Theme Park Steamboat Willie 24″ Knitted Plush

Steamboat Willie was released on November 18, 1928, and is the first on-screen appearance of Mickey Mouse. This date is now used for his ‘birthday’. For an exhaustive review of the Short itself, you can check out a post over at Disney Wiki. You’ll learn more than you ever thought there was to know!

While the Sorcerer’s Apprentice character gets more coverage for Mickey, Willie is definitely one of his most iconic roles! Merchandise appears from time to time but not as often as we may like. However, this Theme Park Steamboat Willie 24″ knitted plush definitely ranks as one of the best pieces of Mickey memorabilia out there:

A plush is a plush is a plush, right? It must be hard for the merchandising branch of Disney to come up with new and fresh ways to depict popular characters like Mickey, who have been around for so long. But I thought giving this plush the appearance of having been hand-knitted was a nice innovation.

You can really see the pattern of the knit, not twit, above. The grayscale really lends itself to the wool theme.

This is part of the current generic souvenir line that is sold in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I usually prefer merchandise that is exclusive to an individual Park, but this item just caught my fancy!

For a nostalgic trip through the roles of the Mouse, check out my set of Mickey Mouse Through the Years Coasters. Steamboat Willie makes an appearance. So grab a drink and head on over!

FUN FACTS: The title is a parody of the Buster Keaton film, Steamboat Bill, Jr., which was also released in 1928. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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