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83: Find at least one Hidden Mickey at every Resort on Walt Disney World property

Mission accomplished! This post will focus on Hidden Mickeys spotted at Disney’s Value and Moderate Resorts. You can find my post on Hidden Mickeys at the Deluxe Resorts here.

Let’s start with the latest and greatest… I was beyond excited to spot my first Hidden Mickey in Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort. I was intrigued by the ceiling light fixture in the center of the “Little Mermaid” portion of Landscape of Flavors, the resort’s food court.

Art of Animation Landscape of Flavors
Hidden Mickey Art of Animation (2)

I loved how it gave Ariel’s perspective as she gazes toward the sky from her home under the sea, so I spent some time staring at it. Among all the “whozits and whats-its galore,” I spotted this framed portrait of Mickey Mouse!

Hidden Mickey Art of Animation (1)

Some things are considered Hidden Mickeys that aren’t really even images of Mickey Mouse at all… according to THE SOURCE on Hidden Mickeys, Steven Barrett (“Hidden Mickey Guy” extraordinaire!):

“A Hidden Mickey can take different forms. The most common image is the tri-circle Mickey frontal silhouette: three circles that form Mickey’s round head and adjoining round ears. Other images include a side or oblique (usually three-quarter) profile of Mickey’s face and head, a side profile of his entire body, a full-body frontal silhouette, a detailed picture of his face or body, or a three-dimensional Mickey. Sometimes, just his gloves, handprints, shoes or ears appear. Even his name or initials in unusual places may qualify as Hidden Mickeys. And don’t forget other characters: Hidden Minnies, Donald Ducks, Goofys, etc.”

(Quote taken from Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets)

For instance, check out these song titles at the GIGANTIC Juke Box at Pop Century’s Bowling Pool:

Hidden Mickey Pop Century (4)

Hidden Mickey Pop Century (1)
Hidden Mickey Pop Century (5)
Value Resorts are known for their larger-than-life icons reflecting the theme of each resort. I spotted these Mickeys in the Country-Western wing at All Star Music:

Hidden Mickey All Star Music

Okay, I don’t know if you can call anything “hidden” on a three-story high cowboy boot, but there you have it!

A very intentional Mickey welcomes you to All Star Sports :) :

Hidden Mickey All Star Sports (2)
But you’ll also be able to find a Hidden Mickey below as well as above–the black circles under the steps form his ears atop the circle his podium stands on:

Hidden Mickey All Star Sports (1)

There is a window in the front of All Star Movies with a whole slew of characters reminiscing over Disney films:

Hidden Mickey All Star Movies (2)
Hidden Mickey All Star Movies (1)
I consider all of the film titles to be “Hidden Mickeys:”

Hidden Mickey All Star Movies (4)
Hidden Mickey All Star Movies (5)
But if you’re looking for a more official one :)…

Hidden Mickey All Star Movies (3)
We have one more category to explore: Disney’s Moderate Resorts. A teeny Hidden Mickey welcomes guests to Coronado Springs:

Hidden Mickey Coronado Springs (2)
Hidden Mickey Coronado Springs (1)
Hidden Mickey Coronado Springs (4)

It’s Mardi Gras all year long at Port Orleans French Quarter! And nowhere is that more evident than at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. Guests can find upside-down Hidden Mickeys in the blue and white gems on an enormous Mardi Gras crown.

Port Orleans French Quarter Food Court
Port Orleans French Quarter Food Court (2)
Port Orleans French Quarter Food Court (1)

French Quarter’s sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside, waves slow-moving fans over guests checking in at the beautiful reception area, where you can find golden Mickeys:

Hidden Mickey Port Orleans Riverside (2)

Hidden Mickey Port Orleans Riverside (3)

Caribbean Beach Resort has one of the most epic pools on Disney World property. One of the things that makes it so is the awesome Pirate Ship splash area:

Hidden Mickey Caribbean Beach (2)
A glance at the ship’s helm will help you know who the captain is :):

Hidden Mickey Caribbean Beach (1)

And with that, the quest is complete! So I leave with you the same reminder and challenge as last time: that’s just ONE Hidden Mickey from each Resort. Can you find more  :)?

83: (In Progress) Find at least one Hidden Mickey at every resort on Walt Disney World property

As established in a previous post, I’m head-over-heels in LOVE with Hidden Mickeys—those little nods to The Big Cheese (and other beloved Disney characters) tucked throughout all areas of Walt Disney World by Imagineers and Cast Members. So, I decided to go on a hunt to find at least one Hidden Mickey at every resort on Walt Disney World property. I’d like to share the pics of my favorite Hidden Mickeys found so far. We’ll start here with the Deluxe Resorts & Villas… but the hunt will continue at the Moderate and Value Resorts, so stay tuned!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a truly stunning and unique feature: a 43-acre wildlife preserve that is home to zebras, giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, wildebeests, and more! Guests can enjoy the animals from select savanna-view rooms, or all guests can visit Arusha Rock to gaze at the animals from this elevated vantage point. My favorite Hidden Mickey is part of this overlook. Find this giraffe carved in the stone…

Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickey

… and be sure to take a close look at those spots!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Mickey 2

From here we’ll travel to the EPCOT Resorts: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, and Boardwalk Inn.

The hallway leading to the Beach Club Solarium is lined with paintings depicting a turn-of-the-century day at the beach.

Beach Club Hidden Mickey

These paintings are packed with Hidden Mickeys! Click on the image above to enlarge it Did you look at the cloud in the sky? How about the towel that the woman in the blue dress is sitting on? Oh, and wait… is that a Disney Cruise Ship in the background :)?

The Yacht Club’s lobby is home to one of the first Hidden Mickey’s I ever spotted. When you see this globe…

Yacht Club Hidden Mickey (2)

Give it a spin!

Yacht Club Hidden Mickey

At Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, you will see this lovely miniature carousel, and the detail on the horses is unbelievable:

Boardwalk Hidden Mickey
How about those spots :)?

Boardwalk Hidden Mickey 2

Off to the Magic Kingdom Resorts! Disney’s Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary Resorts and Wilderness Lodge…

It’s hard to take your eyes off of the Grand Floridian’s magnificent six-story lobby, but try to take some time to look on the floor beneath you:

Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey

Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey (3)
Grand Floridian Hidden Mickey (2)

Guests can find all sorts of shopping treasures at Trader Jack’s on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Resort. They can also find a Hidden Mickey… right beside the feet of a not-so-hidden Mickey:

Polynesian Resort Hidden Mickey
Polynesian Resort Hidden Mickey 2

I love this Hidden Mickey at the Contemporary Resort’s Sand Bar (located by the pool).

Contemporary Resort Sand Bar

Check out the head of one of the silhouettes demonstrating various maritime signals:

Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is packed with so many Hidden Mickeys, that you can stop by the front desk and ask to go on the Hidden Mickey hunt! They’ll provide you with a list of clues to search them out yourself. To find my favorite Hidden Mickey, visit the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, where you will be welcomed by a gorgeous entryway filled with the signature “Wilderness” architecture and woodwork:

Wilderness Lodge Villas (3)
Find this badger (or gopher? or woodchuck? I’m not too familiar with our woodland friends ;))…

Wilderness Lodge Villas (4)
…and look who’s made his home there!

Wilderness Lodge Villas (2)
Next, we’ll head to the Downtown Disney area. Old Key West Resort features a huge Hidden Mickey at their main pool:

Old Key West Hidden Mickey
And we’ve got one more at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. This resort is “inspired by historic Saratoga Springs, a late-1800s New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing.” (quote from the Walt Disney World website). You’ll find this statue just before you enter the lobby:

Saratoga Springs Hidden Mickey

Be sure to take a closer look at this horse’s bridle:

Saratoga Springs Hidden Mickey 2

So, there you have it! And remember… that’s just ONE Hidden Mickey from each Deluxe Resort. Can you find more :)?

53: Search for Hidden Mickeys among the murals at Conservation Station

If Hidden Mickeys are new to you, I’m going to point you right to the source: http://www.hiddenmickeyguy.com/

I’m a HUGE fan of Hidden Mickeys: those little images of Mickey Mouse that Disney Imagineers, artists, and cast members tuck in to all corners of the World. Although “fan of” may be putting it a bit mildly… “obsessed with” is more like it! Which is why I went on a Hidden Mickey hunt in Animal Kingdom’s Conservation Station.

Conservation Station is located in Rafiki’s Planet Watch: “an area dedicated to the preservation and conservation of animals.” Guests have opportunities for some unique experiences, from chatting with animal handlers, to learning about food and care for the animals, to occasional opportunities to view a live animal surgery (but only if you wish :)). Conservation Station is home to some absolutely stunning artwork:

It’s also home to absolutely OODLES of Hidden Mickeys! I set off on my search, armed with the best tool available–my copy of Steven Barrett’s  “Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets, 5th edition.” You can purchase your copy via the author’s website, Amazon.com, in a bookstore near you, and all over Walt Disney World property. The book offers a “scavenger hunt” which leads you all around Disney property with clues as to where you can find Hidden Mickeys (and hints for when you get completely stuck!). And yes, if you prefer… there is an app for that :). Per the book, Conservation Station is home to at least thirty-eight Hidden Mickeys! Here’s a glimpse at a few of my favorites (if the image is too small for you to find Mickey, just give it a click and you should be able to view a larger version):

This might be my very favorite: in this huge mural…

…I had to find this teeny, tiny little guy:

SO brilliant :)!

If you’re a fan of Hidden Mickeys, where are some of your favorites :)?

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