When people visit Disney, they often spend there time at the parks, relaxing at the resort or having fun on the cruise ships they’re sailing on.
It was after my first visit to Disney World with my husband during a babymoon when we discovered the world of Hidden Mickeys.
And now that we travel with our kids, we are always on the lookout for them.
Mousekeeping staff will use make one out of towels and leave if on your bed if you’re a guest at a Disney World Resort.
It’s also a great way to keep the kids from getting too impatient while waiting in line for rides, shows or their meals.
What are Hidden Mickeys?
Hidden Mickeys are Mickey Mouse’s silhouette (usually just his face and ears) placed into attractions, hotels, restaurants and décor by Disney Imagineers and artists. You can find them at all Disney theme parks as well as scattered throughout all of their cruise ships.
There are other hidden Disney characters as well (we haven’t spotted any yet) including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
Disney doesn’t keep an updated list of hidden characters so there are websites, forums and books that keep a tally of where to find them. There are hundreds of them at Walt Disney World alone!
Depending on the season or renovation schedules, Hidden Mickey’s can be moved or removed at any time which makes the search for them fun if you visit or cruise with Disney more than once.
Here’s a few of our family’s favorites:
There are several Hidden Mickeys in the Living with the Land ride at Epcot.
In the lobby of Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
On a chandelier and elevator entrance on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
On the floor in the lobby of Polynesian Resort (according to cast members we talked to last year, this one will be removed during this year’s lobby renovation).
I’m not sure if this would be considered a Hidden Mickey or not but we thought it was cute when we spotted it in Downtown Disney.
Mickey also appears in the carpet at Boardwalk Inn Resort.
When you’re at Disney next, make sure you’re on the lookout for Hidden Mickeys!
Linking to Travel Tip Tuesday, Disney Wordless Wednesday
Such fun Hidden Mickeys! I’m not the best Hidden Mickey-finder, but I’m getting better! I love keeping an eye out for them though.
Holly @ Disney Fan in Colorado says
We LOVE looking for hidden Mickeys too! My 5-year-old looks for them wherever we go, even if it’s NOT Disney-related 🙂 These are all great ones! Sad to hear the HM in the Polynesian lobby might be going away, but I’m hoping they’ll replace it with new ones to find!
Sean @DisneyDayByDay says
We love seeking out Hidden Mickey’s as well. In or outside the parks, it’s always a fun time when we find one. Thanks for sharing!
I covered hidden Mickeys this week as well.
I love this post! It’s so cute! Sometimes, just spotting a hidden (or not so hidden) Mickey can make me smile.
When we were in Hong Kong, we took the special subway shuttle to the Park from the hotel and the windows were all Mickey-head shaped! The kid in me got so excited because all of a sudden, I just thought “I’m going to Disneyland!” LOL
Great photos – I love finding Hidden Mickeys! The lobby of the Dream looks breath taking!
Tami @Colorado Mountain Mom says
What an awesome collection of hidden Mickeys! Loved this post. 🙂
I’m trying to trust Disney will, of course, come up with something even *more* magical for the Poly lobby… but it’s hard not to be sad about that news. I love the waterfall! 🙁 One of may absolute favorite spaces at WDW. We shall see! Faith – trust – and pixie dust, right??
Darlene Schuller says
We’ve never been but plan too.. this would be so fun to do
there’s just so much hidden at a disney resort!
Cassey C says
This is pretty cool and fun for the kids to go looking for them!
Fun. I’ve never been to Disney before. I guess one of these days, I’ll have to plan a trip for us. Friends of mine just did a Disney cruise to Alaska. I think that would be more my pace.
love that carpet detailing
heidi c. says
Oh, how fun is this! I will definitely have to remember to look for hidden Mickeys when we eventually get to Disney!
Karen E Hill says
That is sooo cool! Now you will have me looking for them every time I am there.
Lori Jackson says
We love looking for hidden Mickeys…kids are laughing and having fun!
Cheryl (@loucheryl) says
I didn’t know about the hidden Mickeys! I will look for them if I ever get to Disney with my boys.
Melinda L. says
Wow I had no idea there was so much hidden Mickey’s around. It’s so cool when you spot them!