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Book Review: 'Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys'

Any fan of the Disney theme parks knows that scattered throughout the many parks, lands, and attractions are hundreds of mini tributes to the Walt Disney Company's most famous character, Mickey Mouse.

Hidden Mickeys, they are called: a circle with two smaller ones mounted on top, in the silhouette of Mickey Mouse. Various sites online have been dedicated to the art of finding hidden Mickeys in the Disney theme parks. Now, there's a handy guide for those visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Written by Steven M. Barrett, "Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys - A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets" covers Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, and the Downtown Disney entertainment district.

The book starts off with an explanation of hidden Mickeys, background information.

Instead of being a boring, list-by-list account of every hidden Mickey in the parks, "Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys" invites readers on "scavenger hunts," whereby clues are offered to get participants to find the hidden Mickeys themselves. Players get "points" for each hidden Mickey they find.

For example, a clue for a Splash Mountain hidden Mickey: "Search for a classic Mickey along the queue."

If you can't find it, you can simply flip to the hints section, where it explains to you, "As you enter the first inside part along the entrance queue, look for a three-gear classic Mickey on the left side."

The hidden Mickeys referenced in this book go from the commonly known (such as the plate and saucers in the Haunted Mansion's balroom) to the more obscure (one in the first scene of Snow White's Scary Adventures).

By making the search for hidden Mickeys a game, the book becomes more interesting. The only thing is that the points seem arbitrarily set. I guess the more obscure or hidden one of these Mickeys is, the higher the point value.

The book is also in a compact guide size so you can easily carry it with you as you go about your Disneyland Resort vacation. I imagine in the future we'll soon see many families carrying around the book, looking for those hidden Mickeys.

If you visit Walt Disney World, you might also want to consider Barrett's other book, "Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets."

Check out these great books for new adventures the next time you visit a Disney theme park!

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