Did you ever want to talk to Mickey?
Disney revealed today that it is testing a new and improved Mickey Mouse: One that actually talks with guests.
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Disney says it is currently “playtesting” the technology – which gives Mickey a moving mouth and the ability to interact in real-time with children – in California, but the video already has fans buzzing about whether Disney will eventually expand the concept to other parks and other costumed characters. It’s possible that the concept is part of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ broad “next generation experience” technology initiative, a hush-hush project that former Disney execs say has a budget of close to $1.5 billion.
What are Hidden Mickeys?
A hidden Mickey is a partial or complete impression of Mickey Mouse placed by the Imagineers and artists to blend into the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas.
A “Real” Hidden Mickey
A true Hidden Mickey is one that is not meant to be seen immediately, and is usually placed purposefully by a Disney Imagineer or artist in a context that would not normally contain Mickey Mouse. When the shape of Mickey Mouse is used as an obvious part of the design, such as Mickey ears on the top of lampposts, it is considered decorative and sometimes referred to as a “decor Mickey.” Additionally, formations of the iconic head and ears have been spotted in nature or even on animals, but they are also not Hidden Mickeys. The general rule is: “Not associated with Disney, not a Hidden Mickey.”
|Each week D23 Magic will help you find a new Hidden Mickey.
This week we land in the Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square section. In the Haunted Mansion, when you are looking down at the ballroom party of ghosts, there is a long banquet table. One place setting at the left end of the table forms a hidden Mickey.