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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 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 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!


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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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!

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!


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!

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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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!


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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October 31, 2013

Hidden Mickeys at Saratoga Springs and the Magic Kingdom Resorts

Vickie and I visited Saratoga Springs Resort and a couple of the Magic Kingdom Resorts to check out a few Hidden Mickeys. At Saratoga Springs, an image at the High Rock Spring swimming pool behind the Registration building suggests a Hidden Mickey (or two). At the left side of the pool (as you face it from the main building), impressions in the rock wall that borders the zero grade entrance to the pool resemble classic Mickeys. Three large circles and also three smaller circles on the right middle of the rock face both may form Hidden Mickeys. What do you think? (Thanks to Jay Stonefield).
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Inside The Turf Club Bar and Grill, the display on the left wall (as you enter) still shows the upside-down classic Mickey in the equestrian equipment, at the upper part of the display.
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Along the covered walkways outside the Grand Floridian Villas, look up for Hidden Mickeys in the latticework design. They occur only at certain points along the walkways near the Villas. (Thanks to Orlando Attractions Magazine).
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We had a savory dinner at Artist Point Restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge Resort. I checked on the image painted on the ceiling above the center of the bar inside the Territory Lounge. The dark Hidden Mickey marking on the beige mule's right rear hip is still there!
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Happy Hunting!

October 2, 2013

Searching for Hidden Mickeys at Animal Kingdom Lodge

One recent evening, Vickie and I drove to Walt Disney World for a dinner reservation at Jiko Restaurant. The Animal Kingdom Lodge abounds with Hidden Mickeys, so I took the opportunity to do some exploring before dinner. First, we strolled around Kidani Village. There is one appealing characteristic to me about the Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickeys: many are etched in rock or embedded in cement and are likely to last a long while! Check out this image outside the Kidani Village Resort. To find it, walk to the far end of the Samawati Spring Pool area to the lookout for the Pembe Savanna. If you smell the marshmallow roast, you're warm! Find a tree surrounded by grass and plants and locate a classic Mickey made of three gray stones embedded in the cement walkway. (Thanks to Sarah Barnes and Michael Cross).
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Wandering around in the Pembe Savanna were several animals, including this majestic bird.
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Don't worry, I won't leave you guessing!
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Several compelling Hidden Mickeys are in the pool area. This classic Mickey traced in rock is at the rear of the hot tub spa. (Thanks to Keri Madeira).
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Inside Jiko restaurant, a classic Mickey is formed on the ceiling above the two large orange oven exhausts and the white column behind them. (Thanks to Len Testa).
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Here is our fun group after a delicious African-themed dinner!
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May 3, 2011

Hunting for WDW Resort Hidden Mickeys

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

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

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

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

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Read more about Steve's Hidden Mickey finds on AllEars.net

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

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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, 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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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

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.

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Tinker Bell is near the left-side lobby elevators.

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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:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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

November 2, 2008

A Hidden Mickey Visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

One recent sunny day, I drove to the Animal Kingdom Lodge to check out some old and new Hidden Mickeys. Keep in mind that over 30 Mickey images are hiding in and around this unique resort. I found a few cool new images, thanks to submitters to my website!

I'd been looking for this terrific Hidden Mickey for a long time. In retrospect, I'd not been able to spot it because I was always searching for it at dusk or later. This day, I was at the area in the bright sunlight, and a helpful Cast Member knew right where it was.

To find it, walk outside the rear of the main lobby and to the very back of the Arusha Rock Overlook. In the right middle of the rock wall opposite the Animal Overlook sign and about 5 and 1/2 feet above the ground is a tiny light brown, salmon-colored classic Mickey. It's to the right of a vertical crack in the rock, behind the Cast Member's umbrella. Spotting it is worth the effort! (Thanks to Stephen Lovelette).

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If you can enter Jiko Restaurant, stroll to the third table on your left, next to the glass windows. Look outside to the shallow pool area and find the first rock island from the left with one pillar jutting out of it. A classic Mickey image is in the side of the rock. Kudos to the Disney rock sculptors! (Thanks to Robert Grohman).

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On the third floor, check out the first short hallway to the right of the main Zebra Trail hallway. An upside-down classic Mickey design hangs on the wall at the end of the hall. (Thanks to David and Celia Berset).

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is an entertaining place to spend an afternoon and evening. Searching out the Hidden Mickeys here can add to the fun!
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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


May 17, 2008

Fort Wilderness Hidden Mickeys

Recently, I stayed in a cabin at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The best way to research Hidden Mickeys is to stay in the middle of the magic! I like the cabins; they're spacious and well-maintained, and you can park your car right in front of your cabin.

Disney has been placing more and more Hidden Mickeys in guest rooms at their on-property resorts, in the carpets, wallpaper, wall paintings, curtains, and elsewhere.

Here are two Hidden Mickeys I found in my cabin:

One on the Bedspread


Bedspread Hidden Mickey Fort Wilderness Cabin

One on the Door Curtain

Curtain Hidden Mickey Fort Wilderness Disney World


Guests can enjoy many activities at Fort Wilderness, including

Carriage Rides

Ft. Wilderness Carriage Ride Sign

Pony Rides for the Kids

Ft. Wildernes Pony Ride Sign Disney World

and Trail Rides on Larger Horses

Ft. Wilderness Trail Rides Sign

Now for some Mickey images.

Many of the classic Mickey forms at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch are decorative, in my opinion, and not hidden. The sign for the Trail Rides in the photo above has decorative Mickeys.


These images on the fences and gates in the pony ride area are too obvious to qualify as Hidden Mickeys, as is the three-circle logo under the sign for the Tri-Circle-D Farm (where the pony rides take place).

Ft. Wilderness Tri Circle D Farm Mickeys

Ft. Wilderness Tri Circle D Farm Sign


However, this sign for the Blacksmith Shop has a hidden classic Mickey between the "L" and "A" of Blacksmith. If you're not actively hunting for Mickey, it's easy to overlook this image.

Ft. Wilderness Blacksmith Shop HIdden Mickey


In the evening, I enjoyed Chip 'n Dale's campfire program near the Meadow Trading Post in the middle of Fort Wilderness.

Folks roasted marshmallows over the campfire as a guitarist serenaded the guests with sing-a-long songs and Chip and Dale wandered around greeting everyone. A Disney movie was then displayed on a large screen.

This evening program has been a staple at Fort Wilderness for many years, and I hope it sticks around for many more!

blue line 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

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)

July 6, 2007

Enjoying Epcot Summer Music with my sister

My sister, Donna McMurrey, stayed at Pop Century last week for one of her twice yearly visits to Disney World. Donna is an Assistant Principal at a Dallas area high school. When she visits, we plan days or evenings in the parks (depending on my work schedule); we look for Hidden Mickeys and generally have fun.

One evening, we had dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. I had heard that the Yachtsman had a new Head Chef, and I wanted to try out the food. I ordered the sea bass, and Donna had filet mignon. We both cleaned our plates; the food was delicious!

On our way out, we paid homage to Minnie Moo (a photo of the famous cow with her Mickey Mouse marking is on the wall near the entrance podium).

We walked into Epcot to catch the next show of the Bee Gees tribute band. For the last few summers, WDW has scheduled tribute bands (i.e., not the original band but experienced musicians who mimic the real thing). Last summer, Donna and I enjoyed the Eagles tribute band (excellent!), and the Bee Gees tribute group was equally good. After numerous shows at WDW (three shows nightly for several nights at Epcot), the lead singer had to work hard to hit those HIGH notes ("Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive!"). Anyway, I was hoarse after singing along for just one show! I believe Disney is doing a great job with the music groups scheduled each year for the Flower & Garden and Food & Wine Festivals, and now for the last few years, the summer season. I'm lucky: I live near WDW and can enjoy these musical treats whenever I'm not working! Rock On!

P.S. You can also see a photo of Minnie Moo and her Hidden Mickey just inside the horse barn at Fort Wilderness. I'll post this Fort Wilderness photo on my website soon.


Minnie Moo

Larger Version Here

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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

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)

June 25, 2007

I broke one of my own rules!

I had a day off work and, naturally, I wanted to spend the day at WDW looking for Hidden Mickeys! The day was really special because I had a dinner meeting with my publisher, Kelly Monaghan, at Raglan Road in Pleasure Island at 6 pm.

Carousel of Progress
I studied my file of Hidden Mickey posts that needed verifying and planned my day. I arrived to the Wilderness Lodge at about 1 pm and located a HM on the lamps on the upper floors. (It's a good one; I think it's the same lamp cover that's in the Beach Haus at Blizzard Beach.) I took a boat to the Magic Kingdom. There might be a decent tiny classic Mickey on the moon to your left on Peter Pan's Flight. But the FASTPASS return time was already after 5:30 pm.


So I headed over to the Carousel of Progress. Someone thought one of the Grandmas had a Mickey-shaped broach; I'll have to study my photos on that one. I walked over to the Contemporary Resort to get a cappuccino at the small coffee bar on the lobby level (as it turned out, a big mistake!).

Photo of Minnie Moo

I hopped a boat to Fort Wilderness. Someone thought that a few of the horses or ponies at the Tri-Circle D Ranch had classic Mickeys shaved into their coats. I didn't find any, and a cast member there told me they haven't maintained those Hidden Mickeys for a while.

It was after 5 pm by now, so I decided to walk the trail from FW to the Wilderness Lodge. Actually I walked and jogged the trail so I wouldn't be late to Raglan Road.

There's a common thread here that I haven't mentioned. It was a hot day. I was zipping around nonstop like I normally do when I'm on a mission to find HM's. I know where every water fountain is at WDW, and I usually stop frequently to drink. Today, I broke that rule. I didn't drink nearly enough.

By the time I walked up to Raglan Road, I was feeling lightheaded and queasy. I couldn't eat any food or even keep down liquids. I would have to excuse myself to the restroom every 10 minutes or so. Thankfully, Kelly was understanding. I returned to my car, slept about 90 minutes in my back seat, then somehow made the 40 minute drive home. I was able to put ice cubes in my mouth and begin to rehydrate myself.

I'm an ER doctor, and I frequently treat patients in Florida with heat exhaustion! I should know better! Anyway, this experience will stay with me a long time. When at WDW, drink before you're thirsty! (And cappuccino is not a thirst-quencher).

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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

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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