So after going through the entire Kingdom Hearts series, I’ve noticed
something. King Mickey was not born royalty; he married into royalty by
screwing around with the world order.
Mickey originally comes
from Timeless River, the “Steamboat Willie”-themed world where he’s a
deckhand with a reputation for being a lazy troublemaker. Nobody
mentions any kind of existing royalty in that world, and certainly
nobody treats Mickey like a prince, lazy or otherwise. We see early
versions of Pete, Horace Horsecollar, Clara Cluck, etc. but do you notice someone missing?
Minnie. Minnie is not from Timeless River.
Minnie is princess of the Country
of the Musketeers, the “Three Musketeers”-themed world from Dream Drop Distance. We see
a younger Mickey here training to be a Musketeer on princess guard duty
but we know he isn’t native because he tells Sora as much. He doesn’t
understand when Sora calls him “Your Majesty”. If Mickey was a prince of
any kind, that title wouldn’t be weird. It’s also clear that this world
is not a version of Timeless River. (Though it does have a version of
Pete, which may or may not be the same Pete from the rest of the series considering he has a
peg leg in Country of the Musketeers. It’s kinda hard to grow back a leg. Then again, this is a series that runs on bloodless carnage and where people regularly come back from the dead, so who knows?)
later, in Yen Sid’s tower, we see an inexperienced Mickey as the
sorcerer’s apprentice. Again, Sora instinctively starts with “Your
Majesty” and Mickey is confused.
By the time Birth By Sleep rolls around, Mickey is still an apprentice to Yen Sid but he’s a king now. He and Minnie rule over Disney Town during the Million Dreams Festival, which is the newer incarnation of Timeless River. And is not at all a shameless plug for Disneyland or reference to the Disney parks’ Year of a Million Dreams, up to and including Ven being given actual goddamn park tickets.
(No I will not get over the blatant self-advertising.)
Disney Town goes on to become Disney Castle from KH1
So basically, Mickey pulled Minnie out of her own world and back to his, where she reigned as queen and he married her and became king. So that means that all these regal-looking pictures of mice on the walls…
…are MINNIE’S ancestors, not Mickey’s. And also, since Disney
Castle was not inherited but was built during their lifetime, those
little 3-circle mouse heads everywhere?
Either it’s Mickey being phenomenally narcissistic, or more likely, they’re the royal seal of MINNIE’S family.
So the worlds have to stay separated and their existences have to stay secret, right, Mick?
Unless you find a hot girl. Then you can totally bring her back to yours.