One of the things that makes Walt Disney World so amazing is the huge attention to detail by Imagineers in all areas of the parks and resorts. Everywhere guests looks there are props, artwork, architecture, and thematic elements which further enhance the time period and environment of each area guests are in. Amongst all of these small details are Hidden Mickeys which can be found virtually everywhere and are shapes coming together to form the resemblance of Mickey Mouse. A Hidden Mickey generally depicts Mickey but can also feature other characters like Donald or Tinkerbell. Guests love spending time on each vacation trying to spot new Hidden Mickeys and there are even books published on the subject. Some Hidden Mickeys are easy to find and others can be so difficult that they take several tries to spot. Here are nine really hard to spot Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World.
9. Garden Grill Mickey –
This is one of the most notoriously hard to spot Hidden Mickeys in all of Walt Disney World. Located in The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, The Garden Grill serves up fresh fare grown generally grown inside of The Land. Near the entrance of the restaurant, there is a mural depicting a garden scene with plenty of details throughout. In the mural there is a Hidden Mickey in full body form. Mickey can be found behind a series of horizontal leaves looking directly out at guests who can spend tons of time starting directly at the Hidden Mickey and still not notice it!
8. Haunted Mansion Mickey –
The Haunted Mansion is home to several Hidden Mickeys (and a Hidden Donald!) that guests can spot while mingling with the nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. The hardest of the bunch to spot can be found in the final graveyard scene where the haunts are having a great time. As guests approach the large crypt headed towards the hitchhiking ghosts, they should look back behind their Doom Buggy to the right hand side to spot another crypt with a grim reaper inside of it. The ghostly reaper has one arm extended above his head that features a classic Hidden Mickey.
7. Splash Mountain Mickey –
This Hidden Mickey is one of the largest at Walt Disney World and can be seen by guests both on Splash Mountain and walking past in Frontierland. At the top of the largest drop of the attraction into the Briar Patch, there is a large opening in the mountain which features rocks on either side forming a circular hole. Guests who are looking at the attraction from the outside should look to the top right of the opening to spy Mickey’s nose protruding from the rockwork. Once they spot his nose, guests can easily find the rest of this Hidden Mickey in the large opening. Guests who are on Splash Mountain can spy the same Hidden Mickey as they approach the top of the drop however his nose will be sticking out on the left hand side of the opening.
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6. Carousel of Progress Mickey –
The Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland follows one family through the century as they discover how progress and technology effect everyday life. The final scene of the attraction features the family gathered around the living room and kitchen celebrating Christmas. There are several Hidden Mickeys in this scene, but there is one which is rather difficult to find. As the theater rotates into the final scene, guests can look to the back of the stage to spy an abstract painting hanging on a wall. When guests look closely, they can spy that the painting is actually depicting Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia. This Hidden Mickey is best spotted from the seats in the left hand side of the theater.
5. Star Tours Mickey Ears –
Star Tours –The Adventure Continues in Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes guests into the universe of Star Wars and allows them to join the Rebel Alliance after a thrilling adventure. While working their way through the attraction’s line, guests pass by a screen that shows the shadows of recognizable characters walking past behind it. Guests who are there at the right moment can spy R2D2 rolling by and wearing some pretty iconic headgear which in silhouette forms a Hidden Mickey.
4. Under The Sea Steamboat Willie –
This is one of the most difficult Hidden Mickeys to find in all of Walt Disney World.After experiencing Under the Sea –Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland guests emerge back into the daylight along a path lined with lots of intricate rockwork. Guests who reach the end of the path and look backward can try and spot a Hidden Steamboat Willie who is comprised of several different rocks along the left hand side of a small body of water. This Hidden Mickey is incredibly hard to find, s guests shouldn’t feel bad if it takes them a few tries or if they have to cheat and Google it!
3. Big Thunder Mountain Tinkerbell –
Guests who are brave enough to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will find themselves careening around the mountain on the wildest ride in the wilderness. After getting off of the train and walking towards the exit, guests emerge back in Frontierland facing the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island. Just after passing through the exit back into Frontierland, guests should examine the rockwork behind them where they can find a full body Hidden Tinkerbell featured in profile view. The easiest way to spot Tinkerbell is to first search for her wings.
2. Twilight Zone Hidden Mickey –
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror features several Hidden Mickeys as well as many props that pay direct homage to certain episodes of The Twilight Zone. The hardest Hidden Mickey to spot comes after guests have already boarded the evil service elevator and have found themselves moving forward through The Twilight Zone. Just before guests enter into the pitch black elevator shaft, two beams of light move in front of them and there are swirling lights which come together quickly in a central spot. The swirling lights very quickly form a classic Hidden Mickey which can be so hard to spot simply because it occurs so briefly.
1. Spaceship Earth Mickey –
Spaceship Earth in Epcot is a favorite attraction of many guests and it follows the development of communication from the beginning of time through present day. Guests who are seated on the left hand side of the attraction vehicle will pass by a monk working diligently at his station. One the other side of the station is a monk who is snoring away on top of his work. Guests who look back slightly at the paper set up in front of the sleeping monk can spot a classic Hidden Mickey made up of several ink blots spilled by the sloppy worker.