History 101: A Look Back at WDW Characters with Postcards

Sometimes we may not notice or at least forget some of the changes that have happened over the years. This can be especially true with place like Walt Disney World where so much is happening and changing every day! And the characters are no exception.

But there is a way to look back and find the little things that have changed, such as looking at old post cards. Which we are going to do now. To begin, let’s have a look at the fairest of them all, Snow White, and of course her seven faithful friends:

“Hi-Ho!” “Hi-Ho!”

From the back of the card: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Doc – greet guests in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.”

That was ‘then’, let’s have a look at ‘now’:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

From the back of the card: “Snow White radiates love and laughter to all she greets. And her faithful companions – Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, and Dopey – are never far behind.”

Apart from the better staging of the shot, we can see that the later image shows better color for the character costumes. The Dwarfs have slightly smaller heads which makes it easier to see their bodies/clothing. This difference is most evident with Dopey who looks much better in the later image.

Even Micky himself underwent a change in body image:

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom

From the back of the card: “Walt Disney World’s First Citizen, Mickey Mouse personally greets visitors to the MAGIC KINGDOM and towering CINDERELLA CASTLE.”

Again, the main difference we see between the images is photo quality. And like the Snow White images, Mickey is photographed in a slightly different location, as we will see.

That was ‘then’, let’s have a look at ‘now’:


From the back of the card: “Mickey Mouse has been the beloved symbol of Disney entertainment for more than a half-century. Each day, he welcomes Magic Kingdom guests with plenty of “Mouse-ka-cheer.”

First we see Mickey has put on a few pounds to appear more rounded and friendly, and we could say more mouse-like. He is also shorter. Also notice his pose. In the second image he is adopting a more inviting stance, with arms out for a hug!

Other differences: Ears; bowtie; gloves; and buttons on the pants.

Mickey looks different in the present ‘now’ as we see all Disney characters seem to continue to go through changes over the years. Which is your favorite look between the ‘then’ and ‘now’ versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Mickey Mouse depicted here?

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2 Responses to History 101: A Look Back at WDW Characters with Postcards

  1. Karen Beatens says:

    I like the more recent pic of Mickey—he looks cuter and way more cuddly!

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