Main Street Station and its iconic floral depiction of Mickey Mouse have become one of the most photographed locations in the world, as millions of guests over six decades have captured their first Disney Parks memory entering Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom.
But less than a week before opening day, the floral in “floral Mickey” had yet to materialize. Horticulturalist Jack Evans received a memo dated July 11, 1955, from Joe Fowler which read, “When are you going to plant Mickey Mouse in the entrance? Looks to me like the time is getting pretty late.”
As you probably know, “Mickey” was planted in time for the big day and he’s been in full bloom every day since.
Check back for more “construction updates” soon.
Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:
Floral Mickey and the train station were my Halloween costume last year.
After the entry arch over the highway coming in to the parks, the floral Mickey at the entrance gate is what stands out and to me says “welcome back” like no other icon at WDW can do.
Really enjoy this series and look forward to each one!! Having stood in front of that smiling array of flowers a 1000 times it’s fun to see it “before day one”!!
Keep the Disney History coming!!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post today. I am incredibly fascinated with all historical aspects of the building of all the Disney Parks.