In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Disney found itself in the middle of a small craze when it came to objects and animals with the iconic shape of Mickey Mouse. Most notably it was found on two cows in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This is the story of Mickey and Minnie Moo.
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Austin and Linda Moore were the owners of a dairy farm in North Whitefield, Maine. As the story goes, an amateur photographer had taken photos on the Moore’s farm one day back in 1988. It was then that the photographer noticed that one of the cows, named Maiden, bore the iconic three circles of the Mickey Mouse symbol on her side. After speaking with the Moores about it, they decided to reach out to Disney.
Disney felt she would be a perfect addition to a State Fair event that was being held at Disneyland that November, and figured that she could live out her days at Big Thunder Ranch, which featured a petting zoo at the time. So Disney decided to buy the cow for an undisclosed sum, and on September 20th, 1988 the six-year-old Maiden was transported to Disneyland in California and officially renamed to Mickey Moo.
The Kokomo Tribune
“Mickey Moo-ouse” (Aug 30 1988)
“Mickey Moo” (Sep 21 1988)
“Minnie Moo to make appearance” (Feb 16 1991)
“Cow udderly entertains fair crowd” (Feb 20th 1991)
“Disney cat and mouse games” (Apr 06 1991)
“She’s up to her ears in ‘Perfect Mickey’ file (Apr 17 1991)
“Mickey Moo goes to Holstein heaven” (Mar 16 1993)
“Cow Tales: Disney’s ‘Mickey Moo’” (Sep 23 1988)
The Des Moines Register
“Mickey Moo gives birth” (Jun 10 1990)
The San Francisco Examiner
“Life is a cartoon” (Dec 04 1988)
“Minnie the moo” (Oct 12 1990)
“Minnie the cow joins Mickey look-alike club” (Nov 19 1990)
“A real live piggy bank” (Jan 10 1991)
“Naturally, Mickey has the markings of a star” (Jul 17 1992)