These Disney Secrets Have Been Hidding In Plain Sight

By lheidi - June 14, 2019

Disney is known for its hidden Mickeys. There are a ton of Mickey Mouses scattered all over Disney World and Disneyland just waiting to be discovered. You have to look for them, but when you find them, you won’t be able to not see them. They’re a fun secret peppered into the theme park. But then again, Disney is known for its secrets – and not just in their parks. It wouldn’t be Disney if there wasn’t a surprise or two waiting for you when you watched their movies. That’s all part of the fun.

But there are some Disney secrets that are so secret that they’re actually obvious. When you learn about the secrets, you’re going to be mad at yourself for not being able to spot them earlier. But don’t beat yourself up over it too much. That’s the point of hiding something in plain sight. And it’s just all part of the Disney Magic.


'Toy Story'


Who remembers Sid, the mean kid from Toy Story? Who wonders what Sid ended up becoming when he grew up?

It turns out that being mean didn’t really work out for him. He can be seen in the third Toy Story movie taking out the trash as a garbage man.

It totally teaches us that we shouldn’t bully, because things aren’t going to end well if you do. Hey, at least he has a job that pays him money.

'Frozen' Credits


The credits in Frozen are worth sitting through. There’s a fun little message at the end.

Apparently, someone decided to include the piece of trivia that all men eat boogers in the end credits of Frozen.

It’s definitely true. We’ve known that this is a fact of life for a very long time now, but we’re not sure why it should be included in the credits for Frozen? That’s something that should go in something like a science book.

Recycled Characters


Disney is all about working smarter, not harder. Which is why you see so many of the same characters show up in different movies.

Disney is all about recycling animation, and using characters you’ve seen before in movies that you haven’t.

So if you’ve been wondering why you keep on seeing the same cartoon rabbits and foxes, that’s why. We kind of have to hand it to them. We haven’t really been bothered by it, even though we’ve noticed it.

'Alice In Wonderland'


When you were a kid, you might not have noticed how trippy Alice in Wonderland really was.

Of course, when you saw Alice eating mushrooms and drinking from bottles that made her have changes in her body, or when you saw the caterpillar smoking from a hookah, you didn’t question it.

But now when you view the movie as an adult, Alice in Wonderland doesn’t seem so innocent anymore. Those talking flowers have a whole different meaning.

Apple References


A lot of Pixar movies have secret references to Apple (as in Apple computers, not apple the fruit) in them.

You’re probably familiar with the fact that Steve Jobs founded Apple, but you might not know that Jobs was also an early supporter of Pixar.

Sometimes the relationship between Jobs and the people actually running Pixar was contentious, but that didn’t stop them from putting a nod to Apple in their films. That kind of warms our hearts.

The Genie


We all know that Robin Williams voiced the Genie in Aladdin. How could we forget it? He was so great.

But he also voiced another character in the movie. The peddler in the beginning of the movie was also voiced by Williams.

But – surprise – they’re actually the same character. The peddler in the beginning is actually supposed to be the Genie in disguise, so really if you think about it, Williams actually only voices one character.

'The Jungle Book'


We love the vultures in the Jungle Book. They’re a fabulous four with really fun hair cuts. And there’s a reason for that.

The vultures in the Jungle Book were based off of the original Fab Four, the Beatles.

The Beatles were actually supposed to voice the vultures in the movie, but they had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts. We’re wondering which bird was supposed to be Ringo? We’re guessing that it’s the blond one.

'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame'


The Hunchback of Notre Dame doesn’t have any hidden Mickeys in it, but it does have some other hidden characters.

If you look closely during the “Out There” scene, you can see some familiar faces wandering the streets of Paris.

Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Pumbaa from The Lion King can all be scene wandering around. We understand that Belle would be in France, but it looks like Pumbaa traveled a little far from Africa.

'Beauty And The Beast'


On the surface, Beauty and the Beast is a movie about overlooking what someone looks like to fall in love with who they are.

But if you think about it, it’s really a movie about someone who falls in love with the person who kidnapped her and held her hostage.

Some people even think that Belle isn’t in love with the Beast – she just has Stockholm syndrome. And there’s nothing less romantic than feeling something for your captors.



Cinderella isn’t as romantic as it seems if you take a deeper look into the movie and pick apart what it’s really about.

It’s about falling in love with someone who you literally just met, and then hunting down that person after they ran away from you.

We’re not sure why Prince Charming didn’t think that Cinderella wasn’t into him after she ran away from him at the ball, or why he felt the need to track her down after.



Frozen seems like it’s a movie that’s supposed to be empowering for little girls, because Elsa is pretty much the only Disney princess who doesn’t need a prince.

Instead, Frozen decided to focus on the relationship between sisters instead of focusing on a romantic relationship between Elsa and a prince from another land.

But the film might be about how sometimes people hide themselves away when they’re going through some stuff, because that’s pretty much what Elsa did.



The original lyrics to one of the songs in Aladdin were so offensive they had to be changed.

The lyrics in question were, “Oh, I come from a land/From a faraway place/Where the caravan camels roam/Where they cut off your ear If they don’t like your face/It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.”

After the movie received complaints from The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, they changed the lyrics to something that didn’t make people from the Middle East seem like barbarians.



We all know that Pocahontas wasn’t a historically accurate representation of what happened between Pocahontas and John Smith.

For starters, John Smith was 27, and Pocahontas was 10, which means that a romance between them would have been gross city.

They also left out the part where Pocahontas went back to England, then got really ill and ended up dying from a disease like pneumonia or tuberculosis because her immune system didn’t know how to fight off those diseases.

'The Little Mermaid'


First of all, the interspecies relationship between a mermaid and a human man is kind of messed up.

But what’s even more messed up is that Ariel had to give up her voice in order to get a chance with Prince Eric.

And not only that, he was totally cool with dating a girl who couldn’t talk back to him. Not only does it kind of say that you have to change yourself for a guy, it says you should be quiet, too.

'The Princess And The Frog'


In The Princess and the Frog, Tiana is the one who turns into a frog when she kisses the Frog Prince.

But it’s probably not a good message to send to kids – that you should go around kissing frogs.

Because kids actually went around trying to kiss frogs because they saw Tiana do it. After that movie came out, there were 50 cases of girls being hospitalized because they saw Tiana do it in the movies.

'Sleeping Beauty'


Sleeping Beauty isn’t just a damsel in distress, she’s the epitome of the damsel in distress.

She literally can’t see or move or talk because she’s completely unconscious. But the prince sees her and still thinks it’s totally okay for him to kiss her.

After all, he did just slay a dragon and fight through a bunch of brambles in order to get to her. Why shouldn’t he be rewarded for his work with a kiss form someone who’s asleep?

'Lady And The Tramp'


You probably remember the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp, and have probably forgotten a scene that’s kind of racist.

The movie has two Siamese cats that are actually a pretty bad portrayal of Asian stereotypes.

The movie came out right after the end of the Korean War, so the person who came up with the idea was like, “Yeah, I totally see nothing wrong with portraying Asian people has having slant eyes and bucked teeth.”

'Peter Pan'


Peter Pan has a song in it that should probably just stay in Never Never Land.

The song “What Makes the Red Man Red” has some lyrics that absolutely do not hold up today. Lyrics like, “Once the Injun didn’t know all the things that he know now … but the Injun, he sure learn a lot, and it’s all from asking ‘How?'”

We’re pretty sure that we’d enjoy the movie more if it didn’t have that song in it.

'The Incredibles'


In The Incredibles, Bob does something that is less than incredible, and it makes us sad to think about it.

In the movie, Bob starts going through a midlife crisis, and then he ends up flirting with another woman, Mirage, even though he has a wife and kids. He even ends up with her hair on his clothes.

We’re not entirely sure that kids can relate to someone going through a midlife crisis or even flirting with another person.



When Disney puts Dumbo up on Disney+, they’re going to take out a few scenes from the movie, and there’s a very good reason for that.

If Dumbo was released today, it wouldn’t fly – specifically the crows in the movie wouldn’t fly.

There’s literally a character called Jim Crow, which is a reference to the racist segregation laws. So, yeah, it’s a lot better that that part stays deep inside the Disney vault where no one can see it.