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Hidden Mickeys throughout the Parks
You could find hundreds of them, in the parks, in the attractions, in the resorts, there are even some on the roads leading into the parks
Many of the millions of guests that visit the Walt Disney World Resort to see Mickey Mouse do not realize they are often walking past him!
These Mickeys they miss are not the life-sized two-legged sort they are ' Hidden Mickeys' , silhouettes and abstract images of Mickey Mouse hidden by Disney Imagineers across the 47-square-miles.
Hidden Mickeys began as a joke among Walt Disney Imagineers, the artists and engineers who design Disney parks and attractions. As word got round of these subtle tributes to Mickey Mouse guests started to try and find them.
Hidden Mickeys have been placed secretly by Imagineers at locations across Walt Disney World Resort. Imagineers include Hidden Mickeys when designing, building or putting the finishing touches to a new attraction or hotel.
Silhouettes, profiles and other images of Mickey Mouse are hidden in murals, queue areas etc.
Nobody knows how many Hidden Mickeys exist throughout Walt Disney World Resort, since Imagineers have never kept an official count and no one actually knows when the first Hidden Mickey even appeared. Over the years as attractions have been renovated and updated many have appeared and disappeared.
Here are a few to start your hunt for Hidden Mickeys off:
At Magic Kingdom the Haunted Mansion boasts ' 999 Happy Haunts, ' but it also has a mouse, a Hidden Mickey formed by an arrangement of dishes on the table in the attraction' s banquet scene.
A Hidden Mickey enjoys a lazy day on the river in the final scene in Frontierland' s Splash Mountain. A pink cloud floating high above the ' Zip-A-Dee Lady' paddle steamer bears a resemblance to a profile of Mickey lying on his back.
Over at Epcot Mickey goes around the world in Norway, Gateway to Scandinavia. A big Viking wears a pair of Mickey Mouse ears on the mural above the queue line for Maelstrom, the boatride attraction.
At Spaceship Earth in Future World, Mickey is actually hidden in his own constellation just beyond the attraction' s loading area.
In Hollywood Studios you can find a subtle Hidden Mickey in the supernatural realm of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The young child actress who vanishes from the Hollywood Tower Hotel one stormy night is clutching a Mickey Mouse doll in the attraction' s pre-show.
Mickey rocks his way into Rock ' n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Two Hidden Mickeys were placed in the tile floor in the attraction' s rotunda area.
Finally at Animal Kingdom Mickey can be seen in the Pizzafari restaurant in the park' s Discovery Island. His silhouette can be found on a wall mural hidden among leopard spots.
Go to the Boneyard in DinoLand and at the dig site Mickey has been formed with a fan and two hard hats.
There are more than 25 Hidden Mickeys at Rafiki' s Planet Watch, with Mickey found hidden in murals, tree trunks and paintings of animals.
These are just a few Mickeys; you can spend many years trying to find them all
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Page added on: 29 December 2009
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