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May 3, 2011

Hunting for WDW Resort Hidden Mickeys

Within the last few days, I've visited all the WDW Resorts to find and verify Hidden Mickeys. One of the real joys in the Hidden Mickey hunt is finding a new one, at least new to me! What makes the hunt even more special is following directions, sometimes unclear, to spot an awesome Hidden Mickey image. It often takes me a long while searching the general vicinity of a sighting to finally gaze in amazement at a great Hidden Mickey!

For example, Alex Abrahamzon, Amanda Gunn, and Debbie Newton and Colin Brooks wrote to me about an image at the Caribbean Beach Resort. To their credit, they all wrote great directions to this Hidden Mickey, so I was able to find it within a short time. It's an awesome image, and better yet, it's traced in concrete, so it will likely stay in place for a while. Find this image by walking from the Trinidad North complex toward the Old Port Royale main pool area. When you reach the pool fence, look to your right to a sidewalk to the parking lot. The classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey is in the cement, in the right lower corner of a concrete square, near where the two paths meet and close to a green lamppost. It's worth the effort!

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Folks introduced me to several new Hidden Mickeys at the Polynesian Resort. Four classic images are in a painting behind the registration counter, the far right counter as you enter the lower level doors. The painting is hanging on the right side of the wall. I don't know how long this painting has been there, but Melanie LeBlanc told me that a Cast Member she spoke with didn't know of these images in the painting. Many such paintings with terrific Hidden Mickeys are in the Polynesian guest rooms, so don't forget to study wall paintings if you stay at this resort. This registration wall painting has four classic Hidden Mickeys, two dark and two white. Can you spot them?

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Another compelling Hidden Mickey image is outside the Polynesian Resort; it's best viewed from the second level walkway to the monorail. It's formed of three light gray rocks placed on a larger rock in the water, about halfway from the monorail exit doors to the monorail loading platform. Grant, and Nathan Trent informed me about this Hidden Mickey, and their photos showed an image positioned more correctly. I assume heavy rains at times move the rocks around, but I get the idea! Like the wonderful rock classic Mickey at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot, I think that our esteemed Disney Cast Members check on these rock images from time to time to make sure that these Hidden Mickeys are in place for us to enjoy!

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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

May 30, 2011

Star Tours Hidden Mickeys

The retooled Star Tours attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios represents a spectacular leap in the technology of simulator experiences.

For many years, I enjoyed the original Star Tours, in which you'd fly the same harrowing, out-of-control route to the Moon of Endor. The refurbished attraction provides over 50 random combinations of journeys throughout the Star Wars Universe! This renders the sighting of Hidden Mickeys on the ride (and several folks have spotted at least one possible Hidden Mickey image) a bit difficult to capture and describe. I didn't experience the specific sequence that these folks did, and I saw no Hidden Mickey images during my several trips through the galaxies.

I was delighted to discover that one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys anywhere is still in place (thank you, Imagineers!). About halfway along the outside winding queue, a white classic Mickey is high on a tree trunk, just below the walkway platform for the Ewok village above. It's on the huge central tree, directly across from the Imperial Walker.
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Another classic Hidden Mickey still in place is in the gift shop at the ride exit. On the right side of the shop, near the exit doors from the shop, a Mickey image is on a front right panel of a counter. It's formed by bullet holes with surrounding black burn marks as the "ears" and a center raised circle as the "head."
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An interesting image in the gift shop is a collection of tiny creatures (Jawas) peering out from "windows" on the upper corners at both ends of a long counter on the left side of the shop.
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Alas, a few Hidden Images are no more. Kermit the Frog, made from tubes and robot parts, no longer sits along the inside entrance queue. The pre-boarding instructional video has changed, and the Ewok who carries a plush Mickey Mouse has vanished.

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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.

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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