Mickey Mouse: Your Ultimate Globetrotting Travel Pal

We’re celebrating 90 incredible years of Mickey Mouse in 2018—and what better time to recall some of the amazing locations that the “leader of the club” has visited over the years? From right in his own California backyard (at the grand opening of the Happiest Place on Earth) to far-flung locations across the globe, Mickey is one well-traveled pal.

Join us on a (virtual) flight around the world to see some of Mickey’s most epic trips, compliments of our friends at D23.com. It might just inspire you to add more stamps to your own passport!

Mickey Mouse — Lake Buena Vista, Florida Lake Buena Vista, Florida

 

Lake Buena Vista, Florida (1971)

Walt and Roy Disney may have officially announced their plans for a new Disney-themed entertainment enterprise in Florida on November 15, 1965 (not long after the World’s Fair wrapped up), but the resort itself—located in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando—didn’t open until October 1971. Mickey Mouse was, of course, on hand to help throw open the gates to Magic Kingdom Park, as well as the resort’s first two hotels, beautiful lagoons, the Palm and Magnolia golf courses, and a campground. By this point, our pal Mickey was a seasoned traveler!

Mickey Mouse — Moscow, Russia Moscow, Russia

 

Moscow, Russia (1988)

Mickey has always been an ambassador of goodwill, welcoming guests from all over the world to Disney theme parks—as well as creating memories for fans through TV shows and specials, animated films, books and toys, and so much more. But he became a true “envoy” when a group of prominent Russian animators invited him to the (now former) Soviet Union for a Disney animation festival in 1988. Cameras followed Mickey and Roy E. Disney (then vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company) on the trip, which was chronicled in the Disney Channel special Mickey Goes to Moscow.

Mickey Mouse — Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan

 

Tokyo, Japan (1983)

Disney’s first theme park outside the contiguous United States opened on April 15, 1983—and there was no way Mickey Mouse would miss that kind of party! In fact, our globetrotting pal—plus Minnie, Donald, and Goofy—were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, alongside Masatomo Takahashi, president of the Oriental Land Company, Ltd., and Card Walker, then chairman of The Walt Disney Company. Not bad for a stamp in the ol’ passport, right?
 

Mickey Mouse — Queens, New York Corona Park, Queens, New York

 

Flushing Meadows—Corona Park, Queens, New York (1964–1965)

Perhaps one of Mickey’s most celebrated trips was to the New York World’s Fair, which kicked off in April 1964 and delighted guests for two six-month seasons, through October ’65. Several iconic Disney attractions made their very first appearance at the fair, including it’s a small world and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Mickey himself made many appearances at the Fair; for instance, he helped open the Carousel of Progress attraction (inside General Electric’s Progressland, one of the most visited pavilions at the fair), and even met a young John F. Kennedy Jr. in April 1965.

Mickey Mouse — Hong Kong Hong Kong

 

Lantau Island, Hong Kong (2005)

The 11th park in Disney’s now-global roster opened to much fanfare on lush Lantau Island—the largest island in Hong Kong (30 minutes from downtown) and once the site of numerous fishing villages. Mickey was a guest of honor at the park’s opening ceremonies, which included scores of musicians and traditional Chinese lion dancers; a spectacular fireworks display; and even an appearance by Vice President Zeng Qinghong of China—who declared the park Hong Kong’s “eternal carnival.”

Mickey’s been on some amazing adventures—and there’s even more to learn about! Head over to D23.com, Disney’s Official Fan Club, to keep the journey going with five more amazing trips with our favorite pal.

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Compliments of our friends at D23, Disney’s Official Fan Club, celebrating 90 years of Mickey.