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PHOTOS: New Vintage Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Limited Release MagicBand Debuts at Walt Disney World

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This week is a very special week for Disney fans as December 5th marks the birthday of Walt Disney, and we’re always looking for ways to honor and celebrate the man (and mouse) who started it all. Today, a new Limited Release MagicBand has arrived on the shelves, and we’re loving its classic, quirky design.

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The all-white band features Walt Disney on one end and another end dotted with vintage Mickey Mouse plush.

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I love this photo of Walt Disney, smiling happily as he’s surrounded by some of the earliest designs of Mickey Mouse plush. My only gripe here is that if you remove the outer layer of the band to make it smaller, you will remove part of the design.

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Here you see the slightly creepy Mickey plush on the other end of the plush. According to D23, the first design was actually created by a seamstress named Charlotte Clark in the early 1930s:

“A successful example of a Mickey Mouse doll had already been created by an enterprising seamstress in Los Angeles, Charlotte Clark (née Carolyn Geis), who in January 1930 had asked her then 16-year-old nephew and aspiring young artist, Bob Clampett, to come up with sketches of Mickey Mouse on which she could base her doll design. Not having any reference material handy, Bob grabbed his sketch pad and went to the Alexander Theater in Glendale, California, to sketch Mickey in action from one of the Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts being screened there. Charlotte and Bob created the first doll, and on the advice of Bob’s father, sought the approval from Walt and Roy to produce and sell their Mickey Mouse doll creations. Not only were the Disney brothers pleased with Charlotte Clark’s doll, they set it as the standard against which all subsequent Mickey Mouse dolls were soon to be measured.”

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The band retails for $29.99. We found it at The Darkroom in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but you can also get it online via shopDisney.

How will you be celebrating Walt’s birthday this week? Let us know in the comments.