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September 26, 2016

Hidden Mickeys at Disney Springs and Epcot

New shops and restaurants at Disney Springs may bring us new Hidden Mickeys. At least, we need to stay alert for new images.

What about these bushes on the top level of the Coca-Cola store at The Landing? They're planted beside the Rooftop Beverage Bar. A classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Donna McMurrey).
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Here's another group of bushes in the same location. Hidden Mickey?
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In a previous blog, I posted a possible Hidden Mickey formed by decor wall plates inside Frontera Cocina. Here's another image from the same group of plates, which are on the wall between the restrooms. This image is at the middle left of the photo, and it's tilted to the right. What do you think?
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The Hidden Mickey inside the West Side Starbucks is still present! On a wall inside the seating area, an interactive electronic screen periodically allows you to draw inside white picture frames. Classic Mickeys are in the corners of a frame at the top middle of the screen.
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Over at Epcot, much of Innoventions is undergoing renovations and updates, but Colortopia is still up and running! When you spin wheels in an interactive display on a wall inside Colortopia, colors of the wheels merge into a different color specific for each wheel. Three of the wheels, one on each panel, have partial red and yellow classic Hidden Mickeys that are visible before you spin them. (Thanks to Larry Brooks, and Nick Skiles).
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Keep searching!


September 11, 2016

Hidden Mickeys at Kidani Village and Disney Springs

Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village has some awesome Hidden Mickeys . . . and some questionable images. I'd like your opinion on a few images I'm wondering about.

Walk down the rear stairs from the main lobby toward Sanaa Restaurant and study the back surface of the rock wall that supports the stairs you just came down. Near the far right edge (as you face the wall) are these faint impressions in the rock wall. A sideways Hidden Mickey tilted right? (Thanks to Donald Torr).
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Go out the rear door behind you and outside toward the fire pit. Look for a rust-colored series of big rocks to the right of the walkway before you reach the fire pit. Do you see any classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickeys impressed in the rock? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Outside the front entrance of the main lobby and to the right, walk to the Samawati Springs Pool area. You can usually access the area through the entrance gate. Several great Hidden Mickeys, as well as some questionable images, are scattered around this area. Here's an image impressed in the rock in the children's water play area, just to the left of the exit opening of the water slide. It's tilted to the left. What do you think? (Thanks to Keri Madeira).
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These three pebbles are embedded in the short rock wall that borders one side of the children's water play area. They're near the end of the rock wall that's closer to the exit walkway. Hidden Mickey?
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Recently, I had a tasty dinner of authentic Mexican food at Frontera Cocina in The Landing, Disney Springs. Various plates hang on the wall between the restrooms inside. There's got to be one or more decent classic Hidden Mickeys among the plates, don't you think? What about this one?
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Hidden Mickeys can be fun!

August 29, 2016

Hidden Mickeys on the BoardWalk

Take a look a some questionable images inside recently opened AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk, adjacent to the Flying Fish Restaurant. After you walk inside through the main entrance door from the BoardWalk promenade, turn around and stare above the door you came through. Keys are on both sides of a design above the "Exit" sign. What about the ends of the keys - sideways classic Hidden Mickeys? Looks close, right? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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To the left of the same "Exit" sign is a 'club' suit playing card symbol: an upside-down Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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A similar club suit image is in the wallpaper on the walls of the hallway to the restrooms.
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How about this lock hanging on a wall in the hallway to the restrooms? Many locks with similar shapes can be found around Walt Disney World. Is this lock close enough to count as a classic Hidden Mickey?
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Over inside the newly renovated Flying Fish Restaurant are a few images to consider. Like this one: in the small waiting area in front of the check-in counter, suggestive circles are in the side supports of a bench. Any Hidden Mickeys here?
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Always study new carpets! This is the new Flying Fish carpet - what do you think?
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Here's a lighting fixture on a wall of the room at the rear of the Flying Fish Restaurant. Do the circles suggest anything?
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August 14, 2016

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I want to take you around Walt Disney World to find various images that may or may not be Hidden Mickeys. Let me know what you think.

On "it's a small world," a scene of Great Britain is in the first room to the left of your boat. In the architectural design of one of the buildings, do you see an "M M" design that might represent the first letters of "Mickey Mouse"? (Thanks to Kimberly Rosati).
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As an aside, you know that Hidden Mickeys disappear from time to time. While enjoying "Living with the Land" at Epcot, I was quite disappointed to discover that the great wire mesh Hidden Minnie in the shrimp tubes was gone! I hope she returns, but at least the Hidden Mickey was still there.
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This next one is certainly not a purposeful image, but we do look for Hidden Mickeys everywhere, don't we? This television sits in the Tune-In Lounge next to 50's Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Do the dials and screen make a Mickey? (Thanks to the Hade Family).
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Over at the Grand Floridian Resort, this painting on the wall behind the cashier's counter at the front of the M. Mouse Mercantile shop changes at times. Look for two Mickey images in the current painting: one is a shadow of Mickey hat ears on the ground, and the second image is a classic Mickey formed by bushes at the shore line across the water. I hope this painting sticks around! (Thanks to Annie P.).
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Also at the Grand Floridian, find this mural on the lower level of the lobby to the left of the scenic elevator doors. A trio of leaves hangs just below the right side of the rim of the vase. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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The hunt for Hidden Mickeys lives on!


July 18, 2016

Questionable Hidden Mickeys in the Disneyland Resort

Take a look at some images from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The first photo is from the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. In the stretching room, one picture shows an alligator with gaping jaws under a woman on a tightrope. Do any of the alligator's green, round scales form a classic, three-circle Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Lisa Sentif, and Jason Gall.)
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Inside the Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland, a photo of John Wesley Hardin (a notorious outlaw who became a lawyer) hangs on a wall in a room to the right as you enter the store. Just to the left of his right (as you face the photo) forearm, a design in the cabinetry woodwork has markings that resemble a face. Is it Mickey's face? (Thanks to Bobby Naus and friend).
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At Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure, order something sweet at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. While you're waiting for your just reward, study a mural at the right side of the rear wall behind the counters. A tree stands in a sidewalk along a street and to the right of a red trolley. Do the round leaf clusters at the top middle of the tree (or anywhere in the tree) make a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Sharon Gee).
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In Cars Land, check out Sarge's Surplus Hut. As you enter, three green tarp rolls or mats are stacked high on a shelf along a wall to your right. An upside-down classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Madison Dunn, and Sharon Gee).
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Have fun with the search!

July 6, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

We continue to be intrigued by circular images on Disney property, like the ones below. Are some of these images purposeful - planned and placed by the Imagineers? I'd like to know what you think.

In the Riverside Depot store on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom, a mural on the wall behind the cashier's desk has these green swirls. The mural is near the first entrance door you come to on the main walkway from the Oasis. Do you see a classic Hidden Mickey in the swirls? (Thanks to Tanya Brooks).
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A plaster relief on the stone wall inside the seating area behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments sort of resembles Mickey, or does it? It's on the wall nearest the path from Asia and is above and to the right of the Baloo image we know and love. (Thanks to The Hade Family).
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Over in DinoLand U.S.A., the cement crack Hidden Mickey in the parking space across from TriceraTop Spin is well-known. Here is another set of cracks in the cement close to Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures shop. Is it close enough to be included in the Hidden Mickey catalog? (Thanks to Matthew and Emma Turrisi).
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The Cretaceous Trail starts not far from Chester & Hester's. About halfway along the trail is this group of animal footprints embedded in the cement. Can you appreciate a Hidden Mickey here? (Thanks to April Beisser).
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On hot days (that would be most days in Florida), Disney is encouraging guests to drink water frequently, and (free!) water dispensers are showing up in the parks and resorts. Here's one I saw in the lower lobby of the Contemporary Resort. As you can see, there's often a citrusy Hidden Mickey in the dispenser!
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June 29, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

I'm constantly amazed at the new Hidden Mickeys (new for me, at least!) that folks tell me about. Like this one in DinoLand U.S.A. - walk to the rear entrance of Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures shop to find this classic Hidden Mickey, made of dark spots at the lower left of the left side of a "Cold Drinks" dispenser. It's just above the lower red horizontal band. I hope it lasts! (Thanks to Alicia Dakins).
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Here's a cool Hidden Mickey image in The Boneyard. Upstairs to the rear left in a fenced-off archeology display, a small full-body Mickey figurine sits on the horizontal bar of a red bicycle. Various plastic dinosaurs perch on other parts of the bicycle. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Some Hidden Mickeys are changed over time due to weather or other external effects. This upside-down classic Mickey image seems to been distorted over the years. It's on the back of The Tree of Life - visible from the path between Africa and Asia. To find it, look above the eye of the hippopotamus. What do you think?
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As you're exiting the park, stop by the restrooms to your right before the turnstiles. What about these rocks in the wall in front of the restrooms? A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to DisneyR&N).
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Enjoy the hunt!


June 5, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Resorts

As you know, some images seem more convincing than others as Hidden Mickeys. I like to get opinions on the ones that are questionable. In Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, I've walked over the following image many times without spotting it. Evidently, some Cast Members consider this group of circles one of the larger Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom. It's a large circle surrounded by four "ears" in the tile pattern on the ground at the transition from Adventureland to Frontierland, near Pirates of the Caribbean. Is it close enough to be a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to jadekitty).
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Objects hang from the ceiling in a small display room near the restrooms and to the right of the gift shop at the exit from Pirates of the Caribbean. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Terry Foreacre).
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In the Boys' Bedroom up high in the Swiss Family Treehouse, does this plate with cups above it form a Hidden Mickey?
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At the Grand Floridian Resort, on a wall outside the entrance to 1900 Park Fare Restaurant, circles in the center of the framed design might suggest a Hidden Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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On the fourth floor of the Contemporary Resort, look for this painting of a Centaurette (from the movie Fantasia) on an outside wall of the store in the middle of the lobby. A group of red and yellow flowers on the ground under the middle of the Centaurette suggest a classic Hidden Mickey, or does it? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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How about the ears and head of one or more of these skunks on the grand mural in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort? Do you see Mickey? You can see these skunks from the fourth floor, on the wall facing the Contempo Cafe. (Thanks to Deonna Hores).
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Have fun searching for Hidden Mickeys!


May 22, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Rafiki's Planet Watch, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Ride the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch and enjoy a few Hidden Mickeys. Like this one made of insect nets hanging on a rear wall of the Veterinary Treatment room at the back of Conservation Station. The nets are next to the doors to the Treatment/Prep Room. Thankfully, this image has been maintained for a while! (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison, and Joe).
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As you probably remember, Cast Members often shave a classic Hidden Mickey image in the fur of one of the animals in Affection Section. I spotted this guy recently.
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In Affection Section, I watched a Cast Member training a goat to hop on and off a tree stump. She had lots of yummy snacks in her hand!
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Back in Africa, what do you think of this image on the rear wall of the seating area behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments? At the top right of the wall, some folks see an animal (a lion?) running to the right.
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Happy Hunting!


May 7, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom

One fine, sunny Florida afternoon, I visited Disney's Animal Kingdom to check out a few Hidden Images in Africa. As you know, new Hidden Mickeys can appear from time to time, especially in refurbished areas. Like this striped Mickey Mouse figurine inside Zuri's Sweets Shop, which is across from Harambe Market. Look high to your right for this Mickey in a small display on a shelf opposite the entrance door to the shop. (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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Ponder the next two images. Are they Hidden Mickeys? The first image is made of tires hanging on a fence across from the entrance to Harambe Market. This collection of tires is to the right of a "Bi-Cycle Land" sign. Do you see Mickey? (Thanks to Isabel and Jeff Blank).
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The following image is on a leopard painted high on a water tower behind Chef Mwanga's Ribs Shop in Harambe Market. Do some of the groups of leopard spots form one or more classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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Back in Harambe village, walk up to the Harambe Fruit Market. A tiny, colorful Mickey Mouse doll is hiding on support poles halfway to the top of the ceiling. A Cast Member told me that Mickey has been perched there high above her for a while. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Enjoy the Search!

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