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April 4, 2018

Possible Hidden Mickeys in Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom

With Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Imagineers created a richly detailed landscape of strange, unfamiliar images. As a result, folks continue to spot potential Hidden Mickeys here.

When you reach the lab along the Standby entrance queue of "Avatar Flight of Passage," look for this collection of small, different-sized bottles with black caps on a countertop. Two sets of three bottle caps might come together in the middle of the collection as classic Hidden Mickeys (especially the one on the left?). (Thanks to Allie).
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Also in the lab are these drawings on a researcher's note paper. Do three of the black circles (at the upper left margin in the photo) form a sideways classic Mickey? (Thanks to Jason, and Bret Sohl).
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Circles are in the design of some of the hanging lanterns along the entrance queue of "Na'vi River Journey." Do some of these circles simulate classic Mickeys? (Thanks to Aaron).
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Outside in Pandora, near the main entrance to the land, check out an image in one of the rock seating areas. As you enter Pandora, find this rock seat on the right side of the walkway, not far past the interactive tree that stands near the bridge at the main entrance. Do these three holes in the rock surface look like Mickey? (Thanks to April Beisser).
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Marvel at the amazing detail in Pandora!





March 26, 2018

Hidden Mickeys of interest around Walt Disney World

Folks are uncovering lots of interesting images in Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Are some of them legitimate Hidden Mickeys? Take a look.

These gold circles appear on the wall to your right as you wind along the inside Standby entrance queue of "Avatar Flight of Passage." Find them just past the first drinking fountain. Do any of the circles come together as a classic three-circle Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Richard Shore).
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A bit farther along the inside queue is this image on the wall to your right. Study the almost upside-down collection of purple circular plants at the lower middle of the photo. A convincing Hidden Mickey, or not? (Thanks to Debbie Armstrong).
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The gold circles you saw above are repeated on a wall as you leave the laboratory section along the queue.
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As you probably know, lock images are often debated. Here are several in the gift shop at the exit of Mickey's Meet 'N' Greet at Town Square Theater on Magic Kingdom's Main Street, U.S.A. They're on a merchandise case with the words 'Tank of Terror.' I added them to the new edition of the WDW Hidden Mickeys book. If you object, please let me know! (Thanks to Deonna Hores and Justin Lewicki).
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You likely have seen the following image. Folks write to me about it from time to time, so I thought I'd get your opinion. It's a white classic Mickey that greets you from glass roof supports on both sides of the security booth at the vehicle entrance to the Contemporary Resort. Are they Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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Continue the search!





March 7, 2018

Hidden Mickeys at Disney Springs

New Disney venues bring new Hidden Mickeys (at least, that's my undying hope - which is not assured by any means). Thankfully, we've spotted a few new Hidden images as Disney Springs continues to expand.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant is an underground speak-easy retreat located between The Edison and Maria and Enzo's restaurants in The Landing. High on a wall along a corridor to the Hideaway, a black musical note is drawn as a tiny classic Hidden Mickey! (Thanks to Cast Member Jill).
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In a display behind glass situated in a hallway near the lower level seating area for Maria and Enzo's restaurant, a white classic Hidden Mickey is stuck on the front middle of an airplane propeller.
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Here's an area photo to help you locate the airplane. It's on the middle shelf of the display.
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What about the carpet at the inside entrance to the AMC Disney Springs Theaters; do the yellow circles form classic Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Donald Torr).
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A new Hidden Mickey is a beautiful thing!





February 5, 2018

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

We continue to find potential Hidden Mickeys in the amazing detail of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Check out two images from Pandora. One is along the outer perimeter of the collection of drums to play, which is near the entrance to Na'vi River Journey. Three small mushroom-like growths can be found about three feet up from the ground on the green bark of a tree. What do you think? (Thanks to Jake Lehneis).
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Another Pandora image is at the rear inside Windtraders shop, to the left of a Cast Member door (labeled "Authorized Personnel Only") in a woven decoration that hangs down from the ceiling. In the middle of this decoration, three circles might form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey, with one red "ear," a green "head," and a green second "ear." Study the middle of the photo. (Thanks to Tyler and Brandie Bolton).
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Over at Discovery Island, on the back side of the Tree of Life, three round suction cups on an octopus tentacle resemble a classic Mickey. Find the tentacle on the inner side of a large vertical root of the Tree of Life, to the left of the Galapagos Tortoise area. Is there a Hidden Mickey on the lower part of the tentacle, maybe surrounding the lower large suction cup? (Thanks to Tyler and Brandie Bolton).
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Happy Hunting!





January 20, 2018

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs

As the Disney Imagineers add new venues and remodel a few established ones in Disney Springs, we'll encounter new Hidden Mickeys (thank you, Disney!). Like this classic Mickey in the World of Disney store. On a ceiling panel at the middle rear of the Women's Apparel room, a black classic Mickey spot is on Jessie's pants, on her lower right leg. (Thanks to Matt Mellarkey.)
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I wonder about a few images at the Tren-D store. A black marking on the left ear (our right) of a Dalmatian looks suspicious. Look for a group of Dalmatians on the top of a merchandise bureau at the right side of the store as you enter from the main promenade. The Dalmatian of interest is under a chair. Is that a classic Hidden Mickey on its ear? (Thanks to Allison Wyatt.)
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Multiple fanciful paintings of Minnie Mouse can be spotted on the walls and support posts inside Tren-D. A few of her outfits sport Hidden Mickeys, but some of the Mickey images are decorative (too obvious to be hidden). Is this pink classic Mickey patch on Minnie's skirt hidden or decorative? (Thanks to Tim Skazick and The Skazick Family from the UK.)
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The following image has survived recent refurbishments. It's now on columns at both sides of the counter inside the Disney PhotoPass Studio next to Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. Is it hidden or decorative? (Thanks to Rocky May, James Massoni, Alexander McClintick, and Alena White.)
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D-Luxe Burger is a fairly new eatery, near the Welcome Center, in The Landing at Disney Springs. As you enter, this image is in a display cabinet along the wall to your left. On a lower shelf, a white plate and two cups might form a classic Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron.)
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Enjoy the search!





January 10, 2018

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Hidden Mickeys appear and disappear - that's the nature of the game. I attempt to size up a new Hidden Mickey: will it last a while? or not? Hidden Mickeys not only disappear, but some wear out with time, whether from natural causes or from human interference. Furthermore, as you know, some new images need to be studied and debated.

Like this one. It's a sprinkle on a vanilla ice cream cone on the left side of the rear wall mural inside Ample Hills Creamery on the BoardWalk. Stare at the topmost dark sprinkle. Is it a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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I hope you had the chance to admire this Hidden Mickey in Zuri's Sweets Shop in Harambe, Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's a striped Mickey figurine high on a shelf inside the shop. He lasted long enough for me to include him in the recent edition of the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book.
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Well, he's gone! Maybe he'll return, maybe not. I'll keep an eye out for him.
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I mentioned before that some images wear out with time, whether from wind or rain, or from folks walking over them or rubbing them with their hands. This great image along the left side entrance queue of Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom is fading with time. It's above a faux fireplace on the right side of the queue. Catch it while you can! (A circle was added to the photo.)
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Have a wonderful 2018!





December 20, 2017

Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Characters in Conservation Station, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Conservation Station is chock full of Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden (and not-so-hidden) Disney Characters. First up are Mickey and Minnie - they make a special appearance for the holidays in one of the rooms at the rear.
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Disney adds characters to the rooms dedicated to various animal species. Here's Prince Naveen as a frog (from "The Princess and the Frog").
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As you might expect, Prince Naveen is in the Amphibians room.
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Look for a small character tucked away at the rear of another room - it's Jiminy Cricket!
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I'll bet you guessed already: he's in the Invertebrates room. (All these years, and I never thought of Jiminy as a different species).
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Whenever you're on Disney property, always be on the lookout for Hidden Images!







December 4, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom

One of my favorite Hidden Mickeys over the years was the three-rock classic Mickey in the Japan Pavilion. You could find it at the right side of the pavilion, in a clearing in the plants along the right side of the walkway to the Mitsukoshi store. I was dismayed when this great image disappeared over one year ago. Dismayed, yes, but I was ever hopeful that it would return - and it has! Several months ago, I spotted it, and the Cast Members in Japan seem to be maintaining it. I hope it remains for a long, long time!
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What do you think of this image in the clouds? On Mission: SPACE, clouds float overhead as you're lifting off from the launch pad. Is Mickey's face reclining and looking up from the line of lower clouds? (Thanks to Mike Jackson).
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Have you enjoyed Divine, an awesome performance artist at Disney's Animal Kingdom? At times, a group of berries somewhere around her head resembles a classic Mickey.
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Enjoy the holidays!





November 20, 2017

A few Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

You might have come across the following images at Walt Disney World. I think several of them are decent Hidden Mickeys, but maybe one is too obvious to be called "hidden"?

At Epcot, don't miss this Mickey with earphones when you're greeting the real Mickey at the Character Spot. Find it on the left side of the first greeting bay.
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During the first part of the MuppetVision 3D movie in Disney's Hollywood Studios, stay alert for Mickey on a shelf. As Kermit walks past the long hall and toward the lab, he passes shelves with trophies on the wall before he reaches the lab entrance doors. It appears that a black and white, full-body Mickey Mouse trophy is at the middle of the top left shelf. It's quite difficult to get a decent photo of this 3D image. (Thanks to Matthew Wang and Alexander McClintick).
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I've been debating about this image for a while. Many folks notice it on both pillars that support the entrance sign to Chef Mickey's restaurant in the Contemporary Resort. Large classic Mickey indentations are in metal bands that surround the lower part of the pillars. What do you think, is this image hidden or decorative (obvious)? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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At the Polynesian Resort, on the display Sea Raycer boat outside by the marina, three dials at the left side of the dashboard form a classic Mickey. Faint white circles around the dials connect in a well-proportioned Mickey. You can see other Sea Raycers with this dashboard classic Hidden Mickey on display at other Walt Disney World Resorts. (Thanks to The Skazick Family from the UK).
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Always searching!





November 6, 2017

Hidden Mickey Images in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Look for Hidden Mickeys during the Epcot Fall and Spring Festivals. Sometimes they're convincing images, and sometimes they're questionable. What about this image in this year's Food & Wine Festival? It's on Ratatouille's cheese just inside the front entrance of Epcot? (Thanks to Martha Tischler). DSC02303.jpg

The following two images in Epcot are not temporary. The first one is on the loading dock mural at "Living with the Land." A classic Mickey is formed by shrubs (the "head" has yellow dots on it) to the right of the brim of the farmer's hat near the top of the mural.
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This second Epcot image is inside the "Character Spot." At the right side of the first greeting bay, a white Mickeyesque movie/video camera is on a blue and white monitor screen. (Thanks to the Hade Family).
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On a wall along the inside entrance to "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin" at the Magic Kingdom, what do you think of this image? Do swirls on the right middle of the side of the 'Green Planet' form a classic (three-circle) Mickey? (Thanks to James Girard).
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Enjoy the search!





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