Sunday, November 27, 2011

Disneyland Guide- Fall-Winter 1972-73

I love this Disneyland Guide from Fall-Winter of 1972-73, featuring the Country Bear Jamboree. I used to keep these guides and use them to plan the order of riding the rides for my future trips to Disneyland. It lists all the attractions, restaurants, and services. I liked these books, and I have collected a few of them (they don't make them anymore- instead they have a folded informational map now).

Back in those days, I thought that Disneyland was the coolest invention ever. I still do.

Stock Certificate for The Walt Disney Company

This is a stock certificate for The Walt Disney Company. It's very colorful, isn't it?

Disney is well-known for its beautiful certificate. In fact, there are at least 2 companies that have a business of selling people just one share of Disney, with the certificate in a frame.

Disney has a long history of having owners of only one share. A few years ago, if you only owned one share of stock, you and everyone in your party could attend the Shareholder's meetings, and receive a free Theme Park ticket (to Disneyland or Walt Disney World). Disney began to limit the number of free tickets that they gave out at those meetings, and eventually they eliminated them (because, they argued at the time, that the price of a share of stock was less than the price of a share of Disney. Never mind that you took time off work and traveled all that way to spend a few hours with the Disney Executives! Well, don't get me started!)

Over the years, I have always managed to at least own one share of Disney- thanks to keeping this Disney Stock Certificate on-hand.

Beautiful Maleficent Watch by Marc Davis

This watch featuring Maleficent and her pet raven Diablo was part of a series of watches called the "Marc Davis Signature Series". The other watches in the series were Tinker Bell and Cruella de Vil. All of these characters were designed by Marc Davis, one of Disney's "Nine Old Men" (Walt's name for his top animators who had been working for him for years).

This watch is quite stunning, and immediately draws attention to the wearer. It is also numbered, and came in a wooden box that has Marc Davis' signature etched on it. Happy are those who find this watch!

Disneyland Forever Music CD

This is a Disneyland Forever CD that I made at Disneyland a few years ago- 1998 to be exact. When I discovered that Disneyland had a machine where you could choose music and audio tracks for many (then) current rides and attractions, I immediately became excited! I made and bought 10 CD's, right there on the spot (each CD cost $20 to make and buy, and you got to choose the tracks and the order, so that each CD was potentially unique. You even got to name who the CD was "by". I made mine say "by David Ransom", or "by Mickey", for example. Anyway, I still have all the CD's except one (which was stolen a few years back, when a neighborhood crackhead broke into my car and stole a bunch of CD's). Oh, well- you should never become so attached to things that if you lose them that you lose your happiness! That CD was mostly of Pirates of the Caribbean music, and I have most (if not all) of that on another CD that Disneyland released later, so it's all good!