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November 23, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at the Polynesian Village Resort and the Magic Kingdom

Folks find images on Disney property that may or may not be Hidden Mickeys. What do you think about the following images?

On the upper and lower levels of the Polynesian Village Resort's main lobby, multiple circles are on top of some of the side tables. Each tabletop's design differs. Do you see any classic Hidden Mickeys in the circles? (Thanks to Elaine Smith).


Outside the window behind the seating area of Kona Cafe, three nails are grouped in a vertical wooden beam. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Benjamin K.).

On Main Street, U.S.A., small circles are scattered in the design of The Plaza Restaurant's outside signs. Any Hidden Mickeys in here? (Thanks to Scott Trask).

At the rear of the gift shop at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean, a wall parchment of a Pirates map has various black symbols. Is one of them a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Caleb Pryor).

Keep searching!

November 2, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's Future World

Hidden Mickeys may be lost as Walt Disney World changes during refurbishments and with the addition of new areas and attractions. However, even with change, Disney preserves some Hidden Images. Let's walk to the Epcot Character Spot.

Near the Character Spot, a Mickey Mouse hat appears in a mural of silhouettes on an outside wall of Innoventions West. The wall faces The Land Pavilion and borders the walkway from Innoventions Plaza to Future World West. So far, this image has survived refurbishments. (Thanks to the Luckner Family, and the Hade Family).

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, I like to check to see if Cast Members have drawn classic Mickeys on the chalkboard at the upper level of the Manatee viewing area. The board lists the names and other information about the manatees in the pool. Not surprisingly, Hidden Mickeys on this chalkboard come and go. (I took this photo recently.)

What about this image? On the left side of the sign at the picture spot area outside The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, look for three bubbles below the words "The Movie." Do the bubbles form a convincing classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Nancy Blevins, and Scott Trask).

This Mickey is worth searching for. Look high! It's a tiny white classic Hidden Mickey at the apex atop an outside sign on the roof for the Electric Umbrella restaurant. (Thanks to Julie Lawrence.)

Happy Hunting!

October 17, 2015

Questionable Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I visited the Studios to search for the following images. Let me know what you think!

Our first stop is Sid Cahuenga's Antiques and Curios, which is now a MyMagic+ service center. In the rooms at the right side of the shop, you can find remnants of the original shop, like these cameras on an upper shelf along the right wall of the room at the rear. Is there a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey on the front of the cameras? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).

Here's another image in Sid Cahuenga's. It's on the top right shelf of a cabinet with glass doors at the rear wall of the last room to the right. Is Mickey on the Ferris wheel a hidden image?

In the pre-show room of MuppetVision 3D, look for these faux vegetables or fruit in a crate at the left side of the wall to the far left (as you face the doors to the theater). Do the swirls in the green vine inside the crate and to the right form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).

A few feet to the right in another crate along this same wall in the pre-show room is this collection of gauges at the right edge of the crate. Do they make a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).

Perk your ears for this Hidden Surprise in the final scene of MuppetVision 3D. Concentrate amidst the loud music and noise, right after the band member has a tuba stuck over his head, and you'll pick up the famous refrain: "It's a small world after all, It's a small ..." Sorry, I know you'll be humming the song for the rest of your day! (Thanks to Jacob DePriest).

Enjoy the search!

October 15, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Tom Sawyer Island, Magic Kingdom

Tom Sawyer Island is a huge playground for kids (and adults like me). Not surprisingly, Disney placed some cool Hidden Images here. Let's start at the very back of the island, at Fort Langhorn. What do you think of this image? It's hanging on the left side of the outside wall of the Blacksmith's shop inside the fort. At the far left of the wall, markings on the side of this lower piece of horse bridle gear might form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Jason Gall).

This next Hidden Mickey has been in place for a few years. It's on a handrail along stairs to one of the Rifle Roosts. Climb the stairs to your immediate right after you enter the fort and walk across the right upper walkway to the far right Rifle Roost. On top of the right handrail, about halfway up the steps to the top of the Rifle Roost, there is a Hidden Mickey created by: a wood knot, an additional mark, and an indentation in the wood. In the photo, the Hidden Mickey is sideways to the right.

In Old Scratch's Mystery Mine,

look for this image of Goofy on the wall. Halfway through the mine, bright shining gems embedded in the wall form a side profile of Goofy. He's looking to your right.

On the raft back to the mainland, don't miss this Hidden Mickey in the rocks. Across the river from the Tom Sawyer Island docks, look at the right end of the bridge in Frontierland for three rocks that form a classic Mickey. They're located halfway between the last two vertical posts that support the handrail, about one foot down from the top of the rocks. The Hidden Mickey is in the second row of rocks from the top. (It's also visible from the Liberty Square Riverboat.)

Whenever I'm in Frontierland, I like to check out the Hidden Tinker Bell. Walk across from the entrance to the Tom Sawyer Island rafts to an exit from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - the exit closest to the Standby line entrance. A cutout in the reddish rock along this exit walkway resembles a side profile of Tinker Bell. She's behind the fence and between two metal carts, and she faces to your left.

Enjoy the search!

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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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