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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).
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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And photos of past lettuce Mickey formations.
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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.)
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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).
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This next Hidden Mickey is also hard to spot! Walk to the right side of Cookie’s Too BBQ.
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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).
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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.
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The great Hidden Jessica Rabbit is gone! She was perched in a tree above the Castaway Air Bar at Serenity Bay Beach.
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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.
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... and a returning classic Hidden Mickey on a Christmas stocking nearby on New York Street.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Some of these paintings have Hidden Mickeys! Check out this one in the surf.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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I value your opinions about these images, as not all of them meet exacting criteria to be Hidden Mickeys.

Happy Hunting!


September 21, 2014

More Questionable Hidden Mickeys from Disney's Animal Kingdom

What do you think of these images? The first one is on the Rainforest Cafe sign. After you enter the park, turn left to the short walkway to the Rainforest Cafe. Stop at the sign at the beginning of the walkway (it's a popular photo stop!) See the growling cheetah at the far left of the sign? Step to the side of the sign and look on the top of the cheetah's head. Is that black spot near the cheetah's right ear (on your left) a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey? It's the second spot down from the very top and toward the left of the photo. (Thanks to Zach Souders).
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At the far left room of the Disney Outfitters shop, look for the constellations above an inside doorway.
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One of the constellations has these three stars (in the middle of the following photo.) A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Lydia Hall).
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Stare at this image on a rock wall along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Walk to the suspension bridge past the gorilla viewing area and look left, across from the Jafar rock. A profile of a possible character (Mufasa or Scar? from The Lion King movie) appears at the top right of the rock wall, in the top right corner of the photo. I think I see a forehead, nose, frowning mouth and chin in relief. What do you think? (Thanks to Kevin Booton, Kenzie Tapia, and Keith Hudson).
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Enjoy the Hunt!


September 4, 2014

More Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Check out some cool Hidden Images in the gift shop of "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster!" Walk to the counter at the right rear of the shop, just before the exit walkway. These Hidden Characters made of guitar picks are under a laminated surface and will likely stay in place for a while. Look for Mickey on the left counter top.
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And Minnie on the right. (Thanks to Maya Perez, Brian Lake, and Alexander McClintick).
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A Cast Member told me about this next image. It's made of wires behind the glass door of a cabinet on the right wall of the room that's at the left side of the gift shop. Do you think it's a Hidden Mickey?
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What do you think about the following questionable Hidden Mickeys? To find this one, walk outside into the courtyard of "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" and glance above the order windows of "The Rock Station" snack stand. Do holes in the "R" form a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jared, and Stanley Arnold).
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On the side arch at the left of the entrance to the Animation Courtyard, three subtle circles are in the sculpted design. They're close to the top of the opening in the arch, between two Native Americans at the top left corner. Is this image a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Amanda Hertel).
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As you stroll through "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream," spot this image behind a window to your left and just before the entrance doors to the theater. It's made of three round paper wads at the bottom of a trash can at the left bottom of a display. A plush Tigger is near the can. Do you think the three paper balls form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Heidi).
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Happy Hunting!


August 23, 2014

Looking for Hidden Mickeys in World Showcase

One afternoon, I enjoyed a stroll around Epcot's World Showcase with my eyes peeled for Hidden Mickeys. Look up for this one in the American Adventure Pavilion. It's a small black classic (three-circle) Mickey on the red, white and blue banner on the railing over the entrance to the rotunda. Find it in the middle of the white star next to the "A" in "Adventure." (Thanks to Brian Lake, and The Skazick Family from the UK).
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Here's a subtle Hidden Mickey in the Germany Pavilion, at the Karamell-Kuche shop. In an outside display window that faces the inner courtyard and is close to the main promenade, a caramel apple at the lower right corner of a page in an open cookbook has a small light reflection that forms a white classic Mickey. (Thanks to Bonnie Smith).
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Alas, another Hidden Mickey has been lost (maybe just temporarily, I hope)! In the France Pavilion, a classic Hidden Mickey was in the clouds at the upper left of a painting in a chest along the wall that fronts the lagoon.
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That painting has disappeared, along with its Hidden Mickey!
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Folks wonder about this image in the Italy Pavilion. It's gray cement stuck on a wall near the waterline, on the left side of the gondola island on the lagoon. (Thanks to Sharon Dale). What do you think of this image as a Hidden Mickey?
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I like to check on this Hidden Mickey in Future World, along a walkway behind MouseGear shop. It seems to be wearing down over the years, but I can still make it out etched in the cement. Check it out before it fades forever!
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Happy Hunting!

July 30, 2014

An Afternoon at Disney's Animal Kingdom with Hidden Mickeys

I'm debating a few Questionable Hidden Mickey images at Disney's Animal Kingdom, so I'd like to ask for some opinions. Like these two in DinoLand, U.S.A. at the photo posing spot at the rear of the Fossil Fun Games area. They're both in the smoke or clouds of the drawings on the poster boards; one three-circle image is on the front poster behind and below the rear red fin of the car. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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and the second is in front of the left rear knee of the green dinosaur on the rear poster. What do you think? (Thanks to Rich, Diane, Andrew and James Stangle).
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How about this image in the Aviary section of the Maharajah Jungle Trek? It's in the swirls and circles of the carved relief design on a stone pillar along the walking trail. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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And finally, this three-circle image in the clouds, on the right wall rear corner, as you face the food order counters inside Pizzafari Restaurant. Look in the middle of the photo below. (Thanks to the Bodmann Family).
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Of course, I like to check on old favorite Hidden Mickeys, like this one with an orange "head" and green leaves for "ears" on a rear wall of the Elds Deer Exhibit of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
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I love the music at Disney! The Burudika Band performs several times daily in Harambe Village in Africa. Before you know it, you'll be dancing to the beat of their engaging songs!
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Happy Hunting!

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