On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse made his film premier in the animated short “Steamboat Willie.” Since its New York premiere, the great mouse has gone on to win an Academy Award and earn his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s gone on to star in countless films (Fantasia, anyone?) He even has his own club, TV show and apparel line! So this November 11, we celebrate the great Mickey Mouse on Mickey Mouse Day.
Mad about the mouse? We are too! Find the best ways to celebrate Mickey Mouse Day this November 18.
Mickey Mouse Day Activities
1. Spread the word
Be loud and proud about Mickey’s greatness. Put on some ears, make yourself some Mickey shaped pancakes, put on a Mickey shirt … the possibilities of how to tell the world you're a mouseketeer are endless!
2. Plan your vacation
You don't need a child to plan a vacation to Disneyland—the amazing shows, thrill rides, fantastic food and tropical settings are more than suitable for adults! So use Mickey’s birthday as the prompt you need today to take the vacation of a lifetime tomorrow. It all starts with a plan.
3. Revisit the past
Come on, sing it with me: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E, Mickey Mouse! Revisit simpler times by taking a trip back in time and watch the Mickey Mouse Club. If you’re introducing your kids to Mickey, make it extra special and buy a Mickey Mouse plush or a Mickey-shaped cake. You're never too young or old to watch Mickey Mouse!
Why We Love Mickey Mouse Day
A. He cheered up the world
Mickey Mouse was born at time when the world most needed a mischievous mouse to lift their spirits—his film debut occurred just 20 days after the stock market crash in 1929, and his endless optimism and good cheer made him an instant favorite of both children and adults. It's only right that we celebrate his birthday!
B. It’s a celebration of imagination
Take a moment to consider the implausibility of a cartoon mouse achieving fame. He’s been a sailor, a musketeer and a mouseketeer, a prince and a pauper, a sorcerer and much more. And it's all due to the imagination of the humans that put him there. Thanks, Walt Disney, for your inspiring vision!
C. The world’s most famous mouse deserves his own day
Oddly enough, there have been a number of famous mice. There’s good old Jerry (from Tom and Jerry), Speedy Gonzales and Geronimo Stilton to name a few. But none can hold a candle to the original mouse with a mission. He's a bona-fide legend, and we have to celebrate that.