Press Release from Yahoo! - June 30, 2005
The U.S. Postal Service Gets the Party Started With Mickey and Friends

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Music, food, parties and dance are essential elements to any celebration and today the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of four stamps today depicting classic Disney characters bringing the party to life. The Art of Disney: Celebration stamps feature Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Ariel and Flounder and Snow White and Dopey. This is the second in a series paying tribute to the art of Disney, and comes during an especially magical year as Disneyland and its theme parks around the world celebrate 50 years of magic.

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"The Postal Service knows that Americans have much to celebrate," said Patrick Donahoe, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Postal Service, who dedicated the stamps. "We also know that the mail remains the best way to share joyous news and invite friends and family to come together for a special event. So, who better than Mickey Mouse and his friends to help the Postal Service and all Americans celebrate those special times in their lives."

Joining Donahoe in dedicating the stamps were Matt Ouimet, President of Disneyland Resort; Andrae Rivas, Disneyland Resort Ambassador and all the classic characters featured on the stamps reenacting the scene in each stamp.

"Disney characters have brought joy to many people through their appearances in movies, television and theme parks over the years," said Ouimet. "It is a great honor to see them featured on United States postage stamps this year while we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland."