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January 10, 2018

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Hidden Mickeys appear and disappear - that's the nature of the game. I attempt to size up a new Hidden Mickey: will it last a while? or not? Hidden Mickeys not only disappear, but some wear out with time, whether from natural causes or from human interference. Furthermore, as you know, some new images need to be studied and debated.

Like this one. It's a sprinkle on a vanilla ice cream cone on the left side of the rear wall mural inside Ample Hills Creamery on the BoardWalk. Stare at the topmost dark sprinkle. Is it a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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I hope you had the chance to admire this Hidden Mickey in Zuri's Sweets Shop in Harambe, Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's a striped Mickey figurine high on a shelf inside the shop. He lasted long enough for me to include him in the recent edition of the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book.
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Well, he's gone! Maybe he'll return, maybe not. I'll keep an eye out for him.
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I mentioned before that some images wear out with time, whether from wind or rain, or from folks walking over them or rubbing them with their hands. This great image along the left side entrance queue of Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom is fading with time. It's above a faux fireplace on the right side of the queue. Catch it while you can! (A circle was added to the photo.)
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Have a wonderful 2018!





December 20, 2017

Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Characters in Conservation Station, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Conservation Station is chock full of Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden (and not-so-hidden) Disney Characters. First up are Mickey and Minnie - they make a special appearance for the holidays in one of the rooms at the rear.
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Disney adds characters to the rooms dedicated to various animal species. Here's Prince Naveen as a frog (from "The Princess and the Frog").
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As you might expect, Prince Naveen is in the Amphibians room.
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Look for a small character tucked away at the rear of another room - it's Jiminy Cricket!
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I'll bet you guessed already: he's in the Invertebrates room. (All these years, and I never thought of Jiminy as a different species).
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Whenever you're on Disney property, always be on the lookout for Hidden Images!







December 4, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom

One of my favorite Hidden Mickeys over the years was the three-rock classic Mickey in the Japan Pavilion. You could find it at the right side of the pavilion, in a clearing in the plants along the right side of the walkway to the Mitsukoshi store. I was dismayed when this great image disappeared over one year ago. Dismayed, yes, but I was ever hopeful that it would return - and it has! Several months ago, I spotted it, and the Cast Members in Japan seem to be maintaining it. I hope it remains for a long, long time!
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What do you think of this image in the clouds? On Mission: SPACE, clouds float overhead as you're lifting off from the launch pad. Is Mickey's face reclining and looking up from the line of lower clouds? (Thanks to Mike Jackson).
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Have you enjoyed Divine, an awesome performance artist at Disney's Animal Kingdom? At times, a group of berries somewhere around her head resembles a classic Mickey.
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Enjoy the holidays!





November 20, 2017

A few Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

You might have come across the following images at Walt Disney World. I think several of them are decent Hidden Mickeys, but maybe one is too obvious to be called "hidden"?

At Epcot, don't miss this Mickey with earphones when you're greeting the real Mickey at the Character Spot. Find it on the left side of the first greeting bay.
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During the first part of the MuppetVision 3D movie in Disney's Hollywood Studios, stay alert for Mickey on a shelf. As Kermit walks past the long hall and toward the lab, he passes shelves with trophies on the wall before he reaches the lab entrance doors. It appears that a black and white, full-body Mickey Mouse trophy is at the middle of the top left shelf. It's quite difficult to get a decent photo of this 3D image. (Thanks to Matthew Wang and Alexander McClintick).
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I've been debating about this image for a while. Many folks notice it on both pillars that support the entrance sign to Chef Mickey's restaurant in the Contemporary Resort. Large classic Mickey indentations are in metal bands that surround the lower part of the pillars. What do you think, is this image hidden or decorative (obvious)? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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At the Polynesian Resort, on the display Sea Raycer boat outside by the marina, three dials at the left side of the dashboard form a classic Mickey. Faint white circles around the dials connect in a well-proportioned Mickey. You can see other Sea Raycers with this dashboard classic Hidden Mickey on display at other Walt Disney World Resorts. (Thanks to The Skazick Family from the UK).
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Always searching!





November 6, 2017

Hidden Mickey Images in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Look for Hidden Mickeys during the Epcot Fall and Spring Festivals. Sometimes they're convincing images, and sometimes they're questionable. What about this image in this year's Food & Wine Festival? It's on Ratatouille's cheese just inside the front entrance of Epcot? (Thanks to Martha Tischler). DSC02303.jpg

The following two images in Epcot are not temporary. The first one is on the loading dock mural at "Living with the Land." A classic Mickey is formed by shrubs (the "head" has yellow dots on it) to the right of the brim of the farmer's hat near the top of the mural.
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This second Epcot image is inside the "Character Spot." At the right side of the first greeting bay, a white Mickeyesque movie/video camera is on a blue and white monitor screen. (Thanks to the Hade Family).
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On a wall along the inside entrance to "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin" at the Magic Kingdom, what do you think of this image? Do swirls on the right middle of the side of the 'Green Planet' form a classic (three-circle) Mickey? (Thanks to James Girard).
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Enjoy the search!





October 8, 2017

More Possible Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Consider the following images. Are some of them close enough to be included as bona fide Hidden Mickeys?

As you approach the entrance to The Land pavilion at Epcot, check out these circles in the outside mural on your right. You'll find them just inside the beginning of the mural roof and close to the top of the mural. The group of three circles tilts to the left. (Thanks to Karen Dodson).
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As you walk through the "Maharajah Jungle Trek" in Disney's Animal Kingdom, several wall carvings in relief are on your right, just before you reach the aviary. In one carving, a man appears to be dancing with his hands in the air. Directly to the right of the man are three circles (?groups of tree leaves) that might form a classic Mickey tilted slightly to the right. (Thanks to Abhilasha Khetan).
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This next image seems pretty good to me. Inside the Riverside Depot on Discovery Island, walk to the rear wall opposite the entrance door from the walkway between the Oasis and Discovery Island. On an upper shelf in a tall merchandise cabinet at the middle of the wall, three baskets come together as a classic Mickey, tilted to the left. (Thanks to Matt Mellarkey).
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Here's another image I rather like at Kidani Village, Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, over the years, I've looked for it, but I never found it until a few months ago! A classic Mickey is lightly traced in cement in the walkway from the Kidani Village main lobby to the Samawati Springs Pool. It's near the curb and about 25-30 feet before the parking directions sign. (Thanks to Sarah Barnes and son, and Ryan Gatewood).
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Hoofprints are impressed in cement along the walkway to Winter Summerland miniature golf course. Do these three make a Mickey? They're just outside the reindeer shed on your left, before you reach the check-in area. Look to the right of the leaf. (Thanks to Ashton).
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Have a blast with Hidden Mickeys!





September 20, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Disney California Adventure

Let's examine a few images from California. "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" replaced "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" in the Hollywood Tower Hotel structure in Hollywood Land. This first image is high on an outside wall of the refurbished building. Small silver metal plates are scattered among pipes and other metallic items on one section of the wall. One of the plates with its three roundish projections might form a right-side up classic Hidden Mickey. (Other plates with round projections are not right-side up). Find the plate in question to the right of the large gold Tivan Group logo. (Thanks to Ethan Holmes).
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Inside the "Guardians of the Galaxy" attraction building, toward the far side of the second floor of the "boiler room" (before you board the ride vehicle), two images of bolts and metal circles are in the middle of a large pulley and chain device hanging from the ceiling. The images are below the device's large hook. Are they Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Ethan Holmes).
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At "Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters" in Cars Land, silver tire rims are displayed in three rows on a wall at the rear of the ride arena. (This tire rim display survived the re-imagining of this attraction). One rim, at the center of the bottom row, has three holes exposed (without bolts) in the middle of the rim that might form a classic Hidden Mickey tilted downward to the left. (Thanks to Steve Orme).
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I've been debating about this image for a while. Find these three tires resting on the left side of the roof of a rickety garage at the rear of "Mater's Junkyard Jamboree" in Cars Land. What do you think - a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to LMD Hidden Mickey Finders, Martin Lee, and Kristen and family).
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Another image has stuck around after the closing of "MuppetVision 3D" in Hollywood Land. Look high to the outside of a tower at the right rear of the seating area for Award Wieners to find two eyeballs sitting above a valve wheel. Is it Mickey? (Thanks to Ryan Ong).
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September 10, 2017

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

Many compelling Hidden Mickeys can be found in Disneyland, California. We also come across a few questionable images at times. Let's begin our search on Main Street, U.S.A.

A subtle classic Mickey shadow hides in the Disney Gallery, which is right next to the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" theater. Find the image in a drawing of a Euro Disneyland Railroad car on a wall to the far right as you enter the gallery from Main Street. The railroad car has a "Coney Island" label on its side. In the fifth window from the left, the shadow of a person's head resembles Mickey. (Thanks to Mari H.)
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The Mad Hatter store is on the corner to the left of the Disney Gallery. A few second-story windows to the right of the Mad Hatter store sign is a window commemorating Disney Legend Blaine Gibson, an animator and sculptor. (One of his creations is the "Partners" bronze statue of Walt and Mickey.) Classic Mickey ears form the right side of a soap carving that is painted in the window. (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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What do you think about the following images? Circles in wallpaper in the Chester Drawer's children's store, next to Disney Clothiers, might approximate a classic Mickey. Circles behind the "C" in the wallpaper seem closer to a Mickey image than those behind other letters. (Thanks to Josh Burch).
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A chandelier in an embroidery shop, near the Disney Showcase store, has small projections that might resemble Mickey. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Justine Mikhail and Mark Treiger).
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You can still find the Pinocchio game machine with its classic Mickey in the Penny Arcade. It's been sitting at the rear of the Arcade for a while now. The small Mickey sits between the play buttons on the machine.
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Enjoy the search!





August 16, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Various paintings hang on the walls in The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. This painting is on a rear wall to the right as you enter. Two sets of small circles on the front of this woman's dress suggest classic Mickeys. One group of circles is near and below her right hand. The other sets of circles repeat down the middle of her dress. Any Hidden Mickeys here? (Thanks to Wayne and Angie Vaughn).
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On the Living with the Land ride in Epcot, groups of bushes in the field to the right of the farmhouse on the left side of your boat might come together as classic Mickeys? (Thanks to Kelsey Knee).
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When you board The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride, look down over the left side of your clam shell and spot this image on the bottom platform of your vehicle. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to James Girard).
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Large sets of gears, partially covered, are in the outside walls on both sides of the rear entrance (the doors facing toward World Showcase) to the MouseGear shop. This one seems to be a pretty good classic Mickey image to me. (Thanks to Kolding Rasmussen).
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What about these circular stones in the ground? Find them in a painting on the first floor lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort, near the elevators. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Rebecca Friedman).
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Long live Hidden Mickeys!






August 7, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

A black Mickey-shaped image is suspended in front of the left side of an upper-story window along the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in the room with women chasing men in circles to the left of your boat. I'm not sure what it is; maybe it's the end of a bar or pipe? I don't think a Mickey balloon would've been frozen in place - unchanged - for several years. (Thanks to Donna McMurrey).
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Outside, along the exit walkway of Swiss Family Treehouse, is an isolated wooden chair with a basket of fruit in front of it. Do the green apples (or whatever the fruit is) form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Terry Berringer).
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In front of The Barnstormer, a pile of cannonballs sits at the base of a cannon. A Hidden Mickey anywhere? (Thanks to Anthony Bartiromo).
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Inside the Plaza Restaurant, a mirror hangs on the wall near the main entrance door. Is there a Hidden Mickey in the design, at the top of the mirror frame? (Thanks to Louise Lloyd).
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Keep searching!





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