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Step In Time: ‘Mickey’s Birthday Parade’ Marks 50 Years For the Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

On November 18, 1978, Mickey Mouse celebrated a very special occasion – his 50th birthday – with a new parade at Magic Kingdom Park.


Mickey Mouse and the Main Street Philharmonic kicked off the birthday procession, surrounded by banners that read “Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse.” The parade that followed featured plenty of balloons, wrapped gift boxes, party hats, a larger-than-life birthday cards and a 50th birthday cake. And of course, all of Mickey’s friends were marching in line for his special occasion, including Winnie the Pooh and friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and many more. The parade also featured some new faces, including Orville the Albatross from the 1977 release, “The Rescuers.”

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  • I was there for this! I was 4 years old and it was my first trip to Disney. I’ll never forget this parade. So excited to see this this morning – how special! Last year we took our 4 year old for her first Disney trip!

    • What a cool memory to have! 🙂

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