May 01, 2017
One of the things that I love most about Walt Disney World (and all Disney Parks and hotels) is the incredible attention to detail that goes into the creation of every square inch of each destination. Disney Imagineers go to great lengths to ensure that their creations are as authentic as possible. This covers everything from the use of "forced perspective" to make average-size buildings look taller, to the texture and impressions on the pavement and groundcover everywhere you go on property. Everything works together to help anchor the overall theme. Nothing is left to chance in Disney creations and that is why we love Disney Parks and Resorts so much--because that level of detail really is the Disney difference.
Do you know the history of Hidden Mickeys and how they started?
Given the creativity of Disney Imagineers, it should come as no surprise that one of these same playful Imagineers at some point back in the day decided to incorporate a "Hidden Mickey" silhouette into the work being done at a Disney Park. Word of this sneaky idea spread quickly among Imagineers and it wasn't long before hidden Mickeys became an inside joke among Disney Imagineers. Hidden Mickey silhouettes and appearances began popping up more and more frequently as new areas of Disney Resorts and Parks were created. The story goes that in 1989 a Disney Cast Member wrote a story about these "Hidden Mickeys" in a Cast Member newsletter and from there things really began to take off with Hidden Mickeys.
Disney fans (myself included) are pretty easy pickings for adventures like this and as word got out, we began to spend time searching the details of abstract pieces of Disney Parks and Resorts to see if we could spot Mickey Mouse's telltale outline in the Imagineers' creations.
These days, Hidden Mickeys have gone more mainstream and there are books and websites dedicated to these creations. Sometimes eager fans go a bit too far, spotting "Hidden Mickeys" just about any time they see three circles in close proximity! But there are a ton of great Hidden Mickeys out there and when you find one, you'll know it. If you have to ask yourself "is that a Hidden Mickey?" then it's probably not a Hidden Mickey at all.
An official Disney release once described Hidden Mickeys this way:
"Like Easter eggs, Hidden Mickeys have been placed secretly (and not so secretly) by Imagineers at locations across Walt Disney World Resort. Imagineers include Hidden Mickeys when designing, building or putting the finishing touches on a new attraction or hotel, hiding silhouettes, profiles and other images of Mickey Mouse in murals, queue areas and even golf course sand traps."
The story went on to say that no one knows how many Hidden Mickeys exist throughout Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations, since Imagineers have never kept an official list of their existence. In fact, no one knows when the first Hidden Mickey even appeared. With all of the updates and renovations that happen over the years, some Hidden Mickeys have been lost forever (although it's probable that they have been captured in a photograph somewhere).
So if you haven't been a Hidden Mickey hunter before, why not have some fun on your next visit to Walt Disney World (or any other Disney destination) to see if you can spot a few Hidden Mickeys for yourself. It's a lot of fun and kids really love it as well.
To get you started, here are a few of my favourite popular Hidden Mickeys that you can seek out at Walt Disney World Resort:
What are you favourite Hidden Mickeys in Disney Parks and Resorts?
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