Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hidden Mickey's Are Quite The Challenge to Find

Star Tours:  The Adventures Continue at Hollywood Studios
Don't miss a classic Mickey on a tree along the outside queue.

50's Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios
Check out what's holding them together.
Found on our own.

Toy Story Midway Mania! at Hollywood Studios
Along the exit walkway, spot another classic Mickey on the wall.

Toy Story Midway Mania! at Hollywood Studios
 Study a book along the exit for a tiny classic Mickey.

The Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot
Find and then marvel at the green face of Mickey Mouse on the left side of the large wall mural of vegetation.  He's in the three-quarter profile on the right side of a single fern and he's well camouflaged by the fern's leaves. 

A Hidden Mickey is a representation of Mickey Mouse that has been inserted subtly into the design of a ride, attraction, or other location in a Disney theme park, Disney properties, animated film, feature-length movie, TV series, or other Disney product.  The most common Hidden Mickey is a formation of three circles that may be perceived as the silhouette of the head and ears of Mickey Mouse, often referred to by Disney aficionados as a "Classic Mickey".  Mickeys may be painted, made up of objects (such as rocks, or three plates on a table), or be references such as someone wearing Mickey Mouse Club ears in a painting. Hidden Mickeys can take on many sizes and forms.

Prior to our trip to Disney World I purchased a Hidden Mickey's Field Guide book and mobile app. to take to the parks with us.  I was thinking that while waiting in line that we might have time to search for Hidden Mickey's.  A great way to pass the time on an activity we have never participated in before.

In theory it sounded pretty simple.  But in reality some of them are so difficult to locate that we were really scratching our heads.  So much for our top notch Letterboxing skills.  Thankfully we discovered some Cast Members that were not only familiar with Hidden Mickeys but also enthusiastic about the hobby.  And boy oh boy did we need the help.  We quickly discovered that many of them are really difficult to see, are no longer in existence and are so obscure that we are still not sure if they really exist or not.  Two of the pictures I have here are Hidden Mickeys we found on our own but the others we had help with.

I think overall unless you have a season pass and are spending time in the Disney parks on a regular basis you might not have a lot of time to dedicate to locating Hidden Mickey's.  However, if you live in Florida or California and are a regular visitor to the parks the challenge of finding Hidden Mickey's might be a fun pastime to add to your regular visits.  I really liked the mobile app because it let you log in your finds and also provides additional hints at the push of a button.

In all we found 1 Hidden Mickey at Epcot and 5 at Hollywood Studios.  Not a great total for the two of us but we discovered pretty quickly that it was too time consuming while we were on the go so much of the time.  And often you had to be at the right place at the right time to find it.  You could not really push past people in line to try to find them and with so many people milling around it made it difficult to event figure out where you needed to be.  I still think this is a great treasure hunting hobby but we will save it for another visit when we have a lot more time.     

Star Tours:  The Adventures Continue at Hollywood Studios
Find a classic Mickey in the gift shop at the exit.
Found on our own.

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