BREAKING: Mickey Mouse Out as Official Disney Mascot

Figment and Walt Disney new Partners Statue Magic Kingdom
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Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928. No one would have guessed the impact Mickey would have nearly 100 years later. He continues to be a dominant figure for the Walt Disney Company and the face of Disney. However, we have some breaking Disney news. In 2024, Figment will replace Mickey Mouse as the official Disney mascot.

Figment and Walt Disney new Partners Statue Magic Kingdom
Concept art for Figment and Walt Disney new Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom

Mickey Mouse first appeared in Steamboat Willie. This was the first cartoon to be released with synchronized sound. It was truly amazing and is a moment that will forever define the Walt Disney Company. Due to the mass success and Mickey’s lovable character, Disney made him their official Mascot.

In 2024 however, Figment will become the official Disney mascot, replacing Mickey Mouse. The Disney community and the world are shocked by this groundbreaking announcement. There is a lot to unpack on this significant change to the Walt Disney Company. So keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the ride as we dive into this breaking news.

Why is Mickey Mouse being Replaced as the Official Disney Mascot?

The decision to remove Mickey Mouse as Disney’s official mascot is primarily due to legal issues. The copyright protection on Mickey Mouse is set to expire in January 2024. This means that Mickey Mouse will exist in the public domain and anyone can use him. Disney will no longer have the same legal protection on their moused famous character (get it?).

Mickey Mouse being replaced by Figment as official Disney Mascot
Mickey Mouse Copyright expires in January 2024. Photo via Disney

With that being said, people can’t do anything they want with Mickey Mouse. There are still some legal protections around the most famous mouse in the world. However, Disney loses significant legal protection in January. This isn’t a new issue, however. Recently Winnie the Pooh entered the public domain and people didn’t hold back.

Winnie the Pooh has already been used multiple times commercially. Recently, he was used in a Mint Mobile commercial where he was ‘Winnie the Screwed’ because he paid too much for his mobile phone. You can see Ryan Reynolds is the feature of that video here. Disney knows things like this will happen the moment Mickey enters the public domain. Because of this, they’re going to move away from Mickey Mouse as their official mascot.

Why is Figment Becoming the New Mascot of Disney?

According to an official statement, “We did extensive research, to determine who the new Disney mascot would be. We also looked at sales to quantify the decision. Ultimately we were between Figment, Sonny Eclipse, and Tinker Bell. Figment however proved to be the top runner and we are excited to have him as our new mascot.”

Figment, Sonny Eclipse, Tinker Bell all in the running as new official disney mascot
Figment, Sonny Eclipse, and Tinker Bell were all in the running as the new official Disney mascot

As you can see, Disney evaluated many factors to ultimately choose Figment as their new mascot. It’s interesting to see that Sonny Eclipse and Tinker Bell were the two other options Disney was exploring. Sonny Eclipse is the biggest surprise as Disney pulled him from the park and turned his stage into a blood donation center for free Genie+, as we reported here.

We think Figment is a great choice. He represents all things Disney. From his joyful character to his bright colors, figment screams Disney. It’s no wonder the figment popcorn buckets drove people to stand in line for 6 hours. Disney fans are crazy for Figment and Disney sees that. They are also doing what they can to keep him relevant in the parks, which is why they are adding an ASMR experience to Journey into Imagination with Figment as we reported here

What Does this Official Mascot Change Mean for Disney?

Figment will be the new mascot for everything Disney. Think about everywhere Mickey Mouse is and assume that will be replaced with Figment. There are so many traces of Mickey within the parks, on the merchandise, and in their TV shows and Movies. All of that branding will be changed to Figment from Mickey Mouse. As you saw above, we have the initial concept art for the new Partners Statue which will soon be Walt Disney and Figment, not Walt and Mickey.

Disney replacing hidden mickeys with hidden figments
Disney replacing Hidden Mickeys with Hidden Figments

One of the biggest surprises are the Hidden Mickeys. These are all going to turn into Hidden Figments over time. No longer will you be searching for the three-round circle all around Disney Parks. Soon you will be looking for Figment silhouettes. Disney will start rolling out Hidden Figments in late 2023 and phase out Hidden Mickeys altogether. Hidden Figments will be a mix of full Figment bodies as well as just Figment’s head and horns. You can see an example of a Hidden Figment above.

Even the famous “and you’re watching Disney Channel” will change from Mickey’s head to a Figment head with horns. In case you want to know about that Disney channel song that goes with that scene, check out this amazing document from Defunctland here. This is an incredible video and deserves a lot of credit. Ultimately, Mickey will be slowly phased out. He will not cease to exist, however, his importance in the company will drop off.

Figment to become official Disney mascot, replacing Mickey Mouse
Figment to become the official Disney mascot, replacing Mickey Mouse

With all of this said, the change from Mickey Mouse to Figment as the official Disney mascot is a huge one. This announcement comes with mixed feelings. Many guests are sad to see Mickey Mouse leave the spotlight but excited about Figment. He’s truly a revolutionary character and we expect it to be well received.

What do you think of Disney changing their official mascot from Mickey Mouse to Figment? Let us know in the comments below!

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Millie Hillstead
Millie Hillstead
1 year ago

Fight harder for Mickey!!! This is NOT OK!!!

fedup
fedup
1 year ago

Goodbye Disney…..you were loved once…Walt is rolling in his grave.

Harold
Harold
1 year ago
Reply to  fedup

yes

fedup
fedup
1 year ago

Can’t handle the truth, can you Disney?!! LOLOLOL

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

What the hell is a figment?!

Figment
Figment
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

FIGMENT IS A BOY AND A DRAGON. LOOK IT UP. DUH.

John K WilliamsSon
1 year ago

I wonder how many people did not notice this statement:

<< very real Disney news like this totally made-up story >>

FOX_NEWS
FOX_NEWS
1 year ago

This all is fake…

Figment
Figment
1 year ago
Reply to  FOX_NEWS

I agree

game kid
11 months ago
Reply to  Figment

figment iwiil remove you

FOX_NEWS
FOX_NEWS
1 year ago

when will people get that

game kid
11 months ago
Reply to  FOX_NEWS

remove figment

Nunya
Nunya
1 year ago

uhm the “New Mascot” looks like he tickles children…

FOX_NEWS
FOX_NEWS
1 year ago
Reply to  Nunya

he do tho…

Harold
Harold
1 year ago

but the copy right issue is real

Laraine DeBernardo
Laraine DeBernardo
1 year ago

So wrong. Fight for Mickey. So upset. 😥

Last edited 1 year ago by Laraine DeBernardo
Naomi
Naomi
1 year ago

This is the worst decision on Disney’s part, so so sad!

Lis
Lis
1 year ago

This is beyond wrong

Marvin
Marvin
1 year ago

This is completely STUPID! Disney will not be the same! What crappy dimension are we creating? Disney is Mickey!

Upset parent
Upset parent
1 year ago

This is terrible my daughter is three and has been a mickey and minnie fan since she started recognizing we have a tripped planned next year and now she wont get to meet the mouse she loves so much !!

Gigi
Gigi
1 year ago
Reply to  Upset parent

The last line gave it away. The story is made up. It’s not real

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Good riddance Mickey Mouse! Best news ever.

Kyle
Kyle
1 year ago

Trash. The former Mickey Mouse head and ears seen will change to figments head with horns. It’s right in front of our faces, let’s get those horns in your face to show you what an evil company we actually are. Super tight.

Jaiden Cordell Lutes
11 months ago

You Actual Deep FAKE!! You all know that the website tells fake stories, we watched the news.

Gloria Gioia
Gloria Gioia
11 months ago

This is horrible. I’m sure Disney can afford to protect the copyright of Mickey Mouse! Another disappointment by Disney.

game kid
11 months ago

May Mickey Mouse Rest In peace

game kid
11 months ago

rest in peace mickey mouse

game kid
11 months ago

so remove figment

Benjamin Adams
Benjamin Adams
10 months ago

No Mickey Mouse, no money from me.

SamanthA
SamanthA
10 months ago

I think you are wrong changed mascot I have been watching disney channel with mickey mouse my daughter has watching disney channel love me mickey mouse If this just to quick buck your wrong doing . Think about all the kids grow up watching mickey mouse now going change it for political wake up instead of thinking about think future of are children watching mickey mouse forget figment .

Gail meyer DVC member
Gail meyer DVC member
9 months ago

We are very upset with this change. Mickey is the top one here. Disney will not be the same without the mouse as the top biller. Will consider selling DVC if changes like this happen. It’s a disgrace to Walt. Disney works won’t be the same. I’m very upset learning this. I will be telling my other DVC friends. 🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲

Unknown
Unknown
9 months ago

NUH UH SISTER, NOT. HAPPENING. if we have to have anybody to replace Mickey, it should be Oswald! He’s been waiting so long after being ditched. Im not saying that this is okay, by any means, just saying at least they didn’t do Sonny Eclipse cuz hes terrifying. But the statue is what ruined it for me…at least this entire thing is fake.

Janet Stringfield
Janet Stringfield
8 months ago

I went down to Disney to see Mickey, I wont come down to she Figment, HE IS NOT DISNEY, Mickey to the one that makes Disney

bob
bob
6 months ago

Do you people realize this story is 100% made up and Mickey Mouse is in no way, shape, or form leaving Disney in 2024 or after and will still continue being Disney’s official mascot? Please fact check everything from the internet and don’t assume ever if someone took the time to write something, It must always be true. You are all so gullible.

Me wagoogus
4 months ago

Everything about this article is incredibly fake.

this is stupid
this is stupid
15 days ago

this is fake i will call the cops