Satellite and aerial photographic composite at 1.0-1 meter resolution
Photograph During Construction
The plaza and surrounding buildings in front of the Chinese Theater when viewed from above form a Hidden Mickey tilted at a 45° angle.
The easiest way to see this is by turning your map upside down. It is easier to see on the older maps before the park expanded with the addition of Sunset Blvd., but it is still visible.
This Hidden Mickey was confirmed on "Walt Disney World Inside Out." It also can be seen from the air if you have access to a small plane and, as you can see, it can even be seen from space!
Although it can be more easily seen in the construction photograph or on the map, look at the bottom center of the remotely sensed image.
Mickey's head is formed by the circular square area. The right ear is made up of the lake that contains
Min and Bill's Dockside Diner. The other ear is made up of a portion of the roof of the Brown Derby and continues around as a slight discoleration of a walkway.
His nose is made up of the off center large round planter. His eyes are made of two darker concrete areas surrounded
by hedges forming the eyebrows. Part of the Great Movie Ride is his smile.
The images you see here are composites of United States Geological
Survey (USGS) georectified digitized aerial photographs (known as digital
orthophotoquads) and high-resolution, declassified, Russian spy and mapping
satellite images collected with the SOVINFORMSPUTNIK KVR 1000 camera system and available from SPIN-2.
The data was collected between 1992 and 1995. The majority of the images are from the 1995 time frame.