Hidden Mickeys are found literally everywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort, and Guests absolutely love trying to spot them. A Hidden Mickey can be everything from a silhouette or partial profile to a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three concentric circles, and they can be very subtle and hard to spot or very blatantly obvious.
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Hidden Mickeys are not necessarily always Mickey, and Guests can spot many different characters hidden throughout the Walt Disney World Resort in architecture, landscaping, rock work, artwork, and much more! While smaller Guests love spotting Hidden Mickeys, some can be considered hard to spot simply because they are found on thrilling attractions that have height requirements. These extreme Hidden Mickeys are a great way to combine the hunt of spotting them with thrilling attractions, and some of them can be very tricky to spot!
NOTE: I have not included any photos of the actual Hidden Mickeys in this list as that would ruin the fun of finding them. Happy searching!
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The Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland is home to Splash Mountain, a thrilling attraction that brings Guests on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit that leads to all sorts of trouble and a soaking drop into the Briar Patch. Guests who enjoy the attraction can spot several Hidden Mickeys, including three red and white fishing bobbers in the “How Do You Do” scene, that have been stacked together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
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Guests can also spot a Hidden Mickey in the opening of the main drop that is formed by rock work shaped like part of Mickey’s nose and face. It can be seen from the attraction on the left-hand side of the opening, or the right-hand side from the viewing bridge down below. The final Hidden Mickey on Splash Mountain can be found in the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” finale scene, where Guests can spot Mickey’s full-body profile as a cloud laying on his back in the sky to the right of the large boat.
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Also found in Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which brings Guests on a thrilling ride through the town of Tumbleweed, where the once prosperous mines have been destroyed by a flash flood. After whipping around the mountain on the wildest ride in the wilderness, Guests pass through the skeletal remains of a dinosaur and momentarily pause before heading back into the station. During that very brief pause, Guests can spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three gears laying on the ground to the right-hand side of the train.
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
One of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland where Guests board individually swaying mine carts and set off into the mines where the dwarfs can be found harvesting all sorts of shining gems. While moving through the mines, Guests can spot all the dwarfs hard at work, and those who look quickly when passing by Grumpy can spot a trio of bright gems behind and above him that come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
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The thrill of launching into space and partaking in a historic adventure can be enjoyed on Mission: SPACE in EPCOT’s World Discovery. Guests can opt to join the Orange Team to rocket to Mars on a more intense mission, or the Green Team for a more serene orbit of Earth. Regardless of which team Guests choose, they can spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three very light circles on each side of the gangplank while waiting for the official launch countdown to begin.
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Soarin’ Around the World
EPCOT’s World Nature is home to The Land Pavilion, which features several popular experiences including Soarin’ Around the World where Guests can take to the skies and enjoy a hang-gliding adventure over some of the most breathtaking locations on Earth. About halfway through the attraction itself, Guests find themselves gliding above Monument Valley in the United States, and for a brief moment, three hot air balloons to the right-hand side of the screen come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey. The finale also features a display of large fireworks lighting up the skies over EPCOT, and one of the largest fireworks features three separate bursts that also establish a classic Hidden Mickey.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several very thrilling attractions, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guests find themselves in the middle of an eerie adventure on an out-of-control service elevator to find out what happened to five people who mysteriously disappeared years ago. While watching the preshow video in the library, Guests can spot a Hidden Mickey in the form of a vintage plush doll from the 1930s that the little girl is holding.
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Another very difficult-to-spot Hidden Mickey can be found at the end of the fifth dimension scene, just before the elevator enters into the drop shaft. Bright white lights suddenly appear in front of the elevator and begin to swirl and come together, meeting in the center and very, very briefly forming a classic Hidden Mickey that Guests have to be paying extremely close attention to spot.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Right next to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith where Guests board super stretch limos and rocket through downtown Los Angeles in the dark to make it backstage on time. While in the studio with Aerosmith for the preshow, Guests can look on the floor to spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by wires that have been coiled in a special way.
Slinky Dog Dash
Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a favorite spot of many Guests who love to enjoy all the fun that Andy’s backyard has to offer, including Slinky Dog Dash. The attraction whisks Guests through the area on a track that Andy designed himself. While waiting to board Slinky Dog Dash, Guests can check out an intricate drawing that Andy created which maps out the entirety of the attraction, and to the top right of the drawing is a classic Hidden Mickey found with the clouds.
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
One of the most popular attractions throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort is without a doubt Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The immersive and thrilling attraction has Guests join the Resistance and frantically escape The First Order while coming face to face with favorite characters, including Kylo Ren. Just before approaching the scene with Kylo Ren and General Hux on the bridge of the ship, Guests can look to the left-hand side of the ride vehicles to spot a small panel with three buttons that come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom features Dinoland, a popular area that is home to both the quirky Chester & Hester’s Din-O-Rama and the prestigious Dino Institute, where Guests can enjoy Dinosaur. The thrilling attraction brings Guests on a secret mission back in time to rescue a particular Iguanodon, but things go awry along the way and under the guidance of Dr. Seeker. Just before entering into the special area where the initial time travel commences, Guests can look to the left-hand side of their Time Rovers to spot a small classic Hidden Mickey that has been drawn on the bottom left corner of a whiteboard.
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Avatar Flight of Passage
One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Avatar Flight of Passage in Pandora – The World of Avatar. Guests who enjoy the attraction can check out state-of-the-art technology that links them to an Avatar and allows them to embark on a thrilling journey on the back of a banshee with the Na’vi. While waiting in the outdoor portion of the queue, Guests can spot several clusters of what looks like white moss growing above them near the waterfall. Those who look closely will notice that one of the white clusters comes together to form a perfect classic Hidden Mickey.