A few of my favourite Hidden Mickeys


What are Hidden Mickeys and where to find Hidden Mickeys

One of my absolute favourite things about Disney World is the hidden details – the things that an average person might walk straight past and not notice on the way to jump onto a ride, but that a real Disney enthusiast lives for. These are the things that make up that Disney atmosphere that we crave – such as the fact that you won’t find any chewing gum in the parks or that you’ll never spot a character out of place as they travel secretly “backstage”.
But one of the real treats of visiting the Disney parks is searching out Hidden Mickeys. You might ask:

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Disney’s latest live-action film announcement: Rose Red

Snow White 1937 Poster

The classic retelling of fairytales are the essence of the Disney we all know and love – most of our favourite Walt Disney movies that are loved and watched around the world come from popular folklore and traditional tales told by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Pinocchio are all early examples of this, and more modern fairytale classics include Tangled (based on Rapunzel) and Frozen (based around The Snow Queen).

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My Disney Confessions

I have a confession: I love reading Disney blogs. Okay, that’s not a great confession, is it?! But I recently read Amy’s Disney Confessions post at Cocktails in Teacups, then I spotted lots of other Disney bloggers doing the same (I think it started at Belle’s Moments?) so I thought I’d get involved too.

Cinderella Castle 1997 - 25 Year Celebration

I LOVED the 25th Anniversary Celebration version of Cinderella Castle as a birthday cake

It was my first visit to Disney World, when I was 6 in 1997, and I thought it was how the Castle always looked. I was very disappointed to find out that wasn’t so on our next visit!

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My Top 5 Attractions in Magic Kingdom

I thought I’d start off this blog with a few more personal style posts – so you can get to me and what I love about Disney, while getting a look at some of the things the parks have to offer. After that, we can get into more in depth tips and guides, but it’s nice to start at the very beginning!
First things first, I love ALL of Magic Kingdom. For me, it’s not just about the rides and things to do, but the things to see and absorb around the Disney parks. But what would the parks be without the attractions that fill up the day?! It’s difficult to choose just a few, but I’ve gone for the ones that I would be most sad to miss out on a trip to Magic Kingdom – whether they’re a thrill ride, something with lots to see, or just one that’s a little bit nostalgic for me.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is just such a classic! It’s been a typical Disney ride for as long as I can remember – ever so slightly scary, but not so scary or with too many “drops” (just some slightly sped up hills) that it would upset a child. I love Disney boat rides – it’s just the smell of the Disney water I think, does anyone else understand this?!

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My Disney Days

Oh, boy – hi everybody! Welcome to Disney Days, a brand new Disney blog all about my love of Disney.

So let’s get started properly, shall we? Introductions first:

Walt Disney statue

That’s me, Sian – the one on the left, of course! I’m sure if you’ve found your way to this blog, or can at least read the plaque on the picture above, you’ll know that the esteemed gentleman (ahem, statue) I’m posing with is none other than Walt Disney.
Some of you may know me better from my personal style blog, Rebel Angel or maybe from my lingerie blog, Big Cup Little Cup. As you can probably tell, I have a few loves in my life (no, I’m not talking about my partner Ben or my cats) – retro and fun style is one, which I feature at Rebel Angel, along with sewing and other lifestyle topics; lingerie is another big one, and that’s what you’ll find at Big Cup Little Cup; and Disney is another massive one. So I thought, why not set up another blog and focus that one ENTIRELY on Disney, and here I am! I know, a lot of work, but I love a lot of things!

Epcot - old photos

And now I feel I should introduce you to the rest of my family, as they’re possibly just as Disney addicted as I am and will likely be popping up on the blog too – so above, meet mini-me and my sister, aged about 8 and 6 I’d say? I don’t have any of our First Disney Trip photos here, but I’m planning to dig through the family albums again soon – I imagine that’ll be a few posts all in themselves!
I like to think we’ve been brought up in the Disney way of life, despite living a good few thousand miles from our “Disney Home” in Florida (that makes it sound like we have a house there – we don’t, I just think of Disney as another home!). We first visited Disney World when we were 6 and 4 back in 1997 when Cinderella Castle looked like this:

Cinderella Castle 1997 - 25 Year Celebration

Sorry about the slightly out of focus and low quality snap – it was 1997, remember?!
And I honestly thought that’s what Cinderella Castle looked like all the time – I was kind of disappointed when we returned a couple of years later to find it wasn’t like that any more! I’m holding out hope for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations to return Cinderella Castle to its former glory – and I know that opinion isn’t widely held, sorry!
Anyway, on with the Disney story! So for every couple of years during my childhood, and teenage hood, and now adulthood (I guess, although I’m still sticking to the Peter Pan thing) we returned to Disney World. For me, it’s a place that will also do what it promises: be the happiest place on earth and feel magical, no matter how many times you’ve visited or how old you are.
So here’s a short selection of photos from our years in Disney:

Bug's Life Disney World Disney World Magic Kingdom Meeting Mickey Disneyland Paris Magic Kingdom family portrait Meeting Goofy in Disney Disneyland Paris

And there are many, many more where those came from! As you can see, some of these include my family, others include friends, and some are from two trips I’ve taken to Disneyland Paris – I can’t actually tell you off the top of my head the amount of trips I’ve made to Disney (Florida) now (10 or 11 maybe?!), so yep, far more pictures and stories where these came from, but hopefully it gives you a little idea of my Disney obsession.
In addition to the parks though, there’s the films, the music, the characters, the stories, the life of Walt, and far, far more. And I wouldn’t even call myself an expert (speak to my friends Charley and Melissa from the photos above for that!). But it gives you a taster of what to expect from this blog – everything from guides to the parks, hotels and attractions to food, films and news on what will be happening next in the world of Walt Disney. And I’m definitely looking forward to it!

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