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  1. During the holidays, you can buy Mickey Christmas tree ornaments decor
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 10 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 30 DEC 96
  2. On the Happy Holiday 1996 mug, there is a Hidden Mickey (underneath the Dalmation puppy in the box) which is formed by three christmas ornaments.
    REPORTED: Kathryn Walker 14 JAN 97
    On the Happy Holidays 1996 Christmas souvenir mug with 3 dalmatian puppies from 101 Dalmations on it, there are three christmas tree bulbs laying next to a box with a puppy in it that form a Mickey (the blue is the head while the green and yellow are the ears)!!
    REPORTED: Kathryn Walker 09 AUG 97
    On every Disney mug, like Halloween '97, there is at least one Hidden Mickey.
    UPDATE: Hayley 25 JUL 99

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, USA

Phsst: Fun Facts
  1. During the Christmas season, some of the second floor windows on Main Street display Menorahs.

Mickey's Toontown Fair

  1. Mickey Mouse wreath for the Christmas holidays
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 27 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: B 04 JAN 97
  2. These are baubles on the Christmas garlands arranged as one large and two small in Mickey's House.
    REPORTED: Graham Allan 06 JAN 94
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 27 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: B 04 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: April Rogers 18 FEB 97
  3. The Christmas ornaments on the lamp posts are Hidden Mickeys. They are in clusters of 3, 1 larger than the other 2.
    REPORTED: Jeffrey Todd Collier 13 DEC 93
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 27 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: B 04 JAN 97


Carrousel of Progress

  1. In the final scene, on the wall on the far left, a wreath is hung. The wreath is decorated with Christmas ornaments. On the right side of the wreath, 3 of the ornaments (1 large, two smaller) form a near-perfect Hidden Mickey. This is best viewed from the far right of the seating area.
    Rusty Martin 22 DEC 97


  1. I found a Hidden Mickey at the lit archway between World Showcase and Future World during Epcot's Christmas celebration.
    REPORTED: Diane Cottone 22 MAR 97

Fountain View

  1. During the holiday season, in the roof of the ginger bread house at the order area there is a Mickey in the "shingles" on the main roof.
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 27 DEC 97

Disney Studios

  1. There's a water tower with ears, Earful Tower, on the way to Disney World once you're on the road leading to Disney World's Disney Studios. This is actually on the Studios' property but you can see it directly from the road its so big. You can't miss it, and during the holiday season, they put a cap on it! decor
    REPORTED: Daniel and Mrs. R Cormier
    The Tower Sported Spots during X-mas of 96 instead of the usual Santa hat.
    UPDATE: TR Shaw 28 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Chris Harper 31 JAN 97
    During the Christmas period the ears also have a santa cap on them.
    CONFIRMED: Craig Prall 06 JAN 98
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98

Hollywood/Echo Lake Area

  1. There are several Hidden Mickeys in the Christmas lights display on Hollywood Blvd. the first house on the right as you are choralled down the street has a Mickey in the garage window outlined in green lights. Also, there is one in the large light tree near the end of the street on the left -- up about 50 feet in the air. The path back to the plaza is also lit with Mickey shaped light displays.
    REPORTED: robert casey 23 DEC 96

New York Street and Residential Street

  1. This year there are over 100 Mickeys hidden in the Osborne Family Christmas Light Display. One of the best ones is the third puff of smoke coming from the christmas train's engine about 3/4 of the way through.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 27 DEC 98
  2. This Mickey can only be seen during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. The clock tower just at the entrance to the show is, of course, covered in lights. However, on one and only one side (the back side), instead of having a clock, is has Mickey ears. It is easiest to see it by simply going to the spectacle and looking over your shoulder and seeing it. Note that simply passing by on Residential street may not be enoguh to see it. The lights must be on.
    REPORTED: Alex 01 DEC 97
    The clock tower on the back side, instead of a clock face, is a hidden Mickey. This is being sent from Innoventions at Epcot.
    CONFIRMED: Samantha Hollander 30 DEC 97
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98
  3. A holiday Hidden Mickey is in the Osborne Family Christmas Light Display. As you walk down Residential Street, the back lot street behind New York Street, the last display on the right is all red lights. At the bottom of the display closest to the road there is a clear Mickey at the bottom of the lights.
    REPORTED: Tom Williams 03 DEC 95
    CONFIRMED: Julie Crutchley 13 DEC 95
    There are multiple hidden Mickeys in the Osborne light display at Disney Studios. Among those I saw were a Mickey in the middle of the large red light tree on top of a house and one of the soldiers at the end of the light show has as his face a Mickey.
    CONFIRMED: Tom & Renée Shaw 27 DEC 96
    There is a brand new Hidden Mickey in this year's Spectical of Lights display. I saw them building it. As you walk down Residential Street the last large tree of lights on your left has a light string blinking in a different order and seperately rigged than the rest that is at the bottom and red. It is a definately on purpose Hidden Mickey.
    CONFIRMED: anon 07 NOV 97
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98
    I wanted you all to know that a Cast Member told me that there were 49 Hidden Mickeys in the display. I was only able to find 45 of them.
    CONFIRMED: Morna Brown 11 JAN 97
    We confirm the use of the Osborne lights at Christmas time. We had the wonderful opportunity to experience the lights first hand. The first time we saw it (1995), there was only one set of lights shaped like Mickey - near the end of the display. In 1996, there were Mickey shapes everywhere! Totally incredible!!
    CONFIRMED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  4. When leaving the Osborne Family exibit, one of the last displays is a train. The train is puffing smoke. There are three puffs of smoke that alternate on and off, if you look at the second puff of smoke it is in the shape of Mickey's head.
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98
    There is a train that blows smoke from its smokestack. One of the smokepuffs in the middle forms a perfect Mickey (close to a profile, but almost dead on).
    CONFIRMED: Tricia Tice 11 JAN 98
    My wife and I were at the MGM Studios on Thursday and while we were walking through the Osborne family Christmas lights, we noticed a very obvious hidden Mickey. When you make the turn and head back around the area of the tram pick up for Catastrophe Canyon there is a lighted train on your right hand side. The lights are in motion. Even the smoke coming out of the engine. It is either the second or third puff of smoke that is our favorite pal.
    CONFIRMED: Barry & Traci Walker 28 NOV 98
    CONFIRMED: Heidi Jo Hepler 26 DEC 98
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  5. Look in the windows of the houses and in the bushes in front of the windows and you will see hidden Mickeys. The 3rd from last soldier has a Mickey face.
    REPORTED: Jim Gostigian 27 DEC 97
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97

Walt Disney World Resorts

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

  1. There is a "Fab Four" totem pole, located in front of the gift shop in the Lodge. Sitting on top is a mouse (Mickey), on a dog (Goofy), on a duck (Donald), and all on top of a bear in the main area. They even put a Santa hat on Mickey for the holidays! decor
    REPORTED: Julie Crutchley & Mary Glenn Crutchley 06 DEC 96
  2. For the holidays, the Lodge has a train setup just outside the elevators. One of the gingerbread houses has a Mickey "painted" on its side.
    REPORTED: Julie Crutchley & Mary Glenn Crutchley 06 DEC 96

Downtown Disney

The World of Disney

The Disney Store at Village Marketplace, Walt Disney World
  1. For the holidays, the World of Disney Store has a real snowman Mickey!
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 20 DEC 97
  2. For the holidays, the World of Disney Store has several Christmas boxes placed throughout the store. Each box has Mickeys on them
    REPORTED: Julie Crutchley & Mary Glenn Crutchley 06 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: B 04 JAN 97
  3. During the winter holiday season the lamp-posts around the West Side had big "snowflakes" attached to them. Among the random ice-crystal-ish patterns were Mickey Heads.
    REPORTED: Patrick Allergymedicine 15 JAN 99

Forty Thirst Street/Starabillias

Phsst: Fun Facts

During the Disney Holiday Season, Disney decorated the walkway in-between Starabillias and Forty-Thirst Street where there are always hanging lights, with rows of white metal doves. I spotted 2 hidden Mickeys intermingled with the doves. One in the beginning strand and one near the end. The ears where artistically bent just like the doves' wings.
REPORTED: k. harwood 12 SEP 98


  1. During the holidays at the West Side at Downtown Disney, the walkways are decorated with silver snowflakes that contain Hidden Mickeys at their ends.
    REPORTED: The Buck Family 11 JAN 99

Fun Facts

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  1. Disney's decoration department is absolutely amazing. One day its just a park and the next its Christmas! During the holidays, we saw the beautiful hoiday displays at Walt Disney World. Went to the Studios for our last day and everything was gone overnight!
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 05 JAN 97
    My husband and I just returned from Disney World. We arrived on 10/30. We had tickets for the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party. We went to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday morning to pick up the tickets and walk around there for awhile. It was all decorated with pumpkins, haystacks, spooky ghost sounds coming from the haystacks. We went to the party on Halloween nite, and when we returned to the Magic Kingdom on Monday, it was as if Halloween never happened. All traces of it disappeared!! Amazing!!
    CONFIRMED: Tara C 11 NOV 99
    My family and I went to Disney World just after Thanksgiving 1998. When we arrived the parks were already decorated for Christmas but our resort hotel (Coronado Springs) was not. During the course of our stay they began to decorate the resort for Christmas. It was amazing! The decorating took place mainly at night and the decorations were trucked in on huge transfer trucks.
    CONFIRMED: Tabatha Mauldin 27 MAY 00
  2. My husband and I were staying at the Dixie Landings resort from Dec. 29 - Jan. 5, when we were in the lobby of Dixie Landings and Port Orleans on Jan.1, the decorations were being removed at 11:30 p.m. The amazing thing was that all the decorations from each place have their own marked trailer. One of the cast members told us that on New Year's Day, the decorations are taken down, put into the trailer and a diesel big rig hooks up to the trailer and hauls it to one of the back lots until the decorations are needed again. The next morning it didn't even look like Christmas had occurred except for the red poinsettias remaining outside which were removed the day we checked out, Jan. 5.
    REPORTED: anon 24 JAN 98

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, USA

  1. What time does the 3:00 parade start? 2:00 on Christmas day! It is filmed several times before that day just in case it rains...
    REPORTED: W. Todd Stephenson 11 JAN 96
    The Christmas parade is indeed filmed over a period of 2-3 days prior to Christmas in the event of rain. We were at the Magic Kingdom for Christmas 96 and 97. From watching the Christmas 1997 parade on tv, you'd never guess it was raining all morning! I was fortunate enough to become buddies with a couple of the camera people during the filming of the 96 parade and when I viewed it later after returning home, I was in the crowd scenes 4 times wearing 2 different outfits!
    CONFIRMED: Cheryl 23 APR 99


Small World

It's A Small World

  1. On a recent trip, the holiday decorations included a lot of lights on the Small World ride. It is truly an amazing sight! I asked a crew member how many lights there were, she did not know but in true Disney fashion, called to find out. She was told that there were 50,000 lights on the structure itself, and a total of 250,000 lights for the entire attraction. That sure beats the holiday displays at Epcot.
    REPORTED: Devin Smith 07 JAN 98


Country Bear Jamborree

  1. From Thanksgiving to after the new year, the Bear Animatronics don Christmas apparell and sing Holiday oriented songs. If you consider yourself a true WDW veteran, consider this special show to be your incentive to go to the park during this time of year.
    Sam Moore 17 FEB 97


Innoventions Plaza

  1. In the Innoventions Plaza, there is a fountain. During regular times, it's just somthing there to say "Hey, that's neat". But during the Christmas season, the fountains are choreographed to the Christmas music playing. Just sitting on a bench and watching the fountains dance to the Christmas music is one of my favorite things to do. They play traditional Christmas music, plus original Christmas tunes written by some of my favorite artists (i.e. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, etc.).
    Dr. Nigel Channing 06 NOV 99

Christmas Candlelight Procession

  1. The Christmas Candlelight procession at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT are one and the same. It was moved from Main Street to the American Pavillion about 3 or 4 years ago. WDW now sells special package tickets to this function that includes dinner at your favorite restaurant within Epcot and prefered seating to this performance for 39.95 per person. (Admission to the park not included in that price) WDW is also offering the CD version of this concert. (recorded with Louis Gossett Jr. as the narrator during Christmas 1997)

    REPORTED: Tania D 17 DEC 98


  1. During the holidays the miniture train set next to Germany is also decked out for Christmas. The engines have holiday decorations, the town square has a Christmas tree, and the houses are all decorated.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 29 DEC 98

Disney Studios

New York and Residential Streets

  1. For eight years, Osborne, a Little Rock businessman, did what many people do at Christmas. He decorated his home and yard with lights. But he must have hit every sale on colored bulbs in the country because he used 2 million of them. And those millions of lights brought thousands of visitors to gawk and point, which brought Osborne's neighbors to a boil. After battles that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, neighbors finally got what they wanted. An eye-popping Christmas light extravaganza at the Jennings Osborne home in Little Rock, Arkansas, is now dark. However, Osborne moved his holiday display to Disney Studios. He loaned Disney 2 million of his 3 million Christmas lights. The lights are used between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every night at dusk, a child throws the switch to turn on Osborne's lights. And they're still on a residential street. In fact, it's called Residential Street. But here, no one worries about the neighbors. And no one worries about all the spectators. On this street, the houses are facades of the homes used in television shows.
    REPORTED: Newspaper reports
    Disney just added another 1 million lights for 1996 to bring up the total to 4.5 million lights! If strung end-to-end the lights would span over 426 miles!!!
    CONFIRMED: Tom & Renée Shaw 27 DEC 96
  2. In the Osborne Family Christmas Light Display, Mister Osborne maintains control of the light display at the red brick house. Disney has artistic control over the rest of the Christmas display. For 1998, due to the upcoming bowl game for the University of Arkansas football team, part of the light display at the red brick house said, "Go Razorbacks!"
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 27 DEC 98
  3. It takes Disney from August to Thanksgiving to put up the Osborne Family Christmas Light Display but it only takes them two weeks to take them down!
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 27 DEC 98
  4. In 1998, for the Osborne Family Christmas Light Display, Disney handed out special glasses which made angles appear around all the lights in the display.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 27 DEC 98
  5. Disney makes snow fall on New York Street during the holidays.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
    CONFIRMED: Shelly Elkins 10 JAN 98

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