Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It’s All in the Disney Details



A not so hidden Mickey on the Grand Floridian wallpaper

If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have seen Disney’s amazing attention to detail in every attraction, restaurant and gift shop.  Those details are what sets them apart and adds that special magical quality to every Disney vacation.  The details don’t stop at the theme parks but continue throughout each and every Disney Resort. 

We’ve previously taken a look at seemingly ordinary objects such as trash cans, carpets, and towels but today we look at the extraordinary…Hidden Mickeys.  From the wallpaper and carpets in the Resorts, to the queues for attractions.  Hidden Mickeys are one Disney detail that can be found anywhere and everywhere!


Hidden Mickey in a shop in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot
A Hidden Mickey is an image of Mickey Mouse that is worked into the design of a Disney attraction, resort, restaurant or other area.  The most common Hidden Mickey is the classic Mickey silhouette of three circles that form Mickey’s head and two ears.  There are also other forms of Hidden Mickeys, such as a side silhouette, and there are even other hidden characters!  



The Imagineers have placed so many Hidden Mickeys throughout the theme parks and resorts that you could spend multiple vacations just dedicated to searching for them and still not find them all.


I spy a Hidden Mickey in the drain in the Japan pavilion in Epcot
If you would like some help finding all of the Hidden Mickeys, there are books and apps for that!  There really is an app for just about everything.  Perhaps one of the most well known Hidden Mickeys book is Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide To Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets by Steven M. Barrett.  The book contains scavenger hunts and clues to help you find enough Hidden Mickeys to fill your heart’s desire!

Hidden Mickey in the Mission: SPACE gift shop in Epcot
Hidden Mickeys are one of my favorite Disney details.  There is nothing more exciting to me than going on an attraction that I have been on countless times and spotting a new Hidden Mickey.  It's the little things like finding a new Hidden Mickey that keeps each and every trip to Walt Disney World new and exciting. 





One of the best things about Hidden Mickeys is that no matter how many times I visit, I find new Hidden Mickeys that I never noticed before.  It keeps the trips exciting year after year to explore the parks and resorts at a slower pace to really take in all the wonderful details.

Remember, it’s all in the Disney details!

Ashley

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