This week, back in 1995, the Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World was unveiled. The statue pays tribute to Walt Disney and his ‘partner’, Mickey Mouse!
There are many stories as to the meaning behind the statue – Walt is pointing at the future; Walt is pointing at his brother Roy telling him to carry on with the Disney vision; Walt is telling Mickey to look at all the happy people coming to visit Disney World – the stories and rumours are endless.
A similar statue was unveiled in Disneyland earlier on November 18, 1993 (Mickey’s official birthday) and the sculptor Blaine Gibson, told media the meaning behind the statue is Walt telling Mickey “Look what we’ve accomplished together“.
One other interesting fact: The hand hold between Mickey and Walt is based on the scene in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia, where Mickey shakes the hand of composer Leopold Stokowski.
I personally, like the idea that Walt is pointing at the crowd telling Mickey to look at all the happy people coming to visit Disney World. To me, just the way he is gesturing his arm is like he is waving at visitors and welcoming them into his dream.
So what do you think the statue depicts?