TOP SECRET - Disney Tunnels EXPOSED!

Real Estate Agent with Ekday Realty - Opening Dec 2007

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I can't believe what I'm about to post. Trust me, it's not because I took a Mickey oath saying I would never discuss the "behind-the-scenes" stuff at Disney, but just because I'm not really a Disney fan.

I guess I should preface this post with my brief history, and why I'm qualified to even discuss this.

First, I am a native Floridian - one of only four (number might be off slightly). I was born in Miami, but moved to Orlando when I was 6 months old. I was raised on the west side of town, very near Disney - close enough to see the fireworks nightly - actually, as a kid, I just heard them nightly, and they always woke me up. Like almost every Orlando resident, I served my time working for the mouse, spending 7 years on and off, working in Epcot attractions (RIP World of Motion and Horizons - or MOHO for you CMs out there), and various roles in the Magic Kingdom. When I finally turned in my ears, I was one of the 5 Mike Fink Keelboaters that brought the keelboats from Liberty Square to its rightful home in Frontierland, after serving a year in the tunnels as an operations manager.

The reason I'm writing this is because, for some strange reason, my last two clients asked me what I did before becoming a real estate broker. I went through my resume, discussing my experience as a financial planner, licensed stock broker, marketing specialist, teacher, and yep, a little bit of time at Disney during high school and college. Why that's the ONLY job they hear, I'll never know, but it is. Then the conversation turns to Disney stuff. Are there really tunnels under Disney? Are there really hidden Mickeys? Did you see Walt's frozen head? I guess these questions really only come from buyers from outside of Florida, but having 2 clients in the past week get into this discussion prompted me to write about "The Tunnels."

The Tunnels under the Magic Kingdom

When you get hired by Disney, you become a Cast Member (or CM for short). You are required to attend a Traditions class (mine was 4 days long, but I believe they have shortened it to 1 or 2). It's all rah-rah during Traditions. They teach you a very detailed history of Walt, the park, the characters, and how to look and act when you're "on stage." According to the class, Walt was walking through Disneyland and saw a Frontierland character walking through Fantasyland, and thought it killed the perception of the theme for that land. There's a very long, interesting story about how Walt came to Orlando and bought land under the radar, as he planned his new theme park - the Magic Kingdom. He decided he wanted people to be able to escape reality and needed a way to keep cast members in their designated areas. The tunnels were born - and if you really want to sound like you know what you're talking about, they're called the "Utilidor," short for utilities corridor.

Anyone who lives in Orlando knows that if you dig deeper than 6 feet, you'll hit water. So how can there be tunnels UNDER the magic Kingdom? Well, because the park is built on the 2nd floor (technically speaking). the tunnels are at ground level, and the park is built on top of them. They serve many purposes, the main one being the ability to get from wardrobe to your spot, "on stage," without crossing lands. It also gives cast members a much easier way to get to their destination without having to fight crowds.

So what's in the tunnels?

Lot's of stuff. Here's a map:

mk tunnel map

At the top of the map is the tunnel entrance. As a cast member, you park in a parking lot about 1 mile away from the tunnel entrance, and take a bus to the tunnels. If you're hungry, your first stop with be the "Mouseketeria." Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and amazing omelettes are available for a fraction of the cost of the park prices. The "mouseketeria is immediatly on your right as you enter the tunnels from the bus (on the left in the map). If you look to the right of the entrance on the map, you will see costuming, and locker rooms. The best part of working in the Magic Kingdom was being able to show up in shorts and a t-shirt. You walk up to a window and say the name of the area or attraction you'll be working for that day, and your measurements, and they hand you a freshly laundered (questionable) costume. You change, and travel the utlilidor to your final destination.

If you look at the map, you'll notice the tunnels are fairly simple. It's a large circle, with a line through it. There are other sections that branch off of the tunnel, but only a few. To make things easier, the tunnels have lines on the ground that are color-coded for the section of the park that is directly above you. To travel the tunnels faster, there are bikes parked at many of the exits to the park - so they say. I often saw people on bikes, but never saw one waiting for me to jump on. From wardrobe to the back of the tunnels is about a 10 minute walk if you travel around the circle.

In the map, each of the park's "Lands" are labeled. Here's a map of the Magic Kigdom to give you some idea of where the tunnels are in relationship.

mk map

What Else is down there?

Disney has an amazing trash system called the AVAC system. The trash is sucked through tunnels to a centralized collection area. Walking through the tunnels, you know when trash is flying by you - it's very loud. There are service vehicles driving around all over the place. There is plenty of room for you to walk, and a full-size truck to pass by. They deliver merchandise to each area via the tunnels so you never have to see a delivery truck "on-stage." There are also offices, storage, kitchens, break rooms, two employee cafeterias, including the Fantasyland Dining Room, Kingdom Kutters (a hair salon), a Fire Prevention Center, Studio "D" and many of the support departments for the Magic Kingdom.

So how do you get out of the tunnels?

There are so many unmarked doors in the Magic Kingdom, you would never think that most of them lead to a stairwell that leads to the tunnels. Here is a list of most of the exit doors and their locations from the internal phone book:

  • Stairway 1 - to Pinochio Village Haus
  • Stairway 4 - to Liberty Square, Columbia harbor House, and Peter Pan
  • Stairway 5 - to Fantasyland Theatre (Lion king)
  • Stairway 9 - to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland
  • Stairway 10 - to theHall of Presidents
  • Stairway 12 - to Ye Old Christmas Shoppe
  • Stairway 13 - to Liberty Square and Adventureland Veranda
  • Stairway 16 - to Adventureland and Frontierland
  • Stairway 17 - to Crystal Palace and First Aid
  • Stairway 18 - to MO-8
  • Stairway 19 - to MO-6 and West Parking Lot
  • Stairway 20 - to Town Square Kitchen
  • Stairway 21 - to MO-5 and East Parking Lot
  • Stairway 22 - to MO-7
  • Stairway 24 - to Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • Stairway 25 - to Mickey's Star Traders
  • Stairway 27 - to Transportarium
  • Stairway ? - to Tinkerbell's Treasures
If you've ever curious about the Magic Kingdom Tunnels in Orlando, I hope this has answered all your questions. Why is it on my Real Estate blog? Well, because I work in Orlando, and my clients have asked me about it. For some reason, the tunnels have always been a local mystery. I intended to shed some light on the subject. If you're an Orlando Realtor and you find this post, the next time someone asks you about Disney, you'll have a wealth of information to share with them.

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Anonymous #20
Rodney Chalfant

Shaun, who are you CIA, this is only an ex-employee sharing what one can learn from the history channel.  Calling this ex-employee a Rat! Makes you Suspect.  Have you worked for Walt? or are you more concerned about this information becoming public for more secret reasons which have to do with the government desiring to keep these tunnels secret in case of a National Emergency were thousand's of people could find refuge in case of the worst possible senerio's such as a Nucular Weapon being lunched upon Orlando.  Is it your plan along with your buddies to save only a select few who have been chosen to survivle this holicost which is planned to take our Countries population down to less than 100 million people.  Yes, I've said it.  The plan of modern day secret government is to eliminate our present day population by 2/3 percent over 4 1/2 Billion people dying by our own Weapons being set off by people of power who will go under bunkers such as the one Walt built for his employee's as we both know from being both Walt Disney Employee's and Government Employee's the truth of what is about to happen to America as the United Nations is going to claim that countries like Iran, and North Korea are the reason we have set these Nucular Weapons off against these nations as well as our own nation.  Yes, again I said it.  There are people within our own government in high places who see the only solution to this economical crisis in America is to eliminate 2/3 of the Earth's population by convincing America and the rest of the world that we all must set off the remainder of the Nuclear Weapon's which America has over 2000 as Russia has over 1000 while the rest of the World only has a few hundred.

Why do you thing this man along with others don't want you to know about the Disney Tunnels as this will be one of the best places of refuge during the Nucular Holicost which will be taking place very soon as these World Leaders who will be giving the Orders to destroy the Earth as we know it are almost in place like that of a Chest game.  I have no problem in you calling me a Whistle blower as the most significant news I can share is the truth.  You may ask the question why am I not in panic myself as I have five children and a grandson myself?  The answer is my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as I know the moment I die that I will be present with the Lord as he promised in his word.  John 3:16-17 John 14: 1-2  Don't fear as God Loves You just as you are invite his son Jesus Christ into your life as your personnal Savior.  I John 1:9  Romans 3:23 & 6:23 as God promises us Eternal Life.  



April 21, 2012 12:23 AM
Anonymous #21

Seriously. "Rodney Chalfant" Shut up and keep your Bible crap to yourself.

May 22, 2012 09:18 AM
Anonymous #22

Thank you for posting all this information about the tunnels below the Magic kingdom in Walt Disney World. It can't be that big of a secret if they give tours to anyone who will pay the additional fee they charge.  Are there any tunnels below Disneyland in Anaheim?  I have been to both parks and they both look identically clean and had cast members stay only within their perspective areas. Also, I don't think the tunnel system below the Magic Kingdom would be prepared well enough to help people survive a nuclear holocaust. You'd have to have extremely thick concrete bunkers, complex air filtration systems, be completely self contained and be able to be completely sealed, etc.  Thanks again shaun for the posting.  God bless!

August 16, 2012 04:10 PM
Anonymous #23

How hard would it be to get in and out without being caught. What would happen if you were caught.

September 18, 2012 01:55 PM
Anonymous #24

i have heard there are some in epcot but it is small

April 02, 2013 05:47 PM
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