Do you have a favorite statue that you always take photos of/with when visiting the World? Maybe the characters that are immortalized on the benches on Main Street? Maybe the Indian? Maybe the celebrity "heads" in the Studios' Hall of Fame? WESH news website posted some information regarding a favorite for many of us, the Partners Statue, so here it is: The statue of Walt Disney holding hands with Mickey Mouse known as the Partners Statue was unveiled at the Magic Kingdom in June 1995, and is the second Partners Statue after the first was installed at Disneyland in 1993. Here are five facts about the famous statue. The Partners Statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. A former Disney animator and Imagineer, Blaine took one year to create the sculpture and based his depiction of Walt on a bust he originally created in the 1960s. When considering having Mickey hold Walt’s hand, Blaine consulted footage from the film "Fantasia," in which Mickey shakes the hand of orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski. One early sketch of the Partners Statue featured Mickey holding an ice cream cone in one hand. When choosing an expression for Walt's face, Blaine tried to reflect Walt’s goal of making people happy. The statue's expression is Blaine's interpretation of Walt watching happy people enjoy the park. The initials on Walt’s tie are "STR," and stand for "Smoke Tree Ranch," an area in Palm Springs where Walt once owned a vacation home.