Back When I Was a Kid

Back when I was a kid, I had to walk to school, uphill, both ways.
Television? We had 3 networks and PBS. That’s it.
And we had to get information out of things called books.
For instance, if I wanted to know something about a favorite animated Disney character, such as Humphrey, instead of Googling, I’d open up this wonderful tome.
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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters by John Grant was purchased at the Disney Store I was a Cast Member at back in 1993.
There is a forward by Disney Archivist Dave Smith, as well as a special forward from Roy E. Disney for this Second Edition.
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With the dust jacket off.
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This book is a wealth of knowledge, starting way back with the Laugh-O-Grams, The Alice Comedies, and Oswald, and going through to Aladdin, with a description of every character from every short, animated feature, and television series in between.
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Oh, and another thing about television, to change the channel, we had to get up, walk way over to the 13 inch TV, and do it ourselves!
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Figment in Space

On a trip to Walt Disney World with friends, they surprised me with a Park Starz Vinylmation, which turned out to be the Haunted Mansion Bride.
They stayed a couple of extra days, and upon their return, they presented me with this:
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This Figment is from Park Series 7, representing Figment in his space suit from Journey Into Imagination.
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And he has his tail painted on.
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By artist Thomas Scott.
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I have some pretty great friends.
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Mickey Mouse/Brave Little Tailor MUSICAL FIGURINES

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My favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon is “The Brave Little Tailor”. Released in 1938, this was one of the last of the old, and in my opinion, best, Mickey cartoons, before his retooling for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. To me, this is Mickey’s finest hour. If you haven’t seen it, it can be found on the Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color DVD set.

I have quite a few Mickey as The Brave Little Tailor collectibles. I picked these 2 musical figures up while working at a Disney Store in the mid 90’s.

Mickey didn’t battle the giant for 6 million golden pazoozas. He did it for the hand of Princess Minnie!

Wind her up and Minnie plays “Someday My Prince Will Come”


The killer of seven with one blow, Tailor Mickey:

Mickey plays “When You Wish Upon a Star”

Be sure to check out all seven of my Brave Little Tailor posts:

HAT / MUG / CLOCK / VINYLMATION / BOBBLE HEAD / MUSICAL FIGURINES

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Another Stuffed Figment!

In the post entitled Flea Market Find: Stuffed Figment, I presented a stuffed Figment I found at the flea market.
Well, recently, I found this at the same persons table.
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Although it was marked $12, the woman recognized me, and remembered me asking if she had any more Figment. She had brought this just for me! The really wonderful part of this story, however, is she only asked me for $1 for it!
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Why does it have Disneyland on it’s tag along with Walt Disney World? Did they sell Figment at Disneyland? Why?
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A little Disney magic at the flea market!
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100 Years of Magic in Glass

In 2001-2002, Disney celebrated what would have been Walt Disney’s 100th birthday with the 100 Years of Magic Celebration.
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McDonald’s released this glassy, er, classy, set of glasses.
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Each of the four glasses featured a park icon, with movie and character trivia, and even a quote from Walt!
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This first glass features Spaceship Earth.
Park Trivia: EPCOT originally stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
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The Walt Disney quote: “Today we are shapers of the world of tomorrow.”
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Movie Trivia: Buzz Lightyear said “To Infinity and Beyond” only 2 times in “Toy Story”
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Character trivia: Belle is the French word for beauty.
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The inside bottom of the glass.
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This glass displays Cinderella Castle.
Park trivia: Tinker Bell starts the fireworks nightly at the Magic Kingdom.
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The Walt Disney quote: “Fantasy…lies beyond the reach of time.”
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Pinocchio had to be “brave, truthful and unselfish” to become a real boy.
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Dumbo’s real name was actually “Jumbo Jr.”.
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Bambi was taught that “twitterpated” meant falling in love.
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Park Trivia for this next glass: There are 325 animal carvings on The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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The Walt Disney quote: “…nature herself writes the most interesting stories”
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Goofy-first known as “Dippy Dawg”-stars in “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle” Parade.
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“Simba” is the Swahili word for “lion”.
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The outside bottom of the glass.
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Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat at the Disney Studios is 122 ft. tall.
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“Kiss Me” were the only words ever spoken by Pluto.
Donald’s middle name is “Fauntleroy.”
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“…it was all started by a mouse.” Walt Disney
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Here’s to the next 100 years of Disney Magic!
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Walt Disney World’s 20th Press Kit

I don’t know where I got this Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Press Kit. I also don’t remember what I paid for it.
What I do know is, it’s a fascinating look at a very exciting time in Walt Disney World history.
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Let’s turn the handle and see what pops up.
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Roger Rabbit! A character now sadly absent at Walt Disney World.
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Inside is a packet of information, and a small calendar covering park hours for the 3 gates at that time, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Disney-MGM Studio from October 1991 to January 1992.
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The information included would make anyone interested in Disney park history, drool.
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  • An overview of some of the new surprises awaiting guests, such as “Spectromagic” and “Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D”.
  • 20 reasons to visit Walt Disney World, such as “Surprise in the Skies” a daytime extravaganza above and around Epcot’s World Showcase, and “Sorcery in the Sky”, a fireworks display at Disney-MGM Studios.
  • 2 pages of Milestones, Attendance Marks, and Attraction Opening dates.
  • Park statistics and employment info. 33,000 employees at that time!
  • Pricing. A one day ticket? $33. 4 day pass? $111. Annual Pass? $190!
  • Personalities available for interviews, such as Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Roy E. Disney.
  • A list of the celebrities that would be in the “Parade of Stars” in the 20 Year Homecoming Celebration at Disney-MGM Studios. Stars such as, Sally Struthers, Art Linkletter, and Eva Gabor!
  • Golf Course info
  • Information about a new concept in family vacationing called the Disney Vacation Club.

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And if that wasn’t enough, there is a plethora of 8×10 glossy photographs, with information on the back.
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The 20th Anniversary “Surprise” Celebration Parade.
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Dinosaurs, I confess, I never ever watched.
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Before it was Old Key West, it was the Disney Vacation Club Resort.
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Muppets!
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I hope Spectromagic returns soon!
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I had the great fortune to see most of the attractions described and shown here, and I must say, a lot of it is missed. The “Surprise” parade in the Magic Kingdom was amazing, and “Surprise in the Skies” at Epcot was also spectacular. And while I know “Fantasmic” is incredibly popular, I am not a fan of the crowds, and preferred “Sorcery in the Sky” at the Studios.
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Also included is a Vacation Guide.
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The back cover of the folder.
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I hope you enjoyed this trip with me down memory lane.
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Mighty Ducks Merchandise

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not really a sports fan. I’ll watch the occasional baseball or football game, but that’s as far as it goes. So, what possessed me to purchase this Mighty Duck’s merchandise? Where did I get it, and what did it cost?.
I have no idea.
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I enjoyed the movie, but couldn’t tell you one thing about it now, except that it’s a movie about a hockey team starring Emilio Estevez. As a Disney Store Cast Member at that time, I felt obligated to see all the Disney Movies being released so I could discuss them with guests. At least that was my excuse.
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Back to the merchandise.
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Disney founded the Mighty Ducks Hockey team in 1993. I know this from this ornament, which tells me the Ducks inaugural season is 93-94. An ornament? Really? At least it’s festive, with the confetti inside and all.

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Maybe I bought this Matchbox car because it was a Limited Edition?

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And then there is the hockey puck. If I remember correctly, I actually bought the case separately. The little cash register is dinging in my brain.

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Another classic example of, “What was I thinking?”
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It’s “In the Bag”

My very favorite Disney cartoon doesn’t star any of the Fab Five. “In the Bag” stars a bear.
Humphrey the Bear.
This short is easily viewable on YouTube, and indeed, Lee linked to it back on May 9th, 2010.
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You can also get it on DVD, included on the “Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s” set.
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I can almost guarantee, once you see this short, the song will be stuck in your head. And don’t be surprised if you are tempted to start doing the “Humphrey Bump” with your spouse, partner,
friend, co-worker or random stranger.
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His costar in this short is Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore, voiced by Bill Thompson, voice of Mr. Smee.
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I have Beanie Characters of this duo:
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But my favorite pieces are these Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpts from 2006. They bear (no pun intended!) the Tea Cup production mark.
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Humphrey and the Ranger are prominently featured in the intro of the Mickey Mouse club, and these figures capture them at perhaps their finest. Indeed, they have a very prominent place in my living room:
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The ranger piece is titled “Beat the Drum” and measures 6 and 1/4 inches.
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Humphrey’s piece is titled “March in Step” and measures 7 and 1/4 inches.
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Now I’m off to dance with my wife.
“Da-da da-da dum, da-da da-da dum, bump, bump.”
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Epcot Opening Day Guide

I’ve seen this guide book, dated 1982, listed on eBay as the Opening Day Guide, although there is nothing on the cover to indicate as much. When I bought it at an antique store many years ago, the white label that someone annoyingly put on the cover, and which, as you can see, I unsuccessfully removed, stated that it was a pre-opening guide. I payed $10 for it.

The back cover.
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Regardless of what it is, I love it. It is like a time capsule, showing many beloved attractions, some still with us, others changed or extinct, pavilion sponsors, and those terrific Epcot Center logos.
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Some of the companies that were sponsors don’t even exist any longer.
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I miss Dreamfinder. Who am I kidding, I miss the whole original ride!

And perhaps my all time favorite ride, Horizons.

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On the World Showcase side, the artwork is even more stunning.

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There is even a preview for 3 nations that were planned, announced, but never made it.

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Finally the book ends showing some of the workmanship that went into what I consider a Wonder of the World, Epcot.

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Thank you for traveling back in time with me, and sharing one of my favorite pieces of Disneyana.