Disney is celebrating a special anniversary today. Happy 61st to the Disneyland theme park, which is the only park designed and constructed under the direct supervision of creator Walt Disney. The Mouse House mogul wanted to create his own amusement park after visiting other tourist attractions with his daughters during the 1930s and ‘40s. We’ve explored the many things you probably didn’t know about the Disney theme parks and some of the weirdest urban legends about Disney himself. But today we’re taking a closer look at the Disney characters we love who were almost entirely different from the animated icons we know today.