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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

It’s our favorite mouse’s birthday! Here are a few fun facts about Mickey Mouse:

  • Mickey was originally named Mortimer; his full name is Michael Mouse.
  • He’s fancifully estimated as standing 2 ft. 3 in. (69 cm) and weighing 23 pounds (10 kg).
  • Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey from 1928 to 1947.
  • We all know who Mickey’s friends are, but what about his family? Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse are Mickey Mouse’s nephews while Amelia Fieldmouse is Mickey’s sister and Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse’s mother.
  • Besides Pluto, Mickey has other pets too – Tanglefoot (horse), Bianca (goldfish), Milton and Leeza (cats), Bobo (elephant), Oscar (ostrich), and Gubbles (fish).
  • Mickey likes Minnie, Pluto, friends, having fun, tap-dancing, sandwiches, and adventures.
  • He dislikes being called a rat and being taken advantage of, villains and his friends doing bad
  • Although Mickey is usually shown to have magic powers with the Sorcerer Hat of Yen Sid, it is shown that Mickey can control magic without aid.
  • Mickey is physically very strong, fast, and most notably, flexible, all of which seems to border on a superhuman scale.
  • Mickey made his first appearance in Steamboat Willie, a short black-and-white animation in which music and sound effects were synchronized. The date on which it premiered – 18 November 1928 – is recognised as Mickey’s official ‘birthday’.
  • Mickey’s first-ever spoken line was “Hot Dogs!” in The Karnival Kid (1929). That’s the reason for his “Hot Dog Dance”!
  • His first makeover by animator Fred Moore gave him a pear-shaped body and a shorter nose, and introduced Mickey’s trademark white gloves – first seen in The Pointer in 1939. During this time, and again during the post-World War II period, Mickey’s appearance gradually changed to resemble the Mickey Mouse we know and love today.
Photo from DisneyChannel-Asia.com

To celebrate his birthday, don’t forget to tune in to Disney Channel today! It’ll be a whole day of Mouse-sified fun which starts at 9 AM for the premiere of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Wizard of Dizz!

There’s more on Disney Junior. Be sure also to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse specials, every Sunday of November at 6 p.m., as part of Mickey and Minnie’s Birthday celebrations; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventures on November 3; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express on November 10; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Adventures in Wonderland on November 17; and the special premiere of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Wizard of Dizz on November 24.

So don your party hats and do the Hot Dog Dance with Mickey and the gang! Happy, happy birthday Mickey Mouse!!!

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Z goes to HK – Meeting Mickey Mouse!

We planned to do Disneyland on the first day so that we’ll have a lot of energy and catch the fireworks since we’re staying in the Disneyland Resort. Well, it was what we planned but it didn’t happen that way! Z was so amazed, stressed, distracted that he always wanted to go under the nursing cover and sleep! And because the weather was a bit erratic, we felt moist and hot at the same time that we decided to go back to the hotel even before the fireworks started. So much for planning, huh? (good thing I wasn’t on a total OC mode then. You can never be OC with schedules when with a baby. A lesson learned months ago!)

At least my goal of Z meeting the famous mouse happened! Look at the happiness on his face:

Peek-A-Boo with Mickey Mouse

I know he wouldn’t remember a thing about this trip but this picture says it all. My heart melted.

Oh, he got to ride “It’s A Small World”! He didn’t know where to look at! Too much visual stimulation for the wee one.

As usual, there are lessons learned after this experience:

  • Expect rains even when the weather report tells otherwise. Be prepared for the little ones’ articles of clothing and rain equipment.
  • Download the HK Disneyland app to help facilitate in looking for changing rooms, toilets and restaurants where you can sit and nurse. We find the people there not so friendly.
  • Don’t scrimp on pictures! The print-outs can be costly but they are nice souvenirs to show the baby when he grows up. The 8×10 print-out with borders and add-ons cost HK$ 130.

I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland when Z can go on rides! I know he’ll love it there!