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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
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.

Monday
Jul232012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Radiator Springs Racers - Cacti Hidden Mickey

Three Cacti create a Classic Hidden Mickey - Radiator Springs Racers Queue - Cars Land

There are dozens of Hidden Mickeys scattered throughout the all-new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. There are also dozens of desert plants that accentuate Route 66's Southwestern motifs, including the round Golden Barrel Cactus, jokingly called the Mother-in-Law's cushion.

Hidden in the desert-themed extended queue for Radiator Springs Racers is a grouping of three spherical barrel cacti. The cactus Hidden Mickey has been placed near the base of an old road sign, visible along the queue's railing. Planted close together, the obvious proportions create a Classic Mickey.

Monday
Jul162012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Radiator Springs Powerline Hidden Mickey

Luigi's Casa Della Tires & Route 66 - Radiator Springs - Cars Land

In Disney California Adventure Park's Cars Land, the Radiator Springs storefronts along Route 66 feature fresh paint, new neon and a Hidden Mickey.

Powerline Hidden Mickey - Radiator Springs Courthouse - Cars LandWhile driving along Route 66 towards the municipal building and Radiator Springs Racers, look left to find an odd knot in the powerline. In the line that connects to Red's firehouse, the looped wire creates a perfectly proportioned Hidden Mickey.

Saturday
Jun302012

Hidden Disney·Pixar Details - A Knick Knack in the Cars Land Curio Shop

Several knick knacks on display in Radiator Springs Curios.

The Knick Knack snow globe on display in Radiator Springs Curios

Six years before Toy Story (1995), Pixar Studios released an acclaimed computer animated short titled Knick Knack (1989). At the time, Pixar was more computer company than animation studio. Written and directed by John Lasseter, the great reception to Knick Knack spurred Lasseter & Pixar to eventually create a full-length computer animated feature.

The short stars Frosty the Snowman's cousin, Knick, who tries desperately to get out of his Home Sweet Nome snow globe and over to a bikini clad beauty in a Sunny Miami knick knack. With each failing attempt, Knick's troubles snowball comedically to a smooth jazz track provided by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin.

Years after its intial premiere, Pixar Studios remade Knick Knack as a theater preview for Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003). During its re-creation, several character changes were made to make the short more family friendly. The cool little cartoon was then revamped as a 3-D version, which was released as a companion to the Disney Digitial 3D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in 2006.

Pixar fans visiting Cars Land can head over to Lizzie's Radiator Springs Curios, where the Knick Knack snow globe has been hidden atop one of the sales displays.