Mickey Mouse Flops as Disney Prepares to Retire Character

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Mickey Mouse waves his arms in the air as Minnie Mouse poses.

Credit: @disneydudedudette

On Friday, Inside the Magic reported that The Walt Disney Company will soon say goodbye to exclusive rights to its beloved character, Mickey Mouse. Despite successfully lobbying for stricter copyright laws for decades, the iconic rodent’s time is finally up. Starting in 2024, Mickey Mouse will be in the public domain. 

As much as Disney fights, all signs point to the end of Mickey Mouse, as fans know him. The company lost exclusive rights to Winnie the Pooh in 2022, and it wasn’t long before creatives took advantage. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023), an independent slasher film based on the silly old bear, premiered in February. 

Mickey Mouse Slips Up

Mickey Mouse himself is struggling under the pressure of the upcoming copyright change! In this video shared by @disneydudedudette, the character loses his shoe during a performance: 


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♬ original sound – Disney Dude & Dudette

As Mickey dances with Minnie Mouse and Duffy the Bear, the Character Performer’s foot slips out of his cartoonish black shoe. He finishes his dance routine, then immediately alerts Minnie – likely to pass the message along to nearby Character Attendants. 

One might think it would make more sense for Mickey Mouse to run away or immediately slip his shoe back on to preserve the magic, but “the show must go on” is an integral part of Character Performer training. Instead of drawing attention to the error, Mickey Mouse continues dancing, hoping that Guests are distracted by the excitement. Entertainment Cast Members responded similarly in past situations, like when Elsa’s dress failed to transform in this live performance

Beloved Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Chip, and Dale in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
Credit: Disneyland Resort

Though the TikToker didn’t specify the location in this video, the dancers hold Mickey-shaped signs with the number seven on them. Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated its seventh anniversary in June with special entertainment offerings, and this performance was likely one of them. Duffy the Bear is also exclusive to international Disney Parks.

Have you ever seen a Disney Character mistake? Share your experience with Inside the Magic in the comments! 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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