Hunting Hidden Mickeys during the Holidays


Here’s a returning Hidden Mickey near the top middle of the huge Christmas tree. Can you spot it?

If you visit Disney World during the holidays, stay alert for seasonal Hidden Mickeys (and other Hidden Characters!). These images appear only at certain times during the year.

For example, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is showcased every year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The spectacular light show is turned on in mid-November and lasts until early January.

Each year, new Hidden Mickeys, along with many returning images, are placed in the show. I highlight some examples below.

» IMAGE GALLERY: Hidden Mickeys for the Holidays

The lights cover the Streets of America area of the Studios. (here)

Here’s a returning Hidden Mickey near the top middle of the huge Christmas tree.  Can you spot it? (here)

There are usually over 40 Mickey images in the Osborne lights. Most of them are of the classic (three-circle) variety.

Changing Mickeys sometimes appear in doorways. (here)

This basketball goal is usually adorned each year with Hidden Mickeys. (here)

I hadn’t seen this image in past years. It’s a Hidden Mickey spot on the right rear hip of a Dalmatian. (here)

Other Hidden Characters sometimes appear in the show, like Jack Skellington (from the Tim Burton movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”) (here)

The original Osborne Lights were created by Jennings Osborne, who draped them over several adjoining houses in his Arkansas neighborhood before they were transferred to Disney World in 1995.

In honor of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, a red razorback hog is hidden somewhere along the Osborne Lights. This year, it’s near the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show entrance. (here)

Each year, the Cast Members hide a black cat somewhere in the Osborne Lights. (The story goes that the cat was a Halloween decoration and was mixed in with the Christmas Lights when they were shipped to Disney World). This year, the cat is up a tree! (here)

Enjoy the Osborne Lights and have fun searching for great Hidden Images!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Barrett is the author of the Hidden Mickeys Guide Book Series (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the Disney Cruise Ships) available in the Disney Parks and in book stores, Amazon, and on Kindle and other downloadable formats.  The WDW and Disneyland Hidden Mickeys Guide books are also offered as iPhone and Android apps.  Steve and his wife Vickie (hiddenmickeygal) are the webmasters of, and are on Twitter  @hiddenmickeyguy and Facebook as Hidden Mickey Guy Disney's Hidden Mickeys Hunter.