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October 8, 2017

More Possible Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Consider the following images. Are some of them close enough to be included as bona fide Hidden Mickeys?

As you approach the entrance to The Land pavilion at Epcot, check out these circles in the outside mural on your right. You'll find them just inside the beginning of the mural roof and close to the top of the mural. The group of three circles tilts to the left. (Thanks to Karen Dodson).
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As you walk through the "Maharajah Jungle Trek" in Disney's Animal Kingdom, several wall carvings in relief are on your right, just before you reach the aviary. In one carving, a man appears to be dancing with his hands in the air. Directly to the right of the man are three circles (?groups of tree leaves) that might form a classic Mickey tilted slightly to the right. (Thanks to Abhilasha Khetan).
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This next image seems pretty good to me. Inside the Riverside Depot on Discovery Island, walk to the rear wall opposite the entrance door from the walkway between the Oasis and Discovery Island. On an upper shelf in a tall merchandise cabinet at the middle of the wall, three baskets come together as a classic Mickey, tilted to the left. (Thanks to Matt Mellarkey).
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Here's another image I rather like at Kidani Village, Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, over the years, I've looked for it, but I never found it until a few months ago! A classic Mickey is lightly traced in cement in the walkway from the Kidani Village main lobby to the Samawati Springs Pool. It's near the curb and about 25-30 feet before the parking directions sign. (Thanks to Sarah Barnes and son, and Ryan Gatewood).
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Hoofprints are impressed in cement along the walkway to Winter Summerland miniature golf course. Do these three make a Mickey? They're just outside the reindeer shed on your left, before you reach the check-in area. Look to the right of the leaf. (Thanks to Ashton).
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Have a blast with Hidden Mickeys!





September 20, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Disney California Adventure

Let's examine a few images from California. "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" replaced "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" in the Hollywood Tower Hotel structure in Hollywood Land. This first image is high on an outside wall of the refurbished building. Small silver metal plates are scattered among pipes and other metallic items on one section of the wall. One of the plates with its three roundish projections might form a right-side up classic Hidden Mickey. (Other plates with round projections are not right-side up). Find the plate in question to the right of the large gold Tivan Group logo. (Thanks to Ethan Holmes).
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Inside the "Guardians of the Galaxy" attraction building, toward the far side of the second floor of the "boiler room" (before you board the ride vehicle), two images of bolts and metal circles are in the middle of a large pulley and chain device hanging from the ceiling. The images are below the device's large hook. Are they Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Ethan Holmes).
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At "Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters" in Cars Land, silver tire rims are displayed in three rows on a wall at the rear of the ride arena. (This tire rim display survived the re-imagining of this attraction). One rim, at the center of the bottom row, has three holes exposed (without bolts) in the middle of the rim that might form a classic Hidden Mickey tilted downward to the left. (Thanks to Steve Orme).
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I've been debating about this image for a while. Find these three tires resting on the left side of the roof of a rickety garage at the rear of "Mater's Junkyard Jamboree" in Cars Land. What do you think - a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to LMD Hidden Mickey Finders, Martin Lee, and Kristen and family).
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Another image has stuck around after the closing of "MuppetVision 3D" in Hollywood Land. Look high to the outside of a tower at the right rear of the seating area for Award Wieners to find two eyeballs sitting above a valve wheel. Is it Mickey? (Thanks to Ryan Ong).
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September 10, 2017

Hidden Mickeys on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

Many compelling Hidden Mickeys can be found in Disneyland, California. We also come across a few questionable images at times. Let's begin our search on Main Street, U.S.A.

A subtle classic Mickey shadow hides in the Disney Gallery, which is right next to the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" theater. Find the image in a drawing of a Euro Disneyland Railroad car on a wall to the far right as you enter the gallery from Main Street. The railroad car has a "Coney Island" label on its side. In the fifth window from the left, the shadow of a person's head resembles Mickey. (Thanks to Mari H.)
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The Mad Hatter store is on the corner to the left of the Disney Gallery. A few second-story windows to the right of the Mad Hatter store sign is a window commemorating Disney Legend Blaine Gibson, an animator and sculptor. (One of his creations is the "Partners" bronze statue of Walt and Mickey.) Classic Mickey ears form the right side of a soap carving that is painted in the window. (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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What do you think about the following images? Circles in wallpaper in the Chester Drawer's children's store, next to Disney Clothiers, might approximate a classic Mickey. Circles behind the "C" in the wallpaper seem closer to a Mickey image than those behind other letters. (Thanks to Josh Burch).
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A chandelier in an embroidery shop, near the Disney Showcase store, has small projections that might resemble Mickey. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Justine Mikhail and Mark Treiger).
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You can still find the Pinocchio game machine with its classic Mickey in the Penny Arcade. It's been sitting at the rear of the Arcade for a while now. The small Mickey sits between the play buttons on the machine.
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Enjoy the search!





August 16, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Various paintings hang on the walls in The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. This painting is on a rear wall to the right as you enter. Two sets of small circles on the front of this woman's dress suggest classic Mickeys. One group of circles is near and below her right hand. The other sets of circles repeat down the middle of her dress. Any Hidden Mickeys here? (Thanks to Wayne and Angie Vaughn).
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On the Living with the Land ride in Epcot, groups of bushes in the field to the right of the farmhouse on the left side of your boat might come together as classic Mickeys? (Thanks to Kelsey Knee).
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When you board The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride, look down over the left side of your clam shell and spot this image on the bottom platform of your vehicle. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to James Girard).
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Large sets of gears, partially covered, are in the outside walls on both sides of the rear entrance (the doors facing toward World Showcase) to the MouseGear shop. This one seems to be a pretty good classic Mickey image to me. (Thanks to Kolding Rasmussen).
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What about these circular stones in the ground? Find them in a painting on the first floor lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort, near the elevators. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Rebecca Friedman).
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Long live Hidden Mickeys!






August 7, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

A black Mickey-shaped image is suspended in front of the left side of an upper-story window along the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in the room with women chasing men in circles to the left of your boat. I'm not sure what it is; maybe it's the end of a bar or pipe? I don't think a Mickey balloon would've been frozen in place - unchanged - for several years. (Thanks to Donna McMurrey).
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Outside, along the exit walkway of Swiss Family Treehouse, is an isolated wooden chair with a basket of fruit in front of it. Do the green apples (or whatever the fruit is) form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Terry Berringer).
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In front of The Barnstormer, a pile of cannonballs sits at the base of a cannon. A Hidden Mickey anywhere? (Thanks to Anthony Bartiromo).
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Inside the Plaza Restaurant, a mirror hangs on the wall near the main entrance door. Is there a Hidden Mickey in the design, at the top of the mirror frame? (Thanks to Louise Lloyd).
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Keep searching!





July 23, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I'm updating the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book, so I'm visiting frequently. I check out potential new Hidden Mickeys and verify if old ones are still in place. Here are some images that I'll add to the book.

This first Hidden Mickey has stayed around a while, thankfully. At America Gardens Theatre, classic Hidden Mickeys are stuck on both sides of the stage apron / forestage, near the short brick wall that borders the front of the main stage. (Thanks to James Hansen).
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What do you think about this image at Typhoon Lagoon? It's in a painting on the right wall inside the Board Room, which is a shed on a small deck that faces the front of the surfing lagoon. Imprints in the middle of a sand dune resemble a classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Jonathan Hoyle).
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Deb discovered this great Hidden Mickey (actually two Hidden Mickeys), and they've stuck around for a good while. Find them in Fort Wilderness, across the walkway in front of the Bike Barn in the Meadow Depot area. (Thanks to Deb Wills).
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This image is subtle and difficult to photograph! A tiny classic Mickey is indented in the lower right leg of the first letter "A" in "Trattoria al Forno." These words are engraved on the wall behind the check-in counter for the restaurant. (Thanks to Areyna).
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Inside the Intermission Food Court at Disney's All Star Music Resort, a painting of an animal orchestra, with Mickey conducting, is on the wall to the right as you enter the food order area. Classic Mickey notes are on three of the music sheets in the painting. Here's one of them. (Thanks to Riley Swanson, and Scott Trask).
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Have fun with the search!





July 3, 2017

Possible Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Some of the following images come close - I think - to forming classic Hidden Mickeys. Of course, some collections of circles are more convincing than others. What do you think of these?

In Epcot, along the "Frozen Ever After" Standby queue, at one point you walk through Oaken's Tokens shop. Circular impressions on the fireplace might form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Samantha Ann).
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Along the Standby queue of Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the bottom of a necklace in a display has circular elements that may suggest someone we know? (Thanks to Frankie DaSilva).
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Many of us are scouring Animal Kingdom's Pandora for Hidden Images. What about these large circles on the ground not far from the entrance to "Avatar Flight of Passage" - a Hidden Mickey?
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Inside the Welcome Center at The Landing in Disney Springs, a painting entitled "Expo 1950" hangs high on a rear wall. At the left side of the painting, three of the balloons in a cluster suggest a classic Mickey, or not? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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This next one looks convincing to me. Find it at the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. In the last scene, one of the final images you see to Mom's right as you rotate away is a small fruit basket with a blue ribbon on top. A tiny black classic Mickey is in the basket at the left side. (Thanks to Jack Lynch).
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On with the Hunt!





June 26, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I'll begin with a few images from Disney's Animal Kingdom. We should find at least a few Hidden Mickeys in the new Pandora, right? How about this image? Look for these small indentations in the rock wall (in the middle of the photo) along the lower exit walkway from "Avatar Flight of Passage," near the floor on your left as you walk out. (Thanks to Brooke Boyd).
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Just before you enter the Standby queue for "Expedition Everest," check out these round objects on top of a small table to the left of the entrance. A Hidden Mickey when viewed from above? (Thanks to Carlos).
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At the water's edge of one of two seating areas for "Rivers of Light" (the one near "Finding Nemo - The Musical"), search for these rocks embedded in a short cement barrier. Are the rocks arranged to be a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to onthegoinmco).
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In the waiting room of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano at Disney's Hollywood Studios, a small container on the lower shelf of a display bureau near the restrooms is painted with grapes. Any Hidden Mickeys in the cluster of grapes? (Thanks to Charles Tyner).
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I've heard that the images of a Prince and Princess are hidden in the entrance queue wall mural at "Living with the Land" in Epcot. I've studied the various murals here for years. Have I finally found the two royals holding each other? (Thanks to Craig Canady).
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June 4, 2017

Questionable Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

In Disney parks everywhere, new attractions bring new images to ponder, and fresh images pop up sometimes in established areas. Or maybe no one has spotted them before? Remember, Disney usually doesn't notify us when new Hidden Mickeys are created.

In Epcot's Norway, consider the following two images. The first is in The Wandering Reindeer store. Look at these nails at the left end of a wooden brace holding skis on the wall near the end of the exit hallway from Anna and Elsa's Meet and Greet. Suspicious for a sideways classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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This second possible one is also in Norway, in the shop right at the exit from "Frozen Ever After." It's along the top of the merchandise stand at the end of the room near the door with the exit sign. Check out the yellow flowers on the horse's nose. A classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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At Disney's Hollywood Studios, in PizzeRizzo Restaurant, holes in a slice of cheese in the lower left of a display in the wall to your left as you enter (opposite the food order counter) might suggest a classic Mickey? (Thanks to Sarah Weinberg, and Justin Lewicki).
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In Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, laugh with the monkeys swinging around in their outdoor protected playground. This dark marking on the bark of a tree in a corner of the scaffolding (near the walkway from Expedition Everest) resembles Mickey, sort of?
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At Disney, you never know when or where you'll stumble across Mickey!


May 1, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Asia, Disney's Animal Kingdom

What with Pandora unfolding at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I spent the better part of a beautiful day recently scoping out the park for Hidden Mickeys. Like this one in Africa's Harambe Village: silver balls in a basket perched on a shelf high above street level might form Mickey ears? Look for this basket across from Tusker House Restaurant and between Mombasa Marketplace and Tamu Tamu Refreshments. (Thanks to Josh P.)
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Rafiki's Planet Watch is home to many great Hidden Mickeys, and some questionable images. Is this a sideways classic Hidden Mickey - the black marks (ears?) to the left of the turtle's eye (head?) or black marking to the right of the eye (head?). Find the turtle near the upper part of the wall to the left as you walk through the main entrance doors to Conservation Station. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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At the rear of Conservation Station, walk to the Puerto Rican Boa exhibit, which is just to the right of the Nutrition Center exhibit. Two potential Mickey images can be found here; one in the white circles in a band crossing the top of the display window. Any Hidden Mickeys here; maybe in the middle of the photo? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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And a second image made of tiny markings or holes in the bark of the lower tree trunk at the back right inside the Boa enclosure. What do you think? (Thanks to Kate Whiddon).
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Over in Asia, fruit sits in a basket in a cart along the walkway near Kali River Rapids. A fruit classic Mickey, tilted down to the left?
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Make Disney memories with Hidden Mickeys!


April 23, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland and Splash Mountain

I've been wondering about a few images that folks have let me know about. This first image is on the steampunk dragon (Maleficent) in the Festival of Fantasy parade. Find it on the plate just below the right shoulder joint. Three faint circles in the metal might form a classic Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Andy Webb).
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As you know, lots of potential Hidden Mickeys are scattered through the newer areas of Fantasyland. Here's a collection of circle depressions in a rock wall that comes close to forming a classic Mickey, maybe? As you approach Be Our Guest Restaurant, look over the left side of the bridge at a wall of the restaurant. The image is at the lower left of a block in the fourth row of blocks from the top of the wall and not far to the left of the pillar at the end of the bridge. (Thanks to Anthony Flynn).
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Walk to the restrooms located near Fairytale Garden. In the wall between the restrooms is a green "Fire Hose" door. Indentations are hammered into the horizontal black metal strips that cross the doors. Three indentations near the middle of the bottom right strip might resemble a classic Mickey, tilted to the left? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez).
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On the ceiling about halfway along the entrance queue for Splash Mountain, and near a wall picture of Brer Fox, you'll walk under this image made of the ceiling mount for a lantern and two nearby rocks. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Terry Berringer).
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Keep up the search!

April 2, 2017

Questionable Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Groups of circles abound on Disney property. But which circle threesomes can count as decent Hidden Mickeys? Some are convincing and some not. What do you think about the following images?

Three cannonballs along the left entrance queue of Pirates of the Caribbean might form a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey. Look for them between barrels in an "Armeria" alcove to your right about halfway through the queue. (Thanks to John and Samantha and Brian Jonckheere, and Charles Tyner).
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At Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station, check out the monkey on top of the Clowns boxcar with green plants on its head. Three circles at the left lower part of the plants might simulate an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey. Is it close? (Thanks to Octavio Perez).
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In Mickey's Star Traders shop, a classic Mickey made of three clear domes is over an entrance door in the mural that encircles the upper wall. A red tower is in the dome that forms the "head" of Mickey. To the left of the upper third of the red tower, three circles (the "ears" are incomplete) might make Mickey. (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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Study the last video monitor to your upper left on the moving walkway at the exit of Space Mountain. Three craters on the surface of Mars below the word "Play" in the phrase "Where Serious Golfers Go to Play!" kind of look like Mickey. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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Have a great time looking for Hidden Mickeys!

March 13, 2017

Hidden Mickeys on the Disney Wonder, Part 2

New Hidden Mickeys have appeared, and some old ones were lost, during the re-imagining of the Disney Wonder. Many of the new Hidden Mickeys are high-quality images and are fun to search for! Such as the ones I present below.

White bubbles on the aft side deck (closest to Dory's Reef) of the Aqualab Children's Pool form a decent classic Mickey. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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In Vibe (a club for ages 14-17), a poster entitled "The Endless Summer" is on a rear wall to the left as you enter the club. A tiny black classic Mickey is in the sand at the bottom middle of the poster, above the word "The" in the phrase "In Search Of The Perfect Wave." (Thanks to Jared Markowitz).
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You'll see the "After Hours" logo along the hallway to the adult lounges. The martini glass represents an upside-down Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat! Indeed, the crescent moon and stars are there! (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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At Mickey's MainSail shop, the title is painted on the outer glass walls of the shop. At the lower left, below the "M" in "MainSail" is the tiny head of Mickey Mouse, who sits in a boat and faces left.
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My friend Dennis Wazaney found a microscopic classic Mickey in a symbol before the words "Consuming raw or undercooked . . ." at the bottom of the Triton's Restaurant lunch menu. Sharp eyes, Dennis!
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Enjoy the search!

February 27, 2017

Hidden Mickeys on the Disney Wonder

Good news for us Hidden Mickey hunters: the re-imagined Disney Wonder has some great new Hidden Mickeys! (And, as you might expect, some Hidden Mickeys have been removed; sad, but I'll get over it). The Disney's Oceaneer Lab redo is similar to the Disney Magic Oceaneer Lab redo of several years ago. For example, the gold coin classic Mickey at the lower left corner of this wall painting is on both ships; it hangs to the right of the main entrance to the Lab and near the walkway to Disney's Oceaneer Club. (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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On a rear wall of the Lab, another painting has a tiny classic Mickey made of falling peas (at the left middle of the photo and on the middle right of the falling plate) and another Hidden Mickey nearby on the end of the handle of a kettle. (I studied the same painting from the Disney Magic, and I believe the kettle Mickey is there as well!)
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A new image is at the left side of a wall mural behind the Port Adventures counter. Bubbles in the water behind King Triton's trident seem to form a sideways Mickey shape. What do you think about the image; is it close enough? (Thanks to Bill and Kari Middeke).
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This Hidden Image is still in place: the tiny Donald Duck car hood ornament in a wall painting entitled "Get Your Kicks." Find the painting along a forward stairwell between Decks 3 and 4.
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On Castaway Cay, my friend and neighbor Dennis found this image at Conched Out Bar. It's under the laminated surface at the middle of the rear counter, near a roof support post. Does this pass muster as a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Dennis Wazaney).
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Enjoy cruising with Hidden Mickeys!


January 30, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and DinoLand U.S.A.

Let's study a few images from the Magic Kingdom. Along the entrance queue of Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid, many collections of circles and circular objects can resemble classic Hidden Mickeys. For example, just before you enter the inside portion of the queue, look up high above and behind you for these three circle depressions on a rock that is jutting out. The circles are in the middle of the photo, tilted slightly to the left. What do you think? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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As you step into the inside portion of the queue and meander through the cave, three glass or plastic balls (one blue, one copper, and one larger red ball) under nets appear near the floor to your right. Find them when you're passing by the opening in the ceiling with a leaning mast and sail. The balls are below an upside-down wooden boat covered with barnacles. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Amy Newfield).
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"it's a small world" is filled with intricate costumes and designs, many of which contain circles. For example, several of the dancing and performing characters have pompoms as part of their costumes. Do the pompoms on the ankle of this dancer form a convincing Hidden Mickey?
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Lots of folks notice these designs in short fences high up on Cinderella Castle. Are they trefoils (three equal circles touching each other) or classic Mickey holes? (Thanks to Mia).
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Move to DinoLand U.S.A. in Disney's Animal Kingdom for a new Hidden Mickey. At least, it seems close enough to me. Do you agree? Inside Restaurantosaurus, locate this black smudge on the bottom of a boot wedged high in the rafters over the large dining room closest to DINOSAUR. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Happy Hunting!

January 16, 2017

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs

Recently, I checked on some new and old Hidden Images in Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom. Along the way to meet Mickey, this first image is on a painting on the right-side wall of the FastPass queue (you can also spot this painting in the Standby queue, right where it joins up with the FastPass queue and just before you enter the first room of Mickey's "backstage" area). A gondola floats in the water in the middle of the painting. This image at the right end of the gondola resembles Mickey head and ears. What do you think? (Thanks to Elaine Litten).
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Thankfully, some of my favorite images are still present in Mickey's Greeting Room. Like the Mickey-shaped magic rings in his magic chest.
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit still smiles down at you! At the back of the room, he's drawn on a piece of paper at the upper part of a bulletin board, and he stands next to Mickey.
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As you're waving goodbye to our favorite mouse, look for this classic Hidden Sorcerer Mickey just before you walk through the exit door. Three large Mickey Mouse playing cards are held upright by a long clip on the floor. In the middle of the clip, a classic Mickey wearing a triangular "hat" resembles a Sorcerer Mickey.
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Walk into the Kate Spade - New York shop, one of the great new stores in Disney Springs. A Cast Member there told me that this Manhattan mouse is painted somewhere inside all Kate Spade stores! Not a Hidden Mickey, but maybe a relative?
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Have fun looking for Mickey (and his relatives)!


January 3, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Epcot

I'd heard that the wire mesh Hidden Mickey (in the shrimp tube on Living with the Land) could be moved around at times. For the last few years, it sat in a tube along the right side of your boat, but recently I spotted the mesh Mickey on the left side. So, be sure and scan both sides of your boat for this great Hidden Mickey!
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During the holiday season, the large Mickey vine frame along Living with the Land morphed into Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
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In the Germany Pavilion, Disney landscapers usually try to maintain a bush in the outdoor miniature train exhibit to resemble a classic Mickey. I haven't seen such a bush in a few months, but thankfully one or two Mickey-shaped bushes have reappeared!
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In the American Adventure show, I'm pretty sure I've seen classic Mickeys in the fireworks at the end of the show, but I haven't been able to capture one in a photo. I tried again recently, and I feel I'm getting closer. What do you think about this one? A sideways Hidden Mickey tilted to the right?
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Enjoy finding Hidden Mickeys!

December 19, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Japan, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Tren-D

Stop by the Mitsukoshi Store in Epcot's Japan Pavilion and look for Hidden Mickeys in the oyster-pearl display. Sometimes, you can find pearls arranged as a classic three-circle Mickey, and other times Cast Members arrange the oyster shells into a classic Mickey in the water. I arrived right after store opening and watched the CM form the familiar image with shells. It's a cool Hidden Mickey! (Thanks to Sarah Ridgway-Rees, Katie Kushnier, and Alan Harrison).
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Inside Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, a couple of images are suggestive of Hidden Mickeys. In the elaborate ceiling mural over the main Ballroom dining area, search for an opening in the clouds that might resemble Minnie Mouse. Is this a Hidden Minnie at the top middle of the photo? (Thanks to Luke Urso).
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Vines of roses encircle some of the posts in the Rose Gallery seating area of Be Our Guest Restaurant. Does this group of roses form a classic Mickey? (Thanks to Marc Lorenzo, and Mary Jo Collins).
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Minnie Mouse is painted in various sassy poses around the Tren-D store in Disney Springs Marketplace. In this image, are her lips pursed into a red classic Mickey? (Thanks to The Skazick Family from the UK, and Jenny Horn).
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Keep searching!


December 9, 2016

Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Images around Disney World

Many intriguing images are scattered here and there inside AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk. Like this photo of Walt Disney pulling a rabbit out of a hat! Look in the room to your right as you enter the Bar from the outside promenade. This photo of Walt is in the right lower corner of a huge display case next to an exit door at the opposite side of the room. (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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In Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, many folks have spotted this image: it's Captain Hook's nemesis - the crocodile - walking upright on the rooftop above Peter Pan's Flight.
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While touring France in Epcot, stop by L'Artisan Des Glaces and admire (and taste!) the ice cream. In one of the display cases inside the shop, scoops of ice cream are arranged as classic Mickeys! (Thanks to Tyler and Brandie Bolton).
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Stroll over to Germany and consider the following images. Inside the Karamell-Kuche shop, one image is part of the sculpted wood relief design on the wall over a window display facing outside. What do you think? A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Andrew Painter).
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Also in Germany, find this image inside the Kunstarbeit in Kristall shop. Gauges that are part of the glassworker's equipment might form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Helen Vaterlaws-Whiteside).
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Keep searching!

November 7, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's World Showcase - Italy Pavilion

Take a look at these images from Italy. Some resemble classic Hidden Mickeys more than others. Do any of them work for you?

Along the edge of the rooftop of the Il Bel Cristallo shop are these designs. Do the three circles at the tops of the designs form classic Mickeys? (Thanks to Scott Trask).
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Leaves are part of the sculpted designs at the outside corners of Il Bel Cristallo. Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Jager Mitchell).
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What about these swirls at the bottom of cabinets along the inside front wall of Enoteca Castello, the wine shop? (Thanks to Jessica Fraser).
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A large mirror is on the wall along a hallway to the restrooms inside Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. Study the top of the gold design attached to the mirror. Anything resemble a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Austin).
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I appreciate all the great Hidden Mickey Hunters out there! Never give up the search!


October 24, 2016

Hidden Mickeys around Epcot

Along the inside entrance queue of Frozen Ever After, three plates on the wall come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey. At least, it looks purposeful and properly proportioned to me. If you disagree, let me know! To find the image, after you walk into the room to the left (the "Ice Master & Deliverer of Arendelle" room) just inside the building, turn around back toward the entrance door and look above you. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki, AJ Leong, Samantha Ann, and Cherie Sulko).
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Stroll around to the Japan Pavilion for some more images. The rear exhibit area is showcasing "Kawaii - Japan's Cute Culture." In one of the displays, magnets on the upper left of a refrigerator door are arranged like a classic Mickey. (Thanks to Matt Mellarkey, and Jennifer Dickey).
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What about the apples inside the refrigerator? Any Hidden Mickeys in either group of apples? The first three apples are on the top shelf. (Thanks to Jennifer Dickey).
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The second collection of apples is on the bottom shelf.
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On your way back to Future World, say hello to Remy. He's standing near the water - just past France - below and to the right of the bridge to the United Kingdom.
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Inside the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Center (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion), three pots and pans in a photo make Mickey. It's hanging on a rear wall, behind a demonstration workshop area. (Thanks to Lindsey Stephens).
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Enjoy the search!

October 6, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs

As Disney Springs develops and fills out with new specialty restaurants and shops, folks are spotting Hidden Mickeys here and there. So, here are a few images to consider.

Walking away from the Lime Garage, you encounter a fountain with green inside tile work. The tile has circles or bubbles in the design, and some of the bubbles come together just above the water line to from classic Hidden Mickeys. Or do they? One collection of three circles is tilted to the right, at the right middle of the photo. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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Inside Amorette's Patisserie, look for the following three images. The first is on a display table right inside the entrance doors. The staff draw chalk classic Hidden Mickeys on small signs around the table that read: "For Display Only." (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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On the left wall (as you enter Amorette's), check out a drawing of a lady on the left side of a long bulletin board. The lady is wearing a crochet hat with a pattern of red dots. Three dots at the back of her head and just above the horizontal blue ribbon might form an upside-down classic Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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At the rear part of the right wall, and behind the counters, you can see the ends of white fabric or cloth rolls in an opening in the cabinetry. See any classic Hidden Mickeys in the stack of rolls - maybe an upside-down Hidden Mickey at the top? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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Enjoy the hunt!

August 29, 2016

Hidden Mickeys on the BoardWalk

Take a look a some questionable images inside recently opened AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk, adjacent to the Flying Fish Restaurant. After you walk inside through the main entrance door from the BoardWalk promenade, turn around and stare above the door you came through. Keys are on both sides of a design above the "Exit" sign. What about the ends of the keys - sideways classic Hidden Mickeys? Looks close, right? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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To the left of the same "Exit" sign is a 'club' suit playing card symbol: an upside-down Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Iris and Zachary Herron).
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A similar club suit image is in the wallpaper on the walls of the hallway to the restrooms.
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How about this lock hanging on a wall in the hallway to the restrooms? Many locks with similar shapes can be found around Walt Disney World. Is this lock close enough to count as a classic Hidden Mickey?
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Over inside the newly renovated Flying Fish Restaurant are a few images to consider. Like this one: in the small waiting area in front of the check-in counter, suggestive circles are in the side supports of a bench. Any Hidden Mickeys here?
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Always study new carpets! This is the new Flying Fish carpet - what do you think?
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Here's a lighting fixture on a wall of the room at the rear of the Flying Fish Restaurant. Do the circles suggest anything?
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August 14, 2016

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

I want to take you around Walt Disney World to find various images that may or may not be Hidden Mickeys. Let me know what you think.

On "it's a small world," a scene of Great Britain is in the first room to the left of your boat. In the architectural design of one of the buildings, do you see an "M M" design that might represent the first letters of "Mickey Mouse"? (Thanks to Kimberly Rosati).
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As an aside, you know that Hidden Mickeys disappear from time to time. While enjoying "Living with the Land" at Epcot, I was quite disappointed to discover that the great wire mesh Hidden Minnie in the shrimp tubes was gone! I hope she returns, but at least the Hidden Mickey was still there.
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This next one is certainly not a purposeful image, but we do look for Hidden Mickeys everywhere, don't we? This television sits in the Tune-In Lounge next to 50's Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Do the dials and screen make a Mickey? (Thanks to the Hade Family).
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Over at the Grand Floridian Resort, this painting on the wall behind the cashier's counter at the front of the M. Mouse Mercantile shop changes at times. Look for two Mickey images in the current painting: one is a shadow of Mickey hat ears on the ground, and the second image is a classic Mickey formed by bushes at the shore line across the water. I hope this painting sticks around! (Thanks to Annie P.).
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Also at the Grand Floridian, find this mural on the lower level of the lobby to the left of the scenic elevator doors. A trio of leaves hangs just below the right side of the rim of the vase. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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The hunt for Hidden Mickeys lives on!


July 18, 2016

Questionable Hidden Mickeys in the Disneyland Resort

Take a look at some images from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The first photo is from the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. In the stretching room, one picture shows an alligator with gaping jaws under a woman on a tightrope. Do any of the alligator's green, round scales form a classic, three-circle Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Lisa Sentif, and Jason Gall.)
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Inside the Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland, a photo of John Wesley Hardin (a notorious outlaw who became a lawyer) hangs on a wall in a room to the right as you enter the store. Just to the left of his right (as you face the photo) forearm, a design in the cabinetry woodwork has markings that resemble a face. Is it Mickey's face? (Thanks to Bobby Naus and friend).
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At Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure, order something sweet at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. While you're waiting for your just reward, study a mural at the right side of the rear wall behind the counters. A tree stands in a sidewalk along a street and to the right of a red trolley. Do the round leaf clusters at the top middle of the tree (or anywhere in the tree) make a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Sharon Gee).
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In Cars Land, check out Sarge's Surplus Hut. As you enter, three green tarp rolls or mats are stacked high on a shelf along a wall to your right. An upside-down classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Madison Dunn, and Sharon Gee).
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Have fun with the search!

July 6, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

We continue to be intrigued by circular images on Disney property, like the ones below. Are some of these images purposeful - planned and placed by the Imagineers? I'd like to know what you think.

In the Riverside Depot store on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom, a mural on the wall behind the cashier's desk has these green swirls. The mural is near the first entrance door you come to on the main walkway from the Oasis. Do you see a classic Hidden Mickey in the swirls? (Thanks to Tanya Brooks).
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A plaster relief on the stone wall inside the seating area behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments sort of resembles Mickey, or does it? It's on the wall nearest the path from Asia and is above and to the right of the Baloo image we know and love. (Thanks to The Hade Family).
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Over in DinoLand U.S.A., the cement crack Hidden Mickey in the parking space across from TriceraTop Spin is well-known. Here is another set of cracks in the cement close to Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures shop. Is it close enough to be included in the Hidden Mickey catalog? (Thanks to Matthew and Emma Turrisi).
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The Cretaceous Trail starts not far from Chester & Hester's. About halfway along the trail is this group of animal footprints embedded in the cement. Can you appreciate a Hidden Mickey here? (Thanks to April Beisser).
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On hot days (that would be most days in Florida), Disney is encouraging guests to drink water frequently, and (free!) water dispensers are showing up in the parks and resorts. Here's one I saw in the lower lobby of the Contemporary Resort. As you can see, there's often a citrusy Hidden Mickey in the dispenser!
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June 29, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

I'm constantly amazed at the new Hidden Mickeys (new for me, at least!) that folks tell me about. Like this one in DinoLand U.S.A. - walk to the rear entrance of Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures shop to find this classic Hidden Mickey, made of dark spots at the lower left of the left side of a "Cold Drinks" dispenser. It's just above the lower red horizontal band. I hope it lasts! (Thanks to Alicia Dakins).
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Here's a cool Hidden Mickey image in The Boneyard. Upstairs to the rear left in a fenced-off archeology display, a small full-body Mickey figurine sits on the horizontal bar of a red bicycle. Various plastic dinosaurs perch on other parts of the bicycle. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Some Hidden Mickeys are changed over time due to weather or other external effects. This upside-down classic Mickey image seems to been distorted over the years. It's on the back of The Tree of Life - visible from the path between Africa and Asia. To find it, look above the eye of the hippopotamus. What do you think?
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As you're exiting the park, stop by the restrooms to your right before the turnstiles. What about these rocks in the wall in front of the restrooms? A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to DisneyR&N).
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Enjoy the hunt!


June 5, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Resorts

As you know, some images seem more convincing than others as Hidden Mickeys. I like to get opinions on the ones that are questionable. In Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, I've walked over the following image many times without spotting it. Evidently, some Cast Members consider this group of circles one of the larger Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom. It's a large circle surrounded by four "ears" in the tile pattern on the ground at the transition from Adventureland to Frontierland, near Pirates of the Caribbean. Is it close enough to be a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to jadekitty).
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Objects hang from the ceiling in a small display room near the restrooms and to the right of the gift shop at the exit from Pirates of the Caribbean. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Terry Foreacre).
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In the Boys' Bedroom up high in the Swiss Family Treehouse, does this plate with cups above it form a Hidden Mickey?
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At the Grand Floridian Resort, on a wall outside the entrance to 1900 Park Fare Restaurant, circles in the center of the framed design might suggest a Hidden Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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On the fourth floor of the Contemporary Resort, look for this painting of a Centaurette (from the movie Fantasia) on an outside wall of the store in the middle of the lobby. A group of red and yellow flowers on the ground under the middle of the Centaurette suggest a classic Hidden Mickey, or does it? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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How about the ears and head of one or more of these skunks on the grand mural in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort? Do you see Mickey? You can see these skunks from the fourth floor, on the wall facing the Contempo Cafe. (Thanks to Deonna Hores).
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Have fun searching for Hidden Mickeys!


May 22, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Rafiki's Planet Watch, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Ride the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch and enjoy a few Hidden Mickeys. Like this one made of insect nets hanging on a rear wall of the Veterinary Treatment room at the back of Conservation Station. The nets are next to the doors to the Treatment/Prep Room. Thankfully, this image has been maintained for a while! (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison, and Joe).
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As you probably remember, Cast Members often shave a classic Hidden Mickey image in the fur of one of the animals in Affection Section. I spotted this guy recently.
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In Affection Section, I watched a Cast Member training a goat to hop on and off a tree stump. She had lots of yummy snacks in her hand!
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Back in Africa, what do you think of this image on the rear wall of the seating area behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments? At the top right of the wall, some folks see an animal (a lion?) running to the right.
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Happy Hunting!


May 7, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom

One fine, sunny Florida afternoon, I visited Disney's Animal Kingdom to check out a few Hidden Images in Africa. As you know, new Hidden Mickeys can appear from time to time, especially in refurbished areas. Like this striped Mickey Mouse figurine inside Zuri's Sweets Shop, which is across from Harambe Market. Look high to your right for this Mickey in a small display on a shelf opposite the entrance door to the shop. (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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Ponder the next two images. Are they Hidden Mickeys? The first image is made of tires hanging on a fence across from the entrance to Harambe Market. This collection of tires is to the right of a "Bi-Cycle Land" sign. Do you see Mickey? (Thanks to Isabel and Jeff Blank).
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The following image is on a leopard painted high on a water tower behind Chef Mwanga's Ribs Shop in Harambe Market. Do some of the groups of leopard spots form one or more classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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Back in Harambe village, walk up to the Harambe Fruit Market. A tiny, colorful Mickey Mouse doll is hiding on support poles halfway to the top of the ceiling. A Cast Member told me that Mickey has been perched there high above her for a while. (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Enjoy the Search!

April 18, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs

I'm wondering about a few questionable Hidden Mickey images at Disney Springs. First, let's drop in for sweets at Disney's Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs West Side. I've struggled with the following image for a while. Study the left and front sides of the top of a pillar at the center of the rear wall of the store. You have to stand right in front of the cash register to get the proper angle to spot it. Is that Mickey's face on the left side (looking left) with one ear on the front side of the pillar? (Thanks to Gwen Orilio).
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Now, it's on to Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs Marketplace for more sweets! This image is near the upper corners of the huge mural on an outside wall at the right side of the store and on the inside left rear wall. Do the small, brown circles on the pillar simulate a sideways classic Mickey tilted down to the left? (Thanks to Riley Swanson).
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I need to mention that the side-profile Mickey silhouette in the streetcar (in the second window from the left) is on both Ghirardelli murals. This photo is from the outside mural of the store.
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In the high-ceilinged central room of the World of Disney store, check out this group of lily pads at the lower right side of a stained-glass painting on the rear wall. Look behind the long check-out counter. Is it a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jeremiah Good).
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What about this image of light green circles in the carpet of several rooms in the World of Disney store; is it close enough? (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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Happy Hunting!


April 10, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Look for this big spoon standing upright just before you meet Tinker Bell at her Meet 'n' Greet in Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. Do the three round flowers on the handle form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey?
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Folks continue to wonder about this image in the second scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. In the right half of the rectangular painting on the rear wall of the kitchen, three flowers or fruits might form a classic Hidden Mickey. Is it close enough? (Thanks to Brian A. Leong).
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Near the end of the South Pacific room on "it's a small world," several koala bears hang on a tree to the left of your boat. I've liked the back of the blue bear's head and ears as a classic Hidden Mickey.
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The back of the brown koala bear's head and ears might be just as convincing. What do you think?
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Near the end of "it's a small world," a dancing boy holds a doll in his right hand. Is the doll a character that you recognize? (Pinocchio usually wears red shorts, a yellow shirt, and a yellow hat). (Thanks to Nick Rosa).
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Enjoy Hidden Mickeys!

March 21, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in and near the Magic Kingdom

The quest for Hidden Mickeys is ongoing - I hope it never ends! Folks continue to spot new images, like this one from the M. Mouse Mercantile shop in the Grand Floridian Resort. Behind the check-out counter, a classic Hidden Mickey is on the right lower edge of a picture frame. I wonder if this image will last. (Thanks to Annie P.)
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I receive messages about this clock and gears above the entrance/exit of the Space Mountain gift shop. Do you see a Hidden Mickey in the clock, or anywhere in the various circles? (Thanks to Julie Millan and Matthew Lounds and Emily Lounds)
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You know that Hidden Mickeys disappear from time to time. It saddens me when this happens, but that's (Disney) life! For the first time in many years, I didn't find the baggage ticket with the Hidden Mickey inside the faux ticket office window on the second level of the Main Street Train Station! Bummer! There were no tickets at all on the front counter, and the ones hanging on a rung on the rear wall of the office had no Hidden Mickeys. Sad.
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Don't fret. The Hidden Mickey lock is still hanging on the wall to the right inside the faux ticket office. Sorry, in the photo, you have to look behind the glare and reflection on the ticket office window to spot the gold lock.
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I'm truly in mourning today. As you know, Disney has generously displayed my Hidden Mickey books on property for over 10 years. As of this summer, that will no longer happen. (Remember, I don't work for Disney). So, before they disappear from the Disney parks and shops, I'm gathering photos of my books currently on property so I can remember these magical years forever! This photo is from M. Mouse Mercantile shop in the Grand Floridian Resort.
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March 5, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs and at Epcot Future World

Let's study some possible Hidden Mickey images. On the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Disney Springs West Side, does the group of swirls above the word "Culinary" or the repeated red design on the yellow stripe resemble a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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This new image recently appeared in the walkway between Lefty's "The Left Hand Store" and Disney's Pin Traders store in Disney Springs Marketplace. Is it Hidden or Decorative? (Thanks to John Bruederle, and Orlando Attractions Magazine).
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This image inside Tren-D store seems legitimate to me. It's a yellow side profile of Mickey Mouse at the top (maybe the clasp?) of Minnie's handbag. Minnie is painted on a "Cast Members Only" door at the rear of the store. Let's hope it sticks around a while! (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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Glass window paintings are behind a check-out counter in the Princess Room of the World of Disney store. In the leftmost set of windows, look for two groups of flowers, one orange and one red. Does either group form a classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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In Epcot's Innoventions East, stop by Spinning Spectrums, which is on a wall inside Colortopia. Several of the wall designs that spin seem to have yellow and orange classic Mickeys. What do you think? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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Enjoy the search!


February 24, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs and World Showcase

Take a look at some images around Walt Disney World that may or may not be Hidden Mickeys. Let's start in Disney Springs, at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. In a display case in the middle of the bar seating area, holes in the side of a silver piston bookend resemble a classic Mickey, or do they? (Thanks to AJ).
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Walk toward the restrooms of the Hangar Bar and study a "Lost & Found" display case along the wall between the restrooms. In the middle of the display case, do these copper circles (lenses?) form a classic Mickey? (Thanks to Attractions Magazine).
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At the left lower part of the same "Lost & Found" display case, sunglasses over a circle (the lower circle of a mask?) might make a Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to James Massoni).
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Now let's visit World Showcase at Epcot. Along the food display case inside the Tangierine Cafe, some items, such as the Chicken Wrap dish, may be arranged as classic Mickeys. Is it convincing enough? (Thanks to Michael Manall).
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What do you think of the circles below the leaf design atop the sundial in the France Pavilion? Find the sundial in front of the Plume et Palette shop and next to the parterre garden. (Thanks to Sean Hendrix).
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Happy Hunting!


February 14, 2016

Questionable Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and the Wilderness Lodge

I'm debating on a few Hidden Images around Walt Disney World. What do you think about the ones below? Let's start in Fantasyland. This first image is in the women's restroom in the Tangled area. Three purple spots are at the lower right corner of a mural painted on the left wall as you enter the restroom. (You can actually spot this wall from outside the restroom, but I recommend that guys not stand and stare!) (Thanks to Lauren Schell, Lindsey Stephens, Jordyn Freiermuth, Martha Tischler, and Kelsey Knee).
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Inside Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant, look for a design with a circle and two arcs that might form a classic Hidden Mickey. This design is repeated around the middle of a pillar at the rear of the last seating room to the right, near the exit to the restrooms. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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In Storybook Circus, stroll to the exit of the WDW Railroad Train Station and locate a pile of tubs, trash cans, and luggage. The lower of two silver trash cans sitting upright has some suspicious indentations near the top of the can? (Thanks to Ryan Bachman).
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Over in Frontierland, depressions in the rock wall to the right of the entrance to the Briar Patch store might look like a classic Mickey. This image is difficult to photograph. (It's in the middle of the photo). (Thanks to Ryan Bachman).
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Visit Morimoto Asia Restaurant in Disney Springs and scan the walls for this image. As you enter the restaurant, study the walls to your left. Three dark circles are painted high on a wall behind the right side of the drink bar. (Thanks to Linda Eckwerth).
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Our final stop is the Wilderness Lodge Resort. A tall totem pole stands at the front middle of the long reservations counter on the right side of the main lobby. Under the beak of the bird at the top of the pole are black semicircles. Do they form an upside-down Mickey? (Thanks to Lizzie Cochran).
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Enjoy the search!

January 18, 2016

Questionable Hidden Mickeys at the World of Disney store and at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Take a look at the following images from around Walt Disney World. I had a few Hidden Mickey hunters with me to help me in the search (refer to the last photo)!

Walk to the Women's Apparel room at the right rear of the World of Disney store and glance up at the ceiling. Find the moon surrounded by clouds, which resemble Mickey's "ears" and "nose" and may form a side profile view of Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to James King).
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Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, hop on The Great Movie Ride and glance up to the left of your vehicle in the Tarzan room, where Jane sits on an elephant. Does the round fruit at the left side of Jane's basket make a convincing Hidden Mickey?
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How about the fruit in the right side of Jane's basket? (Thanks to Gracie Hall).
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My son spotted this image along the right wall as we strolled through Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. It's on the front of a bureau at the left side of a painting of the inside of a Barber Shop. The painting is to the right of a dancing Buddy Ebsen. Is it a side profile of Mickey Mouse?
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Will we ever see the black cat from the Osborne Lights again? This photo is from December, 2015.
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Admire a couple of intrepid Hidden Mickey hunters at the Studios: my son Steven and Gracen, who is fresh from a face painting (Rapunzel). She's nine years old, and this was her first visit to Walt Disney World! She learned pin trading in about five seconds, and I'll never forget the first Hidden Mickey I showed her - the classic Mickey in the vines on a merchandise cabinet in Epcot's Karamell-Kuche shop in Germany.
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Happy Hunting!


January 11, 2016

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

We will likely never stop finding Mickey images in the lush and intricate and ever-changing Disney detail that surrounds us. That's fine with me, as it means that Disney is keeping the Hidden Mickey game alive for all of us!

How about these images? Are they Hidden Mickeys? This first one is from Adventureland. Three circles are part of a charm embedded in the floor near a door at the rear of the Agrabah Bazaar shop. A sign that says "Elephant Tales" is above the door. (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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Another image is in the rocks (one large rock for the "head" and two small rocks for the "ears") embedded in a short wall to the left of the entrance to the Big Top Souvenirs shop in Storybook Circus. It's in the middle of the photo, just below the top cement sitting surface. (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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Over inside Sir Mickey's store, the face opening in a knight's helmet sitting high on a shelf has a suspicious design. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jennifer Hess, and Robert Wescovich).
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This next image is a bona fide Hidden Mickey. If you ride the ferryboat to or from the Magic Kingdom, remember to look for the coiled rope Mickey! Cast Members usually maintain this image along one or both loading dock walkways at the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center. Look next to a large post on either side as you walk onto or leave the boat at either loading dock.
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I often check on my family brick to the right of the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. It's fading over the years!
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Keep searching!


December 21, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disney Springs and inside Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The World of Disney store at Disney Springs Marketplace is home to plenty of good Hidden Mickeys. I don’t know how long the following image has been peeking out under the radar, but it seems to be a decent Hidden Mickey, don’t you think? This metal emblem is used to cover holes or the ends of rods on the sides of some of the merchandise stands in the store. Tiny classic Mickeys are at the sides of the “World of Disney” banner on the emblem. (Thanks to Alena White).
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Concept art is posted on construction walls in The Landing. Mickey hides in the leaves of a tree (on the right side of the photo) in this wall painting across from Fulton’s Crab House. (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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A classic Hidden Mickey is at the base of a stone pillar at the front left of a Pastries shop in another wall painting across from Fulton’s Crab House. I don’t know how long these concept art paintings will be on display at Disney Springs, so check them out soon if you can! (Thanks to Martha Tischler).
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This winking Mickey may not be hidden, but it’s a cool image anyway! Find him on a pillar just inside an entrance to the D Street store at Disney Springs West Side. (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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Here’s an image inside the D Street store that appears to be a decent Hidden Mickey. Look near the floor for several groupings of bolts and washers that form classic Mickeys along the bottom of some of the merchandise stands inside the store. (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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What do you think of this image at the Star Wars Launch Bay in the Studios? Above the left side of the large metal door in the “Wookiee on Base” Meet and Greet area are three black smudges that might make a Mickey. I need help with this one! (Thanks to Luke Urso).
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Enjoy the search!


November 30, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Lots of changes are taking place at the Studios! You can expect new Hidden Mickeys to appear as new areas and attractions open in the near future. I hope some of my favorite DHS Hidden Mickeys stick around a while!

What do you think about the following images? On Hollywood Boulevard, two collections of dots on the outside wall of the Mickeys of Hollywood store may form classic Hidden Mickeys, or maybe not? (Thanks to Austin Weber).
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Here's another image.
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At Watto's Grotto (where the shop at the exit of the Backlot Tour used to be),
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this circuit board in a display at the right rear of the second room might contain a classic Mickey along the upper right edge of the board. What do you think? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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Inside this display cabinet in the seating area room at the front left (as you face the food order counters) of the Backlot Express Restaurant, holes in a metal disk could form a sideways classic Mickey. (Thanks to Nick Skiles).
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Keep searching; Hidden Mickeys are everywhere!


November 23, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at the Polynesian Village Resort and the Magic Kingdom

Folks find images on Disney property that may or may not be Hidden Mickeys. What do you think about the following images?

On the upper and lower levels of the Polynesian Village Resort's main lobby, multiple circles are on top of some of the side tables. Each tabletop's design differs. Do you see any classic Hidden Mickeys in the circles? (Thanks to Elaine Smith).
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Outside the window behind the seating area of Kona Cafe, three nails are grouped in a vertical wooden beam. A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Benjamin K.).
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On Main Street, U.S.A., small circles are scattered in the design of The Plaza Restaurant's outside signs. Any Hidden Mickeys in here? (Thanks to Scott Trask).
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At the rear of the gift shop at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean, a wall parchment of a Pirates map has various black symbols. Is one of them a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Caleb Pryor).
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Keep searching!


November 2, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's Future World

Hidden Mickeys may be lost as Walt Disney World changes during refurbishments and with the addition of new areas and attractions. However, even with change, Disney preserves some Hidden Images. Let's walk to the Epcot Character Spot.
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Near the Character Spot, a Mickey Mouse hat appears in a mural of silhouettes on an outside wall of Innoventions West. The wall faces The Land Pavilion and borders the walkway from Innoventions Plaza to Future World West. So far, this image has survived refurbishments. (Thanks to the Luckner Family, and the Hade Family).
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At The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, I like to check to see if Cast Members have drawn classic Mickeys on the chalkboard at the upper level of the Manatee viewing area. The board lists the names and other information about the manatees in the pool. Not surprisingly, Hidden Mickeys on this chalkboard come and go. (I took this photo recently.)
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What about this image? On the left side of the sign at the picture spot area outside The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, look for three bubbles below the words "The Movie." Do the bubbles form a convincing classic Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Nancy Blevins, and Scott Trask).
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This Mickey is worth searching for. Look high! It's a tiny white classic Hidden Mickey at the apex atop an outside sign on the roof for the Electric Umbrella restaurant. (Thanks to Julie Lawrence.)
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Happy Hunting!



October 17, 2015

Questionable Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I visited the Studios to search for the following images. Let me know what you think!

Our first stop is Sid Cahuenga's Antiques and Curios, which is now a MyMagic+ service center. In the rooms at the right side of the shop, you can find remnants of the original shop, like these cameras on an upper shelf along the right wall of the room at the rear. Is there a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey on the front of the cameras? (Thanks to Larry Brooks).
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Here's another image in Sid Cahuenga's. It's on the top right shelf of a cabinet with glass doors at the rear wall of the last room to the right. Is Mickey on the Ferris wheel a hidden image?
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In the pre-show room of MuppetVision 3D, look for these faux vegetables or fruit in a crate at the left side of the wall to the far left (as you face the doors to the theater). Do the swirls in the green vine inside the crate and to the right form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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A few feet to the right in another crate along this same wall in the pre-show room is this collection of gauges at the right edge of the crate. Do they make a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison).
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Perk your ears for this Hidden Surprise in the final scene of MuppetVision 3D. Concentrate amidst the loud music and noise, right after the band member has a tuba stuck over his head, and you'll pick up the famous refrain: "It's a small world after all, It's a small ..." Sorry, I know you'll be humming the song for the rest of your day! (Thanks to Jacob DePriest).

Enjoy the search!


October 15, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Tom Sawyer Island, Magic Kingdom

Tom Sawyer Island is a huge playground for kids (and adults like me). Not surprisingly, Disney placed some cool Hidden Images here. Let's start at the very back of the island, at Fort Langhorn. What do you think of this image? It's hanging on the left side of the outside wall of the Blacksmith's shop inside the fort. At the far left of the wall, markings on the side of this lower piece of horse bridle gear might form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Jason Gall).
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This next Hidden Mickey has been in place for a few years. It's on a handrail along stairs to one of the Rifle Roosts. Climb the stairs to your immediate right after you enter the fort and walk across the right upper walkway to the far right Rifle Roost. On top of the right handrail, about halfway up the steps to the top of the Rifle Roost, there is a Hidden Mickey created by: a wood knot, an additional mark, and an indentation in the wood. In the photo, the Hidden Mickey is sideways to the right.
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In Old Scratch's Mystery Mine,
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look for this image of Goofy on the wall. Halfway through the mine, bright shining gems embedded in the wall form a side profile of Goofy. He's looking to your right.
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On the raft back to the mainland, don't miss this Hidden Mickey in the rocks. Across the river from the Tom Sawyer Island docks, look at the right end of the bridge in Frontierland for three rocks that form a classic Mickey. They're located halfway between the last two vertical posts that support the handrail, about one foot down from the top of the rocks. The Hidden Mickey is in the second row of rocks from the top. (It's also visible from the Liberty Square Riverboat.)
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Whenever I'm in Frontierland, I like to check out the Hidden Tinker Bell. Walk across from the entrance to the Tom Sawyer Island rafts to an exit from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - the exit closest to the Standby line entrance. A cutout in the reddish rock along this exit walkway resembles a side profile of Tinker Bell. She's behind the fence and between two metal carts, and she faces to your left.
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Enjoy the search!

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September 20, 2015

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

In the Magic Kingdom, I checked out a questionable Hidden Mickey image and a few old standards. I like to assure myself that some of the old Hidden Mickeys are still present, as I'm not surprised anymore (although I'm a bit saddened) when Hidden Mickeys disappear.

What do you think about this image in the gift shop at the exit of Space Mountain? It's made of two silver gears and a shadow of a gear above and behind the mannequin. Does the image qualify as a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Christine Peruski and Shawn Robertson.)

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Along the entrance and exit of Splash Mountain, the birdhouse acorn Hidden Mickeys are intact. As you pass the photo viewing area on your way out, look over to the entrance queue to spot two classic Mickeys formed by acorns on a birdhouse with a rope ladder. One classic Mickey formation is above a door and below blue roof slats.

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The other is on the right side of the birdhouse and near the peanut-shell chimney, above the curve of the red rail. (Other classic Mickey images are simulated elsewhere in the acorns).

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I check on Hidden Mickeys traced in cement around Disney World, as these images tend to wear down with time. You can still admire this great classic Mickey on Main Street, U.S.A. It's impressed in the cement outside the Crystal Arts store entrance, on a gray flagstone between the red cement and the bricks of the side street off of Main Street. Find a long crack (between red cement sections) that’s parallel to Main Street and starts in front of the entrance pillars at the store entrance. The gray flagstone is at the end of this crack, and the Hidden Mickey is at the lower right corner of the flagstone as you face the store. (It's in the middle of the photo below.)

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Over at Disney Springs, DisneyQuest is still with us for now. What do you think of this image on a wall mural along the queue of Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold? Look for a necklace hanging over the side of a pile of treasure. Is that an upside-down classic Mickey at the end of the necklace? (Thanks to Nick.)

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Enjoy the search!

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September 7, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Let's check on a few Hidden Images at the Studios. Our first stop is the Stage 1 Company Store near MuppetVision 3D. Find a ladder in a props display inside an entrance to the store. Look above the second rung from the floor at the black round object behind the ladder. Is this a sideways yellow Cinderella Castle painted on the object? (Thanks to Leah Lakatosh and Stephanie Harrison.)

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If you visit the Studios now, you can certainly sense some of the changes that are coming.

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So we might lose the Magic of Disney Animation's Hidden Mickeys. At least, the ornate arches still welcome you to the Animation Courtyard with Goofy...

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... and Donald Duck in the design.

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What about this image on the floor of an outside display window of the Celebrity 5 & 10 store on Hollywood Boulevard? Do you see a Hidden Mickey in the design? (Thanks to Amanda Hertel.)

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In the gift shop at the exit of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, a green guitar with a Hidden Mickey stood upright in a merchandise display. This guitar is no longer in the display, but two similar guitars, one green and one blue, are stuck horizontally on the ceiling in the middle of the shop. Three tiny classic Mickeys are on a silver plate at the base of each guitar. The Mickeys are formed of holes for the "ears" and screws for the "heads." Here's a close-up of the green guitar.

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Stay tuned for more Hidden Mickeys to come at the Studios!

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August 24, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

At the exit of the Fantasyland Train Station, follow the path to the area in front of the entrance to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Tracks of a large and a small elephant (Mrs. Jumbo and Dumbo) are imprinted in the cement. These elephant prints come together at times to form classic Hidden Mickeys. Here's a decent classic Mickey image near the entrance to the FastPass queue for Dumbo.
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In the last scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, do you see a Hidden Mickey formed by the pans hanging in the kitchen? (Thanks to William Shelton).
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Also in the last scene, a Hidden Mickey is (unfortunately) not reliably present on a posted note on the right wall bulletin board. I didn't see one during a recent visit.
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Here's a good example of the difference between a Hidden Mickey and a decor Mickey (decorative, meaning not hidden). In Mickey's Star Trader's shop, classic Hidden Mickey holes are drilled in some of the metal support poles holding up merchandise racks. (These support poles with their Hidden Mickeys can be spotted in many Disney stores). The large classic Mickey shapes on top of the support pole and on the rear wall (at the left middle of the photo) are, in my opinion, decor images (not hidden). (Thanks to Justin Lewicki, and Alena White).
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I stopped by Mickey's Meet 'n' Greet on Main Street, U.S.A. to check out the gift shop Hidden Mickeys: first, the classic Mickey locks on the metal merchandise display table that faces one of the exits from Mickey's dressing room.
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And the classic Mickey-shaped front door of the birdhouse from the now-closed Mickey's Toontown Fair. The colorful birdhouse sits on a tall merchandise cabinet inside the gift shop.
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I like Hidden Mickeys to stick around a while!

July 27, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Fort Wilderness

Mickey images are spread throughout the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World. For example, the Disney Navy decorates the front of some of the Sea Raycer display boats with classic Mickey coils of rope. You can often spot this Hidden Mickey at the marinas of various WDW Resorts, including Fort Wilderness. (Thanks to The Lindberg Family).
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Look for the following classic Hidden Mickey images inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch Horse Barn. In the room to the right as you enter the barn, Hidden Mickeys decorate the horse bridle gear hanging in a display.
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Horse stalls inside the barn are identified by numbers, which are posted on Mickey-shaped labels above the stall gates. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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At the Campfire Program area near the Meadow Trading Post in the middle of Fort Wilderness, large signs on a wagon advertise "Doctor Terminus," the con artist from the Disney movie "Pete's Dragon." (Thanks to Todd Perlmutter).
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Do circles on some of the letters on the sign form Mickey ears?
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Many of the Mickey images at Fort Wilderness are decorative and not hidden. Like these classic Mickeys on a building at the Campfire Program area.
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And this large decor image on a gate near the Horse Barn.
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Decorative or Hidden, Mickey is everywhere at Disney!

July 20, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Harambe Market in Africa can be accessed from the path from Africa to Asia or from an entry near the path to the Wildlife Express Train for Rafiki's Planet Watch. Find new taste experiences in the Harambe Market (e.g. African-style ribs, chicken, sausage, and corn dogs) and new Mickey images! These aren't necessarily Hidden images, but they're interesting nonetheless. Like this one: Mickey Mouse waves at us from an outside building wall near the Wildlife Express Train pathway. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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Another relaxed Mickey Mouse enjoys hot coffee from a wall inside a seating area for the Harambe Market. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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What about this Mickey reference? It's in a display behind another of the seating areas for the Market. These particular clothing items are for display only and not for sale.
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Over in Asia, along the FASTPASS queue for Expedition Everest, look for this mention of the Disney Imagineers. It's on a blue book under an animal statue, on the left side of an upper shelf of a bookshelf at the side of the queue. (Thanks to Winnie, and Donna McMurrey).
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On the Expedition Everest ride, you'll encounter a painted Yeti image above you at the first climb. At the middle left of the Yeti, do you see a Hidden Mickey in the swirls? (Thanks to Winnie, Nancy Blevins, and Troy Kubes).
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Disney likes to surprise us; never stop searching!


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July 12, 2015

A Fresh Crop of Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

You know to stay alert for Hidden Mickey images on Disney property. Sometimes, a Hidden Mickey has been in place for a while before people spot it. Take a look at the following interesting images from the Studios. Some are new, but others may have been waiting for us to find them!

You may have seen the classic Hidden Mickey formed on the "o" in "Box # 15" written on a crate at the exit of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. It's on the right side of the room with the guest photo screens.

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"Box # 15" is at the upper right of the photo, but look to the lower left. It's another Hidden Mickey formed of the "o" in "Cord"! On the box next to box #15, “Sash Cord” is written at the left side of a piece of tape. The “o” in “Cord” is a black classic Mickey. (Thanks to Tyler and Brandie Bolton.)

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You'll need to scream your way to the end of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster to spot this Hidden Mickey. Look to your far left as you exit the ride vehicle. A black classic Mickey is on the wall where the side of a gate connects to the wall. (Thanks to Georgette.)

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What about the following two images? One is an outline in relief on a large brown tree root at Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure playground. Find this root at the bottom right side of the film can slide. Do you think this qualifies as a classic Hidden Mickey, tilted sideways to the left? (Thanks to Alena White.)

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And another image in a display window of Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer Shop on New York Street. Is there a Hidden Mickey made of circles on the side of this blue cube? (Thanks to Justin Lewicki.)

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I'll consider your votes on the Questionable images above. Keep searching!


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June 28, 2015

More Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland Resort

Mickey is hiding throughout the Disneyland Resort in California! I'll mention a few great Hidden Mickeys first and then ask your opinion about two other images.

At the Disneyland Hotel, paintings hang on the second floor walls in the Convention Center area. Glance around for a painting of Space Mountain. In the sky at the upper left is a fireworks classic (three-circle) Mickey tilted to the left. (Thanks to April Beisser).
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While you're shopping in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney, look high for these two Hidden Mickeys. In a mural near the ceiling on the right side of the Princess room near the center of the store, above an opening to the next room, a classic Mickey hides above the center arch of a covered walkway on the bridge over the canal. The bridge is behind Goofy the Gondolier and Lady and the Tramp sharing spaghetti. (Thanks to Ashley Cabrera).
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In a mural near the ceiling on the left side of the Princess room, another tiny white classic Mickey is on an Oriental archway to the right of Cruella De Vil and several Dalmatians. (Thanks to Mehlanie Kayra).
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What do you think of this image? While you're shooting targets on Toy Story Midway Mania in Paradise Pier, stay alert for colorful gears on the wall as you change scenes early along the ride. Do you see a convincing Hidden Mickey in the gears? (Thanks to The Waidmann Family).
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And what about this image? A jar of washers sits high on a shelf about halfway along the rear wall of the first room in the seating area to the right as you enter Flo's V8 Cafe in Cars Land. Is there a convincing upside-down classic Hidden Mickey in the washers? (Thanks to Steve Orme).
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Enjoy the search!

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June 1, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure

Stroll along the magnificent promenade around the lagoon in Paradise Pier and stay alert for Hidden Mickeys! First, hop on Toy Story Midway Mania and watch for the screen with target balloons in front of the volcano spewing lava. If you pop the middle 100-point balloon on the second tier, a light faint classic Mickey appears on the rear surface in the lava behind the balloons. (Extra circles and zeros may appear in a photo of the 3-D image). (Thanks to Jennifer Oliphant, Catherine Conroy, Holly Haider, Robert Huntington, Evelyn Vides, Mari, Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com], Jessica Van Linge, and Tara Jacob).
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Now look for the screen with moving white plates. At one point, a large front plate aligns with smaller plates behind it to form a classic Mickey. (Thanks to Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com]).
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Mosey over to Goofy's Sky School. Along the standby entrance queue, check the walls for cork bulletin boards. On the first board, three round impressions in the cork form a classic Mickey. It’s tilted to the right, and it’s at the right lower side of the upside-down note that says, “Notice to Appear.”
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A similar classic Hidden Mickey made of impressions is on the second bulletin board on another wall along the queue line. This one is tilted to the left and is partially covered by the left side of a handwritten letter that says “Dear Teach.” Look above the right upper corner of a note that reads “I Fix Planes!” to spot it. (Thanks to Jasmine Martinez, Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com], and Sam Vanderspek).
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Always study Disney shops for hidden images! At the Seaside Souvenirs shop, one or more Mickey balloons is painted high on the walls behind merchandise shelves. Also, two brown Nautilus submarines are in these murals behind the shelves. (“Nautilus” is the submarine, commanded by Captain Nemo, in Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.) (Thanks to John Martinez).
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Happy Hunting!

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May 25, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland's Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort is smack dab in the middle of the two theme parks and the three on-site hotels. It's filled with colorful shops and restaurants, and, in the evening, with quality music from live artists performing all along the promenade. Great Hidden Mickeys can be found here, too! I highlight a few of them below.

Let's begin inside the huge World of Disney store. Murals with bubbles are high on the walls of a room near the end of the store closest to the parks. One mural on the right side of the room has three bubbles that form a small classic Mickey tilted to the left. Find it in the middle of the mural, just to the middle right of a white plate floating in the air over the middle of a brown washtub. (Thanks to Josh and Alyssa and Melody Hadeen, and Kim Bacon).
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Check out this cool image in the Ridemakerz store. A red, white, and black classic Hidden Mickey (with stylized white "R" and red "Z" letters on the "head" and each "ear" of the Mickey) is on the back middle of a silver metal wheel with spokes. Find this wheel perched high atop a display of small model cars at the front of the store. (Thanks to Bobby Naus).
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At the left side of the Rainforest Café sign, a classic Hidden Mickey, tilted to the left, is in the middle of the circle bumps on the green lizard's neck. This image is similar to the ones on the Rainforest Cafe signs at Walt Disney World.
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At the entrance to Downtown Disney from Disneyland Hotel, tile paintings created by children are posted along the right side of the walkway across from the ESPN Zone store. Small classic Hidden Mickeys can usually be found in the paintings. This artwork is created to raise funds for a Children's Hospital. (Note: these paintings are changed periodically). (Thanks to Kim Bacon, and Sherrie Cotton).
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In the World of Disney store, some of the round merchandise bins have classic Mickeys encircling the top and classic Mickey-shaped feet. These bins are showing up in various stores in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
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Enjoy the search!

May 17, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

For a Disney aficionado, nothing compares with a stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. in Walt Disney's original park, and for me, the occasional Hidden Mickey adds to the allure! I'll highlight some new and time-honored Hidden Mickeys along this marvelous street.

Inside the Main Street Magic Shop, along the front counter on the left, a white rope on a display shelf is coiled into a classic Mickey shape. (Thanks to Zoe, and Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com]).
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While inside the Magic Shop, look up! Cards are stuck on the ceiling, and a black classic Mickey is in the center of the Ace of Clubs card. (Thanks to Ethan Holmes, and Chris Strodder).
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At the entrance to the Penny Arcade, a small classic Mickey hides between the play buttons on a game machine called "Pinocchio, Make Him Dance." (Thanks to Luis Valdez).
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In the Emporium Store, check out a room with toys at the end of the store closest to Carnation Café. A toy train makes a circuit on a track above you along the walls. Stand near the small water tower at one corner of the room. Every third or so trip around the track, the train stops in front of the water tower, and a classic Hidden Mickey lights up at the upper right side of the tower. You can also usually spot the faint Hidden Mickey image when it's not lit up. (Thanks to Darin Thompson, and Jason Gall).
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It's time for ice cream! But before you indulge, study an outside window of the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. The words "Ice Cream Floats" are on a window to the right, and a pink classic Mickey is midway up the right leg of the letter "A" in the word "Floats." (Thanks to Amy Gervais).
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Happy Hunting!

April 13, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest at Disney Springs West Side is still going strong! The interactive games are fun and challenging, and Hidden Mickeys there have endured. Check out some of these interesting DisneyQuest Hidden Mickeys.

On the fourth floor, the classic Mickey-shaped DisneyQuest logo is on the playing surface and on the sides of the air hockey tables. In addition, small yellow classic Mickey-shaped information stickers are on the front of some games on various floors, including the air hockey tables.
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Classic Mickey-shaped holes are in the sides of some of the wooden stools on the floor that children can stand on to play games. Find them on the second floor and other floors. Classic Hidden Mickeys are also formed by some of the circles in the brown carpet near the Living Easels on the second floor. You can see both of these images in the photo.
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During "Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride," the golden beetle you encounter bears classic Mickey markings on its back. (It's not a perfect three-circle Hidden Mickey, but it looks convincing from a distance). You don't have to take the ride; you can watch the overhead video screens as others ride. The beetle is on the right side of the photo.
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Again, for the following two Hidden Mickeys at the "Virtual Jungle Cruise," you needn't take the ride; you can stand behind one of the ride pods and watch. Classic Mickey-shaped balloons periodically float up from the left side of the screen, in front of the castle, before the ride starts. (In the photo, you can see a balloon inside the palm tree on the left, above the tops of the trees in the background).
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On the screen in the first part of the "Virtual Jungle Cruise" ride, the raft may exit a glacier area under a distorted classic Mickey-shaped ice bridge over the river. The riders have optional routes, so they may not encounter the glacier area. (The ears on this Hidden Mickey aren't perfectly formed, but you'll recognize them.)
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Let the games begin!


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April 5, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom Resorts

Folks informed me of some Hidden Mickeys that I hadn't come across yet, like this one at the Wilderness Lodge Villas. I'd looked for this one before, to no avail. Sometimes, it's quite difficult to describe the location of an image so others can find it. But recently, I spotted this great image! To locate it, turn left toward the elevators after you enter the Villas main entrance. On the rock pillar to your right as you walk toward the elevators, an almost upside-down classic Hidden Mickey is etched in a square, dark gray rock. Find it about 2 1/2 feet up, on the second rock from the floor. (Thanks to The Adornettos).
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Inside the main lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort, a classic Hidden Mickey bush is on wall maps of the Resort. Locate these maps on the first and second floors, toward the front of the building. A small sideways classic Mickey is formed by bushes at the upper right of the Sago Cay building at the left middle of the map. (Thanks to Alena White).
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A few years ago, we lost some Hidden Mickeys inside Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian. But don't despair! Now you can look up to admire classic Mickeys in the metalwork above the individual lights on the ceiling light fixtures. (Thanks to Charles Tyner).
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Disney doesn't overlook the lowly trashcan! At the Fort Wilderness Resort, a small classic Hidden Mickey, tilted to the right, is at the lower middle of the logo on the trashcans. It's under the "C" in "Campground." (Thanks to Justin Lewicki).
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While you're at Fort Wilderness, step inside the registration building ("Reception Outpost") at the far side of the main parking lot and say hello to Mickey. A plush Mickey Mouse stands in a metal jug at the far left of a shelf directly over the registration counter. (Thanks to Scott Abney).
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Happy Hunting!

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March 5, 2015

Newer Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

Hidden Mickey fans continue to find new Hidden Images. Disney Imagineers can camouflage images so well, it takes us a while to spot them! In the Magic Kingdom, this tiny classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey is in the "When You Wish Upon A Star" mural on the left wall as you exit Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant toward the restrooms. Look to the right of Pinocchio in the stars below and to the left of the word "All" in the mural. (Thanks to Alena White).
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Along the left wall of the Standby entrance queue of Space Mountain, you can play interactive video games. In one game segment, if you connect space equipment in the right configuration, a classic Hidden Mickey appears! (Thanks to April Beisser).
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You can sometimes spot a classic Hidden Mickey made of rocks at the bottom of a shallow pond next to Katsura Grill in Epcot's Japan Pavilion. I say sometimes, because this rock image is not always present. In the photo, the rocks form an upside-down Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Claudia, and Ian B.)
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On the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios, look for Mickey's big black shoes sticking up from the beach sand. They're in a photo on the floor of a display window of the Venture Travel Agency, which is on your right as you walk away from the Empire State Building. The photo's location changes in the window from time to time. (Thanks to Traci Garber and William Miles).
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Don't miss this tiny red classic Hidden Mickey in the waiting area of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano! It's on the exposed brick to the right and above the check-in podium and just to the left of the clusters of grapes. (Thanks to James Carraher).
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Keep searching - you may find a new Hidden Mickey!
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February 16, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Check out these images in various lands in the Magic Kingdom. Some are convincing to me as Hidden Mickeys; others are, well, maybe a stretch? Along the inside Standby entrance queue of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you'll pass this sign:
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Look for gems, embedded at the tops of the barrels, that sometimes line up to form classic Hidden Mickeys. Like this one (Thanks to April Beisser):
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Along both entrance queues (Standby and FASTPASS) of Splash Mountain, a Mickey sticker has been placed on an overhead light cover. Find it just past the area where you can see the Walt Disney World Railroad train. I think it will be in place for a while! (Thanks to Jackie Kushnier, and John Anthony D'Alotto).
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A children's play area is along the outside exit area of Splash Mountain. Three logs stuck to the outside of the crawl space form a classic Hidden Mickey on its side. (Thanks to Tyler Glynn).
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What about this image in the small rocks on this map on a wall toward the end of the entrance queues of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Is there a Hidden Mickey at the lower part of the rocks? (Thanks to Cheryl Costello).
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Here's a pretty good image on a map on a wall, about halfway along the Standby entrance queue of Jungle Cruise. Three dark circles form a classic Hidden Mickey tilted to the right. (Thanks to Deonna Hores).
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Thanks, Disney, for all the great Hidden Mickeys!

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January 26, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom

I stood in line for lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. You guessed it: I waited quite a while in that line, but I did enjoy studying the impressive details around the Beast's Castle. What do you think about this image in the rock wall? It's on the back of the partial wall behind the check-in station, on the left side just as you walk onto the entrance bridge toward the restaurant. Do the three circles make a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Katie Allen, Denise Hoffmann, and Rachel).
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Off the right side of the middle of the entrance bridge to the restaurant, you can spot these three rocks in the arch of the bridge that supports part of the walkway to Gaston's Tavern. Do the rocks in the left middle of the photo form a decent Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Brett Weldon).
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At the right rear terminal as you enter the food order room, take a look at the stack of books. Two images seem to come close to forming Hidden Mickeys; don't you think? One is at the corner of the top book cover, and another is on the spine of the second book from the bottom. (Thanks to Rayanne Johnson).
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Along the right side of the exit from the Ballroom hangs a tapestry with a unicorn. What about those three flowers at the middle of its neck; a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez).
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Many images on Disney Property can look like Mickey, if you stretch your imagination a bit. But some of the images do work!

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January 15, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at the Polynesian Village Resort and in Tomorrowland

I look for new Hidden Mickeys whenever I can, so recently I checked out renovations at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. New lighting hangs in the lobby, and some rope knots securing the round lights resemble Mickey shapes. What do you think? (Thanks to Marc Lorenzo).
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A new painting is posted on a wall near the elevators.
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What about the rock circles in the sand at the lower middle of the painting! Do some of the circles form Hidden Mickeys? (Thanks to Marc Lorenzo).
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I don't think there's much debate about this image, which looks purposeful and close to proportionate to me. The Hidden Mickey is formed of three balls hanging high in the middle rear of the Moana Mercantile shop on the second level. (Thanks to Tanya Brooks).
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Over in the Magic Kingdom, I wonder about this image near the end of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, just to the left of the lady with the belt buckle Hidden Mickey. Do the steering wheel and other adjacent control panel circles form a Hidden Mickey under the large blue-green circle? (Thanks to Devon Newport, and Tyler and Ryan Glynn).
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I appreciate your opinions!

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January 5, 2015

Hidden Mickeys in Carousel of Progress and on Main Street, Magic Kingdom

The props in the Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland change from time to time, especially in the final scene. Salt and pepper shakers with black classic Mickey heads were added to the right side of the kitchen counter in front of dad. (Thanks to Kristen Bevacqua, and Brianna Alvarez).
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The presents around the Christmas tree are moved or replaced at times, but recently the green classic Mickey on a gift wrap and the plush Mickey by grandfather have been easier to spot!
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Do you believe in positional Hidden Mickeys? Like this image from The Chapeau shop on Main Street, U.S.A. You have to look up from below to line up the mouthpiece with the bells on the antique phone on a wall in the shop. (Thanks to Octavio Perez).
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A mirror is on the wall just to the left of the antique phone in The Chapeau shop. Do you think the design at the top center of the mirror frame is a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Mallory Tonra).
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Take a look at the lollipops in a display window of the Main Street Confectionery store; the window faces Main Street. Do the colorful lollipops form an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey (or upside-down Minnie Mouse because of the bow)? (Thanks to Suzanne Perez, and Kelsey Draves).
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In the faux ticket window upstairs at the Main Street Train Station, the baggage ticket with the black Hidden Mickey markings on the letter "O" changes around at times, but at least it's still there!
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Happy Hunting!

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December 15, 2014

Hidden Mickeys in Epcot's Land Pavilion

A Hidden Minnie has appeared in the Land Pavilion at Epcot! Along the "Living with the Land" boat ride, look in the aquaculture section for a wire mesh Minnie (with a bow on her head) in the lower horizontal shrimp tank to the right of your boat. She's on the right of the wire mesh Hidden Mickey. I hope this Minnie sticks around! (Thanks to J. Scott Lopes, and Larry Brooks).
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The above photo of Minnie is a close-up from the "Behind the Seeds" Tour, where you can more leisurely examine some of the Hidden Mickeys along the boat ride. Like the Mickey-shaped growing Malabar spinach plant that you can spot along the ride or on the tour. (Thanks to Frank Marando, and Marc Lorenzo).
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Admire other images along the walking tour. For example, the agriculture folks create interesting displays in the lettuce section. In recent years, you can read the word "Epcot" (in green lettuce) to the left of the boat ride and along the tour.
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On the tour, you walk just a few feet away from the classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey formed of coiled water hose (you can also see this from the boat ride) in the aquaculture section. Cast Members usually maintain this Hidden Mickey for our enjoyment.
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Disney has posted a few Hidden Mickey photos for the benefit of the walking tour guests. Like the cucumbers that were grown in Mickey-shaped containers.
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And photos of past lettuce Mickey formations.
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So when you're on the Land Pavilion boat ride or on the walking tour, stay alert for Mickey images; you never know what the Cast Members will create next!

Happy Hunting!

December 8, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay

I finally found a great classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey at the Heads Up Bar on Castaway Cay! I had searched for it before without success, but I knew it was there somewhere. (The Cast Members behind the bar didn't know about it.)
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Three coins under the laminated surface of the bar counter form a Hidden Mickey; shadows often make the coins hard to spot. Look on the counter that faces the walkway from Pelican Point Overlook. The classic Mickey is near the right side of a red support pole and directly under the letter "D" in "HEADS" which is painted above you on the bar's side wall. (Thanks to Michael and Lydia Cross).
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This next Hidden Mickey is also hard to spot! Walk to the right side of Cookie's Too BBQ.
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Enter on the far right side of the serving area. Look across the building to a shelf on the wall opposite you for a classic Mickey made of plates or pans. This Hidden Mickey is above a horizontal row of five plates on the wall and directly over the second plate from the right. It's only partially visible behind the ceiling fan. (Thanks to Mary Jo Collins).
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Stroll or bike to the Observation Tower and climb to the second or third deck. A black classic Hidden Mickey near a pelican behind the tower is fading with time. This pelican is standing in a bathtub, which appears to be powered by a motorized fan. The fading Mickey is on the red motor housing of the bathtub fan.
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The great Hidden Jessica Rabbit is gone! She was perched in a tree above the Castaway Air Bar at Serenity Bay Beach.
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A Cast Member told me that a storm blew the tree over, so the area was replanted and Jessica wasn't replaced. No one knows where she went! Sad ...

Happy Hunting!


October 27, 2014

Disney Magic Cruise Ship Hidden Mickeys

Vickie and I recently sailed on the Disney Magic. Many Hidden Mickeys were lost during the "reimagining" of the ship, but (thank you, Imagineers!) many new Hidden Mickeys appeared! Some of the best new ones are in Disney's Oceaneer Lab on Deck 5 midship.
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I checked when "Open House" was scheduled for the youth clubs, so I could enter and take photos to my heart's content! Paintings adorn the walls of the Oceaneer Lab, and many of these paintings contain subtle Hidden Mickeys. I'll start at the rear of the Lab, just as you enter from the special walkway that connects Oceaneer Lab to Oceaneer Club (both areas have the same age requirements: 3-12, so kids can run back and forth between the two areas as they like.) This classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey is in a painting on the right wall as you enter the Lab. It's on a gold coin in a pile of treasure in a wrecked ship with sharks swimming in the background.
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Turn left along the wall at the main entrance to the Lab and check out two paintings with Hidden Mickeys. The first is on the figurehead on the front (prow) of a sailing ship:
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The second painting on this wall has a classic Hidden Mickey on an upper button of the sailor lady's (Captain Mary Oceaneer?) uniform. A parrot is perched on her shoulder.
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On the wall opposite Captain Oceaneer is a painting of a ship with decorative gold on the bow and stern. Mickey hides in the swirls of the stern ornamentation.
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At the rear of the Lab is a painting of a lady pirate with her sword drawn. She slams her boot down on a dining table and knocks off a plate of food. As the plate falls from the table, three green peas form a classic Hidden Mickey!
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Be sure to check everywhere on the Disney Cruise Ships for Hidden Mickeys! The friendly Cast Members will help if they can; Happy Hunting!


October 17, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at the Disney Monorail Resorts

I visited the Polynesian Resort to check out some of the changes from the ongoing renovation there. The Polynesian has always been filled with great artwork, including colorful paintings in the lobby and throughout the guest rooms. New paintings hang on the temporary construction wall that surrounds and blocks off the center of the main lobby.
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Some of these paintings have Hidden Mickeys! Check out this one in the surf.
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I was happy to spot an old reliable classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey as you enter the front entrance at the lower level. It's in the floor flagstones, right up against the temporary construction wall.
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Some of the chairs in the waiting area outside 'Ohana Restaurant have circles in their backs that form classic Mickeys at times (like this sideways Hidden Mickey at the upper right corner). I had to move the back cushion to spot the circles, or you can sometimes see the circles while standing behind the chair. (Thanks to Charles Tyner).
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It took me a while to locate these next tiny, white Hidden Mickeys! There are four sets of double Hidden Mickeys along the lagoon walkway, about halfway between the Polynesian and the Wedding Pavilion. Find them on the side of the walkway away from the shore; they're at the wall of the small building behind the stage for Disney's Spirit of Aloha show. They appear every few feet along the length of the wall. (Thanks to Lauren Benson).
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A great Hidden Mickey at the Grand Floridian Resort pool has been more visible lately and not hidden by a waterfall. It's in the middle and high up on the rock wall beside the pool. (Thanks to Sharon Dale, and Charles Tyner).
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While on Disney property, always be alert for the new Hidden Mickey!


September 21, 2014

More Questionable Hidden Mickeys from Disney's Animal Kingdom

What do you think of these images? The first one is on the Rainforest Cafe sign. After you enter the park, turn left to the short walkway to the Rainforest Cafe. Stop at the sign at the beginning of the walkway (it's a popular photo stop!) See the growling cheetah at the far left of the sign? Step to the side of the sign and look on the top of the cheetah's head. Is that black spot near the cheetah's right ear (on your left) a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey? It's the second spot down from the very top and toward the left of the photo. (Thanks to Zach Souders).
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At the far left room of the Disney Outfitters shop, look for the constellations above an inside doorway.
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One of the constellations has these three stars (in the middle of the following photo.) A Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Lydia Hall).
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Stare at this image on a rock wall along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Walk to the suspension bridge past the gorilla viewing area and look left, across from the Jafar rock. A profile of a possible character (Mufasa or Scar? from The Lion King movie) appears at the top right of the rock wall, in the top right corner of the photo. I think I see a forehead, nose, frowning mouth and chin in relief. What do you think? (Thanks to Kevin Booton, Kenzie Tapia, and Keith Hudson).
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Enjoy the Hunt!

September 4, 2014

More Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Check out some cool Hidden Images in the gift shop of "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster!" Walk to the counter at the right rear of the shop, just before the exit walkway. These Hidden Characters made of guitar picks are under a laminated surface and will likely stay in place for a while. Look for Mickey on the left counter top.
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And Minnie on the right. (Thanks to Maya Perez, Brian Lake, and Alexander McClintick).
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A Cast Member told me about this next image. It's made of wires behind the glass door of a cabinet on the right wall of the room that's at the left side of the gift shop. Do you think it's a Hidden Mickey?
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What do you think about the following questionable Hidden Mickeys? To find this one, walk outside into the courtyard of "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" and glance above the order windows of "The Rock Station" snack stand. Do holes in the "R" form a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jared, and Stanley Arnold).
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On the side arch at the left of the entrance to the Animation Courtyard, three subtle circles are in the sculpted design. They're close to the top of the opening in the arch, between two Native Americans at the top left corner. Is this image a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Amanda Hertel).
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As you stroll through "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream," spot this image behind a window to your left and just before the entrance doors to the theater. It's made of three round paper wads at the bottom of a trash can at the left bottom of a display. A plush Tigger is near the can. Do you think the three paper balls form a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Heidi).
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Happy Hunting!


July 30, 2014

An Afternoon at Disney's Animal Kingdom with Hidden Mickeys

I'm debating a few Questionable Hidden Mickey images at Disney's Animal Kingdom, so I'd like to ask for some opinions. Like these two in DinoLand, U.S.A. at the photo posing spot at the rear of the Fossil Fun Games area. They're both in the smoke or clouds of the drawings on the poster boards; one three-circle image is on the front poster behind and below the rear red fin of the car. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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and the second is in front of the left rear knee of the green dinosaur on the rear poster. What do you think? (Thanks to Rich, Diane, Andrew and James Stangle).
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How about this image in the Aviary section of the Maharajah Jungle Trek? It's in the swirls and circles of the carved relief design on a stone pillar along the walking trail. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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And finally, this three-circle image in the clouds, on the right wall rear corner, as you face the food order counters inside Pizzafari Restaurant. Look in the middle of the photo below. (Thanks to the Bodmann Family).
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Of course, I like to check on old favorite Hidden Mickeys, like this one with an orange "head" and green leaves for "ears" on a rear wall of the Elds Deer Exhibit of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
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I love the music at Disney! The Burudika Band performs several times daily in Harambe Village in Africa. Before you know it, you'll be dancing to the beat of their engaging songs!
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Happy Hunting!

July 19, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and the Beach Club

I enjoy summer for many reasons, not the least of which is that summer is a season when many folks visit Florida! I generally meet up with family and friends at different times during the summer months, and recently I cruised around Walt Disney World with some fellow Disney fans.

At Hollywood Studios. we checked out the theater show in the Magic of Disney Animation Building with scenes from "Frozen" mixed in with the comedic performance of Mushu (from the movie "Mulan"). I finally snapped a fairly decent photo of the Mickey coffee mug in the video. It's at the top middle of the photo below.
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Mickey's face is peeking out from near the front corner of a high shelf at the far right side of the theater stage.
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My sister Donna (on the left in the photo) stands with her friend Trish over Mickey Mouse traced in Ward Kimball's cement square outside the theater. It was Trish's first visit to Walt Disney World; how fun is that!
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Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Cast Members usually maintain a classic (three-circle) Mickey shape in the fur of one of the animals in the Affection Section petting zoo area of Rafiki's Planet Watch. Here's the lucky animal on that day!
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Check out this cool image that Joe and Diane Franceschino spotted! It's Mickey's face drawn in the sand in a large painting hanging in the Breezeway of the Beach Club Villas. You can see Mickey's ears (two people are standing above his right ear) and his smiling mouth (another two folks stand in the middle of the photo at the right corner of his mouth). Mickey's eyes and nose seem a bit distorted.
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Happy Hunting! You never know what you'll find at Disney!

July 8, 2014

Searching for Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

As I wandered the Magic Kingdom one afternoon to find some Hidden Mickeys, I stopped first to admire the awesome dragon (Maleficent) in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade.
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In the Briar Patch Shop near Splash Mountain, logs are piled in front of a fireplace that greets you as you enter the shop. On the left side of the logs, do log ends at the left of the pile form a classic (three-circle) upright Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Matthew Skazick).
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Study this image on a wall outside Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, along the walkway from Frontierland to Adventureland. Is there a side profile of Winnie the Pooh looking to the left in the light brown stucco, along the left side of the roundish bit of stucco jutting up in the middle of the brick wall? (Thanks to Alena White.)
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Speaking of Adventureland, what about these large holes in the rock border in the smoking area near Swiss Family Treehouse and across from Aloha Isle Dole Whip stand. This image is at the rear of the farthest rock-seat island away from the Treehouse. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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Let me know what you think. I never tire of searching for Hidden Mickeys!

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June 27, 2014

Looking for Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

One of my real joys is having fun at the Disney Parks with friends and relatives who enjoy Disney as much as I do! Here's a fun group standing over the classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey in the pavement across from TriceraTop Spin at Disney's Animal Kingdom (right to left in the photo: Lindsay, Lane age 6, my son Steven, and Christine).
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Lane and Steven point to the classic Hidden Mickey formed by a utility cover with pebbles for "ears" just outside Mombasa Marketplace store in Africa's Harambe Village.
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Over at Epcot, a Goofy has appeared in the rocks at the bottom of The Seas with Nemo & Friends aquarium! Look for it through the windows on the right as you walk along the corridor toward the circular observation area on the upper floor. I hope this image sticks around for a while! (Thanks to Denise Morelli).
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When you're queued up to Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater, don't miss Mickey's mailbox. It's in the large group of mail cubbyholes along the wall in the room just before you're escorted into the next room to meet Mickey.
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In the Grand Floridian Villa guest rooms, a classic Hidden Mickey cloud is near Dumbo along the perimeter of a plate in a wall decoration.
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Happy Hunting!

June 8, 2014

Some Hidden Mickeys in Magic Kingdom's Mine Train and Tomorrowland

Vickie and I got FASTPASSES for The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in Fantasyland.
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The ride's exit walkway parallels the FASTPASS queue in front of the dwarfs' cottage.
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Along the FASTPASS queue, just before the inside part of the queue, three rocks in the short wall seem to create an upside-down classic Hidden Mickey. What do you think?
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Along the ride, the witch with her basket of apples makes an appearance behind the dwarfs' cottage.
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Check out these subtle Hidden Mickeys in Tomorrowland!
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Along the FASTPASS queue of Tomorrowland Speedway, a map of the course is on the left wall. Look for two three-circle (classic) Hidden Mickeys formed of blue "heads" with two faint white "ears." One is at the right middle of the map (a red object points to this Hidden Mickey).
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The second Hidden Mickey is in the right lower corner of the map, next to an angle in the blue field. (Thanks to Maya Perez).
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You have to stand right next to the map to spot these Hidden Mickeys!

May 28, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at Art of Animation and Port Orleans Riverside Resorts

On a quest to check out a few sightings of Hidden Images, I visited two Walt Disney World Resorts: Art of Animation and Port Orleans Riverside. Both resorts are filled with interesting Disney detail, including the occasional Hidden Mickey. At Art of Animation, I stopped first in the main lobby and looked up at the imposing chandelier just inside the entrance doors.

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On a drawing in the chandelier, what do you think of the head and ears on Simba and Nala? Are they Hidden Mickeys?

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Walk out of the rear doors of Animation Hall (where the main lobby is) and turn left. Take the sidewalk left along the fence that encircles the Big Blue Pool until you spot a green fish perched in the grass near the fence. You'll find the fish before you reach the Finding Nemo Guest Room Building on the left side of the pool. A decent sideways classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey is on each side of the fish, below each eye and near each corner of the mouth. (Thanks to Doug Means and Max Kirkpatrick.)

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What do you think of this image made of three purple corals stuck to the rear side of the blue coral reef play area behind the Big Blue Pool? It's near the bottom and close to the sidewalk. Do you think it's a sideways Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to The Family Edmondson.)

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Now over to Port Orleans Riverside. A subtle classic Hidden Mickey is in the sidewalk in front of the Acadian House Building. Walk across Ol' Man Island and around the right side of the pool, cross the first bridge on the right over the waterway and then turn left on the sidewalk. Just before you reach the white benches in front of Acadian House (Rooms 8001-8432), spot this Hidden Mickey made of light coloration in the stone walkway. (It's just below the midpoint of the photo.) A nearby guest told me it looked more like a Hidden Oswald to him. This image is difficult to spot, but it seems to be purposeful, and it's been there for a while! (Thanks to Amber, and Werner Grundlingh.)

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Happy Hunting!

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May 16, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at Downtown Disney Marketplace

I strolled through the Marketplace on a fine sunny afternoon to check on Hidden Mickeys. I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy music from a High School concert band playing at the Waterside Stage.

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On a wall inside Disney's Pin Traders store, Russell from the movie 'Up' has a few classic Mickey-shaped badges on his sash. (Thanks to Alena White, and Kolding Rasmussen.)

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On a large statue of Donald Duck inside Disney's Pin Traders store, the red, white and blue classic Mickey pin is still on the upper right side of Donald's green duffel bag. (Thanks to Katie Slater.)

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Another classic Hidden Mickey is on the Donald statue, at the front of his suitcase. Here's a photo of his suitcase.

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A red Hidden Mickey is on the inside of one of the black Mickey-shaped pins spilling out of the suitcase. (Thanks to Denise Morelli.)

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As part of the renovation of Downtown Disney, Team Mickey Athletic Club has closed and will be replaced, so its Hidden Mickeys may have been Lost. We'll wait and check out the new shop.

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Starbucks is coming soon to Downtown Disney!

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Happy Hunting!

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April 19, 2014

Hidden Mickeys at The Seas with Nemo & Friends and around World Showcase

I visited The Seas with Nemo & Friends and then the Morocco and Japan Pavilions at Epcot to search for Hidden Mickeys. As you'll see, a few of these images are questionable. Whenever I visit an area, I also check to verify existing Hidden Mickeys, as they change or even disappear at times (as you well know!).

Along the queue of The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride, circles in the sand to the left of the lifeguard stand might form a classic (three-circle) Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Stacy and Jenna and Barry Berger, Todd Grasley, and Jared Tavernari).
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Just past the circles in the sand are these starfish stuck on the rock wall to the right along the entrance queue. Again, does this image look like a Hidden Mickey to you? (Thanks to Michael Walsh).
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One final questionable image. Near the large classic Mickey made of small rocks on the floor of the aquarium is this collection of rocks. Find it at the far end of the circular observation deck on the upper level. Do you think this qualifies as a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Jason Gall, and Jean).
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Two of our standard Hidden Mickeys have changed. At the Morocco Pavilion, different plates have appeared on the shop door along the World Showcase promenade. (They disappeared for a while, but thankfully, Disney has created the image again.) This current image isn't as compelling a Hidden Mickey as the previous one, but I'll take it!
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Another changed Hidden Mickey is at the Japan Pavilion. It's been one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World. The landscaping was recently altered a bit, and the specific rocks and location have changed, but this great image is still there! Find it on the right side of the pavilion, next to the far right sidewalk to the Mitsukoshi store.
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Happy Hunting!

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March 30, 2014

Orlando International Airport Disney Store Hidden Mickeys

I recently visited the Orlando International Airport (unencumbered by luggage!) and its two Disney Stores: Disney's EarPort and The Magic of Disney. Each store contains compelling Hidden Mickeys! Like this one in Disney's Earport. As you enter the store past the Goofy statue outside, walk to the far corner of the wall to your left to spot this classic three-circle Hidden Mickey high on the wall. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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Crazy blueprints line the upper inside walls of the store, and you can make out Hidden Mickeys on a few of them. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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Across the airport at The Magic of Disney store, study the outside walls. Each wall design has a Hidden Mickey. This wall is at the far right near an exit area for passengers.
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On this wall, a classic Hidden Mickey is in the stars above Mickey's hand, and Mickey appears to be looking right at it!
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The next outside wall design to the left, at the front of the store, has another Hidden Mickey in the stars. Mickey is pointing toward it. (Thanks to Rich Kordalski).
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Inside The Magic of Disney, Hidden Mickey markings are on a few of the books on shelves that line the upper walls of the store. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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While you're shopping at Orlando International Airport, look around the Disney stores to find some great Hidden Mickeys!

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March 19, 2014

Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Images in the Magic Kingdom

The recent expansion area of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is filled with compelling Hidden Images. Disney Imagineers put much thought into these great creations, and I'm still stumbling across ones I didn't know about! Like this one. To find it, walk to the Disney Vacation Club sign across from Ariel's Grotto.
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Embedded in the cement walkway in front of the Disney Vacation Club is this classic Hidden Mickey formed of a survey marker and two adjacent pebbles. It's near a cart track indented in the cement. (Thanks to Brian Henry and Suzanne Perez).
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Walk across Fantasyland to the "Tangled" area between "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion. Check out this poster on an outside wall near the restrooms.
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One of my favorite Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom is visible again after the outside window winter displays of the Emporium shop on Main Street, U.S.A. have been retired until next Holiday season. It's the amazing recessed window Mickey in the Aladdin display!
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On my way out of the Magic Kingdom, I crouched by (a "Hidden Surprise") the tracing of a heart with the paw prints of Lady and the Tramp (and Cupid's arrow) in the cement walkway in front of Tony's Town Square Restaurant. (Thanks to Alena White).
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Enjoy the search!

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March 1, 2014

Searching for Hidden Mickeys in Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom

On one fine sunny Florida afternoon, I finally found a Hidden Mickey I'd been looking for (All right, I confess, I had a little help from a friendly Cast Member). I'd been told the image was on a merchandise/drink cart along the exit from Kilimanjaro Safaris, not far from the entrance to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
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For months, I'd been looking in the wrong places. This time, I walked right up to the Safari truck exit docks and worked back. The image is on a tile somewhere on the cart. From the photo I had, I'd assumed the tile was on the side of a cart, but I was wrong. I stepped up to the cashier for the drink and merchandise carts and spotted the tiles on top of the cart. The Cast Member behind the cart smiled and pointed to a tiny image near the pay area. There it was! Small ceramic circles, a white and blue "head" and two black "ears," stuck in the surface of the cart formed a classic Hidden Mickey! (Thanks to Jackie Gailey).
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I have a couple of Questionable images for you to consider. Not far from the above collection of carts and back toward the Kilimanjaro Safari exits, a utility cover at the left side of the walkway (as you exit from the Safaris) has two small irregular rocks adjacent to it that are embedded in the cement.
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The rocks are the larger ones toward the top of the photo. Do you think this forms a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to David and Celia Berset).
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Over the years, folks have written to me about the following image, but it never "spoke to me." However, recently a few people have prompted me to reconsider the image. It's on the outside of a blue side door toward the rear of Tusker House Restaurant.
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Is this a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Traci Curth, Keith Tonra, and Alena White).
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Keep searching!

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February 7, 2014

More Hidden Mickeys and Images at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

It's always been a challenge for me to snap clear photos in Spaceship Earth. I may be improving with practice because recently I came away with a few decent photos. A Hidden Surprise (one of many along the Spaceship Earth journey) is in the radio booth to your left, just before the living room family watching TV. A man speaks into a "WDI" (for Walt Disney Imagineering) microphone. (Thanks to Tim Devine).
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Now here's something to consider. Remember the Mickey sticker that was Lost from the rear window of the red car next to the garage scene with the early computer? A similar (the same?) Mickey sticker is stuck above you on the ceiling, just past the garage scene. It's on an unlighted part of the ceiling after the ceiling lights stop over your head and before you emerge out into the vastness of stars and space. Notice I mentioned it's unlighted; you can't see the sticker unless you shine your camera red light or your phone flashlight app up toward the ceiling. It appears about six feet or so after the unlighted ceiling section stops. I've been searching for this ceiling Mickey sticker for a while and finally snapped a basic photo. It's not the greatest photo, so please feel free to send me a better one! (Thanks to Adam Geaneas).
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At the France Pavilion, look for a few paintings in wooden chests along the wall that fronts the lagoon, just before the bridge to the United Kingdom. A blue classic Hidden Mickey is at the upper left of a painting at the front of the chest closest to the bridge. It's good to know that these paintings are tethered inside the chests and cannot be removed. (Thanks to Nathan L.)
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Back at the Magic Kingdom, this display window classic Hidden Mickey has been around a while, so I hope it stays longer! It's made of three gears in the background of an outside window of the Confectionery store, at the far left under the awning of the store and facing Main Street, U.S.A. (Thanks to Jim Wiggins, Octavio and Maya Perez, and Christine Peruski).
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January 31, 2014

New and Old Hidden Mickeys at the Magic Kingdom

I recently visited the Magic Kingdom to check out a few new Hidden Images. Across from Ariel's Grotto
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a classic three-circle Mickey metal design sits atop the Disney Vacation Club sign. (Thanks to Kevin Yee and Erin Blackwell)
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I catch a turn on Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress whenever I can, especially when a new Hidden Mickey appears! In the last scene, a classic Mickey is traced on pink note paper pinned to the left middle of a bulletin board on the far right wall. These Hidden Mickeys change from time to time, so I hope this image sticks around a while! (Thanks to Jackie Kushnier and Gville Jimmy)
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I acquired a FASTPASS to Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater. As you probably know, he talks to you now with humorous comments. The Hidden Mickey made of metal rings is still in Mickey's open magic chest at the rear of the Greeting Room.
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And the Hidden Oswald is still watching over you. He and Mickey are drawn on a piece of paper pinned at the upper part of a bulletin board at the rear of the Greeting Room.
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Alas, I didn't find the Electrical Mickey image. On a previous Electricity Display poster in the Greeting Room, Mickey's skeleton would appear when you snapped a flash photo of Mickey. But no more, the poster has changed! Maybe the original Electricity poster has been moved, so let me know if you spot it somewhere else!

January 20, 2014

Hidden Mickeys (and a Hidden Steve) at Disney's All-Star Resorts

Mickey hides all around the Disney Resorts. I visited Disney's All-Star Resorts recently to check on some of their Hidden Images. Display window images change at times and Hidden Mickeys may be lost, but the one in an outside window at All-Star Movies is still there! A small black classic Mickey is at the lower right of a mural in this window in front of the gift shop next to the lobby. Here I am crouched in front of the window.
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The Hidden Mickey is on the front of an orange book with the title "Future Plans."
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Next, I visited the Jazz Inn courtyard at All-Star Music.
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Classic Mickey ears usually sit atop most of the cymbal stands. Each is a winged nut that holds a cymbal in place.
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Over at All-Star Sports, I walked to Mount Mickey, which is behind Stadium Hall and just past the Surf's Up section of the resort. A large Mickey statue usually stands directly over a classic Mickey (white head and black ears) in the cement. Alas, the Mickey statue was not there and only his cement pedestal was present! I was told that the statue is being cleaned and repainted.
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As you know, carpet Mickeys can disappear when carpets are replaced, but this Hidden Mickey has been maintained for a number of years now. It's a repeated Mickey image in the main building gift shop carpet at All-Star Sports. It's composed of a baseball with two circles for ears.
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Now for the Hidden Steve. An Imagineer told me that a hidden caricature of me would appear at the All-Star Sports food court! The dining area was refurbished a few weeks ago, and of course I checked it out. I found my image on the last design pane near the rear exit from the food court. I'm sitting in the stands behind hockey player Minnie Mouse, and you can find me on both sides of the pane. Needless to say, I'm incredibly honored by this!
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It's me holding a yellow Hidden Mickeys book with a magnifying glass on the cover, and a tiny classic Mickey is on my shirt!
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It does resemble me a little, don't you think?

November 27, 2013

Holiday Hidden Images at Disney's Hollywood Studios

You probably know about the seasonal Hidden Mickeys scattered throughout the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights along the Streets of America each Holiday season. Disney usually adds a few new Hidden Mickeys every year, and, thankfully, many of our favorite ones return. On San Francisco Street, the Dalmatian with the classic Mickey spot on its right hip is back this year. (Thanks to Sarah Del Grande).
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I look forward to my annual search for the Hidden Cat. This year, it's up a tree! Look for it next to the City Hall building near the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.
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In recent years, Disney also hides a red razorback hog (in honor of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in Jennings Osborne's home state) somewhere along the Osborne Lights. I found it in front of City Hall, not far from the Hidden Cat.
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Close to Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, I stopped and said hello to Lightning McQueen and Mater at their Meet and Greet area. Most of the time, Mater has a wing nut that resembles Mickey ears on his engine air cleaner. As I'd hoped, it was there. (Thanks to Brian).
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Speaking of Mama Melrose's, Vickie and I had a fabulous dinner there before admiring the Osborne Lights. My Minestrone Soup and Chicken Cacciatore were outstanding! Just before dinner, right outside Pizza Planet, I spotted Santa about to deliver goodies to someone on an upper floor.
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Each Holiday Season, it's great fun to look for Hidden Images in the fabulous Osborne Lights!

November 20, 2013

More Hidden Mickeys from Under the Sea in the Magic Kingdom

The Disney Imagineers unleashed their creative forces when they designed and built the New Fantasyland in WDW's Magic Kingdom. For example, we continue to discover new Hidden Mickey images in Ariel's Under the Sea attraction! The ornate rock formations lend themselves to Hidden Mickeys galore, so it's likely that even more Hidden Mickeys await discovery!

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Along the right side of the outside queue, look to the rear right of the small lagoon to spot this interesting image in the rock wall. It's behind the rock (with the Hidden Mickey impressions that we know about) jutting out of the middle of the lagoon. There may be two classic Hidden Mickeys in the wall, one upright and another sideways image just above the first one.

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After you've spotted these images at the lagoon, look to the right and high up on the rock hill to locate this beautifully proportioned classic Hidden Mickey impression in the rock surface. It's above left of a crevice and near the top of the rock wall and to the right of the edge of the large opening into the cavern inside queue. It's just left of the center of the photo below. (Thanks to Mark Fowle.)

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It took me a while to spot this gem of a Hidden Mickey. Walk further along the outside queue and stare up to your right to find an arch of rock. On the right side of a small waterfall, a tiny classic Mickey impression in the rock is in the upper middle of the arch. (Thanks to Ashley Fayett).

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Great job by the Disney Imagineers and architects!

August 2, 2013

A Visit to Art of Animation Resort and its Hidden Mickeys

One Sunday afternoon, Vickie and I stopped by the Art of Animation Resort to check out Hidden Images.
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What do you think about this image? It's on a large blue rock to the right of the steps, directly opposite the rear exit doors from Animation Hall, just after you pass through the entrance gate to the Big Blue Pool. (Thanks to She-Knows-CA, Laurie and Becky Bloodworth, and Donna McMurrey).
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I've been debating these images for a while. You can find them in a Treasure Chest in the courtyard of The Little Mermaid section. The first one is made of a blue gem and two gold coins. Do you think it qualifies to be a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Deb Wills, Allison Laudage, and Mary Jo Collins)
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The second one is made of three gold coins. Is this image a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Mary Jo Collins, Sherrie Cotton, and Justin Lewicki).
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On the other hand, I think the following is a true Hidden Mickey. It's made of three orange spots on green seaweed under a clam design. You can find this image repeated in several of the clam designs along the inside of the guest room buildings, facing the pool of The Little Mermaid section. (Thanks to Justin Lewicki.)
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Enjoy the Hunt!


July 5, 2013

A Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios with Friends and Hidden Mickeys

I enjoyed an afternoon at Disney's Hollywood Studios with my sister Donna (on the right in the photo) and two friends from Texas, Laurie and her daughter Becky.
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On The Great Movie Ride, the two Pocahontas bulletins are still there in the Western scene, one bulletin on a wall behind the barber pole to the right of the vehicle.
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and the second just past John Wayne to the left on a wood fence.
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I've been debating about this image for a while. It's the small concentration of light on the screen in front of the airplane headlight in the Casablanca scene along The Great Movie Ride. What do you think, is the image a Hidden Mickey?
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Alas, I have another Lost Hidden Mickey to report. Outside and above the Keystone Clothiers shop, the billboard has changed and no longer shows the girl crouched over Mickey's handprints in the cement. The photo shows the new billboard.
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Before dinner, we were treated to a steel drum musician in the lobby of the Dolphin Resort! He definitely brought a Caribbean flavor to the Dolphin that day. He's playing in front of the lobby chairs that have classic Mickey circles in the design of the chair backs and sides.
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June 21, 2013

A Few Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Check out this new image at the Studios! Finally, a Hidden Mickey at that most fascinating place to browse: Sid Cahuenga's Antiques and Curios Store just inside the park entrance. A statue of a Dalmatian is on the porch to the left of the entrance doors to the store. A black classic Mickey spot is on its left rear thigh. I hope this image stays in place for a while! (Thanks to Alena White).
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Another new image is in a side display window of the Villains in Vogue shop on Sunset Boulevard. Black upside-down classic Mickeys (decorative and not really hidden) are on the backdrop of the Jack Skellington display. By now we know that display window images sometimes don't last! (Thanks to Alena White.)
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Disney is advertising a couple of upcoming movies: "Monsters University"
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and "The Lone Ranger"
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Hidden Mickeys are lost from time to time. The great Hidden Images in the mural to the right just inside the entrance to the American Film Institute display rooms have disappeared. The mural is gone, with new movie posters in its place. You walk through these display rooms after you exit the Studio Backlot Tour trams.
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What do you think about this image? Look up at the Dalmatian (yes, more Dalmatian spots!) perched on a television high up along a wall inside the Cinema Storage shop at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Three spots on its left shoulder resemble an upside-down classic Mickey. Do you think this qualifies as a Hidden Mickey? In addition, I must have Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on my mind. Do you think the black marks on the dog's left ear resemble Oswald's ears? (Thanks to Robert Wescovich and Alena White.)
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Happy Hunting!

June 2, 2013

More Hidden Mickeys in Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

I enjoyed a warm sunny Florida afternoon in the Magic Kingdom looking around for Hidden Images. I had a FASTPASS for "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," so I hopped onto the ride after a minimal wait. Here's one of the first book pages at the beginning of the ride.
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I finally got a decent photo of the tiny red Hidden Mickey in Rabbit's garden! Look at the small white marker with radishes (in the middle pot to the left of the "Letus" sign); one radish is shaped like a classic Mickey.
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My next mission was to locate the Hidden Image of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in the New Fantasyland area. So far, Oswald had eluded me, and the Cast Members I'd asked didn't know about it. But today, a friendly CM took me right to it! I'd been looking in the wrong area. The Oswald image is formed by three embedded pebbles in the middle of the main walkway in New Fantasyland. I'd been searching in vain along the walkway to "Enchanted Tales with Belle." To find the image, stop across from the "Enchanted Tales with Belle" entrance sign (and waiting time sign) and look down in the middle of the main walkway to Be Our Guest Restaurant. Do you think the rocks resemble Oswald? (Thanks to Declan Kelly).
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I played a new game in Adventureland: "A Pirate's Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas." I was entrusted with a magic talisman (a pentagonal RFID card) and one of five treasure maps. My map was titled: "Heads You Lose," and it directed me to various interactive skulls and coins and locks hidden around Adventureland to find "treasure." I thought the game was fun and well-designed.
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I didn't notice a Hidden Mickey in the game, but if you come across any, please let me know! Vickie and I topped off the day with dinner at Disney World. And it wasn't just any dinner, we savored great food with our All Ears friends Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth!

May 20, 2013

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I visited Disney's Hollywood Studios on a sunny afternoon to check on a few Hidden Mickeys. I strolled along Sunset Boulevard to Rosie's All-American Cafe to verify if a new Hidden Mickey is still there. It is! Mickey's smiling face is at the right lower corner of a photo collage at the left side of the leftmost food order window of the cafe. (Thanks to Matt Mellarkey).
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The image above is behind glass and is likely to stay a while, since it's part of the background design of the cafe. However, I do worry about display window Hidden Mickeys, as they can sometimes disappear when the window is remodeled. On San Francisco Street, a decent Hidden Mickey was made of food containers in a display window of a faux Chinese diner, "China Bowl Restaurant." Alas, this image is lost, and a new set of containers are in the window. Do they form a decent Hidden Mickey? Let me know what you think.
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While on San Francisco Street, glance at this poster that has been in place for a number of years. The poster is entitled "The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights" and it hangs on a wall across from the San Francisco mural. A faint image of the Earful Tower is below a man wearing Mickey ears at the lower middle of the poster. (Thanks to Dick Larson).
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Folks write me often and send me photos of Mickey images in oil and tar spots around Disney property. Well, wouldn't you know it! I stumbled across an image in oil that resembles Mickey near one side of the bus parking area outside the Studios.
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Cool, right? The problem is, these images usually don't last long, but I thought I'd show you anyway. Mickey shapes that are embedded in the cement do last a long time, and that's good for Hidden Mickey Hunters. Like the one at the other end of the bus parking area outside the Studios, near the charter bus area. A classic Mickey is stamped in cement, about nine or so benches (and three light poles) from the main entrance promenade as you head toward the walkway to the BoardWalk Resort. Look across from the "CG" marker on the cement.
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Now this guy is likely to stay put!

May 4, 2013

A Day with WDW Downtown Disney Hidden Mickeys

I strolled around Downtown Disney Marketplace one sunny Saturday afternoon to check on new and established Hidden Mickeys and other Hidden Images. For example, at T-Rex Cafe, some Cast Members and Hidden Mickey Hunters talk about a Hidden Donald Duck. I asked around inside the restaurant and the CM's weren't sure, but they thought such an image might be on the octopus over the bar, at the far left side. I did find one reddish spot on the octopus that sort of resembles Donald. What do you think? (Thanks to Shannon Williams).
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I make a point to stop by the Caricature Booth near Guest Relations, as I wasn't sure if the Mickey images there would last. They're still there! Classic Mickeys are in the clouds in the background of several paintings on the rear wall of the booth. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).
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Many Hidden Mickeys are outside and inside the Once Upon A Toy Store.
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Here's one: in the center of the Mr. Potato Head display in the first room of the store, a tiny white classic Mickey is on the clasp of Mrs. Potato Head's handbag. She is holding decorative Mickey balloons. (Thanks to Sarah Ireland).
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Classic Mickeys on the cement walkway outside the side entrance of the store have faded over the years. You can still make out two ears and the top of Mickey's head in this photo of one of the images.
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Keep in mind one inevitable occurrence in the world of Hidden Mickeys: some will disappear. I worry about rope Hidden Mickeys. Unless they're maintained by Cast Members, they may become distorted or erased by natural (or meddling) forces. Alas, the rope classic Mickey under the bridge near Port Orleans French Quarter, as viewed from the Sassagoula River Cruise boat, is lost. I'll keep checking, as sometimes Cast Members reinstate these great images. There's always hope!

April 21, 2013

Spring Afternoon at Epcot and Hidden Mickeys

One sunny Saturday afternoon, I moseyed around the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. I started in Future World. The Hidden Mickey on the greaseboard is back in Figment's ride! As you enter the Sight Room, a tiny dark classic Mickey is at the lower right of a greaseboard on a wall to your right. The greaseboard is below the words "Focus Group." (Note: this Hidden Mickey may change locations on the board or even disappear at times. Thanks to Sharon Dale.)
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Here I am in the cool Oz exhibit.
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Look high to spot this Peter Pan topiary atop the Sportsman's Shoppe in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
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I like to say hi to Remy inside Les Vins de France shop. He usually sits in a basket on a shelf near the ceiling, behind the service counter.
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Vickie and I catch a meal in Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion whenever we can. This time, the Chef build the tallest onion volcano I think I've ever seen!
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I like the Rock and Roll Bands of old that Disney brings back for the Festivals. "Paul Revere & the Raiders" just keep rocking on!
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While you're salivating over caramel treats, check out a new Hidden Mickey inside the Karamell Kuche shop in the Germany Pavilion.
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A small orange classic Hidden Mickey is painted on merchandise shelf siding. It's about halfway up on a vine on the right shelf siding closest to the door from the main World Showcase promenade. (Thanks to Casey, Werner Grundlingh, and Nicole O'Reilly).
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You never know when a new Hidden Mickey will appear, so keep searching!

March 30, 2013

ESPN Wide World of Sports Hidden Mickeys

My son Steven and I enjoyed our annual Spring Training Baseball Game at Wide World of Sports.
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This year, we watched the Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros. We lived in Houston way back when, so we're Astros fans. Of course, we're at Disney World, which is the Altanta Braves home base for Spring Training, so we were surrounded by Braves fans. No matter, everyone had fun at the game!

Each year, we check out the classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey in center field, which was even harder to spot than usual. After the game, we climbed to the highest seats in the bleachers to get the best view. The image is made of faint slanted thin rows of grass.
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Look above my index finger. The Hidden Mickey is in the grass near the fence.
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After the game, kids are allowed onto the field to run the bases.
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We strolled around the Wide World of Sports property to admire a few more of the Hidden Mickeys there. Mickey is still up in the rafters at The Milk House (Field House). I find him to the upper left of the lower seats of section 104.
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Sometimes, you can spot classic Mickeys traced around pitcher's mounds on the softball fields. (Thanks to Sharon Dale and Michelle MacVane).
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We had a great day at WWS, even though the Astros lost 3-2!

March 15, 2013

More Hidden Mickeys at Storybook Circus, New Fantasyland

New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is packed with impressive new Hidden Images! I highlight below a few more Hidden Mickeys in the Storybook Circus section.
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A poster of Daisy Duck ("Madame Daisy Fortuna") is outside to the left of the entrance to Pete's Silly Sideshow.
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A faint classic Mickey is traced on the upper part of her light green blouse, just to the right of her right index finger. (Thanks to Priscilla Baer).
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Eight tiny Mickey balloons are scattered around the large "Storybook Circus" painting at the rear of the tent over the FASTPASS machines for The Barnstormer and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This tent is next to Pete's Silly Sideshow. You can spot a white Mickey balloon at the lower right of the photo below. (Thanks to Octavio Perez). DSC03753.JPG

Near the entrance to the FASTPASS queue for Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a classic Mickey is formed by a manhole cover (the "head") and two elephant tracks (the "ears"). (Thanks to Tracy Vesel and Maya Perez).
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Not far from Storybook Circus, look for a popcorn Hidden Mickey in one of the Seven Dwarfs murals on the barrier wall between the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (under construction) and the Mad Tea Party attraction in Fantasyland. The mural features Sneezy carrying buckets of popcorn while Dopey is tickling his nose with a feather. The Mickey-shaped piece of popcorn is in front of Dopey's right foot. (Thanks to Octavio Perez).
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The mural with the popcorn Mickey will probably disappear next year, so check it out while you can!

March 3, 2013

More New Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys

Folks directed me to a few Hidden Mickeys I didn't know about at Walt Disney World. Let us know what you think about these images. Some of them are hard to spot!

Soon after you make the last right turn inside the entrance queue for Ariel's Grotto in the New Fantasyland, on the lower part of the rear wall near the floor on your left, a side profile of Mickey Mouse looking to the left is sculpted in relief on the wall. (Thanks to Angelica Dufer).
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In an outside display window in the middle recessed area of the Emporium store on Main Street, U.S.A., a classic Mickey image is on a piano above the words "Steinmouse & Sons." The display window is under a sign that says "Collectibles." (Thanks to Octavio Perez).
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In the gift shop at the exit of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, a female mannequin wears a black wrist bracelet that says "I love Mickey." It's difficult to photograph! (Thanks to Alexander Mack).
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Along the outer walkway behind the Fossil Fun Games area in DinoLand, look for a sign on the fence that says "Games of Chance." An upside-down classic Mickey is made of gold spots on the upper left thigh of the blue dinosaur at the right of the sign. (Thanks to David and Aubree Serkoch).
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Enjoy the Hunt!

February 16, 2013

Hard-to-Find Hidden Mickeys at the Magic Kingdom

Some Hidden Mickeys are hard to spot. Many of these images are discovered by folks when an attraction ride stops for some reason. If you find yourself in such a situation, it sometimes pays to study your surroundings. You may spot an obscure Hidden Mickey! I include some examples below.

It took me a long while and many trips (without shooting at targets) through Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin in the Magic Kingdom to finally discover two tiny Hidden Mickeys. (Alas, the ride never stopped for me!) One is at the beginning of the ride in the very first interactive room with targets. A classic Mickey with a green head and blue ears is on the first part of the lower right wall. You have to rotate back and to the right in your vehicle. This Hidden Mickey is below and between two five-point green stars. (Thanks to Jessica Paneral and Suzanne Perez).
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In the battery room, look to the right of your vehicle and high over Zurg's left (your right) shoulder to spot a tiny blue classic Mickey star, tilted to the left. It's in the star field to the right of the large blue and yellow cone suspended over Zurg. The Hidden Mickey is in the lower left of my photo. (Thanks to John Finley).
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Along Main Street, U.S.A., a small classic Mickey is impressed in the cement outside the Crystal Arts store entrance. It's on a gray flagstone between the red cement and the bricks of the side street off of Main Street. Find a long crack (between red cement sections) that's parallel to Main Street and starts in front of the entrance pillars at the store entrance. The gray flagstone is at the end of this crack, and the Hidden Mickey is at the lower right corner of the flagstone as you face the store. Again, it took me a while to find this little gem! (Thanks to Owen Gilley and Julie Greer).
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In the New Fantasyland, this Mickey image is overlooked by most folks but is easy to spot once you know where to look. A small classic Mickey made of dark impressions in the rock is on the back side of Gaston's Statue in front of Gaston's Tavern. It's near the water line below Gaston's left leg. (Thanks to Scott Jackson and his niece, and Declan Kelly).
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Good luck searching for these awesome Hidden Mickeys!

February 1, 2013

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Water Parks

I like to recheck Hidden Mickeys at times, to make certain they're still present and visible! I visited Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon to enjoy the atmosphere of the Water Parks and to look for Hidden Mickeys. To spot the terrific Mickey rock image at Blizzard Beach, hop onto the Chairlift (use the Single Rider queue for a shorter wait) and look straight down to the ground under the right side of your lift seat just past support pole #4.
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This standing image at the end of Teamboat Springs (the "World's longest family raft ride" to quote the park map) at Blizzard Beach is not Hidden, it's a decorative (decor) Mickey.
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Over at Typhoon Lagoon, some of the walkways are lined with logs on end. In several places around the park, the log ends form classic Mickeys, like this image on the left of the walkway near the top of the long stair climb to Humunga Kowabunga.
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The classic Mickey hole in the rock wall is still there in the walk-through cave at the rear of Ketchakiddee Creek!
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Along the path to Crush 'n' Gusher, I spotted this sign with information about bananas. I might try this technique, as the banana strands are sometimes annoying!
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January 18, 2013

Newer Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

Several folks have enlightened me about a few Hidden Mickeys I wasn't aware of around Walt Disney World. Check these out!

On the "Journey of The Little Mermaid" attraction in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland, look to the right of your vehicle in the "Under the Sea" song room and search for three oval purple corals stuck on a rock that form a classic three-circle Hidden Mickey. The corals are just to the left of the chorus line of singing and dancing fish standing on their tails. (Thanks to Cara Di Cicco).
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In the new Test Track standby queue at Epcot, study the right wall for a classic Mickey traced on a translucent design board. It's to the left of the man drawing with a marker on the glass. The Mickey image is faint and hard to see; it's just to the left of his drawing hand. (Thanks to Wayne and Angie Vaughn, and Emily Brubaker).
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Paint splatter Hidden Mickeys are back at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Walk around the outside of the Stage 1 Company Store near MuppetVision 3D and admire several yellow and purple spilled paint Mickey images on the ground. Here's a yellow Mickey. (Thanks to Sarah Del Grande, and Maya and Suzanne and Octavio Perez).
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Inside Tusker House Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom, walk into a small dining room near the restrooms. A classic Mickey is drawn on an attendance roster board on the wall to your left. It's next to the top name on the board. (Thanks to Jessica Fraser).
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Anytime you visit Disney property, be on the lookout for new Hidden Mickeys!

January 4, 2013

A Visit to Splitsville and its Hidden Mickeys

Splitsville at Downtown Disney West Side offers plenty of opportunities for fun and nourishment. As I had hoped, Mickey images appear inside Splitsville! Like these Mickey ears in a wall mural on the lower level right side as you enter the building.
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Holes in a bowling ball in that same lower level mural form a classic Mickey.
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On an upper level left wall mural, several groups of oranges in a grove seem to form classic Mickey images.
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Along with bowling, you can also play pool at Splitsville. Here's my son visualizing a ball into the corner pocket.
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A view from the upper level balcony over Downtown Disney West Side.
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I'm happy about this new addition to Downtown Disney at WDW. Check it out!


December 16, 2012

Holiday Hidden Mickeys at WDW Resorts and New Fantasyland

Each holiday season, I enjoy checking out Disney seasonal decorations for Hidden Mickeys. For example, the gingerbread displays at Disney World Resorts usually sport Hidden as well as decorative Mickey images. One of my favorite places to explore is the Epcot Resort area. This year, I spotted some cool Hidden Mickeys on the Yacht Club lobby holiday display. Look for tiny Mickey balloons in the trees:
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And a white classic (three-circle) Mickey image on the front door on this cottage:
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A Hidden Mickey is in impressions in the snow on the mountain on the back side of the display, to the left of the "Cape May" sign:
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An intriguing lighted Mickey image is in the snow on the ground:
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Hidden Mickeys are appearing in the New Fantasyland! Inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant, walk to the West Wing room and stand in front of the rose at the rear of the room. Now turn and look up to your right to spot an amazing Hidden Mickey hole in tattered fabric hanging from the ceiling. It's difficult to photograph this image!
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I was lucky to come across Phil Holmes, Vice President of the Magic Kingdom, in the Bonjour Village Gifts shop in New Fantasyland! In the photo, he's standing in front of the tribute painting of him hanging on the rear wall of the shop.
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Kudos to Disney creative folks like Mr. Holmes and the Imagineers for creating new imaginative Hidden Mickeys for us to find!

December 1, 2012

More Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland Resort

The next time you visit the Disneyland Resort in California, be sure to check out these Hidden Mickeys:

Tom Sawyer Island in Frontierland has an elaborate "Pirate's Lair" play area. Walk to the heaps of coins and look for three coins that form a classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey. They're peeking out from under a wood plank that holds in the treasure at the right rear of the coin heaps in front of the blue pirate tarp. All the coins are glued down, so you can't move them around. Whenever you see collections of circular objects on Disney property, you'll likely find a Hidden Mickey or two! (Thanks to Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com])
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As you exit the theater for It's Tough to be a Bug in California Adventure's "a bug's land," stare up above you for a classic Mickey made of small round stalks. Find it on the wall to the upper left as you walk toward the second set of exit doors from the front of the theater.
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Stroll to the lobby of Disneyland Hotel's Frontier Tower. In a hallway off to the left from the lobby, a black and white painting hangs on the right wall near the stairwell. A woman in the painting holds the hands of two children. Some of the images on her dress are classic Mickeys. (Thanks to Kim Bacon)
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Disneyland Resort is full of wonderful Hidden Mickeys!

November 18, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph and Hidden Images in the Studios and Osborne Lights

I visited Disney's Hollywood Studios to meet Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz from the Disney movie. They're greeting us inside the Magic of Disney Animation building.
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Sorcerer Mickey has his Meet and Greet area nearby. The mural behind him has a number of Mickey images, including the Earfful Tower and the silhouettes of folks wearing Mickey ears.
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At the lower right of the mural behind Mickey, near the floor, is a Hidden Pluto!
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Later in the day, I went on my annual quest to find the Hidden Cat in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. (Don't read further if you want to find it yourself!) The cat is high on a wall in the covered walkway between the New York end of the Streets of America and the MuppetVision 3D courtyard. Here's the cat before dark:
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And when the lights are on:
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Each year, many Hidden Mickeys shine in the Osborne Lights, like this classic Mickey in the green tree and the red, white and blue Mickey image on the building to the right of the tree.
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Have fun searching for Hidden Mickeys in the Osborne Lights, and don't miss the Hidden Cat!

October 20, 2012

Hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay

Disney's Private Island, Castaway Cay, is loads of fun, and I hope you include Hidden Mickey hunting as part of your experience there. Castaway Cay has great Hidden Images! After I disembarked from the Disney Dream, I saluted Sorcerer Mickey on the ship's stern.
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I stopped in at the front counter of the Conched Out Bar to check out a favorite Hidden Mickey of mine. Look high to a shelf at the upper left for a full-body rusted Mickey Mouse. At least, he's protected from the elements!
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I walked to the observation deck for the Pelican Plunge water slide to look for black rocks in a classic Mickey formation. They're still in place, in the shallow water just in front of the far left of the deck.
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Castaway Cay is a perfect place for exercising, and I like to walk all around the island. I trekked to the Observation Tower on a side trail from the old airstrip. Several pelicans on the ground in back of the tower show off black classic Mickeys on the motors of their "vehicles." One pelican stands in a motorized bathtub.
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Two other pelicans power their bicycle with a Hidden Mickey on their motor.
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Andy Jackson told me about a Hidden Image above the roof of Castaway Air Bar on Serenity Bay Beach. I searched around the bar and even asked a nearby Cast Member, but he'd never heard of the image. This was my last stop and I was tired and ready to board the ship. I'd almost given up when ... there she was, up between the tree branches! An awesome image of Jessica Rabbit, above the sign "Daughters" that marks the women's restroom.
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I really like Castaway Cay!

October 6, 2012

Hidden Mickeys and Disney Characters on the Disney Dream

I spent several days searching the Disney Dream for Hidden Mickeys. The ship is huge with 14 decks and countless nooks and crannies, but the hunt was fun and rewarding. It's also great exercise! I started at the top of the ship and worked my way down. Here's a white classic Mickey in a coffee cup on the 9th (last) hole of Goofy's Mini Golf Course on Deck 13 aft.
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I walked down to Deck 5 to Disney's Oceaneer Club. If you have a child participating in the Club, you will be allowed to enter. Otherwise, ask when "Open House" is scheduled and return at that time to explore inside the Club. I admired Peter Pan and other characters in points of light on the ceiling.
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I continued along Deck 5 to the Port Adventures Desk. On the wall across from the desk is a painting of the ship "Queen Minnie." A classic Mickey is on the middle side of the ship's cabin, between two doors.
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Just inside the entrance to Remy, I was able to get a photo of the wine that Anton Ego (the restaurant critic) drank in the movie "Ratatouille." Only 32 bottles of this expensive wine exist!
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Be alert for Hidden Images in your stateroom, in the huge central Atrium, and anywhere you see artwork and other ship details, such as in the restaurants, shops, theaters, and clubs. Be sure and have fun with the Midship Detective Agency Game, in which you try to solve a mystery by interacting with window artwork on various decks of the ship. Hidden Mickeys pop up at times in the game window images!
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September 14, 2012

More Fun with Disneyland Resort Characters and Hidden Mickeys

Ron W. wrote me about an interesting Hidden Mickey image in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in the Grizzly Peak section of California Adventure. Climb up stairs to the Mt. Whitney Lookout and check out the phonetic spelling alphabet (also known as the NATO phonetic alphabet and more accurately as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet) on a sheet of paper atop a table in the Lookout room. The word for "M" in the official phonetic spelling alphabet is "Mike." But this is Disney! So the word for "M" is, you guessed it, Mickey! (I think "Mickey" would work just as well).
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Vickie and I enjoy Fantasyland whenever we visit Disneyland, California. Here we can reconnect with Mr. Toad, since he no longer has his own attraction at Walt Disney World. Mr. Toad greets you along the inside entrance queue to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
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I like to pay my respects to the tiny red Hidden Mickey in Mr. Toad's right eye.
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I finally got a decent photo of the shadow of Sherlock Holmes in an upper window of the Constabulary building along Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Find him to your left midway through the ride after you leave Winky's Pub.
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Vickie and I met up with a huge number of fun-loving Disney characters during our excellent breakfast at the Plaza Inn Restaurant. Here's Rafiki goofing around:
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I told Max that my favorite Disney character was his father Goofy, and one of my favorite Disney movies is "A Goofy Movie," in which Max comes into his own as a serious Disney actor! Max was all smiles:
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Disneyland rocks!

September 1, 2012

A 2nd Day at California Adventure, Hidden Mickeys

Vickie and I enjoyed a plentiful breakfast at Ariel's Grotto Restaurant and said hello to a gaggle of Disney Princesses, including my favorite princess - Minnie Mouse!
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I confirmed that a classic Hidden Mickey was still in place on a display painting near the wall opposite the bottom of the stairs that lead down inside to the restaurant level. It's still there; it's made of white bubbles just to the left of a long green stem at the lower left of the sign that says "Ariel's Grotto Disney Princess Celebration."
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After our food settled, we checked out Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land. A classic Mickey made of three barrel cacti are on the ground along the right side of the standby entrance queue, just past a pole with a sign that says "Long Trip? One Sip and Watch Those Miles Melt Away." (Thanks to George Rojas, Rosemary & Neil [FindingMickey.com], and Peter Brown).
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Then we hopped on to Luigi's Flying Tires. Here I am floating along after playing "bumper tires" for a while.
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It was a hot summer afternoon, but who's complaining? I'm at Disney, and Hidden Mickeys are waiting for us to find them!


August 19, 2012

Hidden Mickeys Trip to Disneyland and Cars Land

Vickie and I visited Disneyland, California to check out new happenings there. I always enjoy Walt's original park, and California Adventure has added some compelling new sights. The food in Disneyland is reliably good to me. Here I am with Tigger at the Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A. for "Minnie & Friends - Breakfast in the Park."
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A friendly Cast Member confirmed to me the location of a cool Hidden Mickey inside the Emporium Store. Walk into the store entrance facing Main Street and at the end of the store closest to City Hall. Look behind the cashier's counter to your right as you enter the store and find a still life painting with flowers on the wall. A distorted but recognizable image of Sorcerer Mickey is on a blue globe which sits on a small table. (Thanks to Jessica Strom for writing to me about this great image.)
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Walking into Cars Land at California Adventure is like walking into a "Cars" movie set. You enter Cars Land on Route 66 lined with its flashy stores and diners. At night, the colorful neon lights blaze the way along Route 66, drawing you to the premier attraction of Cars Land: Radiator Springs Racers, which is a next generation "Test Track" ride through Ornament Valley and the mountains of the Western U.S. You'll pass by Flo's V8 Cafe, a counter service restaurant with food you might find on the real Route 66.
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At the far end of Route 66 is a statue of Stanley in front of the Radiator Springs Fire Department.
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If you stay alert, you'll spot a few awesome Hidden Mickey images in Cars Land. For example, at Ramone's House of Body Art (a merchandise shop), the outside display windows showcase car hoods which are painted with amazing detail, including subtle and difficult to find Hidden Mickeys. Here's a tiny classic Hidden Mickey on a car hood inside Ramone's store. (Thanks to Rosemary and Neil [FindingMickey.com] and Peter Brown).
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Cars Land is filled with awe-inspiring detail and art, complete with Hidden Mickeys!

August 1, 2012

An Afternoon at Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland Area

Vickie and I enjoyed a warm Florida summer afternoon in the Magic Kingdom. We checked out the new attractions in Fantasyland. Goofy (my favorite Disney character) has his own ride: The Barnstormer.
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At the bottom of the sign at the entrance to The Barnstormer (below Goofy's picture) are swirls that might form an image of Mickey. What do you think? Is this a legitimate Hidden Mickey?
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Kids (and adults!) can get really wet at Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station!
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I cooled off inside the air-conditioned tent, part of the entrance queue of Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This sign inside the circus tent area explains it pretty well:
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Dumbo flies high above us near the top of the tent.
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Kids can work off energy climbing up through the "Thrilling Tower of Flames," one of several play areas inside the circus tent. I heard several parents calling for their kids (sometimes in vain) when their pager notified them that it was time to ride Dumbo.
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Guests around me seemed to appreciate this imaginative Disney approach to attraction queuing. Imagine the parents' smiles as they watched the kids play while waiting for their time to ride!

July 20, 2012

Hidden Mickeys at The Magic of Disney Animation, Disney's Hollywood Studios

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, I like to check out the Animation Studios from time to time. As you know, this area is not static, but for a while now, the Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) theater show has entertained guests. You can choose to bypass the show and walk to the indoor character greeting areas (and queue up for The Animation Academy if you want) and return to the Mushu theater at show time. Outside the theater is a plaza with cement squares commemorating a few Disney Legends.
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Mickey is traced in Ward Kimball's square.
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During the video theater show, a Cast Member interacts with an animated Mushu (the dragon from Mulan). Many Disney figures are on display on the desks and cabinets at the rear of the stage of the theater show. These images change at times, but you can still spot the classic Mickey at the end of a pencil sticking out of a container on the top of the animator's desk in the middle of the stage, as well as the Mickey balloons on the large round button at the top left of the animator's drawing board on the front of the desk.
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Look for the coffee mug with a classic Mickey on a middle shelf on the right side of the animator's desk.
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I spotted a Mickey figurine peeking over the edge of the lower shelf at the far right of the stage, visible as you exit the theater.
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Check out these Mickey images the next time you visit Disney's Hollywood Studios!

June 30, 2012

Wandering Epcot on a June afternoon

I wanted to check out a Hidden Mickey in the Japan Pavilion. It appeared a few months ago, formed by rocks in a pond near Katsura Grill. On my way to World Showcase, I stopped by Test Track, which is closed for refurbishment. GM is showing off a few cars in front of the walled-off Pavilion.
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I sat in the Camero as a kind Cast Member took my photo. This car swallowed me up!
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I enjoyed the Mariachi Cobre music along the lagoon waterfront at the Mexico Pavilion.
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The "Sounds Like Summer" tribute band concert series is going strong at the America Gardens Theatre. The "Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees band is awesome!
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I've been a fan of the Beatles from way back, so I visited the Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion to admire the merchandise honoring the Beatles 50th Anniversary.
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I noticed the Abbey Road album cover in a display window of the store. I visited London years ago and walked across Abbey Road in the same spot!
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Sadly, the rock Mickey image in the Japan pond has disappeared. This current rock formation doesn't look like Mickey to me; the "ears" are way too small! As you know, some Hidden Mickeys don't last.
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June 23, 2012

World Showcase Hidden Mickeys, and the Epcot "Brave" movie exhibit

I checked out a few potential Hidden Mickey images at Epcot. It's June, so the Florida heat has turned up a few notches. That's okay, since walking around Disney becomes more of a needed workout for me!

At the Morocco Pavilion, Disney is having fun with the plates on the front red door at the entrance to the small Souk-Al-Magreb "Gifts of Morocco" shop on the promenade. A newer three-circle Mickey image is now on the top half of the door.
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A classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey design is repeated along the top of a hat in a display inside the Gallery of Arts and History at the front left of the Morocco Pavilion. The Gallery is currently showing "Moroccan Style - The Art of Personal Adornment," and the hat with Mickeys is in a display at the far left inside the gallery building. (Thanks to Amy Krauss).
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Basket lids sometimes form a classic Mickey on the wall inside the Brass Bazaar shop, which is at the right side of the Morocco Pavilion behind the Tangierine Cafe. This sideways Mickey image has been in place for a while. (Thanks to Jeff Love).
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Even though I've seen it many times, I still like to enjoy the Impressions de France movie in the France Pavilion whenever I can. I sit back in the comfortable chairs in the cool theater and admire the music and scenes of France, as well as the image of Mickey's ears! Mickey is perched in a second floor window of the house in the background of the outdoor wedding scene.
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Along the Imagination or Rose Walkway, an exhibit showcasing Disney's movie "Brave" was filled with kids and adults.
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The interactive area is geared toward children, who can participate in a variety of games such as the Mini Caber Toss, Haggis Flip, archery, Cake Toss, and then burn any remaining energy in the playground. Guests can create stone rubbings and find out what family they will represent in the games.
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If you're in Epcot anytime soon, check out the Brave movie exhibit. (The Highland Games Tournament area is open daily from 11 am until 7 pm until July 8th, 2012.) And don't forget to look for Hidden Mickeys!

May 25, 2012

Hidden Mickeys with Merida and Teppan Edo

Merida from Disney-Pixar's "Brave" is now greeting guests at Fairytale Garden in the Magic Kingdom. The family in line behind me included a redheaded young girl who proudly announced her support of Disney's new scarlet actress. In this photo, Merida is calling out her three bear friends.

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The bears appear behind her.
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Here I am with Merida and her bears.
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Inside Fairytale Garden, try your hand at archery.
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I hit the bull's-eye!
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Merida's Meet and Greet area comes with Hidden Mickeys on the ax weapons:
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I'm looking forward to Merida's movie; maybe it will include some Hidden Mickeys?

At Teppan Edo dinner in Epcot's Japan Pavilion, our chef created a fabulous vegetable full-body Mickey holding a Mickey balloon, and he spouts steam from his mouth!
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I hope more Teppan Edo chefs can offer this amazing image!

May 13, 2012

Hidden Mickeys at Port Orleans and Winter Summerland Golf Course

Vickie and I visited the new Princess Guest Rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort at Walt Disney World. These rooms are filled with striking Disney details. After you admire the fireworks on your bed's headboard (very cool effect!):
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look for the classic Hidden Mickey on the table at the front area of the room. It's a dark Mickey image in the wood design of the table surface. Be patient; it may take you a few minutes to find it!
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I toured WDW's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course to check out Hidden Mickey images. The gingerbread cookie with Mickey ears still peeks out from a stocking that hangs on the right side of the mantelpiece as you walk up the 16th hole of the Winter Course.
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Kyle informed me that Donald has disappeared! In the past, a Donald Duck nutcracker stood proudly by Goofy on the left side of the Winter Course 16th hole mantelpiece.
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But as you can see, he's been removed!
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This is the reason we all must remain vigilant. Hidden Mickeys (and other hidden characters) sometimes vanish. Maybe Donald will return someday to his rightful place at the 16th hole of Winter Summerland!

Thankfully, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto are still smiling in a sleigh on another mantlepiece, visible from the 16th holes of the Summer and Winter Courses.
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Hidden Mickeys add even more fun to miniature golf at Walt Disney World!

April 18, 2012

Hunting for Hidden Mickeys at Downtown Disney and the Studios

I visited Tren-D recently to check out Hidden Mickeys. The designers of this store in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, imagined a few cool Mickey designs. Like the one in blue paint on the upper wall to the right as you enter the store from the main promenade (Thanks to Sharon Dale):
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and another small gold classic three-circle Hidden Mickey on a necklace worn by a sassy Minnie painted on a column inside the store (Thanks to Sharon Dale, and Wayne and Angie Vaughn):
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Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, I checked on a display window image on San Francisco Street. Inside the right window display at the China Bowl Restaurant, three round food containers are arranged to form a classic Mickey. I wait a while on display Hidden Mickeys, as they frequently disappear, but this image has stayed in place! (Thanks to Marie and Bruce Daigneault, Bonnie Smith, Larry Brooks, and Jessica Fraser):
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I chatted with a Cast Member at the Premier Theater near San Francisco Street. Inside the theater, High School Bands were competing before judges. The Band competition was scheduled over several weekends in April.
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I like to admire the posters along the long entrance queue for MuppetVision 3-D. Here's Kermit rising from the mist in a menacing pose:
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You can count on it - Disney is always chock full of surprises!

April 2, 2012

A WDW Afternoon with new Hidden Mickeys

I wandered Walt Disney World recently to check out some new Hidden Mickey sightings. Sarah McGovern wrote me about a pine cone Hidden Mickey on the ground near Fort Wilderness. I walked the trail from the Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness to find the pine cone image. This trail has a dirt path segment that starts from the rear of the Wilderness Lodge property and loops up to join the middle of the main cement sidewalk trail that extends from the front of Wilderness Lodge all the way to Fort Wilderness. As I strolled along the cement sidewalk segment from the dirt path intersection toward Fort Wilderness, I encountered several pine cone Hidden Mickeys! They were all to the left of the path as I approached Fort Wilderness. Here are two of the images:
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It appears that guests are creating Hidden Mickeys from pine cones on the ground. I hope this continues every year as a tradition!

I visited the Magic Kingdom and the new Fantasyland area. Several folks (Deb Wills, Rita Ondercik, and Captain Mike) informed me of new Hidden Mickey impressions in the walkway. I spotted several Hidden Mickeys in the Fantasyland Train Station exit area. Here's one located in front of a short brick wall and a tall wooden pole:
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While enjoying the sights and sounds of Disney's Animal Kingdom, I was pleasantly surprised to come across Russell and Dug from the movie "Up" on Discovery Island.
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My wife Vickie and I enjoyed dinner (and the entertainment!) at Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot's World Showcase. I like the food here, and we can usually get seated without a reservation if we arrive early.
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I think you'll agree with me: with Disney, there's always something new and exciting around the corner, including new Hidden Mickeys!

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.
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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).
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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.)
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I think it's pretty close to a decent three-circle image of Mickey. What do you think?
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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!
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February 7, 2012

Saratoga Springs Resort - A Few Cool Hidden Mickeys

I visited Saratoga Springs Resort to check out a few Hidden Mickeys. I drove over to The Paddock pool area. Here I'm standing in front of the counter at The Paddock Grill.

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A decent classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey inside the Aquatic Play Area at The Paddock pool was first submitted by our very own Deb Wills! Allen Stroud also wrote to me about this image. As you enter the Aquatic Play Area

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The Hidden Mickey is formed by three stones in the middle front of a pillar, which is on the right side after you pass through the entrance gate:

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At the Grandstand pool, a classic Hidden Mickey is at the top of the green trees on the lower front wall below the counter at The Backstretch Bar (thanks to David and Celia Berset):

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I payed my respect to a couple of classic Hidden Mickeys at the Grandstand pool area, one on the left side of the gate as you enter:

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and another on the back gate near the restrooms:

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The next time you visit this scenic resort, take some time to check out these cool Hidden Mickeys!

December 30, 2011

More Holiday Cheer at WDW

I enjoy music of all types, and the British Revolution group at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion adds a new dimension of rock and roll to Walt Disney World. They debuted in May of 2011 and have delighted audiences since with British rock music from over the decades since the 1960's. This year, my sister Donna visited WDW over Christmas and we sang along with a music set from this great band.

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After their performance and when my heart had stopped pounding, I posed with the guys.
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Each year, WDW manages to improve the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, including the Hidden (and decorative) Mickey images. Michelle Scribner-MacLean, esteemed member of our own All Ears cast, found a tiny classic Hidden Mickey at the end of the Streets of America, next to the door to the Sporting Goods store.

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My sister Donna found more of these small classic Hidden Mickeys in lights in several other areas; this one is above the "News" sign along the Streets of America.

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My wife Vickie and our son Steven, along with Donna and I, had a wonderful Christmas day dinner at Shula's Restaurant at WDW's Dolphin Resort. Even though the restaurant was busy, everyone seemed to be in an upbeat holiday mood. It's been a festive season for me, and I hope for you as well!


From our family to all of you, merry Christmas season, Happy Holidays, and raise your glass to a promising New Year!

November 29, 2011

2011 Osborne Lights, and a few Hidden Mickeys

Vickie and I visited Disney's Hollywood Studios to check out "The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights." I stopped by a Hidden Mickey in a painted window at the entrance to the Streets of America, not far from the Writer's Stop. A classic Mickey sand trap is in the leftmost window as you face the New York backdrop.

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We moved to the beat of "Mulch, Sweat and Shears," who were rocking at the New York end of the Streets of America, just before the Osborne Lights came to life.

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At dusk, we waited with other excited fans for the Osborne Lights to brighten up the Streets of America.

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The music started and the lights came on!

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Colorful images appeared in windows of a building along the Streets of America, toward the New York end of the street.

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Hidden Mickeys decorate this basketball goal in an alley toward the "Lights, Motors, Action" end of the Streets of America:

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Another returning Hidden Mickey above the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" marquee:

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We always look for the lighted cat, which changes locations each year. A Cast Member told me that they place the cat high or low on alternating years. This year, it was high on a roof edge, above the alley where the basketball goal Hidden Mickeys are located.

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The Osborne Lights are a wonderful annual holiday tradition at Walt Disney World!

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November 5, 2011

October Fun at Coral Reef Restaurant and Magic Kingdom

I have to make reservations at the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot to admire the classic Hidden Mickey in the decorative tile inside. (This is one of the Disney restaurants that you can't just stroll into for a Hidden Mickey hunt; you need to make reservations for a meal in order to study the inside restaurant decor). We had delicious food with friends Mark (on the left) and John (in the middle) at Coral Reef:

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As you face the Seas with Nemo aquarium on the second level of the Coral Reef Restaurant, look for a small classic Mickey made of tiles on the third vertical divider from the left. It's about one quarter of the distance down from the top and on the rear of the divider.

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Each year, I like to wave at the Headless Horseman at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. He gallops through the Magic Kingdom before the parade.

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Plenty of Disney Characters greeted us during the parade, including one of my favorites - Goofy:

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The wait to meet the Seven Dwarfs (near the Splash Mountain exit) was really long.

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The Halloween Wishes fireworks show was awesome

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year at Walt Disney World!

October 26, 2011

D23, a Disney Legend, and Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Vickie and I strolled toward the back entrance of Epcot one morning to check out a D23 event at the Food & Wine Festival. I spotted remnants of some Food & Wine (in this case, Beer) revelers outside the Beach Club Resort. I think they're still asleep!

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I very much enjoy Disney's music lineups for the seasonal festivals. That evening, I was able to catch the last part of Starship's (with Mickey Thomas) set ("We Built This City ...") at America Gardens Theatre.

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The D23 event started in the American Adventure Pavilion Rotunda.

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The highlight of the D23 event was meeting Disney Legend Bob Gurr. He was the early Disneyland attraction transportation guru, conjuring up the vehicles for Autopia, the Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Monorail, the Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, among others. He is incredibly energetic and enjoys the camaraderie with other Disney fans. It was an honor to meet him! (He did seem to know about Hidden Mickeys!)

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The next day, we heard from other luminaries, including Marianne Hunnel and Michael Jenner, the creators of Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. Food & Wine gets better every year; thanks for all you do!

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The D23 lunch included some delectable choices:

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That evening, D23 had special seating for the America Gardens Theatre show: Sugar Ray ("I... just wanna fly, put your arms around me baby ...")! What a show! The audience (me included) was really into the performance! (One cool fact: Sugar Ray has had the same band members for over 20 years; that's a real working partnership!)

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Sometimes, even though I live near WDW, I just don't want to leave! Thanks D23!

October 14, 2011

Soaring High at Downtown Disney and new Hidden Images

One afternoon, Vickie and I had lunch at Paradiso 37 at Pleasure Island. The chips and salsa were fresh, and the Mexican dishes were decent (I had chicken enchiladas with verde sauce). The overhead music was interesting - a combination of current pop music and country songs. I'm not normally a country music fan, but I enjoyed tapping along with really good two-step boot-sliding music.

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After lunch, we lined up to soar high in the Characters in Flight balloon. It was a sunny and mostly clear day, so we knew we'd be able to see for miles from 400 feet in the air.

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During ascent and descent and while tethered at the top, I snapped many photos from the balloon deck. Here's Future World at Epcot

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and Planet Hollywood

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I thanked our pilot for a great experience!

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Vickie and I wandered over to Wolfgang Puck Cafe to check out the classic Hidden Mickey on the mosaic tile pyramid behind the check-in counter. It's still there!

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Two friendly employees showed us some other Hidden Gems in the mosaic. Check out the red fork at the lower right front of the pyramid

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and an orange spoon high on the right side of the pyramid

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Don't miss the purple fork on the right side, below the spoon

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The tile artists had fun with this mosaic design, and I'm glad they included Mickey!

October 2, 2011

A Day at the Studios and Epcot with HM's and first-time visitors from Canada

Vickie and I had lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We like to cool off inside this restaurant on a warm day. While watching the cartoons and movie clips, I took photos of Tinker Bell

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and Mickey
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and the classic Hidden Mickey on the youngster's spacesuit; it's formed by a circle and two knobs on the upper chest.

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A helpful Cast Member showed Vickie and me a classic Hidden Mickey in blue lights in the gift shop at the exit of Star Tours. It's at the lower part of the counter to the right as you exit the ride.

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Vickie and I had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants: Teppan Edo at Epcot's World Showcase. At Teppan Edo, you sit with other folks that you may not know, and sometimes that allows for making new acquaintances.

This particular evening, we were lucky to enjoy the meal with a family from Canada. Not only was this their first visit to Walt Disney World, it was their first family vacation in 17 years! After dinner, I introduced them to the world of Hidden Mickeys. I pointed out a few Hidden Mickey gems in World Showcase and Future World. In the photo below are (from left to right) Linda, Tony, son John, me, and daughters Jacquelyn and Julia.

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We all strolled into the Test Track queue. The Hidden Mickey in the third pre-show room was voted in on my website, and it's still there! It's at the upper left of the greaseboard.

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This delightful family from Canada was having a memorable vacation at WDW. They all were reveling in the entertainment WDW has to offer. We walked back to World Showcase, and I recommended they not miss IllumiNations. As luck (or pixie dust) would have it, we were chatting with a friendly Cast Member in the United Kingdom Pavilion, and I introduced him to the first-time WDW visitors from way up North. He pulled out a clipboard and wrote down their names. He declared them to be "VIP's" and reserved a spot for them along the wall behind the Rose & Crown Pub to watch the fireworks. As you might imagine, they were enchanted and amazed by IllumiNations.

Now is that Disney Magic, or what?

September 15, 2011

An Evening at Hoop-Dee-Doo

Vickie and I visited the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Pioneer Hall in Disney's Fort Wilderness to enjoy the food and entertainment. Before the show, we acknowledged Davy Crockett inside Crockett's Tavern.

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I photographed some of the lyrics of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" posted on the wall. You can't read these lines without singing!

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We always enjoy the down-home frontier food, like cornbread, fried chicken and of course, strawberry shortcake. One of the Pioneer Hall Players, Flora Long (a wonderful singer!), stopped by our table.

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We saw folks we knew from Texas, the Fuller Family, sitting near the stage. Their son Wellborn was picked to act on stage with the Pioneer Hall Players!

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Wellborn acted his part well and was applauded at the end of the show.

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What a fun evening!

A couple of notes: The lyrics for the Hoop-Dee-Doo show music have changed recently, as the owner of the score copyright has retained rights to the main music. So Disney has reworked the songs, but the music is as rousing as ever!

Also, I'd heard of a Hidden Mickey inside Pioneer Hall, supposedly on the front of the neck of this deer on the wall to the upper left of the stage.

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I'm still studying this image; what do you think?

August 29, 2011

Magic Kingdom and the (New) Retro Tiki Room

Vickie and I visited the Magic Kingdom to experience the refurbished "Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room." This show is a tribute to the original Tiki Room show that Walt Disney put together in 1963 and which opened at Walt Disney World as the "Tropical Serenade" in 1971. Iago and Zazu have flown the coop, but the other Tiki characters have stayed behind. Furthermore, the upside down Hidden Mickeys at the bottom of several perches inside the Tiki Room are still in place!

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We also stopped into the Carousel of Progress for a spin through the last century. I like to check out Dad's two left shoes in the second scene.

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In the third scene, Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat is still perched on the right side of the stage, next to the girl in the shaker machine.

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Interesting fact from the last scene: the father is preparing dinner, but only six chairs are around the dining table.

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Yes, there are six people on stage in the last scene, but what about Uncle Orville (the seventh person), who is off stage in the bathroom?

Anyway, the Magic Kingdom is always fun for us, especially when Disney leaves our Hidden Mickeys intact!

August 4, 2011

Disney Friends at Contemporary, and Pop Century Hidden Mickeys

I was honored to meet up with two families from Texas one evening for dinner at the California Grill, Contemporary Resort. In the photo from left to right are Kathryn, Jason, Chris, Sarah, Wellborn, Whitney, Conally, Debra, and Kirby. Wellborn belongs to Kathryn and Jason and the other young folks are with Debra and Kirby. These fun folks are from southeast Texas, and Kirby and I are related!


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After dinner, we strolled around the Contemporary Resort, looking for Hidden Mickeys. I pointed out the classic Mickey on the ceiling of the side elevator tower at Bay Lake Tower. The image is made of metal plates that support ceiling lights. You can spot it from the ground behind the Contemporary Resort's main building.

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My wife Vickie and I stopped in at Pop Century Resort. In the registration lobby, Vickie stands before the "Where's the Beef" shadow box.


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The last time I was at Pop Century, I didn't find the Hidden Mickey in the Food Court ceiling lights. This Mickey image may not be reliably present. But this day, I was lucky; the classic Mickey was tucked inside one of the lights!

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Vickie took a photo of me next to one of the Food Court divider wall classic Mickeys.


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The Mowgli display next to the Hippy Dippy Pool was recently refurbished, and I was elated to find that the subtle classic Mickey on the wall behind Mowgli is still visible! It's made of white circles traced in green paint, above a green leaf.


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Pop Century guests often decorate their windows for fun. Here's a cool window display:


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Now that's a nice image to admire as you're leaving Pop Century!

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July 23, 2011

Summer Afternoon in the Studios

Vickie and I had lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney's Hollywood Studios, with Anthony and Ken, who are avid AllEars.net fans! In fact, they've signed up for Deb's cruise next year! Anthony and I had the famous Brown Derby Cobb Salad (one of my favorite salads), Ken had a delicious grouper (I say delicious with confidence since his plate was the first bare plate at our table), and Vickie enjoyed a salad and crab cakes. From left to right in the photo are Anthony, Ken, me and Vickie.

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After lunch, the wait for the Great Movie Ride was only 5 minutes, so we hopped on board. I showed Ken and Anthony the great shadow Hidden Minnie image on the loading dock mural. Look above the roof in the photo. Minnie is just above the short tree stump and she's looking to the left:
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I pointed out to our group the advertisements that reference Pocahontas in the Western scene. One sign is to the right of your vehicle on a wall behind a barber pole:
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and another is to your left on a fence just past John Wayne.

In front of the entrance to the Great Movie Ride, Anthony, Ken and I posed over the imprint of Carol Burnett's Mickey ears:
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I checked out the afternoon Pixar Pals parade (I'm a real fan of the Disney-Pixar movies!). Mike Wazowski from "Monsters, Inc." waved at me:
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Carl Fredricksen from "Up" floated by me in front of his balloons:
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This summer day in Florida was hot, but who cares? We're at Disney World!

July 7, 2011

An Evening with Star Tours and Jellyrolls

My sister Donna visited WDW for one of her twice yearly trips from her home in Texas. Donna, Vickie (my wife) and I checked out Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Hidden Mickeys and other hidden images are surfacing! Along the entrance queue, a three-circle Hidden Mickey is on C-3PO's control panel, to the right of his head.
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Also along the entrance queue is a humorous security robot scanning luggage that rolls by on a conveyor belt. It's worth a few minutes of your time; some interesting images show up on the scanner! Like Goofy -
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Buzz Lightyear -
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Aladdin's lamp -
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and of course Mickey -
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and his Sorcerer's hat -
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Vickie, Donna and I topped off the evening at Jellyrolls and sang along to some terrific piano rock tunes.
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Jellyrolls is one great place to end a day of fun in Orlando!

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July 2, 2011

Disney California Adventure - New Ariel Attraction Hidden Mickeys

The new attraction at Disney California Adventure Paradise Pier, "The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure," immerses the guest in the Little Mermaid story and offers a few Hidden Mickeys and some other character images along the way. For example, Ariel is underfoot in the tile work along the entrance walkway to the attraction. (Thanks to Laura Wright).
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Look up for a classic three-circle Hidden Mickey repeated in the upper decorative scroll work along the outside entrance queue. (Thanks to Juan M. Martinez III, Cindy McKeown, Evelyn Vides, Robert Powers, and Michael Buell).

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At the lower left corner of the huge loading dock mural, above the green tile, three small circular impressions in a large rock form a classic Mickey. (Thanks to Michael Early, Michael Shearin, and Orlando Attractions Magazine).

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The ride vehicle takes you past scenes and characters from the Little Mermaid story, including Ariel and Eric
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and King Triton
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This new attraction at Disney California Adventure is fun for the entire family. Ariel's story unfolds in visual graphics and 3-D characters and colorful scenes, accompanied by much of the timeless musical score from the Disney movie. The attraction itself reminds me of popular Disney Fantasyland dark rides such as "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" at Walt Disney World and "Alice in Wonderland" at Disneyland.

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June 17, 2011

WDW with College Friends

Judy planned a college reunion for our small group of friends, University of Houston graduates.

They wanted to converge in Orlando (lucky for me!) so that I could show them around Disney World. John and family are from Virginia, Judy and her clan are from Louisiana, Rhona's group is from Texas and Paula is from Arizona. Taken in the Grand Floridian Resort lobby, the top photo shows (from the left) me, Rhona, John, Paula and Judy. The second photo includes their families.

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John's son Zhenya (born in Russia) enjoys wakeboarding behind one of Sammy Duvall's Watersports power boats at the Contemporary Resort. Zhenya will join the Marines this October.

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In front of the Contemporary Resort, I was able to snap a photo of the "Hidden Pluto" on the front of a Disney Cruise Line bus.

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One afternoon, we enjoyed entertainment along the BoardWalk, like this really good juggler.

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One evening from a boat in Bay Lake, we spotted the "bear's face" in the lights on the back of the Wilderness Lodge

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and watched the Electrical Water Pageant

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Everyone had a blast! They're already planning their return visits!

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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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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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April 17, 2011

Searching Disneyland for Hidden Mickeys

My wife Vickie and I visited Disneyland, California recently to look for Mickey - Hidden Mickeys, that is. We stayed at Disneyland Hotel and found several Mickey images in our room. This classic Mickey is on the shower/bath faucet handle.
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As in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Peter Pan's Flight at Disneyland has a long wait most of the day (and in Disneyland, it's not a FASTPASS attraction), so I queued up here soon after park opening (right after I zoomed through Space Mountain and the Matterhorn). I verified that a Hidden Mickey is still in place. In a window outside Peter Pan's Flight, to the left of the entrance queue opening, classic Mickeys are on the feet of a plush bear. He's sitting at the lower right, inside a high window.

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I also checked out the evil queen image in Fantasyland. Every 20 seconds or so, the curtains inside the window above the entrance to Snow White's Scary Adventures open and the evil queen looks out over the unsuspecting Fantasyland crowd below.

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One of the real joys of Hidden Mickey hunting is discovering one that you haven't noticed before. It's often right there, close to you, but well-camouflaged. A while back, Rosemary and Neil (findingmickey.com) informed me of a classic Hidden Mickey in the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland. Hidden Mickeys in restaurants and shops can disappear over time, and I'm often unable to locate an otherwise decent image that may have vanished. I hadn't spotted the Rancho Hidden Mickey, until now! It's an impression in wood on a pole near a side exit from the restaurant. Now that's a cool image!

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On this trip, I took over 650 photos of potential Hidden Mickey images, and I'm not done yet! Disneyland has many unique and compelling Hidden Mickeys; just ask the Cast Members!

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March 7, 2011

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival - 2011

Every year, I look forward to checking out the Epcot Spring and Fall Festivals. Disney works to add new experiences for us and enhance the ones we know and love. For example, the butterfly-net area in Future World is larger and more intricate this year. As I wandered past Innoventions Plaza in Future World, I soon encountered topiaries of Winnie the Pooh and friends, a teaser for the new Disney animated movie due in theaters this summer.
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I searched Future World for Mickey images and was happy to see colorful classic Mickeys in the landscaping to the right of the bridge to World Showcase.
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As I walked left toward the Mexico Pavilion from the central bridge to World Showcase, I passed by the Duffy the Disney Bear gazebo and then spotted Mickey holding Duffy outside the Disney Traders store. All Duffy Bears have classic Mickeys on the bottoms of their feet.
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As I approached the miniature train exhibit in the Germany pavilion, I saw several folks in front of me stop and point. At the right side of the train exhibit, a new tower rose from the ground and awed me and others around me. It was the tower from the movie "Tangled."
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For the Epcot spring festival, there's usually a sand sculpture somewhere in Future World. This year, the gorgeous sculpture is highlighting the upcoming Disneynature film: African Cats, due for release on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
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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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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 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 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!

January 28, 2011

A Couple of Hidden Mickeys at the Epcot Resorts

During the January Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I took the opportunity to explore the Epcot resorts for Hidden Mickeys.

Jay Stonefield sent me a photo of a classic (three-circle) Mickey on a plate inside Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort. The plate is perched on a small shelf on the right wall just past the check-in podium at the restaurant entrance. The classic Mickey is formed of a red circle for the "head" and two black circles for Mickey's "ears" on the inside of the blue plate. The plate is evidently rotated from time to time, as the classic Mickey is sometimes upside down. Thanks, Jay!

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A crayon design display is on a wall just inside the entrance to Cape May Cafe. In the past, a classic Hidden Mickey has been planted inside this display. Alas, this Hidden Mickey comes and goes and is not maintained as a reliable image. Note the current display in the photo below. I don't see a convincing Hidden Mickey in the crayons.

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Sara Lodgen wrote to me about Hidden Mickey images on chairs in the main lobby of the WDW Dolphin Resort. Walk to the lobby piano and observe the backs of the brown chairs near the piano. Several classic Mickeys are formed by wood circles on the chair backs. Thanks, Sara!

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My wife Vickie and I wandered over to the Magic Kingdom to meet up with some Disney friends who were running in one or more of the events of Marathon weekend. The weather was near perfect for running, much more hospitable than a year ago, when the temperature was uncomfortably COLD for running (at least, by Florida standards). We stopped to enjoy the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Kudos to all the runners! The runs are good for health and even enjoyable, as Disney provides entertainment along the trails as only Disney can do!


December 19, 2010

Christmastime at the Wilderness Lodge

My wife Vickie and I joined Marc Lorenzo and other Walt Disney World Moms Panel members at the Wilderness Lodge Resort to enjoy the Christmas decorations. Vickie found a Hidden Mickey (and Minnie) ornament on the huge Christmas tree in the main lobby.

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This small ornament is on the side of the tree that faces the registration area.

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Cast members point out three red ornament bulbs that resemble a classic (three-circle) Mickey. It's hanging on the side of the tree that faces the rear of the lobby.

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I took the opportunity to check on a few Hidden Mickeys near the Wilderness Lodge lobby. An awesome classic Mickey is still in place in the rear room of the Whispering Canyon Cafe. It's the third decorative cutout from the left corner in the lower grillwork of the fireplace. You have to bend low to see it!

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The tiny classic Mickey traced in cement hasn't been worn away in the front car entrance drive-through. It's in the black stripe nearest the center steps from the parking lot.

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Several classic Mickeys are etched in the large entrance poles supporting the roof over the car entrance area. This Mickey image is on the left after you walk up the center steps from the parking lot. It's partially covered by the upper black metal band; you can see the head and the lower part of each ear of the three-circle Mickey.

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Although seasonal Hidden Mickeys come and go, some Mickey images last a long time (thank goodness!)

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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

December 14, 2010

WDW in December with AllEars®

I was honored to enjoy WDW early this December with friends from the AllEars® Team. Along the way, I met Max, a bright young Hidden Mickey spotter, in the lobby of the Beach Club Resort. Max had been educating his parents about Hidden Mickeys, and he pointed out a few Hidden Mickeys to me on the holiday gingerbread carousel in the lobby. This one is on the floor of the carousel:

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This classic Hidden Mickey is on the side of the carousel:

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Good spotting, Max!

I was able to snap a photo of Mike Scopa and Michelle Scribner-MacLean of the AllEars® Team in front of this Beach Club lobby holiday gingerbread carousel.

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One slightly chilly morning (for Florida, anyway), a group of AllEars® fans explored the Discovery Island Trails near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom. These trails provide a close-up perspective of the awesome Tree of Life that many guests overlook. In this photo, Deb Wills points to a detailed camel's face within reach of Tree of Life admirers.

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It's great fun for me to reconnect with old friends in early December at AllEars® meets. I look forward to these events every year, and I usually take the opportunity to Christmas shop during a few open hours. In recent years, weekends at WDW in December can be crowded with "locals" (like me). So this year, I shopped on a Monday at Downtown Disney, and I was able to avoid long lines and long waits. I actually enjoyed myself, felt no stress and finished all my shopping in just 3 or so hours! I'll remember this for next year!

December 4, 2010

Winter Holidays are Here at WDW - 2010

My wife Vickie and I visited Walt Disney World a few days after Thanksgiving to check out Disney's progress with holiday decorations. We like Disney popcorn, so we bought a small box. You probably know that holiday food and drink containers often contain Hidden and Decorative Mickey images. We weren't disappointed! Some decent Hidden Mickeys are in snowflakes on this Epcot holiday popcorn box.

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A nice touch to the miniature train exhibit in Epcot's Germany Pavilion is Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer on this house.
Notice the "snowflakes" suspended around and below Santa.

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The landscapers in Germany try to maintain the Hidden Mickey bush in the train exhibit. These bush and plant Mickey images are difficult to preserve over time.

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Vickie and I stopped by several Storytellers in World Showcase. One was speaking about the spirit of Kwanzaa at the American Adventure Pavilion.

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At the France Pavilion, Pere Noel entertains with a child's (Babette's) story of Christmas.

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When I'm made aware of new Hidden Mickeys, I often wait a while to see if they persist for all of us to find. Karen Williams and her child, and Tim Devine, informed me of a Hidden Mickey inside Guest Relations near Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Mickey ears sit on a high window ledge beside the entrance. (Thanks to Tim Devine for the photo).

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Alas, a few days after Thanksgiving, I checked the area and the Mickey ears are gone! Unfortunately, some Hidden Mickeys don't last!

November 10, 2010

ABC News and Hidden Mickeys

It was my very good fortune to spend the day recently with Scott Mayerowitz from ABC News. You can imagine our mission: we were looking for Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World!

Charles from Disney accompanied Scott, Vickie (my wife) and me around WDW property. In the photo, from left to right, are Charles, Scott, myself and Vickie.

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Charles first showed us the backstage way into the Magic Kingdom one hour before the official opening time. Looking for Hidden Mickeys in an empty park is a blast! The first Hidden Mickey that I showed Scott was the tiny classic (three-circle) Mickey in the Aladdin display in an outside window of the Emporium store on Main Street, U.S.A.

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We then popped into the Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge Resorts for some of my favorite resort Hidden Mickeys. Scott marveled at the purple tile classic Mickey on the counter at the Kona Island Coffee Bar, second floor of the Polynesian.

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We next explored Epcot, with a huge lunch at Teppan Edo in Japan (thanks, Charles!) and then on to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The classic Mickey in green paint on the merchandise bureau inside the Stage 1 Company Store was hidden by a coffee mug, but it was easily brought back into the light.

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Our last stop was Disney's Animal Kingdom. On the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride, I showed Scott the flamingo island classic Mickey, located to the left of the safari vehicle in the elephant area. The landscapers try to maintain this island in the shape of Mickey's head and ears. You can just make out the Mickey shape, his head is toward the left lower part of the photo and one ear is at the right middle:

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Vickie and I had mentioned to Charles that our son Steven graduated from Auburn University. At one point, Charles disappeared for a few minutes and returned with a Disney pin which referenced Georgia and Auburn Universities, a storied rivalry:

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In this photo, Steven and I hold up the Auburn-Georgia pin:

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Check out Scott's Hidden Mickeys story, video (of me!) and photo slideshow on the ABC News website.

STORY:
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/walt-disney-world-searching-hidden-mickeys-orlando/story?id=12059924

VIDEO:
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/video/hunting-mickey-mouse-hidden-disney-world-12058371

PHOTOS:
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/slideshow/photos-walt-disney-worlds-hidden-mickeys-11988337

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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

October 25, 2010

Wilderness Lodge Hidden Mickeys with Marc and Josiah

I met up with Marc Lorenzo (a dad on the WDW Moms Panel) and his son Josiah at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. They wore great pirates' costumes!

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The Party was terrific fun, with many folks dressed in fabulous costumes. Later, Marc and I searched for Hidden Mickeys in the Wilderness Lodge Villas. (If you take a free informative tour of the Wilderness Lodge, be sure and ask your Ranger guide about the many Hidden Mickeys in the Lodge and Villas.) Marc and Josiah found a classic Mickey on the wall to the left of the front lobby elevators in the Villas, to the left as you enter the Villas. This Mickey is usually hidden by the fabric hanging on the wall; a real "hidden" Hidden Mickey!

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Marc and I located a classic Mickey in the "train" room, which is on the right side of the main lobby. It's etched in the rock at the outer left side of the fireplace, just below the wooden mantle. (Thanks to Connie Freese, and Alanna)

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We next spotted another classic Mickey in the corners of a frame around a painting hanging on the right wall in the first room to the right of the Villas lobby entrance doors.

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High along the hallways of the WL Villas are classic Mickey corner brackets. (Thanks to Deb Silhan)

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Marc and I encourage Hidden Mickey hunters to visit the Wilderness Lodge and Villas to find some compelling, well-designed Hidden Mickeys. You won't regret it!


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September 14, 2010

Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding Pavilion - Hidden Mickeys

Disney hosted an "open house" recently at the Wedding Pavilion next to the Grand Floridian Resort. Inside the Pavilion, I enjoyed a question and answer session with Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons staff. They told us some interesting stories about their Disney ceremonies. For example, imagine a wedding reception (after park hours) inside The Great Movie Ride, with appetizers, dinner and dessert set up in different scenes of the attraction (of course, Munchkinland has to be the place for dessert!)

Accompanied by (left to right in the photo) Coleen, Margeaux (in her Alice in Wonderland outfit) and my wife Vickie, I explored inside Franck's Studio, next to the Wedding Pavilion.
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The Studio was filled with wedding merchandise, and we found classic Hidden Mickeys made of jewels on many of the items, including a pillow
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a bag
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and the stem of the bouquet Margeaux is holding in the first photo
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Margeaux and Coleen spotted a repeating image of three small red flowers on the floor carpet inside the Wedding Pavilion. Are these images Hidden Mickeys? Let me know what you think!
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It's no surprise to us Disney fans, but Disney can surely create Wedding magic!

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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

September 4, 2010

A Day at Aloha Isle and Epcot

I tried out the new Via Napoli Restaurant in Epcot's Italy Pavilion with Marc Lorenzo (Walt Disney World Moms Panel) and his son Josiah. I'm on the left in the photo.

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Ryan P. Wilson had alerted me to an image on the right side of the rear wall mural inside Via Napoli. It's a wisp of cloud below the thin cloud string that connects two larger clouds. Marc and Josiah agreed that from a distance, the small cloud resembles a side profile of Mickey Mouse. Up close, I'm not so sure. What do you think?

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As for the food at Via Napoli, Marc and Josiah declared the pizza to be good. In fact, they cleaned their plates!

I dropped in on Mike Scopa's All Ears® meet at Aloha Isle in Adventureland, Magic Kingdom. In the photo from left are All Ears® team members Mike Scopa, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Mike Bachand and me.

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Later, Mike, Michelle and I stood in front of a Hidden Mickey made of plates on the wall behind us at Kouzzina Restaurant. Michelle is in front of Mickey's "head."

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That evening, I felt honored to be able to attend an IllumiNations dessert party sponsored by the WDW Moms Panel. Since the weather was suspect, we congregated inside the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion (the previous Millennium Village Building), which stands behind a gate between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions in World Showcase. From the left in the photo are Liam (Michelle's son), me, Michelle, Laura Spencer (a VIP with the WDW Moms Panel) and Mike Scopa.

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We enjoyed ice cream and other delectable desserts, then were escorted to Showcase Plaza to be wowed (as always) by a spectacular IllumiNations fireworks show. In all, a memorable day for a Disney fan like me, wouldn't you agree?

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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

August 24, 2010

WDW in August with Friends and a Disney Mom

One recent warm Florida afternoon, my wife Vickie and I headed out for Epcot's World Showcase to savor dinner at one of our favorite Disney restaurants, Teppan Edo. With us was Jim, a friend and neighbor and fellow Disney fan. (Jim and I have enjoyed a number of special Disney days together.) Who could join us for the fun but Tim Foster! Tim is on the left and Jim is on the right in the photo.


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I confirmed that a nearby tiny Hidden Mickey was still in place in the Morocco pavilion. It's in a doorway on the left side of the wall mural in the Character Greeting room at the rear of the pavilion.


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After dinner, I met up with a Disney Mom, Beth, and her family in France. We strolled around nearby World Showcase looking for Hidden Mickeys. Her daughters, Nicole and Jessica, found two new Mickey images! In the photo, Beth, Jessica, Nicole and Jim (their dad) are pointing to a Hidden Mickey (spotted by Jessica and Beth) stuck on the wood of a merchandise cabinet just inside the entrance door of The Crown & Crest store in the United Kingdom pavilion. The cabinet is on the right as you enter the store from the outside.


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A black classic Mickey is taped to the back of the upper middle wood projection in the photo. You have to put your head inside the cabinet and look up and back to find Mickey. Thanks Jessica and Beth!


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Nicole found another Hidden Mickey (a full-body Mickey sticker) in the cabinet at the other side of the entrance door to The Crown & Crest, on the left as you enter the store. Again, you must put your head inside the cabinet and look up and back.


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We shook hands with Beth and family and said goodbye, but I'm sure we'll meet again! Vickie, Jim and I wandered over to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Sharon Dale had informed me of a side profile Mickey on a huge display popcorn box near Toy Story Midway Mania. It's still there, and it's a great Hidden image! Look behind the "Hey Howdy Hey!" sign, across from the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction.


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Near the popcorn box, we met a friendly Cast Member and talked at length about Hidden Mickeys. It's clear to me that many, if not most, Cast Members enjoy the Hidden Mickey game and, along with me, appreciate these magical images that the Disney Imagineers and artists conjure up for us to find.

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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

August 3, 2010

Pixie Hollow Magic Kingdom Hidden Mickeys

I checked out a few Hidden Mickey sightings at Pixie Hollow inside the Toontown Hall of Fame Tent, Mickey's Toontown Fair.

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A feeling of nostalgia was part of my motivation for returning to Pixie Hollow, since this colorful area may disappear with the ambitious Fantasyland renovation, although I hope some of these Hidden Mickeys are preserved and relocated, or at least replicated elsewhere.

The first one is encountered near the bottom of the left wall mural inside the first doorway of the long entrance queue, toward the far end of the wall and just before you meet the Disney fairies. A black three-circle (classic) Mickey is on the side of an orange ladybug, who's sitting on a horizontal leaf above a white flower. (Thanks to Dr. E. Kye Layton, and Makenzie).

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A friendly Cast Member pointed out to me a black classic Mickey marking at the bottom of a blade of grass along the right wall mural, just as you enter the Fairies room.

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On the first winter wall mural to your right is a subtle classic Mickey in white at about eye level, in the snow covering on a tree. (Thanks to Sharon Dale).

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Another great classic Mickey image is in the middle of the room on the top of a coin, which is the seventh coin down from the top of a stack of large coins. (Thanks to Lydia and Michael Cross).

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The wait to meet the Disney Fairies is worth it; these images are fine examples of artistic Hidden Mickeys!

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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

July 19, 2010

D Street Hidden Mickeys

As you probably know, new venues at any Disney property will likely harbor new Hidden Mickeys. The D Street store at WDW Downtown Disney West Side is no exception. I stopped inside to speak with Cast Members about Hidden Characters in their store, and they were most accommodating.

One classic (three-circle) Mickey image that is large but still overlooked by most folks is the one formed by exposed bricks on the wall behind the main counter across from the store entrance. (Thanks to Max Weitkamp and Jamie Hindes)

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Another classic Mickey is made of black smudges on the back of a display box near the front entrance of the store. (Thanks to Jamie Hindes)

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Various Mickey images float as clouds above you on the ceiling just inside the store entrance. (Thanks to Jamie Hindes)

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One Cast Member pointed out a Hidden Pluto made of exposed bricks on the right front wall of the store.

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Look up at the troll-like face watching you from near the ceiling, then walk across in front of him. An optical illusion allows his eyes to follow you; a strange effect indeed!

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I'm continually amazed at the unique images of Mickey and other Disney characters created by Disney Imagineers and artists. Maybe someday we can recognize and reward in some way the artists who create these imaginative Hidden Images!

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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

July 9, 2010

Magic Kingdom Resort Hidden Mickeys

I visited the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts one afternoon to look for Hidden Mickeys. Disney characters hide in the marble floor around the Grand Floridian lobby. (Baseer Muqri informed me that Mickey and Minnie are also in the marble floor at the entrance to 1900 Park Fare restaurant). Here's Mickey near the lobby entrance doors.

Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

Tinker Bell is near the left-side lobby elevators.

Grand Floridian Hidden Tinker bell

Several folks (Brianna and Stephen Millevoi, Herb Miller, and Holly Bowling) alerted me to this Hidden Mickey image at the top of both elevator towers at the sides of Bay Lake Tower. Ceiling lights hang from the Mickey-shaped metal plates. You can spot the images at night:

Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey

In daylight, the image may be obscured, but you can take the elevator to floor 16 to find it on the ceiling.

Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey

Fellow AllEars® team member Erin Blackwell spotted these Mickey shapes on small grill work covers high on the walls along the bridge walkway that connects Bay Lake Tower to the main Contemporary Resort.

Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey

My wife Vickie and I had a refreshing dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe; we walked up to the check-in podium (no reservations) at about 5:30 p.m. and were seated without delay. Vickie approved of the French onion soup, and I savored a well-prepared salmon dish.

We then rode the monorail to the Magic Kingdom to marvel again at Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade. The Mickey images in the parade are on the first few floats and are generally more decorative than hidden.

Here's Goofy in the train that pulls the float with the parade sign.

Main Street Electric Parade

Here's the float with the name of the parade.

Main Street Electric Parade

We experienced the Summer Nightastic Fireworks Show from the hub area in front of Cinderella Castle, and the perimeter fireworks later in the show literally surrounded us! The guests near us applauded throughout the show. Disney knows fireworks!

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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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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 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:

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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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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

May 17, 2010

More from Tokyo Disney Resort

My wife Vickie and I were lucky to spend a recent week at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Jack Spence of allears.net fame helped prepare us for our stay; he's visited this resort a number of times.

The two theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, are kept clean and well-maintained. Tokyo DisneySea is a unique park, unlike any theme park anywhere, with lands such as "Mysterious Island" and "Arabian Coast." Tokyo Disneyland is similar to Disneyland, California and Florida's Magic Kingdom, but there are some obvious differences. For example, Main Street here is called "World Bazaar," which is larger with more shops and restaurants than the Main Streets in American parks. Furthermore, World Bazaar is completely covered to protect guests from the rain!

As I entered World Bazaar, I was greeted with a familiar image: Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse sitting on a bench!

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Pooh's Hunny Hunt ride in Fantasyland is different from other similar dark ride attractions: each vehicle takes a unique "trackless" route through the various rooms and scenes. A master computer uses a local positioning system to guide your "honey pot" vehicle, and each trip through the attraction is unique. Very cool experience! I saw an imaginative classic Hidden Mickey made of roses along the right side of the exit walk from the ride.

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The Tower of Terror attraction in the American Waterfront section of Tokyo DisneySea has a different theme (since the Japanese evidently don't know The Twilight Zone theme very well): Harrison Hightower III was a wealthy explorer and collector. He brought back a strange, evil statue named Shiriki Utundu, recovered on an expedition to a remote region of Africa. As Mr. Hightower was taking his statue to the hotel's penthouse apartment, the elevator inexplicably came crashing down to the ground! The statue was the only thing found in the elevator; Mr. Hightower mysteriously disappeared without a trace. A Cast Member showed me a Hidden Mickey on a wall outside the exit from the Tower of Terror.

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Another friendly Cast Member pointed out possibly the smallest Hidden Mickey at Tokyo Disney Resort. On a wall near the DisneySea Electric Railway station in the Port Discovery section is an "Aquatopia" poster with a tiny classic Mickey atop a water spout.

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One of my many pleasant discoveries here was the plethora of food and snack opportunities throughout the Tokyo parks. For example, the Japanese love popcorn, but not always plain popcorn. Their popcorn is flavored, like strawberry and curry popcorn and many other interesting flavors. You'll encounter a popcorn wagon every time you turn a corner it seems!

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I was elated to discover that the Japanese enjoy Disney as much as I do. I hope to return someday to this magical place on the other side of our earth. However, the jet lag on the return to Florida is painful and not soon forgotten!

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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

May 2, 2010

A Trip to Tokyo Disney Resort

It was the longest plane flight I'd ever experienced: 14 hours in the air from Newark, NJ to Tokyo, Japan (specifically, the New Tokyo Narita International Airport east of Tokyo). As Tokyo Disney Resort is located between Narita Airport and Tokyo, Vickie and I boarded a convenient bus that transported us straight to our destination. One of our first impressions of Japan was that the buses were right on schedule, and they didn't stick around long at their stops!

We were lucky to meet Jeff and Melissa before boarding the bus; they're with the Air Force stationed at Okinawa and answered many of my questions about Japan. Such as: is there really no tipping in Japan? Answer: Correct, the Japanese accept no tips; they feel they're well paid for rendering service and accept no extra money. We tested this practice later and it's true! Our servers and hotel staff actually refused our tips! (One exception: the taxi drivers did take our tips, but they seemed genuinely surprised that we offered!)

I was at Tokyo Disney to find and verify Hidden Mickeys. One of my first visions was of the magnificent domed ceiling over the lobby of the Hotel MiraCosta. Seven of the eight murals in the dome have subtle Hidden Mickeys. Here's one:

Tokyo Disney Resort

The next morning, when I was served my cappuccino, I knew I'd feel right at home at Tokyo Disney!

Tokyo Disney Resort

Later the first morning, we met up with Disney friends Masayo, Mamoru, and Nozomi and her 10 month old daughter. In the photo from left to right are Masayo, me and Mamoru in Fantasyland, Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Vickie and I were lucky that Masayo and Mamoru could join us for the first two days of our park visits. Masayo was incredibly helpful as a translator for our Hidden Mickeys research. She taught me how to say "Hidden Mickey" ("Kakure Mickey") for my last three days there, so I could continue to interact with the Cast Members, although many of them understood the term "Hidden Mickey" well enough! I found many amazing Hidden Mickeys at Tokyo Disney, like this side profile Mickey on the snake along the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland, Tokyo Disneyland:

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney was a wonderful experience for Vickie and me, and I have more to report later. The Japanese really enjoy the Disney parks and the Disney characters. I'm told the parks here are crowded almost every day of the year. Two more impressions of Japan: it's clean! The Japanese seem compulsive about keeping their surroundings presentable. Also, when you press the "doors close" button on the elevators (at least in our hotel), they really close, and right away!

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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

April 25, 2010

Meeting a Disney Mom

I had the pleasure of meeting a Disney Mom, Andi, and most of her family at The Mara eatery, Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum of vacation advisors made up of moms (and dads) who answer questions and offer advice to families who are planning a trip to Disney World.

I've met a few of these folks, and they're a remarkable and intelligent lot, and of course, quite knowledgeable about Disney World. Andi was no exception! Her children are Caroline (12), William (9), and Harrison (6). (I didn't get to meet Zach (15) or her husband Scott). Lucky for me, Andi and her family enjoy hunting for Hidden Mickeys!

Andi provided all the photos in this report.

We looked for Hidden Mickeys around the Animal Kingdom Lodge. In this photo, we're standing by a classic Mickey cut into the rock wall behind the swimming pool's water slide.

Disney Mom Andi and family with Steve


In the next photo, Harrison points to a classic Mickey made of stones on the rear of the short wall behind The Mara seating area.

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I pointed out a classic Mickey inside the main lobby, near the bottom of the second chandelier on the right (as you face in from the front entrance). The Hidden Mickey is near the bottom of one of the shields on the chandelier.


Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickey

Later, Andi explored The Boneyard at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park with another Disney Mom, Dannee. With their arms, Dannee and Andi frame a classic Mickey on the right side of the children's dig area. In a small display, a fan and two hard hats form the Hidden Mickey.

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It was a pleasure for me to meet Andi and her family. Disney has hit another home run with the Disney Moms Panel!

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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

March 28, 2010

A Disney Wedding

On the first day of spring, my wife Vickie and I were honored to be invited to a wedding at Disney World. We arrived at the Wedding Pavilion near the Grand Floridian Resort before 5 p.m. At one point before the ceremony, some of the guests stood and looked left through the windows of the pavilion and spotted the Cinderella Carriage approaching! You can see Cinderella Castle through the rear window of the pavilion.

View of Cinderella Castle via Grand Floridian Wedding Chapel

After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom were spirited away in the Cinderella Carriage.

Cinderella Carriage

Mickey Mouse came to the wedding reception, too! He danced and posed for photos with the celebrants. In this photo, Susie the bride smiles with her mother Rita, Mickey, and her sister Sheri.

Mickey and Friends

I checked out the classic Hidden Mickey inside the rear of the Wedding Pavilion, on the grate or vent (actually, it's repeated on three grates) near the ceiling. It's still there!

Hidden Mickey Wedding Pavilion

My friends and neighbors look for Hidden Mickeys, too! Several folks (Marc, Bob and Rita, Cheryl, Richard, and Jim) spotted a classic Mickey on the right rear hip of the horse at the right front of the Cinderella Carriage horse train.

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Now that's a cool Hidden Mickey!

March 15, 2010

At Epcot with Neighbors

My wife Vickie and ! enjoyed lunch at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop before meeting up with some friends at Epcot. I took a photo of the classic Mickey holes in the hamburger press. The Cast Member cooks are happy to show it off!

Beaches and Cream Hidden Mickey

We rendezvoused with Bill and Debbie in the France Pavilion. It was one of the first warm sunny days in Florida in weeks! (Floridians usually don't suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but the 2009-10 winter has really confused some Florida residents and "snowbirds"). On this day, we were smiling! I took this photo of Debbie and Bill inside the Stave Church in the Norway Pavilion. It was Debbie's birthday!

Bill and Debbie

We checked out the Enoteca Castello Wine Shop in the Italy Pavilion. For several years, Mickey has been hiding at the left front of the wine counter. The images present when I updated the Hidden Mickeys book were classic Mickey holes in the woodwork. These holes were gone, but Bill spotted a newer classic Mickey in the refurbished woodwork. Thanks, Italy!

Italy Hidden Mickey

We completed our afternoon at World Showcase with a visit to the Impressions de France movie. I always enjoy this journey through France, accompanied by relaxing classical French music.

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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

February 22, 2010

February Afternoon in Epcot

I met up with Valerie, Hailey and Alex in the seating area behind the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion. Valerie is a very active Disney fan blogger, and her son and daughter like Disney, too! Hailey interviewed me about Hidden Mickeys for a school project. In the photo from the left is Valerie, me, Hailey and Alex.

Valerie, Steve, Hailey and Alex

Epcot had a good-sized crowd on this cool day in mid-February.

Spaceship 'Earth

My son and I are pictured in etchings on a stone block in front of Spaceship Earth. The photo was taken back when I still had hair!

Steve and Stephen Leave a Legacy


In the Project Tomorrow interactive area at the exit of Spaceship Earth, two sets of classic Mickey bubbles float by on the overhead blue screens. (Thanks to Tim Rachuba, rjf1423, and Frank Tonra, Jr.)

Project Tomorrow Hidden Mickey

I took the opportunity to check out a Hidden Mickey in the United Kingdom Pavilion. I'm worried this image may disappear some day, but it's been in place now for several years. On the right side of the inner street, a small Hidden Mickey is in the Crown & Crest Shoppe, inside a left rear cabinet post. You have to put your head inside the cabinet and look left to see it. A similar image behind the cash register nearby is not reliably present. (Thanks to Donna McMurrey).

United Kingdom Hidden Mickey

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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

February 11, 2010

Marketplace and Innoventions Fun

I met a wonderful family at Fulton's Crab House for lunch. Tammie, Kennedy and Tony visited Disney World from Kentucky. Tammie is a newspaper freelance writer. Kennedy joined us for lunch just after a Disney tennis lesson. From left to right in the photo are Tony, Tammie (standing) and Kennedy.
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The food at Fulton's was delicious. After a leisurely lunch, we strolled around Downtown Disney Marketplace looking for Hidden Mickeys. We all agreed that this image in a net just inside the entrance to Cap'n Jack's Restaurant is a decent classic Mickey. (Thanks to Lindsey Naizer, Ashley Rae Fisher, and Jack Koss for alerting me about this image.)
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I checked out some more images at "Where's the Fire?" in Epcot's Innoventions. Goofy is on an upside-down magazine draped over a lamp in the Kids' Bedroom.
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A classic Mickey bookend is also visible on the desk in the Kids' Bedroom. (Thanks to the Bodmann Family for this sighting.)
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I'm searching for a decent photo of the Mickey image on the computer monitor screen in the home office room inside "Where's the Fire?" Anybody have one? It's hard to capture!

February 3, 2010

Searching for Mickey at the Studios

My wife Vickie and I visited Disney's Hollywood Studios one rainy afternoon to check out new and old Hidden Mickeys. The wait was short at The Great Movie Ride, so we stepped up to the queue. I like to say hello to Minnie before the ride starts! Her shadow is to the left of the vehicles on the loading dock mural.

Great Movie Ride Queue


From a window in Gangster Alley, Mickey is still watching over us guests, although most folks don't know he's there!

Gangster Alley at Great Movie Ride


Vickie and I waved goodbye to Dorothy and her friends.

Great Movie Ride Wizard of Oz


At the Writer's Stop, Vickie and I met some Hidden Mickey fans from Oklahoma! They were having a great week at WDW. Even though the recent Florida weather has been cool and drizzly, it's still more comfortable here than in many other parts of the country. In the photo from the left are Mikki, Chris, Sara and me. The smiles are genuine; we were enjoying ourselves!

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I have a question for any New York residents. Do the letters "W" and "D" in the photo below have any Disney-related significance? This sign is along the Streets of America.

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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

January 18, 2010

Cool days at WDW

Florida has experienced a few cool (cold for Floridians) days recently. I do keep a few jackets in my closet, but I wear them so seldom I sometimes forget that cool weather does visit central Florida once in a while!

I was in Disney's Animal Kingdom on a cool day. I usually try to spot the Giant Anteater, and indeed, he (or she) was motoring around so much I couldn't quite capture a still photo.
Giant Anteater

Two great Hidden Mickeys are still present on Discovery Island, one on a turtle in Pizzafari Restaurant:
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And another on a honeycomb in the Island Mercantile shop.

Island Mercantile

I drove over to Disney's Hollywood Studios to have dinner with friends at the 50's Prime Time Restaurant. Sparky, a streetmosphere actor, usually has a dark classic Mickey on his chin. He didn't disappoint this day!

50's Prime Time

I said goodbye to the Studios with Mike, Michelle and Liam. Even though they're a bit out of focus, they're actually good-looking folks!

Mike, Michelle and Liam

At least, we in Florida know that cool weather here is temporary!

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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

January 3, 2010

Christmas at MK with friends

This 2009 Holiday season, I spent time with friends and family in the Magic Kingdom. In this photo are (from left to right) Jeff, Donna, Regina and 7-year old Katie, who is wearing her "1st Visit" button. These Texans love visiting Disney World!

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

We watched the afternoon "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade" from near City Hall.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

The tall Christmas tree in Town Square is behind Mickey and Minnie's float in this photo.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

You can often spot Mickey images on the bridle gear on the Magic Kingdom horses.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey's image multiplies during holiday and festival seasons, such as this huge classic Mickey on the side of the Contemporary Resort. I snapped this photo from the monorail station inside the resort.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

Katie told me she had a wonderful time at WDW. She has a mission planned for her next visit: she'll help save the world as a secret agent in the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure!

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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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Steve maintains a Catalog of Hidden Mickeys on the Hidden Mickeys Guide.

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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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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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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

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November 14, 2009

Hidden Mickeys Outside the WDW Parks

I met up with Shontell Crawford and Eric Hollister (of DVC by Resale) to check out some Hidden Mickeys outside the parks. We congregated first at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Shontell and Eric

A friendly Cast Member, Alyssa, showed us a classic Mickey at Gasparilla Grill & Games that I didn't know about. Braces beneath the shelves at the checkout counters are shaped as Mickey!

Hidden Mickey at Gasparilla Grill & Games

We stopped by Saratoga Springs Resort, which has some amazing Hidden Mickeys. The classic Mickey rose in the winner's blanket on the horse and jockey statue is one of my favorites.

Saratoga Springs

Shontell and Eric stand in front of classic Mickeys on a jockey's jacket in the hallway to the Turf Club.

Hidden Mickey Jockey Jacket


At Downtown Disney Marketplace, Eric wanted to confirm that Goofy's shadow is still hiding in Goofy's Candy Co. Store. Take a look; he's still there!

Goofy's Candy Co. Store

Meeting up with Shontell and Eric for some Hidden Mickey hunting was great fun for me. It's nice to share the passion!


Related Links:

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Shontell's Restaurants, Recess, and Relaxation blog

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November 10, 2009

Epcot 2009 Food & Wine Festival Visit

I visited Epcot on a day near the end of the Food & Wine Festival. As I walked to Epcot, I spotted the Breathless II out for a cruise.

Breathless

It was the weekend, so World Showcase was crowded with local Florida visitors. I checked out many of the added Festival kiosks that showcased regional food and drink.

Rio Food Booth

I visited Innoventions with some friends. At "Where's the Fire?" I took a photo of a partial classic Mickey, which is at the lower left of several of the wall graphics.

Where's the Fire Mickey

A new attraction inside Innoventions, "Sum of All Thrills," is a helter-skelter simulator experience programmed in advance by the rider.

Sum of All Thrills

I like to check out old favorite Hidden Mickeys, to make sure they're still visible. The tiny blue classic Mickey on the large globe in the Yacht Club lobby is intact, waiting for you to marvel at it.

Yacht Club Hidden Mickey

A comfortable autumn day is a perfect time to visit Walt Disney World!

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October 12, 2009

Autumn Hidden Mickeys Tour

I joined up with some great folks for a Hidden Mickeys tour in the Magic Kingdom. They bid on the tour this summer at Lou Mongello's auction for the Dream Team Project (at Fred Block's MagicMeets). The Mulfingers brought along a few fellow Hidden Mickey hunters, and we met up near Goofy's statue in Town Square. The group included Yvonne Mulfinger and Brian Mulfinger, along with friends Toni, Jack, Dale and Jeff. The photo shows Yvonne, Brian and me (in the center).

Yvonne Mulfinger and Brian Mulfinger with Steve

We started with Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland and worked our way through all the lands of the Magic Kingdom, checking out Hidden Mickeys along the journey.

Two great hidden images outside of the Haunted Mansion are still visible, if you know where to look! Mr. Toad stands smiling on a tombstone at the rear left of the pet cemetery. (Chris Macri took the behind the scenes tour at the Magic Kingdom. He was showed the epitaph on Mr. Toad's tombstone. It reads: "Here lies Toad, it's sad but true. He wasn't as marketable as Winnie the Pooh.")
Mr. Toad

Just past the pet cemetery, a tiny red classic Mickey is painted on the tip of a finger on Mme. Leota's shopping stand. It's faded a bit over the years, but you can still spot it.
Mickey and Madam Leota

We noted signs of autumn at the Magic Kingdom, such as Mickey pumpkins:
Mickey Pumpkins

We had FASTPASSES for the Jungle Cruise, so we made that our last attraction of the tour. I had a great time with the Mulfingers and their friends. The Magic Kingdom was simply spectacular that day!

I spotted a classic Mickey rope at the Magic Kingdom loading dock for the ferry. It was next to a large post on one side as I walked onto the boat. This image is not reliably present, so I was lucky to find it.

Hidden Mickey Ferry Loading Dock


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Steve maintains a Catalog of Hidden Mickeys on the Hidden Mickeys Guide.

The NEW 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 NEW 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

September 19, 2009

D23 Expo

I attended the September D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center, along with a few thousand other Disney nuts! I shared some of the fun with Deb Wills and Deb Koma in the middle of the Disney magic.

D23 Expo Program

I rented a booth to highlight my Hidden Mickeys website. Each day, I displayed different photos of compelling Hidden Mickeys and challenged novice and pro Hidden Mickey hunters to describe the locations of the little gems. (A few folks scored 100!) The Expo was a wonderful experience for me; I met many new people interested in Hidden Mickeys.


Hidden Mickey Booth at D23 Expo

I managed a quick trip over to Disneyland (about a 25-minute walk from the Convention Center).

Disneyland Main Street

I checked out some Hidden Mickeys in Innoventions in Tomorrowland. Tom Morrow still has a Mickey-shaped pen in his pocket. (Thanks to Brian Bergstrom.)

Tom Morrow Hidden Mickey

Unfortunately, Tom's shoelaces have been replaced and are no longer covered with classic Mickeys. I hope his Hidden Mickey shoelaces will return some day.

Inside Big Thunder Ranch at the exit, a classic Mickey hole is in the wood under the soap dispenser to the left of the hand washing basin. It appears that the "head" of Mickey was chiseled and enlarged to make the image more proportional. (Thanks to Reyna Gonzalez, Diana Poncini, and Laura.)

Big Thunder Mountain Ranch Hidden Mickey


I hear that the D23 Expo will return annually to Anaheim for the next few years. I encourage you to attend if you can; it's a blast!


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The NEW 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 NEW 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

September 3, 2009

A Hidden Mickeys Tour

Just after noon, I met up with Bret and his family outside 50's Prime Time Cafe. Bret is a member of the Disney Moms Panel, and we'd recorded a Hidden Mickeys video segment for the Panel last September. In the photo, Bret and his children, Allie and Peter, are in front of The Great Movie Ride.

Bret and Family

Later, I caught up with Marc Lorenzo and relatives at Epcot's Camera Center near Spaceship Earth. At an auction for Lou Mongello's Dream Team Project during Fred Block's MagicMeets this summer, Marc bid on a Hidden Mickeys Tour with me, and he won!

We wandered around Epcot this sunny afternoon, checking on Mickey. In the photo, Marc and Josiah (his son) are standing with me in front of the Mexico pavilion. (I'm the one in the hat).
Marc Lorenzo, Josiah and Steve


Marc's sister Melissa and her daughter Carolyn were also with us. We enjoyed a few great Hidden Mickeys on Spaceship Earth and Journey into Imagination with Figment. I like to show folks a classic Mickey on the cement path at the rear of Mouse Gear shop. This image was discovered several years ago by a child, and it will probably stick around a while!

Cement Hidden Mickey

The classic Mickey made of rocks at the bottom of the aquarium in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion is moved around from time to time. We found it through a window at the end of the circular observation area on the second level.

Hidden Mickey in The Seas with Nemo and Friends

We meandered around World Showcase, spotting Hidden Mickeys along the way and taking in the Gran Fiesta ride several times. Marc and Melissa tasted chocolate eclairs at Boulangerie Patisserie in France. I think the tour was a success; at least I had a great time!


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August 24, 2009

Kouzzina and Grand Floridian Hidden Mickeys

My wife Vickie and I recently checked out the new Kouzzina restaurant for Hidden Mickeys.
Kouzzina

All of the previous HM's at Spoodles have been removed, except one! A smiling Mickey still peeks out from an upper recessed light in the waiting area.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

Vickie and I found a classic Mickey made of plates in the waiting area, on the wall to the right of the door to the seating area.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

Our server showed me another smiling Mickey on a side wall of the lower shelves with bowls to the right of the kitchen.

Kouzzina Hidden Mickey

The menu is Greek-inspired, with a large olive influence and even including Greek red and white wine. I had the grape leaf with goat cheese appetizer, and Vickie sampled a chicken and rice soup (which she said was bland). The customers seemed to be enjoying the Greek entrees, one of which is a lamb burger and another is cinnamon stewed chicken.

We met friends at the Grand Floridian Resort. Jessica and Jessica (roommates in college), Jim, Jake and Ginny are posing inside the antique vehicle in front of the hotel entrance.

Antique Car at Grand Floridian

Two friendly Cast Members showed me a new Hidden Mickey in the corners of the marble tile floor, which was recently installed on the second level.

Marble Floor in Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

Marble Floor in Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

New and lost Hidden Mickeys; Disney keeps us on our toes!


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August 13, 2009

Dinner at Boma

My sister Donna visited WDW recently. We first took in the sights and sounds of the BoardWalk area in late afternoon. The Florida heat had diminished only slightly, so we walked leisurely. Folks were pedaling surrey bikes around Crescent Lake, a real workout on a hot day, to be sure!

Donna rested for a few minutes on an antique car near the Yacht Club.
Outside the Yacht Club

I wanted to confirm one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys was still present, on the globe in the Yacht Club lobby. It was there, undisturbed.

Yacht Club Hidden Mickey

Donna and I enjoyed dinner at Boma. I always taste the various soups.
Boma Buffet Mulligatawny soup

I hadn't tried the Mulligatawny soup before, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I finished off two servings of this slightly sweet chicken and vegetable soup.

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

I asked our server about the soup's ingredients, and she brought me the recipe! Very cool!
Mulligatawny soup Recipe

Donna and I sampled many of the fish, vegetable and other offerings, including a mandatory zebra dome dessert to wind up the feast. Another satisfying Boma meal!


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August 6, 2009

A Sunday at the Magic Kingdom

I had the privilege of meeting up with Lou Mongello one recent weekend. As you know, Lou is the favorite Disney trivia guy for many Disney fans, including me!

Late one morning, we had coffee (I had cappuccino) at the Kona Island Coffee Bar in the Polynesian Resort. Lou recently redesigned his website and is working hard on his Audio Guides and his many other projects. (I know he doesn't sleep much!) As per the last two years, I'm auctioning myself (a Hidden Mickeys tour with me at WDW, that is) at Fred Block's 2009 MagicMeets for Lou's Dream Team Project, which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We rode the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. In Town Square, I took a pic of Lou and Goofy:
Lou and Goofy

I checked out a few Hidden Mickeys, although I don't think these images will be going anywhere soon. At least, the great classic Mickey in the Aladdin window display outside the Emporium Store is still there!

Emporium Hidden Mickey

I spotted the horseshoe Hidden Mickey in Liberty Square, near the Yankee Trader Shop. I like to stand there a while and watch as most folks just walk right by it or over it, not appreciating this unique image.

Horse Shoe Hidden Mickey

I stopped to admire the chimney stone Mickey in the mural along the queue for Snow White's Scary Adventures. It's the image on the lower chimney, under the flowers and near Snow White's head. This was one of the first Hidden Mickeys that I ever spotted. I wrote about it "long ago" in 2002, in the first edition (2003) of the WDW Hidden Mickeys book. As you can understand, it's a sentimental favorite of mine!

Snow White Hidden Mickey

Lou and I said our goodbyes, but rest assured that we'll meet up again soon at our favorite place on earth!


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July 30, 2009

Musical Afternoon at Epcot

As I'm sure you'll agree, one of the great pleasures in life is meeting up with friends and family at Walt Disney World. Recently, I joined my wife Vickie, my sister Donna and our friend Amy in World Showcase at Epcot. The crowds at Disney World this summer have been erratic. Some days see the usual large numbers of visitors for this time of year, but other days are less crowded. This day at Epcot was not that crowded.

We studied the Times Guide and planned our afternoon. At the United Kingdom pavilion, the musicians in The British Invasion band were decked out in their Beatles Sgt. Pepper's colorful outfits. Nearby in Canada, the Off Kilter guys in their kilts were especially energetic and humorous. I usually try to catch a performance by the Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure.

Voices of Liberty

In the next photo, Donna is standing at the podium at the right rear of the rotunda on the first floor inside the American Adventure pavilion. She's in front of the painting which has a classic Mickey made of holes at the top of a vertical beam behind the workers.

Hidden Mickey American Adventure

We enjoyed a terrific performance from one of the Summer Concert bands at the America Gardens Theatre. On the stage today, "52nd Street" pounded out the music of Billy Joel. They are outstanding musicians! We topped off the evening at Jellyrolls, and our son Steven joined us. Scott, one of the best piano entertainers you'll ever hear, played a favorite request of ours: Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. Awesome! The photo below, from left to right, shows me, Amy, Vickie, Donna and Steven at the BoardWalk Resort.

Group Photo

Later, I spotted Mike Scopa at the Flying Fish Cafe. Happy Birthday, Mike!
Mike Scope


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June 30, 2009

Hello from Disneyland II

I just finished updating the Disneyland Hidden Mickeys book, so now we're involved with proofing and readying the book for the printer. I want to mention several more compelling Hidden Mickey images at Disneyland.

This classic Mickey image in the cement may be relatively new. In California Adventure's Sunshine Plaza, face away from the Sun Fountain and locate to your right a cement bench that surrounds a planted area. A small classic Mickey is etched in the ground under the right side of the round lip of the bench that juts out. Cast Members and Security Guards nearby may know about this Hidden Mickey, so ask if you need help! (Thanks to Kristi B., Annie Lin, and Phillip Lemon).

Hidden Mickey Disney's California Adventure

The second Hidden Mickey may have been recently placed as well. After the ballroom scene on the Haunted Mansion ride, as soon as you enter the attic, look to the right for a clock on a bureau. It's to the right of the round portrait of a bride and groom and just to the right of a bright orange and blue lamp. A brown classic Mickey is behind the pendulum of the clock. Remember, look for this gem as soon as you enter the attic. (Thanks to Sarah, Alex Goslar, Brad Steinbrenner, Sylvia McNeil and Matt Dickerson, Tamera, and Jennifer Peterson).


You know how excited you feel when you spot a Hidden Mickey that's hard to find? (At least, that's how I feel!)

Well, I finally found this reference to Mickey in Indiana Jones Adventure. Across from the first drinking fountains in the inside Standby queue, Mickey's initials "M M" in Mara script are on the left wall, just above a horizontal crack in the wall. "M M" is on the far left of the photo below. (Thanks to Luis Valdez).

Indiana Jones Adventure

Indiana Jones Adventure


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June 9, 2009

Fun in The Magic Kingdom with a College Friend

If you live in Florida, especially if your address is near Walt Disney World, you can expect to be visited often by friends and relatives. Occasionally, you'll be pleasantly surprised by friends from long ago.

Judy, a past college friend of my wife and mine, recently journeyed to central Florida. She was accompanied by her husband Steve, daughter Amy, and grandkids Isaac and Noah. We rendezvoused in the Magic Kingdom, had lunch, and wandered around looking for Hidden Mickeys.

Judy's family met Mickey at the Judge's Tent in Mickey's Toontown Fair. I showed them the classic Mickey images in the apples near the end of the queue under the video screen and inside the blue ribbon on the wall behind Mickey.

Judges Tent Hidden Mickeys in Toontown Fair

In the photo, Steve is holding a shy Noah, and Amy stands left of Judy.

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The Hidden Mickeys game interested Isaac from the start. He quickly discerned the difference between Hidden and decorative Mickeys. In the photo, Isaac stands between Mickey and Minnie. Notice the blue classic Mickey in the middle of the blue ribbon on the wall behind Mickey and Minnie in the photos.

Mickey's Toontown Fair Judges Tent Hidden Mickey

We wandered around Tomorrowland and shot targets in Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. The boys got their photos with Buzz Lightyear at his greeting area near the Carousel of Progress.

I pointed out one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys traced in the cement close to a support beam near Astro Orbiter on the side toward Space Mountain, between Cool Scanner and The Lunching Pad. This image always inspires Hidden Mickey hunters, newbies and oldsters alike!

Hidden Mickey near Astro Orbiter


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May 26, 2009

Lost Hidden Mickeys at Hollywood Studios

Recently, I was reminded that Hidden Mickey images, even some really good ones, may disappear. When areas are refurbished, Disney can decide to remove perfectly decent Hidden Mickeys. I was searching out Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios and discovered that several were gone.

When the Block Party Bash revved up last year, Hidden Mickeys were in the confetti decorations around the "Block Party Bash" post on the Tip Board.

Tip Board

A Cast Member told me that these Hidden Mickeys were not "official," and that the Manager or Imagineer for the area could remove them at any time. The CM's warning was accurate. I checked the Tip Board recently, and the Hidden Mickeys were gone.

rip Board

The Studio Backlot Tour was refurbished this winter. The mural backdrop for the Special Effects Water Tank area was repainted, and three decent Hidden Images (two Hidden Mickeys and Clarabelle the Cow) disappeared!

Special Effects Water Tank Backdrop

Here is the new one. I couldn't find any Hidden Mickeys in this new mural. If you can, let me know!

Special Effects Water Tank Backdrop

For years, classic Mickeys were in the tile floor along the inside entryway to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. I wasn't fond of these images, since all the circles were the same size, but many guests and Cast Members liked them as Hidden Mickeys.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Tile Floor - Old

As you can see, these images were not continued in the new tile floor.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Tile Floor - New

We must stay vigilant about Hidden Mickeys (especially our favorite ones)!

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His First 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

April 30, 2009

Researching Epcot Hidden Mickeys

I've been working all of my spare time recently on the update for the Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book. Epcot has been my emphasis for the last few weeks. Of course, I take a short break here and there to enjoy the Epcot offerings. My friend and neighbor Jim and I sang along with The Turtles at the Flower and Garden Festival. Great fun! In the photo, Jim is on the right.
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Now and then, Disney removes or changes Hidden Mickeys.

I discovered two at Epcot that had changed locations. One is the rock Mickey on the floor of the aquarium at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion. Julie Chappa informed me that this Mickey had moved. Indeed, Disney removed the original one and created another classic Mickey made of rocks that can be spotted in a different location halfway around the observation walkway on the upper level. The photo shows the new Mickey. To Disney's credit, this Mickey concept has been preserved (for the present).
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In addition, the brass plate classic Mickey in Morocco has changed doors! For years, it's been on the outside green door of the Souk-Al-Magreb shop on the promenade. Recently, I saw it on the nearby red door of the shop. At least, Disney is not removing this Mickey image, just changing its location!
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I was dismayed to find that the rock Mickey (in the photo below) on the bottom floor of the Manatee Tank of the Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion had disappeared! It appears that the rocks have either been moved or covered by sand or dirt. Rock Mickey images such as this one (as well as other types of movable Mickey images) must be maintained by Disney personnel or they might be disturbed or lost. Let me know if it reappears!

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March 31, 2009

Meeting Disney Friends and a Hidden Mickey Double Take

I joined my sister Donna and a few friends recently at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Debbie and Randy are old friends of Donna's, and they came to Disney World for a short visit with their grandson Charlie.

Donna made her own travel plans without their knowledge and surprised them on their arrival day to Disney World! That's pixie dust for you!

We enjoyed Voyage of The Little Mermaid and then dinner at 50's Prime Time Cafe. From left to right in the photo are Debbie, Charlie, Randy and Donna. (Notice the decorative Mickey on the red utensil holder near Donna.)

Dinner at 50's Prime Time Cafe

Like many Disney veterans, I relish new experiences in the Land of Magic. Carol and Bob allowed me such an experience.

They escorted me through a side door of the Test Track pavilion and up a private elevator to a lounge area overlooking Future World. This lounge is for General Motors employees (such as Bob) and their families and guests. On one side are windows with views of parts of the Test Track ride, such as the vehicle entry into the environmental heat chamber.

On the opposite side of the lounge is an awesome overlook of the center of Future World. After relaxing for a while in the lounge, you receive a special pass to the ride. Another special elevator takes you down to the loading area for direct access to the ride vehicles. Makes you feel a bit special! Carol, Bob and their grandson Curtis are in the photo with Spaceship Earth in the background.

Carol, Bob and Grandson GM VIP Lounge


Marie and Bruce Daigneault and Matthew Clemons let me know about an interesting Hidden Mickey image in the Spaceship Earth ride.

As soon as you enter the large computer room, look to the right of your vehicle and find an orange mug on a desk. You'll see one side of a Mickey Mouse sticker on the mug. That's a good Hidden Mickey in itself, but here's the really cool part.

As you pass by this desk, look back to your right to the large mirror at the rear of the room. You can spot the full Mickey sticker on the mug! A Hidden Mickey times two! As you can see, it's difficult to get a decent photo of this Mickey. I think it's a terrific effect! Circles highlight the mug and its mirror image in the second photo.

Spaceship Earth Hidden Mickey

Spaceship Earth Hidden Mickey

March 10, 2009

Disney World with a First-Timer

As Disney veterans know, it's hard to imagine an experience more enjoyable than showing a Disney park to someone who's never been. Especially if it's a good friend!

A few weeks ago, Nona, a friend of ours for many years, visited Orlando and Walt Disney World for the first time. My wife Vickie and I were honored to be her chaperones. Where to begin? Magic Kingdom, of course! In the photo, Nona is wearing her "1st Visit" button, which we picked up at City Hall. Vickie is smiling beside her.


Vickie and Nona on Main Street

We rode the Headliner attractions first; Nona really enjoyed Splash Mountain. Of course, I pointed out Hidden Mickeys here and there (if I could get her attention between laughs and giggles). We drove to Disney's Hollywood Studios that first afternoon. Nona is a fan of American Idol, so we had to try out the new attraction: The American Idol Experience. She was impressed and told me that the Disney show was a very good reproduction of the television event. We had a blast!

Check out a new Hidden Mickey on the stage. A classic Mickey image is on the light brown arch in the stage backdrop, between the second and third round archway lights (counting from the lower right of the arch). (Thanks to Joe Franceschino, Jordan and Kenya Swiss, Jason trendymagic, Matt Hochberg, Sharon Stevenson, and Marie and Bruce Daigneault)

Hidden Mickey American Idol

Hidden Mickey American Idol


Over the next few days, Nona experienced great cuisine at the Plaza Restaurant, 50's Prime Time Cafe, Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian, Jiko, California Grill, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Flying Fish, and San Angel Inn. Whew! I wonder if she put on a few pounds? Late one night, Vickie took her to Jellyrolls for a rousing good time.

Epcot was also a big hit with Nona. I had to show her one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys on a fish in the Northwest Mercantile shop in the Canada Pavilion.

Hidden Mickey Canada

Hidden Mickey Canada


IllumiNations and the American Adventure show impressed her, and her last delightful experience before leaving for the airport was the Voices of Liberty singing group.

American Adventure in Epcot


I hope Nona returns some day and brings along her husband Buzz and sons Jacob, Joseph and Jordan. By the way, Jacob bought her plane ticket to Orlando as a Christmas gift, so she could visit her old friends and enjoy Disney World. Thanks, Jacob!


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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.

The Third Edition of Steve's Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys book is available on Amazon.com. Hidden Mickeys, 3rd Edition: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best-Kept Secrets

His First 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