by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
“Good Morning America” personalities Sam Champion and Ginger Zee joined Mickey on the Castle Forecourt stage, with Mickey debuting his new celebration outfit inside Magic Kingdom Park for the very first time. Ginger then introduced a surprise planned for Mickey Mouse by none other than Minnie Mouse, herself: a special gathering of all their pals at the park.
A whopping total of 90 Disney characters then flooded in through Cinderella Castle to surprise Mickey to the tune of the new song, “It’s a Good Time.” Check out the video above to watch this historic moment.
Also joining in on the celebration was Disney super fan Patrice Jenkins, whom “Good Morning America” had selected to accompany Ginger on a whirlwind trip to visit all six Disney theme park resorts around the world. The duo completed their journey arriving at Magic Kingdom Park, crossing the finish line for their epic journey on Main Street, U.S.A., just prior to Mickey’s celebration today.
Patrice, a longtime Disney fan and teacher from Chicago, held back tears as she described what the opportunity meant to her. Check out the video above to hear what Patrice and Ginger both had to say about their Disney travels.