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December 24, 2008

MouseFest, 2008 Hidden Mickeys

I had a great time meeting up with the rest of the All Ears team at the Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday evening of MouseFest. This was a perfect venue for dinner and mingling. After dinner, those of us from the south donned parkas (the Northerners would have been comfortable in swimsuits!) to walk through the Ice artistic display, a unique and awe-inspiring collection of ice sculptures.

My Hidden Mickeys Hunt the next morning at 8 a.m. was attended by old and new friends. We met in front of Spoodles Restaurant and explored the resorts and restaurants in the Epcot Resorts around Crescent Lake for about one hour. Our first stop on the tour was the lobby of the BoardWalk Resort to spot the classic Mickeys on the carousel horse. These Hidden Mickeys have not been moved for years, so I think they're here to stay.

Boardwalk Carousel Hidden Mickey

Our group then wandered along the BoardWalk and over to the Beach Club Resort. I pointed out that hundreds of folks walk right by a waving Mickey in a sand castle on the wall beside Cape May Cafe without seeing him.]

Cape May Cafe Hidden Mickey

I asked the group to vote on a Hidden Mickey submission by Jennifer Keller. It's a group of shells below the Ariel statue in front of the Beach Club Villas entrance. Our folks were split down the middle on this image, so I'll put it on my website for a vote. Let me know what you think.

Beach Club Hidden Mickey

Thankfully, the globe in the Yacht Club lobby was not moved backstage this holiday season but was still in view in the hall in front of the Fittings & Fairings shop. I showed the group a marvelous Hidden Mickey on the globe. The story goes that a child poked a hole in the globe with a pencil, and the hole was covered with a blue classic Mickey!

Yacht Club Fittings and Fairings Shop

Wouldn't you know it, a member of our Hidden Mickeys hunt (I didn't get your name, so please write me) found a new Hidden Mickey! As we were strolling from the Beach Club to the Yacht Club, he spotted a classic Mickey on a curtain inside the Ariel's special meeting area. You can find it by standing at the door to Ariel's from inside Martha's Vineyard lounge. The Hidden Mickey is on a mural or curtain material on an inside wall to the right.

Curtain Hidden Mickey Ariel's Beach Club

MouseFest provides an opportunity to reconnect with Disney friends and meet new ones. I look forward to MouseFest every year, and I hope this event continues for a long time.

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

December 22, 2007

MouseFest 2007

It's over a week now since MouseFest, 2007. I know it's hard to believe, but each MouseFest is more fun for me than the last. This is a time to reconnect with great friends in Walt's place of magic. What could be better?

The groups for my Hidden Mickey hunts are growing too large! I don't think everyone has a decent experience, so I'm thinking of taking RSVP's for the first time for MouseFest, 2008. I believe that other Meet leaders are having similar experiences with the large number of MouseFest fans. I'm not really complaining; it's a great problem to have!

In the Magic Kingdom Hidden Mickeys Hunt, our group loaded onto Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride stopped for a while with many of us in boats. One of the interesting images is the collection of circles on Davy Jones' hat.

As his ghostly visage appears in the mist during the first part of the ride, look at the lower part of the right side (your left) of his hat. I'm not convinced by the photos that folks have sent me (a red circle was added to the photo attached), but the image is somewhat more convincing in person. I'll dwell more on this one.


Davy Jones Hat


The Hidden Mickeys in Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends are in the stage mural. After the show, our large group was hurried out by the Cast Members. We had barely enough time to spot and photograph the three Hidden Mickeys in the mural.

I think the size of our group may have intimidated the CM's, especially since several Disney manager types were observing from the back of the seating area!

Pocahontas

The Hunts at the Studios and Epcot were outside, and I didn't perceive any significant problems.

I had a cool experience at Epcot. My wife Vickie was sitting on a bench across from the pyramid in Mexico. She was waiting for my Hunt group to finish up in the UK pavilion, and she began a friendly conversation with a woman next to her. The woman was also waiting for her husband to return. She was on her honeymoon and had just been married the day before. She and her new husband were moseying through the Mexico pavilion, when her husband saw a group form and heard the term "Hidden Mickeys". It was my Hidden Mickey Hunt group! So he asked her to wait for him there, and he joined in with my Hunt! Cool!

I think he was one of the several folks who had wine glasses with them (a couple of others joined our group as we meandered) for the entire trek around World Showcase. They were pleasant and seemed to be having fun, and even voted with the rest of the group on marginal Hidden Mickey images!

Before I knew it, MouseFest was over. I was able to meet up with Lou Mongello and Pat Whitson on Monday, the last day of MouseFest, for some final good times.

Lou Mongello and Pat Whitson

Oh well, now it's back to the real world. Until next year, friends!


Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEarsNet.com

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 (Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secre)

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 (Disneyland's Hidden Mickey's)

December 3, 2007

Preparing for MouseFest, 2007

I lead Hidden Mickey hunts in the four major WDW theme parks during MouseFest. 2007 will be my fifth MouseFest, and more authors, webmasters, podcasters, and guest registrants than ever before will congregate soon at this wonderful celebration. I look forward to MouseFest all year long; it's an ideal time to reconnect with Disney friends.

I visited WDW last week to practice for my hunts. I arrived at the Magic Kingdom first. The weather was comfortable and the sky clear. This year, we'll examine the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and some other areas of Adventureland for Hidden Mickeys old and new. I'll pass out Hidden Mickey images and descriptions to the group before we enter the Pirates queue. As we've done in recent years, I'll ask the group to vote on Questionable images, and we'll attempt to spot some compelling new ones. The barnacle image on the Jungle Cruise sign (under the "J") was recently voted in on my website (photo from Jesse Kline).
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Next stop: Disney's Animal Kingdom. Camp Minnie-Mickey is our focus this year. I hope we can all get into Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, either to see the show and stay around a while afterwards or enter as the show ends to examine the stage murals for some cool Hidden Mickeys. I don't work for Disney, so I'm usually not accorded any special treatment. However, sometimes the Cast Members are helpful to me with the hunts, especially if they like Hidden Mickeys! Our group will then wander around Camp Minnie-Mickey and spot some more HM's.

The Disney-MGM Studios hunt will begin in the front courtyard of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The large outside mural there has some decent Hidden Mickeys (take a look at the photo, courtesy of Kyle Lighting, of the "bling" Mickey on the man's necklace). We'll enter through the gift shop at the exit of Tower of Terror to find a couple of images to vote on. Then we'll wander up Sunset Boulevard and continue our search for the elusive Mickster. image166_2689.jpg


My last stop was Epcot. We'll walk the most distance here, all around World Showcase from Mexico to Canada (depending on everyone's stamina). A group of Hidden Mickeys are there for us to enjoy, as well as a few to vote on. The rock Hidden Mickey in Japan (photo from Sharon Dale) is one of the more compelling recent additions. I hope it stays around for a long time!
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I think I'm ready for the Hunts. We have lots of fun, and I respect the opinions of the MouseFest Mickey Hunters. If an image is voted in, I add it to my website and credit the MouseFest group. As you can probably sense, I'm looking forward to MouseFest!

Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEarsNet.com

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 (Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secre)

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 (Disneyland's Hidden Mickey's)

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