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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Comes to Disney Parks

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

I’m a total sucker for a holiday movie. On any given night, I’ll get invested in some ABC Family holiday flick and forget that I actually have to do other things around my house. But there is one holiday movie that I can watch over and over and over again. It’s a favorite, and of course, was made by Disney (I guess I wouldn’t be talking about it if it wasn’t, now would I?).

‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ Was the First Appearance for Mickey Mouse in a Theatrical Cartoon Since 1953

“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” debuted in the U.S. on December 16, 1983. I still watch it every Christmas season, 28 years later! This cartoon short was the first appearance for Mickey Mouse in a theatrical cartoon since 1953, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1984.

Donald, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Scrooge McDuck Make Appearances at Magic Kingdom Park Dressed as Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Nephew Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge in December 1993

Back in December 1983, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Scrooge McDuck made appearances at Magic Kingdom Park dressed as Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Nephew Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Goofy as Jacob Marley's Ghost in ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

And while Charles Dickens’ classic story has been retold many times, I don’t think anyone quite captures the spirit of Jacob Marley’s ghost quite like Goofy.


  • The moving displays are still visible in the windows of the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom

  • Though they may have appeared in this Christmas attire later, I believe the caption for the characters in front of the tree should say December of 1983, not 1993.

    • Gold Star, Eric. You’re right, it’s 1983. I’ve made the correction and apologize for my sloppy typing and proofreading.

  • Definitely a movie I will watch every Christmas. It’s amazing how movies you watched as a child will stick with you as an adult. Goofy was a great Jacob Marley!

  • Is this still offered on DVD?

    • I know it’s been offered in the past on Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at The House of Mouse, Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey’s Christmas Carol and on the Walt Disney Treasures Collection – Mickey Mouse In Living Color, Volume 2. It’s also been airing on ABC Family during the 25 Days of Christmas.

  • I love to see Scrooge McDuck more often in WDW. I would love to visit him in his bank and take a dip in his money pool!

  • Sadly, my DVD of it went missing this year. It also had Pluto’s Christmas Tree on it, which was another favorite Christmas short of mine. I guess I’ll have to go watch it at the Premiered Theatre at Hollywood Studios this year, along with the latest Prep and Landing! I think if they still have these outfits, it would be cool if they could wear them for meet and greet outside the theatre. How cool would that be?! =)

  • And remember, the article didn’t say Goofy was the -best- Marley, it said that nobody ever captured the character quite LIKE him…Which is certainly true. 😉

  • This is my FAVORITE Christmas special!! I collect anything “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” Currently I’m collecting the Hallmark ornaments that they release a new one each year.

  • I also remember seeing this wonderful short played out as moving displays in the windows of a shop… I want to say it was the Emporium, but it could’ve been at Downtown Disney.

    • Yes, we have pictures of those too. Good memory!

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