Dec 152013
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Hidden Mickeys started out as inside jokes among the Walt Disney Imagineers. A Hidden Mickey is an image of Mickey Mouse concealed in the design of a Disney attraction (ride, resort, etc…). Originally, it took the shape of a head and ears silhouette, i.e. one large circle with two smaller circled on top in the appropriate place.

In designing, constructing or adding the final touches to an attraction, Imagineers subtly “hide” Mickey Mouse silhouettes in plain sight. Soon, it became a tradition, and as the word spread, Disney fans everywhere went on the search for Hidden Mickeys in Disney movies and theme parks.

I ordered a book off of Amazon a few years back that listed many of the Hidden Mickey’s scattered throughout the parks & resorts at Disney World (there is a separate book for Disneyland) and the boys and I always love searching for them every year.

Here is one that’s hidden inside the Spaceship Earth ride at Epcot. Β There are at least three on that ride (that I know of), but this is the only one I was able to snap a good picture of.


Do you search for Hidden Mickey’s when you go to Disney?

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  49 Responses to “Hidden Mickeys”

  1. I love finding them. Hint look for one at the end if the Nemo ride

  2. I had no idea about the hidden Mickys! We definitely would have been looking for them. πŸ™‚

  3. Looks like fun and will have to do this when we finally go!! πŸ™‚

  4. How cool! I’ve never heard of this before.

  5. You did get a good picture of it. I never knew about it until it was mentioned here. I think it’s fun.

  6. We haven’t been to Disney yet, but we will certainly be looking for the hidden MIckey’s when we go. How fun!

  7. That is so cool that they hide Mickeys. This is the first I have ever heard of that and it is so coo.

  8. I knew they put them in movies, but had no idea about the park. Too cool!

  9. I searched for them before the kids were born. Now I’m too busy keeping them alive inside the park to look too closely. πŸ˜‰

  10. I never knew about these. I’ll have to keep my eyes open if I ever go back to Disneyland.

  11. I had never heard of this before. Now I’m going to be looking whenever my fam gets there!

  12. I didn’t even know there were hidden Mickeys! Definitely something I want to look into before visiting with my girls!

  13. Ok – that is really cool. I’d never heard of that before. I guess I will just have to save up for a trip to Disney now!

  14. I learned about this half way through our trip. It sure was fun finding them.

  15. I’m not that great at finding them but I look. Just bought a few books about this for my nephew.

  16. looking for hidden Mickeys is our favorite game especially when waiting in lines. think son has found a few and it’s so fun. we also finally saw the very first stake put in the ground at the center point of Disney it’s in the Cinderella castle where you check in for dinning. so cool

  17. I never heard of this before! It’s hilarious and so creative and fun. Thanks for sharing it. πŸ™‚ I’m happy to have that piece of info for my next Disney trip.

  18. Those were habits of mine haha! Kinda miss those times when I kept looking for hidden mickeys πŸ™‚

  19. I would get a kick out of finding all of the hidden Mickeys all over the place. That is so much fun and a great branding idea.

  20. It really is amazing just how many there are and that they put such great care into the little details! That is what I love about Disney, or one thing <3!

  21. So darn jealous, but your posts are going to be so helpful!

  22. We know to look for them, but get so distracted by so much fun we always forget to actually look for them :-0

  23. That’s too cool! …And if I ever go to Disney World again, I’ll probably spend the entire time looking for “hidden Mickeys” lol.

  24. Now that is a very clever idea. It will engage both the adults and children.

  25. We didn’t find out about them till near the end of our stay if I ever make it back I will be sure to look out for them though πŸ™‚ x

  26. I love all of the details that go into amusement parks! That hidden Mickey seems like such a nice extra touch.

  27. I am sure kids will have a blast looking for hidden mickeys.. A serious mystery to unravel while on your fun trip to Disney. I find it very fitting πŸ™‚

  28. I’ve never heard of hidden Mickeys before! I’m totally looking next time we go!

  29. It’s one of the fun things that I do. I never thought about buying the book though, isn’t that kinda cheating lol πŸ™‚

  30. Oh that was rather cleaver! I never would have spotted that Hidden Mickey!

  31. I had never heard of the hidden mickeys before. I will have to look for them the next time we go to Disney.

  32. I have never heard of hidden Mickey’s, now I am going to be looking all over for them. I love that they did this, must have made work a little more fun for htem.

  33. So, interesting. I didn’t know this.

  34. I have heard of hidden Mickeys, but I haven’t actively looked for them. I may make a point to when I head to Disneyland at the end of the month πŸ˜›

  35. That is just another thing that Disney does right. Too bad they don’t hide a little extra cash for the visitors too! πŸ˜‰

  36. I have never heard of hidden Mickeys. I will have to be on the lookout next time I am at Disney World. Thanks for the tip.

  37. I knew about them but always forget to look when I’m there. I need to get that book and have a little fun with this next time. πŸ™‚

  38. I didn’t know about this previously, but how cool! When my family goes we will for sure make a game out of it!

  39. I never heard about hidden Mickey, but I think it is a great idea, my little one would love to search for one, he is a huge Mickey fan.

  40. If we ever make the trip to one of the Disney’s I’m going to have to keep my eye out for the hidden mickey’s. I love how a running joke became a mainstay thing to do!

  41. i’ve never heard of this before. what a great thing to find these little surprises through a vacation.

  42. I have never heard of this! Next Disney movie out I will keep a close eye on it!

  43. How cute… I love hidden Mickey’s they are always fun to find and you will be surprised the places you will find them..keep your eyes open πŸ™‚

  44. I did not know about the hidden Mickeys how cool!

  45. What a fun way to stay engaged!

  46. This sounds fun, but I dunno about the books. That’s cheating. πŸ˜‰

  47. Alas, I’ve never been there πŸ™

  48. I have never been to Disney World, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind if I ever do. πŸ™‚

  49. I am going to make it my mission to find as many as I can when we go.