From Ice Capades Program - 1958
Welcome to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to pay tribute to my father, Paul Castle Sr. known to others as Mickey Mouse (at Disneyland in California for 25 years), as the Might Mite (with Ice Capades) and other skating shows in the United States and Holiday On Ice in Europe.

My father has made so many people happy throughout his 86 years of life, it would be nice if those who may have seen him or have met him could post their experiences with him.

We are asking for prayers and well wishes as he is approaching the end of his life. If you would like to post any words of encouragement I will present them to him.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Paul E. Castle Sr. joins our Lord Jesus Christ

Paul E. Castle Sr. -- August 1923 – January 2010 Resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully after battling Alzheimer’s for two years and later contracted pneumonia. Paul was born to the late Richard and Anna Castle in Cleveland Ohio. At age 7 Paul put on his brothers speed skates and learned how to jump piles of snow in a flooded frozen-over baseball diamond. Soon he was skating in the Silver Skate’s Derby and took 5th place in the state. Later he met the three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sonja Henie in the 1930’s. He started working in her show immediately after her manager saw him skating during the intermission. This led him to New York’s Rockefeller Center Theater where he met Alma, whom he married in 1947. Touring the world with Holiday on Ice and then Ice Capades as a headliner as the “Mighty Mite of Ice Capades”, he astounded thousands as the world’s smallest barrel jumper, jumping 15 feet of barrels, suitcases and other obstacles.

In addition to skating, Paul also worked part-time as an actor in Hollywood. His first movie was “Jungle Jim and the Moon Men” with Johnny Weissmuller in 1958. He did stand-ins for child actors in shows like “Dennis the Menace” and “National Velvet” TV series. While still skating with the Ice Capades, which Walt Disney would often attend, Walt saw him skating and hired him to be the first “Performing” Mickey Mouse in Disneyland California in 1961. Paul rode atop the world largest drum and led some 15,000 parades down Main Street Disneyland for 25 years. In 1978 Paul was honored to put his (Mickey Mouse’s) hands and footprints and Star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for Mickey Mouse’s 50th Birthday Celebration.

One of Paul’s favorite memories of all was with Walt Disney in the Rose Parade in 1966, the year Walt passed away. He was the grand marshal of the Rose Parade and Paul was in the car with him in the back seat, just Walt and Paul for three hours. Paul said “Of all the things I've done in my lifetime, that to me was my biggest day. Just Walt and me, January 1, 1966.” On April 23, 1965, Walt and Paul opened the Anaheim Stadium. Walt threw out the first ball and he gave it to Paul to throw, so he threw it. Goofy was the catcher. Paul was probably the most photographed person in the world and no one knew who he was.  Paul was okay with that as long as he was making the kids happy.

Paul also enjoyed flying. And although he was only four-foot six inches tall, he obtained his pilots license and bought his own airplane. Paul continued his acting in such movies as “Under the Rainbow”, “Call Me Clause” and “One Hour Photo” with Robin Williams.

Paul is preceded in death by his first daughter Paula and is survived by his wife Alma, his daughter Chris, son Paul Jr., five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. It is nice to know he gave joy to thousands of people all over the world. He will be greatly missed.


  1. I have know Paul for many years. He will be greatly missed. I loved his stories and he made me laugh on several occassions. I know he made thousands of people happy in every career he pursued. I wish you and your family the very best and best wishes. May God Bless you and keep you during this time in your life.

  2. Hi,
    I came to your blog via the "Stuff from the Park" blog. My parents and I lived in Camarillo (near Oxnard) from '73 to '77 and I would badger my parents to go to Disneyland at every opportunity. Chances are good, therefore, that I had the privilege of seeing your father in his role of Mickey at some point. You have a wonderful legacy in the joy and happiness that he obviously gave as Mickey and also his career prior to that. This blog is a welcome tribute to him. Thank you for the opportunity to express that appreciation directly to you and your family,
    Take care and God bless,
    Chuck, Becky and Kathryn Munson
    Herndon, Virginia