Disneyland Commemorates Mickey’s Birthday With A Very Special Surprise!
Today Mickey Mouse turns an amazing 92 years old! To celebrate Disneyland announced a very special surprise! Following a refurbishment, the stunning Partners statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland theme park has now been resort to its original splendour!
The iconic statue was created by sculptor Blaine Gibson and features the famous image of Walt Disney holding hands with Mickey Mouse. The original unveiling of the statue happened on November 18, 1993 at the hub at Disneyland for Mickey’s 65th birthday.
Over the decades, the bronze in the statue had oxidized and because it also was covered in acrylic, polymer and wax, cleaning the statue was a very involved process. Over 4-days an artisan actually used crushed walnut shells to strip the figure down just to the bronze. At that point chemical were used an heated with a blowtorch to create a reaction and fuse with the bronze. Then the polymer, to protect the patina and wax was once again added.
It was a lot of work but the end product is nothing short of spectacular. And though it may be some time before you are able to once again stand in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to see the statue in person we have an awesome alternative. Buena Vista Street which will be opening for holiday shopping this November, has a statue of its own featuring 1920s era Walt in a fedora with Mickey on his suitcase! This statue has also been restored and absolutely glistens.
What a great way to celebrate 92 years and pay tribute to the mouse and man that started it all! – Happy Birthday Mickey!
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