Happy New Year!
2023 marks the 100th anniversary of Disney. As we approach this historic milestone, we are inspired by the journey we’ve been on together and the fans and families who have brought Disney into their hearts throughout the past century. Disney100 commemorates the storytellers who have brought generations the wonder and magic of Disney and how these beloved characters and stories connect us.
All are invited to share their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, 20th Century, and National Geographic memories using #ShareTheWonder and #Disney100. These posts will honor and spotlight the countless memories Disney and its fans have made together over the past century. Whether it be the magical moment of meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time at Disneyland Resort, a family movie night watching Disney “Encanto,” or playing with fan-favorite Star Wars or Avengers toys, everyone is invited to share their own wondrous moments experiencing the magic of Disney.
In addition, the Disney100 celebration showcases fans’ favorite stories and beloved characters with monthly themes. Since it all started with a mouse, we’re officially kicking off our monthly “Wonder of …” celebrations by shining a spotlight on the Wonder of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! For almost a century, fans around the world have been inspired by this iconic pair’s optimism, positivity and loyalty. These are traits that honor not just Disney heritage, but the legacy of Walt Disney himself.
We’re celebrating the Wonder of Mickey and Minnie around the globe. Here are just a few examples:
Minnie & Mickey’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland Resort
During the launch of the Disney100 Celebration at Disneyland Resort which begins Jan. 27, 2023, the new attraction Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open for guests in Disneyland park! Inside the El CapiTOON Theater, this family-friendly experience will transport you into the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, where you’ll board a train engineered by Goofy and embark on a zany adventure.
Polka Dot Day at Disneyland Paris
Every January 22, Disney fans across the globe come together to celebrate the style of the iconic character, Minnie Mouse, and 2023 is no exception. At Disneyland Paris, catch Minnie in a brand new, limited-time performance in Walt Disney Studios Park. Looking to meet with her one-on-one? Take advantage of a special Meet and Greet opportunity in front of a brand-new backdrop. And enjoy an exclusive magic shot on PhotoPass, special treats and other surprises created for that day only. Anyone can celebrate Polka Dot Day, so be sure to show off your inner Minnie Mouse all day long.
Parades, Mementos and Treats at Walt Disney World Resort
At Walt Disney World Resort, there are so many ways for Mickey & Minnie fans to celebrate their favorite pals! You can commemorate your visit by meeting them in person at any of the four theme parks. Don’t miss the chance to wave hello to them during the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park. Plus, you can find mementos featuring the iconic duo throughout all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Disney Springs. You can even enjoy delicious treats inspired by Mickey & Minnie across the Walt Disney World Resort, including Mickey & Minnie Chocolate Covered Apples from the Main Street Confectionary at Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey & Minnie Mousse Dome Cakes from Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs, and the Vintage Mickey & Minnie Sugar Cookie at Carousel Coffee, now open inside Disney’s BoardWalk.
Disneyland Resort and Southern California from Adventures by Disney
It all started with a Mouse, Mickey Mouse. And with Adventures by Disney, you can experience him like you never have before through the Adventures by Disney Disneyland Resort and Southern California itinerary or the Disneyland Resort and Southern California Escape. Both tour options give you the chance to explore the rich history of Mickey with a tour of Walt Disney Studios and The Walt Disney Archives in Burbank. You’ll also have an opportunity to see how that history came to life with a separate day of fun at Disneyland Resort. For more information, reach out to an Academy Travel Agent today!
Lastly, for those who want to join in the celebration of the Wonder of Mickey and Minnie, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite products:
For those who want to showcase their platinum style, the Mickey Mouse Disney100 plush and Minnie Mouse Disney100 plush are perfect for you! Plus, with The Mickey and Minnie Mouse Disney100 Ear Hat, you can share your ears just like our iconic duo.
For rocking your Minnie (and Mickey) style this January, the Mickey Mouse Genuine Mousewear Pullover Hoodie and the Her Universe Disney Mickey Mouse Long-Sleeve Button-Up will be perfect for staying a little warmer while celebrating the Wonder of Mickey and Minnie.
To prep your home for the celebration, the Ceramic Minnie Mouse Candle Lantern and Minnie Mouse Blendjet Portable Blender will get you in the spirit! Plus, the Modern Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Find Happy Classic Horizontal Happy Planner will help you remember all the special dates and activities I mentioned above.
To share more about your favorite Disney memories and experiences, post on social media and tag #SharetheWonder and #Disney100 … no moment of magic is too small. And, as we celebrate Disney100, stay tuned to see how the celebration continues next year and beyond!
by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
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