Mickey Mouse Officially Replaced at Disneyland, More Inclusive Character Revealed

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Mickey Mouse waving in a Pride Parade at Disneyland Paris.

Credit: @My_castle_club via TikTok

New versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and other favorite Disney pals recently debuted in a Disney Park Pride parade. The costumed characters are available as standard meet-and-greets throughout the Disney parks.

The Mickey Mouse Protection Act

The Walt Disney Company’s history changed forever in January when it finally lost extensive copyright ownership of Mickey Mouse. Steamboat Willie (1928) and other early Walt Disney Animation Studios shorts entered the public domain, freeing the iconic black-and-white sailor version of the Disney character for public use.

Steamboat Willie
Credit: D23

The Mouse House still fiercely protects its beloved rodent, going after anyone using newer versions of the animated character. However, as the years go by, more recent versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and their friends will belong to the world.

Pride Celebrations at the Disney parks

Nevertheless, Walt Disney Animation Studios and the Disney parks are holding onto Mickey Mouse as a brand icon. Last week, a rainbow version of the costumed character debuted for a Pride parade and celebrations at Disneyland Paris Resort.

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TikTok user @my_castle_club shared this video showcasing Pride outfits on Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Stitch, Clarabelle Cow, Pinocchio, Pluto, Clarice, and Donald Duck:

@my_castle_club

🏳️‍🌈 Celebrating the start of PRIDE month with some highlights from the Disneyland Paris Pride Parties. 🗓️ 29th June, 2024 Disneyland Paris will not be holding a seperate ticketed PRIDE party this year, instead all guests will be able to experience a lively and inclusive atmosphere during your visit, featuring special Pride festivities. Be dazzled by our festive parade float, where Mickey, Minnie, and their friends shine in vibrant Pride colors, spreading joy and acceptance. Get ready to radiate positivity! #disneypride #pride #dlppride #disneylandparispride #dlpprideparty #disneylandparisprideparty #disneylandparispride2024 #disneylandparis #disney #disneyland #disneygram #dlp #disneylife #disneyparks #disneyphotography #instadisney #disneylove #disneymagic #waltdisney #disneyinsta #mickeymouse #paris #disneylandpark #disneyig #mickey #mycastleclub

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Disney Parks fans were thrilled to see a Disney park loudly supporting the LGBTQIA+ community years after a statement against the “Don’t Say Gay” law (Parental Rights in Education Act) led to years of political and legal trouble with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

After days of Disney cast member and fan protests, former The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek condemned the anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation in February 2022. Just weeks later, DeSantis passed legislation dissolving Walt Disney World Resort’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, a municipal area that Disney has controlled since 1967.

The following February, DeSantis appointees took over the area now known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. They’ve passed policies banning COVID-19 restrictions at the Central Florida Disney parks, overhauling Monorail inspections, and more.

Governor Ron DeSantis smiling widely
Credit: Ron DeSantis

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Disney tried to sue DeSantis for retaliating against its constitutionally protected free speech, but a judge threw out the initial lawsuit in January 2024. Appeals and other legal proceedings are ongoing.

“I just know the homophobes are gonna try to cancel Disney for this…,” said @poison_toxic_berry. “AND THEY WILL FAIL! SLAY DISNEY!”

“The fact Disney is such a huge money maker in society and literally give no [hecks] about what people think about them supporting Pride makes my heart so happy,” @kinda_schoddy wrote.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stand together, both wearing colorful outfits. Mickey sports a white shirt with a multicolor heart design and a bright jacket, while Minnie wears a rainbow bow and a white outfit adorned with purple fringe. Both characters have cheerful expressions.
Credit: Disney

As Disneyland Resort gears up for its second annual Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite events, Disneyland Paris Resort made an inclusive change to its Pride celebrations. Instead of holding a hard-ticketed after-hours event, Pride ride overlays, entertainment offerings, decorations, and character meet-and-greets will be available to all Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park guests.

These Pride Month character looks aren’t scheduled to debut at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort at this time. However, Disneyland Park usually offers rare character meet-and-greets, including alternate rainbow outfits, during its Pride Nite special event.

Which of these Pride Month looks from Disneyland Paris is your favorite? Would you like to see them at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort? In the comments, share your thoughts with Inside the Magic.

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