Steamboat Willie LEGO Set Designer Signing Event Coming to Disney Springs

Disney fans and LEGO collectors alike will be happy to learn the LEGO Store at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World will be hosting a signing event with the designer of the new Steamboat Willie LEGO set.

  • The signing event will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 5 PM to 8 PM.
  • Those interested in attending will have to sign up for the LEGO VIP Loyalty Program to participate. You can sign up here.
  • Last month, the new Steamboat Willie set was announced as one of LEGO’s most recent winners of their LEGO Ideas Contest.
  • Designer szabomate90 created a Steamboat Willie set and LEGO has decided to make it into an official product.
  • Earlier this month, LEGO revealed the official Steamboat Willie set.
  • LEGO Ideas Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie will be available at LEGO brand stores, via phone, or by visiting LEGO’s shop-at-home website beginning Monday, April 1.

About szabomate90’s Steamboat Willie design:

  • On his product idea page, szabomate90 writes that he was inspired by the original Mickey Mouse cartoon and says he’d, “like to pay my respects to that marvelous production.”
  • He also mentions that he’s an animator and avid LEGO fan, and now that LEGO has Disney minifigures, decided to paint the Mickey minifigure to look like the original from 1928.
  • Szabomate90 designed the model to be tiny and easy to build.
  • His original idea would allow users to place Mickey inside the boat as well as adjust and play with the ship’s cranes.
  • Interesting fact: szabomate90 submitted this idea back in 2016. Since then, his idea gained traction reaching 1000, 5000, and finally 10,000 “supporters.”

About LEGO Ideas:

  • LEGO Ideas is an ongoing contest where fans can submit designs for LEGO sets. These can be completely original ideas, or something inspired by movies, parks, books, and more.
  • Fans create and build their sets using LEGO bricks then submit pictures and descriptions of the design.
  • Fans then like/support their favorite ideas.
  • Once an idea has 10,000 supporters, LEGO design teams will look over the products and decide if they want to produce those sets.
  • Reaching 10,000 supporters does not guarantee the design will be made into a set, but it lets LEGO know that fans are very interested in that design.