Hidden Gems At Disneyland | Favorites

There's a lot of hidden gems hidden around Disneyland, from hidden mickeys to hidden messages. So I decided to share with you all my top 5 favorite hidden gems at Disneyland. Usually when I visit Disneyland, I tend to stop by and glance at my favorite hidden gems. Once in a while I'll see someone else staring at them and I love when I share a smile or spark a conversation with a fellow guest. So let's get into my top 5 favorite hidden gems at Disneyland. 
1. Walt's Light, Main Street U.S.A.

Did you know that Walt Disney had a small but fully functional apartment built into the second floor of the Disneyland Fire Station? This apartment isn't open to the public though you can sometimes peek into it in the "Walk in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps Guided Tour." I've been meaning to do this tour for a while but I'm always trying to book it last minute and it's always sold out. Hopefully one day I will. So the story behind the lamp goes that Walt would put a lit lamp in the window of the firehouse to let people know he was in residence. They now keep a lit lamp in the window to symbolize the idea of Walt's influence or spirit always being present at Disneyland. So next time you visit Disneyland make sure you keep an eye open and look for Walt Disney’s light at the Main Street firehouse.
2. Cheshire Cat in the Mirror, Fantasyland's Mad Hatter shop.

Over at the Mad Hatter shop in Fantasyland there is a special mirror on the wall behind the cash registers. Pay very close attention to this mirror because every few minutes, a friendly little cat appears to smile. The Cheshire Cat comes to life and smiles, only to disappear a moment later. This is a fun hidden gem I love. Next time you are shopping inside the Mad Hatter gift shop, if you happen to try on a hat you might want to look at the mirror above because you might be able to get a glimpse of the Cheshire Cat.
3. Evil Queen Animatronic, Fantasyland's Snow White's Scary Adventures.

In Snow White's Scary Adventures in Fantasyland, the Evil Queen appears in a window for only a few seconds every few minutes. Until about a few years ago, I never noticed her majesty the Evil Queen in the window above. I know I might be late on this hidden gem however, I never noticed her because I am hardly in that area since the lines for both Snow White's Scary Adventures and Peter Pan are always long. Next time you are waiting in line at Peter Pan or passing by, look up at the top of Snow White's Scary Adventures. The Wicked Queen animatronic figure opens the curtains, looks down on the crowd for a few seconds, and then pulls the curtains closed again. 
4. Griffith Park Bench, Main Street U.S.A inside Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

In the foyer of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, there is a park bench where Walt originally came up with the idea of Disneyland while watching his daughters play. This is the real Griffith Park bench, and nearby is one of the actual carousel horses that his daughters used to ride. Unfortunately, you are not able to sit on it. However if you don't mind traveling, if you head over to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco you can actually sit on one. So next time you visit Disneyland, go and see the park bench where Walt Disney originally came up with the idea of Disneyland.
5. Jingles, Fantasyland's King Arthur Carrousel Horses

Lastly, Jingles is possibly the most decorated horse on the King Arthur carousel. Jingles is the lead carousel horse and is easily identified by the rows of jingle bells draped on her body. Another row of bells are wrap around the saddle and she also wears a beautiful flower crown. On April 8, 2008 at Disneyland Park, Disney Management present Julie Andrews with a special carousel horse (Jingles) on the King Arthur’s Carousel. Jingles now commemorates Andrews’ service as a theme park ambassador. It is also a recognition of her many years working with the Disney company. 

In case you are wondering who's Julie Andrew, she played the famous role of Mary Poppins. Since the ceremony that commemorated Julie Andres, Jingles now has hand-painted designs that represent Mary Poppins like her infamous umbrella. There are also three Hidden Mickeys made of jewels on Jingles. One Hidden Mickey can be found next to Mary Poppins' umbrella (Shown Above). The second one is on Jingles' breast-band (Shown Below) and the last one is found on her left hindquarter. Now every time I go to Disneyland, I love riding Jingles. She is so beautiful and while many people might see her as a decorated horse, her story is magical. So make sure to keep an eye out for Jingles next time you happen to be around Fantasyland.
Well I hope you enjoyed my very first post of my Pepper's Favorite series. I had so much fun writing about this and sharing with you all my favorite hidden gems. I'll leave you all with one bonus hidden gem. The Morse Code at the New Orleans Square Train Station. At the Disneyland Train Station, you'll hear Morse Code from the station's telegraph. The series of dots and dashes make up the first few sentences of Walt Disney's opening-day dedication speech at Disneyland on July 17, 1955: 

"To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future." 

If you want to see a video of the morse code click here. Hope you had fun and see you next time.


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  1. I like this one. Def. gotta be on the look out for some of this shit. The light one I knew tho.

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  2. I love this post so much! Just a few reminders of why I love Disneyland so much. I can't wait to see what else you're going to share. I'm even more anxious for my trip back.

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    1. Aww, I'm glad you loved it. I'm always happy to share the magic that Disneyland brings to us all.

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  3. Cant wait to see you at the happiest place in the world.

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