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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Dalmatian, A Dino, and a Disney Dream - Days in the Park's Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys Giveaway

We know that you've all been dying to know what the big deal was with yesterday's picture and how it tied into today's article (we gave you a teaser about that yesterday if you saw our post), and we've been dying to tell you!

But first, to business!  This week's photo challenge spot (we'll include the shot again a little lower in this article) was located inside Disneyland Park, in Mickey's Toon Town, right near the entrance (and next to Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin) at the Toon Town Firehouse.

We don't spend a lot of time in Mickey's Toon Town, but we really appreciate its place in Disneyland and all that it has to offer.  Roger Rabbit is one of our favorite characters, and it's worth a trip inside simply for the fact that he resides there.  We had a lot of great guesses yesterday, and judging by the fact that they were almost all right, you guys handled this one pretty easily!

As always, we like to give a shout-out to everyone who came by and guessed, so here they in order of guess and name (those who knew the exact spot are asterisked):
  • infaMOUSEprojct *
  • Monica
  • Katherine
  • stknkc *
  • adisneymom *
  • ChristinaShaw76
  • Nicole
  • DisneyAmanda3
  • ajackieo *
  • Robinpoppins *
  • Elizabeth



But now, on to why we chose our little friend Patches to begin with.  We've mentioned before on our blog how Chad and Mark have been avid Hidden Mickey hunters since well before they started blogging.  Which, of course, also as we've mentioned before, made us very familiar with Steven M. Barrett's Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide To Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets very early in the game.  We've always been the kind to find first and confirm later, so we never owned a copy of the book ourselves, but rather, we'd find something inside the Disneyland Resort that we thought might be a Hidden Mickey, and then we'd grab a copy of the book and flip through it looking to see if it was mentioned or not, to confirm it for ourselves.

One of the things we noticed very early on was that Mr. Barrett isn't only listing those he found, but it really was a team effort, and there was a huge acknowledgement section in the front of the book, thanking everyone who had submitted a Hidden Mickey to him, that he was able to confirm.  He's certainly under no obligation to give anyone else credit for their finds (though we do think it's the right thing to do), so we were pretty impressed by that.  Consequently, it became one of our "Disney dreams", if you will, to find a Hidden Mickey, submit it to Mr. Barrett, and one day see our own name in an actual, published book that was sold inside Disneyland.  It might not seem like a big deal to some, but we're pretty goofy like that.

It wasn't long before Chad found Patches; the very same that we used in yesterday's post (and there's the connection!).  Who knew that pushing that little button on the Fire House would make a little dalmatian appear, and who knew that once he did, we'd notice a big fat Hidden Mickey on his head?  But he did!  And that became the first submission either of us made to Steven M. Barrett on his web site trying to get into the book.  It's not to say that no-one ever noticed it before Chad did.  In fact, we would be astounded if no-one has, but being the first to submit it, that's what's important to the Hidden Mickey hunter!


You can find Patches on pages 36 and 57 of the guide, as well as in Steven M. Barrett's Top Ten Honorable Mentions segment of the book

Mark was relatively quick to follow suit, and after a fairly lengthy refurb on Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney California Adventure Park, where they added in many of the "Toy Story 3" characters in with some new games on the attraction, noticed some very "Mickey-ish" looking marking on Trixie's cheek.  So we submitted that as well!

You can find Trixie on pages 67 and 79 of the guide, the very first Hidden Mickey mentioned in the book for Disney California Adventure Park

Several months passed by and we didn't really think much else of our submissions to be honest.  Mr. Barrett is a great communicator, and had emailed us back almost immediately letting us know he would research them and see for himself whether he would accept them the next time he was at Disneyland, but they were never added to his website, and to be quite frank, we had almost forgotten about them.  We didn't even realize the book had been updated until...

We were in Disneyland during Halloween Time one evening and, while Chad was otherwise indisposed, Mark grabbed a copy at a newsstand and started flipping through.  And there we were!  Chad was on his way back and Mark grabbed him, yelling out "Dude, I'm about to make your day!"  We're pretty sure the Cast Member working the area thought we were crazy the way we were high-fiving each other and carrying on, but there we were!  Right there, in plain sight, Chad Elliott and Mark Treiger!  We're still not sure what made Mark pick that book up and look through there, and if he hadn't, we might still not know we're there; maybe that star we wished upon way back when finally came home.  But at any rate, there we were, in a book (our names anyways) that is sold at the Disneyland Resort, and another Disney dream has come true for us!

Next up, seeing our names in the book in the 4th Edition in bold, signifying that we've found and submitted at least 10 different Hidden Mickeys.  And we do have some that aren't in the book, or on his website, to submit.  We may just make another Disney dream come true!


And now, it's time to try and make one of your Disney dreams come true (we hope!).  The fine folks at The Intrepid Traveler have kindly sent along two copies of Steven M. Barrett's Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys for us to pass on to you, our Days in the Park readers.

So here's what you need to do to enter, and we've made it super easy for you:
1) Leave us a comment letting us know that you want a copy of the book.  That's it!  Couldn't be simpler, right?  Just leave us a comment saying "We wants it", or "I need my Hidden Mickey fix", or "I love the mouse", or pretty much anything you want to say and just let us know you want to win a copy, and we'll do the rest!  If you do have a Twitter name, leave that for us as well so we'll have an extra way to contact you should we need to for any reason.
BONUS ENTRY! 2) Check out The Intrepid Traveler website and sneak a peek at all of the other wonderful Disney-oriented books that they have there.  Then, come back here and leave us a comment telling us what other Disney publication they put out that might interest you!  Again simple, right?  But you must leave us the name of another book that interests you, so we know you checked out their site.  Makes sense, right?

You will recieve ONE entry for each comment that you leave us, for up to a possible total of TWO entries per person.  BE SURE TO LEAVE US A COMMENT FOR EACH ITEM THAT YOU COMPLETE - THEY MUST BE SEPARATE COMMENTS.  That way, you are assured that both of your entries get counted in the drawing.

Our giveaway will run until Sunday, Jan. 01, 2012 at 11:59PM-PST.  We will hold two drawings (one for each of the books) for the winners on Monday morning the 2nd using Random.org, and will announce the winner here on our blog as well as on our Facebook page, and contact the winner at that point.

All clear?  If you do have any questions about the drawing, please send us an email at contests@daysinthepark.com and we'll do our best to answer anything you have for us there.  

Hopefully one of the things that will come of all of this is that we'll create some new Hidden Mickey hunters!  If you're already hunting them, great!  Keep the hunt alive!  But if not, maybe this will be just the thing to push you over the edge and get you doing it.  They're so much fun!

Let the entering (and hunting) begin!



The Intrepid Traveler provided Days in the Park with four copies total of Steven M. Barrett's Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets - 3rd Edition.  Two copies were sent for review purposes to Chad and Mark, and were kept for their own personal use (at the behest of The Intrepid Traveler), and two copies were to be given to you, our readers, which we're doing here.

39 comments:

Christina said...

I want a Hidden Mickeys book!! :)

Monica said...

Wow...I got Toon Town right (I even have a picture of my kids in that firetruck WITH the firestation (including windows) in the background! But...
I did NOT know you push a button to see Patches! THIS is why I need the Hidden Mickey's book! :)

Monica said...

I think the "Things to do in Line" book looks interesting. With 5 kids who have never really had to stand in line (we usually go during the off season), it'd be nice to have during those times we DO have to wait in line.

Christina said...

I also want "Lots To Do In Line
Disneyland Don't Miss The Magic Before the Ride!" from the Intreped site :)

Lynn Brooks said...

I would LOVE to have that book. We love looking for hidden Mickeys at the parks.

Days In The Park said...

For Lynn Brooks :)

-Also would love the book Hassle free WDW vacation

@DisneyWishesMom

Mickey said...

Me wants a book! Book! Book! (Spoken in my best Animal voice)

Thanks!

@Mickey_MDOD on Twitter

Mickey said...

I'm also interested in "Lots to Do in Line" from the Intrepid Traveler site!

@Mickey_MDOD on Twitter

Steven W said...

I would love to have this book. Big Disney fan.

Steven W said...

Another book I would like is The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World
Vacation 2011

Beth Green said...

Iway antway ethay Iddenhay Ickeymay ookbay!

For when I make it back to DL!!
Beth... @adisneymom

Beth Green said...

I'd also love WDW Trivia Book Vol. 1. :)
Beth... @adisneymom

Diane said...

I Definitely want the Hidden Mickey Book

Mouse Fan Diane ;-)

DisneyBabies said...

I love hidden mickeys!! that book would look fantastic on my shelf ;-) very cool you're in the book!

DisneyBabies said...

And, I'm curious about the whole book on what to do in line! cool idea..

Katherine said...

YAY! I'm in the post. Yay for guessing :)

I enjoy looking for Hidden Mickeys, even though I've never had a book & I've met Steve once since a few of my friends are good friends with him!I would <3 to have the newest/my first book

Katherine said...

ALSO from The Intrepid Traveler site "Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland" looks like a fun book I'd like to have :)

Danielle D. said...

I love looking for hidden mickeys!

Danielle D. said...

The "Lots To Do in Line" book look so interesting! I definitely am going to have to get it. I love looking for the little details that the Imagineers put in the parks!

Days In The Park said...

Bruce Brodsky from 'A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World' submitted an entry via voicemail on our ParkCast :)

Theresa said...

I'm heading to Disneyland for the first time in November, I'd love to have a copy of this book with me to make the most of the trip!

Theresa said...

I would also like to get the WDW Hidden Mickey's book one day to see just how many fun details I haven't found yet in the parks.

Michelle said...

I so want this book. I bought my first book at Disneyland in 2008. I would love a updated book. Since I moved to CA.

Michelle said...

I would be interest in Lots To Do In Line
Disneyland
Don't Miss The Magic Before the Ride!

LanaLu4 said...

I would love a Hidden Mickey book so when we go back my kids can search for them! They had a blast looking for them when we went in Sept 2011!

LanaLu4 said...

The Lots to do While in Line looks cool and so does Orlando 2012!

Anonymous said...

I desperately need one. I will be visiting WDW for the first time in October 2012 all the way from South Africa and this book will surely come in handy!!! PLEASE!!!!!! Regards Elize van Herk

Anonymous said...

Oohh there is soo many good books to choose... Another book I definately need to get my hands on is: The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World
Vacation 2011... Regards Elize van Herk

Alison said...

I would love to win the Hidden Mickey book!

Alison said...

The Lots to do in Line book sounds really interesting. That wouldn't be a bad book to have either.

Robin said...

I could use a new Hidden Mickey book! I think mine is seriously out of date now.

Robin said...

Also, the "Lots to Do in Line" book sounds fantastic! I love playing game in line.

Lauren Riddle said...

I love these books!!! I would love a Disneyland hidden Mickey book!!!!

Jason Tucker said...

I'd love the latest version of the hidden mickey book!

Don said...

I want to win the Hidden Mickey book! I want to be able to look you guys up and tell everyone, "I've met those guys!!"
I'm @canuckduck789 on twitter

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Congratulations! I would love to have a copy of this book!
Beth D. (disneymom2jhe)

Ryan Minyard said...

My family would like to win that book. We are going to DL in Oct '12. Thanks. @RyanMinyard

Carrie said...

I want this book so bad! :)

Carrie said...

I love the hidden Mickey hunt, so I'm also eyeing the HM book fir DW!