A photo retrospective of our family and Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse is the character created by Walt Disney, and introduced in the animated cartoon Steamboat Willie in 1928, who has since become the symbol of the Disney company and probably the most recognized cartoon character in the world. We have seen Mickey numerous times over the last 15 years starting with our first visit to Disney World early in 1997. It is fun to look back at our photos with Mickey that have been taken during different stages of my daughters’ lives and see how they have grown up with Mickey Mouse.
Our very first meeting with Mickey was in ToonTown at Disney World when Katie was just 4 months old. She was oblivious to the proceedings but I was happy to have the photo.
Katie and Mickey Mouse at Disney World in 1997
Emma wouldn’t have anything to do with Mickey on her first visit to Disney World when she was 8 months old – she preferred the stuffed version.
But by the time she was 4, they were good friends…
We have seen Mickey at Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris and aboard the Disney Magic.
Meeting Mickey on our Disney Magic cruise – 2006
We have seen Mickey (and his sweetheart, Minnie) in shows and on parade.
On the castle stage at Disney World – 2012
Minnie in the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party – New Year’s Day 2012
My favourite Mickey moments by far have been those when we have seen him dressed in different outfits.
We have twice seen him dressed as Pirate Mickey – at Pirates in the Caribbean night on the Disney Magic in 2006 and at the Pirate and Princess Party at Disney World in Orlando in 2008.
Pirates in the Caribbean Night – Disney Magic 2006
Disney World’s Pirate and Princess Party – March 2008
We have seen him playing the role of Director Mickey at MGM Studios in 2001.
A special moment aboard the Disney Magic was having a family photo taken with Captain Mickey and Minnie in 2006.
Mickey looked fabulous dressed in a tuxedo, as did Minnie in her ball gown, for Formal Night aboard the Disney Magic. They looked ready to attend the Oscars.
We attended the Holiday Parade at Disneyland California on New Year’s Day 2011 and saw Mickey dressed in a beautiful seasonal outfit.
Mickey in the Disneyland New Year’s Day parade – January 1, 2011
And this most recent holiday season, we spent my birthday at Animal Kingdom and had photos taken with Mickey looking very festive in his red and green holiday duds.
Katie and Emma with Holiday Mickey – 2012
Wherever it is, and however he’s dressed, meeting Mickey Mouse is always what makes a Disney holiday complete!
Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday is hosted by Deb at Focused On The Magic.
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Mickey sure does look good for a mouse his age. He has changed a bit over the years, but still the same Mickey.
What a great collection! Thanks for sharing.
Love seeing your girls grow up with Mickey!
We never went to one of the Pirate and Princess parties – I wonder if they’ll ever bring them back??
i have never been to disneyworld! ive been to disney land as an adult (didnt care for it b/c i found it small) but i know id fall head over heels for disneyworld! i have been to wide world of sports there and spent many summers there but never went into the parks. i regret it SOOOO much!!! ill settle for disney cruise at this point 😉
Gosh I never realised that there is so many different places to see Mickey and Minnie 🙂
Love the photos, and how many memories you have with each of your daughters (and Mickey)
Debs at Focused on the Magic
What a wonderful collection! I love seeing your girls grow up with Mickey. I didn’t realize just how many looks he has!
Thanks for sharing and for joining in on the blog hop fun today!
Colorado Mountain Mom
A+ for you!!!!
What a fantastic collection. Oh, man… your Mickey on the Magic pictures are really, really getting that cruise dream all fired up in me!
Great set of pictures! We just saw Mickey and Minnie in their formalwear and pirate wear on our cruise a couple weeks ago – love all their different outfits! Thanks so much for sharing this week!
How fun to watch the kids grow up with Mickey!!! Great collection of pics.
These “Mickey through the years” bring a tear to my eye! What a precious scrapbook you’ve posted here!
I think he may be hiding a Fountain of Youth somewhere in the Magic Kingdom – I may have to search for it the next time we visit! 🙂
Thank you – It’s so much fun to browse all the old photos looking for some to post!
Thanks! I hope they bring back the Pirate and Princess party – it was so much fun, even in the pouring rain!
Everyone has to go at least once, Megan! My first trip to Disney wasn’t until I was an adult. Katie was only 4 months old but I felt like I now had a reason to go to Disney! 🙂 The Disney cruise is fun too – and no lineups (well except for food). 🙂
Thanks, Lisa – I’m having so much fun looking at old photos to put together these Disney posts!
Now that I’ve seen all of this weeks posts, I see that there are a lot more outfits that I have to get photos of Mickey and Minnie in! Thanks for hosting Disney Wordless Wednesday – it’s such a fun blog hop!
The Caribbean cruise was a lot of fun – but now I’ve seen photos on the Alaska cruise and I want to see Mickey and Minnie dressed like that! And can you just imagine what outfits they have on a European cruise?
They have so many great outfits on the cruise – it’s fun to see them dressed differently all the time. Hope you enjoyed your cruise!
Thank you, that’s so sweet! You’re just like me – someone who gets teary about other people’s kids growing up too! 🙂
Seriously, do you guys stalk Mickey? That’s a whole lot of pictures and I’m betting there’s more hidden somewhere on that computer of yours. When do you guys find time to go on rides? Maybe I’m just jealous that I don’t have as many Mickey pictures as you guys. It sure is fun to look back at how the kids have grown up with Mickey, even if he hasn’t changed a bit.
Amy at Red Eye Family
Oh my goodness! That picture of Katie at 4 months old is absolutely adorable!
Mary @ The World Is A Book
I love seeing Mickey in all the different outfits, some familiar and some a bit obscure. But I really love seeing the progression of the girls’ in pictures. It’s not fair that Mickey hasn’t aged =) Great collection of pictures, Lisa! Looks like I missed out on an awesome theme this week.
Thanks, Amy! 🙂
Thanks, Mary – it gets me all misty-eyed going back and looking at the pictures of the girls with Mickey – the first one with Katie was taken more than 15 years ago!