Today In Disney History ~ November 23rd
Mickey Mouse is one of the most famous balloon characters to be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has gone to four versions. Mickey was added to the lineup in 1934. This marked the second time that a balloon of an licensed character has been made. He appeared again in 1972 with a bit more color. Mickey appeared again in 2000 as Bandleader Mickey Mouse. This time, the balloon lead that year’s balloon lineup. It was retired from the parade the same year.
He appeared again in 2005 as a mascot on a float with all the Disney characters for the Disney Parks’ 50th anniversary. Mickey reappeared again in 2009 as Sailor Mickey Mouse to celebrate the announcement of the Disney Dream cruise ship (which was sent on its maiden voyage two years later). So far, Mickey, Ronald McDonald and Snoopy have become the most popular balloons, with four and seven versions made respectively.
TMSM Today in Graphic by Sherry Rinaldi DeHart; macysthanksgivingwiki
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