One cool fact about Magic Kingdom is that all the attractions, stores, restaurants, and even Cinderella Castle are actually built on the second level. Underneath the theme park is what is called the “utilidors”, which is where employees can quickly move about the park without being seen and also change in/out of their costumes. Also in the utilidors are these long chutes that run beneath the ceiling. These chutes are connected to the trash cans throughout the park, and the garbage is sucked through and carried to an off-site dump.
Because of these lovely garbage tubes, the aroma of the utilidors is anything but magical. In fact, it is pretty gross. Because a few years prior I had been on the “Keys to the Kingdom” tour, which includes bringing guests into the underground layer of Magic Kingdom, I was already somewhat prepared for the off-putting smell. The same can’t be said for the utilidors newbies that frequented my Traditions class, a course all employees have to take in order to become a member of the Disney team. Audible gasps and hands clamped over noses were common reactions from my fellow Disney College Program interns as they entered the utilidors.
You know, Animal Kingdom did not always smell that great either. Between all the animals and wildlife, there was always an interesting combination of smells that greeted you in the morning. That being said, I was reminded of how awful it smells in the utilidors when I worked a random parade shift at Magic Kingdom, and was thankful for my Animal Kingdom smells, ha!
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