By Beth Deitchman
She’s a movie legend, a fashion icon, and America’s sweetheart—and she’s celebrating her 90th anniversary in 2018. A milestone that magical demands a pretty spectacular celebration, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is presenting Minnie Mouse with its greatest honor: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m. PT. Joining Minnie for her big day will be Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and global pop icon (and new American Idol judge) Katy Perry.
“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages, and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”
The star, which is in the Motion Pictures category, will be dedicated in front of Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. Among the names of the Hollywood luminaries Minnie is joining on the walk of fame are Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and Mickey Mouse, who received his star in celebration of his 50th anniversary in 1978.
Minnie Mouse captured fans’ hearts in her first on-screen appearance in Steamboat Willie, and we’ve only grown to love her more through her continued appearances on screens big and small, her ability to inspire fashion designers and drive trends that have us rocking the dots all year long, and for her support for causes that affect so many communities in positive ways. The recent #ShareYourEars campaign (which resulted in $4 million in donations benefitting Make-A-Wish) featured countless tributes to Minnie, from the über-popular Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears sported by guests at Disney parks to DIY Minnie updos.
If you’re unable to be in Hollywood for the fabulous festivities, fear not. Fans around the world are invited to watch the event live on WalkOfFame.com. Minnie has always been a shining star in our eyes, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s receiving one of her own.