Friday, August 30, 2013
Review and Giveaway! Hidden Mickeys
In April 2003, I went to Walt Disney World with my parents and brother to celebrate my birthday and DisneyDad's. I have no idea now where I found them but I brought a couple copies of a small book with me on that vacation. It was a newly released book called "Hidden Mickeys A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets." My family had known about Hidden Mickeys and had visited Walt Disney World many times so adding a little competition to our touring was perfect. There was one copy for my parents and one copy for Chris and me. Each day, we used these new books to find Hidden Mickeys throughout the park of the day and I had prizes for the winners. I remember Chris and I riding Haunted Mansion several times to really catch one in the final scene.
Fast forward to 2013. Author Steven M. Barrett has celebrated ten years of publishing his Hidden Mickey books and the sixth edition is currently available, complete with New Fantasyland Hidden Mickeys. Wow. Congratulations to Steve!
The latest version is just as much fun as the original. It has a great layout for finding Mickey while you are on the go. There is a chapter for each park as well as a few chapters toward the end that combine smaller locations. If you followed each park's chapter in order, it even makes a decent touring plan.
Within the chapters you have two levels of difficulty. First, the basic clue. For example, at Maelstrom Clue 34 says, "Find the viking wearing Mickey ears." (My personal favorite.) If you are having trouble locating it, flip to the back of the chapter to the Hints section. There it says, "On the left side of the large loading area mural, a Viking in a ship wears Mickey ears. He's sitting below the middle red stripe of the sail." I'd say that's pretty specific! I love that the Hints section is marked Hints all along the edge so that you don't accidentally look there if you'd rather try on your own.
Earlier I mentioned competition. Each Hidden Mickey in the book is given a points value. My favorite in the example above is worth 3 points. The others in this attraction are harder to spot so they would earn you 4 or 5 points each. Over the day, keep track of your points and she with the most wins.
Mr. Barrett's Hidden Mickeys empire now includes books for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise line, as well as apps for WDW and Disneyland. If you find one he hasn't listed, share it with him via his website and he might mention you in his book.
I've enjoyed Hidden Mickeys for years and I can't wait to take my book to Walt Disney World this fall. I'm giving away a copy and entering is simple. Best of luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway