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June 26, 2017

Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

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


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!


September 7, 2015

Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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

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

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

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... and Donald Duck in the design.

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

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

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

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!

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

March 5, 2015

Newer Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

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

September 4, 2014

More Hidden Mickeys in Disney's Hollywood Studios

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


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!

July 5, 2013

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

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

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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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.
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Another classic Hidden Mickey still in place is in the gift shop at the ride exit. On the right side of the shop, near the exit doors from the shop, a Mickey image is on a front right panel of a counter. It's formed by bullet holes with surrounding black burn marks as the "ears" and a center raised circle as the "head."
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An interesting image in the gift shop is a collection of tiny creatures (Jawas) peering out from "windows" on the upper corners at both ends of a long counter on the left side of the shop.
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Alas, a few Hidden Images are no more. Kermit the Frog, made from tubes and robot parts, no longer sits along the inside entrance queue. The pre-boarding instructional video has changed, and the Ewok who carries a plush Mickey Mouse has vanished.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

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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

August 17, 2008

Visiting BoardWalk and Lights Motors Action!

My wife Vickie and I strolled around the BoardWalk area recently on a warm Florida afternoon. Inside the BoardWalk Bakery, I ordered an espresso and Vickie a bottled water. I'd spotted two Mickey images in the past, on two aprons hanging on the right wall, and they're still in place. Vickie thinks they're more like decor Mickeys rather than Hidden. What do you think?

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I looked for a Mickey sugar bowl that was in place several years ago on a high shelf directly opposite the entrance doors of the Bakery. Alas, it's still lost!

Lost Hidden Mickey - Mickey Sugar Bowl Once in Boardwalk Bakery

We drove over to Disney's Hollywood Studios later in the afternoon. My sister Donna had e-mailed me a few weeks ago that one of her favorite Hidden Mickeys was lost: the "Monet" Mickey in a display window at the end of the Streets of America!

Vickie and I confirmed that indeed it wasn't there! Another lost gem, but I hope only temporarily. Some Hidden Mickey images do reappear, and I'll wait to see if the Imagineers replace the Monet Mickey.

Lost Hidden Mickey - Monet Mickey Streets of America

We checked out a Mickey sighting along the entrance queue of Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. I think it's a cool image.

It's on the right side of the entrance walkway. As you walk around the first building, look in the middle set of windows at a red tool chest to find the black classic Mickey magnet. (Thanks to Denise O, Elton Hughes and Jill Sullivan, and Jennifer Lynch).

Entrance queue of Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show

Vickie and I then relaxed with an excellent meal at the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, one of my favorites!

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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

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.


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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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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

September 1, 2007

Carousel of Progress and Sci-Fi Dine-In: Hard to Find Hidden Mickeys

I wish to let you know about a couple of Hidden Mickeys that I've been searching for (for years!). Thanks to great photography and better eyes than mine, I can describe them to you.

The first one is in the last scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom. Other people have seen it and tried to describe it to me. But it took the excellent camera work of Tim Devine (www.themagicinpixels.com) and Shannon Hamilton's description for me to finally appreciate this Hidden Mickey.

As Shannon writes: On the last stage at the Carousel of Progress, one of the Christmas presents under the tree (near the grandfather's chair) is wrapped in red and white paper, but has a large classic Mickey head cut out of green paper glued to the side of the gift. The gift is partially hidden by another present, so you see the ears and part of the top of Mickey's head. The green Mickey ears are to the right of Grandpa's lower leg and behind the present with the silver bow. Check out Tim's photo, and you'll see why I had such a difficult time finding this one!

Carousel of Progress Hidden Mickey

I'd been informed about this second Hidden Mickey by the Cast Members at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. I'd never really spotted it, even when I was close to it and had studied it for long periods of time. The CM's told me that the lighting had to be just right. Well, finally a prolific Hidden Mickey spotter (Sharon Dale; you'll see her name all over my website) sent me a photo of the colorful tile mural inside at the rear of Sci-Fi that I think shows this amazing side profile Hidden Mickey. Mickey seems to be looking to the right (our right) side of the mural. I think I can see Mickey's jaw line curving to the front of his face, and his ears seem to be visible above his head. Let me know what you think! This Mickey is truly hidden!


Hidden Mickey - Sci-Fi Drive In

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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)

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