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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!

April 18, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs

I'm wondering about a few questionable Hidden Mickey images at Disney Springs. First, let's drop in for sweets at Disney's Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs West Side. I've struggled with the following image for a while. Study the left and front sides of the top of a pillar at the center of the rear wall of the store. You have to stand right in front of the cash register to get the proper angle to spot it. Is that Mickey's face on the left side (looking left) with one ear on the front side of the pillar? (Thanks to Gwen Orilio).
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Now, it's on to Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs Marketplace for more sweets! This image is near the upper corners of the huge mural on an outside wall at the right side of the store and on the inside left rear wall. Do the small, brown circles on the pillar simulate a sideways classic Mickey tilted down to the left? (Thanks to Riley Swanson).
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I need to mention that the side-profile Mickey silhouette in the streetcar (in the second window from the left) is on both Ghirardelli murals. This photo is from the outside mural of the store.
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In the high-ceilinged central room of the World of Disney store, check out this group of lily pads at the lower right side of a stained-glass painting on the rear wall. Look behind the long check-out counter. Is it a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jeremiah Good).
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What about this image of light green circles in the carpet of several rooms in the World of Disney store; is it close enough? (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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Happy Hunting!


April 10, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Look for this big spoon standing upright just before you meet Tinker Bell at her Meet 'n' Greet in Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. Do the three round flowers on the handle form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey?
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Folks continue to wonder about this image in the second scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. In the right half of the rectangular painting on the rear wall of the kitchen, three flowers or fruits might form a classic Hidden Mickey. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Brian A. Leong).
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Near the end of the South Pacific room on "it's a small world," several koala bears hang on a tree to the left of your boat. I've liked the back of the blue bear's head and ears as a classic Hidden Mickey.
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The back of the brown koala bear's head and ears might be just as convincing. What do you think?
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Near the end of "it's a small world," a dancing boy holds a doll in his right hand. Is the doll a character that you recognize? (Pinocchio usually wears red shorts, a yellow shirt, and a yellow hat). (Thanks to Nick Rosa).
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Enjoy Hidden Mickeys!

March 21, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in and near the Magic Kingdom

The quest for Hidden Mickeys is ongoing - I hope it never ends! Folks continue to spot new images, like this one from the M. Mouse Mercantile shop in the Grand Floridian Resort. Behind the check-out counter, a classic Hidden Mickey is on the right lower edge of a picture frame. I wonder if this image will last. (Thanks to Annie P.)
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I receive messages about this clock and gears above the entrance/exit of the Space Mountain gift shop. Do you see a Hidden Mickey in the clock, or anywhere in the various circles? (Thanks to Julie Millan and Matthew Lounds and Emily Lounds)
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You know that Hidden Mickeys disappear from time to time. It saddens me when this happens, but that's (Disney) life! For the first time in many years, I didn't find the baggage ticket with the Hidden Mickey inside the faux ticket office window on the second level of the Main Street Train Station! Bummer! There were no tickets at all on the front counter, and the ones hanging on a rung on the rear wall of the office had no Hidden Mickeys. Sad.
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Don't fret. The Hidden Mickey lock is still hanging on the wall to the right inside the faux ticket office. Sorry, in the photo, you have to look behind the glare and reflection on the ticket office window to spot the gold lock.
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I'm truly in mourning today. As you know, Disney has generously displayed my Hidden Mickey books on property for over 10 years. As of this summer, that will no longer happen. (Remember, I don't work for Disney). So, before they disappear from the Disney parks and shops, I'm gathering photos of my books currently on property so I can remember these magical years forever! This photo is from M. Mouse Mercantile shop in the Grand Floridian Resort.
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