Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday with Disney Channel November 18
Today marks a special occasion for Disney fans everywhere – it’s Mickey Mouse’s birthday! From 11 a.m. onwards, you can celebrate the iconic character’s special day with the Disney Channel, who will be airing special episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Junior and a one hour special episode of Road Rally Adventures. In this feature, Mickey, Donald and Goofy unite in a story inspired by The Three Musketeers. Additionally, you’ll want to stay tuned for the premiere of Mickey’s solo debut with a song he’s written exclusively for fans on his birthday.
Throughout the day, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn facts you may not have known about everyone’s favorite mouse. For example, Mickey first debuted on November 18, 1928 with the release of Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon made with synchronized sound. His name was originally supposed to be Mortimer, but Walt’s Wife convinced him to change the name to “Mickey,” who she felt personified fun.
Other fun facts include:
- Mickey was the first cartoon character to have his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he received his star in honor of his 50th anniversary on November 18, 1978.
- In Opry House, a short released in 1929, Mickey started wearing his iconic white gloves. He has worn them ever since!
- Walt Disney earned an honorary Academy Award in 1932 for his creation of Mickey Mouse.
- In The Band Concert, which debuted in February 1935, Mickey Mouse first appeared in color.
- In 1934, Mickey was given an entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- While Mickey and Minnie Mouse have never been married on-screen, Walt said in a 1933 interview that “In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie.”
Don’t forget to tune in to the Disney Channel today from 11 a.m. onwards to help celebrate this legendary Disney character’s birthday.