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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 24, 2016

Possible Hidden Mickeys at the Magic Kingdom and in Epcot's Norway

For years, folks have been spotting the following two images in the Magic Kingdom. The question is: are they legitimate Hidden Mickeys? The first image is in the first room, which is the children's bedroom, along Peter Pan's Flight. Chocolate chip cookies are on a plate on a small tea table to your right. Do the three cookies form a decent classic Mickey? (The size and arrangement of the cookies change at times.)
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Another image that folks notice is this one along the Haunted Mansion ride. Near the end of the attic room on your right, three top hats hang on a hat stand. A Hidden Mickey? (A good photo is difficult to get since flash is not allowed on the ride).
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Get in line to meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Summerhus in Norway. Along the inside entrance queue, images at the bottom of several pillar designs on the doorways of the first rooms resemble classic Mickeys. What do you think? (Thanks to The Skazick Family, and Shane G.)
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When you meet Elsa, study the white circles that ring the edge of the large circle in the middle of her carpet. Any sideways Hidden Mickeys here? (Thanks to Tyler).
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Always 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!

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 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 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!


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 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!

Looking for even more Hidden Mickeys? Have one to report? Visit Steve's website at: http://hiddenmickeyguy.com/

March 30, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Many of the Hidden Mickey images in moving attractions are fleeting and difficult to capture in a photo and thus challenging to verify. I think I finally snapped a decent photo of this Hidden Mickey on C-3PO's right forearm at Star Tours - The Adventures Continue. Just after you're seated for the ride, C-3PO appears in a screen at the front right of the room. A tiny, white classic (three-circle) Mickey is on the lower part of his right forearm near his wrist. (Thanks to Madison, Gracie and Dana Hall, and Richard Rando).
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Someone (a guest or maybe a Cast Member?) has embellished this Hidden Mickey in Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. On the left wall between the waiting room and the dining area, a classic Mickey is plastered on the brick. You'll find it in the middle left part of the wall, just above the counter. Recently, red and green crayon markings have appeared on the Mickey image.
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It's difficult to get clear photos from a 3D film such as the MuppetVision movie. I think you can make out the Mickey balloons in this photo, taken near the end of the movie. After the cannon shoots holes in the theater and as Kermit rides in on a fire truck, you can see that some of the observers outside are holding Mickey Mouse balloons.
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Keep watching that same fire truck for a Hidden Surprise! An image of Cinderella Castle is on a license plate at the right lower corner of the fire truck Kermit is riding. (Thanks to Devon Newport, Donna McMurrey, Sharon Dale, and Matt Perkins.)
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Another video image that is often elusive to photographers is the coffee mug with the white classic Mickeys in the Magic of Disney Animation movie. I think you can see them in this photo!
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Happy Hunting!

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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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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!

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 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 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!

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 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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December 27, 2013

More Hidden Mickeys in Fantasyland

Folks continue to unearth Hidden Images in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. What do you think about this depression in the rock ceiling? Is it a side profile of Mickey Mouse? Find it on the left upper part of an archway, as you first walk into the cavern part of the entrance queue of the "Under the Sea" attraction. (Thanks to Wesley Snyder).
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Another questionable image is at the middle right of a painting on a wall inside Gaston's Tavern. Look to a right wall in the first seating room to your right as you enter. A clearing in the snow on a slope at the right side of a mountain resembles a classic Mickey. What do you think? (Thanks to Alena White).
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Fantasyland is filled with loose rocks, embedded rocks, and images on rocks. This plentiful supply of rocks and stones enabled the Imagineers to have a field day with Hidden Images! At the bottom of a pond, three rocks seem to form a classic Mickey. Walk to the middle right of the bridge walkway entrance to the Be Our Guest Restaurant and search the middle of a creek to your right. Is this a Hidden Mickey? (Thanks to Denise Hoffman).
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I've been debating this next image for years. It's the shape of the sign outside "it's a small world." Do you think it's a sideways classic Mickey, or maybe a Hidden Stitch? The shape of the "ears" is different on the sign at the left side compared to the sign at the right side of the outer railing of the attraction. This photo is of the sign at the right. (Thanks to Meradith McGee-Hale and Carter, Robert Anschuetz, Jeff Love, Nancy Ahlsen, and Christine Peruski).
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Happy Hunting; the search for Hidden Mickeys never ends!

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!

October 16, 2013

New Hidden Mickeys at Epcot's Future World

I like to check out the Festival Center each year at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, because it's a rare opportunity for us to revisit the Wonders of Life Pavilion!
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In addition, there are usually some seasonal Hidden Mickeys inside. Here's one I spotted on the carpet just inside the entrance to the Festival Center.
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Rick Kordalski informed me of two great Hidden Mickeys in chocolate displays at the Ghirardelli section inside the pavilion. These scrumptious displays are behind windows and are created by the skilled Disney chefs. This first red Hidden image is on a beach towel.
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Let's give credit to the Epcot and Disney's BoardWalk Resort chefs who designed this display!
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Two other Hidden Mickeys in bubbles are nearby in an Ariel display.
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These chefs represent Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Pastry Shop.
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Rick Kordalski also let me know about a Hidden Mickey inside The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. It's in the room just above Turtle Talk with Crush, in the far left window as you enter.
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Under the words "Finding Solutions," look for a bubble classic Hidden Mickey in the upper left panel.
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I have no idea how long that bubble Mickey has been present, but sometimes new Hidden Mickeys pop up right under our noses! Happy Hunting!


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!

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 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!

February 18, 2012

Habit Heroes - Bad Habits (and a Hidden Mickey)

Vickie and I visited Epcot's Innoventions to experience "Habit Heroes." We were admitted into "Will Power's Gymnasium" to learn more about our bad health habits.

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On top of some lockers in the pre-show room, I spotted this image: a Hidden Mickey made of sports balls!

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Will Powers and Callie Stenics led our group through three interactive sessions. We passed by Callie's office on the way to the first room.

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Along the trek to better health, I destroyed a pizza by blasting it with carrots and broccoli.

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We witnessed a young boy learn to cast off his bad health habits, to protect himself as much as possible against high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

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After we left our own bad habits behind, we waved goodbye to Callie and Will.

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Here's to a healthier life!

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!

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!

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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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.
Star Tours Hidden Mickey

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."
Star Tours Hidden Mickey

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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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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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.

Pixie Hallow in Magic Kingdom

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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Pixie Hallow in Magic Kingdom

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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Pixie Hallow in Magic Kingdom

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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Pixie Hallow in Magic Kingdom

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).

Pixie Hallow in Magic Kingdom

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

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Week at WDW

I had the pleasure of spending time at WDW with family and friends during Thanksgiving week. We enjoyed a few of the Christmas decorations in the parks and resorts; more and more of them appear as the week unfolds.

Most of the decked out Christmas trees and elaborate gingerbread displays have decorative and hidden Mickeys. I snapped this photo of a Hidden Mickey on the Epcot holiday tree, which is located between Future World and World Showcase.

Hidden Mickey Epcot Tree

I met my sister and cousins from Texas at the Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast. My server put a cinnamon classic Mickey on my cappuccino. Check it out!

Cappuccino Mickey

After breakfast, we rode the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. My sister Donna showed me a tiny classic Mickey she'd found along the entrance area of Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. It's in a window display of a city, on the rear of the wall to the right just past the entrance doors to the second room. The classic Mickey is under the apex of the triangular roof segment on the building in the front center of the window display.

Monsters Inc Window Display

We had a fun day at the Magic Kingdom, using FASTPASS to our advantage and stuffing ourselves with soup, sandwiches and ice cream at the Plaza Restaurant for lunch. We screamed on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as the Wishes fireworks lit up the night sky. (I like to ride Big Thunder at night!) This photo shows (from the right) Sherry, Olan, Donna, Camp, Carson, and Landon waiting near Liberty Tree Tavern for the second SpectroMagic parade. The kids' parents, Amy and Kevin, stood near the rope with me. (The later parade is almost always less crowded than the earlier one).

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Sharon Dale wrote to me about a possible Hidden Mickey in SpectroMagic.

Cinderella Carriage Spectro Magic

Does the Cinderella carriage form an upside down classic Mickey? I'll put it to a vote on my website; let me know what you think!

Cinderella Carriage Spectro Magic


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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

November 13, 2008

A Visit to The Oasis in Animal Kingdom

I enjoy visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Some folks don't consider that this park has a full day's worth of activities, but I beg to differ. The Animal Kingdom has plenty to offer, especially if you can slow down and observe the animals after first enjoying the headliner attractions.

I like to spend time in The Oasis. This area with its tranquil animals has a relaxing effect on me. I wandered along the trails and said hello to the Scarlet Macaws.

Scarlet Macaws

and the Patagonian Cavy (a long-legged rodent)

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and two chattering Black Neck Swans.

Black Neck Swans

These trails are usually not crowded, so The Oasis is a great place to unwind.

I strolled over to Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Bradley Lewis submitted to me a photo of a distorted Mickey image, formed by pebbles in the cement. It's near the bridge over the creek before the Lion King Theater. Go to the second fence section between the creek and the cabin in front of Grandmother Willow's Grove (theater). Stand near a bench and close to Donald Duck, who's fishing in the creek. I'll put this image on my website, in the Questionable section. Let me know what you think.

Camp Minnie Mickey Hidden Mickey

Disney's Animal Kingdom is filled with rocks and pebbles embedded in the walkways, posts, walls, benches and other structures. Which three-pebble images are Hidden Mickeys? I try to imagine if a specific image is purposeful, placed by an Imagineer, or is it just a random collection of rocks? Sometimes that's a difficult decision!

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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


October 23, 2008

A Visit to the Food & Wine Festival

I enjoy the music of the Epcot Festivals, so I visit whenever I can to hear great musicians from the (recent) past.

I had the opportunity to catch a performance by David Sanborn, a well-known jazz saxophonist. The America Gardens Theatre was already full of jazz fans when I arrived. After his first few sax notes, the place was rocking! It was a terrific performance by him and his group of fine musicians. The audience was bobbing along to the beat and gave him a standing ovation at the end of the 30-minute performance.

David Sanborn Signage

Before Mr. Sanborn's concert, I'd checked out an image in Camp Dolphin, the kid's club in the Dolphin Resort. It's not alway convenient to visit WDW kid's clubs to find Hidden Mickeys; the best time is just after opening when they're not too crowded.

The Cast Members are generally helpful and often excited about this temporary diversion from their usual activities. Sharon Dale had sent me an image from inside Camp Dolphin, but her Hidden Mickey had disappeared. Instead, a CM showed me a new image in a picture on a wall to the left as you enter through the front door. Mickey is giving Pluto a bath, and three floating soap bubbles form a sideways classic Mickey.

Camp Dolphin Hidden Mickey

After the concert, I walked to the Germany Pavilion to study an image in the rear of the courtyard. Jennifer Moon had described this image, which is a three-circle formation in the ironwork support behind the bell on the front of the clock tower. I think it's a decent classic Mickey! Let me know what you think.

Germany Hidden Mickey


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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


October 6, 2008

Cinderella's Royal Suite Hidden Mickeys

I was fortunate to able to join a tour of the special suite in Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom. (Actually, Deb Wills had toured the suite before, so she kindly offered me her spot! Very cool!)

We entered an anteroom through a door at the side of the walkway through the Castle. An elevator took us up to another vestibule room that opened through a door into the bedroom of the suite. The bedroom had openings to the bathroom and to a sitting room (at the far end of the bedroom) with windows that overlooked Fantasyland. Although it's easy to lose one's concentration when in this marvelous suite, I was intent on checking out the Hidden Mickeys here.

Two images impressed me. One is on the mural at the rear of the bathroom. Look in the reddish-orange clouds to the right of the castle in the mural. Some swirls approximate a classic Mickey image.

Cinderella Castle Suite


The Cast Member Tour Guide told me that some guests like an image of three blue flowers at the bottom left corner of a mural on a right wall of the bathroom, just to the right of the mural with the castle mentioned above. She implied that it wasn't an "official" Hidden Mickey. However, I agree with the guests; I like this image as a classic Mickey!


Cinderella Castle Suite


Now comes the difficult question. I'd heard of a Hidden Mickey in the fireplace in the bedroom of the suite.

Cinderella Castle Suite

Lights at the rear of the fireplace repeatedly form circle patterns. The Cast Member pointed out an image to me as a Hidden Mickey. Two light blips form "ears" on a larger circle "head." I'll put it as a Questionable image, since I'm not convinced at this point. Let me know what you think!


Cinderella Castle Suite

As to the suite itself, yes, it's magnificent! I could imagine Cinderella walking with us inside her elegant suite. I'm sure most Disney fans (including me!) would very much enjoy spending a night here.

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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

July 7, 2008

Toy Story Midway Mania Hidden Mickeys

New Hidden Mickeys can appear anywhere on Disney property at any time. Your best bet is to check out a refurbished area or a new attraction.

Toy Story Midway Mania, a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, doesn't disappoint!

A compelling new classic Mickey image is near the end of the Standby queue (the attraction also has FASTPASS and Single Rider queues).

It's on the wall past the large map of the U.S.A. below a green dinosaur and a red fish, near the floor and behind the handrails on the left side of the queue. So far, 14 folks have written to me about this cool image, but Matt Hochberg, Jesse Kline, and Jennifer Bogdan described it to me first.


Toy Story Midway Mania Hidden Mickey


Orlando Attractions Magazine and Jake Thompson wrote to me about another Hidden Mickey on the ride.

Look for the words "Circus Fun!" on the wall to your right as you rotate into position for the last screen stop. The dot below the exclamation point is a decent classic Mickey.

I was on the ride with Amy from Massachusetts when we spotted this Hidden Mickey, and she was in position to snap the photo for me. Thanks, Amy!


Toy Story Midway Mania Hidden Mickey


You can see this third image at loading and unloading, and you can study it as you take the exit walkway. Three ovals encircle Toy Story characters on the wall to the left of the ride vehicles.

Matt Hochberg, Alexis, and Frank Marando described this image to me, and it seems close for a classic Mickey image. Let me know what you think!

Toy Story Midway Mania Hidden Mickey


The walls, ceiling and floor inside Toy Story Midway Mania are blanketed with colorful images. Undoubtedly, more Hidden Mickeys are waiting for us to find them!

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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

June 19, 2008

Main Street Magic Kingdom Hidden Mickeys

Now and then, I'm enlightened about an awesome new Hidden Mickey. At least, new to me.

Kelly McAdams wrote to me about a classic Mickey image in Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. I'll admit, I get really excited when folks direct me to any new Hidden Mickey images. However, some images are more intriguing than others.

This one in Tony's is spectacular! It's a tiny imprint on a black tile on the floor in front of the bureau to the immediate right as you enter the restaurant. Look to the lower right corner of the tile as you face the bureau. I have no idea how long this Hidden Mickey has been there; it may have been placed recently. It's a perfect classic Mickey, and it's likely to remain for a long time.


Tony's Town Square Hidden Mickey

Tony's Town Square Hidden Mickey


A cast member in Tony's told me that the roses in the rear left of the restaurant formed a Hidden Mickey. The photo shows that the roses are all about the same size. As you know, I have trouble accepting three same-size circles as classic Mickeys. Mickey's head is larger than his ears! However, I understand the CM's dilemma: how can you tell an excited child that a three-circle image is not a Hidden Mickey?

Tony's Town Square Hidden Mickey

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Christina Santoro wrote me about an image in the Crystal Arts Shop on Main Street. It's in the upper section of the left rear wall of the store. It's a "positional" Mickey, in that you must stand right below it to spot the classic Mickey relationship.

I've been told that the CM's in the shop made this arrangement of articles on purpose to form a Hidden Mickey image. I'm normally not fond of positional images, but I'll put these photos on my website soon, in the Questionable section, to let the voters decide. Let me know what you think.

Crystal Arts Shop Hidden Mickey

Crystal Arts Shop Hidden Mickey

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I tend to wait a while to see if missing Hidden Mickeys reappear.

Alas, I think that the classic Mickey on the rose stem in the display window of the Uptown Jewelers Store is gone for good. Display window Hidden Mickeys are especially vulnerable, as displays are constantly changing. Find this image in the Lost section of my website.

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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

June 5, 2008

Conservation Station at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Recently, I visited Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

This area is a real treasure trove of Hidden Mickeys; you could easily spend several hours here searching for the little gems. On the order of 42 Hidden Mickeys live here, and a few more undiscovered ones may be waiting for us to find them.

One of the best side profile Mickeys anywhere is just past the entrance doors to Conservation Station, on the chin of a hippopotamus. It's the fifth animal from the left along the bottom of the entrance mural on the left wall. A side profile of Mickey Mouse is on its lower jaw, under the middle tooth. One of my favorites!


Hidden Mickey - Hippopotamus Conservation Station Animal Kingdom

Now for some new images.

Sharon Dale alerted me to three circles arranged correctly on the ground in a mosaic just before the entrance doors to Conservation Station. This Mickey is below and between the elephant tusks and above the second "T" in "STATION". It's not a perfect image, but it's close enough for me!

Hidden Mickey -  Conservation Station Animal Kingdom


Sonali showed me a new image in the main lobby of Conservation Station. It's formed from holes in the tree leaves overhead, directly above the first left entrance (as you enter the lobby) to the Song of the Rainforest area. It seems a bit distorted to me, so I put it in the Questionable section of my website for folks to vote on it. What do you think?


Hidden Mickey -  Conservation Station Animal Kingdom


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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)

May 3, 2008

Hidden Mickeys - Trees and Animals

The huge classic Mickey stand of trees (visible on Google Earth) has long fascinated me. My son Steven and I recently struck out in my car to find it from ground level. The posters on my Hidden Mickeys Guide website stated that the stand of trees was a few miles northwest of the Magic Kingdom, just off Highway 27 and not far north from where Highway 192 merges with 27.


Huge Mickey via Google Earth

We approached the area first from Highway 27, but the access roads to the east were all private property. So we drove back to Highway 192 east and looked for a northern bound public road. We found one! It was Avalon road, and we then searched for a road that might lead us west to the Hidden Mickey. About 8 miles north on Avalon, just past Old YMCA Road, we spotted Schofield Road. (Another poster had mentioned that this road approached the HM stand of trees). My pulse rate quickened; we were drawing near!

Schofield Road (also called Shell Pond Road to add some confusion) was paved for the first mile or so but then became a dirt road with deep tire ruts. At least the road was dry! So I was forced to drive slowly as we bounced along into the countryside. After more than a mile into this road, we crested a hill and gazed upon the lake that was not far from the stand of trees. We turned right a short distance past the lake, so we were positioned just west of the trees (on the vertical road, in the upper middle of the photo below). We stopped the car and walked up to a fence near the trees. This group of trees stood alone in a field. I figured we were looking at the right "ear" and the right side of the "head."


Huge Mickey via Google Earth

The classic Mickey circles were not evident from ground level. Moreover, the trees in the lower part of the "head" were closer to the road and fence than was implied in the overhead Google Earth photo. The current photo on Google Earth is several years old, so the perfect three-circle Mickey image may have become somewhat distorted by now. (In the photo below, Steven is standing near the fence in front of the right "ear" and right side of the "head." The ear is on the left side of the photo).


Mickey Trees


A few days later, I found myself in Disney's Animal Kingdom. As I ambled through the Oasis, I stopped and admired the giant anteater, who was walking around his territory. I rode the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. I like to check in with Affection Section now and then, because the Cast Members usually maintain a classic Mickey image on one of the animals in this petting zoo. I wasn't disappointed. Not only was Mickey present on the back of a goat, but Minnie with her bow was evident on another goat! Way to go, CM's!


Hidden Mickey Goat


Hidden Mickey Goat

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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)

April 11, 2008

Texas Friends at WDW, Wide World of Sports

I had the good fortune recently to meet up with some old friends from Texas. Vickie and I joined Ed, Karen and their daughters Abigail (Abby) and Caroline for dinner at the California Grill. Ed was in Orlando for a business meeting, and they spent their first few days at Universal Studios. On the evening in question, we had originally planned to meet at Emeril's Restaurant at City Walk. However, I received an e-mail from them that they wanted to cut their Universal stay short and get into Disney! So, California Grill it was!


After an enjoyable meal, we drove over to Epcot for IllumiNations. Ed and family hadn't seen the fireworks show for 4 years or so. We watched from the Morocco Pavilion area. As usual, it was moving and spectacular, and the large crowd around us applauded at the finale. We then walked to the France pavilion to check on a classic Mickey on a book. It's in the room where characters appear for photos and autographs. In the photo, Abby (the taller girl) and Caroline are pointing to the Hidden Mickey.

Abby and Caroline point to a Hidden Mickey


We ambled over to the Yacht Club and stood in the lobby as a Cast Member snapped a picture. Ed, Vickie, Abby and Caroline, Karen and I are posed left to right in the photo.

Ed, Vickie, Abby and Caroline, Karen and I

We had a terrific few hours together. I think they'll return someday, hopefully soon!


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A few days later, my son Steven and I took in a baseball Spring Training game at Disney's Wide World of Sports. The Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 4-2. (I've been an Astros fan for many years!).

A classic Mickey image is planted in the center of the outfield. I've known about this image for a while, but I'd considered it a decorative image and not hidden. I'm not so sure now as it seems more faded and not as obvious as I remember. I'll put it on my website in the Questionable section to let the voters decide!

classic Mickey image is planted in the center of the outfield


Steven and I wandered to the Milk House (the Field House) where an amateur basketball tournament was in progress. I wanted to check out the Hidden Mickey high in the rafters. Thank goodness, it's still there! He's above a hanging photo of Jason Kidd.

Hidden Mickey in the Field House


Steven and I completed the evening with dinner at the House of Blues: decent fare and decent service. Since he was a child, I'm happy that Steven and I have enjoyed many visits together to WDW. If you plan your trip right, WDW is a great place to bond and create memories as a family!

(P.S. In a previous blog, I spoke about the new computer monitors at the exit of Spaceship Earth. I want to confirm that from these monitors, you can indeed send e-mail postcards with your photo from the ride).

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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)

March 27, 2008

WDW with Neighbors

Recently, I met up with neighbors and friends for dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse in the Yacht Club Resort.

Bob and Rita Ondercik are long-time Disney fans and have been DVC members since the beginning of DVC (when awesome benefits were added for joining). Bob and Rita also volunteer at Give Kids The World, a resort near WDW that is a retreat for children with medical problems.

Paul and Gretchen Gregg are Disney fans, though not as rabid as the Onderciks and me. (However, I think we've stimulated their interest!). Of course, we all had to pay tribute to Minnie Moo. Rita and Bob are on the left side of the photo, and Paul and Gretchen are on the right.

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I like the Yachtsman Steakhouse; I usually order fish or chicken, and my wife Vickie assures me that the steak is decent and worth a trip for dinner.

Before the meal, Vickie and I explored the Yacht Club for Hidden Mickeys. We found a cool one made of coiled rope in a display window of the Fittings & Fairings shop; it's in the closest display window to the main lobby. Display window Hidden Mickeys at WDW tend to come and go, as the displays change from time to time.


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The next day, I joined Bob and Rita at Epcot. We flew on Soarin' several times, and I snapped a somewhat decent photo of the classic Mickey made of rocks in the snow. It's at the top center of the photo, which is a difficult photo to get right! This Mickey image is more convincing when you first spot it, as you're soaring up to it. (Thanks to Jen T, Beci Mahnken, and Annette Owens for first alerting me to this classic Mickey).


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Rita found a Hidden Mickey in the House of Innoventions (the House of Tomorrow) inside Innoventions East, on the rear wall of the bedroom. It's an upside-down Mickey made of ad buttons. You have to queue up and wait for a tour of this futuristic house, but it's worth a short wait, especially to find Rita's classic Mickey!

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Before we called it a day, I snapped a photo of Bob and Rita in front of the upside-down waterfall at the Imagination Pavilion. A day at WDW can be quite refreshing!

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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)

March 13, 2008

An Early March Visit to Spaceship Earth

The weather in central Florida has been a bit cool lately. I've worn my windbreaker several times this winter already, but this day in Epcot did not quite require a jacket. It was a short sleeves day.

Early March is typically a great time to visit Walt Disney World, since the bulk of the Spring Break crowds hasn't materialized just yet.

In the early afternoon, I spotted fewer than ten guests in the walkway up to the entrance to Spaceship Earth, so I hopped in line for a minimal or no wait. As you may know, this attraction has been a work in progress for the last few months. I wanted to check out the most recent changes and look around inside for new Hidden Mickey images.

In the ride vehicles, each guest faces an interactive computer monitor. After some initial questions posed on the touch screen, your photograph is snapped. During your descent back to earth near the end of the ride, your smiling mug appears on the interactive touch screen as you make choices that determine your future. (This future choice addition is reminiscent of the retired Horizons pavilion.)

I want to ask for opinions about two images along the ride.

Kim Lamb reports: "on the right side of the ride vehicle, in the section with classic black and white movies playing, a chalkboard marquee has listings of upcoming features. One of the features is "The Band Concert", not an image of Mickey, but a reference to him." Does this qualify as a Hidden Mickey? (Yellow arrows were added to the photo).

Spaceship Earth Band Concert Marquee


Spaceship Earth Band Concert Marquee

Another image in the same section of the ride, across from the chalkboard marquee on the left side of the vehicle, is a radio announcer. His microphone flag has the letters "WDI". Tim Devine suggests that these letters are a tribute to Walt Disney Imagineering. It's a cool image, but I don't think this qualifies as a Hidden Mickey. Let me know if you disagree.

Spaceship Earth Radio Announcer

Spaceship Earth Radio Announcer


The exhibit area at the exit of Spaceship Earth has been remodeled several times recently. Now you can spot your face photo on a large overhead screen, and you can e-mail your photo to someone from one of several computer monitors that face the screen. (I didn't have a chance to try this out, but I believe that's what guests were doing at these monitors).

Anyway, this new overhead screen replaced other screens that contained a cool classic Hidden Mickey made of star clusters. Alas, this now Lost Hidden Mickey was short-lived indeed!

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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)

February 2, 2008

Typical Research Day - Animal Kingdom

I thought I'd talk about what I do to verify Hidden Mickey sightings that folks send me.

As many of you know, I like to use fairly stringent criteria for the "classic" (three-circle) Mickey.

The highest order criterion is if an Imagineer or Disney artist tells me directly that he or she placed a Hidden Mickey image. That's a no-brainer, but that's happened only twice. An Imagineer took me to a classic Mickey image in the interactive area at the exit of Mission: SPACE.

Mission Space Hidden Mickey


A Disney artist e-mailed me a few months ago that I have all the Hidden Mickeys he knows of in Conservation Station at Disney's Animal Kingdom (he painted most of them in the entrance mural). That made me feel great!

One other instance that didn't involve me directly is when a graphic artist posted on a website that he'd painted a Hidden Mickey on the rotating earth (the "O" of Epcot) on the Tip Board in Innoventions Plaza. He made Australia appear as a classic Mickey, and he had to tell someone since nobody had discovered it!

Most of the time, I check out submissions by myself. I work faster and more intensively if I'm alone. I observe images from different angles, reading the descriptions several times over, as I try to re-create what the submitter saw.

One recent day, I was at Animal Kingdom with my bag of papers. The sky was cloudy, but it didn't rain. The temperature was comfortable and the crowds were moderate. My first stop was the Spoonbill area, just to the left as you walk onto Discovery Island from the Oasis bridge. Some rocks suggested a classic Mickey image. I understand the poster's idea, but the rocks are not proportioned quite right and are a bit too distorted for me, especially the "ear" to our left.

Questionable Hidden Mickey in Animal Kingdom


Next stop was the "Creature Comforts" shop. Close to a large decorative giraffe inside the store is a beetle with a classic Mickey marking. The photo shows this image, which is acceptable to me, as the "head" circle is larger than the "ears," which touch the head but not each other. (Jesse Kline sent me this image).

Hidden Mickey in Creature Comforts


Near the bridge to DinoLand, I enjoyed a group playing South American music (from Peru, Ecuador, etc.); excellent performance!

Musical Group

Inside Pizzafari Restaurant, I revisited a classic Mickey in the trees in the first room to the right as you leave the food order area. The three highest circles form a sideways Mickey, and they seem somewhat proportionate. I like it, and the MouseFest, 2007 Hidden Mickey Hunt group liked it, too! (Thanks to Sharon Dale for this image).

Pizzafari Hidden Mickey

I checked out many more sightings, some I liked and some I didn't like. As usual, I ran out of time before I could finish. No matter, this was a satisfying day of research, the kind of day I live for!

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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)


August 16, 2007

Great Movie Ride Hard-to-Find Hidden Mickeys

I revel in hard-to-find Hidden Mickeys. Some of these Hidden Mickeys have evaded me, or maybe they're "off the beaten path" (off stage or behind the scenes). I'm especially interested in the elusive ones, but I listen to Cast Members who whisper to me about the off stage ones (sometimes these are visible only to cast members and not to guests like me).

A few weeks ago, my friend Bill and I were studying the intricate scenes in The Great Movie Ride for some elusive Hidden Mickeys. I say "elusive" because I'd read about some HM sightings in this attraction that I'd been unable to verify. I'm often humbled by Hidden Mickeys that have evaded me, sometimes for years, until some sharp-eyed spotter educated me about their presence.

I'd heard about a classic Mickey in the trees, in the Wizard of Oz scene in The Great Movie ride. For years, I had studied the flowers and trees in this colorful scene, but I hadn't spotted any Hidden Mickeys. I told Bill that supposedly Mickey was hiding somewhere in the profusion of trees in this room. I didn't really expect that the Mickey sighting here was real, but I try to keep an open mind, as I've been humbled many times before. When I check out a Hidden Mickey post on my website, I consider the specific view from all possible angles, take my time and sometimes study the area many times over.

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I was lucky! Bill spotted the classic Mickey in the trees on the first pass through the Oz scene! (Check out the photo). This HM is nestled in the top of the trees, midway along the mural above the exit from the room. Wow! I'd passed under this mural so many times over the years and had never seen this cool classic Mickey. It's really hidden!

I mentioned behind the scenes Hidden Mickeys, because occasionally they're visible to the guest if you know where to look. A few weeks ago, my sister Donna asked a Cast Member at Expedition Everest about Hidden Mickeys in the attraction. He told her of one in the rocks, behind the scenes but visible to the lucky few. It's supposedly on the ground and across the tracks after you exit the ride. In the photo, it's to the right of the post and above the fourth vertical strut several inches above the rail. I'm not sure that I see it, and I'll try to spot it myself in person. If you spot it, let me know! Maybe we can get a close-up photo.

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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)


July 26, 2007

Hidden Mickeys - Old, Yet New to Me!

A few days ago, I was roaming around Disney-MGM Studios with a friend: Bill Iadonisi, a columnist for www.MickeyNews.com. We were checking out a few Hidden Mickey sightings that folks had posted to my website.

When I'm at WDW alone doing research, I usually move around at a fast pace. I have a thick group of pages that I've printed from my website, pages that include descriptions and photos of Hidden Mickey sightings. I'm on a mission to check out these sightings. I often don't interact with Cast Members when I'm doing research. I just zero in on the descriptions and photos.

When I'm at WDW with friends or family, I move around at a more leisurely pace, and we frequently interact with Cast Members. Not all Cast Members are knowledgeable about Hidden Mickeys, and some are overly exuberant ("anything goes") about images that are really "wishful thinking" Mickey sightings. But sometimes, questioning Cast Members can lead to terrific discoveries!

Bill and I were checking out a Hidden Mickey sighting at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. One CM there, Michael, was especially helpful. He told us that he once worked at Star Tours, and he asked us "Do you know about the Hidden Mickey on the tree outside Star Tours?" He described the HM to us and its general location.

Years ago, I'd heard of a Hidden Mickey in the outside queue for Star Tours, on one of the trees. I'd looked at these trees in the past but never saw anything resembling a decent HM. Michael told us: "It's on the last tree on your right as you walk along the outside queue, and it's a perfect three-circle Mickey." I've learned from past experience that these Cast Member statements are not always accurate, so I undertook the journey to Star Tours with only mild excitement. Little did I know ...

Bill and I strolled over to Star Tours, and walked to the last tree on the right side of the entrance queue. These trees supported walkways above for the Ewok village outside the attraction. At this time, the winding queue among the trees was closed off, and guests were walking directly into the inside queue, bypassing the trees. So Bill and I had unencumbered time to study the trees.

Alas, no classic Mickey on the last tree! I've also learned that descriptions of Hidden Mickey locations can be inaccurate. So Bill and I dutifully studied all the trees, working back from the last one. After a while, I was growing more and more skeptical. This Hidden Mickey sighting had to be in the "algae" on the tree trunks, and although some algae groupings were close to a classic Mickey image, none were close enough.

I found myself near the middle of the group of trees. Michael had told us that the Hidden Mickey was high on the trunk, just below the walkway platform for the Ewok village above us. Suddenly, I saw it! "Hey, Bill, over here! Take a look at this!" No mistake, Michael was right on, this classic Mickey image was real. Of course, he'd remembered the wrong tree! It wasn't anywhere near the end of the outside queue. This tree was the huge central tree, directly across from the Imperial Walker towering above us.

This experience is what makes Hidden Mickey hunting so special for me. I live for finding these wonderful hidden gems, and I have unending appreciation for the artists that place these subtle, hard-to-find images of our favorite Disney character(s).


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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)

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.


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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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