This year our mouse-eared friend celebrates his 85th birthday! Some of you were around when the mouse who roared “Walt Disney,” was born. 1928, was a day that set the standard in cartoons, with his debut.
Now, 85 years later, just think of what the spawn of Walt Disney has done to change the culture in America. Cartoons, films, The Mickey Mouse Club with our favorites like Annette Funicello and others. C’mon, you remember how it’s done: M I C K E Y MOUSE. Are you singing along?
Then Disney Land in Anaheim California followed some years later in Orlando with Disney World, a huge attraction. I was there on the Grand Opening Day and loved it. My four-year-old daughter led the Mickey Mouse Band down Main Street and was the cutest drum major ever!
The Mouse who grew and grew. Is there a place on earth that doesn’t know about Disney World or Mickey Mouse? Walt was one smart cookie and those who followed were sharp marketers. Everything from the mouse ear hats every kid going to Disneyland wanted, to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot for parents and Animal Kingdom for kids into wild animals, it’s all right there if you have the inclination and lots of cash.
Still, Disneyland set the standards for attractions with cleanliness, courtesy and dress codes for workers, others had to follow or fail and it was good. So “All Hail,” Mickey Mouse, keep on squeaking – you got all the cheese!