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April 19, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at The Seas with Nemo & Friends and around World Showcase

I visited The Seas with Nemo & Friends and then the Morocco and Japan Pavilions at Epcot to search for Hidden Mickeys. As you'll see, a few of these images are questionable. Whenever I visit an area, I also check to verify existing Hidden Mickeys, as they change or even disappear at times (as you well know!).

Along the queue of The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride, circles in the sand to the left of the lifeguard stand might form a classic (three-circle) Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Stacy and Jenna and Barry Berger, Todd Grasley, and Jared Tavernari).

Just past the circles in the sand are these starfish stuck on the rock wall to the right along the entrance queue. Again, does this image look like a Hidden Mickey to you? (Thanks to Michael Walsh).

One final questionable image. Near the large classic Mickey made of small rocks on the floor of the aquarium is this collection of rocks. Find it at the far end of the circular observation deck on the upper level. Do you think this qualifies as a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jason Gall, and Jean).

Two of our standard Hidden Mickeys have changed. At the Morocco Pavilion, different plates have appeared on the shop door along the World Showcase promenade. (They disappeared for a while, but thankfully, Disney has created the image again.) This current image isn't as compelling a Hidden Mickey as the previous one, but I'll take it!

Another changed Hidden Mickey is at the Japan Pavilion. It's been one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World. The landscaping was recently altered a bit, and the specific rocks and location have changed, but this great image is still there! Find it on the right side of the pavilion, next to the far right sidewalk to the Mitsukoshi store.

Happy Hunting!


March 30, 2014

Orlando International Airport Disney Store Hidden Mickeys

I recently visited the Orlando International Airport (unencumbered by luggage!) and its two Disney Stores: Disney's EarPort and The Magic of Disney. Each store contains compelling Hidden Mickeys! Like this one in Disney's Earport. As you enter the store past the Goofy statue outside, walk to the far corner of the wall to your left to spot this classic three-circle Hidden Mickey high on the wall. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).

Crazy blueprints line the upper inside walls of the store, and you can make out Hidden Mickeys on a few of them. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).

Across the airport at The Magic of Disney store, study the outside walls. Each wall design has a Hidden Mickey. This wall is at the far right near an exit area for passengers.

On this wall, a classic Hidden Mickey is in the stars above Mickey's hand, and Mickey appears to be looking right at it!

The next outside wall design to the left, at the front of the store, has another Hidden Mickey in the stars. Mickey is pointing toward it. (Thanks to Rich Kordalski).

Inside The Magic of Disney, Hidden Mickey markings are on a few of the books on shelves that line the upper walls of the store. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).

While you're shopping at Orlando International Airport, look around the Disney stores to find some great Hidden Mickeys!


March 19, 2014

Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Images in the Magic Kingdom

The recent expansion area of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is filled with compelling Hidden Images. Disney Imagineers put much thought into these great creations, and I'm still stumbling across ones I didn't know about! Like this one. To find it, walk to the Disney Vacation Club sign across from Ariel's Grotto.

Embedded in the cement walkway in front of the Disney Vacation Club is this classic Hidden Mickey formed of a survey marker and two adjacent pebbles. It's near a cart track indented in the cement. (Thanks to Brian Henry and Suzanne Perez).

Walk across Fantasyland to the "Tangled" area between "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion. Check out this poster on an outside wall near the restrooms.

Do you think the lipstick on this mime is a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to JG).DSC05816.JPG

One of my favorite Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom is visible again after the outside window winter displays of the Emporium shop on Main Street, U.S.A. have been retired until next Holiday season. It's the amazing recessed window Mickey in the Aladdin display!

On my way out of the Magic Kingdom, I crouched by (a "Hidden Surprise") the tracing of a heart with the paw prints of Lady and the Tramp (and Cupid's arrow) in the cement walkway in front of Tony's Town Square Restaurant. (Thanks to Alena White).

Enjoy the search!


March 1, 2014

Searching for Hidden Mickeys in Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom

On one fine sunny Florida afternoon, I finally found a Hidden Mickey I'd been looking for (All right, I confess, I had a little help from a friendly Cast Member). I'd been told the image was on a merchandise/drink cart along the exit from Kilimanjaro Safaris, not far from the entrance to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

For months, I'd been looking in the wrong places. This time, I walked right up to the Safari truck exit docks and worked back. The image is on a tile somewhere on the cart. From the photo I had, I'd assumed the tile was on the side of a cart, but I was wrong. I stepped up to the cashier for the drink and merchandise carts and spotted the tiles on top of the cart. The Cast Member behind the cart smiled and pointed to a tiny image near the pay area. There it was! Small ceramic circles, a white and blue "head" and two black "ears," stuck in the surface of the cart formed a classic Hidden Mickey! (Thanks to Jackie Gailey).

I have a couple of Questionable images for you to consider. Not far from the above collection of carts and back toward the Kilimanjaro Safari exits, a utility cover at the left side of the walkway (as you exit from the Safaris) has two small irregular rocks adjacent to it that are embedded in the cement.

The rocks are the larger ones toward the top of the photo. Do you think this forms a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to David and Celia Berset).

Over the years, folks have written to me about the following image, but it never "spoke to me." However, recently a few people have prompted me to reconsider the image. It's on the outside of a blue side door toward the rear of Tusker House Restaurant.

Is this a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Traci Curth, Keith Tonra, and Alena White).

Keep searching!


February 7, 2014

More Hidden Mickeys and Images at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

It's always been a challenge for me to snap clear photos in Spaceship Earth. I may be improving with practice because recently I came away with a few decent photos. A Hidden Surprise (one of many along the Spaceship Earth journey) is in the radio booth to your left, just before the living room family watching TV. A man speaks into a "WDI" (for Walt Disney Imagineering) microphone. (Thanks to Tim Devine).

Now here's something to consider. Remember the Mickey sticker that was Lost from the rear window of the red car next to the garage scene with the early computer? A similar (the same?) Mickey sticker is stuck above you on the ceiling, just past the garage scene. It's on an unlighted part of the ceiling after the ceiling lights stop over your head and before you emerge out into the vastness of stars and space. Notice I mentioned it's unlighted; you can't see the sticker unless you shine your camera red light or your phone flashlight app up toward the ceiling. It appears about six feet or so after the unlighted ceiling section stops. I've been searching for this ceiling Mickey sticker for a while and finally snapped a basic photo. It's not the greatest photo, so please feel free to send me a better one! (Thanks to Adam Geaneas).

At the France Pavilion, look for a few paintings in wooden chests along the wall that fronts the lagoon, just before the bridge to the United Kingdom. A blue classic Hidden Mickey is at the upper left of a painting at the front of the chest closest to the bridge. It's good to know that these paintings are tethered inside the chests and cannot be removed. (Thanks to Nathan L.)

Back at the Magic Kingdom, this display window classic Hidden Mickey has been around a while, so I hope it stays longer! It's made of three gears in the background of an outside window of the Confectionery store, at the far left under the awning of the store and facing Main Street, U.S.A. (Thanks to Jim Wiggins, Octavio and Maya Perez, and Christine Peruski).

January 31, 2014

New and Old Hidden Mickeys at the Magic Kingdom

I recently visited the Magic Kingdom to check out a few new Hidden Images. Across from Ariel's Grotto

a classic three-circle Mickey metal design sits atop the Disney Vacation Club sign. (Thanks to Kevin Yee and Erin Blackwell)

I catch a turn on Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress whenever I can, especially when a new Hidden Mickey appears! In the last scene, a classic Mickey is traced on pink note paper pinned to the left middle of a bulletin board on the far right wall. These Hidden Mickeys change from time to time, so I hope this image sticks around a while! (Thanks to Jackie Kushnier and Gville Jimmy)

I acquired a FASTPASS to Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater. As you probably know, he talks to you now with humorous comments. The Hidden Mickey made of metal rings is still in Mickey's open magic chest at the rear of the Greeting Room.

And the Hidden Oswald is still watching over you. He and Mickey are drawn on a piece of paper pinned at the upper part of a bulletin board at the rear of the Greeting Room.

Alas, I didn't find the Electrical Mickey image. On a previous Electricity Display poster in the Greeting Room, Mickey's skeleton would appear when you snapped a flash photo of Mickey. But no more, the poster has changed! Maybe the original Electricity poster has been moved, so let me know if you spot it somewhere else!

January 20, 2014

Hidden Mickeys (and a Hidden Steve) at Disney's All-Star Resorts

Mickey hides all around the Disney Resorts. I visited Disney's All-Star Resorts recently to check on some of their Hidden Images. Display window images change at times and Hidden Mickeys may be lost, but the one in an outside window at All-Star Movies is still there! A small black classic Mickey is at the lower right of a mural in this window in front of the gift shop next to the lobby. Here I am crouched in front of the window.

The Hidden Mickey is on the front of an orange book with the title "Future Plans."

Next, I visited the Jazz Inn courtyard at All-Star Music.

Classic Mickey ears usually sit atop most of the cymbal stands. Each is a winged nut that holds a cymbal in place.

Over at All-Star Sports, I walked to Mount Mickey, which is behind Stadium Hall and just past the Surf's Up section of the resort. A large Mickey statue usually stands directly over a classic Mickey (white head and black ears) in the cement. Alas, the Mickey statue was not there and only his cement pedestal was present! I was told that the statue is being cleaned and repainted.

As you know, carpet Mickeys can disappear when carpets are replaced, but this Hidden Mickey has been maintained for a number of years now. It's a repeated Mickey image in the main building gift shop carpet at All-Star Sports. It's composed of a baseball with two circles for ears.

Now for the Hidden Steve. An Imagineer told me that a hidden caricature of me would appear at the All-Star Sports food court! The dining area was refurbished a few weeks ago, and of course I checked it out. I found my image on the last design pane near the rear exit from the food court. I'm sitting in the stands behind hockey player Minnie Mouse, and you can find me on both sides of the pane. Needless to say, I'm incredibly honored by this!

It's me holding a yellow Hidden Mickeys book with a magnifying glass on the cover, and a tiny classic Mickey is on my shirt!

It does resemble me a little, don't you think?

December 27, 2013

More Hidden Mickeys in Fantasyland

Folks continue to unearth Hidden Images in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. What do you think about this depression in the rock ceiling? Is it a side profile of Mickey Mouse? Find it on the left upper part of an archway, as you first walk into the cavern part of the entrance queue of the "Under the Sea" attraction. (Thanks to Wesley Snyder).

Another questionable image is at the middle right of a painting on a wall inside Gaston's Tavern. Look to a right wall in the first seating room to your right as you enter. A clearing in the snow on a slope at the right side of a mountain resembles a classic Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Alena White).

Fantasyland is filled with loose rocks, embedded rocks, and images on rocks. This plentiful supply of rocks and stones enabled the Imagineers to have a field day with Hidden Images! At the bottom of a pond, three rocks seem to form a classic Mickey. Walk to the middle right of the bridge walkway entrance to the Be Our Guest Restaurant and search the middle of a creek to your right. Is this a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Denise Hoffman).

I've been debating this next image for years. It's the shape of the sign outside "it's a small world." Do you think it's a sideways classic Mickey, or maybe a Hidden Stitch? The shape of the "ears" is different on the sign at the left side compared to the sign at the right side of the outer railing of the attraction. This photo is of the sign at the right. (Thanks to Meradith McGee-Hale and Carter, Robert Anschuetz, Jeff Love, Nancy Ahlsen, and Christine Peruski).

Happy Hunting; the search for Hidden Mickeys never ends!

December 20, 2013

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

I journeyed to the World Showcase at Epcot to search for new Hidden Mickeys. Luck was with me as I discovered a few interesting images inside the Mexico Pavilion. First, I checked on old standards, like the Hidden Mickey that materializes at times in the smoke that rises from the volcano. You can admire the volcano from in or near the San Angel Inn Restaurante or from your seat in the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride. I hadn't been able to capture a decent photo in the past, and today, I almost got it! As you can see, a photo image a second or two after this photo might capture the entire Hidden Mickey, but I think you can see the image forming.

I snapped a photo of the blue necklace classic Mickey on the neck of the fifth person back from the end of the left wall as you enter the first tunnel in your boat, just after the volcano. The left "ear" of the classic Hidden Mickey is mostly covered.

In the "Fiesta Hoy" room

look up to your left at the blue circles on the yellow roof of this building. Is there an upside-down classic Mickey at the left side of the roof? Let me know what you think!

These next Hidden Mickeys can only be seen with a light from your camera or cell phone, etc. As your boat floats by the last scene of the ride with the map of Mexico on the wall, look down at tiles that line the base of the platform to your left. The tiles are just above the side of your boat. With my light on, I spotted two Mickey stickers on the tiles! They're located about one-third of the distance along the row of tiles. (Thanks to James West, and Alexis Miller). The first one is a full-body Mickey.

Several tiles further along is Mickey's face and ears.

I hope these truly Hidden images last a while!

November 27, 2013

Holiday Hidden Images at Disney's Hollywood Studios

You probably know about the seasonal Hidden Mickeys scattered throughout the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights along the Streets of America each Holiday season. Disney usually adds a few new Hidden Mickeys every year, and, thankfully, many of our favorite ones return. On San Francisco Street, the Dalmatian with the classic Mickey spot on its right hip is back this year. (Thanks to Sarah Del Grande).

I look forward to my annual search for the Hidden Cat. This year, it's up a tree! Look for it next to the City Hall building near the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.

In recent years, Disney also hides a red razorback hog (in honor of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in Jennings Osborne's home state) somewhere along the Osborne Lights. I found it in front of City Hall, not far from the Hidden Cat.

Close to Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, I stopped and said hello to Lightning McQueen and Mater at their Meet and Greet area. Most of the time, Mater has a wing nut that resembles Mickey ears on his engine air cleaner. As I'd hoped, it was there. (Thanks to Brian).

Speaking of Mama Melrose's, Vickie and I had a fabulous dinner there before admiring the Osborne Lights. My Minestrone Soup and Chicken Cacciatore were outstanding! Just before dinner, right outside Pizza Planet, I spotted Santa about to deliver goodies to someone on an upper floor.

Each Holiday Season, it's great fun to look for Hidden Images in the fabulous Osborne Lights!

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