As you may or may not know Angels Stadium will soon be playing host to some of the greatest baseball players, as All Star week comes to town. Sure, All Star Week is exciting stuff, but I have to admit I am way more interested in the Hidden All-Star Mickey Mouse Search, which has also come to town, in celebration of All Star week. Lucky for us, Hollie Eisenman of Holls Goes Social, has agreed to give us the ins & outs of this sure-to-be-fun hidden Mickey search…

After 21 years, Angels Stadium of Anaheim will once again host the Major League Baseball All Star Game! All Star Week runs July 9-13 and to celebrate the festivities, the City of Anaheim announced on June 2nd, that 36 unique All-Star Mickey Mouse statues would begin arriving in Southern California.  There are 4 All-Star Game statues, 1 American League statue, 1 National League Statue, and 30 MLB statues. (1 for each team)

Major League Baseball and Disney Consumer Products began populating key locations with these 7.5 foot, 989 pound statues between June 2 and June 10.

On June 2, the announcement was made that MLB and Disney Consumer Products would launch a Find Mickey Scavenger Hunt on Friday, June 11th. Fans were encouraged to visit the statues and had the opportunity to be rewarded for it! They announced that 37 prizes would be awarded. The first eligible participant to tweet a photo of themselves with one of the Mickey Mouse statues would win a 7.5 inch replica version of that statue. The first participant to tweet a link to a photo gallery of themselves in front of all 36 states would win the grand prize, two tickets to the MLB All-Star Game on July 13! Additional rules would follow on June 11th when the contest officially launched.

It did not take long for the news to go viral, and MLB released a list of the statue locations. Statues were as far South as Laguna Beach, as far North as Santa Monica and as far East as Rancho Cucamonga. With the All-Star festivities taking place in Southern California, home of Disneyland, what better iconic figure to bring fans together than Mickey Mouse! Many Disney and Baseball fans set out to take the Hidden Mickey Challenge.

On June 11th, the contest had officially begun and the contest rules were posted on HERE. To enter, you have to fill out a form on the website and then submit your photo or gallery via twitter using the hashtag, #allstarmickey. Only one entry per household is allowed. The contest ends on July 6, 2010.

If anyone knows me, they know I love baseball. The All-Star Game is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was a mission I set out to complete. My husband was out of town on business from June 3-11, so it was also a mission that I knew I had to complete on my own. After 6 days, 22 hours on the road, 650 miles, 3 tanks of gas, and a loss of 5lbs, I found my last statue on Thursday, June 10. Follow the complete journey of a country Maine girl on her voyage through traffic in LA, on my blog at HERE.

On the morning of June 11, I had my album ready to tweet and was just waiting for the “official” rules. Once I saw the post, I was the first person to tweet my album with the hashtag #allstarmickey. The feeling of accomplishment was like no other and the experience was absolutely incredible.

My husband and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary on June 12. Traditionally, the first year anniversary is supposed to be paper. I can’t think of a better gift than All-Star Game Tickets. Now, I wait for the “official” results!

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I don’t know about you, but after reading Hollie’s post I’m ready to gas up the car & hit the road. Talk about the ultimate hidden Mickey search! We’ve already spotted a few around town, & my boys have gone crazy over the statues. I can only imagine how excited they would be if we set out to find all 36 Hidden Mickey Statues… sounds like a fun summer adventure!

To keep track of Hollie & all of her other amazing adventures, check out her blog HERE or follow her on twitter at @AngelsFanHolls

xoxo, K

image via Hollie Eisenman