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My Disney Side: Hidden Mickey Hunting

My Disney Side: Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey Hunting
For this series of blog posts I am looking back at some of the ways I've shown my #DisneySide over the years. Hidden Mickey hunting has been part of our family trips since the early 90's.

I first started hunting for them when I was part of a great online discussion group called Rec.Arts.Disney.Parks or RADP. We would discuss Hidden Mickeys and their location in the group and then go try to find them in the parks.

Hunting for Hidden Mickeys was an extra magical diversion for my then very young son, while standing in lines waiting for attractions or rides. Sometimes I'd bring a list to refer to. Most times we'd wing it and just try to discover them ourselves. After the trip we'd confirm our sightings or report new ones to the group.

First Hidden Mickey Sighting

My favorite and the most exciting discovery was my son's first Hidden Mickey sighting. We were staying at The Contemporary Resort at the time which is filled with Hidden Mickeys. He loved the idea of hunting for these magical treasures. He still enjoys it and points them out to me.
My Disney Side: Contemporary Resort Hidden Mickey Hunting

The first Hidden Mickey sighting happened one morning after having breakfast at Chef Mickey's and as we were heading up to the monorail platform. He looked up and there they were, he's found his first Hidden Mickeys all by himself. They were brown bears wearing black mouse ears on the wall mural. He was so excited! 
Everyone around could here his squeals of delight. For the rest of the day he told the monorail drivers and any CM's who would listen, that he had discovered a Hidden Mickey.

Hidden Mickeys for the record books.

Contemporary Resort Monorail
The Hidden Mickey my son found was documented here on a website that kept track of sightings for many years. It's listed in The Contemporary Resort section.

Over the years we've also contributed our sightings to Steve Barrett's ~ Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets {affiliate link} books and website

He's very kind in mentioning contributors names in each of his books and on the website. 

So, if you find a new one be sure to report your sighting or play along and score points for each Hidden Mickey you find. Over 1,000 Hidden Mickeys are in the book! 

Do you have a favorite Hidden Mickey in the parks? We would love to hear about it.

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