Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to you, Mickey!

While I'm still recovering from last week's Disney World vaca (and the cold I quickly caught once we came back), I thought this was a timely entry...
Mickey Mouse, seen here celebrating Miley Cyrus' recent 16th b-day at Disneyland, turns 80 today. That's right, the Big Cheese is five times as old as Hannah Montana!

It was on Nov. 18, 1928, that Mickey debuted in "Steamboat Willie," a 7-minute, black-and-white cartoon which was the first ever to contain talking characters. After that, Mickey became a worldwide icon and the catalyst of many of Walt Disney's greatest achievements. That's why one of Walt's favorite sayings was "It all started with a mouse."

If you head to Disney World, you can meet Mickey in many forms: Chef Mickey, Safari Mickey, Sorcerer Mickey, and on and on and on...

But ... there's only one place where in all of Disney World where you can see Mickey as black-and-white "Steamboat Willie" over here, and that's at the helm of the paddleboat in the celebration scene of "Fantasmic!" which closes Disney's Hollywood Studios most nights.

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