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Partners (statue)

The Partners statue in Disneyland, California.

Partners is a bronze statue depicting Walt Disney standing next to and holding the hand of his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.[1] Originally created by Imagineer, animator, sculptor, and Disney Legend Blaine Gibson, the original statue was commissioned for Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where it stands in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in the park's central plaza.[2][3][4] Subsequent recreations of the statue are found at other Disney theme parks and as well as the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Since its unveiling on Disneyland's Main Street in 1993, it has been replicated in other Disney parks, studios, and merchandising, and at the Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The statue stands 6'5" tall, while in reality Walt Disney was actually 5'10" tall. The dedication ceremony for the statue occurred on November 18, 1993, on Mickey Mouse's birthday 65 years after the premiere of Steamboat Willie.

The plaque directly below the statue in Disneyland quotes Walt Disney as saying, "I think most of all what I want Disneyland to be is a happy place...where parents and children can have fun...together." The plaque directly below the statue in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World uses a slightly different quote: "We believe in our idea: a family park where parents and children could have fun — together."


Location Exact location Dedication
Disneyland Resort Disneyland Park November 18, 1993
Walt Disney Studios Burbank, California December 5, 2001
Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom June 19, 1995
Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disneyland
Disneyland Paris Walt Disney Studios Park March 16, 2002
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Hong Kong Disneyland September 12, 2005


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External links

  • Jim Korkis article for MousePlanet on The History of the Partners Statue, Part One (blog)
  • Jim Korkis article for MousePlanet on The History of the Partners Statue, Part Two (blog)

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