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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!





July 23, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I'm updating the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book, so I'm visiting frequently. I check out potential new Hidden Mickeys and verify if old ones are still in place. Here are some images that I'll add to the book.

This first Hidden Mickey has stayed around a while, thankfully. At America Gardens Theatre, classic Hidden Mickeys are stuck on both sides of the stage apron / forestage, near the short brick wall that borders the front of the main stage. (Thanks to James Hansen).
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What do you think about this image at Typhoon Lagoon? It's in a painting on the right wall inside the Board Room, which is a shed on a small deck that faces the front of the surfing lagoon. Imprints in the middle of a sand dune resemble a classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Jonathan Hoyle).
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Deb discovered this great Hidden Mickey (actually two Hidden Mickeys), and they've stuck around for a good while. Find them in Fort Wilderness, across the walkway in front of the Bike Barn in the Meadow Depot area. (Thanks to Deb Wills).
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This image is subtle and difficult to photograph! A tiny classic Mickey is indented in the lower right leg of the first letter "A" in "Trattoria al Forno." These words are engraved on the wall behind the check-in counter for the restaurant. (Thanks to Areyna).
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Inside the Intermission Food Court at Disney's All Star Music Resort, a painting of an animal orchestra, with Mickey conducting, is on the wall to the right as you enter the food order area. Classic Mickey notes are on three of the music sheets in the painting. Here's one of them. (Thanks to Riley Swanson, and Scott Trask).
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Have fun with the search!





July 3, 2017

Possible Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Some of the following images come close - I think - to forming classic Hidden Mickeys. Of course, some collections of circles are more convincing than others. What do you think of these?

In Epcot, along the "Frozen Ever After" Standby queue, at one point you walk through Oaken's Tokens shop. Circular impressions on the fireplace might form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Samantha Ann).
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Along the Standby queue of Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the bottom of a necklace in a display has circular elements that may suggest someone we know? (Thanks to Frankie DaSilva).
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Many of us are scouring Animal Kingdom's Pandora for Hidden Images. What about these large circles on the ground not far from the entrance to "Avatar Flight of Passage" - a Hidden Mickey?
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Inside the Welcome Center at The Landing in Disney Springs, a painting entitled "Expo 1950" hangs high on a rear wall. At the left side of the painting, three of the balloons in a cluster suggest a classic Mickey, or not? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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This next one looks convincing to me. Find it at the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. In the last scene, one of the final images you see to Mom's right as you rotate away is a small fruit basket with a blue ribbon on top. A tiny black classic Mickey is in the basket at the left side. (Thanks to Jack Lynch).
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On with the Hunt!





June 26, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I'll begin with a few images from Disney's Animal Kingdom. We should find at least a few Hidden Mickeys in the new Pandora, right? How about this image? Look for these small indentations in the rock wall (in the middle of the photo) along the lower exit walkway from "Avatar Flight of Passage," near the floor on your left as you walk out. (Thanks to Brooke Boyd).
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Just before you enter the Standby queue for "Expedition Everest," check out these round objects on top of a small table to the left of the entrance. A Hidden Mickey when viewed from above? (Thanks to Carlos).
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At the water's edge of one of two seating areas for "Rivers of Light" (the one near "Finding Nemo - The Musical"), search for these rocks embedded in a short cement barrier. Are the rocks arranged to be a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to onthegoinmco).
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In the waiting room of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano at Disney's Hollywood Studios, a small container on the lower shelf of a display bureau near the restrooms is painted with grapes. Any Hidden Mickeys in the cluster of grapes? (Thanks to Charles Tyner).
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I've heard that the images of a Prince and Princess are hidden in the entrance queue wall mural at "Living with the Land" in Epcot. I've studied the various murals here for years. Have I finally found the two royals holding each other? (Thanks to Craig Canady).
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June 4, 2017

Questionable Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

In Disney parks everywhere, new attractions bring new images to ponder, and fresh images pop up sometimes in established areas. Or maybe no one has spotted them before? Remember, Disney usually doesn't notify us when new Hidden Mickeys are created.

In Epcot's Norway, consider the following two images. The first is in The Wandering Reindeer store. Look at these nails at the left end of a wooden brace holding skis on the wall near the end of the exit hallway from Anna and Elsa's Meet and Greet. Suspicious for a sideways classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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This second possible one is also in Norway, in the shop right at the exit from "Frozen Ever After." It's along the top of the merchandise stand at the end of the room near the door with the exit sign. Check out the yellow flowers on the horse's nose. A classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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At Disney's Hollywood Studios, in PizzeRizzo Restaurant, holes in a slice of cheese in the lower left of a display in the wall to your left as you enter (opposite the food order counter) might suggest a classic Mickey? (Thanks to Sarah Weinberg, and Justin Lewicki).
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In Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, laugh with the monkeys swinging around in their outdoor protected playground. This dark marking on the bark of a tree in a corner of the scaffolding (near the walkway from Expedition Everest) resembles Mickey, sort of?
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At Disney, you never know when or where you'll stumble across Mickey!


May 19, 2017

Hidden Mickeys and Hidden Characters in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Thank goodness, the search for Hidden Images never ends! That's because Disney continually places new ones and waits for us to find them. As you know, some images are clearly purposeful, while others are questionable. What about the following?

In Epcot's Morocco pavilion, check out this chipped-out section in a wall of the outside patio seating area for Spice Road Table Restaurant. This wall section is nearest the main promenade through World Showcase. (Thanks to Jamie Lopez.)

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Can this be Baymax? Walk to the right side (nearest to Italy) of Germany's miniature train exhibit. The photo shows the image as you see it from the walkway through the middle of the exhibit. If this is Baymax, he would be lying down with his head and eyes to the left. (Thanks to Nancy Ahlsen.)

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As you board a Splash Mountain log in the Magic Kingdom, flowers directly above and in front of you might contain a classic Hidden Mickey. Look at the three round, green leaves hanging below the red flowers. A three-circle Mickey? (Thanks to Brian A. Leong.)

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About halfway along the Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ride, the exploding volcano on the wall to your right might form a fireworks classic Mickey at the upper left. What do you think? (Thanks to Brian Patterson.)

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Never give up the search!

May 1, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Asia, Disney's Animal Kingdom

What with Pandora unfolding at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I spent the better part of a beautiful day recently scoping out the park for Hidden Mickeys. Like this one in Africa's Harambe Village: silver balls in a basket perched on a shelf high above street level might form Mickey ears? Look for this basket across from Tusker House Restaurant and between Mombasa Marketplace and Tamu Tamu Refreshments. (Thanks to Josh P.)
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Rafiki's Planet Watch is home to many great Hidden Mickeys, and some questionable images. Is this a sideways classic Hidden Mickey - the black marks (ears?) to the left of the turtle's eye (head?) or black marking to the right of the eye (head?). Find the turtle near the upper part of the wall to the left as you walk through the main entrance doors to Conservation Station. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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At the rear of Conservation Station, walk to the Puerto Rican Boa exhibit, which is just to the right of the Nutrition Center exhibit. Two potential Mickey images can be found here; one in the white circles in a band crossing the top of the display window. Any Hidden Mickeys here; maybe in the middle of the photo? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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And a second image made of tiny markings or holes in the bark of the lower tree trunk at the back right inside the Boa enclosure. What do you think? (Thanks to Kate Whiddon).
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Over in Asia, fruit sits in a basket in a cart along the walkway near Kali River Rapids. A fruit classic Mickey, tilted down to the left?
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Make Disney memories with Hidden Mickeys!


April 23, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland and Splash Mountain

I've been wondering about a few images that folks have let me know about. This first image is on the steampunk dragon (Maleficent) in the Festival of Fantasy parade. Find it on the plate just below the right shoulder joint. Three faint circles in the metal might form a classic Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Andy Webb).
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As you know, lots of potential Hidden Mickeys are scattered through the newer areas of Fantasyland. Here's a collection of circle depressions in a rock wall that comes close to forming a classic Mickey, maybe? As you approach Be Our Guest Restaurant, look over the left side of the bridge at a wall of the restaurant. The image is at the lower left of a block in the fourth row of blocks from the top of the wall and not far to the left of the pillar at the end of the bridge. (Thanks to Anthony Flynn).
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Walk to the restrooms located near Fairytale Garden. In the wall between the restrooms is a green "Fire Hose" door. Indentations are hammered into the horizontal black metal strips that cross the doors. Three indentations near the middle of the bottom right strip might resemble a classic Mickey, tilted to the left? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez).
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On the ceiling about halfway along the entrance queue for Splash Mountain, and near a wall picture of Brer Fox, you'll walk under this image made of the ceiling mount for a lantern and two nearby rocks. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Terry Berringer).
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Keep up the search!

April 2, 2017

Questionable Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Groups of circles abound on Disney property. But which circle threesomes can count as decent Hidden Mickeys? Some are convincing and some not. What do you think about the following images?

Three cannonballs along the left entrance queue of Pirates of the Caribbean might form a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey. Look for them between barrels in an "Armeria" alcove to your right about halfway through the queue. (Thanks to John and Samantha and Brian Jonckheere, and Charles Tyner).
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At Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station, check out the monkey on top of the Clowns boxcar with green plants on its head. Three circles at the left lower part of the plants might simulate an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey. Is it close? (Thanks to Octavio Perez).
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In Mickey's Star Traders shop, a classic Mickey made of three clear domes is over an entrance door in the mural that encircles the upper wall. A red tower is in the dome that forms the "head" of Mickey. To the left of the upper third of the red tower, three circles (the "ears" are incomplete) might make Mickey. (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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Study the last video monitor to your upper left on the moving walkway at the exit of Space Mountain. Three craters on the surface of Mars below the word "Play" in the phrase "Where Serious Golfers Go to Play!" kind of look like Mickey. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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Have a great time looking for Hidden Mickeys!

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