When you go to Disney, you may have noticed that Mickey Mouse shapes are everywhere on property. You might spot one waiting in line for your favorite ride, while riding a ride, or maybe it’s just the way a shadow is being cast on the sidewalk as you walk from one spot to the other. Well, there’s a reason for all this madness that might make you think you your eyes are just playing tricks on you. Most of these “Hidden Mickey’s” are there on purpose.
This “Hidden Mickey” idea all started by the Imagineers of Disney. It used to be that the management at Disney only believed that Mickey and Minnie belonged in Magic Kingdom, but Imagineers thought otherwise. When EPCOT was being built, in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Imagineers started slipping Mickey into the construction. As guests and cast members started noticing them, the idea took off. Now, because of their popularity, it is encouraged for Mickeys to be placed into the new constructions.
“Hidden Mickeys” are just what they’re called, a Mickey Mouse that you actually have to look for. They are not meant to be noticeable at first. A lot of them are just three circles put together to give the illusion of the silhouette of Mickey’s head. But, they can also include a full body Mickey, maybe in the background of an image. Disney has added these “Hidden Mickeys” to just about everything possible. You’ll find them at your resort, by the pool, on rides, on merchandise, in signs, in the pavement, and even in movies. Once you catch onto the idea of them, you start seeing them everywhere, and I don’t mean just in the parks. You’ll start seeing them long after your vacation has ended. Trust me on this one.
So, here we go. If you think you are a Disney expert, we’re going to test you a little bit. We have gone, specifically, into the parks and found tons of these “Hidden Mickeys.” I have even found some in movies, and TV shows. Every Wednesday is now going to be “Where’s Mickey? Wednesday” and we will be posting a new picture of a “Hidden Mickey.” We want you to comment or email us your answer to where you believe that “Hidden Mickey” can be found on property. I’ll give you a hint right now- all of the ones we post that are in a park or at a resort will be from somewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. I haven’t gotten a chance to travel out to Disneyland to find “Hidden Mickeys” yet but they are there.
Ready? Here’s the first one!
So, where can you find this “Hidden Mickey” at Disney World?
Check back on next week’s “Where’s Mickey?” for the answer.