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‘Mickey Notes’ – Disney Parks Celebrates Volunteering

posted on February 24th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Mickey Notes

In past weeks, we’ve had some fun celebrating volunteerism but nothing like this. The team found 25,000 pieces of colored paper and a 10-foot wall to create “Mickey Notes” – our first stop-motion video.

Our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” story unfolds through thousands of individual photos featuring Walt Disney World Cast Members moving sticky notes around by hand – no video cameras were used. Also, there were no post-production “tricks” used to create the giant sticky note Mickey Mouse, the background or to “animate” the pieces of paper. See for yourself.

We’ll share more about how we created “Mickey Notes” in an upcoming post but for now, know that you can still search and sign up to volunteer in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program. Terms and conditions apply – visit for details.

By the way, the photographer who makes an appearance by sliding on screen (with camera in hand) is Kent Phillips, the Disney Parks photographer who took all of the still images seen in the production.

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Suzannah from FL on February 24th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I know it’s silly, but this actually made me tear up. You guys are so good at doing that! The combination of the message being sent, seeing the cast members in their costumes, the *amazing* animation demonstrated and the music is just the perfect representation of what makes Disney such a wonderful company!


Suzannah from FL on February 24th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

(sorry, I say animation to mean the movement of the papers at the end, not actual computerized animation of any kind) :)


Jason on February 24th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this. I still gotta get used to Mickey’s new voice, though.


Beth on February 24th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I really love it! Nothing better to celebrate than helping others!


Allyson on February 24th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Very cool!


Jackie from WA on February 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

This is truly amazing! I agree with Zanna, it’s this kind of thing that makes Disney such an amazing company! While I love new technology, I also love the old fashioned way of doing things too…by hand! I especially love how Donald wants the attention, as usual! Too cute! Kudos! 😀


michele from FL on February 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Wow…I really enjoyed that and have never seen anything like it. Great job. Thanks.


Kyle from ON on February 24th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

That was awesome! Love that old fashioned animation.


Dina on February 24th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Very cool!


Eugene from IN on February 24th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Totally awesome. Shows what great imaginations the Disney staff has.


Kristin from WI on February 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

This is awesome. I am a costuming cast member & was kind of sad that there weren’t any costumers involved in the video that I was able to pick out. Other than that, very cool!


Katy on February 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

wow, that was so cool! Nice to see Cast Members doing something creative like that!

I know we used to make lego stop-motion videos, but definitely nothing of this caliber! Awesome stuff!


James on February 24th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

The “give a day get a day” project is making a difference and helping millions of Americans. We love Disney World, the best family vacation spot in the world!!!


Christian on February 25th, 2010 at 3:29 am

After a having dreary day. This put a smile on my face. Thank You!


LIZ from FL on February 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

That was great animation, and in my opinion , Disneyland & Disneyworld are the best places to go for a vacation….I was one of the first kids in 1955 to go to Disneyland, and this “give a day get a day” is a perfect idea to give back…Thank you Micky & Minnie, and Donald and Goofy….


LIZ from FL on February 25th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Sorry Mickey, I spelled your name wrong, and I cannot tell you how many times I have sung the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Song…..


Teresa from ID on February 25th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Wow!!! That was amazing. Made me grin from Ear to Ear!!! Our family will definatly take part in Give-A-Day this year! Love Disney!!!!!


Jackie on February 27th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Awesome. I wonder how long that took!


Jessi from MA on February 28th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That’s awesome!!!! Kudos to all of you!!!


Tiffany from FL on March 3rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I laughed at the Minnie and Donald parts – I love this vid!