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:
12″ x 12″ Presentation Box
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.
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:
New: Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure
New: Remember the Magic Parade / ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
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.
New: Toy Story Parade
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.
New: Planet Hollywood
Old: The Disney Village Marketplace
Character Dining chart and map
WDW Maps: Three Parks (no Animal Kingdom yet)
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:
Autographs from four Big Celebs!
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!