Minnie Mouse floral arrangement in the front of Main Street USA at Disneyland, Anaheim, California. Jacquelyn Sharga | Lariat
Since July 1955, Disneyland guests have been welcomed by the iconic smiling face of Mickey Mouse made entirely out of flowers. The colors of flowers surrounding and comprising Mickey are the only things that have changed over the years. Although subtle, as a frequent guest, the little changes are refreshing.
As of this month, Disneyland decided to throw subtlety out the window and gave the floral spotlight to someone new for a change. A change that has been arguably long overdue.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the floral arrangement now depicts the amazing Minnie Mouse!
“As if this month couldn’t get any better,” said frequent Disneyland guest and Anaheim resident, Jess. “It feels like you can finally breathe again, not just at Disney but everywhere. And if spring looks anything like the Minnie display, I will be stopping to smell the roses!”
As a regular at the theme park, this was a wonderful surprise. As a Disney adult who is also a woman, this brought tears to my eyes. Such a simple gesture single-handedly changed my outlook on the rest of my day.
“I think they did a great job with it,” said Disneyland cast-member Steve. “And the guests seem to love it too. The line hasn’t been this long to take photos in front of the flowers for a while.”
Sierra Stephen (left) and Jacquelyn Sharga (right) in front of the Minnie Mouse picture spot. Disneyland Castmember | Disney
Suddenly everything was even more beautiful. Why was this? Simply put, I felt appreciated and noticed by the company who’s iceberg has some pretty disturbing truths buried far beneath the surface, especially towards women.
“It almost brought me to tears,” said regular park-guest, and Orange County Resident, Courtney. “It means so much and was executed beautifully. In all my years here I never gave a second thought to it only being Mickey, but now I’m always going to want to see Minnie up there.”
The cherry on top is that a lot of the people who worked on this floral arrangement were women. Although it is a small step, it is a step in the right direction nonetheless.
Updated April 27 at 12:05 p.m. to fix format errors