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How the Mickey and Minnie costumes changed over the years in Disney parks and at various other Disney-related events and locations.

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November 1934 The early original Mickey and Minnie costumes from the November 1934 issue of The Oakland Tribune.
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December 21, 1937 The Mickey and Minnie costumes from the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle in Los Angeles. The way the costumes were set up (black leotards with shorts and gloves, fabric masks) resembled the ways Mickey and Minnie were sold as stuffed plush toys.
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1950-1955 In 1950, Mickey and Minnie appeared in the "Walt Disney's Toy Shop" segment of Ice Capades of 1950. Five years later, Disneyland opened. However, Walt Disney did not have the Disney characters as they're known today readily available, so he borrowed those from the Ice Capades. The heads of these costumes had large view points (spots where the performer can see out of) all over the faces of Mickey and Minnie. These holes were necessary for the skaters' vision, but they made the costumes look rather awful.
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1958 The Ice Capades Mickey and Minnie costumes were slightly modified with improved, more presentable heads, and a bow on Minnie. Otherwise, little about them was changed.
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1959 For Disneyland's fourth anniversary, the Ice Capades head design of Mickey and Minnie were replaced by more cartoon-like heads. The leotards and shorts of the latter design remained, however.
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1960-1962 These Mickey and Minnie costumes had even larger heads. They even wore hats. Also, Mickey had yellow shoes, while Minnie had green shoes.
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1962-1978 Mickey and Minnie received major overhauls to their designs. Mickey wore an orange bow-tie tuxedo and pants without buttons, Minnie wore a red bow, yellow dress and red lipstick. Both of them had five-fingered gloves. Walt Disney personally hand-picked a four-foot-six Ice Capaades performer named Paul Castle to play Mickey, which set the standard of shorter performers playing these characters in the years since, giving them more appropriate height so as to interact better with kids. These costumes were the earliest versions of the look of the characters that they evolved into in the years since.
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1978-1992 The Mickey and Minnie costumes seen from the 1970s up to 1988 but retired at Tokyo Disneyland in 1992. As for Mickey, he now has a yellow-bow tuxedo and red pants with buttons and hips become rounder. And as for Minnie, she now has red and white-spotted attire and yellow shoes. Their gloves are now four-fingered. These costumes were also used for live appearances (such as Disney Educational Videos and Disney on Ice).
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September 20, 1987-present The (first of two) current Mickey and Minnie costumes. Their heads are rounder, and their eyes are smaller. They were first seen in September 20, 1987 at Walt Disney World, but they were not officially used until 1988. Even then, Disneyland did not officially use these costumes until late 1988. Tokyo Disneyland got them in 1990 during the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade but were not officially used until 1992. These heads were discontinued in Disneyland in California by September 5, 2016, and Hong Kong and Paris by early 2017, but are still seen in Walt Disney World in Florida (and slowly used in tandem with the next versions), Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, most Disney on Ice touring shows, and used for live appearances outside the parks.
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2006-present These articulated versions of Mickey and Minnie debuted at Disney Live's Mickey's Magic Show in 2006 and then in Dream Along With Mickey later that year.
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April 16, 2016-present As part of Shanghai Disneyland's upcoming debut at the time, Mickey and Minnie's faces were given makeovers. Their eyes become taller and pull a bit closer to one another, their bottom lips are rounder, and their gloves have thinner and longer lines. Mickey's outfit gets a slight makeover with a smaller yellow bow and his pants leaving out the black lines and having slightly oval buttons. Also, his shoes are made out of rubber and curved at the front. Minnie no longer has make-up, and the white spots on her dress are now on her skirt. She now has pumpy sleeves, and her iconic bow is slightly bigger and floppier. Her bodice on the dress now consists of two white buttons and a white flower-shaped collar. Her pumps now have larger holes and red bows.

They debuted at Disney Cruise Line on August 2016, and then Disneyland on September 6, 2016 after its Diamond Celebration ended. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom got them starting in Christmas 2016 for parades, some promotional material, and limited meet-n-greets. They debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland in January of 2017, at Disneyland Paris in April of that year as part of its 25th anniversary (but were introduced earlier in the resort's commercial in November 2016), and Disney on Ice, starting with the second version of Dare to Dream in late September 2017.

They have yet to be introduced officially at Tokyo Disney Resort, however.

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2013 This Mickey costume, based on the 1962 design, as used in Saving Mr. Banks
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June 16, 2016 Mickey gets a new articulated head for the first time in Shanghai Disneyland during the opening night of the park.
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June 17, 2016-present Mickey and Minnie as they appear in Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire. This marks the debut of the "Shanghai Disneyland" Mickey and Minnie at Walt Disney World. Currently, this is the only place at Walt Disney World that they are used; other shows and meet-and-greets still use the 1987 heads and variants thereof. It is unknown if these versions will be used in the Disney Live! touring shows.
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July 2, 2016-present Mickey as he appears in Mickey and the Magician. This marks the debut of Mickey's new look at Disneyland Paris. It is also the debut of an articulated head in the Europe park.

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