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  1. At the Special Effects Water Tank, "Harbor Attack," there are two official hidden Mickey's created by WDI. The first is on the backdrop for the show. There are many clouds that are painted there is a hidden Mickey by the third lightning rod and then look down about two yards. The Mickey is shaped by the clouds around it (it's blue, not white).
    REPORTED: anon 09 SEP 01
  2. At the Special Effects Water Tank, "Harbor Attack," there are two official hidden Mickey's created by WDI. The second one is in the engine room where one of the volunteers sits and gets soaking wet. This one would only be visible the the one volunteer who is the mechanic. It's on the left wall (when your looking at the audience). There is a bunch of knobs and things on the wall. Under one of the knobs there is a Mickey!
    REPORTED: anon 09 SEP 01
  3. When you get on and going on your right you can see a fake/prop cactus in the shape of a Mickey.
    REPORTED: LKKN 17 MAY 97 pict from
  4. After you exit the water tank show and head towards the queue for the tram (where all the props are located), you will find a refrigerator with a silver tri-circle Mickey painted on it. It's at the end of the first of row, on your right.
    REPORTED: John & Melanie Emmons 24 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Tom & Renée Shaw 27 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Alanna Weidlich 02 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: jeff raber 21 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: domino 24 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
    We saw a hidden Mickey while waiting in line at the Backlot Tour (the one with Catastrophe Canyon). Just before entering the doors leading to the tour vehicles, the line winds through a small warehouse loaded with props for Disney TV shows/movies (like Home Improvement). Halfway through you will pass an antique refrigerator on your left. Decorative buttons on the doors are in the shape of mouse ears and a head. Pretty slick.
    CONFIRMED: The Minassian Family 16 NOV 98
    CONFIRMED: Eileen Brogan 10 FEB 99
    The Mickey head on the refrigerator door may be purposely put there or may have a reason. The reason being this when I first saw that refrigerator on the backlot tour I thought it looked familiar. I remembered it was on one of the disney videos we have of the parades at home. The tape was taped off the Disney channel back in the early 1990s, it is of a fourth of July parade. It shows the opening of the Toontown area then called Mickey's Starland. It was showing the inside of Mickey's house and there in the kitchen was the same exact refrigerator!! I looked when I was at MGM recently and it is obviously the same fridge!! So maybe they put the Mickey head on it to show that it (the fridge) belonged to Mickey. But was this done on purpose or by coincidence?! We may never know.
    UPDATE: bandtrippers 31 MAY 99
  5. In the Prop area, on the wall were three balls, smaller than bowling balls, in the Mickey format.
    REPORTED: Victor Vitek 04 SEP 96
    CONFIRMED: Henry Sampson 02 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Paul Asente 10 JAN 98
    It's obvious the balls were put there on purpose, but they're not in proportion -- they're all the same size. WISHFUL THINKING.
    WISHFUL THINKING: Melanie Emmons 11 JAN 00
  6. There may be one on the oxygen tank in the prop room but we were being pushed along by the Christmas crowds too fast to stop and be sure
    REPORTED: Renée Shaw 27 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: anon 15 MAR 98
  7. Before loading the Tram on the Backlot tour, you can see posters outside the building. One of them is a Flubber movie poster. In the upper right hand corner of the poster, bubbles form a great hidden Mickey!
    REPORTED: Lynne 17 APR 98
  8. Just as you start the Backlot Tour the small lighted tower is in the shape of a Mickey and is a reproduction of the Disney/MGM water tower.
  9. Just before getting to Catastophe Canyon, you come across some prop airplanes - on the ground around the plane (that looks like Lindburgh's plane), there is about 7 or 8 suitcases. Each suitcase has a hidden Mickey in the center.
    REPORTED: Unknown Mousketeer 03 JUN 99
  10. There is a hidden Mickey on the white crate box just before entering Catastrophe Canyon
    On the Backlot Tour, in Catastrophe Canyon. While the vehicle is stopped to watch the catastrophe on the left-hand side of the vehicle, you can spot a green Mickey straw in the display of machinery on the right-hand side of the canyon. Best seen while sitting on the far-right of the vehicle.
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 13 OCT 00
  11. When the tram pulls in to the Catastrophe Canyon area (where the fake flood and truck fire take place), tourists who are on the right side of the tram, facing forward, should look to their right, where there is a maze of piping, valves and round valve pressure dials (all for show.) Toward the middle of the maze of piping are three dials arranged in a Mickey shape.
    REPORTED: Terry Richards 03 JUL 96
  12. Upon entering the Catastrophe Canyon area the right hand side, there is a cylinder gas can with controls and gauges in the shape of a Mickey.
    REPORTED: Katherine Gunning 21 OCT 97
    CONFIRMED: anon 15 MAR 98
    CONFIRMED: Harry Walker 18 JUL 98
    CONFIRMED: Unknown Mousketeer 03 JUN 99
  13. I was told by a Cast Member that as you exit Catastrophy Canyon and you're tall enough (the driver and speaker can see it clearly) the rock that quickly bends away from you contains a Hidden Mickey as well as a skull.
    REPORTED: Joel 03 FEB 97
    On the Backlot Tour, as you exit Catastrophe Canyon, if you are sitting on the left side of the tram you can see a Hidden Mickey molded into the rock as well as a skull.
    CONFIRMED: Spencer Family 01 JUL 97
    There is indeed a small hidden Mickey carved into the rocks of catastrophy canyon. It is eye level to the driver of the shuttle. the Shuttle is moving quickly so look carefully. Ask the cast Member - they'll point it out to you.
    CONFIRMED: anon 30 AUG 97
    CONFIRMED: Evil Needle 27 DEC 99
  14. When leaving Catastrophe Canyon on the Backlot tour, right before you enter the old prop vehicles again, you pass by some black boxes on the ground. There is a white Mickey on the back of one of them. You have to look quickly because you go by fast!
    REPORTED: Becky Dalby 19 NOV 99
  15. My family and I just came home from Disney, and I was suprised to find a Hidden Mickey that I didn't read about here. The Mouse is in the boneyard on the back stage tour at MGM. After going through Catastrophe Canyon (after going behind it) you travel back through the boneyard. On the left there's a Mickey upside down that can only be seen on the way back through the boneyard. It's white and very noticeable, if you're looking for it...
    REPORTED: Shannon 21 APR 02
  16. When I was coming off the Backlot tours, and you enter the area that there is the Inspector Gadget car. On the wall were pink circles from the light. I looked at them and they look as a Hidden Mickey.
    REPORTED: Denise Reed 06 NOV 00

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