Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets {Review}


In the 6th Edition of Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets, Steven Barrett gives WDW guests an easy, fun way to search for Hidden Mickeys!

What is a Hidden Mickey?  According to his book, it's "a partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been hidden by Disney's Imagineers and artists in the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas."  Hidden Mickeys can be three intersecting circles outlining Mickey's head (classic hidden Mickey), a side profile of Mickey's face and head, a side profile of his body, a full length silhouette of his body, or a three dimensional Mickey.  Other characters can also be "hidden" and still considered a "Hidden Mickey" such as Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse.  Still other "Hidden Mickeys" are just "wishful thinking" where guests are trying too hard to find a Hidden Mickey!

This book is organized into 6 main chapters or scavenger hunts.  Steven has created 6 different scavenger hunts for finding Hidden Mickeys in the following locations: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, WDW Resorts and "Hither, Thither & Yon" which includes water parks, Downtown Disney and Beyond.  Each scavenger hunt is created in a particular order so you will hopefully avoid the crowds in the parks.  In chapter 1, Hidden Mickey Mania, he gives several tips for having the most fun on your hunt!  If you aren't the Scavenger Hunt type of person, you can always use the "Hints" section of each chapter to find out exactly where the Hidden Mickeys are located.  

Here is an example of a Hidden Mickey clue from my favorite store, MouseGear, in the scavenger hunt and the "hint" used in end of the chapter:

Clue #135 (Epcot): Before you enter MouseGear, find the classic Mickey in the sign above the shop entrance.
Hint #135: The signs above the shop entrances have classic Mickeys with two round ears above the letter "G" as the head.

I think my favorite part of this book is "Chapter 9: My Favorite Hidden Mickeys."  I can't wait to look for these Top 10 and 10 Honorable Mention Mickeys on our next trip!  I won't give any of these away because I think they are so good! :)

If you are wondering if your favorite restaurant or attraction has a Hidden Mickey, you can always look in the extensive index of this book.  He includes lands of the parks and names of the attraction or restaurant in the index along with the abbreviations of the park where it's located.  If you don't find your favorite attraction listed, there probably isn't a Hidden Mickey there!

To help stay up to date on the ever changing statuses of Hidden Mickey's please refer to Steven's web site: HiddenMickeyGuy.com.  You can also download an app for your iPhone

Thank you to The Intrepid Traveler for providing this book at no cost in return for a review on my blog.

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