Mickey Mouse first appeared in the short film “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. Ever since then, fans all over the world have celebrated this day as his birthday. Mickey reminds us of the magic of childhood — a time when dreams had wings, and our imagination made everything possible. Besides, everyone loves Mickey!
When Walt Disney introduced the world to his animated mouse — mercifully named Mickey instead of Mortimer, thanks to Lillian Disney, he could not have known what he was starting! As Walt himself once said, “Let us never forget, it all started with a mouse.”
Since Disney’s theme parks look quite a bit different than they normally do as a result of the ongoing pandemic — Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris are currently closed, and character greets at other Disney theme parks are socially distanced — D23 is having a virtual celebration for Mickey and Minnie’s birthday this year!
D23’s official details about their upcoming Fantastic Worlds Celebration Week, which includes “Celebrate Mickey & Minnie On Their Birthday” on November 18.
All Aboard! Join us for the ultimate birthday celebration for everyone’s favorite pals, Mickey and Minnie! The virtual birthday party will include a look at the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a sneak peek of the Disney+ series The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, and many more birthday surprises in store!
Be sure to visit Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Walt Disney World Resort and watch The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse on Disney+ beginning November 18!
The second celebratory event, “Globetrotting with Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Archives,” is exclusively for D23 Gold Members. This level of membership requires subscribers to pay a yearly fee.
D23 Gold and Gold Family Members are in for a special treat as we travel the globe to celebrate the birthday of the leader of the club himself, Mickey Mouse! Dive into exciting stories of the international icon with rarely seen images and a fascinating look at the Walt Disney Archives. Join the team from the Archives as we celebrate Mickey’s Birthday with a look at his globetrotting adventures, bringing happiness to all corners of the this fantastic world.
Premieres: 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET
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He has a middle name
Mickey’s full name is Michael Theodore Mouse.
The secret of this mouse’s gloves
Mickey Mouse wears white gloves so that his hands can be distinguished from his entire body.
A friend to presidents
Most U.S. presidents have posed alongside Mickey, with the notable exception of Lyndon Johnson.
Those were the first words Mickey Mouse said. In fact, he was the first cartoon character to speak.
He is the first cartoon character to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame