The Partners Statue ~ One of our favorite Disney things!

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During this week of June, back in 1995, the Partners Statue made it’s debut at Magic Kingdom Park in WDW.  The first statue like this, was unveiled at Disneyland two years prior, for Mickey’s birthday celebration in 1993.

The Partners Statue in WDW is of course right in front of Cinderella Castle, and a favorite spot for millions of Disney Guests to take photos with/of.  No matter how many times I visit the Magic Kingdom, I always take a picture of Partners, and of course one with my family in front of it.  Why?  I mean, the statue hasn’t changed since the last time!  Still, it’s a tradition for me, and so many others, to take a picture of Walt holding Mickey Mouse’s hand.  The Partners Statue itself is a sweet sentiment, a “Magic” moment for the man who started it all, and the mouse he started it with.

So, in celebration of the Partners Statue, and courtesy of Disney Parks, here are some fun facts that you may or may not have known about the beloved landmark.

  • The Partners Statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. A former Disney animator and Imagineer, Blaine took one year to create the sculpture and based his depiction of Walt on a bust he originally created in the 1960s.
  • When considering having Mickey hold Walt’s hand, Blaine consulted footage from the film “Fantasia,” in which Mickey shakes the hand of orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski.
  • One early sketch of the Partners Statue featured Mickey holding an ice cream cone in one hand.
  • When choosing an expression for Walt’s face, Blaine tried to reflect Walt’s goal of making people happy. The statue’s expression is Blaine’s interpretation of Walt watching happy people enjoy the park.
  • The initials on Walt’s tie are “STR,” and stand for “Smoke Tree Ranch,” an area in Palm Springs where Walt once owned a vacation home.

There you have it.   A little bit of fun facts regarding one of our favorite Disney things, the Partners Statue.  Of course, the next time we visit the Magic Kingdom, I will take a photo of Walt and Mickey yet again.  Some traditions never become less magical when Disney is concerned.

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Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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