Hidden Mickey at Disney World

You may have heard the term “Hidden Mickey” or “Hidden Mickeys” as you have been preparing for your Disney vacation.

Hidden Mickey’s are something you should know about!

What is a hidden Mickey?

A hidden Mickey is an image of Mickey Mouse – either his full body or just the head and ears silhouette – that has been worked into a Disney structure. This can be a hotel, attraction, or any other structure designed by the Walt Disney imagineers.

Hidden Mickey’s can be found all over the Walt Disney World theme parks and hotels, Disneyland and all the international Disney theme parks!

It is believed that hidden Mickeys made their debut in the 1970s when Disney World was planning EPCOT. Because EPCOT is more adult themed and served alcohol the management wanted to restrict the number of characters that showed up there.

Because of this, the imagineers started incorporating Mickey Mouse silhouettes and images into the design of EPCOT. Guests and Disney cast members started finding hidden Mickeys and loved it.

What started out as an inside joke became a Disney past time as now hidden Mickeys are everywhere at all four theme parks!

Hidden Mickey at Disney World

It should be noted that not everything is a hidden Mickey. A true hidden Mickey is not meant to be obvious or noticed easily.

For example, cast members might put three circle objects together to create a classic Mickey silhouette (3 pancakes, or 3 scoops of butter). That wouldn’t necessarily be a hidden Mickey – although it sure is fun!

Images that are in plain sight are called decorative Mickeys. These might be Mickey Mouse on lampposts or other very obvious decorative designs. Remember, hidden Mickeys are NOT obviously seen. (There are also decorative Pascals! Look around and you might find Rapunzels lizard friend hiding in the parks.)

So, if you happen to notice a large circle next to two smaller circles in a place that isn’t super obvious….you may have spotted a hidden mickey!

Hidden Mickey in Port Orleans Riverside lighting
Hidden Mickey in Port Orleans Riverside lighting

Photo by Lisa Reese of Pixie and Pirate Destinations

How do I find hidden Mickeys?

You just have to look – it is a scavenger hunt! Finding Mickey is one of the magical parts of Walt Disney World – he is often hiding in plain sight and you just need to notice him! The shape of Mickey Mouse truly is found everywhere on the Disney property.

Hidden Mickeys are also constantly changing. Every time an attraction gets refurbished some Mickeys leave….and new ones may arrive! There is no master list of hidden Mickeys due to the changing factor. Disney fans are constantly finding new hidden Mickeys in the theme parks.

Are any other Disney characters hidden?

Yes, not only will you find images of Mickey Mouse, but Disney imagineers also hide images of Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Balloo, and Winnie the Pooh in the Disney parks and resorts.

Goofy in the Grand Floridian tile
Decorative Goofy in the Grand Floridian tile. Photo by Lisa Reese of Pixie and Pirate Destinations

Who found the first hidden Mickeys?

The first published sighting of a hidden Mickey was found by Arlen Miller in 1989.

What is the biggest Hidden Mickey?

The biggest hidden Mickeys are:

  • Expedition Everest – the ride itself is a hidden Mickey when viewed from the air
  • Lake Mickey – a classic Mickey shaped lake that you used to be able to drive by. This is also known as Mickey’s Forest.
  • The EPCOT Solar Panel farm is in the shape of Mickey Mouse
Expedition Everest
Photo by Lisa Reese of Pixie and Pirate Destinations

Where are the hidden Mickeys?

We can’t list all of the places that you can find hidden Mickeys, but we will give you a few examples to help get you started on your hidden Mickey hunt!

Hidden Mickeys in the Magic Kingdom

Main Street Railroad Station – look for a Mickey shaped lock upstairs
Merchant of Venus shop – two hidden mickeys in the wall mural
Haunted Mansion – there are several hidden Mickeys throughout the ride
Its a Small World – several hidden Mickeys throughout the ride – be sure to check the elephant!
Space Mountain – check out the dog’s collar in the exit walkway

Keep an eye out in the following attractions of popular hidden Mickeys: Hall of Presidents, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Splash Mountain.

Hidden Mickey in Grand Floridian Suite
Hidden Mickey in Grand Floridian Suite

Hidden Mickeys in EPCOT

Test Track – hidden Mickeys are all along the queue line
Soarin‘ – pay attention to the fireworks at the end of the attraction
Mouse Gear shop in future world – head out back and to the right….you will find a classic Mickey in the sidewalk
Mission: Space – look closely at the mosaic and you will find hidden Mickeys…or are they? Decide for yourself!
Spaceship Earth – check out the scrolls on the left hand side of the vehicle

Hidden Mickeys in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – find the Mickey doll held by a little girl
Rock n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith – the guitar cords make a familiar shape
Slinky Dog Dash – check out the clouds in Andy’s drawing that you see in the queue
Galaxy’s Edge – Blaster holes in the walls make hidden Mickey silhouettes

slinky dog attraction

Hidden Mickeys in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rafiki’s Planet Watch – this is the place to be if you want to search for Mickey! There are reportedly 25 hidden Mickey’s on this attraction.
Muppet Vision 3D – look at Kermit’s balloons (there is also a hidden thing to check out before you enter this ride! Find it here)
Voyage of the Little Mermaid – look at the map on the wall when you are in the queue.

Hidden Mickeys in Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

There are hidden Mickeys at every single Walt Disney World hotel. Here are a few resort hidden mickeys to look for:

Disney’s All Star Sports – Main lobby gift shop carpet
Disney’s Caribbean Beach – check out the lighthouse on the sign that says “Barefoot Bay Boat Yard”
Disney’s Polynesian Resort– look at the tiles in front of the waterfall in the lobby
Disney’s Port Orleans – notice the lattice work details in the lobby
Disney’s All Star Music – check out the top of the cymbal stands

Be sure to look at drapes, wallpaper, carpet, and shower curtains in your Disney World or Disneyland resort! You will often find a Mickey head somewhere!

Hidden Mickeys in Disney resort bedding
Hidden Mickeys in Disney resort bedding. Photo by Lisa Reese of Pixie and Pirate Destinations

Hidden Mickeys in Disney Springs

World of Disney Store– look at the Sleeping Beauty book cover in window display
Splittlsville Luxury Lanes – you will find a classic mickey on the upper level painted mural.
Disney Style – a hidden mickey in the sidewalk as you walk towards Starbucks

Searching for hidden Mickeys can be a fun part of your Disney World vacation! Looking for hidden Mickey’s is a fun activity if you have small children. Disney often hides Mickeys in line queues which makes standing in long lines a little more bearable (find out how to wait in lines less here).

The next time you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to remember to keep an eye out for Mickey – the hidden ones! For more trivia about Mickey Mouse, check out these 19 secrets that you probably didn’t know.

If you are wanting to learn more about Hidden Mickey’s, check out this book by Steven Barrett that serves as a Hidden Mickey field guide. It even includes six scavenger hunts!

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