Did Disney Just Slip a Mickey in Your Food?

December 21, 2014, 1:58 PM · Most theme park likely know about the "Hidden Mickeys" in Disney's theme park attractions — those Mickey Mouse profiles that Disney's Imagineers slip into the background of many Disney rides and shows as a treat for keen-eyed park fans. But at the Tokyo Disney Resort, Hidden Mickeys aren't limited to the attractions.

Tokyo Disney this week has been promoting its culinary Hidden Mickeys. Sure, U.S. theme park fans might be familiar with Mickey-shaped butter and Mickey-head waffles and pretzels in Disney's American theme parks, but the Tokyo Disney Resort takes its obsession with Hidden Mickeys to another level. How about the Mickey Mouse shapes on the crusts of the calzones at the Pan Galactic Pizza Port in Tokyo Disneyland?

Calzone crusts

Or how about these balls of tuna, arranged in a Mickey shape in this seafood bowl at the Restaurant Hokusai in Tokyo Disneyland?

Tuna Mickey

We found several food Mickeys on our visit to the resort a few years ago. Hidden Mickey expert Steve Barrett might call these "decorative Mickeys" rather than true Hidden Mickeys (see our interview with him, linked above), because many of them are so obvious to spot. But Tokyo's cleverest use of the familiar Mickey shape might be in its churros, which are shaped like a Mickey head only when you view them from the end.

Even the fine dining restaurants play along. Magellan's in Tokyo DisneySea plated its roasted duck main course on orange sauce pooled in a familiar pattern.


And the waitress at the S.S. Columbia Dining Room brought our change to the table with coins arranged in the Mickey shape.


Our Bryan Wawzenek cited more examples of Tokyo's Mickey-shaped food in his post describing the best snacks at the Tokyo Disney theme parks. What are your favorite food and restaurant Hidden Mickeys, in Tokyo or anywhere else?

Replies (3)

December 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM · I'll be there in 3 weeks. Will let you know if I see any.
December 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Clever title, Robert!
December 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM · I want to go to there.

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