Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This is the D23 Charter Year Membership Certificate for the D23 Community of Dinsey fans, available at Disneyshopping.com. This club is the official Disney Fans club, and this beautiful, colorful certificate comes with your membership. You get inside Disney information and historical Disney information as part of your membership to this magical club. They've held several fun events that I've attended. It's good that they have so many activities for members- nobody could possibly attend all of them!
Monday, December 27, 2010
These are The Three Caballeros from the Walt Disney classic film by the same name (from 1945). Shown here are Jose Carioca, Donald Duck and Panchito. I wanted these figures ever since I knew of their existence, and I bought all three of them on Ebay a few years ago. They bring me joy!
This is the pin that Disneyland gave to working Cast Members on July 17, 2005, on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. I got this pin, because I worked that day in the Cast Costuming Department! Working at Disneyland is fun, but it is work! I like the nice little appreciation perks that they give you as a Cast Member. I will work for either Disneyland or Walt Disney World again in the future!
This is a sculpture of the Magic Mirror from the Disney classic film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", produced by The Walt Disney Classic Collection. It's a cool mirror, with the slave's face in the mirror. This piece is incredibly detailed, with the signs of the zodiac all around the mirror (looking at this thing, it makes you go back and watch the movie to see if THAT mirror had all these things-and it did!)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This is one of the great Disneyland Guides that they used to give out at Disneyland when you paid for your Disneyland tickets. Inside was a guide to Disneyland, including a brief description of all of the rides and attractions and a layout of each land. The design of this guide remained pretty consistent through the years, until it was discontinued. This guide is for Fall-Winter 1972-73, and features the (then) brand-new County Bear Jamboree on the cover.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This is a one-day Disney Passport to any Disney theme park in America. It's a "Park Hopper" ticket that could be used at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort for all theme parks. I got this ticket for free at Disney's Shareholder Meeting back in the early '90's, and was one of the last times that Disney gave away passports to its shareholders who attended their annual meetings. (They argued that if you could buy a share for $30 and get a free ticket worth about $55, that it wasn't good business sense. I say that they were looking at this all wrong. If you are willing to travel all the way to Anaheim on a work day and miss work in order to attend a Disney Shareholder's meeting, the least that they could do is to give the shareholder/attendees some free tickets. I know this- if they were to have paid people for their time for their traveling to that meeting and for the time that they spent attending the meeting- it would amount to something. They certainly pay those directors a lot of money and stock options to attend the meetings). Anyway, isn't it a beautiful ticket? You can see the logos of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot and The Disney-MGM Studios on this ticket. The cool thing about this ticket was that it did not expire until the date used.
Monday, December 6, 2010
I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite watches! It shows Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey. This watch gets really colorful in the sunlight, and Mickey appears. When there's no sunlight or when you hold the watch at an angle so that the light won't shine on it, you can see the actual face of the watch underneath the crystal, and you can see the time. This watch really gets attention when worn. I bought this watch at The Disney Store at the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills Mall when the store was still there. Alas, the store is gone, but I still have my watch!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
This is the book, "Designing Disney" by Walt Disney Imagineer John Hench, with Imagineer Peggy Van Pelt.
This features some very cool artwork, upon which the design of many Disney shows and attractions were based and built from. In the book, John talks about what Imagineering is, and what an Imagineer does. John worked at Disney as an animator in the beginning of his career at Disney. His artisitic ability and curiosity led him to become one of the premier Imagineers at WED Enterprises, which, years later, became known as Walt Disney Imagineering. John was also the master painter of Mickey Mouse for the Walt Disney Company, and since his death, he has not been replaced as such (although there will soon be a replacement for him).
Walt Disney Imagineering is the master concept, design, and building organization created by Walt Disney himself. It was originally created to design and build Disneyland. Since then, it has designed and built all of Disney's theme parks, resorts and hotels all over the world, including at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Tokyo Disneyland Resort. In all, it has built 11 theme parks and the Disney Cruise Line. Wow.
I got this book a few years ago at an NFFC Convention Show and Sale in Garden Grove, California. I got to the Convention a little late, and I saw the table where John was supposed to be, signing his book. I asked the lady sitting there, co-author Peggy Van Pelt, where John was, and she said that he had to leave. He had left her a few signed copies of his book, but she told me that she had run out of those, but she sold me a book and signed it book in front of me. I was a little disappointed, because I knew about John and I wanted to meet him and get his autograph in the book.
About a month or so after that Convention, I read it in the news that John had passed away. I was sad about this, not only for the loss of a legendary Imagineer, but because I had never got the opportunity to meet him or to have my book signed.
After hearing the news of his passing, I decided to pick up my book for the first time and really look at it. I stared at the beginning, and thumbed through the pages. Lo and behold, after turning a few pages, there was John's autograph, right in the book! I couldn't believe it! I don't know if Peggy knew that it was autographed or not when she gave it to me, but I tell you this, I believe in miracles! This book is so good and enjoyable to read and look at- I can spend an hour looking at it and reading it, and never get tired!
Peggy Van Pelt died a few years back, so this copy of the book is truly non-duplicable!
I am willing to part with this rare, autographed copy of "Designing Disney" for $500 plus shipping.
This beautiful pocket watch features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse kissing. Notice the 3 hearts above them. Mickey is in his classic red shorts, and Minnie is wearing a blue dress. Notice that it's old-style Mickey and Minnie. This watch was the gift watch that you got if you bought all 6 watches from the Disney Store in Fossil's "Watch Collector's Club Series V". This cool watch came inside a beautiful music box (as did all 6 watches in this series). Believe me, this is one of the best watches that I've ever had. It's on a chain (as most pocket watches are), and it is numbered #1817 out of 7500. The cool thing about the Watch Collector's Club is that only the people who buy all 6 watches and redeem the coupons for them will get the 7th watch- so, although 7,500 of these watches were made, a lot fewer than that were every shipped out. Therefore, this is a very, very rare Mickey Mouse watch. I like it because it looks great, has an old-school style, yet is new and classy. I've used this watch only a couple of times- mostly I have kept it in storage with my other collectible watches. I just might start using it again! I have never seen anyone else with this watch.
I would be willing to part with this extremely rare Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse watch for $5,000 plus shipping.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
This is a Complimentary Disney Theme Park Passport that I received at a Disney Shareholder's meeting back around 1993, which took place in Anaheim, CA. At the time, Disney gave shareholders who took out their valuable time and effort to go to the Shareholder's Meeting a free ticket for themselves (and up to 3 accompanying guests) to a Disney Theme Park (with the intention for it to be used at Disneyland that day, but it was save-able). This ticket never expired as long as you never used it, so I kept it for a long time, until New Years Day this year, when I finally used it to enter EPCOT. Disney no longer gives its shareholders any Theme Park tickets for going to the meeting (even if the meeting is near a Theme Park, which sucks in my opinion).