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March 3, 2012

My Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend with Hidden Mickeys

My wife Vickie and I planned a full schedule for the Run Disney Weekend in late February, 2012. First up was the 1000th podcast for the WDWToday.com crew. We relaxed in the audience in the Atlantic Dance Hall on the BoardWalk as Mike, Matt, Annette, Len and Mike sat on stage and recorded their 1000th episode. That's quite a long run! They promised to continue on with their successful format. Inside the large dance hall, we spotted an image that might qualify as a Hidden Mickey! It's on the right side wall as you face the stage, and it's formed by three swirls (one large swirl and two smaller ones as "ears") along the lower part of a painting.

At my table, Vickie, Marc, Matt, Amy, Charlie, Brad, Tony and Fernando voted in this image as a Hidden Mickey!

Vickie and I walked over to World Showcase in Epcot to check out some Hidden Mickey sightings. In the France Pavilion, a classic three-circle Hidden Mickey hangs in the shop that adjoins the wine shop Les Vins de France. It's at the upper left of a bulletin board on a wall opposite the entrance to the shop, and it's red, white and blue! (Thanks to Wendy, Tawny Peedin and Carlos Font, and The McCully Family).

I was told that Cast Members in the Japan Pavilion placed rocks to form a classic Hidden Mickey at the bottom of a pond. It's right in front of the outdoor seating area for the Katsura Grill counter service restaurant. (Thanks to Orlando Attractions Magazine, Claudia, and Ian B.)

I think it's pretty close to a decent three-circle image of Mickey. What do you think?

Early the next morning, Vickie and I met our neighbors and good friends, Billy and his daughter Brittany, after the Finish Line of the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Billy earned the Goofy Medal last month (he ran the half and the full marathon on the same weekend), and he ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon to support Brittany. Now that's cool! And they both made it! Love those tutus!

March 10, 2012

2012 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, and Hidden Mickeys

March is a colorful time of year at Epcot! Mickey greets you at the main entrance.

All Ears Leader Deb Wills told me of a Hidden Mickey in the Haiti exhibit. "Haiti: Garden of Many Colors" is a new garden exhibit next to the Germany Pavilion in World Showcase. At the rear of the Haiti area is a painting of a large van.

A white Hidden Mickey is on the right front fender!

And yes, Mater has arrived in Japan!

However, he somehow lost his Hidden Mickey wing nut. Mater usually has a wing nut with ears on top of his engine air cleaner (shown below on a previous Mater at California Adventure).

Whenever I'm in Epcot's Japan, I pay my respects to some of my favorite rocks anywhere on Disney property.

I caught a performance of "Off Kilter" in the Canada Pavilion. They played two of my favorite Off Kilter songs: "Dirty Old Town" and "Amazing Grace." (The latter song is the #1 most requested bagpipes song, as I'm sure any bagpipes musician will tell you).

Along the Imagination Walkway, the sand sculptors were busy, but they'll still answer your questions!

This amazing sand sculpture highlights the "Disneynature Chimpanzee" film that will help celebrate Earth Day 2012.

Check out these Mickey bushes in the kids' area "Let's Get Moving," located along the Imagination Walkway.

I hope you can visit Epcot to enjoy this great Festival!

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