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Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

Rumor has it that "Hidden Mickeys" were started as in inside joke of the Disney Imagineers. No matter if they were intentional or accidental, there's nothing like spotting one to bring a smile.

There are two types of "Hidden Mickeys." The first section is devoted to the ones that require a bit of detective work to spot. The second section are those "not so hidden Mickeys" that are still fun to find.

This list a by no means all-inclusive, but we thought we'd give you a start on some of our favorites. There are plenty of books and checklists available online for those who want to dig into them further.

 

MAGIC KINGDOM

Astro Orbiter

  • On the far side, look for an indentation in the cement
  • Look closely at the side facing Space Mountain

 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Three rusty gears lying on the grass as you reenter the station

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Look at the continents on the planet to your right as you enter
  • Look for the same planet on the left further along
  • On the ride, look to the left in the room with the batteries
  • Look for the planet again in the space video room
  • As you pass the space video room, look straight ahead to see the planet one last time

Carousel of Progress

  • In the last scene, find the Mickey nutcracker, the Mickey Mouse doll and on the kitchen counter, the object with Mickey ears

Columbia Harbor House

  • Main dining room—framed map on wall is comprised of three circular sections

The Haunted Mansion

  • Border around a portrait in the first room of the entrance
  • Ballroom scene—arrangement of plate and adjoining saucers on the banquet table
  • Graveyard scene—left hand of the grim reaper forms a Mickey outline with his fingers

"it’s a small world"

  • Africa scene—purple flowers on a vine on the elephant’s left side

Jungle Cruise

  • Side of plane
  • Temple—arrangement of three plates

Liberty Tree Tavern

  • Rear wall of the waiting area

Liberty Square Riverboat

  • Stocks near the entrance

Mickey’s Star Traders

  • Behind the statue of MICKEY MOUSE—a constellation in the shape of Steamboat Willie

Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Take a close look at the bark of the trees just before the entrance queue

The Pinocchio Village Haus

  • BLUE FAIRY Room—dark blue sparkle painted above the banner

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Treasure Room—iron work on the bottom of  four lamps on the left side, one located on each of two columns and  two more located on either side of the archway walls
  • The lock on the jail cell

Splash Mountain

  • "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" scene—look at the pink clouds to the right of the riverboat
  • Profile of Mickey as you ascend to the big drop
  • Past Brer Frog, the fishing bobber

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

  • Take Flight! Display—woman getting her hair done has mouse ears on her belt buckle

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

  • Last scene—nutcracker on fireplace
  • Last scene—plush toy peeking out of present
  • Last scene—wrapping paper
  • Last scene—white pepper mill on kitchen counter
  • Last scene—painting on back wall is an abstract version of MICKEY MOUSE from Fantasia

EPCOT

The American Adventure

  • Lobby—painting of wagon train heading west—above the front leg of the foremost oxen

France

  • "Impressions de France"—in the background of the wedding party scene, center of second-floor window on the house

Junkanoo Bus

  • Back side of the bus—above the stairs

The Land

  • Living with the Land—bubbles in the middle of the mural in the queue
  • Living with the Land—three circles near bottom of mural directly across from loading area
  • Living with the Land—in the film montage after the farm scene, on the nametags of Epcot greenhouse technicians in one of the pictures
  • The Circle of Life—small stones in front of the Native-American man on a horse
  • The Circle of Life—baseball cap of the man driving a harvester

Mexico

  • Gran Fiesta Tour —arrangement of three clay pots in the marketplace scene

Spaceship Earth

  • Renaissance Italy scene—on the page of a book behind the sleeping monk
  • Hat in the teenage boy’s bedroom
  • Alarm clock in the same room

DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Cover Story

  • Outside the building—in the decorative border above the first floor

The Disney Studio Store

  • Center of the shop—the three circular platforms

Hollywood & Vine

  • In "San Fernando Valley" wall mural

Hollywood Plaza

  • The plaza and surrounding buildings in front of the Chinese Theater—when viewed from the air

Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D

  • Outside fountain—an inflatable toy raft
  • Queue area—"Top five reasons for turning in your 3D glasses" sign
  • Lobby video—test pattern the second time Scooter crosses the screen
  • Final scene—balloons

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

  • Waiting area—a spot on the Dalmatian

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Lobby—between the doors that have marble panels, before entering the next room, there are two sets of three small circles in the floor tiles, unlike any of the other tile pieces in the room
  • Lobby—poster of the "8th Street Kidz Band" featuring rock singer "Jesse Camp" wearing a denim jacket with a Mickey Mouse patch in the upper left hand corner

Rosie’s All-American Cafe

  • Order area—head shape in the gauges of a welding torch

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

  • Waiting area—on a purple folder found on the bulletin board
  • Tree—the shape is in sculpted branches located to the left rear of the screen above the kitchen area

Stage 1 Company Store

  • A pair of shorts hanging from the clothesline hanging over the counter

Star Tours

  • Queue area—on "phone directory" sign at front

"The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"

  • Entrance area—just before you go inside on main balcony designs
  • Library video— little girl in elevator holding a MICKEY MOUSE plush
  • Library—on sheet music
  • Boiler room—water stain on the wall, just after the queue splits
  • At the doors to the final drop—in a swirl of stars

ANIMAL KINGDOM

The Boneyard

  • Wooly mammoth dig site—fan with two hardhats
  • Playground—in soft ground covering under the ground-level drinking fountain

Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures

  • Mr. Imagination cement dinosaur sculpture just outside the store—on the right side of the dino’s neck is a gold Steamboat Willie pin

Conservation Station

  • The main building contains more than 25 Hidden Mickeys. Look in the eyes of animals in the entrance mural, on butterfly and insect wings and bodies, and in the tree trunks of the rain forest
  • Neonatal Care section—on the back wall of the green room, a flower to the left of the blue koala
  • Neonatal Care section—on the back wall of the pink room, in the bubbles near the ceiling
  • Neonatal Care section—white fluffy clouds in the light blue sky
  • Song of the Rainforest—on the back of a cockroach in the queue waiting area

Dinosaur

  • Building entrance—in wall mural depicting Florida’s Cretaceous-era wildlife. Look on the bark of the painted tree in the far left background
  • Building entrance—under wall mural, three "floating" water lilies
  • Photo imaging pick-up—in Carnotaurus wall mural. In a shadow under a fold in the dinosaur’s lower jaw

Cretaceous Trail

  • On the back of the large red and green "picture" dinosaur

Harambe Village

  • To the right of Tamu Tamu Refreshments—utility cover with pebbles in the ground forming the ears
  • Harambe Fruit Market—section of cement poured into shape of MICKEY MOUSE’s head

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

  • Naked mole rat building—in reflection of lights in the central display case near the wall
  • Naked mole rat building—on "Asepso" box on desk to the right of the building’s entrance
  • Naked mole rat building—on a backpack in the far left-hand corner of the room

Pizzafari

  • In the camouflage room—spots of the leopard in the wall mural

Restaurantosaurus

  • In the "plaster room"—MINNIE MOUSE ears in white plaster hanging over entrance to the "bunk room"

Wildlife Express Train to Africa

  • Conservation Station Train Station—in the rafters where the cross-beams connect

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORTS

Disney's Animal Kindgom Lodge

  • Resort front entrance—Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) totem pole
  • Front door—Rivet
  • Lobby—Chandelier
  • Lobby—Log columns
  • Lobby—Rockwork
  • Lobby vestibule—Leopard painting
  • Victoria Falls—Rockwork
  • Slide stairway—Pool deck rockwork
  • Rear of Slide—Pool deck rockwork
  • Flamingo overlook—Pool deck rockwork
  • The Mara—Pool deck wall
  • The Mara—Leaf painting
  • Jiko—Stream outside (looking through window from inside Jiko)
  • Jiko—Pizza oven
  • Boma—Chair backs
  • Child activity area—Mural
  • Health Club—Elevator to health club
  • Arusha Rock—Carved giraffe
  • Arusha Rock—Animal overlook
  • Arusha Rock—Spiral staircase vine
  • Guest room—Corridor carpet
  • Guest room—Bedspreads
  • Deluxe Guest room—Drapes

Disney's Beach Club Resort

  • Near Ariel’s—figure sitting on hallway sand castle picture
  • In Guest rooms—on bedspreads, in bubbles

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • On Cross Country Creek—in the stonework of a bridge behind Summit Plummet

Disney's BoardWalk

  • Lobby—miniature carousel—on several of the horses
  • Lobby—on top of some lamps
  • Lobby—in wicker on back rests of a couch
  • Disney's BoardWalk Villas—in rug pattern in front of elevators (on all floors)
  • Disney's BoardWalk Villas—pattern in door lamps in front of each room

Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • Parking lot—floral arrangement of a MICKEY MOUSE watch

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

  • The Dig Site—in the walls on either side of the pool’s entrance
  • Guest rooms—yellow sheets of stationery (several images of MICKEY MOUSE appear)
  • Room Service menu

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Convention center—weather vane

Disney's Magnolia Course

  • The sixth hole—a sand bunker

Disney's Polynesian Resort

  • Main lobby—design in the flagstone floor

Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside Region

  • In the check-in areas—in the wood latticework above the destinations and on either side of the giant fans

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

  • In the Island Grove Packing Company – mural on the wall – three oranges strategically placed in the upper right corner.
  • In the Island Grove Packing Company – antique pick-up truck cab mounted on the wall. If you look in the rear-view mirror, you will find a MICKEY MOUSE shape
  • In the lobby on all of the orange trees – some oranges feature one large orange with two smaller oranges on the top
  • Mural behind the resort front desk –  features three oranges in a MICKEY MOUSE shape

Disney's Wedding Pavilion

  • Stepping stones leading up to the Pavilion
  • Design on speakers

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

  • Artist Point, right-hand mural—coloration of lower right-hand tree varies creating shape
  • Artist Point—cloud in the distance of the left-hand mural
  • Cub’s Den—guitar in painting near the entrance to the movie area
  • Cub’s Den—plush in teepee of painting across from the one mentioned above
  • Cub’s Den—white marking on the brown cow in the left-hand cattle painting as you enter
  • Library area—in the back side of the lobby fireplace is another fireplace on the next level; on the door of the screen of that fireplace are two sets of acorns which are highlighted by a curved surface, connect the curved surface
  • Lobby—in a key on display between the front desk and Mercantile merchandise shop
  • Lobby—right-hand side of fireplace just below the red rocks
  • Mercantile—outside, the bus driver on the sign showing the resort transportation location
  • Outside entrance—right, inside support post below iron band at top
  • Outside entrance—right, outside support post below iron band at top
  • Territory Lounge—colored area on rear end of a pony in mural on ceiling
  • Territory Lounge—map at the entrance, one of the pots about two feet from the bottom
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe—in bottom ironwork of fireplace in back room

THE NOT SO HIDDEN MICKEYS –

MAGIC KINGDOM

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Dinnerware—on the crest

Horse Cars (on Main Street, U.S.A.)

Horses’ bridles—blinders

Main Street Confectionery

Candy-making room—the trim of the white cupboards

Main Street Railroad Station

Front of the station—the flower arrangement

Above the station—in the flag

Sir Mickey’s

On the store’s sign

Splash Mountain

On the cover of the telephone boxes used by the attraction’s Hosts and Hostesses

EPCOT

FriendShip Launches

On life vest signs

DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Crossroads of The World

On the globe above the shop

"Earffel Tower"

MICKEY MOUSE ears on the water tower

Holding a clapboard on the sign below the ears

Entrance area

On grassy hill near boat dock—several planting arrangements

In the metal entrance gates

The Magic of Disney Animation

Front of the attraction—climbing the sign in

Resort Area

Celebration

Power station tower near I-4

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Country Fair—boots

Country Fair—bolo ties

Jazz Inn courtyard—on top of the cymbals

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

On trash cans

Touchdown! courtyard—planter in the center courtyard

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

MICKEY MOUSE ears on the snow child on display

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Inside main entrance arches

Chef Mickey’s—in sign and cut-out figures encircling walls

Convention Center—statue of MICKEY MOUSE shaking hands with Leopold Stokowski

Fun Center—clothes of some famous Disney characters are hanging from the ceiling

Outside near Bay Lake—silver metal structure with MICKEY MOUSE sitting on giant ears

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Tri-Circle D Ranch—signs and gates

Disney's Old Key West Resort

In the woodwork of railings in various buildings throughout the Resort

The sun in the Disney Vacation Club logo

Disney's Polynesian Resort

On the sign outside the arcade

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Campfire Ring area - MICKEY MOUSE shapes on backs of the benches

Fence posts surrounding the pool –  MICKEY MOUSE shapes cut into the top of the fence posts

Pirate's Plunge pool area –  MICKEY MOUSE shapes in the wrought iron fencing

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Walking on "Bear Crossing" sign on road to main entrance

Wilderness Lodge Mercantile—on totem pole

DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace

In entrance archway signs

Art of Disney—sign

Toys Fantastic—in mural inside shop

Along the waterfront—in the green wrought-iron tables and chairs

Fantasia Gardens

Tee-off mats

Gateway Entrance Signs (at entry roads of the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort)

In purple background behind each character

MISCELLANEOUS LOCATIONS

Manhole covers

Merchandise receipts

Monorails (WDW insignia on each cab)

Pizza delivery menus of some WDW Resorts

Road signs

Room keys of WDW Resorts

Security vehicles

Survey markers

Telephone book covers at pay telephones

Topiary figures

Utility covers

WDW insignia flags

 





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