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Disneylands Hidden Mickeys, 3rd Edition: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resorts Best-Kept Secrets

General Information:

Media Type: Book
Type: Parks - Picture
Release Date: 2011-10-16

Geek's Thoughts: Steven Barrett is back with a newly expanded and revised edition of his Hidden Mickeys guide for the Disneyland Resort. This third edition brings the count up to nearly 400 Hidden Mickeys cataloged. The format of the book has stuck to that of the original (following the slogan if it is not broken do not fix it). This book goes all the way up through World of Color, I did not see any Little Mermaid or Goofys Sky School ones noted. Also it still lists the Sunshine Plaza ones which are now gone since the plaza has been demolished to make way for Buena Vista Street. I would image the 4th edition is already in the works and awaiting the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street for the revisions. One of the great things about this series is there is also a companion website http://www.hiddenmickeysguide.com that has even more Hidden Mickey information as well as pictures of them.


My Original Review of the first edition:

Hidden Mickeys are part treasure hunt and part obsession for some. They have found a niche with several disneygeeks out there. Whether its for fun, sport, or something to pass the time the quest for Hidden Mickeys seems to have grown in recent years. For those of you who are unsure exactly what I am talking about, a Hidden Mickey is defined in this book as a partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been hidden by Disneys Imagineers and artists in the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas.

This field guide is a great resource for those of you who want a little help (or to check what you have found) or want to play the point based scavenger hunt suggested in the book. The book is by Steven Barrett, this series originated with his Walt Disney World book, which is now in its third edition. There is also a companion website http://hiddenmickeysguide.com that has even more Hidden Mickey information.

I found the format of this book very easy to flip through and locate clues/solutions. It is small enough that you could easily carry it around the parks with you. The book is organized into two part chapters for each themepark, and one for Downtown Disney and the Hotels. The first part of each chapter is a scavenger hunt that consists of clues as well as a point value for that particular Mickey. The second part consists of hints or clues to help you locate that illusive Mickey. There is also a complete index in the back of the book so as you roam the parks you can quickly/easily locate the clues

I have to admit that I have not really gotten into the whole hidden Mickey crazy over the years. I find them interesting to stumble upon and almost any time I go to the park with a less frequent guest they ask me about them, but for some reason I do not actively search for them. I am more interested in the obscure references, nods to the past, inside jokes, etc.. that Imagineers place in the attractions, or in many cases the back story of the attraction, land, park. For that reason the tag line of this book does not sit that well with me.. it is: A Field Guide to Walt Disney Worlds Best Kept Secrets. This reminds me a lot of the Vacation Club slogan of the Best Kept Secret, which of course the time shares are not a secret anymore and are advertised all over the place. I think the tag-line works, as these are secrets but I just do not care for it.

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