Friday, August 30, 2013

Review and Giveaway! Hidden Mickeys


Win a copy of Hidden Mickeys and search for the mouse on your next WDW vacation.

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.

Hidden Mickeys book

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! 

Hidden Mickeys book

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.

Hidden Mickey in Maelstrom, viking with Mickey ears

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.

Hidden Mickey in Maelstrom, viking with Mickey ears

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!
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24 comments:

  1. We love the Hidden Mickey that's on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and looks like gears! Would you believe that we've never owned one of Steve's Hidden Mickey books? Need to fix that! :)

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  2. Hidden Mickeys are my favorite! I'm a purist though. If the size and proportions are not correct, I won't count it as a true HM. :)

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  3. I've never really looked for Hidden Mickeys, but I think I've seen one at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland.

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  4. I don't pay attention, but only we notice it like when I was at waiting on line to meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom.

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  5. My favorite Hidden Mickey would have to be one I found in Carsland. Its in the Radiator Springs Curios store next to the cash register. I stumbled it across it myself! I even tweeted it to Hidden Mickey Guy on twitter afterwards!

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  6. I haven't been to a park in over 10 years, so I don't remember any hidden Mickeys. But I'm excited to find some on my family's first trip in February!

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  7. My kids have reached the age that they are always in search of hidden mickeys, even here at home! I know the next trip (at their ages) they will be quite intent searching for more!

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  8. I swear I've seen one if you look back and up in Haunted Mansion when you're in the loading area but I've never seen it since. I wonder if I imagined it...

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  9. Hidden Mickey search is great family fun.

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  10. Wow, I never knew there were books to help the Hidden Mickey search on DCL. I'm gonna need to find that book before our next cruise.

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  12. We love hunting for Hidden Mickeys. My favorite is on the Contemporary mural. It was the first one we ever spotted.

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  13. My favorite hidden Mickey is the one at the Haunted Mansion Dinner table! It was the first one I spotted when my family started searching for Mickey's!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  14. One of my favorites is at the exit of the Haunted Mansion.

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  15. I love Hidden Mickeys!!!

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  16. I've never searched for Hidden Mickey's. Guess I now have an excuse to plan my next trip, right?! :-)

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  17. We love looking for hidden mickeys. Our first was at Coral Reef. We had to have a Cast Member help us find it!

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  18. Never looked for hidden Mickeys! Sounds like fun.

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  19. We love hidden Mickey's! Everyone gets to pick 1 souvenir each trip. We have a contest to see who can find the most and they get a second souvenir to take home on the last day!

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  20. I like the ones we found when visiting Animal Kingdom

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  21. Hidden Mickeys are so much fun, however, we get so tied up in other things we forget to look! I think my favorite are the cucumbers shaped like Mickey at Garden Grill at Epcot! I also like the survey markers with the Mickey head on them- not so hidden, but fun to find!

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  22. I replied earlier, but I don't see it... Anyway. We love HIdden Mickey's but get so tied up with other things we forget to look for them! My favorites are the cucumbers shaped like Mickey at Garden Grill at Epcot. I also like the survey markers with Mickey's head on them- though not so hidden!!

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  23. love his books, sorry I missed the contest :-)

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