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Monday
Sep242012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Rusty Radiator Springs Curios Hidden Mickey

Lizzie's Radiator Springs Curios in Radiator Springs - Cars Land

There are hundreds of odd items and knick knacks in Lizzie's ecclectic shop, Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land. Inspired by actual souvenir shops located along Historic Route 66, the Radiator Springs Curios facade is decorated with hubcaps, license plates and rusty signs.

Looking for a sign? Mickey is hidden in front of Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land.

Although the Cars Land gift shop is inspired by real places, WDI's Imagineers added the Disney touch by sneaking in Disney Details, Pixar Secrets and Hidden Mickeys. The left side of Lizzie's storefront features one Hidden Mickey, mixed in with Cars Land license plates from places like Rollingstop, New Suspension and Torqueville.

Rusty Sign Hidden Mickey, in front of Cars Land's Radiator Springs Curios

Head over to the end of Lizzie's porch, past the window with the blue neon Route 66 sign. Rust has eaten away the yellow paint on a sign marked PUMP, creating a very unique Cars Land Hidden Mickey.

Monday
Sep172012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Matterhorn Hidden Mickey Coat of Arms

Posted along the Matterhorn queue are actual crests or shields symbolizing several Switzerland's twenty-six cantons, or states. A red and white coat of arms featuring a stylized key, represents the Swiss canton of Obwalden. Concealed on the Obwalden coat of arms is a miniature Hidden Mickey, a classic three circled shape painted in black.

Obwalden Coat of Arms in Disneyland's Matterhorn queue.

Although the key's head is also reminiscent of a Classic Mickey, the actual Mickey appears at the base of the key's stem. The Matterhorn facade features two shields with this striking red & white design. This crest, which includes the Hidden Mickey, is displayed in the Fantasyland side of the Matterhorn's queue.

A Hidden Mickey appears on the Obwalden Coat of Arms in Disneyland's Matterhorn queue.

Friday
Sep142012

Flashback Friday: Mickey's Halloween Party Family Edition

Today officially kicks off Halloween Time 2012 at Disneyland! Here is a flashback of our family's Disney themed costumes since we started attending Mickey's Halloween Party in 2009. This year our baby daughter gets to join in the fun! Who will we be? You'll have to wait and see! :)

Phineas and Ferb 2011

UP 2010

Alice in Wonderland 2009

Tuesday
Sep112012

Finding Secrets in Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo 3D in Theaters - Dory knows where to go!

On September 14, 2012, Finding Nemo 3D swims onto the big screen, immersing the next generation of clownfish fans in Pixar's underwater world. Its been nine years since Nemo originally graced movie theaters. Disney·Pixar's 3D re-release gives this generation of little hatchlings their own chance to get caught in the current for the first time.

Whether its the first time or the fiftieth screening, Finding Nemo has dozens of entertaining Pixar secrets and hidden details to search for on the big screen.

Buzz Lightyear, Little Mikey & the Pixar Beach Ball appear in the dentist's office.After being placed in the aquarium, Nemo looks out into the waiting room and sees a Buzz Lightyear action figure and toy plane from Pixar Studios' Toy Story (1995). Behind Buzz is the dentist office's toy chest, hidden inside (upper left of opening) are Mike Wazowski's plush Little Mikey from Monsters, Inc. (2001) and the red star beach ball from the short film Luxo Junior (1986).

An algae covered Sunny, from the Pixar Short Knick KnackAs Gil goes over his escape plans with Nemo, he envisions the aquarium covered in green filth. An algae covered Sunny, from the Award-Winning Pixar short Knick Knack (1989), appears as the figurehead on the aquarium's pirate ship.

The Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story appears in Finding Nemo.The Pizza Planet Truck featured in Toy Story (1995), has appeared in every Pixar Studios animated feature except The Incredibles (2004). The iconic yellow delivery truck is seen through the eyes of a bagged fish, as Gil continues to discuss the aquarium escape.

Mr. Incredible cameo in the dentist's office.In addition to remembering prior films, Pixar's animators have a tradition of recognizing upcoming works with secret cameos. Brad Bird's The Incredibles (2004) earned a Finding Nemo cameo, as the next planned Pixar release. As the dentist and a screaming Darla deal with Nigel, Gil and Nemo, a young patient in the waiting room reads a super Mr. Incredible comic book.

Luigi from Cars & Cars 2 drives past the escaping aquarium fish.Another pre-release cameo features Luigi, the Casa Della Tires shop owner from Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). The yellow Italian Fiat appears just before the Finding Nemo credits, driving by Gil and the escaping aquarium fish.

A Sulley toilet seat cover in Partysaurus Rex gets fans excited for Monsters University and Monsters, Inc. 3D.To fish for bigger audiences, Disney·Pixar will also release its newest short Partysaurus Rex (2012) with Finding Nemo 3D. The Toy Story-inspired short features the short-armed Rex as a mean, green, party animal. Don't forget to keep those eyes open for a few more Pixar secrets and details, like Bonnie's Sulley patterned, furry toilet seat cover.

Monday
Sep102012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Custom Painted Hidden Mickey Car Hoods

With features like Flo's V-8 Cafe and the Cadillac Range, Cars Land gets the motor running for Disney loving gear-heads. Automotive enthusiasts visiting Disney Caifornia Adventure Park can spend hours shifting through the car-inspired details scattered throughout Radiator Springs.

While most cars are judged by everything under the hood, the custom painted hoods in Cars Land are unique headturners. More than a dozen custom bonnets were created by famed auto designer & customizer Chip Foose, host of televsion's Overhaulin' and owner of Foose Designs in Huntington Beach, California. A vital Imagineering consultant in creating Cars Land, Foose had originally helped Pixar Studios by styling Ramone's authentic lowrider look in 2006's Cars.

One of the hoods displayed at Ramone's House of Body Art Gift Shop

A Hidden Mickey from one of seven hoods displayed at Ramone's Gift Shop.

Each of Foose's classic car hoods features a unique paint scheme and a Classsic Mickey hidden somewhere within its design. Seven of the custom creations have been displayed in Ramone's House of Body Art Gift Shop, six in the storefront windows and one behind the register counter.


Ramone's Custom Painted Hood behind The House of Body Art Gift Shop sales counter.

A coin-sized Mickey hidden on a Custom Painted Hood in Ramone's House of Body Art Gift Shop

At least five more of the Disney-inpsired Foose designs appear inside the Radiator Springs Racers attraction. After meeting Sally & Lightning McQueen, racers heading into Ramone's shop for a quick paint job, pass several ornate hoods and their Hidden Mickeys.

Ramone's workshop inside Radiator Springs Racers.

Orange Hidden Mickey from the green hood in Ramone's Radiator Springs Racers workshop.

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