WDW Hints: How did you get started searching for Hidden Mickeys?
Steve: The journey began with my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1989; I was hooked! I read everything I could find about Walt Disney and the Disney Company, and I wrote and published a touring guide to WDW in 2001. During my research about Disney, I came across the concept of Hidden Mickeys. For example, the now defunct Disney Magazine would display examples of Hidden Mickeys, and I accumulated a huge file of Hidden Mickeys. My publisher asked me if I had other ideas for Disney books, and I suggested a Hidden Mickeys project. They liked the idea, and the first WDW Hidden Mickeys book was published in 2003.
WDW Hints: Which ride (or attraction) do you enjoy most while looking for Hidden Mickeys?
Steve: I look for Hidden Mickeys anywhere on Disney property, and some of the more compelling images are in out of the way places, like the full-body Mickey peeking out of a hole in an overhead beam jutting out in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge Villas. One of my favorite attractions for Hidden Images (Hidden Mickeys and other characters) is The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; it’s loaded with wonderful Hidden surprises!
WDW Hints: How often do you visit Disney?
Steve: I visit Walt Disney World weekly and Disneyland, California twice yearly, to look for Hidden Mickeys, of course!
WDW Hints: Where is your favorite Hidden Mickey currently in the parks?
Steve: Hidden Mickeys are lost continually as Disney refurbishes its property and replaces old attractions with new ones. My favorite Lost Hidden Mickey is the full-body Mickey in the green broccoli-like tissue in the wall mural over the entrance to the old Body Wars attraction in the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot. This mural has either been removed or is covered up when the Wonders of Life Pavilion opens during seasonal Epcot Festivals.
WDW Hints: Do you have any tips on how to spot a Hidden Mickey?
WDW Hints: What future books (or projects) do you hope to complete?
WDW Hints: Special thanks to Steve Barrett for sharing his knowledge of Hidden Mickeys with us!