Mickey Mouse “officially” turned 91 on Monday, marking a long life as a beloved character who also draws millions of tourists to the Orlando area each year from around the world.
No. 1 Mickey is 91, but so is Minnie.
From the start, Minnie Mouse appeared by Mickey’s side, co-starring in all of the first short cartoons that gave Mickey his big break. Mickey went on to star in about 130 shorts between 1928 and 1952. Minnie is in about 66 of them.
No. 2 Nov. 18 has only been Mickey’s official birthday since 1978.
A few years after Walt Disney died, Disney Studios hired archivist Dave Smith to catalog Walt Disney’s papers and mementos. That project evolved into one of the largest, most comprehensive and best-run archives of any corporation in history. In 1978, Disney marked the celebration of Mickey’s 50th birthday worldwide with parties and events at both Disney theme parks — back then, it was just Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.