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The Best Kept Secret

Disney Vacation Club often calls itself Disney's "Best Kept Secret"... Not really a secret if you ask me, but for the purpose of this post, we'll go with it.

What wonderful Disney thing do you feel is truly a fabulous "secret" at Walt Disney World? Do you have a secret place? An unsung delicious food choice? Some quirky Disney love that you think doesn't appeal to the typical visitor but you can't live without?

Let us know what you think the best kept Disney secret really is!

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The Turf Club Bar & Grille at the Saratoga Springs resort, a real secret gem.

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I am pretty sure this is not a secret but the wife and i always try get to jellyrolls for the dueling piano's, it is like a little escape from the disney craziness, not that i don't love the disney craziness, but it a great place to go unwind and have some adult fun

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The goat cheese appetizer at Restaurant Marrakesh! It is unbelievably good!

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I was going to say Restaurant Marrakesh, in general. I don't think people give it a chance, because they're nervous about the food. But, the food is delicious, building and decor is gorgeous, and the belly dancer and musicians are great fun.

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I love Restaurant Marrakesh too and always get that goat cheese appetizer! Turf Club is where my husband discovered "Disney Magic" for the first tie, so it holds a special place in my heart.

I've never been to Jelly Rolls! I would love to give it a try sometime.

My secret place would have to be the Top of the World Lounge. I love the view, the theme, the cake! I only wish that I could get there on every trip.

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Vettelover wrote:
The Turf Club Bar & Grille at the Saratoga Springs resort, a real secret gem.

I'll second that!

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This may sound stupid... but for me we usually head to Epcot first, and I just love getting off the bus, and getting past the trees and seeing Spaceship Earth for the first time in a long while. That, and walking down Main Street towards the castle.... just love that feeling you get when you enter a park.

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I love just taking my time and getting to relax at Epcot. When we were working there, my roommates and I would go down to Epcot on one of the days we were off and sit down by the water and call our families. It was so nice to sit down there away from everyone and eat good food and not be bothered.

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The Grand Floridian Cafe! The resort is beautiful and the food is simple and delicious. Usually can walk right up no adr required.

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I think The People Mover! We've raised a little awareness here, but it's still so overlooked...and I'm so thankful! Also, The Writer's Stop at Hollywood Studios, which I have Disney Food Blog to thank for. I love a bookstore, even if I don't read or buy. I just love the quietness, and it's nice to find that in the midst of Disney.

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MicRac wrote:
The Grand Floridian Cafe!

I'll second that one as well!

Another one for me kind of goes along with Marrakesh..but Tangerine Cafe. As far as Counter Service goes *I* think it's THE best ever. Another secret I love is all the trails in AK...you can really get away from the bustle.

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The People Mover has been one of my favorites since I was knee high!

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The People Mover! I cannot believe how many others we talk to who have been more times than us and they have no idea about it!

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Lizzy_B wrote:
I think The People Mover! We've raised a little awareness here, but it's still so overlooked...and I'm so thankful!

This is definitely one of my favorite rides! No lines ever!

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Melissa W wrote:
Lizzy_B wrote:
I think The People Mover! We've raised a little awareness here, but it's still so overlooked...and I'm so thankful!

This is definitely one of my favorite rides! No lines ever!

We love doing the people mover to....it's such a refreshing break from the heat and from being on your feet

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The peoplemover is the best!

The best kept secret for me, which I discovered last year after not doing for years is Kim Possible at EPCOT!

I was so impressed with how fun and engaging it was.
I had always thought it was one of the "kids only" type of things, but my wife and I said .. "Let's just try it"

and it was soo awesome!....not a secret for me any longer! Smile

I want to try all of the countries now laugh

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The waterside benches in Epcot just to the right of Rose & Crown. Can be tough to find empty sometimes, but when it works, it is quiet and calm. Oh, and the tables by the France Slushy kiosk. awesome

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Hello! As for me, the best Disney's secret is how he managed to create the world of fairy-tales which appeal for both kids and their parents. For such a long time the stories told by Disney attract our attention and this success is a real mystery to me.

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I like sitting outside Mission Space and watching the people come off the ride. Provides entertainment for me seeing all the green people yuck

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Slow down, take a break, and have a seat. Watch the fountain and listen to the music at EPCOT. muchlove

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Ducking into the Exposition Hall to watch the old cartoons was my favorite way to get out of the heat. I was just looking it up to remember the name of the building and saw that it has been redone since the last time I went. Is it only for photos now or are the Silly Symphonies still playing? Can't seem to find any information on that.

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Jym's Top-7 Best Kept Disney Secrets
7. Conservation Station
6. Cream Cheese Pretzels (nuf said)
5. The amazing view of Wishes(tm) from in front of Winnie the Pooh.
4. Push, the Trashcan
3. Sanaa
2. DeVine
1. Veteran Cast Members' Stories

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I love the talking trash can! Last time we saw him he was talking to a little girl about 3 who was dressed like a princess. She walked right up to him (it) and kicked him hard, then stomped away. Definitely unprincess-like behavior! I would have been mortified if it was my daughter, but it did make us laugh. Didnt see the parents reaction but it would've been a good video on you tube.

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Disney David wrote:
The peoplemover is the best!

The best kept secret for me, which I discovered last year after not doing for years is Kim Possible at EPCOT!

I was so impressed with how fun and engaging it was.
I had always thought it was one of the "kids only" type of things, but my wife and I said .. "Let's just try it"

and it was soo awesome!....not a secret for me any longer! Smile

I want to try all of the countries now laugh

DD - I hear that's really fun! It has been retired though, to make room for an Agent P (Phineas and Ferb) adventure later this summer. We are CRAZY excited with anticipation for this one!

I'm so glad to see all the People Mover love! I've been thinking, and I have a couple more to add -

-I love sitting below the Liberty Tree, especially at night. I think it's one of the most beautiful sights from the World.
-Not so much a "GrownUps" recommendation, but if you have little ones, I can't say ENOUGH about the Baby Care Centers. They are little oasises (oases? Smile ) in the middle of a sometimes very hot and very crowded place. OH - and shout out to First Aid, too. They are always so helpful and are ready with the bandaids and ibuprofen whenever you need it!

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Disney David wrote:
The peoplemover is the best!

OH - and shout out to First Aid, too. They are always so helpful and are ready with the bandaids and ibuprofen whenever you need it!

Love the People Mover!

On one trip when our son was younger, he was riding the waves in the wave pool, and came in too far to "shore". He got tumbled on the concrete, and was covered in scrapes and "road rash". The first aid people were wonderful! They got him cleaned up, sprayed with antiseptic, bandaged and on his way in no time. By the time he left the hut, he was laughing and not fussing about his scrapes at all.

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Mike had a bad blister one time and one of the cms went and got some moleskin for him! I thought that was above and beyond first aid!

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This is so fantastic hearing all of your secrets!! It's like a veteran guide to stuff we won't miss when we''re on our trip in a couple weeks! Just a question...what's DeVine?

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drj898 wrote:
This is so fantastic hearing all of your secrets!! It's like a veteran guide to stuff we won't miss when we''re on our trip in a couple weeks! Just a question...what's DeVine?

DeVine is in Animal Kingdom. Here's a picture I took of her in November.

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A close up DeVine. I saw when she was walking through the park. I've heard of stories where she hides in the trees and sneaks up on people.

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Gotcha. Thanks!

I'll be an educated and experienced Disney veteran one day...lol