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December 7, 2009

Holidays at Epcot

We reserved the 5 P.M. Candlelight Processional and a 2:20 P.M. meal time at Tokyo Dining. The restaurants at the Epcot Japan pavilion are among my family's favorites. My wife and I always look forward to our salads there with ginger dressing. Here is our party outside the restaurant next to the koi fish pond. My wife Vickie took the photo; I'm on the left side next to my son Steven and friend Amy (on the right). Vickie's mother is sitting.

Steve and Friends

After lunch, we took in a show by Sergio in the Italy pavilion. He's a clown mime and an accomplished juggler. We smiled and laughed throughout the entire show.

Sergio in Italy

In the Candlelight Processional show, Isabella Rossellini read the Christmas story, accompanied by beautiful music from the first-class orchestra and huge choir.

Candlelight Processional

While in World Showcase, I checked out two bush classic Mickeys that have been admirably maintained by the landscaping folks for a long time. The first bush image is in the miniature train exhibit at the side of the Germany pavilion.

Germany Hidden Mickey


The second one is in the parterre (patterned hedge) garden at the front of the France pavilion.

France Hidden Mickey

It's hard to top Walt Disney World during the holidays!

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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.

NEW! Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets is available on Amazom.com Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets


The FOURTH Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 4th Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His SECOND 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

December 19, 2009

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holidays

I enjoyed Disney's Hollywood Studios recently with my wife Vickie and her mother Elizabeth. The dark photo below was taken at the rear of the Voyage of the Little Mermaid theater.

Vickie and Elizabeth


This attraction is one of our perennial favorites.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid


Vickie's mother appreciates the shows around WDW, so we can't tour DHS without catching a performance of Beauty and the Beast. We sat on the front row and felt the full force of the outstanding acting.

Beauty and the Beast

Next it was onto the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Disney states that there are at least 36 Hidden Mickeys in the lights along the Streets of America.

Osborne Lights

I think some of the images are decorative, but a few are decent Hidden Mickeys.

Hidden Mickeys

My friend Jim told me a story about these famous lights. It seems that when Mr. Osborne shipped his lights to WDW, an outline of a cat was mixed in with the regular lights. Each year, the Cast Members hide this cat in a different place along the Streets of America. I found it (OK, I admit, with the help of a Cast Member) on a rooftop to the right of the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" marquee.

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The next time you're admiring the Osborne Lights, try to find the Family Cat!

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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.

NEW! Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets is available on Amazom.com Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets


The FOURTH Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 4th Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His SECOND 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

December 31, 2009

Holiday Fun and Hidden Mickeys

I met up with family at Disney World over the holidays. One evening, we stayed until Yeehah Bob, a wonderful entertainer at Port Orleans Riverside, was out of time. In the photo are (from left to right) my sister Donna, my son Steven and my wife Vickie.

Steven, Donna and Vickie

It's difficult to catch Yeehah Bob in a photo; he's usually a blur of activity! He's an accomplished piano player, and his piano sways back and forth with him as he plays.

Yeehah Bob

Disney artists place Mickey images on holiday displays in the WDW Resort lobbies. We found several Hidden Mickeys on the display in the Yacht Club lobby. Here's one on the side of the mountain.

Yacht Club Hidden Mickeys


The names of Mickey and friends are still on cabinet labels in the Yacht Club lobby.

Character names in the Yacht Club

On Christmas morning, I entered Epcot at opening time and hopped onto the Living with the Land ride. Many folks have sent me photos of a cool Hidden Mickey in the aquaculture area, in the shrimp tank. I like to wait a while to see if Mickey images last, and this one has been in place for over four months now, so I hope it will stay.

Living with the Land Hidden Mickey


In recent years, the Land horticulturists have been growing plants in Mickey-shaped containers. Along the boat ride, I spotted this container, which is evidently growing an eggplant. The sign below the container says "Earning My Ears."

Living with the Land Hidden Mickey

As I was leaving Epcot on Christmas morning, the crowds were building! I hope this holiday season will be busy as usual at Disney World.

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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.

NEW! Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets is available on Amazom.com Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line's Best Kept Secrets


The FOURTH Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 4th Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His SECOND 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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