Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie Mouse!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 86th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie!  Today, 86 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:

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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

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This picture is from Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and is one of my favorites!

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Minnie is in one of the afternoon parades — I took this picture in 2007!

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Sophie sure loves Mickey! Look at this picture from ‘Ohana in 2009!

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

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Sophie loves to give and receive hugs — and so does Minnie!

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Taken back in Mickey’s Toontown Fair!

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!

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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

#DisneyMovieMonday – Steamboat Willie

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Image ©TheWaltDisneyCompany.com

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special #DisneyMusicMonday.  Today also happens to be the 4th anniversary of when I started My Dreams of Disney, so on this day, I’m sharing with you a video that really was the start of it all for so many of us in this business.

On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse stars in Steamboat Willie, the first commercially successful animated cartoon to use synchronized sound. Disney’s third Mickey short (but the first with sound) debuts as a sneak preview at Universal’s Colony Theatre – located at Broadway & 53rd Street in New York City. It is shown before the feature film Gang War. Steamboat Willie is co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and features the first appearance of Minnie Mouse. It is animated by Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson and Dick Lundy. The short also features the work of inbetween artist Les Clark (who will go on to be one of “Walt’s Nine Old Men”). Walt himself supplies the voices for all the characters – although there isn’t any real spoken dialogue just whistling, grunts, laughter and other vocal sounds. Walt sits nervously at the rear of the theater to gage the audience’s reaction. To his delight, the Colony echoes with laughs and giggles throughout the short! Steamboat Willie will be shown every night for 2 weeks. (Despite the fact that this is not the first Mickey cartoon made or released, it is still considered Mickey Mouse’s true debut … and birthday!)

It’s not every day that we celebrate an anniversary for our blog, and I never imagined that my little blog would grow into the site that it is — or that it would even be still around after four years!  Our first post (and posts) were written as recaps of the memories that I have from my original visits to Walt Disney World, but as the months went by, our posts became more about reviews, and lists of favorites, dining reviews, and so on.  It’s crazy to imagine that we have published 1,513 posts now (with this being number 1,513)!  Well, enough about the blog — today is #DisneyMusicMonday, and I’ve got two videos to share with you — the first is the intro music for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the second is the actual Steamboat Willie cartoon.  I hope you have time to enjoy both of them, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts below.  Also, special thanks as always to my friend Tim from Dad for Disney for co-hosting with me!

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Plane Crazy

Tiggerific Trivia – Plane Crazy

Plane Crazy

March 17, 1929 — Plane Crazy is re-released, this time with sound!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia post! Today we are taking a look at the re-release of an original Mickey Mouse cartoon — the incredible Plane Crazy!

Did You Know…

That on March 17, 1929, The Disney Mickey Mouse short Plane Crazy – now with sound – premieres at the Mark Strand Theater in New York City? As most of you will already know, Plane Crazy was actually the first short that featured Mickey & Minnie Mouse! However, it was released without sound, and as a result, didn’t do very well. Then, Steamboat Willie was released with sound, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were “born”, and after that, they added sound to Plane Crazy and released it on this day 85 years ago!

For all of you Disney history buffs, please take a moment and enjoy the YouTube version of the Disney short, in which you’ll find that Mickey wasn’t always as gentlemanly back then as he is now!  Enjoy!

Now please go check out the rest of the great entries from my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia-Steamboat Willie Facts

Image ©TheWaltDisneyCompany.com

Image ©TheWaltDisneyCompany.com

As everyone knows, today is the official birthday of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, due to the release of the Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928.  As a result of this, Mickey & Minnie are now 85 years old!

Thank you for joining us today on Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, as we join in with our friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head.

What you might not know about Steamboat Willie, though, is the subject of our trivia.

Did you know…

That Steamboat Willie was not the first Disney cartoon to feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse?  As it turns out, Plane Crazy was, but Steamboat Willie was the first distributed, and also the first of the Mickey Mouse cartoons that featured audio.

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy taking a look at Steamboat Willie!

Now, please take a moment and check out the rest of the great entries, and please, if you have a blog and want to add your trivia to our list, we would love to have it listed!  Thanks!

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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Mickey & Minnie celebrate a ride on Dumbo with some lucky fans!

Mickey & Minnie celebrate a ride on Dumbo with some lucky fans!

Happy birthday to Mickey and Minnie Mouse – the most famous Mice in history!  Mickey and Minnie Mouse are 85 years young today!  November 18, 1928, was the date that Mickey and Minnie first appeared in Steamboat Willie.  I thought, in honor of their birthdays, we would share some of the photos that we have had with our favorite Mouse team!  I hope you enjoy!

Mickey & Minnie introduce us to the parade at the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom!

Mickey & Minnie introduce us to the parade at the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom!

Here, Mickey & Minnie surprise some guests and invite them to ride on Dumbo with them!

Here, Mickey & Minnie surprise some guests and invite them to ride on Dumbo with them!

Sophie poses for a picture with Mickey & Minnie at the Backyard BBQ! Note the shirt Sophie made!

Sophie poses for a picture with Mickey & Minnie at the Backyard BBQ! Note the shirt Sophie made!

At Disneyland, we were able to get our pictures taken with Mickey & Minnie at Big Thunder Ranch!

At Disneyland, we were able to get our pictures taken with Mickey & Minnie at Big Thunder Ranch!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the photos I’ve shared with you!  Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie Mouse, you have brought joy and laughter to billions of fans, young and old, over your years, and we all need to remember — it all started with a mouse…