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The Ultimate Hidden Mickey Hunt For Kids

Hidden Mickeys are found virtually everywhere throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Imagineers love to embed them in everything from décor and patterns to actual architecture and props. Since there are so many Hidden Mickeys to be found, there is a wide range in the level of difficulty in spotting them. Some are very easy and consist of a classic Hidden Mickey with three concentric circles that form Mickey’s head, whereas others are more difficult and abstract and may even portray other characters such as Donald and Minnie. Guests of all ages love spotting Hidden Mickeys, but there are definitely some great easy-to-find ones that are perfect for younger Guests to seek out on their vacation.

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It’s A Small World

There are lots of bright details for Guests of all ages to spot and enjoy while riding It’s A Small World in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland including a classic Hidden Mickey. In the large scene depicting Africa, guests slowly sail towards a pink elephant and band playing overhead. On the right hand side of the elephant is a string of monkeys hanging next to a large purple vine that runs from the ceiling to the water. The purple vine is not made up of leaves, but rather classic Hidden Mickeys.

Living with the Land

Living with the Land might not be the most exciting attraction for Guests of a younger age to enjoy while spending time in The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, but it is filled with some great plants and details that can be fun to spot. When moving through the greenhouses, kids can find several Hidden Mickeys that change throughout the year in the form of various fruits and topiaries. Imagineers and horticulturists at the attraction regularly create topiaries that create a classic Hidden Mickey as well as grow different fruits and vegetables in special molds that shape them like everyone’s favorite mouse.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some amazing attractions that Guests of all ages can enjoy together including one that shares the beauty of Africa with a story of conservation. Kilimanjaro Safaris allows Guests to embark on an adventure through the Harambe Reserve in open air vehicles that offer glimpses of animals such as lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, rhinos, and more. While moving through Kilimanjaro Safaris, little ones can spot an island with many flamingos grazing on the left hand side. Guests who look closely will notice that the island itself forms a large classic Hidden Mickey!

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

Donald Duck is the star of his own misadventure in the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase. The fun attraction brings guests on a boat ride through Mexico where Panchito and Jose are hoping to find Donald in time for a concert. The final scene of the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros brings Guests into a city center where Donald, Panchito, and Jose are performing on stage. Just as the boat enters into the final scene, little ones can look to the left hand side to spot another boat that has a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three small drums.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

A favorite attraction of Guests of all ages can be found in the heart of the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. Pirates of the Caribbean brings Guests on an epic journey through eerie caves and a burning seaside town where there are tons of details and characters to check out. In one of the final scenes, Guests can spot the iconic trio of pirates in a jail cell trying to lure a nearby dog who holds the keys. What many Guests don’t notice is that the padlock on the cell is misshapen to look just like a Hidden Mickey!

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Tree of Life

One of the most iconic structures in all of the Walt Disney World Resort is the beautiful Tree of Life on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Disney park icon towers over the area and is adorned with over three hundred beautifully carved animals that blend in to look like the tree’s bark. On the backside of the Tree of Life are several pathways between Africa and Asia that feature viewing areas and Guests can stop and check out unique vantages. Little ones will love looking for specific animals on the trunk including the hippo who has an upside down classic Hidden Mickey just above his eye.

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Haunted Mansion

Younger Guests who are brave enough to ride the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square can check out some eerie details in the interactive queue, sing along to “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” and spot a Hidden Mickey in one of the attraction’s iconic scenes. The ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion is where the ghosts finally materialize and can be found in the midst of a party dancing and celebrating. The long table below is set for a birthday party, and a classic Hidden Mickey formed with one large and two smaller plates can be spotted in front of one chair.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

The final scene of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland might be home to the most Hidden Mickeys found in one location and they range from very easy to spot to very abstract. Younger Guests will love looking for two Hidden Mickeys underneath the brightly lit Christmas tree on the left hand side of the scene. A large plush Mickey can be spotted amongst the presents and another wrapped gift has a large green classic Hidden Mickey attached to one side of it. See how many Hidden Mickeys you can find in total in this scene!

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Spaceship Earth

Traveling through time to learn about communication is made cool for younger Guests on the iconic Spaceship Earth in Epcot’s Future World. The attraction has some pretty memorable scenes, but younger Guests will love looking for a classic Hidden Mickey on the left hand side of the Renaissance scene. Just to the left of the painter working on a large still life is a table with several paint cans and painting supplies. Some paint cans have left behind paint rings which come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.