Monday, May 28, 2012

Your Key Chain Will Also Serve as a Flotation Device

Walt Disney World Key Chain

This recent eBay find is a soft Walt Disney World key chain.  It measures about 3" across.  The Big D logo hangs over Mickey's head like a thought bubble.    The vinyl key chain has a spongy feel to it much like the flotation key chains you would use so that your keys do not end up at the bottom of Bay Lake.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Excuse Me Mr. Nautilus but Your Hatch is Open

'A Dream Called Walt Disney World'
1981, VHS tape

Up next from my collection is a 1981 VHS tape that was the perfect way to 'reminisce about your Walt Disney World vacation.' It is 25 minutes long and clearly labeled 'FOR SALE ONLY. Not intended for rental.'  The back features a picture of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with its hatch open mid-ride, not a regular occurrence for a submarine. You can learn more about this extinct ride at or Walt Dated World

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tiny Locket - Big D

Walt Disney World Locket
This tiny (less than 1") locket has a wonderful Big D/Globe Head design.  It's coloring is unique, perhaps because of the medium it is on.  And similar to the multi-colored globe-head on the bucket hat from my collection, the ears are oval shaped.  The other interesting thing about this 'Big D' design...notice the Big D at the end of WorlD.  Could it possibly be a design element to balance out the capital W on the other side or just a typo?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Main Street Matches

Main Street USA Matchbook
For all of my Walt Disney World philuminests out there (you know who you are), here is an early Main Street USA matchbook.  It is a 'front-striker' making it pre-1973.
The back uses a turn-of-the-century era font in keeping with its subject matter.  
The cover features the Dapper Dans.  I have never seen them on the bicycle?  I wonder if they still do that at WDW?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

43 Square Miles of Excitement

The Vacationer's Guide to Walt Disney World Brochure

This WDW brochure from 1976 is full of great 70's images of "43 square miles of excitement" from some now extinct areas like River Country, Treasure Island and the Lake Buena Vista Club.

The brochure gives descriptions of the attractions including "Moonlight Magic...a leisurely grand-circle tour around the Waters of the World..." and the World Cruise to Treasure Island where you could 'learn the history and future plans' of WDW. 

The Vacation Kingdom Book included 2-day entrance to Magic Kingdom, 16 attraction tickets, admission to Treasure Island and "the newest attraction: River Country" and sold for $18.25 per adult.