The Magical Music of Walt Disney Box Set

The Walt Disney Studio is best known for its achievements in both Shorts and feature-length animations. Live-action movies aren’t far behind. But after those must come music! Because for almost every Disney movie you know, you can probably hum a tune that you identify with that movie. Yes?

Hence, we have The Magical Music of Walt Disney box set, brought to you with glorious 8-Track tape quality:

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Ahhh… 1978 lives!

I found this set at a charity shop for just $5.99 CAN and just had to have it, even though I don’t have an 8-track player. Who does?

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Front and Back of the Box Set

This commemorative box set was released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the creation of Mickey Mouse, who you might remember, first appeared on-screen in the 1928 Short entitled Steamboat Willie.

So it all started with a mouse and ended, in 1978, with this glorious tribute.

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Who remembers these?

My father bought an old Fargo van when I was still a teenager and it actually had an 8-track player in it (along with a 3-on-the-tree shifter) and I would borrow it to ‘cruise.’ I cranked the two tapes I found on the floor of the van. One was Burton Cummings, I think. Good times in rural Ontario!

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Big. Bulky. And beautiful!

Apart from just wanting an unusual piece for my disneyana collection, I also bought this set because it has a 52-page full-color book included. It starts with an introduction to both Dick Schory, the producer of this set, and the book itself. Next, there is a two-page spread about Walt Disney. Let’s have a look at one page from that spread:

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This montage shows Walt from his beginnings up to just months before his death (center picture, on the set of The Happiest Millionaire).

Next is a two-page spread featuring the art of Disney animation. Below is one page from that spread:

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The next several pages cover Mickey’s early years in Shorts as well as the Silly Symphonies, and Mickey’s later years.

The book moves into the feature-length feature films starting with Snow White and including Pinocchio, Dumbo (below), and Bambi.

Next we are treated to some of the great animated classics of the Forties:

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Following is Song of the South, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty. Then the True-Life Adventures series is covered as are the later animated years with 101 Dalmatians and The Rescuers, among others.

The live-action movies are covered next with Mary Poppins and Pete’s Dragon, both known for their excellent use of music.

Below are pages showing the music and sound effects departments:

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The book concludes with a look at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks. Both have a long history of musical storytelling!

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Sweet Nostalgia!

So maybe some day in the distant future, 8-track tapes will make the same comeback journey that vinyl has today… but I doubt it! Oh well. This set makes a great keepsake, a conversation piece, and definitely provides a cool slice of Disney history.

For more cool Disney history, check out my book reviews of The Magic of Disneyland and Walt Disney World and Walt Disney, an American Original.

Thomas Alva Edison’s 73rd Birthday Light Bulb

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. 73 years later on February 11th,  1920, a party was thrown in honor of this event, and a very special object was given to each person that attended: A very special light bulb.

The first practical incandescent light bulb was created by Thomas Edison and his team of researchers in Edison’s laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. They tested more than 3,000 designs for bulbs between 1878 and 1880. In November 1879, Edison filed a patent for an electric lamp with a carbon filament.

The Henry Ford Museum in Deerborn, MI., has an extensive collection of Edison artifacts including the interesting one eluded to in the sign below:

The souvenir light bulb from this event is very rare as the picture of Edison on the bulb itself was made of a very fragile material that deteriorated quickly when exposed, ironically enough, to light. Apparently some guests even used the bulb as a bulb causing the picture to fall or burn off! Maybe they kept the box, at least?

The Henry Ford Museum has a few examples, the best surviving one is shown in this post.

Edison died on October 18, 1931, leaving behind a much more illuminated world!

The Windsor Star Weekend Magazine

This large format 28-page magazine supplement was quite an impressive publication in its day! The two copies that I have were inserted into the weekend edition of The Windsor Star newspaper in the late 1970’s. It had both black and white and color pages.

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September 17th and November 5th, 1977

I found these at a yard sale just outside of Windsor, ON. I paid $2.00 a piece for them which is funny when you consider that they were given away free with a newspaper almost 40 years ago!

But I think you can guess why I bought them?

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10 1/2″ x 12″

Obviously Mickey and Minnie caught my eye and so buying that issue was a no-brainer. I also love vintage television programs so the other issue also became a must-have.

So let’s take a look at the content of the article entitled 50 Years of Mickey Mouse:

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This was a fun but brief article which you are welcome to read by enlarging the pictures above. I especially enjoyed page 11 as I have some of the merchandise pictured there!

Apart from the cover story in the second issue of this set, I found another Disney reference inside. Disney placed an advertisement on pages 14 and 15:

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Who wants some cookies?

The contest would award 40 vacation trips to Walt Disney World, 100 authentic Mickey Mouse watches, and 200 Fantasia soundtracks. All you had to do was state how many cookies you could see in the jar. Disney even made it easier by giving the possible answers in the form of multiple choice on the entry form.

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Enlarge and read those rules!

Unfortunately we are all 39 years too late to enter. Just our luck, eh! But it is still fun to see these old promotions and product tie-ins.

So just how many cookies were in the jar? Was it 9, 14, 21, 35, or 49? Who cares, just give me one! Hey, stale or not, I love me some cookies!

Walt Disney World ‘2000’ Collector Plate

Most of the year-themed collectors merchandise tends to be a bit generic. Just a bunch of Disney characters standing around a number while smiling and waving. So if you buy a 2016 t-shirt at Walt Disney World to commemorate your visit, you will have only the remainder of the year to wear it, and then it really had nothing to offer.

The commemorative plate that I am sharing in this post fits the year-themed design standard. Let’s have a look and then we can discuss why this plate will have more staying power than that 1997 coffee mug in your cupboard:

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2000 – Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand

This was a big celebration for Walt Disney World if not the whole real world. Of course we were all waiting for our computers to explode but still managed to get to the parks for some fun.

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Nice packaging

The original price for this plate was $25.00 US which was probably a bit pricey back in 2000. They are common today being found on any resale sight for considerably less. I paid just $12.50 CAN for this one.

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For decorative purposes only

This plate has been in its packaging since it was purchased and still has the price sticker affixed to the plate itself.

So back to the year-themed design. Because the year 2000 was a world milestone, this plate, and by extension perhaps any of the 2000 themed merchandise, has more staying power. Displaying this would make sense.

What some people thought did not make sense was this:

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Spaceship Earth with Mickey Hand & 2000 Emblem

The wand and “2000” were installed in celebration of the new millennium, but the ‘2000’ was changed to “Epcot” in 2001. The Mickey hand and wand remained atop Spaceship Earth until it was removed in 2007, just in time for Epcot’s 25th anniversary.

I wasn’t there to see the ‘2000’ but did see the ‘Epcot’ emblem during my first trip to Walt Disney World with my wife in 2006. It’s interesting that the plate design does not include this feature atop Spaceship Earth.

So did you appreciate the addition of the wand and emblems atop Spaceship Earth? Or were you upset that the Imagineers were Messing With Disney Icons? Click the link to see what I had to say about this issue back in August of 2014.

WDW 25th Anniversary Guide & T-shirt

I love finding unusual items for my collection, and when I saw this Special Edition release for the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, I just had to have it:

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12″ x 12″ Presentation Box

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One Anniversary Guide and T-shirt (medium)

This is from perhaps one of the most vilified promotions in WDW history. It included the hated Birthday Cake Castle, as pictured on the cover of the Anniversary Guide.

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I for one wish I could have seen the Birthday Cake Castle in person, if for no other reason than to say ‘I was there!’ ‘I saw it!’ But my trips to WDW would bracket this promotion.

Let’s have a look at the contents of the Anniversary Guide. As we do, I’ll point out the new attractions that were offered for this promotion:

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New: Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure

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New: Remember the Magic Parade / ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

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New: Ellen DeGeneres Universe of Energy / Honey I Shrunk the Audience

I hear that as of 2016, the Honey I Shrunk the Audience attraction will be discontinued. Not perhaps the worse news?

I’d also like to mention that Epcot had some new Streetmosphere acts in the form of Stilt Birds and Moving Statues for 1996.

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New: Toy Story Parade

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New: Blizzard Beach

It’s also interesting to note that at this time, 1996, WDW had three water parks, as River Country was still in operation. Discovery Island was also open and the two attractions were advertised as two great places to be visited in one day.

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New: Planet Hollywood

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Old: The Disney Village Marketplace

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Character Dining chart and map

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WDW Maps: Three Parks (no Animal Kingdom yet)

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Back Cover

I hope you can take the time to enlarge the above pictures and enjoy a look into the past of WDW as it was found in 1996!

But this great box set also contained a very nice t-shirt with the promotional logo and a special surprise on the back:

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Autographs from four Big Celebs!

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Mickey Inc. Made in the USA

I haven’t worn this t-shirt (it wouldn’t fit anyway!) instead choosing to leave it with the set. I enjoy opening it up from time to time for a look into the past of my favorite Disney park!

Mickey & Minnie Champagne Glasses

No day off for me would be complete without a visit to an antique and collectible shop. Next to that is the old standby: The Charity Shop! I Usually frequent Value Village, but this past weekend, I found a new shop called Talize.

I walked through the place looking for Disney items, and found a few things, but nothing worth ‘saving’ into my collection or for future resale. But my wife admitted she had seen something I would probably like (you see, she doesn’t always want to help me feed my collecting bug) and took me back to the glassware aisle to show me:

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Not one set, but two!

Karen and I don’t have a lot of wine glasses as we don’t drink much. But as these were wedding-themed, and we have just passed our 25th Anniversary, I felt they needed to call our cupboard home!

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Looking neat and pretty!

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These cost me a whopping 69 cents each. They are glass with a stencil, and not the more expensive crystal type with engraving. A set of those would be upwards of $50 a pair. These may be worth about $5.00 a pair.

But a night sipping wine or champagne out of them with my lady fair? Priceless!

For another wine-related post, please see Disney Cruise Wine Selection.

Remember The Magic Ceramic Figure

Guest Blogger: Nick Maglio

I bought this great ceramic commemorative figure of Genie, Simba, Mickey, and Goofy back in 2oo6 during Walt Disney World’s 35th Anniversary.

A Magical Time in a Magical Place. This figure measures 7 inches tall

An interesting collection of characters. It works for me though.

This is reminiscent of the “group hug” scene in Aladdin, after Al has made his third and final wish, freeing Genie. I love that scene!

It’s time to remember the magic!  Made in Thailand. Original price: $45 US

And that gets us to the bottom of things!

Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary Vinylmations


Recently, Mary, a co-worker of my wife’s, went to the Olympics in London. And then to Disneyland Paris. She asked my wife if she would like anything. My wife did some investigation, and discovered there were some 20th Anniversary Vinylmations and asked her to pick them up.

On my birthday, she presented me with 2 wrapped boxes that I immediately knew were Vinylmation, but I was completely taken by surprise by the actual items themselves! First up, let’s take a look at Donald. Donald is sporting a Sorcerer type hat, with a crescent moon adorned shirt and a tie:

The box below says, in French: ‘No returns or exchanges, or…refunded’. At least that’s what the French-to-English software I used told me.


“With Vinylmation, the imagination is without end! The Disney artists have created original designs and innovation on the basis of a character in three dimensions. This box contains one of the four figurines of the range ’20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris’. Build your collection with your favorites. You have the choice!”


At the time of me writing this, 12.88 Euros is approximately $16 American! Kind of steep for a Vinylmation!

Nice illustration of Tinker Bell over “Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant”, or “The Castle of the Beauty Sleeping in the Wood”. Wow. French is different!

The other side features an illustration of Mickey Mouse:


And speaking of Mickey Mouse, that is the second figure I received::

I’m going to keep Donald in his box, because I really like the packaging. But I took Mickey out of his box because it was a little damaged.

Mickey here is sporting a Sorcerer hat with matching robes and tie:


I feel the back is…odd. I guess the white strip on the back of the head is the collar to his cape?


Interesting that the bottom of the figure is in English while the majority of the packaging is in French:


My wife also asked Mary to pick up any interesting items featuring her favorite character, Stitch. She bought these two awesome pins:


She also got this really great pin:


Press the button on the back…


… and Stitch’s body pops out!


The bag all the goodies came in:


Some really great gifts from a really great friend!

Disney Store 25th Anniversary Mug

This mug was offered the Disney Store:

It’s quite big! But that just means more coffee for me in the mornings!

The image of the Fab Five is repeated all the way around. Why not put different characters on it? I guess Disney’s biggest stars wanted an exclusive booking!


Disney Store, making magic since 1987

Disney Store 25th Anniversay Vinylmation Series

This Vinylmation set was recently released exclusively at the Disney Store to commemorate its 25th anniversary.

Created by Disney artist Jim Valeri

Which one did I get?

Well, I actually bought two. The first one I opened was Eeyore. Not one I was interested in, sorry to you Pooh fans.

The next one I was excited to get. Buzz Lightyear!

The biggest issue with this series is that the faces are not illuminated when the bottom is lit up. In a dark setting, you essentially can’t see the figures face.

Despite that one issue, I do like some of the figures in this set, Grumpy being at the top of the list.

Maybe I’ll be able to trade Eeyore for one!

Please check out our post entitled The Problem with Vinylmation Trading for an insightful (?) essay on this fad/trend/phenomenon.