Minnie and I

Minnie and I

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Never Ending Disneyland Auction

Van Eaton Galleries just finished their Disneyland auction called "Souvenirs of Disneyland." This is the fourth auction of a series of Disneyland themed auctions. As some of my readers may know, I attended the first one held on February of 2015. I made plans to visit this one, but the friend that was traveling with me canceled, and I don't like traveling alone.

Unlike the previous two Disneyland auctions, this one had lots of character costumes, even a head! The auction featured the following items: two character costume manuals, one from Disneyland and one from Disney World, Chip/Dale feet, Pooh feet, Jiminy Cricket jacket, a Bee belonging to Pooh, a monkey head and a Maleficent head piece. There were other items, but these caught my attention.

The auction is now over, but I'll describe each item individually and share my personal thoughts.

Lot 128: "Getting to Know the Disney Characters" Manual. Sold for $425
This manual was used in the 1970's for Disneyland's character department.

Lot 129: Chip & Dale Feet. Sold for $125
One pair of feet used for Chip and/or Dale. These are just shoe covers and did not came with the shoes needed to wear and perform the character feet. I own a pair of this style of feet. Mine are a little more worn than the auctioned pair, but mine came with the shoes and matching gloves.

Lot 130: Winnie the Pooh Feet. Sold for $150
A pair of feet used for the 90's version of Pooh at Disneyland. Like the Chip/Dale feet, these are just shoe covers and did not came with the performing shoes.

Pooh's feet, pictured for the auction. Credit

Lot 131: Jiminy Cricket Jacket. Sold for $400
The auction states that this jacket belongs to Jiminy Cricket, they're wrong. This jacket, made in the 90's at Disneyland, belongs to Mickey Mouse. I know this because I own a Mickey jacket and it matched perfectly to the one being auctioned. Also, with my knowledge of Disney character costumes, Jiminy never worn a jacket similar to this one. I guess if the gallery had the proper information, they would have advertised it as Mickey's and have sold it for more money. Plus, my jacket is in way better condition than this one.

The wrongly labeled "Jiminy" jacket, pictured for the auction. Credit

Lot 132: Winnie the Pooh Bee Costume Accessory. Sold for $3,250
A bumble bee prop used for Pooh throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's. When ever these bees show up for sale, via a special auction or on eBay, they always sell for high prices. This bee sold, was in near mint condition, compared to other bees sold in the past.

Lot 618: Dancing Monkey Head from Fantasmic! Sold for $2,500
This monkey head was used in the Hollywood Studios (Disney World) version of Fantasmic! The head appears to be in good condition, only some scratches on the mouth and snout. I had in mind bidding on this item, but I didn't. Mainly because I wanted to see the head in person before any type of bidding. I wasn't able to visit the gallery, so I never saw the head up close and personal.

The neon Monkey Head, pictured for auction. Credit

Lot 787: Maleficent Costume Headpiece. Sold for $950
A headpiece belonging to the Maleficent costume.

Lot 1031: "The Care and Feeding of the Disney Charterers" Manual. Sold for $350
A character costume manual used in Disney World during the 70's. This is a piece I would like to add to my costume collection. Sadly, I didn't bid on the item. That's a shame because I could have got it for a low price, unless the other person starts a bidding war.

The Character Manual (the one I want), pictured for the auction. Credit

Are we going to have a fifth Disneyland auction in Spring or Summer 2017? Who knows. If they do, I hope more costumes show up. If you want to know more about this Disneyland auction, you can visit icollector.com to view the lots and visit vegalleries.com to view the catalog and the released prices.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Getting Crushed: My Disney Character Audition Experience

About two weeks ago I attended my first Disney character audition and I want to share my experience.

I applied for the Spring 2017 Disney College Program (DCP); haven't herd if I got accepted or not. For the program I choose two main roles: character performer or character attendant. Shortly after I sent my online application and completed the online interview, I scheduled my phone interview with the DCP. My phone interview went great, it was about 20 minutes long. The Disney representative asked many questions about my work experience and what would I bring to the Disney Company. By the tone of the interview, I felt they want me to be a character attendant more than performer. The reason is because I'm fluent in Spanish, and the lady interviewing me was asking questions like "Are you willing to help guests who speak Spanish? Are you willing to wear an "I speak Spanish" label on your name badge?" I answered yes to all of those questions. Before the interview was over, the lady scheduled me for a character audition being held near where I live. In order to become a pefromer, you must go through an audition first. Regardless if your going to be a parade performer, a dancer or a meet-n-greet character.

The day of my audition came, I was ready to go. My hair was neatly combed, had my best workout clothes on, I was pumbed for the audition. It was a 40 minute drive from my home to the dance studio having the audition. On the way there, I was listening to relaxing music and to a motivational speaker. The audition website said that they would being at 10:30am and don't come any earlier than 9:30. I got to the dance studio at 9:32 and I was #71. Easily, there was more than 300 DCP applicants auditioning. When I walked into the dance floor I saw many young, talented girls whom where professional dancers. There were a handful of guys there, whom to were skilled at dancing. Before I go on, let me state that I'm not a dancer. I cant dance. I can perform, as a character in a fur suit, but I cant dance. I felt so puny compared to these young, brilliant dancers.

Because of the large amount of people present, the casting directors were taking in groups of (about) 60 people at the time. I was in the second batch of people to meet with the casting directors. When our group was called, we went in to a separate dance floor to meet with one of the casting directors and the choreographer. Before the choreographer started to show us the dance moves, the director gave us a pep-talk and told us what they are looking for in our performance that day. The main thing he was looking for was energy. Energy in our face and our performance. After that, the choreographer started showing us the dance moves. It was a simple dance routine, but for a non-dancing autistic kid like me, it was as she was speaking German. She only spend about five minutes showing us the routine. After that, we went in groups of four to perform the routine in front of the casting director. I was in the second group to perform. I bombed the routine. After everyone was done, the director was calling out who was picked to move on forward with the audition process. Needless to say I didn't get picked.

When the director didn't call my number, I almost started crying. I wasn't surprised because I knew I failed the dance routine. I was surprised to see that many guys auditioning got picked, when their dancing was great, but their facial expression was awful. I remember one guy in particular that rocked the dance routine, but his facial expression was scary looking. He was forcing a smile to the point where he look like the Joker. I was thinking to myself "there's no way he's going to get picked." He got picked. Why? Anyways, as I was exiting the dance floor, something happend. As I'm about to go through the door, the choreographer stopped me and held my hand. She was holding my hand and she said "Thank you for coming, thank you, you're brave for coming today!"

She must have seen something in me, something different. Her holding my hand and saying those words to me, was a powerful moment to me. She had sympathy over me and gave me some of her strength to move on forward. I left the dance studio and as I'm leaving the building, I could see the picked performers getting their picture taken, getting measured and filling out applications. Inside of me was crying "I should be in there right now!" A close friend of mine called me later that day asking me how my audition went. I told him the whole story, and he has auditioned to be a performer several times before, so he knows what I went through that day. He told me "Its such a crushing feeling when you don't get picked." I agreed with him, it was a very crushing experience.

I still have a chance at entering the program. Hopefully I'll be a character attendant. I'm slowly growing my performing skills, and I'll get better. I need to focus more on dancing and how to be more confident when performing in front of a director. Im not giving up, I'll keep trying and accomplish what I set my mind to.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Goofy Outfit and Mickey's Jacket

Apologies for the lack posts lately. I've been working my butt off with two different jobs and managing my personal life. I'm here and I want to start writing again.

First, I want to say thank you to all the readers and people that come across this site. Thank you for your comments and characters suggestions. Even if I don't reply, I have read the comment and taken into consideration your suggestions. Currently, I'm working on the Mad Hatter, hopefully I'll finish that one soon. Again, thank you for reading my blog.

A few months ago, I shared publicly my Disney costume collection. Since then, I have gained two great pieces to my collection. Before I talk about those pieces, I want to say that I never imagined getting to this point. The only piece I ever wanted was Mickey's gloves. The rest of the pieces I've received is because of pure blessing and the success of this blog.

My humble ensemble of character costumes, 2016

Before I started collecting, I mainly focused on puppetry and puppetry related activities. When I was 15, using my puppet building skills, I made a Mickey head. At this point, I still had my childhood passion for Disney, but I was focused on puppetry and decided to ignore my Disney passion. Sadly, I lost this head over time. I only made the head, I made no attempts to make the rest of the costume.

My Mickey head, made in March of 2011

Skip towards to 2014, when I purchased my pair of Mickey gloves. Later that year, I made an attempt at making a replica Minnie dress and bow. Keep in mind, this is before I obtained the authentic dress.

My replica Minnie dress and bow, January of 2015

My authentic Minnie dress, with the gloves, 2016

Shortly after posting on my blog about my costume collection, I've received two great pieces. I given the opportunity of purchasing Mickey's black jacket. The jacket is from 2009, either from Disneyland or Disney World. The tag doesn't say, but it was made in USA. The jacket is in excellent condition and has little to no wear and tear. I thank the seller for selling the jacket to me.

Mickey's jacket with the bowtie and gloves, 2016
(btw, I only have one pair of Mickey gloves)

In late May of this year, I was able to obtain an authentic Goofy outfit. I've owned a Goofy tuxedo outfit before, but not his traditional, classic outfit. I got a vintage orange shirt, a vest, his pants and suspenders. Using pieces from the tuxedo collection, I was able to finish the outfit. Only thing is that I have black Goofy shoes, not brown ones, and I'm missing the piece that gives Goofy his belly and, obviously, his head. Sadly, I'm a tad too short for Goofy, but I don't mind. It's an honor and a dream come true wearing this amazing costume, even though it doesn't fit me well.

Me posing af the goof, 2016

I don't know where is my collection going to take me next. I'm open for anything the universe wants to bring me. Hopefully this blog will help others who also love costumes. I honestly don't consider myself a collector, I just happen to have these pieces. There are some pieces that I would like to add to the collection; like Minnie's bow, shoes and bloomers, I'll take even her eyelashes! My goal with this collection is to eventually own an authentic Disney character head. Even if the head is badly aged damaged or missing a few pieces here and there. Head or no head, I enjoy having my collection.

"Gawrsh! Where's me head?"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vintage Donald Duck Shirt

This summer, Profiles in History is having an auction featuring some Disney items. Among those items is Lot 745, a vintage 70's Donald Duck costume shirt from Disneyland. The shirt is the one that Donald would wear at Disneyland from 1968 through 1978.

Here's the item description:
745. "Donald Duck" WALK-AROUND COSTUME ENSEMBLE FROM DISNEYLAND. (Disney, ca. 1960's) Costume ensemble consists of a small turquoise velour sailor-style jacket with a single silk faille strip at each cuff and along the border with a matching short cape attached along the shoulder, and a vintage cherry red velvet bow tie, attached at the neck to position across the jacket front closure This remind one of the earliest examples of a Disneyland Donald Duck walk-around costume known to exit. In park used very good condition. $3,000 - $5,000"

Profiles in History only included two pictures of the shirt, sadly. Also, they displayed the shirt the wrong way. You can see in the front the zipper and/or velcro. That is meant to be towards the back not the front. The listing does not show a Disneyland tag or label inside the costume. When collecting Disney costumes, the tag is very important and key. The starting bid is $3,000, which it might be a bit too much for a velvet shirt. Quick fact, on the 70's Disneyland costume manual, Donald's shirt is referred as a "midi-blouse" not as a shirt. The "cape" part of the shirt would be attached to the head's neck fabric. If I had a spare $3,000, I would buy it and add it to my growing Disney costume collection. But for way less money, I could make a replica one and it would look much nicer than this one.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mickey & Minnie Through the Years 1955- Present (UPDATE)

1955- 1959: The Ice Capades
Walt Disney opens Disneyland. For opening day Mr. Disney barrows costumes from The Ice Capades. The Ice Capades has been making Disney themed shows as early as 1950. Disney loved the idea of characters roaming the park and greeting people, so he decided to keep them around.

There's two versions of the Ice Capades Mickey and Minnie costumes; specially the heads. The first heads had large view points (spots where the performer can see out of) all over the face of Mickey and Minnie. These view points are excellent for the performer to skate around, but not so much to greet guests. The view points looked awkward and creepy. The next pair of heads removed the large view points, giving them a much cleaner look.

Version 1 of The Ice Capades Mickey and Minnie, 1955.

Version 2, with cleaner faces, credit

1959- 1961: The Bobble-Heads
Disneyland is celebrating it's 5th anniversary and they redesigned Mickey and Minnie. They designed Mickey and Minnie with large round heads, with a modified version of the previous one's clothes. I call them Bobble-Head Mickey and Minnie. These din't last long. Sometimes an Ice Capades Mickey will show up along an Bobble-Head Minnie, and vise versa. Awkward.

The Bobble Head couple. credit

Bobble Head Minnie along with Ice Capades Mickey. credit

1960- 1963: Big Head Mice
During this time, Disney eliminated any versions from the Ice Capades and created their own versions of the Disney assemble of characters. Many of the characters, including Mickey and Minnie, were designed with little bodies and big heads, giving them a cartoony feel. These costumes looked better that the previous versions, but they had a flaw. Their flaw was that the performer inside the costume could not interact with guests easily. The performer did not have easy control of the character's hands and that factor didn't add to the illusion of the character being alive. After noticing that, Mickey and Minnie were redesigned.

The Big Heads at Disneyland credit

1962- 1978: The Common Mickey & Minnie
Mickey and Minnie get a major makeover. The costumes were designed to resemble and fit a person. Both now has a rubber head with oval ears, covered with black rayon fur. Mickey spots black eye shadow to make his eyes stand out. His wardrobe was simple; black shoes, red pants, white vest and collar, black jacket and an orange bow tie. The performer would wear white marching band gloves for Mickey's hands. Minnie was designed and modeled after Mickey. Him and Minnie shared the same head mold and shape, but Minnie had added features like eyelashes, red lipstick and later, lavender eye shadow. She had some wardrobe changes through out this period (listed bellow.) Over the reign of Common Mickey, he had subtle changes; like his head getting a cleaner look over time, the buttons on his pants being removed and his bow tie would loose it's ribbons.

These versions of Mickey and Minnie wear used at Disneyland, Disney World and other official Disney events. These Mickey and Minnie costumes was used during the opening of Disney World in 1971.

While Disneyland and Disney World shared the same Mickey and Minnie costumes, there was a difference between the two parks. The Common Mickey and Minnie debuted with screen, mesh eyes with painted black pupils, which made their eyes look gray. This style of eyes was used at Disneyland until 1978. Even though Disney World used Mickey and Minnie with screen, mesh eyes, around 1973 Mickey and Minnie appeared with white painted eyes with dark lenses for pupils. Meaning the performer can eye out the pupils and the audience can't see in; like sunglasses. When it came time to update their costumes, they keep the Disney World style eyes for all the parks.

1964- 1969: Steamboat Minnie
Minnie didn't make many appearances, she mainly appeared on parades and special events. Her wardrobe was modeled after her early cartoon films. She wore a pink skirt matching collar and hat. She would appear with either a pink hat or a pink bow.

1968- 1974: Bootleg Mickey
There's little known facts about this particular Mickey. Mickey's head almost looks like a bootleg version, but they used as an "official" Mickey. This Mickey rarely appeared. He was used to celebrate Mickey's 40th birthday outside of Disneyland and to promote Disney World outside of the U.S.

1969- 1977: Yellow Dress Minnie
Minnie becomes a more frequent character and now wears a new outfit. She wears a yellow dress with a red bow around her waist and head. Her shoes were black single strap shoes with no heel. I love this version of Common Minnie.

1969- 1975: Disney on Parade Mickey and Minnie
Disney on Parade was a live show that toured around the world featuring Disney characters and stories. Mickey and Minnie appeared during these shows. Mickey would appearing wearing his traditional outfit, while Minnie had a different dress for each edition of the show. She would wear her yellow dress, a pink dress or a red shirt with yellow dots and shoes.

1976- 1978: Pre-Polka Dot Minnie
This version of Minnie is the predecessor of the next versions, so that's why I call her "Pre-Polka Dot Minnie." She now wears a red, polka dot dress with a matching top with a white collar. She starts wearing lavender eye shadow and wears a straw hat with polka dot trim and a flower. Sometimes she would wear a matching bow around her head.

French singer Douchka made a music videos with the Disney characters and Minnie was part of her repertoire. When Minnie appeared with her, she often appeared wearing this outfit. Although she sometimes she would wear a different bow, four fingered gloves and yellow shoes.

Walt Disney with Mickey and Friends, 1965. credit

Artistic rendition of Common Mickey, credit

A colorized version, by me, of Steamboat Minnie, 1969

Bootleg Mickey, ebay listing

Bootleg Mickey promoting Disney World in England. video link

Mickey and Yellow Dress Minnie, with gray eyes, Disneyland, 1970. credit

Mickey and Yellow Dress Minnie, with white eyes, Disney World, 1973. credit

The cast of Disney on Parade, 1971. Minnie wears a pink outfit

Sorcerer Mickey and Minnie on Disney on Parade, 1973.

Mickey and "Pre-Polka Dot" Minnie, 1977. credit

"Pre-Polka Dot" Minnie with a matching bow, Magic Kingdom

Minnie in a Douchka music video

1978- 1992: 80's Mickey & Minnie
With Mickey's 50th birthday around the corner, a big portion of the Disney charterers get a redesign, including Mickey and Minnie. They get a completely new wardrobe. Mickey gets new black mascot style shoes, red pants with big white buttons and a black ribbon on the side, new white shirt and vest, a new black jacket and a small yellow bow tie. Minnie has yellow mascot pumps, white exposed bloomers, red polka dot dress with matching bow. The fabric used for her dress was previously used for Practical Pig's bandanna. They now have four fingered gloves, with three black lines on the back of the gloves. Mickey and Minnie now have big round hips, giving them that cartoon feel. These versions Mickey and Minnie were used at Disneyland and Disney World until 1988. Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 with these versions and used them until 1992. Disney on Ice used these costumes from 1981 until 1990. Also these costumes were used for the groundbreaking of Euro Disneyland in 1988.

On a 1986 Disney World ad, Mickey winked at the camera. For this commercial, they used a modified Mickey head that was able to blink via a mechanism in the costume. By the looks of the commercial, he only winks on the right eye and doesn't fully blink. It's most likely that this winkin' Mickey was only used for commercials and special or private events.

80's Mickey and Minnie used the same heads as the previous version, but with a different finish to them and different fur. Although Mickey and Minnie share the same head shape, some heads were different. Some heads had different lower jaws and smiles. One head would have a wider smile with a pointy lower jaw and the other would have a wide smile with an almost swollen lower jaw. These different smiles and jaws was used in tandem with each other and both styles were used Mickey and Minnie; though Minnie would usually had the pointy lower jaw and Mickey had the swollen jaw.

I'm a huge fan of these versions of Mickey and Minnie and one day I wish to add them to my costume collection. Even though I'm not from their era and did not live to see them in person, I was able to see a 80's Mickey head on display at Van Eaton Galleries in person last year. That's close enough for me!

Mickey and Minnie with swollen lower jaws, 1981. credit

Comparison of the swollen and pointy lower jaws

Mickey and Minnie with pointy lower jaws, 1983. credit

Footage of Mickey winking, slowed down. video
Special thanks to Brandon for sending me the footage

Me and 80's Mickey Mouse, 2015

1987- Present: Nostalgic Mickey & Minnie
Mickey and Minnie get new style of heads. While both keeping their previous wardrobe, Mickey gets a new head modeled after the 80's one, with smaller facial features like: smaller eyebrows, eyes, tongue and widows peak. Also Mickey looses his black eye shadow. Minnie has a new head shape, unique to her (because she used to share the same head spade as Mickey.) She has even smaller facial features compared to Mickey. She has smaller nose, snout, smile, eyes, eyebrows and widows peak. Also, she now has new three pointed eyelashes, instead of the previous "rag doll" eyelashes. Minnie still has lavender eye shadow and red lipstick. Both Mickey and Minnie have round ears instead of oval ears; Mickey's ears are slightly larger than Minnie's. Subtle changes happened to them throughout time like: different four fingered gloves, eye focus and wardrobe modifications. These versions of Mickey and Minnie became the official costumes since their debut and are used where-ever they're required. Also these versions of Mickey and Minnie were used for the opening of Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland and makes them the only versions to have open two Disneyland theme parks.

I call these versions "Nostalgic" because of what they mean to me and to a lot of people. I grew up exposed to these versions trough Disneyland Fun, Disney on Ice and when I visited the Magic Kingdom as a kid. I love these versions and always said to myself "Mickey and Minnie will never change because they're perfect the way they are." When I see them, I think of my childhood and all those happy moments that I lived watching them. But for the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, Disney redesigned Mickey and Minnie. When I saw the new design, I almost cried. Not because the new design look bad, but because they got rid of something that was and is a part of me. To me, this is Mickey and Minnie, not the new designs. Call me silly, but I think everyone is over protective when it comes to the things they love. I was mad at first, but then I realized something. We are entering a new era of positive energy, love and light, everything around us is changing and transforming, like Mother Earth. Since we are in a new era, it makes since that Mickey and Minnie are transformed for the new era. Not only the new era, but a new generation that is being born. This future generation will grow up with New Mickey and Minnie like I did with the this ones. It's time to past down the torch and watch new Mickey and Minnie do their magic in this new era and generation like what these versions did to me.

Mickey and Minnie at Disney World, 1988. credit

Mickey and Minnie at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2016. credit

Me and Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom, 2005

Mickey & I at Epcot, 2017

Minnie & I at Epcot, 2017

2004- Present: Articulated Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie's heads have become articulated so the mouth can open and close and the eyes fully blink. Disney have been working on articulated versions since 1994. The first version of an articulated Mickey was in 1986, Winking Mickey (listed above.) In 1994, Mickey made an appearance in Disney World during a private event, debuting and testing this new technology. They officially debuted in 2004, they first appeared at Disney Live.

The articulated heads of Mickey and Minnie are modeled after their Nostalgic versions, with little alterations made like fixing the jaws so they can fully close. These heads are controlled by the performer wearing the costume. Two cables run from the character's head, one cable runs through one arm into the performer's hand and the other cable through the other arm. Each hand has a trigger on the index finger and controls either the mouth or the eyes.

These versions of Mickey and Minnie are always used on Disney Live, Disney Parks shows and, since 2010, they are heavily used on promotional events for the Disney U.S. theme Parks.

Articulated Mickey and Minnie, 2013. credit

Articulated Mickey and Minnie (notice the cable inside Minnie's arm) credit

Try to keep an eye on their fingers. video link

2010- Present: Robo Mickey
In 1994, Disney started working on a speech transformation system, patent. This system allowed to change and transform the performer's normal voice into Mickey's falsetto pitch. In 2010, Disney tested this new system with Mickey. Mickey would talk to guests and interact with them in a personal level, like Mickey would notice your princess shirt or say your name. I call this Mickey "Live Speech Mickey." Throughout more testing with Mickey, Disney has removed the speech transformation system and replaced it with pre-recorded lines. Now Mickey will talk with you, but only say generic lines like: hi-ya pal, great to see yah, oh boy, hot dog!, etc. I call this Mickey "Robo Mickey."

This version is similar to Articulated Mickey, but there's a difference. Articulated Mickey's facial features are controlled manually by the performer and Robo Mickey's facial features are not controlled by the performer. I'm guessing that his facial features are controlled via remote control. Robo Mickey is mainly used in Disney World at the Magic Kingdom as a meet and greet character. He is also used on stage shows at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.

In 2017, Robo versions of new Mickey and Minnie where to the parks. Old Robo Mickey was replaced by the new version at Magic Kingdom. At California Adventure, Robo versions of New Mickey, New Minnie and Donald appeared meeting guests.

To tell apart Robo Mickey from Articulated Mickey is simple. Look at his fingers. If you see Mickey hiding his hand gestures or wiggling his index finger while talking or blinking, then that's Articulated Mickey. But if Mickey is talking or blinking and his hands are still or the index finger isn't moving, then it's Robo Mickey. Also Articulated Mickey is mainly used for live appearances while Robo Mickey is for more controlled, closed environments, so he can be operated via remote control.

Robo Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, 2013. credit

First "Live Speech Mickey" testing, 2010. video link

Another "Live Speech Mickey" test, 2011. video link

One of many examples of prerecorded Robo Mickey, 2014. video link

Robo Mickey at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2015. credit

Old Robo Mickey & I taking a selfie, 2017

New Robo Mickey at Magic Kingdom, 2017. credit

Robo Donald, New Minnie and New Mickey at California Adventure, 2017. credit

Robo Donald, New Minnie and New Mickey greeting guests, video link

2016- Present: New Era (Shanghai) Mickey & Minnie
They say that good thing must come to an end. These new version of Mickey and Minnie replaced the current versions. They debuted on April of 2016 during a promotional event for Shanghai Disneyland. They look completely different than the previous ones. Mickey and Minnie have been remolded after their animated and cgi counterparts. Both of them have new heads. Mickey and Minnie have rounder faces with new smiles. Their dimples are rounder and indented more. Their lower lips are sticking out more exposing their new tongues. Both have new, smoother snouts and new noses, eliminating any wrinkles around snout. Both Mickey and Minnie share a similar new nose, giving Mickey a new nose and giving Minnie a bigger nose than before. Minnie lost her makeup, now she doesn't have the red lipstick or the lavender eye shadow. She still has her eyelashes. Both of their eyes are now taller and more oval shape, like their cartoon counterpart. Their ears appear to be the same as before. Minnie's head is slightly smaller than Mickey's.

They both have new wardrobe. Mickey wears an updated version of his iconic look. While his black jacket looks to be the same, but the rest changed. Both Mickey and Minnie have new gloves, with long and skinnier black lines on the back. Mickey's bowtie is now smaller and less firm than previous one. His new bowtie resembles the one he used to wear during the early 80's. His pants look saggier, they lost the black line running through the side and now have new oval buttons in the front. His vest and shirt have new, bigger buttons. His vest now only have one large button rather than three normal size ones. His shoes are now curved at the toe. Minnie's appearance completely changed. She has a new polka dot dress. Her new dress only has polka dots on the skirt and the sleeves, the top is plain red with a white doily-style collar and two small white buttons in front. She now wears a white ribbon with a bow around her waist. Her (head) bow is now larger and odd looking. The bow is meant to look a cartoon bow, but it gives her an award look. Her new bow resembles to the one she wear on the 80's. She has different bloomers with new, shorter trims. Her classic yellow pumps are no longer part of Minnie's attire. Minnie now wears the same shoe style as Daisy's shoes. They are yellow with small red bows on top.

On June 2016, at one of the opening ceremonies of Shanghai Disneyland, an articulated version of New Mickey appeared. New articulated Minnie debuted along side New Mickey at the Magic Kingdom's new castle show called "Mickey's Royal Friend Ship Faire." These new heads can blink and open and close their mouths. They work the same way as the previous articulated versions.

New Mickey and Minnie's debut at Shanghai Disneyland, 2016. credit

New Classic Mickey, 2016. credit

New Mickey & I at Disneyland, 2017

New Minnie Mouse, 2016. credit

New Minnie & I at Disneyland, 2017

Together at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2017. credit

Articulated Mickey and Minnie at "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire," 2016. credit

Articulated Mickey and Minnie at "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire," 2016. credit

What do you think of the new design of Mickey and Minnie?