The Biggest Hidden Mickey in Disneyland

There are Hidden Mickey’s all over Disneyland. Some are so tiny, they’re almost impossible to spot, and some are so HUGE they’re also impossible to spot. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even know you’re walking right through the *largest* Hidden Mickey in Disneyland, because it’s almost invisible from ground level.

Biggest Hidden Mickey in Disneyland on Disneyland Drive aerial view

Jungle Cruise’s “Backside of Water” and Grand Californian Hotel’s “Backside of Fire”

Credit: Wiki Commons Johnnyboyca

One of the most famous lines in the Jungle Cruise’s humorous spiel is heard when your skipper maneuvers the boat behind the Schweitzer Falls overhang on the “Nile” river and proudly declares the “backside of water.” (You might even get sprayed if you’re on the port side.) And then you might also hear a pun that goes something like, ” or as we skippers like to call it, “O2H.”


Old-Vintage Tickets Booths in Disneyland, Anaheim, California

In the early days of Disneyland, you had to have a separate “ticket to ride” the attractions. In other words, guests would pay a small fee to enter the park ($1.00 in 1955), and that would allow them to stroll through all the lands, walk into free exhibits and see free shows. But to ride on one of the attractions, you had to purchase a separate ticket from a cast member in a ticket booth.

Old vintage Ticket book for Disneyland with A, B, C, D, E level tickets

Jabba The Hutt at Tarzan’s Treehouse in Disneyland

I have walked by this tree trunk in Adventureland a million times, and I have to admit that it took me a looooong time to even notice that there was “something” carved into the base of the tree. Some people think it’s a likeness of Jabba The Hutt. That “some people” includes me.

Jabba the Hutt likeness carved into the base of the Tarzan Tree house in Disneyland compared against the real Jabba The Hutt
Image on right: Flickr: Simon Collison

Enchanted Tiki Room PRE SHOW at Disneyland.

Maybe you haven’t noticed all the tiki statues ALOHA-ing you in the courtyard before the main show. Well these tikis have their own pre-show, and I have everything for you right here. And there’s even a video at the end so you can see and hear it all!

Maui Tiki

Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room god Maui who roped the playful sun in pre show

The Maui sign reads (next to the Tiki statue):

Maui who roped the playful sun.

Through his mystic powers,
he made the sun keep regular hours.
Maui tells us time to go –
time for wondrous Tiki show.

Maui show audio:

“My name is Maui. Natives call me the Mighty One. I tamed the playful sun and gave my people time. Now they set their clocks by mine, for I am Tropic Standard Time.”


Casey Jr Circus Train in Disneyland

Want to learn all about the Casey Jr Circus Train? You’ve come to the right place! First I’ll tell you about the attraction itself and then take you for a ride on the train in my short video below.

Close up of Casey Jr Circus Train in Disneyland

Snow White Wishing Well and Grotto in Disneyland

There’s quite a story behind the Snow White Grotto just off the East side of Sleeping Beauty Castle. One account claims that it all started with an unexpected gift from an Italian sculptor to Walt Disney. Could Snow and her 7 dwarfs have been based on a European boxed, soap set?

Snow White Grotto in Disneyland with wishing well in foreground

How Disneyland came to be

We don’t have to guess – Walt Disney told us in his own words. He was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, watching his daughters ride the Merry-Go-Round when he had a thought. There ought to be a place where both parents and children can enjoy themselves together.

Walt Disney Griffith Park Bench at Opera House in Disneyland California

Disneyland Popcorn Turners or “Popcorn People”

Roastie Toasties

Have you seen those little dressed-up characters cranking popcorn canisters all over Disneyland? They’re called Roastie Toasties and they’re awesome. In the early days, they were all clowns. Not any more …

Clown popcorn turner roastie toastie at The Castle Hub in Disneyland
Roastie Toastie at the Castle Hub

Jolly Holiday Restaurant

Mary Poppins themed restaurant in Disneyland

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe Sign at Disneyland

The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland, CA is no ordinary restaurant. Why? Because it’s “practically perfect in every way.” This restaurant in Disneyland is loaded, and I mean loaded, with Mary Poppins references. From stained glass penguins on the windows, to Bert’s chalk drawings on the floor, to the weather vane on the roof and everything in between! And I don’t think I’ve seen HALF of what’s actually there. Let’s take a tour.

Jolly Holiday Restaurant at Disneyland California exterior view