The Magic Kingdom opened almost 45 years ago on Oct. 1, 1971.
The Magic Kingdom – the part the guests see – is actually the 2nd story of the Park. They couldn’t build the MK park with a basement because of the high groundwater table.
The 1st floor is where the tunnels, called Utilidors – are located. The tunnels allow Cast Members to move between the different areas and help costumed Cast Members avoid incongruities.
That’s why you never see Tomorrowland Cast Members in Frontierland, and vice versa.
I’ve worked in Adventureland and Fantasyland, and had to take the tunnels all the way from cast parking to my work locations.
Let me tell you, the doors leading upstairs are NOT well marked at all. No one strolls through the tunnels like they do topside. Personally, when I’m in the tunnels, I’m usually power walking at a very brisk pace!
There are signs everywhere banning the use of cell phones and photography of any kind.
Here’s a Disney video of what they’re like: Walking in the Utilidors.
Ever wonder where the parade performers and characters go after the Festival of Fantasy parade ends???
Into the tunnels, of course!!
If you’re interested in seeing the Utilidors for yourself, take the Keys To The Kingdom Tour.
We took it in November 2015: Keys to the Kingdom Tour Review
Experience an Urban Legend during the Keys to the Kingdom Tour!
Enter the underground service tunnels to uncover a mystery that’s absolutely, almost unbelievably, true!
The Guest-accessible areas of Magic Kingdom park are actually on the second floor of a massive structure. The tunnels below, known as “Utilidors,” allow Cast Members, deliveries and even rubbish to be unknowingly transported below Guests’ feet as they wait in line for their favorite attractions. You’ve got to see the Utilidors for yourself!
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