What started as a hobby has grown into a full blown obsession for one man in Marinwood who decorates his house every year as the Mickey Mouse Christmas House. Home owner Les Mize fully admits his love for Disney and it shows with his extensive Disney collection. His collection has won him the honor of being the Walt Disney Family Museum’s “Member of the Month”.
Not only is his lawn adorned with Christmas lights in the shapes of snowflakes and Mickey Mouse, but lights line his fence and lead visitors to his two-car garage that is transformed into a Disney figurine showcase. And in the center of it all sits a huge plush Mickey Mouse, reading a story to characters from the recent Disney films “Brave” and “Wreck It Ralph“.
Crowds and families gather nightly from 6pm to 10pm to see his Disney Christmas extravaganza. Les Mize’s love of Disney started back in the 50’s when he began watching the Mickey Mouse Club. Then 38 years ago he took his 2 year old daughter to Disneyland for their first visit and he caught the Disney bug! After his visit he began to fill his office with Disney collectibles. His workplace soon became a frequent stop for visitors on plant tours.
One Christmas he decided he had enough Disney items to create a Christmas display, so he hung sheets on one side of the garage and displayed his collections. As he collected more and more items, he decided to purchase Christmas-themed decorations. Les’ wife Patty says it takes her a week to decorate the inside of the house. Decorating for the holidays starts right after Halloween and involves Les, Patty and their six grown children who all help get the decorations set up in the yard and the garage.
Les and Patty don’t have any intention of ending their tradition soon, but do realize they might have to retire from it someday.
In the “off holiday” season Les and his family travel frequently to Disneyland – they went three times this year. They also attend a number of the Disney conventions and are also members of the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Keep up the great work Les and Patty!
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