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.

Tsum Tsum Stackable Collectible Figurines

Disney and I have a partnership going that is pretty lopsided! They put out collectible whatever and I buy it. They get my money, and I get… stuff. Case in point: Tsum Tsum stackable collectible figurines!

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Nine in a Set

I’ve resisted branching out into the smaller plastic versions of this merchandise line after adding an assortment of the original plush versions to my collection. You can see those here. The link will take you to a Swedish Chef Tsum Tsum, but that post has a link to other plush Tsum Tsum characters as well.

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The Backside of Tsum Tsum

And by ‘backside’ I mean their backsides! Don’t look at Snow White, it would be rude.

Now let’s free the little critters:

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Who is the mystery character?

More on who the mystery character is later. In each of these sets, you get three large, three medium, and three small sizes of characters. My large characters are:

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Stitch

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Snow White

Tsum Tsum Eeyore

Eeyore

My medium characters are:

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Lady

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Hiro (Mystery Character)

I was pleasantly surprised to get Hiro, as Big Hero 6 is one of my favorite Disney movies!

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Buzz Lightyear

I actually broke down and bought this set solely because of this Buzz Lightyear figure. Buzz as a tiny gerbil? Irresistible!

And finally, my small characters are:

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Joy, Piglet, and Mickey Mouse

A secondary reason for buying this set was to obtain the Joy character for my wife.

These silly little things could definitely grow on me and I already realize that I will have to put up a strong fight against buying more! And how will I know what to look for?

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Tsum Tsum Collector Guide

This little fold-out booklet comes with every set of Tsum Tsum stackable figures. What I purchased is part of the Series 2 collection:

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40 Characters in all!

Now keep in mind that if you want the complete series, you will have to collect 120 individual pieces, as each character comes in all three sizes of small, medium, and large. Depending on how Disney has apportioned the characters throughout the packs, you will have to buy at least 13 packs at $19.97 each. Round that up to an even $20.00 and those 13 packs are going to cost you $260.00 CAN.

Now I’m sure I’ve seen duplicates of characters in multiple packs, which means you will have to buy more packs and you will end up with duplicate characters. So I advise trading with friends!

So will you zoom zoom to the store to buy these Tsum Tsum figures?

Luggage: Mickey and Minnie Disney Day Bag

We don’t have a lot of Disney-themed luggage but it is nice to have one or two pieces to add a bit of fun to our trips. Recently friends of ours gave us this nice Disney Day Bag:

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Approximately 8″W x 8″D x 18″L

This is a perfect size for day trips or overnight stays. We will probably use it to carry toiletries and such.

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Mickey and Minnie are shown in their classic versions in both black and white and with some splashes of color.

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The inside of the bag is bright red which matches the color of the zipper and Minnie’s hat.

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Global Design Concepts Inc.

So the next time we take a trip we will do so in Disney style!

For more luggage goodness, check out a Hidden Mickey Luggage Tag by clicking the link.

Psychedelic Disney Character T-Shirt Design

Disney merchandise, especially artwork, tends to reflect just about every design trend of the past and present. Even movements like Psychedelic are fair game for wall art and t-shirt designs:

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Now that’s a trip!

I found this example as a print on a t-shirt in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) at Walt Disney World back in 2010.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto all appear a number of times depicted in different styles from over the years or from different Short subjects they appeared in.

How many of each character can you find? And which character appears the most? Have fun on your trippy trip!

And for more Disney T-shirts and a woman’s ‘T’ featuring Cinderella’s Coach, just click the links!

Tomorrowland Speedway Car from Walt Disney World

The Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite attractions! I just love choking on the gas fumes as I bump around the track listening to the motors of dozens of (basically) little go-carts. And that wasn’t sarcasm, I really do love this attraction for just those reasons!

So when I started to find these great toys on eBay and elsewhere, I started building my fleet:

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 Mickey Mouse Driving No. 45

I purchased this model recently even though I already have one. And I have two red ones and a blue one. And I’ll add dozens more if I can find them!

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Nice bumper. NO BUMPING!

Eventually I am going to build a large Walt Disney World layout in my basement with a monorail set-up and, of course, a Tomorrowland Speedway track. That’s why I need a fleet. See, it makes perfect sense, my buying dozens of these things.

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No brake lights. Maybe that’s why people bump!

Now my wife stared at me in disbelief when I told her I had just purchased something that I already had. More than one of. And wanted dozens more of. What is it with women???

Speedway Undercarriage

Oh, Mickey flipped it again!

So maybe the guide rails on the track are a good idea after all.

I paid $10.00 CAN for this particular example. They sold for $12.00 US back in the day:

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Isn’t everything?

These toy cars use a pullback motor. Pulling the car backward (hence the name) winds up an internal coil spring. When released, the car is propelled forward by the spring. When the spring has unwound and the car is moving, the motor is disengaged by a clutch or ratchet and the car then rolls freely onward. Winding must be completed in one pass.

To see my collection of Disneyland Autopia toy cars, just click the link! It is from the days of Chevron sponsorship.

Jewelry: Charm Bracelet with Multiple Beads

We added two new beads to my wife’s charm bracelet this year for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. It continues to be an ever-changing piece of jewelry holding our memories of the years we’ve spent together.

Of course, it has become as eclectic as our relationship in that it contains beads from a variety of companies, instead of from just one. That would be boring! Here is what we have assembled so far:

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7 Beads with Spacers

The actual bracelet, or chain, is a sterling silver no-name variant (FNA Italy) we got from an independent store. But any bead, whether Pandora, Chamilia, or Persona will fit onto it, sometimes needing a little persuasion. Of course, there are many more companies in the bead business!

Pandora is an exclusive line requiring jewelry stores to jump through many hoops to qualify to carry it. The market opened up to other bead companies because many stores couldn’t, or wouldn’t, meet Pandora’s criteria.

The company designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and contemporary jewelry made from high-quality materials at affordable prices (that’s open for debate!). Pandora jewelry is sold in more than 100 countries on six continents through approximately 9,000 points of sale, including more than 2,000 concept stores.

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Pandora Disney Cruise Line Exclusive ‘Cruise Ship’

Sterling Silver

We bought this bead on board the Disney Wonder while on our 25th Wedding Anniversary Cruise (from Hell). Click the link to begin reading of our unfortunate experience. The bead was by far the best thing to come out of this life event apart from another year of marriage!

This bead could only be bought on board the ship and cost $60.00 US at the time. Because of its exclusivity some eBay Sellers are trying to get upwards of $105.00 US for it now.

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Pandora Disney ‘Mickey & Minnie Love’

Sterling Silver & Clear CZ

We purchased this bead for our 27th from a local Pandora concept store. It cost $75.00 US and was perfect as it beautifully matches our Precious Moments figurine called Love at First Kiss, which you can see by clicking the link.

Also, notice the proliferation of hearts on the bead: Surrounding the bead, framing Mickey and Minnie, and made by Mickey and Minnie’s hands.

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Persona ‘Snoopy on Dog House’

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Every bead on my wife’s bracelet was purchased as a reminder of some special event in her life. This bead was my gift to her for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. She wanted a Snoopy bead because of my love of the character, which is linked to a childhood memory of mine of a little stuffed Snoopy I used to sleep with. Awwww!

Persona was launched in 2009 and is distributed by First Jewelry Limited. Persona is currently sold online, through their state of the art e-commerce store, and in over 1,000 brick-and-mortar retail stores across North America. The three main jewelry stores I know of that sell Persona beads are Zales in the U.S. and Peoples/Mappins in Canada.

We purchased this Snoopy on Dog House bead from Mappins for $50.00 US.

There is still a lot of room on this bracelet for more beads and I’m sure we’ll be adding more as our adventure together continues!

Precious Moments ‘Love at First Kiss’ Figurine

Precious Moments is a very nice line of figurines, or sculptures, featuring the little moments in life that we treasure so much. Yes, that are precious to us! The figurine I am sharing in this post was given to my wife and me for our 27th Wedding Anniversary.

I wonder how they knew we’d like something with a Disney theme?

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Almost there…

I guess kissing is harder when you both have big noses. But this iconic couple has been putting in an awful lot of practice over the years!

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Hands Up!

Mickey and Minnie just have to do things their own way, I guess. You see, usually, people lift a foot when they kiss, they don’t curl their fingers!

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And they finally plant one!

When you go back in time to when Mickey first met Minnie in the Disney Short ‘Plane Crazy’ you find a very different relationship. Minnie isn’t too sure of her little suitor and slaps him when he tries to get fresh.

Mickey shows all of us guys that perseverance will win the day! But maybe you should ask before puckering up.

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Love at First Kiss: 2015

If this post has made you feel a little amorous, why not check out our earlier post where we and our friends at The Magical Blogorail list the most romantic restaurants in Walt Disney World.

Disney 75 Years Commemorative Lithographs

Lithographs are great collectibles and Disney makes good use of them to promote their animated feature films and characters in general. I recently acquired an impressive stash of lithographs including these ones from The Disney Store:

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Disney Store Exclusives

From my research I’ve concluded that this was a set of two as I have been unable to find other examples on the Net or elsewhere. Most agree that they are from 1996, which would put the start date of the Disney company at 1921. In 1921, Walt Disney was contracted by Milton Feld to animate twelve cartoons, which he called Newman’s Laugh-O-grams. So these lithographs seem to commemorate the start of Walt’s first company, Laugh-o-Gram Studios. On May 23, 1922, Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated by Disney using the remaining assets of the defunct Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists and local investors.

Interestingly, the first twelve cartoons Disney did were reworked Fairy Tales and did not feature either of the two characters depicted in these lithographs. Even Alice of the Alice Comedies was a few years off from the 1921 date.

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Front and Back of folders

You’ll note that the back of the folder has perforations to allow the panel behind the celluloid picture to be removed. This is to allow light to pass through the cell causing it to be backlit, thus:

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The definition of backlit: A light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background, or to illuminate (something) from behind.

Here are closeups of both cells:

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So just what is a lithograph?

By definition, it is the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing. It is also a similar process in which a substance other than stone, as aluminum or zinc, is used.

And now you know!

Apart from The Disney Store you can obtain Disney-themed lithographs at The Art of Disney store in Disney Springs. Check out our visit there by clicking the link!

Ornament: Horseless Carriage with Mickey & Minnie

Walt Disney loved anything that moved. Trains. Boats. Monorails. And of course, cars! That’s why Disneyland, his first theme park, had and still has vintage automobiles driving up and down Main Street. I love that The Disney Store has chosen to honor this with an ornament!

The Sketchbook Ornament below is from The Disney Store and depicts a vintage electric car, or horseless carriage:

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Dapper Mickey drives Miss Minnie

I love the vintage line of ornaments that The Disney Store is releasing this year. The offering featured in this post is new for 2016.

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Riding off into the clear blue sky

This version of an electric car is quite a bit like the one that Walt Disney himself drove in Disneyland:

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Not identical, but close!

I love it when products tie in historical moments like the one above. Walt’s playful nature is captured beautifully here and in the Sketchbook Ornament!

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Sometimes the smallest details are the most fun things about an object. This ornament is no exception. Check out Minnie’s hat:

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Alive, and along for the ride!

Although it was popular at the turn of the last century to display feathers or even complete dead birds on women’s hats, I’m sure the bird here is alive and well. After all, although not officially one of Disney’s Princesses, Minnie is certainly a friend to all of the woodland creatures!

While we’re all in the mood for some vintage motoring, why not check out the link to see a beautiful old car, albeit not an electric one, that I photographed while visiting Greenfield Village.

To see another great vintage offering from this line of ornaments, please check out our earlier post featuring Donald Duck on a train. If you hurry, you’ll just be on time to see him pull into the station!

Big Dig Clock from Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With the invention of the SmartPhone, who uses clocks or watches anymore? Well, I do, for one! And if they come molded into a piece of sculpture, and are called Big Dig Clock, well, it’s even better:

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Mickey’s uncovered a timepiece

This is a wonderful little figurine that comes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World, Florida.

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A good view from all sides!

I have another example of this clock-in-sculpture style of merchandise in the post entitled Waiting With Mickey Mouse. It comes from Disneyland Paris. Be sure to check it out!

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Timepiece is removable

I recently rescued this from a lonely shelf at an Antique Market in Michigan, so obviously the timepiece needs a battery.

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 “Big Dig in the Boneyard”

You can visit this area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom yourself. It’s an open air play space designed to look like a dinosaur dig site where kids can explore and have fun. Smack in the middle of DinoLand U.S.A., you just can’t miss it. After all, even the bones the dinosaurs left behind are BIG!

I wonder if dinosaurs could tell time?