When I was little, I used to take short walks with my dad around the neighborhood. Down an adjacent street, there are apartment complexes. And on one of the doors was a perpetual decoration, a huge Mickey Mouse head. Even at a young age, I knew exactly who that cartoon character was when my dad asked me. (I was even clever enough to say: “Just like Mickey Mantle.” See? My dad, a lifelong Yankee fan, taught me well.) For many years, I knew that Mickey head was still hanging on that door. When I would walk home from elementary school, or go in the opposite direction to buy the latest nail polish at Rite Aid, I’d pass by it and remember that day.
Without him, Michelle and I might be sitting here writing about theme parks that all started with a lucky rabbit or something. Maybe we wouldn’t be writing at all. It’s hard to say, but there’s no doubt about it – Mickey has clearly had an impact on the way we think, what we do for fun, and what makes us happy. (Can you believe this guy has almost 2 million fans on Facebook
To thank him for all he has done (and will do), we’re taking November to spotlight the Mouse. (For the record: he is the only mouse I want running around my attic.) Michelle and I plan to talk about his presence in the theme parks, video games, and more – in addition to some lovely guest posts, trip reports from both of us, and as always, a few surprises.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Mickey’s 83rd birthday! We could only hope to look half as good as he does at that age!
A few fun facts about the Mick:
He had his photo taken with all U.S. presidents since Harry Truman with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.
He made a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The mouse has received 8 nominations for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (The last was 28 years ago for Mickey’s Christmas Carol… I believe it’s time to fix that!)
He was the first cartoon character to ever get a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. (An awesome present for his 50th birthday!)