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Mickey Mouse Goes Viral After Being Officially Retired

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Disney characters have been captivating the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide for decades. From Cinderella’s ball gown to Elsa’s sparkling ice dress, these iconic outfits play a significant role in creating a magical experience for both children and adults alike. However, like any live performance or event, sometimes reality can cast a shadow on the fantasy.

One of the most popular and beloved Disney characters is none other than Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse made his debut in the short film Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. Since then, he has become the beloved mascot and symbol of The Walt Disney Company, enchanting generations of audiences with his charming personality and timeless adventures. Mickey Mouse has a distinctive voice provided by Walt Disney himself, and Mickey quickly captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

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Recently, Mickey Mouse in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” was retired and paid tribute to Steamboat Willie in the final episode, which ended the show’s long-running time releasing new shorts on Disney+. Now, it seems that Mickey Mouse has gone viral in a different way.

In a recent  TikTok, Mickey Mouse can be seen losing his shoe. He quickly hides his foot behind him and keeps on performing as the show must go on. Disney character malfunctions are uncommon but tend to happen from time to time. Guests have seen Donald Duck almost lose his head, Disney Characters have slipped and fallen, and Guests have even tried to undress Disney Princesses before.

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Though you won’t be able to catch new episodes of the Mickey Mouse character that we’ve come to love on Disney+, you can still visit him at the Disney Parks and enjoy old episodes, which include classic editions of the character. It should be noted that Disney will lose copyright to Mickey’s Steamboat Willie as the character will officially enter Public Domain in 2024.

Being a Disney World character performer is no easy task. Inside those character costumes, performers often endure sweltering heat, especially during the scorching summer months in Florida. The heavy costumes, coupled with the Florida humidity, can make it a physically demanding job. Performers must undergo rigorous training to handle the costumes and learn ways to stay cool and hydrated during long shifts.

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Each Disney character has elaborate costumes and animatronics used to bring the characters to life. However, technical malfunctions can occur, leading to unexpected challenges for performers. Whether it’s a malfunctioning animatronic feature or a costume component that becomes uncomfortable or inoperative, character performers must adapt and improvise to maintain the magic for Guests.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.