Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started…

A common question I get is: “Where do you get all your ideas for the books?”
It’s a good question and one that I had to think about before answering.
My first visit to Disneyland was way back in 1962 – and it was love at first sight. I have been going regularly since then, at least once a year and sometimes more often. There have been many changes to the Park over the years and I have seen a lot of them. There are rides and attractions that I enjoy and go on every time I visit. There are shows where I know most of the words of the songs by heart. So, part of the answer to the above question would be that I know the Park so well, it is somewhat easy to pick out sections I want to share with others. Sometimes the part I choose for a particular novel is no longer still at Disneyland, so I get to bring it, and its creator, Walt Disney himself, back to life in flashbacks.
Another part of the answer would be from all the research I do. Even before I started writing the Hidden Mickey novels, I was already an avid reader about the Park and about Walt. I have many of Disneyland’s souvenir books throughout the decades that I have been reading and re-reading since the late 1960’s. There are many fan pages on the Internet that have staff writers who worked at Disneyland, or, more excitedly, worked with Walt and are now sharing their experiences with all of us. There are also biographers whose works are quite fascinating. I read their words and try to look behind the scenes and find some part that might have more to it than what was said.
One example of this was found in a popular, quite lengthy, biography about Walt. The writer was talking about the tour Walt did in South America in 1941. This was the time the strike was going on at the Studio and it was tearing Walt apart. His good friends told him he needed to get away for a while and they all decided that a tour throughout South America would be just the thing. He could get some rest and do some PR work. Well, it sounded good on paper, but Walt ended up being mobbed everywhere he went. He needed to have some alone time. According to the biography, once they got to Columbia, they “commandeered a boat and went 40 miles up the Amazon River.”
Now, that was all the biography said about that little side trip. As I read, my eyes kept coming back to that one sentence and I wondered, “Hmmm, wonder what happened when they got up the Amazon?” And that was all it took. I include that PR trip in my second novel: Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started… and take the readers up the Amazon with Walt and show what happened on that overnight trip. Walt was given something special in the jungle – something that showed him that all his dreams would actually come true at a time when he was beginning to doubt everything. With a deft blend of fiction and fantasy, I set up for the future novels with the recurring theme of the red diamond Hidden Mickey pendant and its special powers.
I hope you will check out this exciting continuation of the Hidden Mickey story as Lance Brentwood teams up with a new partner and delves even further into the fascinating history of Walt Disney.

The inviting porch on Main Street
The inviting porch on Main Street. What is behind the locked door?? The answer is in Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started…

Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men Do Tell Tales!

Nancy & Dave at Disney's D-23 Expo 2011
Nancy & Dave at Disney’s D-23 Expo 2011

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What would you do if you found Walt Disney’s long-lost diary hidden somewhere in Disneyland? What if it gave a cryptic clue and hinted at a treasure that only those who followed the clue – and the ones to come – could find? Would you drop what you were doing and immediately get to work? Would you put your life on hold as you got deeper into the mystery that the Master Storyteller had put into place over 40 years earlier? What if your friendships were put to the test, possibly strained to the breaking point?

These are the dilemmas facing the heroes of the first novel: Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! While on a group road rally at Disneyland, Adam and Lance stumble upon Walt’s diary hidden somewhere inside Walt’s apartment over the Fire Station on Main Street. What they do next is the start of a fun-filled, elaborate chase as they track down the clues Walt himself had put into place so many years ago.

Adam, Lance, and, later, Adam’s ex-girlfriend Beth, find themselves face-to-face with condemned buildings, privately-owned property, a missing Studio, glassed-in displays at Disneyland, and darkened warehouses. Adam, the moral compass, points out that what they are doing would be considered “breaking and entering.” Lance, who brushes caution aside with a flick of his hand, suggests to Adam that, “since they didn’t break anything, wouldn’t it just be termed ‘entering’?” Perhaps it will take the family of lawyers behind Lance to get them out of trouble. Too bad he isn’t on speaking terms with any of them…. And Beth, her heart still broken after five long years, with her vast Disney knowledge, struggles to help in any way she can without further damage to her fragile feelings. Can bridges be mended after so many years?

What about you? Do you know a lot about Walt’s history? I designed the story so that many of the chapters end with the next clue. If you want to make Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! more of a challenge, see if you can figure out where Adam, Lance, and Beth need to go next before you turn the page.

The places they visit are right out of Walt’s life. Through flashbacks, you will even meet Walt himself as he either puts the clue into place, or visits at some point in his life. This way Walt can be the hero of his own story!

I hope you will come along with Adam, Lance, and Beth on this fascinating journey and come to see the Happiest Place on Earth in a whole new light!

All the Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes Noble, and my own web site at HiddenMickeyBook.com.

Tales From The Mouse House Ep 96 – Podcast Sunday July 20th, 2014

Welcome to Tales From The Mouse House Disneyland podcast, Episode 96!!

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!!!!!!

On this extra special episode, Al and Joyce share a great conversation with friend and author of the Hidden Mickey Adventure novels, Nancy Temple Rodrigue!
Nancy shares news about her latest installment of the series, from her booth at the 2014 Disneyana Event near Disneyland!

Click to Watch the Podcast – Tales from the Mouse House, Episode 96

Nancy with the world famous 'Gold Mickey'
Nancy with the world famous ‘Gold Mickey’
Nancy Temple Rodrigue, and her husband Russ, at the Disneyana Mania Expo July 20, 2014
Nancy Temple Rodrigue, and her husband Russ, at the Disneyana Mania Expo July 20, 2014

As always, If you’d like to send in comments for the show, you can send us an email to talespodcast@cox.net, leave us voicemail on the Hotline at 304-TALES23, leave us feedback in iTunes or leave comments for us on our Twitter account @talespodcast. Heck, you can even find us on FaceBook, just search for Tales From The House House – Disneyland podcast!

Thanks for making us part of your Disney experience and remember…

“Make It A Mickey Day!” ~~ Al & Joyce

“Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale” is now available!


Watch the Trailer –> Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid’s Tale

Writing a book is an exciting process. There are ideas, situations, funny stories, and characters that have come to be as familiar as family that we writers want to share with our readers. Many months, sometimes years, can go by before the story is ready and in print. It can seem an extremely long time for the author as well as the readers who are anxious to see how their favorite character is doing.

You well know that most of my stories end with something of a cliff-hanger. I do wrap up the main story line, but I always leave something dangling that will lead into the next book. I, too, worry about my characters and want to see how the problem or danger will work out!

In my last novel, Hidden Mickey Adventures 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion, Peter and Catie were being shadowed by a mysterious woman who seemed to be following their every move. The book ended with Peter being in possession of something that the woman wanted – very badly! And, she made it very clear to Peter that she would do whatever she had to to retrieve it.

I am happy to announce that the wait is over! Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale was officially released July 1st, and now available.

You will find out the identity of this mysterious woman named Omah and why she is so intent on getting the item back – even though it makes no sense to anyone around her. Our favorite security guard Wolf is on hand trying to protect the children. However, Omah seems to stay one step ahead of him at every turn.

Readers will relive the Disneyland of the 1960’s as they get to ride along on the original Submarine Voyage and the Motor Boat Cruise. Stand with Walt Disney himself on the deck of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate ship that stood so elegantly in Fantasyland. Travel with Walt and Lillian to Ireland where he makes a very special purchase.

Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale is available for purchase at Amazon.com in paperback and also Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and other Android devices: http://www.amazon.com/HIDDEN-MICKEY-ADVENTURES-Mermaids-Tale-ebook/dp/B00LG6FLPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404332368&sr=1-1&keywords=hidden+mickey+3+mermaid

If you prefer Barnes and Noble, use this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119392028?ean=2940149815395&itm=1&usri=hidden+mickey+3%3a+mermaid

When “Life Imitates Art” at Disneyland

Running the Quest in "Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland"
Running the Quest in “Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland”

If I may quote Oscar Wilde, he once said that “….life imitates art….” I was given a wonderful example of this when a Hidden Mickey Fan Club member sent me a few pictures of youngsters enjoying the Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland game book.

To explain, here is an excerpt from chapter 1 of my novel Hidden Mickey Adventures 1: Peter and the Wolf. The Brentwood family is on an outing at Disneyland with a new game book that Lance bought for his family to enjoy:

“Okay, Andrew, watch the Dumbo elephants as they go by and find the one that’s numbered twelve. What color is his hat?”
“Where are the numbers? I don’t see any numbers!” The boy jumped back and forth at the black iron gate surrounding the popular ride, eagerly staring at the smiling gray elephants whizzing by overhead as they were being encouraged by Timothy the Mouse.
“See the long red arm that holds the elephants? Look way up on the arm for the number.”
“I see it! I see it!” Andrew declared, getting more excited. “Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve! That’s the one.”

You can see in the picture that young Rhiley, age 6, is holding the Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland game book and doing Quest #2 – The Junior Road Rally, and she is on the same question that Andrew, age 7, was doing in the story!

It is always heart-warming for an author to see families enjoying their works. My idea behind developing the game books was just that – families having fun together and doing something different at the Park. So, whether you are 6 or 60, a first-time visitor to the Disney Parks or someone who has gone so many times that it is impossible to count, there is something just for you in the Hidden Mickey Adventures game books. If you are going to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, there is a book for you!

If you would like to follow the further adventures of Andrew’s oldest brother, Peter, and his family, be sure to check out my Hidden Mickey Adventures series of novels. Explore hidden parts of Disneyland and see the Park with a new set of eyes, and learn more about the exciting history of the man who started it all, Walt Disney.

All the Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels and game books can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and my own web site at HiddenMickeyBook.com.

Game Book Giveaway in Disneyland Resort

Nancy Temple Rodrigue was in the "Disneyland Resort" in Anaheim, California, giving away Game Books.

Nancy Temple Rodrigue was in the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

She stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

This visit to the park was preparation for the ESPN Zone Hoopla, where she spoke to fans about the Hidden Mickey books.
Fans that found Nancy by locating her Hidden Mickey Flag won their own"HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland", or "HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure" Game book, and they had fun Finding the Hidden Mickeys and doing the Games and Quests afterward!

Fans that spot this Hidden Mickey Flag WIN a 'HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disneyland' or 'HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disney California Adventure' Game Book.
The Hidden Mickey Flag

If you couldn’t make it, no problem, just go to the Hidden Mickey Fan Club page on Facebook and "Like" the Fan Club to be entered in the contest to WIN your own Game book!

Get all the Hidden Mickey novels and Game Books by clicking here.