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September 20, 2015

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

In the Magic Kingdom, I checked out a questionable Hidden Mickey image and a few old standards. I like to assure myself that some of the old Hidden Mickeys are still present, as I'm not surprised anymore (although I'm a bit saddened) when Hidden Mickeys disappear.

What do you think about this image in the gift shop at the exit of Space Mountain? It's made of two silver gears and a shadow of a gear above and behind the mannequin. Does the image qualify as a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Christine Peruski and Shawn Robertson.)


Along the entrance and exit of Splash Mountain, the birdhouse acorn Hidden Mickeys are intact. As you pass the photo viewing area on your way out, look over to the entrance queue to spot two classic Mickeys formed by acorns on a birdhouse with a rope ladder. One classic Mickey formation is above a door and below blue roof slats.


The other is on the right side of the birdhouse and near the peanut-shell chimney, above the curve of the red rail. (Other classic Mickey images are simulated elsewhere in the acorns).


I check on Hidden Mickeys traced in cement around Disney World, as these images tend to wear down with time. You can still admire this great classic Mickey on Main Street, U.S.A. It's impressed in the cement outside the Crystal Arts store entrance, on a gray flagstone between the red cement and the bricks of the side street off of Main Street. Find a long crack (between red cement sections) that’s parallel to Main Street and starts in front of the entrance pillars at the store entrance. The gray flagstone is at the end of this crack, and the Hidden Mickey is at the lower right corner of the flagstone as you face the store. (It's in the middle of the photo below.)


Over at Disney Springs, DisneyQuest is still with us for now. What do you think of this image on a wall mural along the queue of Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold? Look for a necklace hanging over the side of a pile of treasure. Is that an upside-down classic Mickey at the end of the necklace? (Thanks to Nick.)


Enjoy the search!

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September 7, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Let's check on a few Hidden Images at the Studios. Our first stop is the Stage 1 Company Store near MuppetVision 3D. Find a ladder in a props display inside an entrance to the store. Look above the second rung from the floor at the black round object behind the ladder. Is this a sideways yellow Cinderella Castle painted on the object? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison.)


If you visit the Studios now, you can certainly sense some of the changes that are coming.


So we might lose the Magic of Disney Animation's Hidden Mickeys. At least, the ornate arches still welcome you to the Animation Courtyard with Goofy...


... and Donald Duck in the design.


What about this image on the floor of an outside display window of the Celebrity 5 & 10 store on Hollywood Boulevard? Do you see a Hidden Mickey in the design? (Thanks to Amanda Hertel.)


In the gift shop at the exit of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, a green guitar with a Hidden Mickey stood upright in a merchandise display. This guitar is no longer in the display, but two similar guitars, one green and one blue, are stuck horizontally on the ceiling in the middle of the shop. Three tiny classic Mickeys are on a silver plate at the base of each guitar. The Mickeys are formed of holes for the "ears" and screws for the "heads." Here's a close-up of the green guitar.


Stay tuned for more Hidden Mickeys to come at the Studios!

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August 24, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

At the exit of the Fantasyland Train Station, follow the path to the area in front of the entrance to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Tracks of a large and a small elephant (Mrs. Jumbo and Dumbo) are imprinted in the cement. These elephant prints come together at times to form classic Hidden Mickeys. Here's a decent classic Mickey image near the entrance to the FastPass queue for Dumbo.

In the last scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, do you see a Hidden Mickey formed by the pans hanging in the kitchen? (Thanks to William Shelton).

Also in the last scene, a Hidden Mickey is (unfortunately) not reliably present on a posted note on the right wall bulletin board. I didn't see one during a recent visit.

Here's a good example of the difference between a Hidden Mickey and a decor Mickey (decorative, meaning not hidden). In Mickey's Star Trader's shop, classic Hidden Mickey holes are drilled in some of the metal support poles holding up merchandise racks. (These support poles with their Hidden Mickeys can be spotted in many Disney stores). The large classic Mickey shapes on top of the support pole and on the rear wall (at the left middle of the photo) are, in my opinion, decor images (not hidden). (Thanks to Justin Lewicki, and Alena White).

I stopped by Mickey's Meet 'n' Greet on Main Street, U.S.A. to check out the gift shop Hidden Mickeys: first, the classic Mickey locks on the metal merchandise display table that faces one of the exits from Mickey's dressing room.

And the classic Mickey-shaped front door of the birdhouse from the now-closed Mickey's Toontown Fair. The colorful birdhouse sits on a tall merchandise cabinet inside the gift shop.

I like Hidden Mickeys to stick around a while!

July 27, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Fort Wilderness

Mickey images are spread throughout the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World. For example, the Disney Navy decorates the front of some of the Sea Raycer display boats with classic Mickey coils of rope. You can often spot this Hidden Mickey at the marinas of various WDW Resorts, including Fort Wilderness. (Thanks to The Lindberg Family).

Look for the following classic Hidden Mickey images inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch Horse Barn. In the room to the right as you enter the barn, Hidden Mickeys decorate the horse bridle gear hanging in a display.

Horse stalls inside the barn are identified by numbers, which are posted on Mickey-shaped labels above the stall gates. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).

At the Campfire Program area near the Meadow Trading Post in the middle of Fort Wilderness, large signs on a wagon advertise "Doctor Terminus," the con artist from the Disney movie "Pete's Dragon." (Thanks to Todd Perlmutter).

Do circles on some of the letters on the sign form Mickey ears?

Many of the Mickey images at Fort Wilderness are decorative and not hidden. Like these classic Mickeys on a building at the Campfire Program area.

And this large decor image on a gate near the Horse Barn.

Decorative or Hidden, Mickey is everywhere at Disney!

July 20, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Harambe Market in Africa can be accessed from the path from Africa to Asia or from an entry near the path to the Wildlife Express Train for Rafiki's Planet Watch. Find new taste experiences in the Harambe Market (e.g. African-style ribs, chicken, sausage, and corn dogs) and new Mickey images! These aren't necessarily Hidden images, but they're interesting nonetheless. Like this one: Mickey Mouse waves at us from an outside building wall near the Wildlife Express Train pathway. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).

Another relaxed Mickey Mouse enjoys hot coffee from a wall inside a seating area for the Harambe Market. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).

What about this Mickey reference? It's in a display behind another of the seating areas for the Market. These particular clothing items are for display only and not for sale.

Over in Asia, along the FASTPASS queue for Expedition Everest, look for this mention of the Disney Imagineers. It's on a blue book under an animal statue, on the left side of an upper shelf of a bookshelf at the side of the queue. (Thanks to Winnie, and Donna McMurrey).

On the Expedition Everest ride, you'll encounter a painted Yeti image above you at the first climb. At the middle left of the Yeti, do you see a Hidden Mickey in the swirls? (Thanks to Winnie, Nancy Blevins, and Troy Kubes).

Disney likes to surprise us; never stop searching!

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July 12, 2015

A Fresh Crop of Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

You know to stay alert for Hidden Mickey images on Disney property. Sometimes, a Hidden Mickey has been in place for a while before people spot it. Take a look at the following interesting images from the Studios. Some are new, but others may have been waiting for us to find them!

You may have seen the classic Hidden Mickey formed on the "o" in "Box # 15" written on a crate at the exit of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. It's on the right side of the room with the guest photo screens.


"Box # 15" is at the upper right of the photo, but look to the lower left. It's another Hidden Mickey formed of the "o" in "Cord"! On the box next to box #15, “Sash Cord” is written at the left side of a piece of tape. The “o” in “Cord” is a black classic Mickey. (Thanks to Tyler and Brandie Bolton.)


You'll need to scream your way to the end of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster to spot this Hidden Mickey. Look to your far left as you exit the ride vehicle. A black classic Mickey is on the wall where the side of a gate connects to the wall. (Thanks to Georgette.)


What about the following two images? One is an outline in relief on a large brown tree root at Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure playground. Find this root at the bottom right side of the film can slide. Do you think this qualifies as a classic Hidden Mickey, tilted sideways to the left? (Thanks to Alena White.)


And another image in a display window of Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer Shop on New York Street. Is there a Hidden Mickey made of circles on the side of this blue cube? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki.)


I'll consider your votes on the Questionable images above. Keep searching!

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June 28, 2015

More Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland Resort

Mickey is hiding throughout the Disneyland Resort in California! I'll mention a few great Hidden Mickeys first and then ask your opinion about two other images.

At the Disneyland Hotel, paintings hang on the second floor walls in the Convention Center area. Glance around for a painting of Space Mountain. In the sky at the upper left is a fireworks classic (three-circle) Mickey tilted to the left. (Thanks to April Beisser).

While you're shopping in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney, look high for these two Hidden Mickeys. In a mural near the ceiling on the right side of the Princess room near the center of the store, above an opening to the next room, a classic Mickey hides above the center arch of a covered walkway on the bridge over the canal. The bridge is behind Goofy the Gondolier and Lady and the Tramp sharing spaghetti. (Thanks to Ashley Cabrera).

In a mural near the ceiling on the left side of the Princess room, another tiny white classic Mickey is on an Oriental archway to the right of Cruella De Vil and several Dalmatians. (Thanks to Mehlanie Kayra).

What do you think of this image? While you're shooting targets on Toy Story Midway Mania in Paradise Pier, stay alert for colorful gears on the wall as you change scenes early along the ride. Do you see a convincing Hidden Mickey in the gears? (Thanks to The Waidmann Family).

And what about this image? A jar of washers sits high on a shelf about halfway along the rear wall of the first room in the seating area to the right as you enter Flo's V8 Cafe in Cars Land. Is there a convincing upside-down classic Hidden Mickey in the washers? (Thanks to Steve Orme).

Enjoy the search!

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June 1, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure

Stroll along the magnificent promenade around the lagoon in Paradise Pier and stay alert for Hidden Mickeys! First, hop on Toy Story Midway Mania and watch for the screen with target balloons in front of the volcano spewing lava. If you pop the middle 100-point balloon on the second tier, a light faint classic Mickey appears on the rear surface in the lava behind the balloons. (Extra circles and zeros may appear in a photo of the 3-D image). (Thanks to Jennifer Oliphant, Catherine Conroy, Holly Haider, Robert Huntington, Evelyn Vides, Mari, Rosemary and Neil [], Jessica Van Linge, and Tara Jacob).

Now look for the screen with moving white plates. At one point, a large front plate aligns with smaller plates behind it to form a classic Mickey. (Thanks to Rosemary and Neil []).

Mosey over to Goofy's Sky School. Along the standby entrance queue, check the walls for cork bulletin boards. On the first board, three round impressions in the cork form a classic Mickey. It’s tilted to the right, and it’s at the right lower side of the upside-down note that says, “Notice to Appear.”

A similar classic Hidden Mickey made of impressions is on the second bulletin board on another wall along the queue line. This one is tilted to the left and is partially covered by the left side of a handwritten letter that says “Dear Teach.” Look above the right upper corner of a note that reads “I Fix Planes!” to spot it. (Thanks to Jasmine Martinez, Rosemary and Neil [], and Sam Vanderspek).

Always study Disney shops for hidden images! At the Seaside Souvenirs shop, one or more Mickey balloons is painted high on the walls behind merchandise shelves. Also, two brown Nautilus submarines are in these murals behind the shelves. (“Nautilus” is the submarine, commanded by Captain Nemo, in Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.) (Thanks to John Martinez).

Happy Hunting!

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May 25, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland's Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort is smack dab in the middle of the two theme parks and the three on-site hotels. It's filled with colorful shops and restaurants, and, in the evening, with quality music from live artists performing all along the promenade. Great Hidden Mickeys can be found here, too! I highlight a few of them below.

Let's begin inside the huge World of Disney store. Murals with bubbles are high on the walls of a room near the end of the store closest to the parks. One mural on the right side of the room has three bubbles that form a small classic Mickey tilted to the left. Find it in the middle of the mural, just to the middle right of a white plate floating in the air over the middle of a brown washtub. (Thanks to Josh and Alyssa and Melody Hadeen, and Kim Bacon).

Check out this cool image in the Ridemakerz store. A red, white, and black classic Hidden Mickey (with stylized white "R" and red "Z" letters on the "head" and each "ear" of the Mickey) is on the back middle of a silver metal wheel with spokes. Find this wheel perched high atop a display of small model cars at the front of the store. (Thanks to Bobby Naus).

At the left side of the Rainforest Café sign, a classic Hidden Mickey, tilted to the left, is in the middle of the circle bumps on the green lizard's neck. This image is similar to the ones on the Rainforest Cafe signs at Walt Disney World.

At the entrance to Downtown Disney from Disneyland Hotel, tile paintings created by children are posted along the right side of the walkway across from the ESPN Zone store. Small classic Hidden Mickeys can usually be found in the paintings. This artwork is created to raise funds for a Children's Hospital. (Note: these paintings are changed periodically). (Thanks to Kim Bacon, and Sherrie Cotton).

In the World of Disney store, some of the round merchandise bins have classic Mickeys encircling the top and classic Mickey-shaped feet. These bins are showing up in various stores in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Enjoy the search!

May 17, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

For a Disney aficionado, nothing compares with a stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. in Walt Disney's original park, and for me, the occasional Hidden Mickey adds to the allure! I'll highlight some new and time-honored Hidden Mickeys along this marvelous street.

Inside the Main Street Magic Shop, along the front counter on the left, a white rope on a display shelf is coiled into a classic Mickey shape. (Thanks to Zoe, and Rosemary and Neil []).

While inside the Magic Shop, look up! Cards are stuck on the ceiling, and a black classic Mickey is in the center of the Ace of Clubs card. (Thanks to Ethan Holmes, and Chris Strodder).

At the entrance to the Penny Arcade, a small classic Mickey hides between the play buttons on a game machine called "Pinocchio, Make Him Dance." (Thanks to Luis Valdez).

In the Emporium Store, check out a room with toys at the end of the store closest to Carnation Café. A toy train makes a circuit on a track above you along the walls. Stand near the small water tower at one corner of the room. Every third or so trip around the track, the train stops in front of the water tower, and a classic Hidden Mickey lights up at the upper right side of the tower. You can also usually spot the faint Hidden Mickey image when it's not lit up. (Thanks to Darin Thompson, and Jason Gall).

It's time for ice cream! But before you indulge, study an outside window of the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. The words "Ice Cream Floats" are on a window to the right, and a pink classic Mickey is midway up the right leg of the letter "A" in the word "Floats." (Thanks to Amy Gervais).

Happy Hunting!

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