Part of what makes Walt Disney World so incredible is the immense attention to detail by Imagineers that brings the theme of every single area and attraction to life. Hidden amongst the details are special representations of Mickey that can be formed by anything from props, paint, plants, and more. Hidden Mickeys are virtually everywhere in Walt Disney World and many guests love to make it a game on each vacation to find as many of them as possible. Hidden Mickeys can be very easy to spot or extremely difficult, and they can be in décor, artwork, and more so guests need to be constantly on the outlook for them. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to incredible detail in every single area of the park, which of course brings plenty of Hidden Mickeys as well! Here are the best Hidden Mickeys for guests to find on their next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
1. Expedition Everest
The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to Expedition Everest which brings guests on a thrilling journey through the Forbidden Mountain where they come face to face with the Yeti. While moving through the queue, guests pass through a museum dedicated to the Yeti where artifacts, artwork, and potential evidence are presented to make a case that the mythical beast exists. While in the museum, guests should look for a photo of a bear standing on its rear two feet. The bear’s ears are a curious shape making him look like he is wearing Mickey Ears!
2. Tree of Life
The icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life which is covered in hundreds of intricately carved animals all of the trunk. When first entering into the park, guests cross a bridge from The Oasis onto Discovery Island and get a beautiful view of the front of the Tree of Life. Guests should be on the lookout for a buffalo on the trunk of the tree. Next to the buffalo is a cluster of moss that comes together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
3. Kali River Rapids
Guests who are looking to cool off in the park can head to Asia for a thrilling and soaking journey down the Chakranadi River on Kali River Rapids. While moving through the queue of the attraction, guests pass through a series of rooms that feature all sorts of supplies and items. The first room features a series of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling above. When viewed from the right angle, three of the pots come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
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4. Maharajah Jungle Trek
Found right near the exit of Kali River Rapids is the Maharajah Jungle Trek, a self-guided walking tour through the Royal Anandapur Forest. The highlight of the trek is the Asian Tiger habitat where temple ruins add to the theming. Just before leaving the tiger’s area, guests should look at the top of the mural on the right hand side. The mural features a maharajah underneath a cluster of clouds which come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
5. Conservation Station
Guests who spend time in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom can take the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where they can explore the Conservation Station. Upon entering into the Conservation Station, guests are greeted with a massive mural depicting many different animals. There are countless Hidden Mickeys in this mural, but a great one features Mickey’s head in profile in the eye of a frog.
6. Harambe Market
After enjoying the Conservation Station, guests can head back to Africa and enjoy a meal or snack at the open air Harambe Market. The quick service location is home to several ordering counters and an open air seating area that guests can enjoy. Guests who look for a pillar with blue paint on it can spot a Hidden Mickey where Mickey can be found relaxing in a chair and enjoying his coffee!
7. Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom features the quirky Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures, a store that used to be a gas station but was converted when fossils were discovered nearby. Guests can shop for toys and trinkets, many of which are dinosaur themed. In the middle of the store, guests who look up can spot a hanging puppet of Mickey looking down at them!
8. Finding Nemo – The Musical
Also found in Dinoland is the Theater in the Wild which is home to Finding Nemo – The Musical. The show runs several times each day and tells the story of Marlin and Dory’s epic journey to find Nemo using puppets and live acting. The sign outside of the theater that lists that day’s show times features a series of bubbles on the bottom and guests can spot a Hidden Mickey comprised of three bubbles on the lower right hand side.
9. Na’vi River Journey
Pandora – The World of Avatar is the newest section of the park and is home to the very popular Na’vi River Journey. Guests board boats and set sail through a bioluminescent forest before coming face to face with the Shaman of Songs. The Shaman is the most advanced audio-animatronic in Walt Disney World and features incredibly lifelike movements. Guests who look to the right hand side of the Shaman can inspect her shawl which features a classic Hidden Mickey.