Mickey & Minnie Sitting On the Moon Big Fig

This wonderful piece stands about 16″ tall and features Mickey and Minnie spooning on the moon! How cute is that? It was produced as part of the Mickey & Co. line of merchandise and isn’t as old as it looks. Each piece was hand crafted to appear antique, so the patina and ‘damage’ is intentional.

This Big Fig originally came with a rope so that it could be hung for display. This would complete the magical effect of Mickey and Minnie swinging on the moon!

Above you can see where I have it displayed in my home, giving some reference as to the size of the piece.

These used to be more commonly available on eBay and other seller sites but now you see them only sporadically. Prices vary but as of the date of this post expect to pay about $250.00 U.S.D. for one of your own.

However, while in Florida several years ago I did see one in a Disney liquidation store. They were asking approximately $750.00 U.S.D. at the time. It just goes to show that you can ask whatever price you want but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get it!

You can see the Disney copyright in the picture above.

FUN FACT: Do you know what spooning is? It’s defined as two people behaving in an amorous way; or to kiss and cuddle. Just Mickey and Minnie keeping it PG!

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Disneyland 25 – Advertising Supplement to the L. A. Times Part 2

Part 1 was fun and Part 2 of our look at the Disneyland 25 Advertising Supplement starts with a very colorful two-page center spread:

Pages Sixteen & Seventeen Center Spread

So what can we look forward to during the Disneyland 25 Family Reunion? To begin with, each Land gets its own feature weekend. There’s a Pop Country weekend. Canada, Japan, and Mexico get their own festivals. And every holiday ever celebrated gets a weekend too! But not to be missed is the 25-hour long party on July 16 & 17, 1980. This is a strictly a B.Y.O.S. event = Bring Your Own Stamina!

Page Eighteen

This page has a nice article about Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Disneyland’s newest mountain brings the Park attraction count up to a whopping 59! It was originally planned to be a part of the Thunder Mesa western-themed attraction in Walt Disney World, but Imagineers switched Parks and Disneyland got Big Thunder first. But don’t worry, WDW got its version just 14 months later.

Page Nineteen

Just an awesome photo page for the articles printed on page eighteen.

Page Twenty

We start this page with more plugs for Disneyland partners such as The Carnation Co. And dig that beautiful Carnation van! The Los Angeles Times takes a moment to fill some space for itself. Then we are treated to a little article about America Sings. We’re told that if our feet are tired of walking the lands of Disneyland it may be ‘time to find some sit-down entertainment.’ 40 songs are sung by 114 comical Audio-Animatronic animal characters such as chickens, raccoons, geese, and even frogs!

The only drawback of this new attraction is that it replaces the Carousel of Progress! Now Disney fans will have to travel to Florida to see how General Electric dragged us all into the modern age.

Page Twenty-One

“It’s Such a Small Wonder” shines a little spotlight on Storybook Land. Did you know that Storybook Land is a voyage through the never-never land of imagination?

The Queen Mary Tour is listed as #14 on the top 66 things to do in Long Beach. “Old Hollywood glamour. A rich maritime history. Authentic 1930s Art Deco décor. The Queen Mary is a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue featuring award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms. The Queen Mary gives a unique glimpse into an era when steamships were the most regal way to travel.” And it still operates today! ‘A Voyage Through Time’ right up to this very minute.

FUN FACT: Walt Disney sailed aboard the Queen Mary to attend the European Premier of Alice in Wonderland.

Page Twenty-Two

If you ever wondered where some of the money came from to build and expand Disneyland, now you know!

Page Twenty-Three

‘How Will Disneyland Celebrate its Silver Year?’ This article clarifies the Family Reunion theme by telling us that Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy will be welcoming their “family” visitors. Yup, Goofy really is your Crazy Uncle!

Catalina Cruises sound so good! Here’s their synopsis: “Just off the coast of Southern California, lovely Catalina Island offers endless adventures on both land and sea. Snorkel the clear waters or venture out on a glass-bottom boat tour to view the colorful marine life and sunken shipwrecks. Equally scenic vistas await you on a hiking, biking or zip-lining excursion through the island’s grasslands and woodlands. Be sure to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Catalina Casino. Perched along the harbor, this spectacular entertainment venue has been the center of the island’s cultural scene since it opened in 1929.” And it still operates today!

Oh, and you can buy a pool.

Pages Twenty-Four & Twenty-Five Spread

This two-page spread lists the many changes that had happened to your favorite Lands between opening day in 1955 and present-day 1980. You’ll have to continue reading the details on page 29.

Page Twenty-Six

The article continued from page 18 is about Big Thunder Mountain and continues yet again on page 27.

I was excited to see the advertisement for the Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge by Disneyland as this is where my wife and I stayed during our (as yet) one and only trip to Walt’s original Park.

Page Twenty-Seven

The Big Thunder Mountain article finally concludes on this page. And don’t forget to ‘Fly the friendly skies of United’ when you depart from this website.

Page Twenty-Eight

This non-stop page of type concludes the “Insight” article written by Steven Hullet started on Page 7. I know this looks like a boring page but I include it for those who might like to read all of the articles. For those who don’t… scroll on!

Page Twenty-Nine

“Vignettes” gives a brief look at the maintenance department of Disneyland. The article at bottom left is a continuation of the article about changes to Disneyland which started on Pages 24 and 25.

Page Thirty

I thought it was the hills that were alive with the sounds of music? This article tells us that Disneyland is also alive with music thanks to the Leader of the Band, Mickey Mouse! The article concludes on the next page below.

Page Thirty-One

Dave Dexter Jr. finishes his look at the role music plays in Disneyland. Did you know that Disneyland played a ‘muscular’ part in saving Big Band music?

Anaheim takes out a quarter-page ad to salute Disneyland even though there were times when the city wasn’t totally happy with the impact the Park had on their community.

And I just have to say: I want that Black Hole watch!

Back Page / Page Thirty-Two

So get ready to close the supplement as we have reached the back page at last! And why not end things with an advertisement for Disney merchandise. But why does this page hold a special place for me? Note the ‘Extra Free Bonus’ box that urges you to ‘Act Now!’

It says: “Order now and get this Mickey Mouse Bookrack free with your free book. Mickey Mouse himself holds up to 15 of your child’s books in this sturdy, colorful rack.” I have two of these racks! I never knew where they came from until I read this supplement. And that is why I love collecting so much! But seriously, they are not sturdy.

And that concludes our look at the 1980 Advertising Supplement for Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Thanks goes out to the Los Angeles Times for publishing such a wonderful piece of ephemera. What was your favorite article?

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Disneyland 25 – Advertising Supplement to the L.A. Times Part 1

“Happy Birthday to a Dream” is the tagline for this insert that was added to the Los Angeles Times newspaper on January 20, 1980.

Cover / Page One

As you can see from the cover picture, some artistic license was taken with the positioning and perspective of certain iconic attractions in the Park. It’s hard to believe this paper collectible is just over 40 years old! That may account for the yellowing.

Page Two

As is the case with any advertising supplement in a newspaper, it is paid for by the advertising. The publisher depends on businesses that have a connection to the theme of the supplement to take out ads. These ads can be stand-alone or can relate to the theme. In this case each ad generally mentions the 25th anniversary/birthday celebration before slipping in a plug for their own interests!

Page Three

Case in point: Coke uses Disney characters in this ad but makes it quite clear that it’s all about how Coke has kept Disneyland guests ‘smiling happily ever after’ with the signature beverage we all drink too much of.

Pages Four & Five Spread

Can’t afford a full-page ad? No problem, just add your name and address to this two-page spread. Nothing says ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Shop at my store’ quite like a self-serving shout-out!

Page Six

Wait… what’s Pepsi doing here? Can Coke and Pepsi exist side-by-side in perfect harmony, even at the Happiest Place on Earth? Apparently.

Page Seven

But it’s not all about the chance to plug regional businesses and to make money. This supplement also has some interesting articles about Walt Disney and his first Park, Disneyland. “Insights” tells the story of how Walt was originally going to build his Park across the street from the Disney Studios in a weed-filled lot. But his ideas got too big and a new location was found!

Pages Eight & Nine Spread

“Reflections” tells the story of Disneyland’s opening day from the recollections of a certain Vernon Scott who was there taking it all in. His insightful memories are a good read indeed!

Page Ten

“Opening Day Blues” continues the story of the disastrous opening day. And I think ITT Continental Baking wanted to say something but I can’t… quite… make it out.

Page Eleven

The “Opening Day Blues” article ends with some great opening day pictures. And Universal Studios didn’t miss the opportunity to remind the readers that Disneyland wasn’t the only Theme Park in town! And… Cylons!

Page Twelve

The “Reflections” article from page nine continues with Walt pointing out some great concept art featuring the Castle, Frontierland, and Adventureland.

Page Thirteen

The “Reflections” article from page nine and ten concludes here on page thirteen. We learn now that Vernon Scott was a veteran UPI correspondent who covered the Opening Day festivities at Disneyland in 1955.

As for the advertisement for Knott’s Berry Farm… I’m not sure how to take it. The tagline ‘The place next door has mice’ is funny but could be taken as a good-natured ribbing or a backhanded jibe. Either way, you have to hand it to a competing Park that has survived since before Disneyland was born and hasn’t let the competition shut it down!

Pages Fourteen & Fifteen Spread

“King Arthur’s Carrousel” is a small article written by Peggy Matthews who was an Assistant Editor of the Disney Times and originally a Disney character in Disneyland. She gives some interesting tidbits about the Disneyland Merry-go-Round… er, Carrousel. You will find out the difference if you read the article !

Did you know that Carl’s Jr. Restaurants are still going strong? They had been in business for over 40 years when this supplement was published and as of this date are offering a green burrito. I didn’t ask. And the award for the most straightforward advert goes to: JCPenny. They are a company of few words.

We are only halfway through this glorious piece of ephemera. It tops out at thirty-two pages. We will explore the remaining articles and advertisements in Part 2.

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Monorail Glass Gift Trays from Walt Disney World

How awesome are these? I love the monorail and share Walt Disney’s dream of seeing them play a more prominent part in transportation across North America. Walt Disney World has proven them to be a viable alternative to standard trains. But the powers that be seem to disagree!

We’ll have to be satisfied with enjoying Disney’s Highway in the Sky until city planners get on board and lay those iconic concrete beams across our cities.

Until then, let’s have a look at a unique piece of merchandise that was likely sold at Walt Disney World throughout the 1970s:

Glass Gift Tray in Original Package

Sometimes it’s hard to tell just what Disney marketing was thinking when they green lighted things like this. What would this be used for? It’s called a Gift Tray. Is it for candy? Just a simple display piece? An ashtray? We may never know, but it is an attractive collectible.

Back of Package with Price Sticker

This would have also made an inexpensive gift to take back to family and friends. For only $2.00 plus tax you had a compact Disney-themed present for those who couldn’t ‘be there’, no matter how much you ‘wished’!

Due to the image on the tray I would imagine this was likely sold as an exclusive item at the Contemporary Hotel. It comes from a time when resorts had their own merchandise designed just for the guests staying there. Although anyone could visit the Gift Shop and purchase one!

Monorail Red

These are also an example of the tendency to offer variants on a certain piece of merchandise. This gives you a chance to buy your favorite color or, more likely, to get you to buy all of them to complete your collection.

Monorail Green

So far I have found only these three examples, but I am sure there must be more colors represented, as there are many more colors represented in the Monorail fleet.

A design anomaly is found in the color coordination between the monorail color stripe and the border color. With Monorail red, the stripe and border colors match. But with Monorail Green we see a blue border, and with Monorail Blue below, we see a white border. This makes no sense and it’s hard to understand this design choice.

Monorail Blue

Regardless, I still love these Gift Trays. Even though I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with them! Expect to pay between $10 – $20.00 U.S.D. for a good example with or without the original box. These trays are approximately 5″ x 7″ in size.

FUN FACT: These trays were likely done by the Houze Art company which also did glass collectibles for the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Yup, the same fair that Walt Disney debuted It’s a Small World among other classic Disneyland attractions!

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Hardcover Book Collection: Disney and More

Although I was very shy growing up, or perhaps because I was very shy, I became a voracious reader. One of the few things I would do in class at school was read out loud. I loved adventure stories like Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers, Zorro, and even The Scarlet Pimpernel (you may have to google him!) In time I found comic books which ultimately led me to drawing and eventual enrollment in art college (Art Fundamentals – Sheridan College in Oakville, ON).

So not surprisingly I’ve written for many websites and now enjoy posting here on my own site. Throughout my journey, books have always been very dear to me! And when I got bitten by the Collecting Bug, it was only natural that one of the things I collected would be books. But not just any books. Big, old, hardcover books!

Not the entire collection!

Wife:You don’t need another book. You haven’t read the ones you have yet!” I hear this a lot. But it doesn’t stop me from adding another title to the collection. Neither does the imminent collapse of the bookshelf under the weight of more and more bound goodness!

I wonder how many titles you and I have in common? Let’s have a look at just one of my bookshelf units:

Top Shelf

I thought I would adorn this bookshelf with some collectibles of another sort to prove it’s not all about the books. Mostly. But not all. Notice my leather-bound edition of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories? Whom do you see standing upon it and beside it?

Most of my collection is Disney related with other selections covering several movie or animation studios, classic movies, celebrities, along with an oddity or two. Or three. Or four. Probably more!

Second Shelf

Second Shelf: ‘Ocean Pictures’ records the heyday of ocean liner travel by means of text and many pictures of the elite as they pose aboard in opulence. Walt Disney is featured in this edition. ‘Ford Model T Coast to Coast’ lays out the story of two men who drove an old Model T Ford across the entire United States! A fascinating read. ‘The Making of King Kong’ is self-explanatory. ‘Celebration – The Story of a Town’ gives the complete history of the town Disney built in Florida not too far away from Walt Disney World. And ‘Flying Cars’ lists every car that has ever flown, its maker, how successful it was (Spoiler Alert: none of them were successful), and where they are now.

Third Shelf

Third Shelf: ‘Ink and Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation’ is a lavishly illustrated and very comprehensive read about an underrated group of contributors to the world of our favorite Disney characters. ‘The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio’ shares the history of two of comic books greatest actual heroes with some amazing never-before-seen artwork. This is only one of the many books I have on the history of Marvel and DC comics. ‘Harold Lloyd’ harkens back to the Silent Screen where men like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin risked life and limb to make us laugh. But somewhat before and contemporary with those two more well-known men was another man who perhaps went them one better! Lastly on this shelf is ‘Donald Duck’. Need I say more?

Fourth Shelf

Fourth Shelf: Largely my Disney animation shelf with a few other offerings. Like ‘Imagination Illustrated’ about how the mind of Jim Henson worked. This book is filled with original sketches and story ideas about our beloved Muppets characters along with some strange stuff that never saw the light of day… until this book! ‘Dog Days’ follows the exploits of four college kids as they board a giant bus in the shape of a hotdog (the Wienermobile) and tour the United States giving out Oscar Mayer wieners aplenty. It’s as crazy and entertaining as you’d expect!

Bottom Shelf

Bottom Shelf: From ‘David O Selznick’s Hollywood’ to ‘Fifty Years of Television’ this shelf explores the big and small screens as well as other aspects of the entertainment world. Punch it up with ‘I Am Jackie Chan’, laugh along with ‘John Cleese’, or take to the hockey rink with ‘Open Ice – The Tim Horton Story’. Why read about Tim Horton? Coffee. That’s why.

So did you see any books that you also own? Which is your favorite read, and why? Write your own story in the comments and give us all a good read!

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Disney on Parade Music Box Figurines by Schmid

Schmid is a German company famous to Disney fans for its licensed music box figurines featuring many of the most popular Disney characters, like the Fab Five and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The company folded in 1995 making interest in these collectibles a bit more intense.

This is what The Disney Wiki has to say about the Disney on Parade show:

Disney on Parade was a series of traveling arena shows produced by Nawal Productions, a joint venture between NBC and Walt Disney Productions. Aimed primarily at children, the shows featured famous Disney characters performing in various comedy and musical routines, as well as condensed versions of famous Disney motion pictures. The shows toured in arenas across America, as well as around the world in places like England, Australia, South America, and Japan.”

You can also learn more about the merchandise for the show by reading some earlier posts featuring View-Master Stereo Picture Reels and a wonderful Pop-Up Booklet.

After you’ve done that, feast your eyes on these:

Song: This Old Man

Goofy may not be The Leader of the Band, but he is the leader of this parade! He’s the only one to have the name of the set, Disney on Parade, on his figure and he seems pretty proud of it. And who could blame him?

Goofy plays the song This Old Man which is an old English-language counting nursery rhyme. The origins of this song are obscure but may date back all the way to the 1870s! Who knew Goofy was so old-school in his musical taste? Well, nonetheless, “This old (Goof), he played one, He played knick-knack on (his) drum.”

Song: The Mickey Mouse Club March

And next we have the real Leader of the Band, Mickey Mouse, with his baton a twirlin’ and looking dapper in his bandsman uniform.

Mickey plays The Mickey Mouse Club March of course! This song was written by the Mickey Mouse Club host Jimmie Dodd and was published by Hal Leonard Corporation on July 1, 1955. But we have more band members to meet, so “Come along and sing a song and join the jamboree!”

Song: Minnie’s Yoo Hoo!

Looking demure and marching right along behind her sweetheart is Minnie Mouse playing the xylophone.

Minnie plays her signature song Minnie’s Yoo Hoo. This song was first performed by Mickey Mouse in the 1929 Short, Mickey’s Follies. It was written by Carl Stalling and Walt Disney. If you remember the lyrics, then you know that Mickey’s girlfriend is “Neither fat nor skinny, She’s the horse’s whinny, She’s (his) little Minnie Mouse!”

Song: When the Saints Go Marching In

Donald Duck is always ready to blow his own horn to prove he is every bit as good, if not better, than that over-rated mouse!

Donald plays When the Saints Go Marching In. The origins of this song are unclear. It apparently evolved in the early 1900s from a number of similarly titled gospel songs. The first known recorded version was in 1923 by the Paramount Jubilee Singers. As with many numbers with long traditional folk use, there is no one official version of the song or its lyrics. But if you like to swing, check out the version done by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra.

Song: A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody

Daisy Duck seems to be carrying a Piccolo which is a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary one. Fitting, as Daisy is no ordinary duck!

Daisy plays A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody. This was a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1919 which later became the theme song of the Ziegfeld Follies. Ooh-la-la! Berlin had agreed with Florenz Ziegfeld to write one act for his follies, including a “Ziegfeld Girl number” to showcase the pretty girls in the show. The singer of the song in the show was tenor John Steel.

Song: Happy Days Are Here Again

Pluto appears to be rocking a Kazoo or Gazoo which is a cigar-shaped musical instrument of metal or plastic with a membranous diaphragm of thin paper that vibrates with a nasal sound when the player hums into it. Fitting, being as Pluto can’t talk but can likely hum up a storm!

Pluto plays Happy Days Are Here Again. It’s a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and has been used in numerous movies. But perhaps most famously you may remember it as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s successful 1932 presidential campaign. Way to class it up, Pluto!

Before showing you the base with its design features I just have to make an observation: Wouldn’t this Marching Band be more successful if they all played the same song?

Schmid Label with Song Title & Place of Manufacture

Each Schmid music box has a label underneath that is almost impossible to read due to the plastic base. But occasionally the base is positioned just so and you can read the name of the song (this is Daisy’s base) and the place of manufacture, being Sri Lanka. Also discernable is The Walt Disney Company copyright and the tag that the piece is hand painted.

Warning Label

This sticker is present on all Schmid music boxes that come with an on/off switch. One of the main things that will devalue this type of collectible is it being overwound.

Disney & Schmid Trademarks

Apart from the labels and printing on the underside of the base you can also see ‘Disney’ and ‘Schmid’ pressed into the side of the piece.

This is a complete set of six featuring the main Disney cartoon characters. Each character wears the same uniform and marches on an identical base decorated with colorful musical notes.

To conclude, I’d like to plagiarize Mickey’s theme song by saying that “We’ve sung things and we’ve looked at things from all around the world” and now it’s time to “Go Marching!”

FUN FACT: The German surname Schmid is a cognate of “Smith”, an occupational surname for a blacksmith. This spelling is more common in Switzerland than Germany. Go figure!

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Disney Print Advertising Pages

Who would have thought that a page out of an old magazine could become a collectible just because it advertised a character, candy, or a mundane service? And when you combine a beloved product with a cool spokesperson… it even becomes priceless!

I have three examples of print advertising pages that combine great artwork, interesting characters, and an innovative premise. First, let’s have a look at a very colorful and action-packed example:

Life Savers Candy

Remember the Gremlins? Even the most rabid Disney fan can be forgiven for not knowing this abandoned project. You can learn more details about these cute little troublemakers by visiting my earlier post entitled Gremlins PVC Figurine Set. From that post I reported that “The Gremlins is a children’s book that was written by Roald Dahl and published in 1943. It was Dahl’s first children’s book, and was written for Walt Disney Productions, as a promotional device for a planned feature-length animated film.”

From the date of the writing of the original book and the ad copy on this page, I would guess that it’s from during the Second World War. Life Savers are touted as the ultimate cure for when Gremlins cause trouble on the air field, in the army camp, or at the battle station. But it seems in this instance it is the Gremlins who need help! Don’t feel too sorry for the little guys as it is probably them who caused the runaway life savers anyway.

Hertz Rental Cars

Above we see the most eclectic Board of Directors in history. Only at Disney! With Br’er Fox, the Wicked Witch, Captain Hook and Smee in on the decision making, it’s hard to imagine anything getting approved. But somehow Hertz managed to convince a majority to vote for giving them the exclusive rights to on-property rental car services.

This advertising page is dated 1971. Another fun thing to ponder is the location of the boardroom pictured here. What building would have such a view of Cinderella Castle?

Fritos Corn Chips

Last but not least we meet the Happiest Pair in Frontierland! The Frito Kid and Pecos Bill (Disney Legend Wally Boag) are billed as ‘friendly rivals’ in Frontierland with The Frito Kid hosting at the Casa de Fritos and Pecos Bill hosting over at The Golden Horseshoe Revue.

Pepsi-Cola and Fritos are the perfect pairing to quench your thirst and satisfy your case of the munchies! For more on the Frito Kid and the Golden Horseshoe Revue you can see pages 10 and 11 of the Disneyland News featured in this earlier post.

So what do you think? Are these torn-out pages from old magazines collectible? Would they look good framed and displayed on your wall? If nothing else they would be a talking point!

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Walt Disney World News August 1973

From the third year of operation comes this wonderful mono-colored newspaper with all the scuttlebutt from The Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney World!

So what was all the rage, or what Disney wanted to plug, in the Fall of 1973? Let’s find out as we turn each page! As I did with The Disneyland News Special Edition 1985 newspaper, I will give a brief synopsis of each article before the picture, and you can decide if you want to enlarge it to read all of the details.

Page One: ‘Summer Magic…’ details some of the new offerings for Fall of 1973, such as extended Park hours (to 1 am), the opening of the Plaza Pavilion restaurant on Main Street, visiting a late-night Polynesian Luau in the sheltered Luau Cove, or watching wacky Disney characters perform daring feats in the all new Water Ski Show. ‘Five Water Ski Shows…’ details the ski show that boasts iridescent costumes for the 9:30 and 11 pm shows!

Front Page / Page One

Page Two: Articles and advertisements on this page highlight the offerings for the Luau, boat cruises, and the Top of the World dinner shows (see FUN FACTS at the end of this post for more on Four King Cousins and John Gary).

Page Two

Page Three: The ‘Dining and Relaxing’ box highlights all of the fun activities to be enjoyed at both the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village. The other article lists all of the heath and beauty services one can pamper oneself with!

Page Three

Page Four: Behold the glory of old Walt Disney World maps and transportation guides! Whoever owned this newspaper before me visited eight key attractions all marked with an ‘X’. Can you spot them all?

Page Four

Page Five: Advertisements aplenty! Check out the double-feature movies you could see at the Fiesta Fun Center in the Contemporary Resort for just one dollar: Either Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. with Dick Van Dyke or Boatniks would have been amazing!

Page Five

Page Six: ‘A World of Family Recreation’ provides proof that the infamous Bob-A-Round boats actual did exist! Just $4.00 per 1/2 hour. The ‘Fort Wilderness…’ box at the bottom lays out all of the fun activities to be had in Fort Wilderness and Tri-Circle-D Ranch. The Wilderness Line was still running and you could take a canoe trip to the outermost reaches of the Vacation Kingdom, with marshmallow roast along the way, for just $1.00 per person!

Page Six

Page Seven: ‘Glad You Asked That!’ answers the burning question of what the red light flashing on the room phone means. That’s a stumper for sure! ‘Special Events’ and a ‘Travel and Tour Desk’ box are also included on this page along with a fun little Mickey Mouse cartoon.

Page Seven

Page Eight: It’s all about the golf! Be the first to book a stay in the Golf Resort Villas with tee-side accommodations. This opened in December of 1973 as the third resort at Walt Disney World. The name was changed in the mid-1980’s (possibly to Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, but I’m not 100% sure on that). But whatever it’s called now, be sure to play some Twilighter golf!

Page Eight / Back Page

Fore! Just letting you know we’re almost done with this post.

FUN FACTS: Four King Cousins are, yes still are, an American female harmonizing pop singing group. They started in 1966 and made numerous television appearances including The Don Knotts Show. A little Disney tie-in for you there. Want another one? They also appeared in the early 70’s on ABC’s Silver Anniversary Celebration with a long list of star performers including… Fred MacMurray! They not only performed annually at the Top of the World supper club in Walt Disney World but also on Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Stage.

FUN FACTS: John Gary performed over 40 concerts a year in his heyday and recorded 24 albums for RCA Victor. He even had his own television show and was one of Elvis Presley’s favorite singers. Aren’t you ashamed you’ve never heard of him?

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Walt Disney’s Mickey Maus Cake Decorator

“These cake decorations will be fun for everyone” boasts the cover copy on this unique cooking accessory from the Allstar company of West Germany. 6 different patterns are available to make your ho-hum cake really pop! And these stencils can be used with coloured frosting.

Package Cover

According to Allstar these lovely party cakes are easy to do. But being as I can’t find any record of this company on the Net anymore, maybe it was harder than they thought?

Mickey Mouse with Stars

Each stencil has a Disney character with a signature shape. For Mickey, the ‘star’ attraction, he gets stars.

Minnie Mouse with Kisses
Goofy with Lightning Bolts

I understand the kisses for Minnie but don’t quite get what lightning has to do with one of the dimmest Disney characters (I mean that in a good way with all due love and respect).

Pluto with Dog Houses
Donald Duck with Sailor Hats

Each stencil is 8.5″ in diameter.

Daisy Duck with Hearts

So six of Disney’s biggest characters made the cut of the cake. What characters would you like to see immortalized in powdered sugar, chocolate powder, or coloured frosting?

Back of Package Cover

Remember: There is ‘no limit to your imagination!’ if you believe the back cover.

So this is from West Germany. I wonder if that is a Black Forest Cake pictured there?

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The Disneyland News Special Edition 1985

The Disneyland News was sold as ‘Disneyland’s Hometown Newspaper’ and was available as a promotional souvenir during the Park’s early years. You could buy it off the rack or from newsboys all along Main Street U.S.A. for just 10 cents, or $1.20 for a one-year mail subscription.

This commemorative Special Edition was a reproduction of the original copy of The Disneyland News with some updated ‘reporting’ of course! It was put together as a part of the larger promotion called “Designing the Dream” – A Disney Retrospective. “Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary Celebration” was a companion television special that aired on NBC on February 18, 1985.

Not surprisingly, Marty Sklar is listed as Honorary Editor-in-Chief of this reproduction paper as he was the man responsible for writing the original editions as his first job at Disney.

So as the first page says: “Let’s put up our feet, relax, and take a wonderful tour of the Happiest Place on Earth…” Here on out I will give a brief synopsis of what you will find on each page above the picture of that page, and you can decide if you’d like to enlarge it so you can read the full articles.

Page One: ‘Dateline: Disneyland’ reviews opening day. ‘National Press…’ lists Press reactions to the Park. ‘Gala Parades’ is a nice piece explaining how important Parades have been at Disneyland. And we are also treated to a picture of Walt himself alongside the 30th Anniversary logo.

Cover / Page One

Page Two: ‘With High Hopes’ is a heartfelt expansion of the dedication speech by Walt Disney himself. A Picture of the original businesses along Main Street. And some vintage advertising.

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Page Three: ‘Under the Gaslight’ contains memories from Marty Sklar including opening day shenanigans, a wayward ostrich, and a stuck Tinkerbell. ‘Tour of Main Street…’ gives an interesting history of what the buildings on Main Street have been used for over the years.

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Page Four: ‘Tomorrowland Exhibits…’ lists some of the show spiel for the amazing Hall of Aluminum. ‘A Visit to Progress City’ gives us a seat on the Carousel of Progress to hear all about… well, progress!

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Page Five: Thrill to an aerial picture of Tomorrowland, an advertisement for the ‘Bathroom of Tomorrow’, and learn how to buy a piece of the moon for just one dollar!

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Pages Six & Seven: Pictures of Disneyland under construction from 1954-55 and some shots from the 1959 Tomorrowland expansion.

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Page Eight: The ‘Circus Show’ article gives a good overview of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus and ‘Cartoon Adventures…’ details how the dark rides of Fantasyland were created.

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Page Nine: ‘Souvenirs Galore’ lists all of the fun and crazy things you could take home from Hobbyland. And ladies, don’t miss the complete collection of the Knights of the Round Table separates! Exclusive creations from Fantasy of Disneyland.

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Page Ten: In ‘Orange Grove Becomes Jungle’ we learn how the famous Jungle Cruise came to be. ‘New Orleans Square…’ fills us in on all the mystery behind The Pirates of the Caribbean. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a Foot-saver Alpergatas. I don’t know what it is either, but you could buy one in 1955 from The Tropic Traders in Adventureland.

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Page Eleven: ‘Frontierland Restaurants’ gives us a tasty tour of eatin’ in the old West along with a chance to meet the Frito Kid! ‘Frontier Days Recalled’ lists all of the fun attractions to be found in Nature’s Wonderland. And don’t miss the rootin’ tootin’ ads on this page!

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Back Page / Page Twelve: The articles on this last page are just the ends of articles from previous pages. Hungry? The Chicken of the Sea and the Market House are advertising for your patronage! And check out that wonderful map showing the main routes to Disneyland.

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And how much was a day at Disneyland going to cost you in the 1950’s? It was advised to plan on spending between 4 and 4.5 hours in the Park. Adults could gain admission and eight rides of their choice for just $2.50 with children getting the same deal for just $1.50. And apparently changes had to be made because patrons were complaining about the high price of going to Disneyland. I’ll just let that sink in.

To put this in perspective, the Red Wagon Inn on the plaza was advertising sizzling steaks and juicy chops in complete dinners for only $1.65 or $1.50 for lunch! Children could eat for just $1.00! AND you could get a coupon for a free Disneyland Souvenir Guide, no purchase necessary. Yup. What a ripoff!

I purchased this years ago from eBay and just love it! The fact that it has yellowed (because of the cheap paper) makes it feel genuinely vintage.

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