Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

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Updated for 2017!

Gather the kids around your kitchen table and get ready for a Disney-inspired craft. What supplies do you need? Some craft paints and a $1 craft/picture frame from Michael’s Craft Store. Google images is swamped with photos and clip art of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When I paint these inexpensive frames, I pick an image I feel like I can fairly easily reproduce. As you will see from my photos, I am certainly not an artist. I never took a single art class, and as a high school teacher, when I draw anything on the board, students laugh, and not because what I drew was funny on purpose.

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Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft copy

Updated for 2016!

I sure love Disney them park picture frames, but I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t purchase many because they are all priced over $20, and if memory serves, some float up into the $40 range. That’s really not a tremendous amount of money to pay for a souvenir, especially in a fantasyland of gifts that can leap into the thousands, but I’m always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative.

Are you looking for a fun family craft? Head down to the Wal-mart craft section, Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby and check out the unpainted wooden picture frames. My personal preference is Wal-mart, because most of the frames I buy there are $1. Seriously…wooden picture frames for one dollar.

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I like to use a light sandpaper on the edges of the frame, because inexpensive wood frames don’t aways have the smoothest edges.

I’m a pretty good crafter, but I am not all that original. I’ve found the best place to find ideas for painting is Google images.

This frame didn’t look all that hard to replicate, with just straight lines and circles, so I traced out what I wanted. I used quarters to make the yellow button circles, and the quarter and a Chapstick top for the Mickey head circles at the top of the frame.

Mickey Mouse craft ideas

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Deciding that painting ultra-thin circles with a brush would be really difficult, I used fabric paint in the little squeeze bottles. They may not be completely circular up close, but they are pretty close to circular from a distance.

Fabric paint dries just as well on wood as it would on fabric, in fact maybe even better since it’s a completely flat and less movable surface.

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And the final product.

Mickey Mouse picture frame

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Everything Mickey-themed uses black, red, and yellow, which you notice quickly when you search Google images.

mickey mouse craft ideas

I bought this wooden Christmas ornament from Michael’s, usually priced at $4.99 but was marked at half off after Christmas, and so it ended up being around $2.50. And in keeping with the Mickey colors, I started painting.

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I used two wooden circles I had saved (my husband said translate this as hoarded) from some project at one time or another and painted them black. You can guess where this is headed.

Mickey Mouse picture frame

This is the final product, which I believe would have looked completely different with a Christmas color scheme and no extra black circles. It would have looked way…less…Mickey. 

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When you Google Minnie Mouse, you get a lot of red and pink images.

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I drew out the next two frames, one inspired by Mickey and one by Minnie, and then just added the pink bow to the traditional Mickey color scheme. It looks red with my camera phone, but I pinky swear the bow is truly pink.

I realize that Mickey’s buttons should be more oval that round, but oval is tough to reproduce and circular is not when you use an object to trace. I and a big-time tracer. 

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Now add some color. Did I mention that bow is really pink?! It really is.

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I filled in the colored circles with fabric paint, because this gave the frame a raised texture. You could always use regular paint.

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And then I tried to step it up a bit. This picture looked more difficult than anything I finished before it.

Mickey Mouse Andy Warhol

I use a Mac laptop, and I made the size smaller and actually traced the shape off the screen. Then I traced it onto the frame, making a few adjustments before I went any further.

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Mickey Mouse picture frame

Then I just started filling in the drawing with paint. I always work my way from the outside in. Mickey’s face is often a flesh color or white, and I decided this looked better in white like the original.

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Instead of a plain red background, I added some lines of brown and yellow paint in for a streaked look. I mixed those colors with red so it blended in.

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I outlined the Mickey face with the fabric paint, and in places where it was bit blobby or too wide, I just went back and edged it with white paint.

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft

The cost…

For the three wooden frames pictures above, I am almost certain I paid $1 for each one. I had a full box of paint and paint brushes to work with already, so that didn’t cost me anything extra. But what if you have none of that and have to purchase paint and brushes? I would say budget $10-15.

Any paint supplies you have left will be available for use with your next arts and crafts project. I did a lot of crafts when my children were younger, so some of these bottles and containers of paints were over 10 years old. I gave the fabric paint a good shake, and some of the regular paints needed some extra water added. Most of these paints then worked just fine after 8 – 10 years. I would therefore say my paints were a good investment for my money.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the crafts section, picking out frames and red & black paint.

 

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Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Mickey Mouse Decorating on a Cheapskate Princess Budget!

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Updated for 2016!

Sometimes people love Disney so much, they run around with Mickey Mouse purses, sporting jewelry and t-shirts for everyone to see. Others get tattoos of characters and Cinderella Castle, while they rattle off famous Walt Disney quotes. And then there are those who decorate their homes with a Disney flair. Given that Disney World is such a visual place, and most of us spend so little time there throughout the year, decorating a room with a Disney theme could be one of your best options to keep that vacation feeling alive after you return from your trip. And what’s more Disney-iconic than Mickey Mouse.

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We’ve been searching the Internet high and low for images of cool Disney -specifically Mickey- decorating ideas. If there is a chance you can re-create this look in your home for less than a fortune, we’ll throw in our cheapskate pointers. We can’t live in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom, in fact most of us will only see it in photos. But the only thing to stop you from creating your own personal Mickey themed suite is a budget and your imagination. And maybe a spouse or two, but you are on your own with that one!

The Bedroomist.com had this Mickey and Minnie bedspread, not for sale, but just as an example of a Disney bedroom. White curtains, white lamp and accessories, and Mickey cartoons above the headboard tie the room in together. The feature here is the Mickey bedspread. Every now and then, Google “Disney bedspread” to see if anything new has come on the market. We’ll give you some eBay ideas later on.

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This fireplace photo was pinned on Pinterest, with no location of original origin. If you’ve seen it on a website, leave me the address so I can give them credit. Unless you have welding and metal-cutting tools hanging around to accompany your metal works skills, this fireplace screen will be out of your decorating reach. However, red and white candles are easy to collect and not that expensive, which would look great next to a Mickey statue or vase on the fireplace hearth.

Shop for candles after Christmas sales when red items are frequently on sale…

Mickey Mouse Disney fire screen

Kidsomania.com posted this photo of a room that would be fairly easy to replicate. They listed Pinterest as the photo source. Take a Mickey or favorite Disney image and have it printed in a large size. Attach that to wood backing or picture frames, and there you go… instant Disney art at a Discount price.

Notice the black and white color scheme; you can pick up black and white bottles from stores like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond most any day. The dash of red gives it that Mickey flair.

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This photo from dekoidea.com shows an easy idea that you could pull off with a simplistic red couch and some black pillows. The Mickey head artwork could be replicated by hand, once you create a stencil and buy some black (and why not red!) paint. If straight lines are not your forte, go with swirls and polka dots.

Mickey Mouse disney themed living room ideas

Found on jin.jcic.or.jp, the photo of this Mickey themed room has been floating around Pinterest for years. I can’t seem to track down the original creator. If the headboard would be too difficult to re-create in wood or plastic, allowing for the soft yellow lighting behind the black head, then you could just paint on the wall. While the ability to paint is an invaluable skill, paint itself is relatively cheap.

Throw in some yellow pillows, red curtains and blankets, and just imagine this as a child’s bedroom or a guest room. The stainless steel lamps add a nice modernistic touch.

Mickey Mouse bedroom

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In what may be the coolest Disney rooms ever Imagineered…

The Disneyland Hotel offers five different Signature Suites located on the 11th floor of the Adventure Tower at the Disneyland Hotel, with special Disney themes and décor. Stay and play as a pirate, a princess, a miner or an explorer, or experience the ultimate VIP Disney experience in the grand Mickey Mouse Penthouse. Depending on the time of year you visit, these suites cost thousands of dollars per night. And that’s why I’m stuck looking at images instead of unpacking my bags. 

The Mickey Mouse Penthouse offers spectacular views of the 500-acre resort, overlooking Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District. To view these masterpieces of architecture, there are floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere. Pay attention to the use and color of drapes in these photos. Stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wal-mart, not to mention all sorts of Internet stores, carry drapes, which can have a dramatic impact on a room.   

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The penthouse makes full use of “Mickey’s” signature colors of black, white, red and yellow. They seem to have integrated every one of those colors in the rug alone. Don’t have the cash to buy a floor decoration like this one? Try Lowe’s – they have all sorts of large area rugs in a multitude of colors.

Rooms to Go and Badcock Furniture come to mind as furnishing retailers that carry leather living room pieces with clean lines and no fluff. These leather chairs and the ottoman are simple and non-fussy, just like Mickey. There is a gray sofa (black and white check?) in the photo above, because gray is a color that works nicely with the “Mickey’s signature colors,” especially when paired with stainless steel. All the dark wood is fabulously expensive looking!

You’ll need some art skill to re-create the Mickey drawings on the wall behind the desk. Photos and sketches from the Disney library are prominently displayed in the Disneyland Mickey Mouse Penthouse suite, featuring images of Walt and Mickey rarely seen by the public. You may not have those art skills, but you could easily frame some Disney or Mickey posters, and all it takes is cash for that. Try Hobby Lobby for large photo frames in dark wood colors.

Notice the Mickey themed accessories in every section of the bookshelves.

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In case you were curious, the 1,600 square feet suite has an open living room, dining and kitchen area, two bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms. There are classic Mickey Mouse images and three-dimensional Mickey artwork everywhere you turn. Plus an amazing blue Mickey-shaped ceiling light!

The formal dining area seats eight guests, and while you probably cannot replicate the dining room chairs with Mickey drawings, try Rooms to Go for dining furniture. Red curtains and a white and red light fixture should be easy accessories to acquire.

The bar areas uses more of the dark wood and yellow leather seating. Notice how circles of differing sizes could be used to decorate the walls, if Mickey heads are hard to acquire.

Mickey Mouse themed dining room

Mickey Mouse dining room and bar

Mickey Mouse bar

I know you noticed the Mickey phone and that great Mickey statue…be thinking eBay here.

This bedroom uses red and yellow walls, red and black carpet, and more shelving for Mickey accessories. The plush dolls you bought the children and they outgrew?  Well, these would make great accessories for a future Mickey themed guest room. Grandkids would simply love this!

Disney bedroom ideas
I have added just one photo of the Mickey penthouse bathrooms. They use the same signature Mickey colors, and Wal-Mart and Target frequently have Disney themed bathroom accessories at very reasonable prices, from garbage cans to shower curtains.

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Now let’s take a look at some more of the more close up images from the The Disneyland Hotel Mickey Mouse Penthouse suite.

You’ll need the help of a carpenter to imitate this ceiling lighting, a pretty good one at that, but wow wee, but what an effect!

Disney children's room decorating and lighting

In many of the bookcase nooks and crannies, you’ll spot Mickey statues. These are pricey in stores at Downtown Disney like the Art of Disney store. You can find smaller versions at your local Hallmark, and as with any Disney merchandise, do some searching on eBay for vintage finds and bargains.

Red, yellow, or black pottery should be much easier to locate at stores ranging from Wal-mart to Hobby Lobby. If you are like me, good luck keeping that plant alive!

Mickey Mouse statue for a child's room

This vase would be easy to recreate, as well as mimicking the red flowers. New Mickey themed books can be found in  all sorts of book stores, online retailers, and even occasionally at second-hand stores like Goodwill.

how to decorate a Mickey Mouse room

Stainless Steel lamps add a modern touch. Again those Disney books would be easy to find, although finding them cheap may take some work and a patient attitude.

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The Mickey Mouse Penthouse truly demonstrates the excellent use of the classic Mickey color scheme, integrating accessories and dark furniture. Red and yellow walls, black and red carpet, black or stainless steel furniture accentuated by framed Mickey artwork. While this particular bedspread may be hard to come by, white or gray bedding would be relatively easy to find, perked up with Mickey-colors throw pillows. 

how to decorate a Mickey Mouse room

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This bedroom design would be fabulous for the older teen that will still allow you some flexibility in decorating their room. When they head off to college, jobs or wherever life takes them, the transition to guest rom will take no time at all. Throw in dark frames around the artwork, a dark wood headboard featuring red leather, and a black lamp with a beige shade.

The bedding here is red and black without a hint of a Mickey face, drawing your eye in with white and red accent pillows. The drapes are plaid, which would not be too hard to find in stores from time to time. The carpet here is beige, as is the dust ruffle on the bed, with circles easier to find than Mickey heads obviously.

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And that simple red chair, accented from behind with a full body Mickey silhouette, which was painted on a closet door. Do you know a teacher? Ask if they have a projector you can borrow for the weekend. You could knock that out in an hour given a background to fill in.

Mickey Mouse guest bedroom

Bedding is going to make a huge difference in the look of your room.

Found on esivi.com, this double twin bedroom is quite simplistic in its nature, and what catches your eye are the bedspreads. You may not be able to reproduce the Mickey painting on the wall, or is that a sticker? But the Mickey artwork would be a simple find, with red and white walls and dark furniture.

cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse bedding

Bhousedesain.com offered this photo for the Disney sports fan, combining two loves into one, while perhaps appealing more to the boys in your home.

Mickey Mouse baseball room

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On the day I searched, eBay had over 500 Mickey phones for sale, ranging in price from $30 to $100, some in working order and some not.

ebay Mickey Mouse phone

That day there certainly was no shortage of Mickey themed wall clocks.

Mickey Mouse clock for Disney decorating

EBay search “Mickey Mouse statue,” and you will find all sizes and prices, ranging from 2 inch and under $20 to statues over $350. Just because it says “yard statue” doesn’t mean it has to be placed outdoors.

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Speaking of finding that just-right bedding, try searching “Mickey Mouse bedspread” on eBay. This twin set was $65.00 with free shipping.

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This Disney Mickey Mouse/Minnie Duvet Cover in a twin size comes with a fitted sheet and a pillow case. This set was listed for $110 with free shipping on a “Buy It Now” option.

Mickey Minnie douvet cover

Wow, when I finished looking through all these photos, I immediately wanted to paint my bedroom wall red.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you “borrowing” the Mickey dolls from your kid’s rooms, relocating them to the bookcase in the living room.

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Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Walt Disney World Souvenir Tips: The Original Classic Souvenir

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Updated for 2017!

The one thing everyone is wearing these days at Walt Disney World? Mickey Mouse ears, in some form or fashion. If a trip to Walt Disney World is referred to as “a rite of passage for American children” in today’s society, then the Mickey Mouse Ears hat is definitely the badge of honor. Look all over any park, and it almost seems like the hat-less are in the minority. Ear hats are this year’s must have vacation item, and probably every other year as well, and it’s certain to be on your princess’  list. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Disney World Souvenir? The Mickey Mouse Doll!

Mickey Mouse doll origins

Updated for 2017!

I remember two specific merchandising items from my days spent in the 70s and 80s in the Disney theme parks: the Mickey Mouse ears hat and the Mickey Mouse doll. I wanted both so much, I could hardly stand it. We’ve all stood in Disney World gift shop after gift shop lined with plush Mickey dolls, but have you ever stopped to wonder how these dolls originally came to be?

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Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character developed in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studio.  Mickey usually appears in red shorts, white gloves, and yellow shoes. He has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters ever created. Starting in 1930, kids were able to take a little bit of Mickey love home with them.

A website called skooldays.com reports that Charlotte Clark designed the first stuffed Mickey doll that year, and the first Mickey Mouse Book took him into the publishing world around the same time.

Charlotte Clark dolls

Wikipedia reports Charlotte Clark obtained permission from the Disney Studio to re-produce Mickey Mouse, and soon the dolls began appearing in Los Angeles stores. When the demand for dolls exceeded her production ability, Clark designed sewing patterns so that customers could make their own dolls at home.

Can you imagine buying a pattern to sew your own Disney dolls today?

Walt and Roy Disney were apparently so pleased with Charlotte’s Mickey Mouse doll that they rented a building on Hyperion Avenue near the studio, which they titled “the Doll House.” Here Charlotte and six other seamstresses produced 300 to 400 dolls per week, with these first production dolls rubber stamp on the underside of the doll’s foot: “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Design Patent Applied For.”

Read: What to Do with All Those Disney World Key Chains? Put Them on a Tree!

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Wikipedia further tells us that Charlotte Clark continued to hand craft dolls personally for Disney, which he have away as gifts to friends, family and business contacts. These dolls often included a personalized embroidered label that reads, “A Charlotte Clark creation made especially for Walt Disney, copyright W.D.Productions.”

Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse dolls

The first dolls created, Mickey, Donald, and Pluto, were eight to ten inches in height. Charlotte also produced other prototype dolls for Walt Disney including a 16 inch Pinoccio doll in 1939. All these dolls showcase Charlotte’s signature sewing craftsmanship, labels, original patterns.

Materials for these early dolls included a cotton fabric face with felt sculptured shapes, a black floss embroidery mouth and facial expressions. Oilcloth pie-cut eyes were applied, as were tiny buttons, pin-stripped miniature corduroy clothes, cotton- felt hands, feet or shoes, silk-satin embellishments and hand-sewn seams.

How much money has Mickey earned for Disney through the years? Billions, so much in fact, that schooldays.com reminds us the term “Disneyana” was coined just to describe the massive amounts of Mickey and Disney merchandise that have been purchased since the 30s.

 Read: Why Mickey Mouse is a Modern Symbol of Financial Success

Modern Micket Mouse dolls at Disney World

What are the 2017 going rates for Mickey Mouse dolls for sale in the mass of fantastic stores at Walt Disney World? Remember prices change without notice, but here are a price samples to base your souvenir budgets on.

9 inch mini Mickey bean bag $9.95

12 inch Mickey $14.95

18 inch Mickey $19.95

27 inch Mickey doll $39.95

Read – Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

cost of Mickey and Minnie dolls at Disney World

Souvenirs are a big part of vacations these days, and now you know what’s a big favorite, featured in gift shops throughout Disney property.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Mickey Mouse: Today’s Modern Symbol of Financial Success

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Updated for 2017!

Most people familiar with the success of Walt Disney will recognize one of his most famous quotes, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started with a mouse.” Let’s take a Cheapskate Princess look at the history of Mickey and see how he has become a symbol of financial independence and success over 100 years after Walt Disney was born.

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Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character developed in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studio.  Mickey usually appears in red shorts, white gloves, and yellow shoes. He has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters ever created.

Mickey debuted in November 1928 in the cartoon Steamboat Willie after he appeared in a test screening earlier that year. He went on to appear in over 130 films including some of the most well-known titles like The Band Concert, Brave Little Tailor, and Fantasia. Nine Mickey Mouse cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, with the film Lend A Paw winning the award in 1942. Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

Beginning in 1930, Mickey was featured as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, which ran for 45 years, was drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson. Mickey appeared in comic books, and he had a television series from 1955 to 1996 called The Mickey Mouse Club. He now appears in video games, tons of merchandising, and you can meet him “in person” at the Disney theme parks.

Read: Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

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Walt Disney said of his most popular character, “Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. He popped out of my mind onto  a drawing twenty years ago on a train ride to Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels.”

So in 1930, Mickey turned out to be a symbol of independence for Walt Disney, his family, and the people who worked both with and for him. And today, visiting “the House of Mouse,” “the House that Mickey Built,” in sunny Orlando is easily now a sign of independence and financial success for thousands of people world-wide every year.

Read: Life Lessons With a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Be Appreciative

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Think about the people who can afford Disney vacations. While many have saved for months, some saving for years, to make it to Disney, just taking a vacation in Orlando is a symbol of financial independence. You have made it to the place many people only dream of visiting, and that’s a real accomplishment given the cost.  Taking a Disney vacation is a sign that you are financially successful, even if you have to pay off part of that vacation on your Disney Visa when you return from vacation. You went to Disney; you’ve made it. You are successful.

For many American families, a trip to Walt Disney World has become known as “a childhood rite of passage.” That rite of passage comes with a pretty steep price, and it seems to get more expensive every year. The face of that passage? Mickey Mouse, of course. You’ll probably see his face when you look at your Disney Visa card.

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What’s the problem with “making it” to Orlando? Well, you’ll want to go back…

Keep reading Cheapskate Princess, because we want to help you get there without spending a fortune. You’ll need to buy a t-shirt while you’re there, because your shirt – along with the selfie you post on the Internet of you wearing it- is the physical symbol of your success, like a trophy…

Read: Save Money on Disney World T-Shirts by Making Your Own!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you, standing independently in line for Space Mountain. If you’ve ever checked your credit card balance on your cell phone in line at a Disney theme park, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

 

 

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