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February 2, 2011

A January Sunday at WDW Downtown Disney and Tony's Restaurant

My wife Vickie and I visited Downtown Disney Marketplace one recent winter Sunday. We had lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express. I started with butternut squash soup, which was presented well, with colorful sauces and garnishes, and it was delicious. Vickie enjoyed a turkey sandwich. The day was comfortable and bright, and we weren't the only folks with the idea to enjoy Disney; the Marketplace was packed with people! The big yellow Characters in Flight balloon was flying:

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We looked around inside the Tren-D store, and I spotted a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey on the top of a merchandise table inside the entrance doors from the main promenade.

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Vickie and I can rarely pass by the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop without at least sticking our noses inside. I ordered an espresso coffee and paid tribute to the side profile shadow of Mickey Mouse on the rear wall to the left inside the shop. He's in a window of the streetcar in the wall mural.

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I stopped by the Magic Kingdom later. One of my favorite classic Hidden Mickeys in Tony's Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A. had reportedly disappeared. This Hidden Mickey was a tiny impression on a black tile, which was originally in front of a bureau to the right as you entered the seating area of the restaurant. The floor was redone not long ago, and the tile Mickey was gone! But don't despair. Andrew Wierzbicki and Jim Opaleski emailed me that the tile Mickey had been moved. Indeed, I found the tile relocated to the left as you enter the seating area. It's the second black tile from the rear wall, and it's against the left wall, almost in a corner. The black Mickey tile is at the right center of the photo.

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If you view the Hidden Mickey from the seating area, it will appear upside-down.

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The next time you pass by Tony's, don't forget to stop inside to marvel at this amazing Hidden Mickey!

February 10, 2011

Hidden Mickeys Research in the Magic Kingdom

I'm working on the next edition of the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book. It's a great excuse to visit Disney World, as often as I can! On this particular day, I parked at the main MK parking lot and rode the monorail to the MK entrance. If I have the opportunity while on the monorail, I like to nod at one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys. You can spot this relaxed Mickey from either the Express or the Resort Monorail just outside the Contemporary Resort. He's sitting on the roof, smiling at the passengers and enjoying the Florida sun!
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I managed a photo of "Let the Memories Begin" above the famous image of Mickey Mouse before my monorail train pulled into the MK station.
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One of the great pleasures of Hidden Mickey hunting is discovering a new one, right? Brad and Brittany Paliswat let me know of a classic Hidden Mickey traced on a light fixture at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland. It's on the second light from the far right, as you face the food order registers. Brad and Brittany spotted this image many months ago, and I verified recently that it's still in place, although the left ear has become less visible over time. I want to thank the Cast Member, Manager or Imagineer that created this Hidden Mickey, and I hope it stays around for a long while!
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I stopped by the Hall of Presidents to salute George Washington and the tiny classic Hidden Mickey at the end of his sword. (This image was voted in on my website). It's in a painting on the wall in the waiting lobby, just to the right of the theater entrance.
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As you know, Hidden Mickeys disappear at times. (That's why we need to continually check them out!) The Hidden Mickey formed by a plate and cups on the dining table at the end of the walkthrough in the Swiss Family Treehouse is no more; the dining ware has been moved around. The Hidden Mickey formed by barrels inside the wheelbarrow outside Columbia Harbour House restaurant has also disappeared.
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But this guy is still waiting to say hello! One of the best side profile Hidden Mickeys anywhere is on the trunk of the Swiss Family Treehouse tree. You can spot this image on the way up and on the trek back down; just keep your eyes on the trunk. Mickey is well camouflaged in the green "algae," and most people walk right by without spotting him!
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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 Amazon.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

February 28, 2011

Hidden Mickey Hunting in Epcot Future World

I explored Epcot recently on a sunny Valentine's Day. The park was only moderately crowded, and folks were in good spirits.

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I like moseying around Walt Disney World most any day, and I'm always on the alert for the new and elusive Hidden Mickey. I also check to see if any have disappeared. One compelling Hidden Mickey in Future World has evidently been lost. On the large tip board in Innoventions Plaza, the Mickey-shaped Australia on the rotating earth that forms the "O" in "Epcot" is no longer there. The graphics have changed, so this Hidden Mickey may be lost for good. Very sad!

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I traveled through the history of communications on Spaceship Earth several times. Someone told me that they thought they saw a Hidden Mickey on the computer screen as you create and experience your personal future while your vehicle is returning to base. I've chosen many different scenarios for my future, but I've yet to see Mickey. Let me know if you do!

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Outside, I sensed that something was in the air at Epcot!

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I can't wait for the flowers and topiaries and great music of the Spring Festival at Epcot!

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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 Amazon.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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