Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday!

4th birthday button
October 1, 1975
Happy 4th Birthday, Walt Disney World!  Okay, so I am 40 years late to the party.  But here is how they celebrated in 1975.  This cast member pin-back button was part of the Park's birthday tradition.  This button broke from the early basic circle design and continued the trend of highlighting an upcoming new attraction.  America On Parade, which began in the summer of 1975, was the parade celebrating the US Bicentennial.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fair Weather Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean mug
After taking the hot summer off, Pirates of the Caribbean is scheduled to reopen this weekend.  As one of the 'coolest' rides in the Magic Kingdom, it was a shame that they have just reopened now as the fall begins.  So for all of those guests that missed the opportunity to beat the heat with the Pirates this summer, we raise our glass mug to you.  I don't know the exact age of this mug but I am guessing it is from the 80's or early 90's based on the curved logo on the bottom that was popular during that time.  It is 5.5" tall and 3.25" wide at the widest part of the base.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Cards, Anyone?

Playing Cards
Anyone want to play cards?  This deck features the original artist rendering of Cinderella Castle and the curved logo with the separated Big D/Globe Head.  This is similar to items like these early plates.  The cards are a standard bridge size (2.25 x 3.5).  The faces are not unique except for the two Jokers and the Ace of Spades which have the full logo.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mickey's First Cartoon

Miniature Plate
"Plane Crazy"
Mickey's first cartoon was not "Steamboat Willie" but was "Plane Crazy".  However, Captain Mickey made it to the big screen before Pilot Mickey.  This miniature plate (only 3 1/4" across) celebrates his early appearance.  I assume it was purchased in the parks, maybe in the late 80's because the Made in Japan logo is similar to this plate from 1984.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Skyway to Our Memories

Skyway Over the Magic Kingdom postcard
There are a few attractions from the earlier days of WDW that are gone but not forgotten thanks to this early postcard series.  Skyway to Tomorrowland closed in the late 90's but this postcard from the early 70's (obvious by the groovy pants) will live on.  Another extinct attraction featured in this series of cards was the Mickey Mouse Revue.