Credit: Fox35 Orlando

Chopper pilot, passengers spot giant ‘Mouse’ in gated enclosure at Animal Kingdom

There’s a bit of Disney history around every corner of Walt Disney World.

Along Main Street U.S.A., the names of men and women who were instrumental and influential in building the Disney Parks empire can be found on upper windows in buildings that line the street.

Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel and the Carousel of Progress attractions are pieces of Disney history themselves, and there are even parts of Magic Kingdom’s classic attractions that seem to have Walt’s fingerprints on them.

Other pieces of Disney history are so big that they can’t be missed, especially from the air.

Fox35 in Orlando captured this footage that shows Walt Disney’s personal airplane, affectionately named “The Mouse,” in a service area that’s located just north of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

It’s sad to see something of such sentimental value to Disney fans sitting so idle and lonely out in a field by itself. But if it’s any consolation, it looks as though the plane might have even been painted recently, or perhaps it’s being readied for painting or being maintenanced in some way. (Otherwise, wrap it back up!)

Credit: Fox35 Orlando

Compare the above image to the image in the tweet below from @bioreconstruct, dated August 22, 2021, which shows The Mouse covered in a tarp with part of its tail and propellers exposed.

The “Mouse” was even featured in a post by Disney Parks Blog about 10 years ago.

The plane is a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream 1. Walt used the plane when he was traveling from Burbank, California, to Orlando and back. It was also used to fly Walt and his executives above central Florida while Walt looked for land on which to build his new Florida Disney park.

Its last official flight was on October 8, 1992.

There’s such a vast history to this aircraft, and the story behind the craft is one that’s just got to be told, especially in light of the 50th anniversary of the parks on the horizon. Stay tuned!



About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!