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Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets Paperback – December 10, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Intrepid Traveler; 1 edition (December 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887140441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887140447
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A clever diversion. . . Think of it as a scavenger hunt on a grand scale." -- Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Travel Section, November 23, 2003,

"Hidden Mickeys" was awarded Readers Preference Reviews' 2003 Editor's Choice Award for Travel. -- Readers Preference Reviews

"Once we found these cleverly camouflaged Hidden Mickeys, we had an itch to search for more." -- Naples Daily News, July 13, 2003, by James Lilliefors

"The book is paperbound nirvana for all Disney fans who tour the parks on the lookout for the unmistakable shape." -- Allan Halcrow, Editor, FantasyLine Express, October 2003

Barrett organizes his nearly 400 documented Hidden Mickeys in scavenger hunts. . . .[with] detailed hints . . . for those who get stuck. -- Kimberly Scholz in Travel Weekly on March 17, 2003

Check out our favorite new titles… "Hidden Mickeys" offers six scavenger hunts—complete with clues. -- Endless Vacation, May-June 2003,

Six scavenger hunts designed to give you a unique look at Disney World. -- Bottom Line Tomorrow on April 2003

The book is paperbound nirvana for all Disney fans who tour the parks on the lookout for the unmistakable shape. -- Allan Halcrow in FantasyLine Express on October 2003

The cutest travel book for families headed for Florida’s Disney World. . . . a delightful supplement to other guide books. -- Bob Spear, The Heartstrings Newsletter, March-April 2003

From the Publisher

Fun for all ages.

Customer Reviews

In all, it is an extremely clever and fun book.
Lisa R. Murray
Scavenger Hunts throughout the book offer clues to finding the hidden Mickeys.
Irvin Goodman
I never knew about this part of Disney until seeing the book in the resort.
KiwiGirl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

161 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you think there's nothing to do at Disney World except ride the same old rides and stand in the same old lines then author Steven Barrett has a surprise for you. It seems that all around Disney World there are lots of "hidden" Mickeys. From classic front profiles to side profiles they are everywhere. For example, one of the ones you would never suspect is the shadow cast on the ground from the railing in front of Cinderellas's castle. Hidden in maps, shadows, well placed stones, or even table settings, once you get the hang of it you are sure to find lots of them. Some of the ones in the book are a bit of a stretch and others are obvious once you know it. Once you start looking for them you wonder why you've never noticed things the place setting in the Haunted Mansion that makes a classic Mickey with the dinner dish and two side dishes for ears. I even found a couple that were pretty easy to spot but not in the book (like a key against the wall in Mickey's House).
Not only is the book a great guide on finding the hidden Mickeys but if you follow the suggested itinerary it really minimizes the wait times in line. Mr. Barrett has done an excellent job of suggesting how to go from ride to ride and the book is well worth the price just for that information. We waited only 20 minutes in the longest line and generally waited less than ten.
In summary, it is a great twist on visiting Disney World, Epcot, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom and other Disney attractions and a recommended purchase for anyone heading to a Florida Disney location.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on July 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
This interesting handy-sized 4" x 9" book of 160 pages covers all aspects of WDW. The whole family will want to look for all of the "hidden" Mickeys spread all over WDW. They're virtually everywhere. Scavenger Hunts throughout the book offer clues to finding the hidden Mickeys. Special hints are provided to help you in the scavenger hunts. It can keep the kids busy and you don't have to spend money while your "hunting." Its a fun guide that you'll enjoy each time you visit WDW. We'll take ours everytime we visit Orlando. This book covers not only the parks, but also hotels, restaurants, shops and more. You'll notice many of these for the first time, even if you have visited WDW many times. Worth the low cost.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R. Murray on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you or your kids love "I Spy," then this book's for you. We just returned from a family vacation to Walt Disney World where we used both the "Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation" and "Hidden Mickeys" books. Both were invaluable to maximizing our enjoyment during our trip. I don't know who had more fun spotting the hidden Mickeys...me, my husband, or our two sons, ages 9 and 11. The competition was on with our 9 year old beating out the rest of us. You can use the book to either go on a hunt using clues to find the Mickeys or take the easy way out and just follow the author's directions. In all, it is an extremely clever and fun book. Definitely worth the buy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Been there, done that...think you've done everything there is to do at Walt Disney World and the surrounding areas? (Yes, the hotels, the Sports Complex, EVERYTHING.) Just like making something out of an old pair of jeans, this book tells you how to have more fun at same-old-place Disney! (Of course, I would never think of WDW like that, but some people do.)

Hidden Mickeys are special Mickey Mouses that the Imagineers have hidden all around WDW. Some are easier to find than others. Some are even off-limits to guests. Some are found in shops, some are found ON RIDES! That means you have to ride Thunder Mountain Railroad to find a Mickey on this special scavenger hunt.

It works on a point system. What you do is go to the certain place, let's say MGM-Studios, and it tells you certain vague areas of where to look, say Jim Henson's Muppet 3D Vision. If you're stuck, you can look at the clues. That narrows down the search a bit. Then, if you're STILL stuck, you can go back and look at the answers.

You can either choose to use the index or the whole walkthrough. You could say, "Well, we're waiting in line for the Great Movie Ride, so let's see what Mickeys are in here." Then you go back to the index, look up Great Movie ride, and you can see the locations for the Hidden Mickeys. Or, you could just go through the whole MGM-Studios section and do exactly what it says. Yes, it will say something similar to this: "After you leave the Villians in Vogue shop, head over too Mama Melrose's Restaurante Italiano for three Hidden Mickeys." It gives you an entire itinerary!

Well, I hope that this review helped. It is recommended for all ages!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Looking for something extra special to do while at WDW? If you thought standing in line or walking around wasn't much fun, or thought you've seen everything there is to see, then pick up this book! The Hidden Mickeys book is a great way to help pass the time, as well as add another dimension to the trip! I never knew there were Mickeys hidden everywhere from rides, to hotels, to even rest rooms! Now I find myself looking for them everywhere!
The book is great because it is not just a list, but arranged like a "scavenger hunt." You can play alone or with family and friends to try and spot all the hidden Mickeys! Some are harder than others, so it can be quite a challenge! (Don't worry, the author gives great clues in order to help you find them). If you don't want to do the hunts, you can just pull out the book and find HMs for wherever you may be in the parks!
Steve really knows his WDW, and this book shows it! And my kids enjoyed the book as much as we did!! Plus, the book's compact size allows you to keep it in you back pocket or bag (great idea) to easily carry it around all day without being too cumbersome! You don't have to be a Disney expert to enjoy this book! Highly recommended!!!
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