50 Disney references in Epic Mickey

A statue of Scar from The Lion King

Mickey’s aided throughout the game by Gus and other creatures based off of The Gremlins, an unproduced film collaboration between Disney and author Roald Dahl that dates all the way back to WWII

The cutscenes in the game are produced in the style of Mary Blair, an instrumental Disney concept illustrator and art supervisor

From “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” originally shown as part of the feature film Fun and Fancy Free in 1947

This is obviously based on Disneyland’s Dumbo ride, however, the individual compartments appear to reference the “Pink Elephants on Parade” sequence from Dumbo’s drunken hallucination. Fun Fact: That’s how the original park ride was designed too, until Walt ordered they be painted to look more like the actual Dumbo

Just like in the Disney parks, you’ll find character topiary art in Epic Mickey. Clearly the process has become far more refined

Dumbo’s got one too

How could you make a game based on Disneyland and not include the teacups?!

This facade is obviously inspired by the world famous “It’s a Small World” attraction

And the pink hippo from inside the ride appears here, albeit a bit spookier

Pete is dressed as a little Dutch lass

It appears the kid aren’t alright


  • Trollkitten - May 1, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    The "bear" knight statues appear to me to be more based off of Pegleg Pete, who's practically everywhere in Epic Mickey. (It's a true shame I wasn't ever able to get past a particularly awful bit of platforming early on, because I loved that game up until that point, but sadly was never able to get truly into it due to never being able to pass that point, thus leading to my trading in the game. Sigh...)
  • shyfonzie - December 20, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    I want to play this game with colour commentary by you, in your kind voice you used for the video about Dinsey Land.
  • Xtapolapopotamus - December 18, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    The sheer amount of dedication put into this article is amazing. We all knew Chris loved Disney, but this proves just how much you love it. I would love to see more, and I'm sure everyone else would as well.
  • Supernintendosixtyfourcubedswii - December 15, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I really love the nods to the games.But i think it would have been cool to see some PIXAR cameos as well. Especially since Pixar was somewhat involved with the games' animations...
  • metroid2099400 - December 13, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Can't wait to see more, Chris! I was on the fence about getting Epic Mickey, but after seeing this article and all the nostalgia that it brought me, I'm absolutely sold, camera issues be damned!
  • MitchyD - December 13, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    Stop making me want to play that game I don't care about!
  • elpurplemonkey - December 13, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    Genuinely interesting article, well done.
  • kuroda - December 12, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    This really makes me want to play kingdom hearts!
  • Nomaddic - December 12, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    Great article. I'm on MickeyJunk Mountain now and I can see now there are several references I missed in the first few levels. Would love to see a part 2 to this article.
  • zer0hvk - December 12, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Hell yes! I'd love some more! I love this stuff
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 12, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    @juicenpancakes - is that one that's very PC and family friendly? :D
  • Robusken - December 11, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    What? I wanna see more of this!
  • BoxBackResearcher - December 11, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    Great article, Chris! Makes me wish, even more than I already did, I had a Wii to play this on.
  • WickedSid - December 10, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Looks like they did a very thorough job with this game, great attention to detail. I'd love to have a miniature of that Disney statue with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit instead of Mickey. What can I say, I love alternate dimension materials.
  • BilboTeaBaggins - December 10, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    What an awesome article, its sweet to see all these things in a new light, I go to Disneyland about once a month, living in San Diego has its perks
  • hunterXhunter - December 10, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Awesome job Chris! Great reference guide. Gotta say the reason I picked this game up is after hearing you get so excited about it on talkradar I had to pick it up.
  • philipshaw - December 10, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    This was comprehensive to say the least
  • MattK - December 10, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Yes, more please. Mickey is not my favorite Disney character, but both the game's clever references and your chronicling it is great reading and makes me appreciate the Mouse. Now will Disney PLEASE give Spector the greenlight on the Disney Ducks game already?
  • DrFred79 - December 10, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    And again, this is why you are the best VG site on the web !
  • jmcgrotty - December 10, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    You forgot the best one. As you go through the city, you will see letters here and there. Find them in order to spell Mouseketeer and you will get a pop-up screen of Annette Funicello. For each letter you find in order, the A and the E of Annettes name start to move farther around the side of her chest as her breasts grow.

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