Hidden Mickeys Come Standard With Cars Land

dhm4Hidden Mickeys:
A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort’s Best Kept Secrets,
4th edition

by Steven M. Barrett
Published: March 16, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937011-28-4
140 pages 4″ x 9″
3 maps Index to Mickey’s Hiding Places
Trade paperback original
List price $10.95 NOW JUST $6.57



UPDATE: This edition has been replaced by the all new 5th edition

Hidden Mickeys Come Standard With Cars Land

‘Hidden Mickey Guy’ reveals almost 450 in latest edition
(ANAHEIM, CA – March 16, 2013) You can have a tiger in your tank and plenty of horsepower in your engine, but can you have Mickey Mouse on your hood? Turns out you can, if Mickey has been concealed by Disney designers in Disney California Adventure Park.

Steven M. Barrett, the best-selling author of a series of books chronicling the many appearances of “hidden Mickeys” in Disney parks and cruise ships, has discovered at least 23 of these elusive images in the new Cars Land section of Disneyland’s sister park in Anaheim. He documents them — and over 400 other hidden Mickeys — in the just-released fourth edition of his Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide To Disneyland Resort’s Best Kept Secrets (The Intrepid Traveler, $10.95).

Hidden Mickeys are cleverly camouflaged images of Mickey Mouse that have been placed surreptitiously in Disney park attractions, hotels, and restaurants by Disney “Imagineers” (as Disney designers and engineers are called). They began as an inside joke but have become a source of joy and excitement for the millions of guests who stream through Disney’s turnstiles each year.

“Take a really good look at the car hoods in the display windows of Ramone’s House of Body Art store,” suggests Barrett. “The hidden Mickeys there are amazing and very well camouflaged. That makes them especially fun to find.”

Barrett, aka “Hidden Mickey Guy” to his many fans, should know. He’s spent over a decade tracking the comings and goings of hidden Mickeys in Disney properties worldwide and sharing his findings with others through his “Hidden Mickeys” guidebooks.

Because weather and routine maintenance remove some hidden Mickeys over time, while renovations and new construction add fresh ones, Barrett updates his guides regularly. His latest investigations took him back to the Disneyland Resort, where he uncovered at least 71 hidden Mickeys that he hadn’t seen before, including those on Ramone’s car hoods in Cars Land.

Fans will find them all in the new fourth edition of Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys, just published by The Intrepid Traveler (intrepidtraveler.com). The guide organizes the search for Mickey into three scavenger hunts, two for the theme parks and a third for all the rest of the Resort, including Downtown Disney District, the hotels, and even the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Each scavenger hunt includes Clues (to every hidden Mickey’s hiding place), Hints (to consult when a hidden Mickey proves too elusive), and Points to Be Scored (1 to 5 per image, depending on how hard it is to spot). Ramone’s seven car-hood Mickeys, for example, are worth five points each, while a fairly-easy-to-spot hidden Mickey near the entrance to Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland is worth just two.

Barrett’s scavenger hunts turn the search for Mickey into a full-fledged game that’s fun for the whole family. But “Hidden Mickey Guy” hasn’t forgotten those who prefer a lower-key approach. His Index to Mickey’s Hiding Places in the back of the guide lets users search for the elusive Mouse as their fancy dictates, wherever they find themselves in Mickey’s magical kingdom.


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