/ Monday, January 21st, 2013

One of my favorite things to do while in Walt Disney World is to search for Hidden Mickeys. They are either the profile or shape of Mickey Mouse hidden in paintings, props, or basically anything you could think of. But they are not just limited to Mickey; Hidden Mickeys actually encompass a vast number of hidden Disney characters located throughout Disney World. With so many hidden characters, it can be a time-consuming task to search for the Hidden Mickeys, but finding them can also be a lot of fun! So I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite Hidden Mickeys to share with everyone in hopes to inspire you to go out and search and also to share with me your favorite Hidden Mickeys! I have also made the decision to not include any pictures in this post, as I don’t want to ruin the run of trying to find the Hidden Mickey by showing you exactly where it is. All I will supply to you is the name of the attraction and the general area in which to look for the described Hidden Mickey. After that, it’s happy hunting! So without further ado, here are my favorite Hidden Mickeys of WDW!

1. Haunted Mansion– There are two Hidden Mickeys that I particularly enjoy inside the mansion. The first is a classic three circle Hidden Mickey located on the table in the ballroom scene. This one can sometimes be moved by Cast Members, so look closely and be sure to check out the entire table. The second Hidden Mickey is located inside the graveyard and is located inside of a tomb. Look for the grim reaper and a classic three circle silhouette of a Hidden Mickey in one of his hands.

2. Big Thunder Mountain– When exiting the ride, keep your eyes peeled along the rock work lining the walkway for a full body profile of Tinkerbell. It is easier to find if you keep in mind that you will also be looking at the profile of her wings.

3. Peter Pan’s Flight– Look for a classic three circle Hidden Mickey located on the trunks of one of the trees as you wait in the queue.

4. Carousel of Progress– Located during the final scene of the attraction, there are two hidden Mickey’s to be found. Search the scene, decorated for Christmas, for a nutcracker shaped like a certain mouse. Then search for a large plush Mickey, obviously there as a present for one of the family members.

5. Mexico Pavilion– Located in the back of the Mexico Pavilion, pay close attention to the rising smoke from the volcano. Every few minutes you will find the outline of a classic Hidden Mickey, but keep in mind that this one is very difficult to find and could take a while to discover!

6. The Great Movie Ride– While loading into your ride vehicle, pay attention to the mural along the left side of the room. Located in the trees, there is a silhouette of Minnie’s profile, bow and all. This one can also be difficult to spot, so keep your eyes open.

7. Splash Mountain– This attraction houses my all time favorite Hidden Mickey. Located in the finale scene featuring the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da-Lady, keep your eyes peeled in the sky for a full body profile of Mickey Mouse laying down on his back.

8. Tomorrowland Transit Authority– While riding along the highway of the sky, look for a woman having her hair done by a futuristic styling machine. Somewhere on her person is a classic Hidden Mickey.

9. Swiss Family Treehouse– As you make your way to the top of the treehouse, be sure to pay attention to the trunk of the tree for a side profile of Mickey’s head.

10. Soarin’– In the scene soarin’ over the golf course, pay fast attention to the golf ball being hit. It seems to have some kind of shape on it…but it goes by quick!

11. Star Tours– As you work your way through the queue, search for a screen that portrays the silhouettes of many Star Wars characters. As one passes by, you may just notice some famous head gear.

12. it’s a small world– In the Africa room, be sure to look for some unique vines depicting a classic Hidden Mickey in a vibrant color.

13. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin– While waiting in the queue, keep your eyes open for the depiction of a reappearing planet which hosts a rather familiar looking land formation.

And there you have it, my favorite Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World! If you are looking for more Hidden Mickeys to find while in the parks, be sure to check out the Hidden Mickey books by Steve Barrett sold in the parks and online. It is the most comprehensive list of all Hidden Mickeys ever created.

What is your favorite Hidden Mickey? Ever have trouble finding one? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!


Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.



10 thoughts on “Disney From The Twenty-Something: Favorite Hidden Mickeys”

  1. DisneyDaddy says:

    Don’t forget some of the great HM’s in Spaceship Earth (scrolls, watermark on sleeping monk’s page and the paint mark HM). And then there are the multiple HM’s at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

  2. Caitlin Corsello says:

    DisneyDaddy – The Hidden Mickeys on Spaceship Earth are some of my favorites, but I knew once I started mentioning some I would end up naming them all! Sadly I had to cut the list somewhere, but I could have gone on and on naming my favorite ones!

    Angie – Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

  3. Linda Raymond says:

    there are sooo many neat ones but I woiuod have to say one of my favorite ones is the one in Toy Story Mania,,,maybe cause it is a newer one,,,, thanks for the post

  4. Caitlin Corsello says:

    Linda – Which one is your favorite at Toy Story Mania?

  5. Heather says:

    My all-time favorite one is in Epcot in Norway. The queue for Maelstrom, in the mural, in the Viking ship, one of the passengers is wearing ears. And the pocket on the female cruise director’s shirt, along with her clipboard also make a Mickey head. 🙂

  6. Caitlin Corsello says:

    Heather – The clipboard/shirt Mickey in the Maelstrom mural is also a great one! Thanks for adding it to the list!

  7. Peter says:

    Do you know of any Hidden Mickeys on Space Mountain? It’s one of my favorite rides, but I’ve never seen any there.

  8. Caitlin Corsello says:

    Peter – Great question! As of right now there are no Hidden Mickeys that I am aware of on Space Mountain. There used to be a Hidden Mickey in the shadow of Winnie the Pooh crossing a rock in one of the post-show scenes. It was a really difficult one to find too! But it has since been removed.

  9. Kristel says:

    I believe there is a hidden Mickey on one of the planets that pass across the ceiling. It looks like a classic Mickey formed by craters. I haven’t been in about 3 years so I’m not sure it’s still there. There used to be a few in the old SMTV reports.

    There is also one right out front that you can only see when it rains. It’s something like an oil spill that turns a greenish purple.