Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

The character most associated with The Walt Disney Company and its founder began his life due to desperation- Walt Disney had just lost his character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal Pictures and he needed a new cartoon personality to keep his company doors open. On a long and somber train ride from New York to California, he recalled a mouse he had as a pet in Kansas City. This burst of inspiration led him to draw the immortal- Mortimer Mouse. Luckily his wife was also on the train and convinced him to change the name to something else- Mickey Mouse.

Working with his loyal animator Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney introduced his newest creation to the world, not only providing him with life, but also his voice. Mickey Mouse was a sensation, quickly eclipsing Oswald to become the world’s most recognizable figure. Mickey’s peppy, optimistic nature came from Mr. Disney himself. Everyone who knew Walt personally said that Mickey Mouse was just like his creator and Walt carefully took care of Mickey and his image. 

Today, many years after his creation, Mickey is still an optimistic little person who still attracts the love of children around the world. They may not know where he came from or who created him, but they instantly love him all the same. Even newborn babies love him. Today he holds court in his father’s Magic Kingdom, welcoming guests from around the world to DISNEYLAND.

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Mickey Mouse Birthday Week! Theme Park Thursdays: Around DISNEYLAND

In 1954, Mickey Mouse’s presence in DISNEYLAND wasn’t a certainty. DISNEYLAND was originally setup as a separate corporate entity from Walt Disney Productions and while Walt Disney intended for Mickey to be associated with DISNEYLAND, he would have to convince his brother to support and approve of the use of Disney characters. Of course, approval was given. Eventually DISNEYLAND would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions and Mickey would be inextricably linked with Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This link would result in Mickey’s presence throughout the Resort.
His presence would be obvious:


And even hidden…

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Mickey Mouse Birthday Week! Walt Wednesdays: A Friend For Life

“Mickey Mouse is to me. a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. He popped out of Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. Born of necesity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for extending our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation to new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.” 

-Walt Disney

“The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life.” 

-Walt Disney

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