Fun with the Felty Family

Last summer, at Fred Block’s Magic Meets in Pennsylvania, the Felty family won an auction item in Lou Mongello’s Dream Team Auction. The auction item was: time with me! Of course, I was honored.

A few weeks ago, I met up with the Felty clan at Walt Disney World for an afternoon Hidden Mickey tour.

They’d chosen the Magic Kingdom, and we rendezvoused at the Liberty Bell in Liberty Square at 11 am. The group included Jim and (his wife) Krista Felty, Jim’s dad John Felty, Sr. and Jim’s niece Triscia Felty. The day was perfect for touring, with a pleasant temperature and light crowds. From left to right is Krista, Jim, Triscia and John, Sr.

The Felty's

We decided to ride Pirates of the Caribbean first and check out the Davy Jones’ hat image (posted on a previous blog). I think the group was more positive than negative about the image as a Hidden Mickey, although I’m still not completely convinced.

On the way over to the Haunted Mansion, we checked out a few cool Hidden Mickeys, such as the hoofprint image in the cement near the Yankee Trader Shop. As you can see, the image isn’t perfect as a classic Mickey, but I believe that it’s purposeful and close enough.

Hidden Mickey at the Yankee Trader Shop in Liberty Square

As we trekked among the lands of the MK, we ambled onto attractions with minimal waits and stopped by more Hidden Mickey images.

In Fantasyland, inside the large tree in Pooh’s Playful Spot, I pointed out the submarine in the wood, a tribute to the previous submarine ride in that location.

Hidden Mickey tribute to the old submarine ride at Pooh's Playful Spot

In Tomorrowland, we squinted to see the faint classic Mickey in the cement near Astro Orbiter. This image is fading with time, and it’s not easy to track down. Triscia searched for it again later in the week, and she found it. That makes me a proud teacher!

Tomorroland faint classic Mickey near Astro Orbiter

Before we knew it, the tour was over. The Feltys had to leave the Magic Kingdom for a dinner reservation at Le Cellier in Epcot.

It was a wonderful touring day that I will long remember, and I hope the Feltys will, too.

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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.

Steve Barrett is a doctor and Disney nut whose favorite Walt Disney World memory is strolling through the Magic Kingdom with his young son on his shoulders. Not surprisingly, his favorite spot in the World is anywhere there's a Hidden Mickey. He suggests that all visitors take some time to chat with cast members, especially when looking for Hidden Mickeys, as they can enrich your Disney experience and make it even more magical.

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