On November 18, 1928, “Steamboat Willie” debuted as the first ever cartoon with synchronized sound, and a star was born! 90 years later, Mickey Mouse is still going strong as one of the most beloved and iconic figures in the world. It’s not hard to understand why a love of Mickey Mouse persists. People can identify with Mickey-he is the everyman, but his positive attitude and his willingness to keep trying, even when he fails, continues to endear him to his fans both young and old.
To celebrate Mickey’s birthday, fellow travel planners at Middle of the Magic Travel took some time to reflect upon the legacy of Mickey Mouse and what Mickey Mouse means to them.
From Travel Planner Cristen Tilden:
“Mickey Mouse has provided me the ability to escape into a magical world. Time to make and reflect on forever memories with my family and friends. Thank you and Happy 90th Birthday!”

From Travel Planner Jill Reich:
“Mickey Mouse, for me, symbolizes the idea that if you stay young at heart, your heart will stay young. I mean, he’s 90 years old and look at him! He’s pure, simple, loveable, kind, respectful, funny, happy, joyful and generous. He represents all that I want for my children and I am grateful that he is a touchstone for the inner child in me. Being around Mickey’s world allows for the real world to briefly disappear so that I can lose myself in blissful joy and soulful happiness. We all need a little of that in our lives.”

From Travel Planner Nicole Hickey:
“Being a child at heart, I always smile when I think of Mickey Mouse. The genuine goodness of Mickey has never changed over the years and that has inspired so many of us to be better people and put a smile on other people’s faces.”

From Travel Planner Ashley Layne:
“Mickey brings so much joy, laughter, fun and memories to my life. These memories that I get to make and share with my family and friends are priceless! Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse!”

And me, Travel Planner Marsha Simpson:

“Mickey is the embodiment of the magic of Disney. He reminds me that there is something to smile and be cheerful about every day, and I take a little token of his spirit with me everywhere I go. Thank you, Mickey, for being a source of joy for so many people and for always putting a smile on my face. Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse!”

In the words of Walt Disney referring to his creations, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing-that it was all started by a mouse.” And what a mouse! 90 years later, we are still talking about him.