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Iconic Partners Statue at Disneyland Restored

By Tom Hartley, ThemeParkShark.com Editor and Co-founder

Updated 4:54 AM EDT, Thu November 19, 2020


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Photo of the Partners statue taken at its original unveiling on Nov. 18, 1993, at the hub in Disneyland park to commemorate Mickey’s 65th birthday.

Disneyland Resort has announced that they will be restoring their iconic ‘Partners’ statue following a recent refurbishment.

In an official announcement on the Disney Parks blog, Michael Ramirez – Public Relations Director at the resort said that the statue “in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park has been restored to its original grandeur”.

“The beloved Partners statue, created by famed Disney sculptor Blaine Gibson, features Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.”

“The photo above left was taken at its original unveiling on Nov. 18, 1993, at the hub in Disneyland park to commemorate Mickey’s 65th birthday.” 

“Over time, the bronze had oxidized, and because of the applied patina, acrylic polymer and wax, it required a more intensive process than just a simple cleaning or polishing.”

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“Over four days, an artisan utilized a process using crushed walnut shells to gently strip the figure down to the bare bronze.”

“After cleaning, various chemicals were applied and heated with a blowtorch to create a reaction and fuse with the bronze. The figure was coated in a polymer to protect the patina, then coated with a very thin layer of wax.”

“Guests visiting the Downtown Disney District’s extension into Buena Vista Street will have an opportunity to see the Storytellers statue, which has also been restored.”

“This statue features a 1920s-era Walt in a fedora and traveling attire­ — just off the train from Missouri and ready to realize his dreams with his pal, Mickey.”

“Happy birthday to the duo who started it all 92 years ago today — Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse!”


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Tom Hartley

Tom is a theme park fanatic hailing all the way across the pond in the United Kingdom.

After visiting and experiencing everything that the theme park's offer in the UK, he has concluded his favourite to be Alton Towers located in Staffordshire.

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