Last year, I shared two posts featuring some of my favorite Hidden Mickeys throughout Walt Disney World. You guys seemed to really enjoy the posts, and I vowed to write another one soon…and then life got in the way. Nevertheless, I’m back after a long hiatus with another Hidden Mickey post.
For those of you not familiar with Hidden Mickeys – they are any props, artwork, buildings, etc that come together to form the shape of Mickey Mouse. Mickey can be found virtually everywhere throughout the World, in both classic silhouette and profile. In addition to Mickey, sometimes friends such as Donald and Tinkerbell are also hidden, so be sure to look all around you while exploring the parks to see which Hidden Mickeys you can find.
I’ve put together another list sharing ten of my favorite Hidden Mickeys, and as with the previous lists, I am not including any pictures – just hints. Half the fun of Hidden Mickeys is being able to spot them on your own!
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – The finale seen of this Tomorrowland® attraction is home to several Hidden Mickeys, but a great one can be found on the kitchen counter. Look for a pepper mill with a pretty unique topper.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® – After braving the wildest ride in the wilderness, your train will briefly pause after braking and before entering back into the station. Look to the right side of the train on the ground for three gears which form a classic Hidden Mickey.
- Be Our Guest Restaurant – This Hidden Minnie was pointed out to me while enjoying dinner in the restaurant last fall. In the main ballroom, look towards the edge of the cloud painted ceiling to find Minnie’s profile- bow and all.
- Maelstrom – Before boarding into your Viking boat, take in the huge mural behind the loading dock. Look for the woman dressed as a cruise director- she is holding a clipboard and nearby is a classic Hidden Mickey.
- Living with the Land – This Hidden Mickey is one of my absolute favorites, but is only seasonally on display. In the fall, look for a hanging mold shaped like a certain mouse that is used to grow pumpkins into classic Hidden Mickeys.
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – Just after entering into the last room and before passing the Three Caballeros’ concert, look to the left side of your boat. There is a small boat featuring various instrument including three drums which form a classic Hidden Mickey.
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ – If you dare keep your eyes open during the eerie preshow in the library, focus in on the ghostly little girl. She is holding a rather recognizable plush which can also be spotted again during a brief encounter once in the elevator.
- Stage 1 Company Store – This store can be found on the Streets of America near Muppet*Vision 3D. Being as eccentric as they are, the Muppets have taken it upon themselves to spruce up the outside of the building and may have gotten a little overzealous. Look for splatters of paint on the ground, one of which forms a classic Hidden Mickey.
- Conservation Station – Take a few moments to appreciate the massive and intricate mural found just inside the building’s main entrance. In particular, look for an owl that seems to have some interestingly shaped eyes.
- Tree of Life – While there are hundreds of animals carved into the bark of this immense tree, focus on the backside of it and look for a hippo. Near one of his eyes is an upside down classic Hidden Mickey.
Well, what are you waiting for? Start searching!
(Photo from the author’s personal collection.)
What is your favorite Hidden Mickey in Walt Disney World®? Have you ever found one of the ones listed here? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment 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.