In 1928, Clarabelle the Cow made her first appearance, as a dairy cow, in Mickey Mouse's Plane Crazy. She soon evolved into more of an anthropomorphic character, appearing regularly in Disney cartoons until 1943, then becoming one of the Walt Disney Studios forgetten characters.
After almost 40 years of neglect, Clarabelle made cameos in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988). Lately, she's enjoyed a modern resurgence in popularity, making regular appearances in the Disney Channel's animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Clarabelle was also part of the popular Epic Mickey (2010) video game, playing one of the forgotten characters from the past.
Clarabelle the Cow is no longer a shadow from Disney's forgotten past, having been made a part of the revamped Disney California Adventure Park. Clarabelle's Ice Cream Shop has opened on the re-themed Buena Vista Street, complete with hand scooped ice cream and Hidden Mickeys.
A keen eye will be needed to spot the new Mickeys at Clarabelle's. Check for the Clarabelle's Dairy milk bottles, displayed on shelves behind the counter. Each of the bottles features Classic Mickeys hidden on the logo as cow spots.
Not in the mood for ice cream? If you're craving frozen yogurt and more Hidden Mickeys, head back to Disneyland's Toontown to find another cartoon cow-themed dessert shop, Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt. This Clarabelle's Hidden Mickey is much easier to find, although this cow spot is only visible when the yogurt shop is closed.
Actually, both of these Disneyland Resort cow spot Mickeys lead back to Orlando, Florida and the famous Minnie Moo. Born in Edgerton, Minnesota in 1984, she was originally owned by dairy farmer Melvin Brockberg and his family. In 1988, Brockberg's niece, Jody Kline, began sending pictures of the specially spotted cow to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
In 1990, the Disney Company purchased Minnie Moo and brought her to Walt Disney World. Thousands of WDW guests visited her at various venues over the years, including the petting zoo, Grandma Duck's Farm, Starland and Fort Wilderness. Minnie Moo, the black & white Holstein cow with a Classic tri-circle Mickey spot on its left side lived the Florida theme park until she died in 2001. Although she's left for greener pastures, photographs of Minnie Moo's Mickey have been hidden at several Walt Disney World Resort locations.