Beneath The Magic: What Happens In The Magic Kingdom Utilidors?

by | Aug 31, 2020 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

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Most Disney fans can tell you about the Magic Kingdom Utilidors, the underground tunnels beneath the theme park. But what really goes on in those secret tunnels?

What Are the Magic Kingdom Utilidors?

When Walt Disney was building the Magic Kingdom, he didn’t want the magic surrounding the park to break for any reason.

Check out this video from Disney Dave for some great images, videos, and a little background on the Utilidors.

He wanted a place for Cast Members to travel between lands, without crossing through Liberty Square dressed like a pirate.

He wanted a place for all the normal goings-on of a theme park to take place right under guests’ noses, without them ever having to smell the trash.

So, Disney decided to build the Magic Kingdom with multiple levels. The ground floor isn’t the one with Cinderella Castle.

Underneath, on the actual ground floor, there’s a series of tunnels housing everything from costuming, an employee cafeteria, and trash compactors. These are the Magic Kingdom Utilidors.

No Guests Allowed

Guests, of course, aren’t allowed on the ground level to walk through the Utilidors. But somehow, that only makes the biggest Disney fans want to see it more!

While a large portion of the Utilidors are off limits to guests, there is a way to see this off-limits area: The Keys to the Kingdom tour.

During this very extensive tour at Walt Disney World, guests are taken backstage to see some of how it all happens. This includes seeing parts of the Utilidors!

How cool is that?

While there’s no filming or photography allowed backstage, check out this video from Magical Meg detailing the tour and everything you get to see.

This is just part one, so if you’re interested, be sure and check out part two as well!

A Secret Subway and Jewelry Sellers?

Some people might tell you the Utilidors are a place where you’ll find half-dressed characters walking around, and Mickeys with no heads.

This isn’t really the truth, but there are a lot of interesting things to see in the off-limits areas of the Utilidors!

In a brand new podcast from Carlye Wisel, called Very Amusing, she discusses “Secret Spaces at Disney Parks.” 

Of course, one of the very first thing she covers is the Utilidors!

I highly recommend you give the podcast a listen. She goes beyond what’s underneath Magic Kingdom and explores other secret locations, like spaces in Cinderella Castle!

Carlye talked to a couple different Disney Cast Members who gave her the inside scoop on the Utilidors.

Did you know there’s actually a Subway (yes, the very popular sandwich chain) for the Cast Members to grab lunch or dinner?

And the cafeteria? Of course, it’s called the Mouseketeria!

The one thing no one would ever guess: according to Cast Members, there’s often a person selling jewelry to those walking around! 

Carlye couldn’t believe it (and neither can I) but she said she confirmed it with multiple sources, and found it to be totally true! How weird is that?

The Trash Compactors

We all know the Utilidors are where trash is funneled around the park so guests never have to see (or smell) it.

There’s one trash compactor leading from Adventureland to the “mouth” of the Utilidor, and another leading from Tomorrowland. 

According to another Cast Member on Carlye’s podcast, when the trash is about to come through the tunnels, a message plays to warn the Cast Members to use another path!

Plus, music plays while it’s all going on. When it’s from Adventureland, “Trashin’ The Camp” from Tarzan is played. When it’s from Tomorrowland, Wall-e gives a performance. 

These are just a few of the things going on underneath your feet while you’re touring the Magic Kingdom.

I wonder what else is happening?

Ready to head to the Magic Kingdom and book your Keys to the Kingdom tour? Get our friends at Destinations to Travel to help you for a totally stress-free planning experience!

Written by Leah Sikes

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Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).
Leah Sikes

Written by Leah Sikes

Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).