Placed all over Walt Disney World by the Imagineers, there are subtle silhouettes that many people overlook, yet searching for them is an adventure in itself. The image is not immediately noticeable and may need a second or third look, but they’re in plain sight in a building’s architecture as guests wait in line for an attraction, sit down for a meal in a restaurant, enjoy a ride, or in outside décor in a stroll around a Walt Disney World park.
The unofficial definition of a Hidden Mickey is three circles arranged together to form the ears and head of Mickey Mouse (the “Classic Mickey”), but it can also be identified as a complete Mickey Mouse or possibly another character. This distinctive and well-loved shape may be formed from any medium or any combination of objects, and some are much easier to spot than others. Once you’ve started to search for Hidden Mickeys, it’s almost impossible to stop.
The game can continue once you leave Walt Disney World too. Hidden Mickeys have been spotted in classic Disney animated films including Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and 101 Dalmatians.Other reports have been made of Hidden Mickeys placed in Disney television shows and feature movies. Some of the more obvious Hidden Mickeys in Walt Disney World are listed below. How many of these have you noticed?
8. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
As you walk through the underwater viewing area, look on the bottom of the tanks for three large rocks positioned in the shape of a Hidden Mickey.
7. Living with the Land Attraction Water Tanks
Your boat will glide past tanks housing shrimp and eels. Inside of one of the horizontal tanks are three pieces of wire mesh arranged into a Hidden Mickey.
6. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
As you are zapping targets in the final scene, spin around to the mural on the left. Look for a blue planet with a large continent in the shape of a green Mickey.
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris Flamingo Island
During your safari adventure, your truck will take you into elephant country and past an island in the middle of a small pond populated by flamingos. The flamingos don’t know it, but the island is shaped like a classic Hidden Mickey.
4. Spaceship Earth, Sleeping Monk
As you move into the monastery scene with the sleeping monk, look at the piece of paper in front of him in the upper right corner. There is a Hidden Mickey ink blot visible as your vehicle goes by.
3. Spaceship Earth, Renaissance Painter
It’s time for the Renaissance, and the vehicle takes us past painters working on their masterpieces. Look for the first painter on the left; he has left three white paint rings in the shape of a Hidden Mickey on his table in the left-hand corner.
2. Carousel of Progress Christmas Scene
The family is celebrating Christmas, and they have decorated with a Mickey Mouse nutcracker on the left side of the mantel. A bonus find in this scene is the plush Mickey Mouse tucked behind the presents under the Christmas tree.
1. Haunted Mansion Ballroom Scene
As your Doom Buggy enters the ballroom scene, look down at the table and place settings. Three plates have been arranged to form a Hidden Mickey. Out of all Hidden Mickeys I have found in Walt Disney World, this one is my favorite, hands down!