from the Introduction to "Hidden
Mickeys: A Field Guide To walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets"
by Steven M. Barrett.)
Have you ever
marveled at a "Hidden Mickey?" People in the know often
shout with glee when they recognize one. Some folks are so involved
with discovering them that Hidden Mickeys can be visualized where
none actually exist. These outbreaks of Hidden Mickey mania are
confusing to the unenlightened. So lets get enlightened!
Heres the definition of an official Hidden Mickey: a partial
or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been hidden by Disneys
Imagineers and artists in the designs of Disney attractions, hotels,
restaurants, and other areas. These images are designed to blend
into their surroundings. Sharp-eyed visitors have the fun of finding
The practice probably started as an inside joke among the Imagineers
(the designers and builders of Disney attractions). Then guests
and "cast members" (Disney employees) started spotting
them and the concept took on a life of its own. Today, Hidden
Mickeys are anticipated in any new constuction at Walt Disney
World, and Hidden Mickey fans cant wait to find them.
Hidden Mickeys come in all sizes and many forms. The most common
is an outline of Mickeys head formed by three intersecting
circles, one for Mickeys round head and two for his round
ears. Among Hidden Mickey fans, this image has been known as the
"classic" Hidden Mickey, a term I will adopt in this
book. Other Hidden Mickeys include a side or oblique (usually
three-quarter) profile of Mickeys face and head, a side
profile of his entire body, a full-length silhouette of his body
seen from the front, a detailed picture of his face or body, or
a three-dimensional Mickey Mouse. Sometimes just his gloves, handprints,
shoes or ears appear. Even his name or initials in unusual places
may qualify as a Hidden Mickey.
And its not just Mickeys that are hidden. The term "Hidden
Mickey" also applies to hidden images of other popular characters.
There are Hidden Minnies, Hidden Donald Ducks, Hidden Goofys,
and other Hidden characters in Disney World, and I include some
of them in this book.
The sport of finding Hidden Mickeys is catching on and adds even
more interest to an already fun-filled Walt Disney World vacation. "Hidden Mickeys" is your "field guide" to
nearly 400 Hidden Mickeys in WDW. To add to the fun, instead of
just describing them, Ive organized them into six scavenger
hunts, one for each of the major theme parks, one for the Walt
Disney World® Resort hotels, and one for all the rest of WDW,
the water parks, Downtown Disney, and beyond. The hunts are designed
for maximum efficiency so that you can spend your time looking
for Mickeys rather than cooling your heels in lines. Follow the
Clues and you will find the best Hidden Mickeys WDW has to offer.
If you have trouble spotting a particular Hidden Mickey (some
are extraordinarily well camouflaged!) you can turn to the Hints
at the end of each scavenger hunt.
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