It is well known around the Disney community that Hidden Mickey’s exist throughout Disneyland Resort. Frequent visitors of the Disney parks make searching and recording Hidden Mickey sightings an integral part of their Disney experience.
It’s always a fun game to try to see who can find the most. Here, we’ll share some of the best places to find Hidden Mickeys.
A Hidden Mickey is a depiction of Mickey Mouse, usually the “Classic Mickey” silhouette of three circles forming his ears and head. These Hidden Mickeys were deliberately inserted by Imagineers into rides, attractions, hotels and other locations around Disneyland Resort. Cast members continue to incorporate Hidden Mickeys into shop displays, and you can also find them in animated films.
Strong attention to detail is essential when hunting for Hidden Mickeys as they come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they consist of plants, rocks, and other materials. No one knows precisely how many there are.
You’ll stumble upon Hidden Mickeys throughout your day, whether it’s while standing in line for rides, walking through the streets, or even dining.
Peter Pan’s Flight
As you are soaring through Peter Pan’s flight, take a look in the window of Big Ben. You will see a silhouette of a full body Hidden Mickey. This one is an extra special bonus because it is a full-body Mickey, rather than just a Mickey head.
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
In Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, while waiting in line for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree look up to see a Hidden Mickey made out of three hubcaps. Be sure to look up around every corner as you walk through the line or you might miss this one.
Big Thunder Ranch
When walking through Frontierland, you will see a big horseshoe pile. Look closely in the pile to see a Mickey head made up of horseshoes. You have to look for this one. For me, it took some searching even after I knew it existed.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
At Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, you’ll find a huge upside down Mickey head made out of 3 large wheels.
It’s on the ground and pretty hard to miss due to its large size, but sometimes you don’t put two and two together to realize that these items are a Hidden Mickey.
Disneyland Hotel carpets have Hidden Mickeys in multiple places. Look within the swirls to see a Mickey head.
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
When you take a ride on Pinocchio’s Daring Journey in Fantasyland, be sure to look out for tiny Mickey heads on the flags seen throughout the ride.
If you visit Mickey’s House in Toonland, check out his piano. The windows on the piano reveal Mickey heads on the paper roll. Bonus: There’s also a Donald Duck head.
As you blast through Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland, catch Hidden Mickeys on a couple of blocks in the ride. Be sure to keep an eye out, because this one is easily missed!
The Mark Twain Riverboat
There are two hidden Mickeys to spot on this attraction. There is a metal fixture on the ride in between the smoke stacks with sideways Mickey heads on each end.
The drums inside Tarzan’s Treehouse are formed together to make a hidden Mickey head. In addition to this, you can also see another Hidden Mickey made of three bowls in the kitchen area.
Mickey & Friends Parking Lot
If you park in the Mickey & Friends parking lot, check out the Daisy level. You will see a big Mickey head carved into the cement on the ground.
Mike & Sulley to the Rescue
If you ride Mike & Sulley to the Rescue at Disney California Adventure, you’ll see Sulley appear toward the end of the ride. One of Sulley’s spots is shaped like a Hidden Mickey. Look carefully for this one as it’s hard to see.
Take a look at the Splash Mountain entrance sign, and you will see a Hidden Mickey engraved in the rock. It’s hard to catch if you’re not paying attention — that’s why it’s called a hidden Mickey, after all.
Pirates of The Caribbean
One of my all-time favorite rides has a Hidden Mickey inside. There is a Hidden Mickey on the back of the chair right below the crest for the ride. This one tends to be missed quite frequently because it blends in very well with the ride’s decor.
In Toon Town, there is an attraction called Gadgets Go. Look at the design of the rock wall while you are waiting in line. You will notice three rounder rocks that make up a Hidden Mickey head.
Searching for Hidden Mickeys is such a fun tradition to add to your Disneyland experience.