My nose is just getting longer and longer every month! Yes, it’s that time of month again. To Tell The Truth! This is only blog that I intentionally lie when writing. I will ask you guy a question. Then, I will list four possible answers, but only one is true. It’s your job to take a guess in the comments below on which one is correct and argue why. You will find out which choice is the truth in the next edition of To Tell The Truth.
Last month’s To Tell the Truth was a little controversial. So, how many scents can you smell on one complete ride through on Soarin’? Some people said that it is actually “Story 5”, where there are FOUR scents. In reality, from the pages of Lou Mongello’s Walt Disney World Trivia Book (and many other trivia resources), it is actually Story number Four. There are THREE scents in Soarin’: the orange groves, the salty ocean, and the pine scented forest.
When you hear the words “Walt Disney World,” what is the first icon you think of? Cinderella Castle? The Monorail? Pirates of the Caribbean? I always think of the Partners Statue in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. It visually shows the legend that started it all and is a very nice tribute. Walt is holding Mickey’s hand, and seems to be pointing to the future. But I have always wondered something. Because he is a cartoon character and Walt is a human, they had never been seen side-by-side until this statue was released. How did the artist, Blaine Gibson, determine the height of Mickey Mouse?
Back when they were recording the audio for The Pointer, a Disney short film from 1939, Walt Disney was still the voice of Mickey Mouse. For this one specific recording session, he was getting into character and began doing hand motions that went along with what he was saying. For a split second he held his hand up, indicating the height of Mickey, and then moved onto other motions. That is the only time that anyone visually saw how Walt pictured Mickey’s height. This shows how attention to the littlest details can be crucial.
Knowing Walt’s dimensions was a huge advantage. Blaine Gibson knew how long and how big everything was, so he didn’t have to worry about getting Mr. Disney’s dimensions wrong. Since Mickey was more of a guessing game, it was decided to measure the length of Walt’s arm. Since they had the basic dimensions of the mouse (like how big the ears are compared to the head, how long he tail is compared to his legs, etc.), Mickey Mouse was made just big enough so that when Mickey raised his hand and Walt Disney kept his by his side, they would meet at the perfect height to hold hands. How cute is that!
When figuring out how tall Mickey was, Blaine Gibson took a different approach than you might expect. Walt came up with the idea for Disneyland when visiting theme parks with his daughters and realizing that he, along with other parents, was sitting of to the side as his children were having all the fun. He wanted to create a place where families of all ages could have fun. At the same time, the Walt Disney Company was receiving letters from children asking where and if they could meet Mickey. Thus, the theme park was born. At the time, his youngest daughter was 6, and Mickey Mouse was created to be the average height of a six-year old to signify that Mickey was there with Walt when he came up with the idea in the form of his youngest daughter. How adorable!
If you think about a real mouse (the ones that you would hate to find in your kitchen, not love to hug and ask for an autograph), they are about an inch and a half to two inches tall if you put it on all fours. If you stack 28 of them, you get the height of our beloved mouse on the Partner’s statue. Of course, the number 28 was taken from 1928, the day Steamboat Willie was released to the public. How clever is that?
Okay, Disney fans, which one of these stories explains how Disney legend, Blaine Gibson, determined the height of our famous mouse for the Partners Statue? Let me know which you think is correct (or if you prefer, which ones are not) below.
See ya REAL soon!
Quote of the week: “For with each dawn, she found new hope that someday, her dreams of happiness would come true.” – Cinderella, Cinderella
Makena is a 15 year old high school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family. Makena began blogging for WDW Radio in December 2011.