Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 88th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie! Today, 88 years ago, Mickey & Minnie made their “acknowledged” debut in Steamboat Willie! I say acknowledged because they were actually in Plane Crazy prior, but Steamboat Willie was the first one that they had voices! To celebrate all that they mean to Disney Fans across the world, here are some of my favorite pictures with Mickey & Minnie and our family. Enjoy!

The first picture was when Cindy and I saw Mickey & Minnie riding Dumbo with two very special Guests! Here’s another picture from that evening:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey


Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

Our last picture comes to us from Disneyland. Here we are at the Big Thunder Ranch, just checking it out, when all of a sudden, these two came and we had our picture taken! There was practically no line!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Sophie, Cindy and I with Mickey & Minnie!

To finish us off, here are the videos where our famous Mouse friends got their start! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy! Do you have a favorite memory or picture of Mickey, Minnie, or both of them that you would like to share? If so, share it on our Facebook page or leave us a comment here! We’d love to see and hear about it!

Steamboat Willie

Plane Crazy

Donald Duck

Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

Donald Duck

This photo from 2007 shows the excitement Sophie had for Donald Duck!

On June 9, 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen, one of the Silly Symphony productions that Walt Disney did back in those days.  Donald Duck was created as a companion character for Mickey Mouse; according to Wikipedia, there is a rumor that Donald Duck got his name from Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman, who, the story goes, was dismissed for a “duck” in a match. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I could certainly see that happening!  Interestingly enough, a bit of trivia for you — did you know that Donald Duck has been in more films than any other Disney character, and that he is the most published comic book character outside of the superhero genre?

For me, my enjoyment of Donald Duck really stems from two things: my daughter and the Gran Fiesta Tour attraction in the Mexico Pavilion.  The picture at the top of this post is an old one — back then, Sophie was so excited for Donald Duck!  She was so excited during this meet and greet that she started bouncing, so of course Donald had to do the same!  Another time, we saw Donald in the Mexico Pavilion, where Sophie gave him a big hug.  She really enjoyed Donald back in the early days of our visits to Walt Disney World.

Now that she’s almost 15, I think her fascination with the characters has kind of waned a bit, and she’s more all about the adventures she makes with her friends.

The second thing that has caused me a lot of enjoyment with Donald is his role in the Gran Fiesta Tour.  That simple little boat ride, which I’ve written about before, is just one of my favorite attractions at Epcot.  I love all of the different scenes as we go looking for Donald!

So, happy birthday Donald!  If you wish, take a look at the start of it all — The Wise Little Hen!

60 Days to 60 Years – Happy Birthday Disneyland!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

60 Days to 60 Years was just the beginning…what will the next 60 years bring?  My friends, it has truly been an honor to follow along my incredible friends as they shared special moments from the history of Disneyland — 60 years worth of history in 60 days.  For me, this post is simple, because there is no research to be done to try and dig up photos of things that were put in operation in, for example, 1962 (by the way, that was the Adventureland Expansion and Swiss Family Treehouse from Inspired by Dis).  All that I need to share with you is what I’m thinking on this incredibly historic date in Disney history, and to be able to say Happy Birthday Disneyland!

I am beyond words for the incredible faith, trust, and Pixie Dust that my dear friend Didi has shown in me to give me this slot in the rotation.  While you are reading this, I will be at Disneyland. My family has been fortunate enough that we are able to make this journey, a journey that spans more than airline miles, more than expense — no, this journey is both a journey to Disneyland’s past, a remembering of all that went on during those sixty years, as well as a journey towards Disneyland’s future, a wondering of what the next sixty years will bring.

When we took our first trip to Disneyland two years ago, I had a countdown series on my site, and each day was a look at one thing that I was interested in experiencing at Disneyland.  The last post was about walking the same steps that Walt walked, about trying to see the park through his eyes, to remember Walt, and the legacy he built, and to do honor to that legacy.  I imagine that some of the people are going to Disneyland today to be able to say “I was there on the actual day.”  In some ways, I guess I’m partly the same way.  My family was extremely fortunate to be able to be at the Magic Kingdom on Walt Disney World’s 40th birthday, and now we’re able to do the same thing at Disneyland for it’s 60th.  That’s a memory, an experience, that I will never forget, nor will my wife and daughter forget it either.  But being there on the actual birthday goes beyond just being there to say we were there.  Being there on this day is our way of telling the world how great Walt Disney was, and that we are not there just to ride rides and see parades and eat food; no, we are there to honor Walt Disney himself, to remember him on this special day, to tell the world that it is a better place because he lived, and that in celebrating his legacy, we are showing the world that there is some good left in this world.

Sixty years from now, Disneyland will be changed, there is no doubt of that in my mind.  Sixty years from now, Magic Bands will have arrived, technological marvels beyond my imagination will be in existence, and who knows — the Monorail may actually hover over the ground, not ride on concrete rails.  However, one thing will not be different.  In sixty years from today, people will still come to Disneyland, not only because of the rides, the stories, and the churros; no, people will still be coming to Disneyland to pay homage to the man, to Walt Disney, and to marvel at the creative genius that dreamt up this incredible wonderland, all because he wanted to see families able to ride rides with their kids, instead of just sitting and waiting while their kids enjoyed themselves.

In the end, this incredible oasis was put in place for one big reason — so that, in years to come, as kids get older, life gets in the way more often, and so forth, when that happens, families will be able to remember that day, when families were able to put aside their worries, their life distractions, and remember what it is like to be carefree once more.  That, to me, is Walt’s greatest legacy.

Thank you all for stopping by today, as we conclude this incredible look at the 60 years of Disneyland.  If you missed some of the posts, I urge you to check them out in our links below, and I want to thank each and every one of my fellow bloggers for their inspiration, their dedication, and their commitment to this great project.  Most of all, I want to thank my friends Didi from DISTherapy and Gayle from The Disney Gals for including me in this incredible series.  It is truly an honor to be included in such company.

Magical Blogorail Red: Celebrating #Disneyland60

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world.  On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world. On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red post!  This month, we are gearing up for all the excitement, grandeur, and spectacle of the #Disneyland60 anniversary!  My family is fortunate in that we will be able to enjoy Disneyland on July 17, 2015 — the 60th Birthday of this incredible vision of Walt Disney!  In this post, I plan on sharing with you all my hopes and dreams for that day, all the things that we hope to enjoy, and what that day means to me personally.  So hop on and join me and my wonderful Blogorail teammates as we share what it means to us!

On July 17, 1955, the following attractions were open for the general public that are still open to this day:

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Main Street Cinema
  3. Disneyland Railroad
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  5. Casey Jr. Circus Train
  6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  7. King Arthur Carrousel
  8. Mad Tea Party
  9. Fantasyland Theater
  10. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  11. Peter Pan Flight
  12. Snow White Scary Adventures
  13. Autopia
  14. Mark Twain Riverboat
  15. Jungle Cruise

All of these attractions are ones that I want to enjoy when we are there.  To me, there is something extremely cool about enjoying the attractions today that were there in the days of yesteryear.  I imagine what it might have been like to ride on them on that day, whether they had any issues, or was everything running to Walt’s standards.  Just imagining it takes me there right now!

When we were fortunate enough to go to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th birthday of that park on October 1, 2011, the weather was absolutely spectacular — hardly a cloud in the sky, with perfect temperatures, it was like Disney controlled the weather that day!  For this celebration, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the same thing happen.  It just feels like it will be that way, and regardless of whether it is or not, it will still be incredible.

Cindy, Sophie and I will not be there by ourselves, of course; we will have our niece Stephanie and her husband Shane with us, and we will have our great friend Sheila and her daughter Jagan with us, so the celebration will be even greater because of their being there.  Sheila grew up at Disneyland, it is her home away from home, and she has a fountain of information about the park that I love to hear about.  That will make the day even more special.

Most of all, though, this day is about Walt Disney.  On July 17, 2015, we will celebrate Walt, his vision, his determination, his compassion, and his desire to see families having fun together, and we will look upon his park and give thanks for his life.  On that day, I will look at Sleeping Beauty Castle like it is below, and imagine myself to be there, with Walt welcoming me to the park that day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Thank you for joining us today — please check out my friend Julie’s post about the 60th Anniversary Dazzling Decor!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Loop:

Disneyland Diamond Celebration Past and Future

Image ©Disney

Image ©Disney

As you know, My Dreams of Disney is traveling on the road in July to celebrate the Disneyland Diamond Celebration!  We’re going to be there on July 17th, drinking it all in, and sharing with all of you some of the grandeur and spectacle that will be found on that day.  As part of our run-up to that wonderful day, we are taking a look at some of the great things that will be part of that celebration.  In today’s post, we’re going to share a little bit with you about what special celebrations Disneyland has up their sleeve, and also share with you a great look back at the beginning as well!

World of Color – Celebrate!

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Image ©dpost.jp

As I’m sure you all have heard, a new World of Color — Celebrate! — is coming to Disney’s California Adventure Park.  I’m certain that this show will captivate audiences just as much as the original show has since it was first introduced!  For more information on this show, check out the Disney Parks Blog.

Paint the Night Electric Parade!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Another new show that is coming to Disneyland is the Paint the Night Electric Parade!  This special parade is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade, and a version currently exists at Hong Kong Disneyland.  This is going to be a great parade, I believe, and can’t wait to see it!  Read all about it at the Disney Parks Blog!

Disneyland Forever

Image ©Disney Enterprises

Image ©Disney Enterprises

The Disneyland Forever Fireworks show looks to be a great upgrade on the existing Fireworks show that you can see at Disneyland, and I can’t wait to see it!  This image is an artist rendition, and if the real show is anything like this image, it’s going to be great!  Read all about this at the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

All of these changes start on May 22nd with the kickoff of the Diamond Celebration.  Before you leave, though, have a look at this look back at the making of Disneyland — special h/t to my friend Sheila for sharing with me!

What other celebrations does Disneyland have up it’s sleeves?  Are you going to be able to go to Disneyland to celebrate the birthday?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!