New Walt Disney World Experiences

Vickie and I visited Animal Kingdom Lodge recently to check out a new (to me) potential Hidden Mickey sighting (from Jack Koss, and Cindy).

A classic (three-circle) Mickey image is etched in the cement outside of The Mara restaurant. Go to the walkway leading to the pool directly opposite the rear exit door from the restaurant. On the left side, and near the end, of this short walkway as you stroll toward the pool is the Hidden Mickey. I think it will remain in place for a while, maybe a long while!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickey

We showed up for dinner at the California Grill, at the Contemporary, without reservations, to check out a dining option. If Disney restaurants have a bar area, these seats are often available for walkup guests, especially near the meal opening time.

The Cast Members at the restaurant confirmed that this approach works sometimes, but not always, and there’s not a good way that I know of to guarantee access to a bar meal as a walkup guest. However, this time it worked for Vickie and me, and we ordered from the usual restaurant menu (as is the case in the other restaurants with bar areas). We like the California Grill, and we enjoyed another great dinner here.

California Grill

Vickie and I witnessed the Main Street Electrical Parade when it opened at the Magic Kingdom as part of Disney’s “Summer Nightastic” program for this year’s special summer entertainment. The floats were bright and colorful and the parade quite engaging.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Vickie’s favorite float had Pete on his bright green dragon Elliott.

Main Street Electrical Parade

The parade ended with an American flag float protected by a huge eagle.

Main Street Electrical Parade

The guests around us smiled throughout the parade. Thanks, Disney, for showcasing this wonderful parade at WDW this summer!

blue line

Read more about Steve’s Hidden Mickey finds on

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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  1. Thanks for the Elliott picture! That used to be a favorite of mine as a child and I was wondering if it was in the “new” parade. YEAH! 🙂