Hidden Mickey Alerts
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HIDDEN MICKEY ALERTS! From time to time, Hidden Mickeys author Steve Barrett discovers new Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World and passes them along to AllEarsNet.com’s newsletter, ALL EARS®. Here are past “Hidden Mickey Alerts” that Steve has shared with us:
|A silhouette of Roger Rabbit is in an outside window of the Hollywood & Vine Restaurant. Face the restaurant entrance and look to an upper left window. (Thanks to Sharon Dale, Elton Hughes and Jill Sullivan, and Michael Nemeroff.)||
|Inside Tatooine Traders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at the “Build Your Own Lightsaber” station, a classic Mickey is on the front lower right panel. It’s formed by bullet holes with surrounding black burn marks as the “ears” and a center raised circle as the “head.” (Thanks to Tony Garon.)||
|Inside Walt Disney Presents, in one of the last scenes before you reach the theater, four Hidden images are to the left of the Animatronics robot. Donald Duck is on a coffee mug on a desk to the far left, and Mickey Mouse is near Donald on a glass with pencils. Mickey is also on the top of a Pez dispenser and on another coffee mug. (Thanks to Lea Ann.)||
|On the rocky edge of the mermaid lagoon in Peter Pan’s Flight, three flowers on the grass form a classic Mickey; the “head” is yellow and the “ears” are light orange. (Thanks to Jesse and Sarah Kline, and Donna McMurrey.)|
|On the Gran Fiesta Tour attraction in the Mexico pavilion, a dark classic Mickey tree is in a photo of a shoreline to the right of your boat. Donald Duck is parasailing in the scene, and the tree is on the right side of the scene in front of buildings on the shoreline. (Thanks to Jennifer Lynch, Jake Thompson, and Marc Lorenzo.)|
|Inside Sanaa restaurant, a classic Mickey is above a booth on a white wall to the left as you enter. (Thanks to glaslady and Jay Stonefield.)|
|In Mickey’s PhilharMagic show, study the jewels that Ariel tosses out in the water in front of her. On the right side of the screen, a black classic Mickey is inside a rotating finger ring. The Mickey image is visible as the ring is partially sideways to the viewer, but it disappears as the ring turns fully open. In the photo, images are duplicated because of the 3-D screen effects. It took me a long time and many visits to spot this great Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Christine H. and Donna McMurrey)|
|In the last scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a small classic Mickey wire loop hangs from the bottom of the lantern on a post closest to the boat on the left side. Watch as you approach the lantern, and the Mickey image will be visible for a short time as the background lighting changes. (Thanks to Christy, and Tim Devine)|
|Donna found some classic Mickeys in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. On the right side of the inner street, two small Hidden Mickeys are inside the Crown & Crest Shoppe. One is inside a left rear cabinet post; you have to put your head
inside the cabinet to see it. The other image is behind the cash register. Stand near the “Cast Members Only” door and look back behind the register. These Mickeys have stayed in place for a
while, so I hope they don’t disappear!
|3. Sharon Dale let me know about Pooh’s signature, not a Hidden Mickey, but a cool image anyway. Walk into the last room before the park at the rear of the UK Pavilion. This room is used for a character meet and greet. At the rear of the room, find Pooh’s signature on an envelope at the right side of a lower cabinet shelf near an old typewriter.||
|Another classic Mickey-shaped lock can be found inside the faux ticket office, upstairs in the Main Street Railroad Station, Magic Kingdom. Walk up the outside stairs to the office window, which faces Main Street, and look for the lock hanging on the right wall. (Thanks to Donna McMurrey.)||
|I finally found this one! A small classic Mickey tar spot is in the parking lot of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Walk straight ahead from the circle drive exit from the car unloading area at the AKL entrance. About 45 feet before the “E1” sign, search the pavement in front of the second grass island from the main parking lot crossroad. (Now you realize how hard it is to find!) (Thanks to Mike Demopoulos.)||
|At the Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club Resort, study the lantern on the check-in podium for a cool classic Mickey image. Usually, it’s on the back side of the lantern, so you must pass by the podium and look back at the lantern. It’s worth the trip to spot this one!||
|While in the Studios, seek out the side arches over the entrance area to the Animation Courtyard, next to the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant. Donald Duck and Goofy are subtly etched into the lower part.|
|A proportional bubble Mickey appears in The Little Mermaid. When Sebastian arrives into the theater, look behind and to the left of the blue shell to find three bubbles forming a classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Daniel & Yaëlle Berset)|
|Also in The Little Mermaid, at the beginning during the scene of the music concert in King Triton’s Palace, there is a shot that pans over the audience. Among the audience is Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy! Mickey and friends are sitting under the dolphin on the right. The inset photo shows them up close. (Thanks to Disney Barbie of Southampton, England, Emma, and Mandy Newby)|
|In Lilo & Stitch, watch carefully in the scene when Lilo is teaching Stitch to dance at the outdoor market. Above them, formed by some Hawaiian melons, is a neat classic Mickey! A red circle around the melons has been added to the photo. (Thanks to Alex Valdes and Sharon Dale)|
|Just inside the entrance to Conservation Station in Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, spot this classic Mickey on a lizard’s left ear. He’s above the deer, at the top right corner of the border of the changing screen. (Submitted by James Baublitz and Jesse Kline.)|
|Further inside Conservation Station, find a butterfly with a tiny, black classic Mickey. Look on the front of the tree with the cockroach display inside. The butterfly is on the left front of the tree, about 6-1/2 feet up from the floor, and the Hidden Mickey is on its lower back, between the wings.|
|In Mickey’s PhilharMagic, watch closely as Donald chases Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet in the sky. Stare at the bottom left of the screen for three round buildings on the ground clustered as a classic Mickey. They’re visible from above only for a few seconds. (Submitted by Trent Sexton.)|
|When you’re at Mission: SPACE, search for these classic Hidden Mickeys:
Along the Mission: SPACE entrance queue, look for the Mission Control room behind windows. Three classic Hidden Mickeys appear on the overhead monitors from time to time during the video loops. One shows up on the far right monitor, on the lower part of the surface of Mars, which is on the left side of the screen. A second one, also on the rightmost monitor, is formed by three “status lights” at the lower right side of the screen.
Count two monitors to the left to find three small waveform images that come together as a third classic Mickey on the lower left of the screen. Because of the glare from the monitors, my photos are suboptimal, but you can still make out the classic Mickeys on the screens.
|The outdoor cement walkways in front of Mission: SPACE contain several decent and some questionable classic Hidden Mickeys in the mosaic design. One is already posted on my website: the head is a black stone and the ears blue stones. This tiny classic Mickey is located in the middle of a blue tile area, to the left (as you face the attraction) and near a gold stripe. A second set of white stones forms an imperfect (but close enough?) classic Mickey. This one is toward the bottom of a blue tile stripe, four feet toward the Mars planet from a black disc, which is near the lowest part of the blue tile stripe. Two other stone classic Mickeys are near a drain, which is in a circle of tiles to the left of the Mission: SPACE sign outside. Good luck!|
|Folks continue to spot new Hidden Mickeys at Expedition Everest! Here’s a good one:
Walk up the steps outside and across from Serka Zong Bazaar shop and find the tablets on the left side. An upside-down classic Mickey is etched on the second tablet from the edge closest to the shop. (Submitted by Dick Larson.)
|I finally have decent photos of the yeti with Mickey ears along the entrance queue. I include two descriptions from guests who spotted this cool Hidden Mickey:
While traveling through the standby queue for Expedition Everest, take a careful look at the items in the cupboards in Tashi’s Trek and Tongba Shop. As you round the last corner of the shop before exiting, the cupboards appear in the corner on your right. The cupboard contains several canned goods, and small yeti figures appear on the top shelf. Look closely to find a yeti sporting black Mickey Ears.
On the stand-by line for Everest, there is a room after the room with the red walls and before the museum room. It is decorated like a shop. Along the back wall, there are cabinets with food. To the right of the cabinet filled with corn, there are yeti dolls. One of the smaller ones is wearing a Mickey Mouse eared hat. (Submitted by Jesse Kline, Tim Rachuba, and Justine Gamale.)
|Pooh’s Playful Spot, a children’s play area in the Magic Kingdom, has (no surprise!) a few new hidden images:
A side profile of Mickey Mouse is carved into the bark, outside on the back of the big tree. It’s at the upper left corner above the lower window. (Thanks to Bob Ondercik and Kristy Mantarro for this great Hidden Mickey.)
|Pooh’s Playful Spot
Inside the big tree, a classic Mickey is formed by embedded rocks above the frame of the smaller children’s entrance. (Angela Coutavas sent me this Hidden Mickey sighting).
|Pooh’s Playful Spot
Above the frame of the larger entrance inside the big tree is a depression in the wood shaped like a submarine! Maybe this is a tribute to the previous attraction at this location (the “20,000 Leagues” submarines)? (Angela Coutavas spotted this jewel as well.)
|I had heard about this tiny, classic (three-circle) Hidden Mickey at Splash Mountain, but I’d not spotted it until recently. During the first part of the ride, when your boat is outside, look to your right for a barrel with “Muskrat Moonshine” painted on the side. A classic Mickey is formed by holes in the paint, above the “s” in Muskrat. (Thanks to Jesse Kline for this HM tip.)|
|The Merchant of Venus Shop in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland has two Hidden Mickeys in the mural. Face the cash register and look up at the mural on the wall behind the register on the left side. Near the Tomorrowland Transit Authority track (in the mural), a relative of Stitch is wearing Mickey Mouse ears. A second relative of Stitch in the mural on the left side is holding a Mickey balloon. (Thanks to Tawny Peedin and Erin Blackwell for these HM sightings.)|
|A Cast Member (Sharon) told me about this interesting “hidden character” along the exit wall from Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. It’s Stitch’s spaceship flying through space in a corner of the first mural on the right as you exit.|
|Find some hidden characters in the gift shop at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean. As you walk from the ride exit, look on the left wall for a small “pirate’s map,” which has continents shaped like Goofy, Donald, Pluto and of course, Mickey. (Thanks to Jesse Kline for this hidden character sighting. Our MouseFest 2005 Hidden Mickey Hunt group liked this one.)|
|Some really decent Hidden Mickeys are popping up at Typhoon Lagoon. At Crush ‘n’ Gusher, ride up the elevator and look left as you get off to spot the paint circles on the floor: a perfect classic Hidden Mickey. (Thanks to Brad and Courtney for writing me about this Hidden Mickey.)|
|Canada: A fish with a classic Mickey has reappeared! (The first such fish ornament was shattered a few years ago.) It’s in the Northwest Mercantile Shop, which is to your left as you walk up the steps into the pavilion. The fish is hanging on the outside of a box at the left rear of the first room as you enter the shop. (Thanks to Jesse Kline and Joseph Fortenbaugh for telling me about this new Hidden Mickey.)|
|Morocco: At the rear of the pavilion, across from the entrance to Restaurant Marrakesh, two small Hidden Mickeys are in a mural on a rear wall of the character meet and greet room. One is at the top of a tower on the right side of the street (it’s not perfectly proportioned, but it’s close enough). Another classic Mickey is toward the front of the mural, on the left side of the street and near the rear part of a double archway. This second one is tiny and looks somewhat like a bush. (Thanks to Jesse and Jordan Kline, and Leslie Sharkey for alerting me to these Hidden Mickeys on the mural.)|
|Inside the gift shop at the exit from Mission:SPACE at Epcot, stare at the ceiling at both sides of Mickey’s side profile to find side profiles of Goofy (with his ears stretched out) and Donald! (Thanks to Michelle Anderson for telling me about these Hidden Characters.)|
|On the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride in Animal Kingdom, study the rock formation as your vehicle arcs around the lion area. Spot Donald’s cap first, then his face and eyebrows, and watch as his beak moves into position to complete his face!||
|I’d been searching for this Hidden Mickey for years. Other folks had spotted it, but directions to it were hard to come by. Recently, an anonymous benefactor slipped me precise directions. So one morning, a group of us hiked off through the Animal Kingdom (excuse me, Disney’s Animal Kingdom) to corral this elusive Hidden Mickey. Following the written directions, we walked along the Maharajah Jungle Trek until we passed the tigers and made a left turn to the Elds Deer exhibit. We looked to the left, back toward the tiger area, to a huge mural painted on a wall that separates the tigers from the deer. Parts of the mural have crumbled away, forming vertical cracks that expose red bricks. Mickey was said to be hiding in the right center of the mural, below the third (from the left) of four brick cracks and about three feet to the left of the middle bird of some birds in flight. We looked for some orange flowers in green leaves. Five minutes into the search, a bright-eyed member of our group, Sheri Ondercik, shouted, “I see him!” She had to point and describe his location until we all had finally spotted Mickey with his right hand up and waving at us! It’s as if he was acknowledging us for a job well done!|
|A classic Mickey is behind the Mouse Gear shop in Epcot’s Future World. Exit the shop at the rear toward Test Track, then make the first right onto a walkway toward World Showcase. Just before the path changes to an octagonal shape, look down near the left railing to find a small three-circle Mickey shape indented in the concrete. Way to go, Imagineers! (Thanks to Rob Coile and his daughter for alerting me to this little gem. My friend Bob Ondercik and I found this Hidden Mickey a few days ago.)||
|The robotic dog in the last scene to the right along the exit walkway in Space Mountain has a blue classic Mickey “dog tag” hanging on the front of his neck. Let’s hope the Cast Members leave it there! (Thanks to C.T. and Rick Haas, who both let me know about this Hidden Mickey.)||