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Monday
Aug202012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Storybook Land - Canal Boat Hidden Mickey

 

On July 17, 1955, Canal Boats of the World opened as one of Disneyland's original attractions. However, the attraction was only partially completed, as money was tight and the construction deadlines even tighter. After a couple months, the lackluster attraction was closed to be remodeled. When the ride reopened on June 16, 1956, it featured Disney-inspired miniatures, improved landscaped and a Monstro the Whale for the boats to sail into. With its storybook-themed villages, the attraction was renamed the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Each of the cute little canal boats has been christened with a Disney name and decorated to match. Belle features paintings of Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and other Beauty & the Beast characters painted onto the hull. Sebastian and Flounder have beem painted onto Ariel's namesake, which carries a seafoam green, Little Mermaid-themed paint scheme.

Hidden Mickey hunters should keep an eye out for Flora, named after one of Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers. The predomninantly pink canal boat features floral-themed embelishments. A small, purple Hidden Mickey has been hidden along with all of Flora's flowers.

Monday
Aug132012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Buena Vista Street - Julius Katz & Sons - Window Display Mickeys

Over the past five years, the folks from Imagineering have outdone themselves revamping the Disney California Adventure Park. In addition to creating a new land and new attractions, Imagineers pulled from Walt Disney's past to give DCA's main thoroughfare a distinctively Disney feel.

Carthay Circle Theater Cosntruction - Disney California Adventure Park - April 2011The Carthay Circle Theater - Disney California Adventure Park - March 2012

Using Walt Disney's journey to 1920's Los Angeles as a template, WDI created a California Adventure counterpart to Disneyland's Main Street. Although Disney died in 1966, Buena Vista Street feels magical, as if it were finished with Walt's personal touch. After recreating iconic landmark's from Hollywood's past, Imagineering completed the illusion, by staging Buena Vista Street with dozens of historic Disney Details and a few Hidden Mickeys.


Julis Katz & Sons Storefront - Buena Vista Street - DCA

The only repair shop on Buena Vista Street, Julius Katz & Sons features radios, cameras, watches, televisions and other mechanical items from the 1920's & 30's. The items on display in the Katz & Sons front window, include a vintage television set featuring a Classic Mickey test screen and several Mickey-shaped antique locks.

Test Screen Hidden Mickey on a 1920's-era television - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

Test cards or test patterns were used calibrate early televisions and broadcast cameras. In an era when stations did not have programming to broadcast twety-four hours a day, test patterns also let viewers know that they were receiving signals (but no programming) from a specific broadcast station. In a nod to television's infancy, Imagineer's staged the window with a six-inch wide television screen, state of the art for the late 1920's.

Classic Mickey shaped antique locks in a display window - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

The pair Mickey-shaped antique locks are on display, hanging in a case above the television set. Imagineers understand that Disney is in the Details, so decorating choices are usually conscious ones. Mickey-shaped items are often used as Hidden Mickeys, especially antique locks, cameras with unusually shaped lenses and double alarms with bells as Mickey ears.

 

Monday
Aug062012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Goofy's Sky School - Bulletin Board Hidden Mickeys

Goofy's Sky School has a pair of Classic Mickeys hidden on bulletin boards posted along the attraction's queue. While waiting in line, Disney California Adventure Park guests will pass two Sky School message boards, which feature goofy advetisements and posts. Look around the humorous ads and to find the Hidden Mickeys stained onto the corkboards.

One of two Bulletin Boards at Goofy's Sky School - Paradise Pier - DCA

Bulletin Board Hidden Mickey Close-Up - Goofy's Sky School - Paradise Pier - DCAGoofy Bulletins posted at Goofy's Sky School - Paradise Pier - DCA

Close-Up of the second Hidden Mickey - Goofy's Sky School - Paradise Pier - DCA

Monday
Jul302012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Miracle - T-Shirt Hidden Mickey

In honor of the XXX Olympic Games in London, England, here's an olympic-inspired Hidden Mickey from the Walt Disney Pictures film Miracle (2004). Starring Kurt Russell as head coach Herb Brooks, Miracle chronicles the gold medal winning U.S. Mens Ice Hockey team from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

As an unheralded group of American amateurs and collegians defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union, sportscaster Al Michaels made the iconic call, "Do you believe in Miracles?"

Due to the overwhelming odds and Michaels' quote, that emotional medal round victory is simply known as the Miracle on Ice. However, the miracle wasn't complete until two days later, when the U.S. won the gold medal match against Finland. After beating the Soviets, the Americans defeated the Finnish team, earning the improbable gold in a 4-2 comeback win.

The Hidden Mickey appears as Mike Eruzione (played by Patrick O'Brien Demsey) gears up for the U.S. hockey tryouts. As he chats with Rob McClanahan (Nathan West), Eruzione's Mickey Mouse T-shirt becomes visible for several seconds.

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.