hidden mickeys

Sign Wednesday: Hidden Mickeys

As I’m preparing to leave on a family vacation to Walt Disney World, I’ve got Disney on the brain. So thinking about signs and Disney made me think of Hidden Mickeys. The info and photos below are from Hidden Mickey Guy.

Here’s the definition of an official Hidden Mickey: a partial or complete impression of Mickey Mouse placed by the Imagineers and artists to blend into the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas.

A Hidden Mickey can take different forms. The most common image is the tri-circle Mickey frontal silhouette: three circles that form Mickey’s round head and adjoining round ears. Other images include a side or oblique (usually three-quarter) profile of Mickey’s face and head, a side profile of his entire body, a full-body frontal silhouette, a detailed picture of his face or body, or a three-dimensional Mickey. Sometimes, just his gloves, handprints, shoes or ears appear. Even his name or initials in unusual places may qualify as Hidden Mickeys. And don’t forget other characters: Hidden Minnies, Donald Ducks, Goofys, etc.

Check out his full catalog of thousands of Hidden Mickeys here. Below are some cool examples:

Hidden Mickey made from rope at the exit dock from the ferry to the Magic Kingdom.

Mickey shaped fireworks in the Wishes show.

In the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square, there’s a Mickey on the end of George Washington’s sword.

Hidden side profile of Mickey in Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland.

And these are just in the Magic Kingdom! I think these are so much fun, and it’s a great thing for Disney to do in order to keep people interested and paying attention to details.

So my question is, what fun hidden thing could your organization be putting in your signs in order to entertain and keep people interested?

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