCs, hybrid SUVs, and other emerging tech hustled by a CM, take a close look at the HP tablet laptop in the "girl's room." It's the one where the CM supposedly writes a hand-writes note on her blog using the tablet PC's touchscreen, telling her to do her homework.

    When the crowd moves across the walkway to look at the other things, get a close look at that tablet PC. Chances are the CM will leave it right where they found it which means if you have normal vision you can see it pretty well from the guardrail. For all I know, you may be able to ask for a closer look at it, and they may oblige.

    If you look nice and close, you'll notice it's running MacOS. Sort of. The whole screen appears to be a full-sized Flash animation. At least, that's what I'm betting it is. That's the only thing I could think of that would fill the screen, animate the "web page" on screen, and have that level of detail. And for whatever reason WDI designed it to look like a Mac screen even though it's on an HP PC.

    Also, the web browser "throbber" (the thing that animates while loading a page, like the spinning E in explorer) on that screen is the old EPCOT Center "nucleus" logo.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    On Main Street there is a barber shop. Disneyland could use one, I wouldnt mind getting a haircut then!

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Frank Wells has the highest window on Main Street USA.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    "If you had Wings" went by another moniker when Eastern dropped out and before Delta took over and the ride was changed and renamed "Dreamflight".

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Most people don't know that you can ask to sit in the front of the monorail. You might have to wait for a second train but the trip is well worth it and they sometimes give out these neat little copilot licenses.

    Always take the open line people AREN'T taking. You don't know how many times a 40 minute wait for a ride, turned into a 5 minute wait, all because I took the other line instead of the one everyone else was taking. (POTC is a great example of this)

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore!

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Quote Originally Posted by SummerInFL
    Always take the open line people AREN'T taking. You don't know how many times a 40 minute wait for a ride, turned into a 5 minute wait, all because I took the other line instead of the one everyone else was taking. (POTC is a great example of this)
    Just out of curiosity, what rides have "alternate lines"?

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist_of_Fate
    Just out of curiosity, what rides have "alternate lines"?
    I think Summer just means don't necessarily follow the herd. Look around to see if there is another line that most people aren't going to, simply because they're following the person in front of them. PotC is the best example, since most people automatically follow the right line, when the left line may be open. Another example is the boiler room in ToT. Many people just queue up without moving further ahead to the other load platform.

    Anyway, as for my secret?

    The raven in the Haunted Mansion appears so many times for two main reasons: One, he was supposed to be the original narrator to the ride, before the disembodied Ghost Host. And secondly, just as in the famous Poe poem, the raven appears over and over, symbolizing the slow descent into madness.
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    I love the Raven.

    On the TTA when the page "Mr Morrow, Mr Tom Morrow" that is a reference to Flight to the Moon's old Mission Control Operator.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist_of_Fate
    Just out of curiosity, what rides have "alternate lines"?
    With the advent of FP, now most rides have alternates. But originally, some rides like Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain and BTM had dual lines going into the ride. I always went to the left. Moved faster.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    *psst!* as long as it is past the first time on your fastpass, you're golden... unless it's soarin' they'll still let you in after it's expired.

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    You can actually see the warehouse the haunted mansion ride takes place in, if you look above the exit.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist_of_Fate
    Just out of curiosity, what rides have "alternate lines"?
    People have really answered this question but yes I mainly mean "don't follow the herd"

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvstitch
    *psst!* as long as it is past the first time on your fastpass, you're golden... unless it's soarin' they'll still let you in after it's expired.
    Best known trick in the book, so to speak.

    One I've heard from Bellhops but never followed is that if you sit in the back and the guests in front of you put their hands up and block the picture you can say something and ride it again.

    The wait queue for Space Mountain is always exaggerated by 15-20 minutes. When it says 20 minutes it usually means, walk-on until you get to the front and choose a side.

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    Re: Post your WDW little-known secrets

    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan

    The wait queue for Space Mountain is always exaggerated by 15-20 minutes. When it says 20 minutes it usually means, walk-on until you get to the front and choose a side.
    Now THAT is beautiful information.

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