Think Disney and the one name that immediately pops into our mind is Mickey Mouse, the most lovable and the favourite among all Disney characters. Thus, the idea of a Hidden Mickey came into existence. A Hidden Mickey is an image of Mickey Mouse that is hidden into the design of any Disney attraction like a ride or a resort or any other structure. It attracts and excites loads of tourists everyday. When this idea came into origin a Hidden Mickey was the familiar shape of Mickey's head and silhouette of its You do not have access to view this node. It was made from one large circle with two smaller circles on top at the appropriate place that looked like You do not have access to view this node. But these days, Hidden Mickeys can take many other interesting forms. Mickeys may be painted or made up of objects such as rocks, or three plates on a table, or it can also be references of someone wearing Mickey Mouse Club You do not have access to view this node in a painting. Searching for Mickeys is a favorite activity of Disney fans. There are many websites have been created that keep records of all Hidden Mickeys that have been found.
It is believed that Hidden Mickeys originated in the late 1970s or early 1980s when the Disney management wanted to restrict or exercise copyrights over Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie to the Magic Kingdom. It is said that in the construction of the Florida Epcot Park, some Disney designers called Imagineers, began placing Hidden Mickeys for fun in various locations of the park. The Imagineers designing Epcot couldn't resist slipping Mickeys into the new park in subtle ways, and so it is said that "Hidden Mickeys" were born.
The first published sighting of a Hidden Mickey was made by Arlen Miller who wrote an article in 1989 on Hidden Mickeys for WDW's Eyes and Ears (Cast Member weekly publication). This was the first time that Hidden Mickeys were made publically known. No sooner did guests and Cast Members started spotting Hidden Mickeys, that they became a tradition, and Disney fans everywhere went on the search for Hidden Mickeys in Disney movies and theme parks. Today, Hidden Mickeys are predictable in any new construction or renovation at Walt Disney World and at the other Disney parks worldwide.
Hidden Mickeys are called “hidden” because they are not meant to be an obvious element of a design. A true Hidden Mickey is one that is not meant to be seen or spotted immediately by a person, but is usually placed intentionally by a Disney Imagineer or any artist in a context that would not normally contain Mickey Mouse but if one looks closely a Hidden Mickey can be made out.
Approximately 600 Hidden Mickeys have been discovered till date but The Walt Disney Company has never compiled a complete list of all the "known" or "deliberate" Mickeys. Some of them are as follows:
These are some guidelines on how to search for Hidden Mickeys: