As Walt Disney once said, “It was all started by a mouse.” Imagineers took that to heart when creating Walt Disney World, cleverly adding hidden Mickeys all throughout the resort. Now, searching for little nods to the iconic character has become a bit of an unofficial attraction for guests to enjoy at the parks.
Of course, there are images of the world’s most famous mouse all over the place, but “official” Hidden Mickeys do not include any blatant Mickey shapes. Obvious things like the Mickey-shaped manhole covers don’t technically count. Here are some subtle Hidden Mickeys you should be on the look out for during your next Disney trip!
- During the Haunted Mansion ride, look for the Grim Reaper at the end of the graveyard scene and you’ll see him holding a Mickey-shaped item in his hand.
- While riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the gem formation just before the big climb up the mountain.
- There are tons of Hidden Mickeys throughout the “it’s a small world ride,” including one to the left of the elephant in the Africa scene.
- At the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, examine the veggies in Rabbit’s garden and you’ll find a very uniquely growing radish.
- In the final scene of Soarin’, you should watch the fireworks display over Spaceship Earth closely to catch one extra magical burst.
- While in line for Test Track, examine the trinkets and car parts throughout the queue. What first looks like spare parts might actually shape up to be a Hidden Mickey!
- In the Renaissance scene of Spaceship Earth, look at the white drips of paint on the table.
- Disney horticulturists often include Hidden Mickeys in the shrubs and floral arrangements around the World Showcase, so that’s always a great place to look for subtle nods to the main mouse.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- There’s a mural of the king in Maharaja Jungle Trek, located in the Asia area of the park. When you find the mural, check out the King’s jewelry, especially his earrings!
- In Dinoland USA, look for a light near the stroller parking at the entrance to the Boneyard. Up in the trees, there’s a light fixture with a shape that resembles Mickey’s head.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- At Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster’s pre-show, look at the cables on the floor next to Aerosmith’s guitars. The wires just happen to be laying in a familiar formation.
- As you walk through Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, take a look at the walls of each building. Somewhere, you’ll notice that there are blaster holes that were very conveniently shot in a familiar formation.
- In Toy Story Land, look for the roller coaster Andy has drawn at Slinky Dog Dash. There’s a hidden Mickey in the clouds above the green army men.
There are more than 1,000 Mickey-inspired designs hidden around the resort. Once you’ve found these Hidden Mickeys, you can continue your search! This guide has 25 additional nods to the iconic mouse.