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September 1, 2007

Carousel of Progress and Sci-Fi Dine-In: Hard to Find Hidden Mickeys

I wish to let you know about a couple of Hidden Mickeys that I've been searching for (for years!). Thanks to great photography and better eyes than mine, I can describe them to you.

The first one is in the last scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom. Other people have seen it and tried to describe it to me. But it took the excellent camera work of Tim Devine (www.themagicinpixels.com) and Shannon Hamilton's description for me to finally appreciate this Hidden Mickey.

As Shannon writes: On the last stage at the Carousel of Progress, one of the Christmas presents under the tree (near the grandfather's chair) is wrapped in red and white paper, but has a large classic Mickey head cut out of green paper glued to the side of the gift. The gift is partially hidden by another present, so you see the ears and part of the top of Mickey's head. The green Mickey ears are to the right of Grandpa's lower leg and behind the present with the silver bow. Check out Tim's photo, and you'll see why I had such a difficult time finding this one!

Carousel of Progress Hidden Mickey

I'd been informed about this second Hidden Mickey by the Cast Members at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. I'd never really spotted it, even when I was close to it and had studied it for long periods of time. The CM's told me that the lighting had to be just right. Well, finally a prolific Hidden Mickey spotter (Sharon Dale; you'll see her name all over my website) sent me a photo of the colorful tile mural inside at the rear of Sci-Fi that I think shows this amazing side profile Hidden Mickey. Mickey seems to be looking to the right (our right) side of the mural. I think I can see Mickey's jaw line curving to the front of his face, and his ears seem to be visible above his head. Let me know what you think! This Mickey is truly hidden!


Hidden Mickey - Sci-Fi Drive In

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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEarsNet.com

Steve maintains a Catalog of Hidden Mickeys on the Hidden Mickeys Guide.

The Third Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 3rd Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His First Edition of Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys is also available on Amazon.com Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets (Disneyland's Hidden Mickey's)

September 12, 2007

Magic Kingdom Hidden Mickeys and Meeting Friends

Recently I met up with Bill and his wife Donna, and Byron Hall for lunch at the Concourse Steakhouse in the Contemporary Resort. Bill and Donna help me find Hidden Mickeys at WDW.

Byron is accumulating donations for his weight loss plan. He's using the donations to sponsor a child in the Make A Wish program. I met Byron to donate my autographed books (Walt Disney World's Hidden Mickeys, Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys, and my annually updated guidebook The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation) to his first sponsored child Tommy.

The day was sunny and hot. The restaurant wasn't crowded, and we had a long, leisurely lunch. Bill is an accomplished photographer, and we reviewed his recent photos of Hidden Mickeys. (Bill also drinks more coffee than anyone I've ever known, so he talks fast.) Byron updated us on his fascinating program. By the way, I recommend anyone visit and tour the Give Kids The World Resort near WDW. A neighbor of mine volunteers there; it's an inspirational, eye-opening place sponsored by Disney and other central Florida businesses.

We strolled over to the Magic Kingdom to hang out for a while. The park wasn't crowded. (Early September is a great time of year to visit WDW). Several folks have posted on my website about a classic Mickey antenna topper on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. Supposedly, it's to the right of the vehicle, near a lamp at the beginning of the hill that has the loose boulders that threaten to fall on you.

BTMR had only a 10-minute wait (at 4:30 in the afternoon!), so we hopped in line and were soon on the ride. Bill and Byron (who's also an accomplished photographer) took photos and videos of the ride, and I just kept my eyes peeled and tried to spot the antenna topper. Alas, none of us saw it! Of course, we'll study the photos soon to determine if it's still there. If it's not there, I'm wondering if the antenna topper was removed because it wasn't placed there on purpose by an Imagineer or Cast Member?

After BTMR, we located some cool, tried-and-true Hidden Characters in Frontierland. One is the Hidden Tinker Bell at the outside exit of BTMR.


Hidden Tinker Bell at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


Another is the tiny, red classic Mickey on a hand (on the index finger) on the side of the Madame Leota's shopping stand in Liberty Square.

Madame Leota's shopping stand Hidden Mickey

Donna enjoyed a Dole Whip from Adventureland. (Of course, at this point, we all paid homage to Mike Scopa and the Dole Whip!) We basked in the Florida sun while taking in the uncrowded sights of the Magic Kingdom. What a great way to spend the afternoon! It's difficult to go back to the real world, but we'll all return soon to WDW.

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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEarsNet.com

Steve maintains a Catalog of Hidden Mickeys on the Hidden Mickeys Guide.

The Third Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 3rd Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His First Edition of Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys is also available on Amazon.com Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets (Disneyland's Hidden Mickey's)

September 29, 2007

Beci's Birthday on the water

What's more fun at Disney than a birthday party? Well, maybe staying in the Cinderella Castle Suite? No, Beci's Birthday Party had to be even more fun.

Recently, my wife Vickie and I were honored to be invited to a surprise birthday party for Beci Mahnken. Many of you know her as the head cheese (I mean, President and CEO) of a successful travel company: MEI-Travel & Mouse Fan Travel. Vickie and I showed up on time at the marina for the Grand 1 Yacht at the Grand Floridian Resort. Our group also included Colleen from MEI and several terrific Disney Cast Members.

Grand One Yacht

We floated over to the Polynesian Resort, where Annette escorted Beci onto the yacht. She was definitely surprised! Annette and Colleen had camouflaged the event very well. We puttered around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake for almost 2 hours, enjoying the scenery on the shores, including the monorail resorts, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and the Magic Kingdom.

Beci's Surprise


We raised our glasses (whether we drank or not!) and toasted the occasion (I think Beci said it was her 30th, although I wouldn't swear to it. You know, 20-something and 30-something sound kind of alike if you say it fast.) Beci was all smiles as she opened her (mostly Disney-themed) gifts. Our Disney friends were perfect hosts, and we could've partied on the elegant yacht into the Extra Magic Hours. But, alas, no EMH for this yacht! No matter, the party was pure fun, and there's nothing better than celebrating at Disney with good friends.

The Toast


There was one "hitch". At one point, our festive yacht passed by the "shoe tree". Many of you know about the "shoe tree," that tree in Bay Lake onto which retiring watercraft cast members toss their shoes. (I've heard it called the "Disney Navy," but our yacht captain referred to his team as "Disney's Watercraft Fleet"). Anyway, watercraft CM's that are leaving the fleet tie their shoestrings together and toss the shoes onto the branches of the shoe tree. Any decent boat tour into Bay Lake includes a pass by this unique tree, covered with shoes. Imagine our surprise and dismay when we espied the shoe tree without any shoes! Our yacht captain informed us that someone in Upper Management decided that the shoes had to be removed! The tree, bereft of its badges of honor, looked as sad as we felt. Maybe if we all complain, the shoe tree tradition will return someday. (Or maybe there's a good reason or two for dismantling the shoe tree. We may never know.)

Beci, the cake and the Castle

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