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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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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?

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.)


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.)


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.)


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.)


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.)

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).

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).

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).

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?

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Have a great time looking for Hidden Mickeys!

March 20, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs

Check out these first few images in the Magic Kingdom. In the Standby interactive queue of the Haunted Mansion, look for this skull on the wall with the musical instruments. Is the nose of the skull a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Deonna Hores).

In the third scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, a decorative item hangs on the wall between the stove and the kitchen table. Is a classic Hidden Mickey formed by the metal pattern in the center of the item? (Thanks to Meghan and Chris Lemmo).

In the last scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, at the upper right corner of the bulletin board on the far right wall, a piece of paper is tacked to the board with the words "Marty Called Wants Changes!" The "Marty" in this note is none other than Disney Legend Marty Sklar, who supposedly has confirmed that the note refers to him! (Thanks to Rick Giancarlo).

Over at Disney Springs, one of the wall paintings at the top of the escalators at the entrance/exit of the Lime Garage has an interesting image. Look at the tall palm tree at the right middle of the painting. Does the shape of the tree leaves and branches form a classic Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).

In a display of faux airplane seats outside the Disney TAG shop in Marketplace Co-Op, watch clouds float by the "windows." You'll be greeted by several different Hidden Mickeys! A classic one made of clouds:

A classic one made of holes in the clouds:

And a side-profile Mickey (minus one ear)! (Thanks to Lyndsey Stoehrer).

Keep searching!

March 13, 2017

Hidden Mickeys on the Disney Wonder, Part 2

New Hidden Mickeys have appeared, and some old ones were lost, during the re-imagining of the Disney Wonder. Many of the new Hidden Mickeys are high-quality images and are fun to search for! Such as the ones I present below.

White bubbles on the aft side deck (closest to Dory's Reef) of the Aqualab Children's Pool form a decent classic Mickey. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).

In Vibe (a club for ages 14-17), a poster entitled "The Endless Summer" is on a rear wall to the left as you enter the club. A tiny black classic Mickey is in the sand at the bottom middle of the poster, above the word "The" in the phrase "In Search Of The Perfect Wave." (Thanks to Jared Markowitz).

You'll see the "After Hours" logo along the hallway to the adult lounges. The martini glass represents an upside-down Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat! Indeed, the crescent moon and stars are there! (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).

At Mickey's MainSail shop, the title is painted on the outer glass walls of the shop. At the lower left, below the "M" in "MainSail" is the tiny head of Mickey Mouse, who sits in a boat and faces left.

My friend Dennis Wazaney found a microscopic classic Mickey in a symbol before the words "Consuming raw or undercooked . . ." at the bottom of the Triton's Restaurant lunch menu. Sharp eyes, Dennis!

Enjoy the search!

February 27, 2017

Hidden Mickeys on the Disney Wonder

Good news for us Hidden Mickey hunters: the re-imagined Disney Wonder has some great new Hidden Mickeys! (And, as you might expect, some Hidden Mickeys have been removed; sad, but I'll get over it). The Disney's Oceaneer Lab redo is similar to the Disney Magic Oceaneer Lab redo of several years ago. For example, the gold coin classic Mickey at the lower left corner of this wall painting is on both ships; it hangs to the right of the main entrance to the Lab and near the walkway to Disney's Oceaneer Club. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).

On a rear wall of the Lab, another painting has a tiny classic Mickey made of falling peas (at the left middle of the photo and on the middle right of the falling plate) and another Hidden Mickey nearby on the end of the handle of a kettle. (I studied the same painting from the Disney Magic, and I believe the kettle Mickey is there as well!)

A new image is at the left side of a wall mural behind the Port Adventures counter. Bubbles in the water behind King Triton's trident seem to form a sideways Mickey shape. What do you think about the image; is it close enough? (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).

This Hidden Image is still in place: the tiny Donald Duck car hood ornament in a wall painting entitled "Get Your Kicks." Find the painting along a forward stairwell between Decks 3 and 4.

On Castaway Cay, my friend and neighbor Dennis found this image at Conched Out Bar. It's under the laminated surface at the middle of the rear counter, near a roof support post. Does this pass muster as a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Dennis Wazaney).

Enjoy cruising with Hidden Mickeys!

January 30, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and DinoLand U.S.A.

Let's study a few images from the Magic Kingdom. Along the entrance queue of Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid, many collections of circles and circular objects can resemble classic Hidden Mickeys. For example, just before you enter the inside portion of the queue, look up high above and behind you for these three circle depressions on a rock that is jutting out. The circles are in the middle of the photo, tilted slightly to the left. What do you think? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).

As you step into the inside portion of the queue and meander through the cave, three glass or plastic balls (one blue, one copper, and one larger red ball) under nets appear near the floor to your right. Find them when you're passing by the opening in the ceiling with a leaning mast and sail. The balls are below an upside-down wooden boat covered with barnacles. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Amy Newfield).

"it's a small world" is filled with intricate costumes and designs, many of which contain circles. For example, several of the dancing and performing characters have pompoms as part of their costumes. Do the pompoms on the ankle of this dancer form a convincing Hidden Mickey?

Lots of folks notice these designs in short fences high up on Cinderella Castle. Are they trefoils (three equal circles touching each other) or classic Mickey holes? (Thanks to Mia).

Move to DinoLand U.S.A. in Disney's Animal Kingdom for a new Hidden Mickey. At least, it seems close enough to me. Do you agree? Inside Restaurantosaurus, locate this black smudge on the bottom of a boot wedged high in the rafters over the large dining room closest to DINOSAUR. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).

Happy Hunting!

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