Best wishes to the leader of the club that’s made for you and me! Mickey’s birthday has a long and colorful history of music and celebration. Back in 1937, comic performer Billy Murray (no, not that Bill Murray) and the International Novelty Orchestra recorded “Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party” on 10-inch 78 rpm records made of brittle shellac as breakable at Aunt Marge’s best china.
Forty years later, Epcot favorite and legendary Monkee Davy Jones brought his own groove to “(Hey Ra-Ra-Ra-) Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse.” The was written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn, who also wrote the songs for the Disney musical fantasy feature, Pete’s Dragon.
And of course, there was once an entire Mickey’s Birthdayland at Magic Kingdom Park, which in a few months will start to reveal its transformation into New Fantasyland. I’m sure Mickey is as excited to see it all as we are. Mickey, being the self-effacing fellow he is, may have found the whole Birthdayland thing to be a little more fuss over him than he’d prefer – clearly he’d rather make a great big fuss over all his park guests instead!
What’s your favorite Mickey birthday memory? Mine is being a cast member Disney VoluntEAR for Mickey’s 65th, when underprivileged children were invited to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort vacations. I helped host a group of these wonderful kids from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ll never forgotten what fun it was to take them through the parks. I felt kind of like Willy Wonka (without all that nasty blueberry and fizzy lifting drink stuff)!
When we had to say goodbye to the kids, I could hear Tommy Steele singing these classic Sherman Brothers lyrics from The Happiest Millionaire in my head: “We knew we’d never meet again, and yet it’s clear to see / I’d always be a part of them and them a part of me.”
Thanks, Mickey. You’re a pal.