So if you haven’t already guessed, Disney is magical beyond belief and creatively amazing in so many different ways! If you’ve ever watched any Disney/Pixar movies, you know “easter eggs” (or clues, hints, and nods to other Disney/Pixar movies) are prevalent in all the movies. The Disney Imagineers have brought easter eggs into the parks as things called “Hidden Mickeys.” The concept is simple: the image of Mickey Mouse’s head is hidden all over the parks in art, architecture, food and buildings! While I couldn’t visit the Magic Kingdom myself for the search, I had a lot of help from Hidden Mickey Guy (found at http://www.hiddenmickeyguy.com/catalog/magic-kingdom), and the pictures below are just a few of the Mickeys you can find in the various lands of Magic Kingdom.
(Disclaimer: no photos belong to me. All rights belong to respective owners)
Fantasyland: Enchanted Tales with Belle
Look at the very bottom of the picture! In the center, a large piece of firewood is topped by two skinnier pieces! I’ve zoomed in to show the shape clearly.
Main Street U.S.A.: Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Festival of Fantasy Parade is my absolute favorite attraction in the Disney parks. The majesty and sheer beauty of the costumes, characters, choreography and colors make this 3 pm parade the true jewel of Disney. Each part of the parade is a spectacle, from beginning to end. If you look very closely at the end banner, you’ll see Mickey as a final “farewell!”
Tomorrowland: Star Traders Shop
The Star Traders Shop has a variety of characters incorporated into the mural that covers its walls, but the most obvious and easy to recognize in the blue Mickey head that tops a building. Other Hidden Mickeys in Star Traders include Mickey Ear Hats and a stylized Stitch drawing.
Frontierland: Splash Mountain
One of my favorite rides in Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain is home to a few questionable Hidden Mickeys, as well as Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear and the mischievously curious and clever Br’er Rabbit. There’s one Hidden Mickey that is easily visible if you know where to look, though! When you emerge for the first time outside of the ride and before you take the U-Turn to the right, lookout for the water tower label “Muskrat Moonshine.” The Mickey is visible over the “s” with lack of paint.
Liberty Square: The Haunted Mansion
One of the creepier rides (even for this 20-year-old; I leave looking over my shoulder all the time!) in Magic Kingdom is home to one of the most famous and clever Hidden Mickeys! In the scene with the ghosts at the banquet hall, the last setting on the table forms a Mickey! Here’s an awesome picture someone was able to capture.
Adventureland: Bridge between Main Street U.S.A and Adventureland
There are shields posted at the bridge of the two lands, right before where Peter Pan meet-and-greets on his veranda! The heads are a bit obscure, but could definitely be considered Hidden Mickeys! The blue head is upside-down, but the white head is right side-up!
I hope you enjoyed the short tour of Hidden Mickeys around the Magic Kingdom! There are hundreds of Mickeys around each park, come for yourself and see how many you can find!