Today is Mickey Mouse’s Birthday…and Mickey is turning 82! On November 18th, 1928, the world was introduced the the famous little character who would become one of the most recognized cartoon animals in history, Mickey Mouse! In celebration of Mickey Mouse’s birthday, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of 10 fun facts you may not know about Mickey Mouse.
1. Mickey Mouse was not his original name! Walt Disney sketched him while riding on a train with his wife, Lillian, and told her that he would call him “Mortimer Mouse.” Lillian didn’t like the name, so Walt Disney changed it to Mickey Mouse!
2. Walt Disney served as the original voice of Mickey Mouse.
3. The first two Mickey Mouse movies cost $2,500 a piece to make.
4. In 1929, the first piece of Mickey Mouse merchandise was introduced in stores. It was a child’s school tablet featuring Mickey Mouse’s image.
5. The first Mickey Mouse wrist watch was made in 1933. To this day, Mickey Mouse watches are still sold.
6. The first Mickey Mouse color cartoon was called “The Band Concert”, and premiered in 1935.
7. In 1935, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was led by a 55-foot high Mickey Mouse.
8. In 1944, when the Allied Forces invaded Europe, the code name was “Mickey Mouse.”
9. Walt Disney said that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were married in “private life”, though the mice never actually got hitched on screen.
10. Mickey Mouse is still the official greeter at Disney World. If you look closely while visiting Walt Disney World, you can see hidden mouse ears all over the park.