- “I think most of all what I want is Disneyland to be a happy place...where parents and children can have fun, together.”
- ―Walt Disney, as inscribed on the plaque directly below the statue.
"Partners" is a statue created by Disney Imagineer and animator Blaine Gibson for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The statue is of Walt Disney holding hands with Mickey Mouse in that they were "partners" that brought the dream of Disneyland to life.
Since its unveiling on Disneyland's Main Street in 1993, it has been replicated in other Disney parks, studios, and merchandising. The statue stands 6' 5" tall, while in reality, Walt Disney was actually 5' 10" tall. The dedication ceremony for the statue happened November 18, 1993 on Mickey Mouse's birthday 65 years after Steamboat Willie premiered.
The full sized replications of the statue, in order of installation include:
- Magic Kingdom - June 19, 1995
- Tokyo Disneyland - April 15, 1998 (in honor of the 15th anniversary)
- Walt Disney Studio Lot, Burbank - December 5, 2001
- Walt Disney Studios Park - March 16, 2002
- In the original maquette made for the statue, Mickey was to be portrayed holding an ice cream cone. However, this was rejected as being interpreted as Walt taking his kid through the park.
- In Epic Mickey, there is a statue in Wasteland similar to "Partners", but Mickey is replaced by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit holding Walt's hand.
- In The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse episode ''The Big Good Wolf'' Mickey gives The Big Bad Wolf a Statue Parodying ''Partners'' with the Wolf in place of Walt.
- In The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse episode Game Night a duck version of the statue with Walt Disney as a Duck With Donald Duck instead of Mickey appears in his Imagination.
- Sharing the Magic, a statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse
- Storytellers, a statue of Walt and Mickey at the start of their careers.
- Tokyo Disneyland 15th Anniversary
- Rafferty, Jr., Kevin (April 7, 2020). "A Virtual Tour of Walt Disney Imagineering: Part 2". Retrieved on April 7, 2020.