PHOTOS: Walt and Mickey “Partners” Statue at Disneyland and “Storytellers” Statue at Disney California Adventure Fully Restored
In celebration of Mickey Mouse’s birthday, Disney has revealed the fully-restored “Partners” and “Storytellers” statues at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure! For weeks now, the “Storytellers” statue has been seen covered by tarps at Disney California Adventure, but with the grand reopening of Buena Vista Street for shopping and dining tomorrow, it’s back out to welcome guests.
Following a refurbishment, the iconic Partners 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. 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!