Disney World is the place of dreams and magic. Within all the great things to do and see, there’s also other little details that not many people know about. Disney actually has several areas where cast bronze plaques and memorial walls are part of the decor and experience of the parks. People have been leaving their mark on this world renowned attraction for years.
The first place you’ll notice cast bronze plaques is in The Magic Kingdom. They are all over the park, welcoming guests and reminding them of the great people who created the parks. As you enter the tunnels of the Main Street train station as you walk into the park, there is a well known plaque that greets you with “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy”.
The most famous of memorial plaques in all of Disney World is at the base of the famous statue of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse’s hand. It is written by Roy. O Disney in dedication of his brother, Walt, and it ends with the inspiring line “May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place… a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn – together”.
Cast bronze plaques are also used to welcome guests into each land of the Magic Kingdom; Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. There’s also a unique version of memorial plaques as you enter Magic Kingdom. The floor below is actually made of tiles with dedications on them, whether in memory of a loved one or to commemorate a family who often visits the parks, so they can visit their stone that paves the way to the Magic Kingdom any time they visit.
Something similar was set up in EPCOT, called the “Leave a Legacy” project. As you enter the park, there are stone pillars full of memorial plaques that actually have images of people etched into them with little sayings alongside each. That way someone could leave their legacy to be displayed in the parks for years to come. To think that dozens of years down the line, someone’s children could walk up to a memorial plaque that their mother and father left long ago and see their images etched forever at EPCOT.
Disney World heavily uses plaques to commemorate others as well as guide guests and truly make them feel the history of the parks. They add a beautiful aesthetic to the place and are worth stopping and admiring when you do come across them.