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August 6, 2009

A Sunday at the Magic Kingdom

I had the privilege of meeting up with Lou Mongello one recent weekend. As you know, Lou is the favorite Disney trivia guy for many Disney fans, including me!

Late one morning, we had coffee (I had cappuccino) at the Kona Island Coffee Bar in the Polynesian Resort. Lou recently redesigned his website and is working hard on his Audio Guides and his many other projects. (I know he doesn't sleep much!) As per the last two years, I'm auctioning myself (a Hidden Mickeys tour with me at WDW, that is) at Fred Block's 2009 MagicMeets for Lou's Dream Team Project, which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We rode the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. In Town Square, I took a pic of Lou and Goofy:
Lou and Goofy

I checked out a few Hidden Mickeys, although I don't think these images will be going anywhere soon. At least, the great classic Mickey in the Aladdin window display outside the Emporium Store is still there!

Emporium Hidden Mickey

I spotted the horseshoe Hidden Mickey in Liberty Square, near the Yankee Trader Shop. I like to stand there a while and watch as most folks just walk right by it or over it, not appreciating this unique image.

Horse Shoe Hidden Mickey

I stopped to admire the chimney stone Mickey in the mural along the queue for Snow White's Scary Adventures. It's the image on the lower chimney, under the flowers and near Snow White's head. This was one of the first Hidden Mickeys that I ever spotted. I wrote about it "long ago" in 2002, in the first edition (2003) of the WDW Hidden Mickeys book. As you can understand, it's a sentimental favorite of mine!

Snow White Hidden Mickey

Lou and I said our goodbyes, but rest assured that we'll meet up again soon at our favorite place on earth!


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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEars.net

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


August 13, 2009

Dinner at Boma

My sister Donna visited WDW recently. We first took in the sights and sounds of the BoardWalk area in late afternoon. The Florida heat had diminished only slightly, so we walked leisurely. Folks were pedaling surrey bikes around Crescent Lake, a real workout on a hot day, to be sure!

Donna rested for a few minutes on an antique car near the Yacht Club.
Outside the Yacht Club

I wanted to confirm one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys was still present, on the globe in the Yacht Club lobby. It was there, undisturbed.

Yacht Club Hidden Mickey

Donna and I enjoyed dinner at Boma. I always taste the various soups.
Boma Buffet Mulligatawny soup

I hadn't tried the Mulligatawny soup before, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I finished off two servings of this slightly sweet chicken and vegetable soup.

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

I asked our server about the soup's ingredients, and she brought me the recipe! Very cool!
Mulligatawny soup Recipe

Donna and I sampled many of the fish, vegetable and other offerings, including a mandatory zebra dome dessert to wind up the feast. Another satisfying Boma meal!


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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEars.net

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


August 24, 2009

Kouzzina and Grand Floridian Hidden Mickeys

My wife Vickie and I recently checked out the new Kouzzina restaurant for Hidden Mickeys.
Kouzzina

All of the previous HM's at Spoodles have been removed, except one! A smiling Mickey still peeks out from an upper recessed light in the waiting area.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

Vickie and I found a classic Mickey made of plates in the waiting area, on the wall to the right of the door to the seating area.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

Our server showed me another smiling Mickey on a side wall of the lower shelves with bowls to the right of the kitchen.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

The menu is Greek-inspired, with a large olive influence and even including Greek red and white wine. I had the grape leaf with goat cheese appetizer, and Vickie sampled a chicken and rice soup (which she said was bland). The customers seemed to be enjoying the Greek entrees, one of which is a lamb burger and another is cinnamon stewed chicken.

We met friends at the Grand Floridian Resort. Jessica and Jessica (roommates in college), Jim, Jake and Ginny are posing inside the antique vehicle in front of the hotel entrance.

Antique Car at Grand Floridian

Two friendly Cast Members showed me a new Hidden Mickey in the corners of the marble tile floor, which was recently installed on the second level.

Marble Floor in Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

Marble Floor in Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

New and lost Hidden Mickeys; Disney keeps us on our toes!


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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEars.net

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

The NEW FOURTH 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


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