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June 4, 2010

More from Japan (Epcot)

Vickie and I experimented with a dining option. We'd tried it before at Citricos in the Grand Floridian, and it worked. We were told over the phone that no reservations were available at Citricos for the time we wanted, so we chanced a walk-up request and were seated within a few minutes!

So this day, we wished to dine at Teppan Edo, one of our favorite WDW restaurants. Vickie had been telling me for weeks that she wanted the house salad with ginger dressing at Teppan Edo (along with the filet). She called for reservations and was told that none were available. So we chanced it again; we walked to Teppan Edo before 5 p.m. and asked to be seated. We were told: "No problem, 15 minutes!" Vickie and I had our ginger salads and main courses, and I watched as our entertaining chef made an onion ring volcano:

Teppan Edo Japan Epcot

and an onion ring classic Mickey!

Teppan Edo Japan Epcot

I asked a Cast Member at the check-in podium if walk-up guests normally had a fair chance to be seated in a reasonable amount of time. She told me that is often true before 5 p.m. but not necessarily true after 5.

I checked out some classic Mickeys nearby; I like to make sure the Hidden Mickeys I describe in my book are still present. Here's a good one on a drain grate cover in the koi fish pond. I'm rarely able to get a clean view of it; after all, it's over a drain!

Hidden Mickey Japan Epcot

The rock Mickey (one of my favorites) inside a hole in a bush on the right side of the Mitsukoshi store was in place today. The Cast Members usually make sure this arrangement of rocks is preserved, but I'm told that occasionally the image is not there.

Hidden Mickey Japan Epcot

This rock Mickey is just to the right of a juniper tree.

Hidden Mickey Japan Epcot

Alas, the "Tin Toy Stories" display in the rear of the Japan Pavilion is changing:

 Japan Epcot

so the classic Mickey on the origami ladybug on the inside right wall may well disappear.

Hidden Mickey Japan Epcot

Oh, well; maybe the new gallery will have a Hidden Mickey or two. We can always hope!

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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

June 20, 2010

New Walt Disney World Experiences

Vickie and I visited Animal Kingdom Lodge recently to check out a new (to me) potential Hidden Mickey sighting (from Jack Koss, and Cindy).

A classic (three-circle) Mickey image is etched in the cement outside of The Mara restaurant. Go to the walkway leading to the pool directly opposite the rear exit door from the restaurant. On the left side, and near the end, of this short walkway as you stroll toward the pool is the Hidden Mickey. I think it will remain in place for a while, maybe a long while!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickey

We showed up for dinner at the California Grill, at the Contemporary, without reservations, to check out a dining option. If Disney restaurants have a bar area, these seats are often available for walkup guests, especially near the meal opening time.

The Cast Members at the restaurant confirmed that this approach works sometimes, but not always, and there's not a good way that I know of to guarantee access to a bar meal as a walkup guest. However, this time it worked for Vickie and me, and we ordered from the usual restaurant menu (as is the case in the other restaurants with bar areas). We like the California Grill, and we enjoyed another great dinner here.

California Grill

Vickie and I witnessed the Main Street Electrical Parade when it opened at the Magic Kingdom as part of Disney's "Summer Nightastic" program for this year's special summer entertainment. The floats were bright and colorful and the parade quite engaging.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Vickie's favorite float had Pete on his bright green dragon Elliott.

Main Street Electrical Parade


The parade ended with an American flag float protected by a huge eagle.

Main Street Electrical Parade

The guests around us smiled throughout the parade. Thanks, Disney, for showcasing this wonderful parade at WDW this summer!

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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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