Over 1,000 Hidden Mickeys Uncovered at Walt Disney World
How many hidden Mickeys are lurking at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida? Steven M. Barrett, known to legions of Disney buffs as “Mr. Hidden Mickeys,” has just documented over 1,000 of the illusive images, hundreds more than were previously thought to exist.
Hidden Mickeys are partial or complete images of Mickey Mouse that Disney “Imagineers” have designed to blend into their surroundings in such a way that their presence is not immediately obvious.
Barrett is celebrating the thousand Mickey milestone with a completely revised fifth edition of his best-selling book, Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney’s World Best Kept Secrets (Intrepid Traveler, $12.95).
Barrett, a self-confessed Disney fanatic, has been searching for hidden Mickeys for over ten years and documenting his explorations in the Hidden Mickeys series. Each edition brings more sightings of the illusive mouse to light. The 1,000-plus Mickeys in latest edition of the book represent an increase of over 200 since the previous edition.
Searching for hidden Mickeys is always a work in progress. Old hidden Mickeys will disappear when attractions are closed or remodeled, but Disney Imagineers, the people who design and build the attractions, resorts and entertainment venues, are adding new ones all the time to keep devotees on their toes. And Barrett is hot on their trail.
Adding to the fun, Barrett has designed his Hidden Mickeys books as scavenger hunts with an optional scoring system. You are given cryptic clues that point to Mickey’s hiding places, and then offered more detailed hints if you get stuck. There are hunts for each theme park plus a hunt for the resort hotels and another hunt that covers the rest of WDW. In addition, there’s an index to Mickey’s hiding places to let you hunt wherever you happen to be in Mickey’s Magical Realm.
Barrett has made it his mission to personally search out and document each and every hidden Mickey. He has his favorites, of course, such as Mickey hiding behind the fern on the big mural inside the Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot’s The Land pavilion, and Mickey peeking out of a hole in an overhead beam in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge Villas. He cites ten favorites in all, plus ten “honorable mentions.”
For a limited time, The Intrepid Traveler, publisher of Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney’s World Best Kept Secrets, is offering a 40 percent discount, plus free media mail shipping. That’s just $7.77, which makes it easy to order a book for everyone in your party so they can keep score and rack up points for every hidden Mickey they find.
Order your copies of Hidden Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney’s World Best Kept Secrets, here.
Steve Barrett maintains updated information on everything related to the mouse hunt at HiddenMickeysGuide.com
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A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets, 5th editionby Steven M. Barrett
- 270 pages
- 4” x 9”
- 5 maps Index to Mickey’s Hiding Places
- USA: $12.95 Trade paperback original
- ISBN: 978-1-887140-92-8
- Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Available in bookstores nationwide, from online bookstores, or by visiting: www.IntrepidTraveler.com
Published by The Intrepid Traveler
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