To a child, theme parks are still magical places. Their little spirits... Read more
To a child, theme parks are still magical places. Their little spirits have not been crushed by an uncaring world, and an extensive backlog of Cracked articles have yet to ruin all of their favorite things. So if you are currently at a theme park with a child, please refrain from telling them the truth about Disneyland's Morlock tunnels. Instead, use one of the following tricks to make their stay extra special. Then, in the car ride home, you can tell them how many cats died filming Milo And Otis. Hey, if you have to know, so do they.
Cast Secret Spells At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Harry Potter franchise is a whole magical world hidden in plain sight.
It's no surprise, then, that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is full of Easter eggs for the obsessive and/or extremely bored.
A key element of the attraction are 'spells' that can be cast, using magic wands sold at convenient kiosks, because park designers are evil geniuses.
When you buy a wand, you're given a map with the locations you can use it.
But there are secret spells not listed on the map ...
at least not listed under normal light.
Access A Secret Room In Universal Studios Florida's Men In Black Ride
Like so many rides, Men In Black: Alien Attack tries to make waiting in line less boring.
It doesn't generally work.
In this case, the line goes by sets from the Men In Black movie, but in true MiB fashion, there's a secret world you can access if you know what to look for.
Just ask a staffer, and get special access to the immigration room -- the same one most guests only see through a glass enclosure as they shuffle numbly by, waiting for a brief thrill ride before it's back to work and waiting again, this time for the sweet release of death.
Receive Literal Royal Treatment At The Magic Kingdom
If you win one of Disney World's special sweepstakes or secret random drawings, or -- far more likely knowing you -- just stupidly stumble into the right place at the right time, you might receive a special key that opens the hidden royal chambers -- inside Cinderella's castle.
Ask The Right Questions And Get Bonus Souvenirs From Disneyland
There are Easter eggs hidden all throughout your favorite parks.
Most of the time they're just little mementos.
For example, if you ask an attendant at Disney's Haunted Mansion for a Death Certificate, they'll print one out with your name on it, naively trusting that you won't use it to fake your own death (again).
At Islands Of Adventure's Jurassic Park, you can get a birth certificate for one of the raptors hatched in the dino cloning lab (you even get to name the cute lil' embodiment of man's hubris).
Get A Whole Different Version Of The Great Movie Ride At Disney's Hollywood Studios
The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes you on a tour through amazing movie franchises like Alien, Indiana Jones, and The Wizard Of Oz, as well as other movies, like Tarzan.
Normally, your car gets "hijacked" at the start by a 1930s gangster named Mugsy, who then becomes your tour guide.
That is, unless you ask for the "A" tour.
In that case, the whole ride changes: You stop at a Western set instead of the 1930s, and substitute Mugsy for an old-timey bank robber.
They even pretend to blow up a bank (complete with impressive pyrotechnics) in the process of hijacking your car.