It must be fun to celebrate your birthday when you never age! Mickey Mouse first appeared in the short film “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. Ever since then, fans all over the world have celebrated this day as his birthday. Mickey reminds us of the magic of childhood — a time when dreams had wings, and our imagination made everything possible. Besides, everyone loves Mickey!
Mickey Mouse’s Birthday timeline
Mickey Goes CGI
"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas" featured the character in CGI animation for the first time.
Mickey's Toontown opened at Disneyland. The 1988 Disney film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" inspired this new part of the Magic Kingdom. The area featured the "Mickey's House and Meet Mickey" attraction.
Ear Force One
The first Mickey Mouse hot air balloon took flight.
Mickey — in color
The first Mickey Mouse film in technicolor, "The Bad Concert," was released. This marked the end of Mickey's black and white era.
A star is born
Mickey's big-screen debut came in the feature film "Steamboat Willie."
How to Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
Put him on your wrist
Mickey Mouse watches never seem to go out of style. There's even a 90th anniversary edition now available.
Visit a Disney resort
Enjoy music, fireworks, and special snacks as the parks stage a Mickey-themed party.
Throw your own party
How about a Mickey Mouse party for the kids where everyone gets to dress up like Mickey, Minnie, or another Disney character?
5 Things You Never Knew About Mickey Mouse
He has a middle name
Mickey's full name is Michael Theodore Mouse.
The secret of this mouse's gloves
Mickey Mouse wears white gloves so that his hands can be distinguished from his entire body.
A friend to presidents
Most U.S. presidents have posed alongside Mickey, with the notable exception of Lyndon Johnson.
Those were the first words Mickey Mouse said. In fact, he was the first cartoon character to speak.
He is the first cartoon character to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Mickey Mouse’s Birthday dates