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February 16, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Check out these images in various lands in the Magic Kingdom. Some are convincing to me as Hidden Mickeys; others are, well, maybe a stretch? Along the inside Standby entrance queue of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you'll pass this sign:

Look for gems, embedded at the tops of the barrels, that sometimes line up to form classic Hidden Mickeys. Like this one (Thanks to April Beisser):

Along both entrance queues (Standby and FASTPASS) of Splash Mountain, a Mickey sticker has been placed on an overhead light cover. Find it just past the area where you can see the Walt Disney World Railroad train. I think it will be in place for a while! (Thanks to Jackie Kushnier, and John Anthony D'Alotto).

A children's play area is along the outside exit area of Splash Mountain. Three logs stuck to the outside of the crawl space form a classic Hidden Mickey on its side. (Thanks to Tyler Glynn).

What about this image in the small rocks on this map on a wall toward the end of the entrance queues of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Is there a Hidden Mickey at the lower part of the rocks? (Thanks to Cheryl Costello).

Here's a pretty good image on a map on a wall, about halfway along the Standby entrance queue of Jungle Cruise. Three dark circles form a classic Hidden Mickey tilted to the right. (Thanks to Deonna Hores).

Thanks, Disney, for all the great Hidden Mickeys!

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January 26, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom

I stood in line for lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. You guessed it: I waited quite a while in that line, but I did enjoy studying the impressive details around the Beast's Castle. What do you think about this image in the rock wall? It's on the back of the partial wall behind the check-in station, on the left side just as you walk onto the entrance bridge toward the restaurant. Do the three circles make a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Katie Allen, Denise Hoffmann, and Rachel).

Off the right side of the middle of the entrance bridge to the restaurant, you can spot these three rocks in the arch of the bridge that supports part of the walkway to Gaston's Tavern. Do the rocks in the left middle of the photo form a decent Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Brett Weldon).

At the right rear terminal as you enter the food order room, take a look at the stack of books. Two images seem to come close to forming Hidden Mickeys; don't you think? One is at the corner of the top book cover, and another is on the spine of the second book from the bottom. (Thanks to Rayanne Johnson).


Along the right side of the exit from the Ballroom hangs a tapestry with a unicorn. What about those three flowers at the middle of its neck; a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez).

Many images on Disney Property can look like Mickey, if you stretch your imagination a bit. But some of the images do work!

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January 15, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at the Polynesian Village Resort and in Tomorrowland

I look for new Hidden Mickeys whenever I can, so recently I checked out renovations at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. New lighting hangs in the lobby, and some rope knots securing the round lights resemble Mickey shapes. What do you think? (Thanks to Marc Lorenzo).

A new painting is posted on a wall near the elevators.

What about the rock circles in the sand at the lower middle of the painting! Do some of the circles form Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Marc Lorenzo).

I don't think there's much debate about this image, which looks purposeful and close to proportionate to me. The Hidden Mickey is formed of three balls hanging high in the middle rear of the Moana Mercantile shop on the second level. (Thanks to Tanya Brooks).

Over in the Magic Kingdom, I wonder about this image near the end of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, just to the left of the lady with the belt buckle Hidden Mickey. Do the steering wheel and other adjacent control panel circles form a Hidden Mickey under the large blue-green circle? (Thanks to Devon Newport, and Tyler and Ryan Glynn).

I appreciate your opinions!

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January 5, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Carousel of Progress and on Main Street, Magic Kingdom

The props in the Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland change from time to time, especially in the final scene. Salt and pepper shakers with black classic Mickey heads were added to the right side of the kitchen counter in front of dad. (Thanks to Kristen Bevacqua, and Brianna Alvarez).

The presents around the Christmas tree are moved or replaced at times, but recently the green classic Mickey on a gift wrap and the plush Mickey by grandfather have been easier to spot!

Do you believe in positional Hidden Mickeys? Like this image from The Chapeau shop on Main Street, U.S.A. You have to look up from below to line up the mouthpiece with the bells on the antique phone on a wall in the shop. (Thanks to Octavio Perez).

A mirror is on the wall just to the left of the antique phone in The Chapeau shop. Do you think the design at the top center of the mirror frame is a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Mallory Tonra).

Take a look at the lollipops in a display window of the Main Street Confectionery store; the window faces Main Street. Do the colorful lollipops form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey (or upside-down Minnie Mouse because of the bow)? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez, and Kelsey Draves).

In the faux ticket window upstairs at the Main Street Train Station, the baggage ticket with the black Hidden Mickey markings on the letter "O" changes around at times, but at least it's still there!

Happy Hunting!

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December 15, 2014

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's Land Pavilion

A Hidden Minnie has appeared in the Land Pavilion at Epcot! Along the "Living with the Land" boat ride, look in the aquaculture section for a wire mesh Minnie (with a bow on her head) in the lower horizontal shrimp tank to the right of your boat. She's on the right of the wire mesh Hidden Mickey. I hope this Minnie sticks around! (Thanks to J. Scott Lopes, and Larry Brooks).

The above photo of Minnie is a close-up from the "Behind the Seeds" Tour, where you can more leisurely examine some of the Hidden Mickeys along the boat ride. Like the Mickey-shaped growing Malabar spinach plant that you can spot along the ride or on the tour. (Thanks to Frank Marando, and Marc Lorenzo).

Admire other images along the walking tour. For example, the agriculture folks create interesting displays in the lettuce section. In recent years, you can read the word "Epcot" (in green lettuce) to the left of the boat ride and along the tour.

On the tour, you walk just a few feet away from the classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey formed of coiled water hose (you can also see this from the boat ride) in the aquaculture section. Cast Members usually maintain this Hidden Mickey for our enjoyment.

Disney has posted a few Hidden Mickey photos for the benefit of the walking tour guests. Like the cucumbers that were grown in Mickey-shaped containers.

And photos of past lettuce Mickey formations.

So when you're on the Land Pavilion boat ride or on the walking tour, stay alert for Mickey images; you never know what the Cast Members will create next!

Happy Hunting!

December 8, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay

I finally found a great classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey at the Heads Up Bar on Castaway Cay! I had searched for it before without success, but I knew it was there somewhere. (The Cast Members behind the bar didn't know about it.)

Three coins under the laminated surface of the bar counter form a Hidden Mickey; shadows often make the coins hard to spot. Look on the counter that faces the walkway from Pelican Point Overlook. The classic Mickey is near the right side of a red support pole and directly under the letter "D" in "HEADS" which is painted above you on the bar's side wall. (Thanks to Michael and Lydia Cross).

This next Hidden Mickey is also hard to spot! Walk to the right side of Cookie's Too BBQ.

Enter on the far right side of the serving area. Look across the building to a shelf on the wall opposite you for a classic Mickey made of plates or pans. This Hidden Mickey is above a horizontal row of five plates on the wall and directly over the second plate from the right. It's only partially visible behind the ceiling fan. (Thanks to Mary Jo Collins).

Stroll or bike to the Observation Tower and climb to the second or third deck. A black classic Hidden Mickey near a pelican behind the tower is fading with time. This pelican is standing in a bathtub, which appears to be powered by a motorized fan. The fading Mickey is on the red motor housing of the bathtub fan.

The great Hidden Jessica Rabbit is gone! She was perched in a tree above the Castaway Air Bar at Serenity Bay Beach.

A Cast Member told me that a storm blew the tree over, so the area was replanted and Jessica wasn't replaced. No one knows where she went! Sad ...

Happy Hunting!

November 16, 2014

Osborne Lights and Epcot Hidden Mickeys

Sure enough, old and new Hidden Mickeys appear in the Osborne Lights this year at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's a new orange classic Hidden Mickey, about halfway down New York Street on the left as you move away from the Empire State Building.

... and a returning classic Hidden Mickey on a Christmas stocking nearby on New York Street.

The Hidden Cat can be found against a wall in an alley on the right side of San Francisco Street as you walk away from New York Street.

At the far end of New York Street, in front of City Hall, you can spot the University of Arkansas mascot - the razorback hog (a tribute to Jennings Osborne, who was from Arkansas).

Over at the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot, I like to check for Hidden Mickeys on the chalkboard at the second level of the Manatee viewing area. In this photo, you can see small classic Mickeys as bullet points by each line of information about the two current manatees in the pool. Hidden Mickeys on this chalkboard come and go. (Thanks to David and Celia Berset).

On the banner over the entrance to the American Adventure Pavilion, the small classic Hidden Mickey in the middle of the star has changed colors! It was black, and now it's white, but at least it's still there!

Which is more than I can say for the Hidden Goofy made of rocks at the bottom of the Seas with Nemo & Friends aquarium. It wasn't there when I checked recently, but maybe it will reappear. Thankfully, the Cast Members do maintain the classic Mickey in rocks that can be seen from the rear of the upstairs circular viewing area; it's been in place for several years now.

Happy Hunting!

October 27, 2014

Disney Magic Cruise Ship Hidden Mickeys

Vickie and I recently sailed on the Disney Magic. Many Hidden Mickeys were lost during the "reimagining" of the ship, but (thank you, Imagineers!) many new Hidden Mickeys appeared! Some of the best new ones are in Disney's Oceaneer Lab on Deck 5 midship.

I checked when "Open House" was scheduled for the youth clubs, so I could enter and take photos to my heart's content! Paintings adorn the walls of the Oceaneer Lab, and many of these paintings contain subtle Hidden Mickeys. I'll start at the rear of the Lab, just as you enter from the special walkway that connects Oceaneer Lab to Oceaneer Club (both areas have the same age requirements: 3-12, so kids can run back and forth between the two areas as they like.) This classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey is in a painting on the right wall as you enter the Lab. It's on a gold coin in a pile of treasure in a wrecked ship with sharks swimming in the background.

Turn left along the wall at the main entrance to the Lab and check out two paintings with Hidden Mickeys. The first is on the figurehead on the front (prow) of a sailing ship:

The second painting on this wall has a classic Hidden Mickey on an upper button of the sailor lady's (Captain Mary Oceaneer?) uniform. A parrot is perched on her shoulder.

On the wall opposite Captain Oceaneer is a painting of a ship with decorative gold on the bow and stern. Mickey hides in the swirls of the stern ornamentation.

At the rear of the Lab is a painting of a lady pirate with her sword drawn. She slams her boot down on a dining table and knocks off a plate of food. As the plate falls from the table, three green peas form a classic Hidden Mickey!

Be sure to check everywhere on the Disney Cruise Ships for Hidden Mickeys! The friendly Cast Members will help if they can; Happy Hunting!

October 17, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at the Disney Monorail Resorts

I visited the Polynesian Resort to check out some of the changes from the ongoing renovation there. The Polynesian has always been filled with great artwork, including colorful paintings in the lobby and throughout the guest rooms. New paintings hang on the temporary construction wall that surrounds and blocks off the center of the main lobby.

Some of these paintings have Hidden Mickeys! Check out this one in the surf.

I was happy to spot an old reliable classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey as you enter the front entrance at the lower level. It's in the floor flagstones, right up against the temporary construction wall.

Some of the chairs in the waiting area outside 'Ohana Restaurant have circles in their backs that form classic Mickeys at times (like this sideways Hidden Mickey at the upper right corner). I had to move the back cushion to spot the circles, or you can sometimes see the circles while standing behind the chair. (Thanks to Charles Tyner).

It took me a while to locate these next tiny, white Hidden Mickeys! There are four sets of double Hidden Mickeys along the lagoon walkway, about halfway between the Polynesian and the Wedding Pavilion. Find them on the side of the walkway away from the shore; they're at the wall of the small building behind the stage for Disney's Spirit of Aloha show. They appear every few feet along the length of the wall. (Thanks to Lauren Benson).

A great Hidden Mickey at the Grand Floridian Resort pool has been more visible lately and not hidden by a waterfall. It's in the middle and high up on the rock wall beside the pool. (Thanks to Sharon Dale, and Charles Tyner).

While on Disney property, always be alert for the new Hidden Mickey!

October 1, 2014

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom's Enchanted Tales with Belle

I checked out a few images in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, at Enchanted Tales with Belle. Let me know what you think!

On my way to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, I stopped by the brick I purchased ages ago (1994). It's near the beginning of the walkway to the Contemporary Resort and in front of the far right restrooms. It's wearing down over the years, but you can still make out our names.

Along the entrance of Enchanted Tales with Belle, inside Maurice's workshop, find these scrolls at the upper left of the wall as you face the magic mirror at the front of the room. Do you see any Hidden Mickeys in the scrolls? (Thanks to Erin Blackwell).

After you pass through the magic mirror, study the gold design over the leftmost doorway at the front of the room as you face Madame Wardrobe. Do the three indentations form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Christine Peruski).

In the library where you meet Belle, locate a book with Mickey-shaped bookmarks on its spine at the right rear corner of the room. It's the fifth book from the right, above a blue and gold horizontal frieze midway up the wall. Looks close, but what do you think? (Thanks to Josh Siegel).

And what about the flowers at the middle neckline of Belle's dress? A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Erin Blackwell, Christine Peruski, and David Breede).

I value your opinions about these images, as not all of them meet exacting criteria to be Hidden Mickeys.

Happy Hunting!

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