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As some people on the forum know, I've spent the past month or so moving all my worldly possessions out of my apartment and into various storage facilities in preparation to move in with my fiancee and her daughter. I'm happy to announce that, as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday, the move is complete!

 

What fewer people probably know is, I'm a massive collector; basically, anything that can be collected, I've got. Comic books. Baseball cards. Coins. Autographed sports memorabilia.... Nearly all of those things went to my parents' attic to be folded in with my father's collections. However, the collection I'm probably going to miss most in my new digs is my Disney theme park collection.

 

Throughout the years, I've amassed a pretty decent collection of things ranging from "kind of neat" to "that's amazing" to "why the **** would anyone ever keep anything like that?" As I ran across these things in the process of packing, I decided to keep a photo record, and I thought it might be of interest to Disney fans on this site.

 

A couple regrets first: I neglected to get pictures of my 1956 Disneyland individual ride tickets and uncut sheet of Disneyland candy jar labels before packing them away. And I wasn't about to take my prized possession, a bass drum head used by the Disneyland Band in the mid-'80s, out of its carefully packed box, so instead I scanned a photo of myself holding it when I received it a number of years ago for Christmas... and saved it on the hard drive of a computer I haven't had a chance to hook back up yet, so that will come later.

 

In addition, there's nothing "fancy" about the backgrounds. Basically, I would find the stuff, place it on whatever flat surface was most convenient (recently cleared table, floor, packing box, etc.), snapped the photo and packed it away. I also refrained from taking pictures of things anyone can walk into Disneyland/Walt Disney World and buy. Most everything here was either produced and given away in limited quantities for a limited time or actually park used and purchased from eBay, private collectors or the Walt Disney Co. itself. Having said that, I hope you enjoy this glimpse into more than a decade's worth of Disney theme park collecting!

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When they closed the attraction, I purchased one of the seatback game devices. No clue if this is the one I actually used to win, but I like to pretend it is!

 

OK, Kelly needs to get here to vacuum for a second. More to come shortly (I promise that's the last of the WWTBAM stuff).

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Of course, there was also the free Disney cruise, which was the real grand prize! This is my certified letter with the cruise details. I have a Disney-MGM Studios folder, as well, that they gave me backstage that day with all the details on how to claim the cruise, but apparently I neglected to photograph it.

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The neatest prize was this WWTBAM varsity jacket! I only wore it once--on the flight home because I couldn't fit it in my suitcase!

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Other items I won included a hat for the 1,000-point question (this was the original design; later it was an all-black model), a polo shirt for whatever the next point level question was and a giant medallion for answering the final question that was so heavy and solid that the X-ray machine at Orlando International Airport couldn't see through it, so I had to unpack my entire bag and show it to the TSA person. He thought it was neat!

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In January 2003, I became the 49th person to win the Walt Disney World version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire--Play It!" Included in this display frame is the 1,000,000-point pin (I got 15 in all, one for every question I answered correctly), the pin lanyard I won, a piece of the confetti that rained down on me when I answered the final question, a Fastpass I picked up before the show with the intention of using it later that day (no sense in going back after I won the whole shebang!), a park map, my park ticket and hotel key card, and a Disney-MGM Studios decorative toothpick from my burger that afternoon at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre, just because I thought it make the display look better.

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If there's anything worth collecting in my book, it's stuff from the Disney parks. This looks like it's shaping itself out to be quite a nice TR, and while I personally think WWTBAMis boring, I think all the stuff that you've shown from the play-able version is really cool! Very awesome how you win different prizes at various levels!

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Thanks! Continuing on....

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On the right is one of the 1965 Donruss cards, featuring The Haunted Mansion. They came in two varieties, one with a puzzle featuring Disney characters on the back (common, pictured) and one with a description on the back of the ride or scene pictured, surrounded by a blue border (rare). I have a full set of the puzzle-backs and a handful of the blue-backs. To the left is an unopened pack of trading cards issued to commemorate Disney's Animal Kingdom.

 

Time for another break. More to come soon.

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Even rarer, however, is the box that held these packs of cards! As of 1995, there were none known to exist. Since then, three three have been discovered that I'm aware of, and I have one of them. A year after I bought it, I had it appraised at an "Antiques Roadshow"-style show called "Pop Nation" that was a pilot for either A&E or the Discovery Channel (can't remember which) that never aired, and the expert who evaluated it said even he had never seen one in person.

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This is somewhat rare: an unopened pack of Disneyland trading cards issued to celebrate the park's 10th anniversary in 1965. The gum is still inside! Baseball card collectors take note: This was, I believe, the first set of trading cards ever created by Donruss.

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I bought the cans on eBay and was skeptical, but they were cheap and of interest to me even if they weren't Disney-related since the founder of the company that eventually became Del Monte was from my hometown. As it turned out, they were all tagged with WDP price stickers, so they had something to do with Disney, anyway.

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In the background: a plate used during a dinner to honor President George W. Bush (allegedly in connection with the addition of his Audio-Animatronic to the Hall of Presidents) at the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World. In the foreground: three reproduction early 1900s Del Monte cans allegedly used as window dressing on Main Street USA in Disneyland.

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This is one of the items from the press kit. The kit originally included a number of black-and-white publicity stills, a press release about events planned for the 10th anniversary, a brief history of the park and several pages of individually typed cutlines (captions) for the photos. Apparently someone at the newspaper that received this one put the photos in an album and cut up the cutline sheets, glued them on the corresponding pages and added file index numbers. These are some of the best actual (i.e. not in books or magazines) pictures of Disneyland and Walt Disney I've ever seen.

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A closeup of the Electrical Parade bulb. The flash really picked up the dust!

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The gold vinyl bag in the back of this photo was my very first Disney collectible, found by my dad in a local antique store (the fact that we live on the other side of the country from Disneyland makes it even more remarkable) and given to me for Christmas around the year 2000. It's a press kit from the 10th anniversary of Disneyland ("Tencennial") in 1965. The little black box from the left contains a bulb used during what was supposed to have been the final season of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland in 1996. The lights were packaged in commemorative boxes and sold for charity. I got mine on eBay.

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Lesser known is the second series of these cards, issued in commemorative covers during the final 12 weeks of 1995. Eleven of the cards were sold in extremely limited quantities at Disneyland, a different card each week, with the 12th available only to annual passholders. It took me awhile to acquire the full set, one card at a time, via eBay.

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A limited-edition binder was available to store the cards.

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In 1995, Disneyland issued a limited edition of trading cards, one for each year of its existence, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The individually numbered cards were given out at the front gate, a different card for the first 39 weeks of the year. Following the promotion, the leftover cards were packaged as sets and sold at the Emporium... except the 40th card, featuring Indiana Jones Adventure, was available ONLY as a front gate premium, making it the rarest of the cards.

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Walt Disney World 25th anniversary lamppost sign from Main Street USA. I briefly had one from the year 2000 celebration, as well, except UPS damaged it in transit (thanks, Big Mike :p), and I had to surrender it to settle the insurance claim.

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Still more!

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Jolly Roger/Fortune Red fortune card from Disneyland.

 

Time for yet another break (still arranging furniture and hanging clothes). Still much more to come!

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Annual passholder parking cards (not sure of the date on these).

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Trading cards issued as a promotional item for the "Disney Wonder" cruise ship.

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Clockwise from top left: 1957 Disneyland "A" ticket (the year is easy to identify because of the "Space Station X-1" listing; Disneyland began issuing ticket books in 1957, and the next year that attraction was renamed "Satellite View of America"), 1995 Indiana Jones Adventure decoder card (issued so guests could pass the time during the four-hour wait in line by deciphering the heiroglyphics on the walls) and 1950s Disneyland parking pass.

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Early Disneyland "Mark Twain" steamboat ticket.

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1960s Disneyland TWA Rocket to the Moon Lunar Flight Certificate.

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Reproduction "It's a Small World" concept art.

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Reproduction 1958 Disneyland souvenir map.

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Reproduction Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion attraction poster.

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1979 Disneyland "Magic Nite" promotional poster. Come to think of it, I have a late '70s Grad Night poster (with a disco theme!) that I bought at the same time as this one, but I must have taken it out of its frame at some point, and I didn't even think of it until just now. It's probably rolled up in the same batch of tubes as my "Pirates" movie poster.

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Original "Haunted Mansion" preview movie poster (I have an original "Pirates" preview poster, as well, but it's not framed, and I didn't unpack it for this TR).

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S.S. Columbia print originally made to hang in rooms at the Disneyland Hotel (this one was a spare, that never framed nor hung, sold as surplus).

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Collage made of Walt Disney postcards sold to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Disneyland Autopia driver's licenses from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

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Publicity photo from the opening of The Haunted Mansion.

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Publicity photo from the opening day of Disneyland.

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Walt Disney Co. stock certificate.

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Collection of Disneyland Fastpass tickets (this was back when WDW was printing theirs on what seemed like cheap adding machine paper) and an admission ticket from the second year of DCA.

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Collection of park-used cast member name badges (with a few Disneyland anniversary pins thrown in for good measure).

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Disneyland/Walt Disney World record album from the mid-'80s.

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Early Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad tickets (when each attraction had its own distinct ticket) and a D&SFRR conductor's hat button.

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Walt Disney World 15th anniversay press passes and a cigar band from the old Disneyland Tobacco Shop.

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Other side of that menu. Two things I especially like: 1-Snow White dosen't have a nose. 2-A hot dog, French fries, vegetable of the day, ice cream and milk (or buttermilk) combo cost the wallet-busting sum of 85 cents.

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Early Red Wagon Inn children's menu from Disneyland.

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Back of that menu, advertising "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

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Disneyland 2003 Blue Bayou menu.

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Disneyland Blue Bayou reservation card.

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Walt Disney World Plaza Restaurant menu.

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Original Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater menu from Disney-MGM Studios.

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Early Walt Disney World Diamond Horseshoe Review menu featuring Pecos Bill and Sluefoot Sue.

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Reproduction photo of Walt Disney in front of the Tower of the Four Winds at the entrance to Pepsi-Cola Presents It's a Small World at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

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Tray used at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavillion at EPCOT (notice the inclusion of the long gone Food Rocks show in the attractions advertised).

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The back of said placement, with a children's menu.

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Carnation Cafe placemat advertising the "Farewell Season" of the Main Street Electrical Parade in 1996. Thanks to DCA, it didn't exactly "glow away forever" the way advertisements said it would. I personally like the way Mickey Mouse is poised to "pull the plug."

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Chunk of the Matterhorn.

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Year of a Million Dreams promotional Fastpass for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

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Walt Disney World College Program promotional table standee.

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Disposable Disneyland 50th anniversary soda cup.

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Promo trading cards for a Disneyland series slated by Upper Deck in 1991 that never materialized.

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Clockwise from top left: promotional trading cards issued by Kodak to celebrate the first year of Fantasmic! at Disneyland, admission pass for "Walk in Walt's Footsteps" tour at Disneyland (I have the commemorative pin they gave us, as well, which is pretty much this photo reproduced in gold, but no photo) and Disneyland admission tickets promoting the opening of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at DCA.

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Plate from the Plaza Inn at Disneyland.

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Unopened pack of cards issued to celebrate Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary. I have the complete set; alas, no picture of that, as it's been stored in my parents' attic (think the warehouse at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark") for some time.

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OK, so this one's not Disney... I still thought it would be cool to share. It's from the late '50s/early '60s, and there's one just like it in the museum at Knott's.

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Walt Disney World year 2000 brochure.

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Napkin from the "100 Years of Magic" celebration at Walt Disney World. I want to say the celebration began in late 2001 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, but I got the napkin during my January 2003 visit.

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During my first visit to Disneyland in 1990, everyone got one of these game cards at the main gate to celebrate the park's 35th anniversary (this is the full set). Most of them said "Sorry No Win," but at certain intervals, someone would win a small prize. I won a Minnie Mouse pin. Then at much greater intervals, someone got a ticket that directed them to a "Dream Machine" in the middle of Main Street. These lucky winners would pull the handle of the Dream Machine to find out what they won. The grand prize was a crap car (I think it was a Geo--someone correct me if I'm wrong).

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In 1985, Disneyland began a State Fair Days promotion that included these sticker giveaways. This is the full set.

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Having neglected to photograph the backs of these cards, I can't quite remember where they're from, but I believe they were promotional items for a non-U.S. airline.

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These Magic Kingdom trivia cards were printed up and given away as an incentive when you bought a certain book (can't remember which book; something to do with Disney trivia) at the World of Disney store at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney.

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This is awesome!

 

It's almost making me want to go through my randon Disney boxes and find my 250,000 point pin from WWTBAM!!! They told me (at my time of winning it) that it was the only one they ever gave away to a non million point winner!

 

Everyone thought I was a fool to just walk away, but I had no clue about the answer and knew that my 125k pin would go for quite a bit of money on ebay at the time!

 

Also, I just ate my lunch off one of those Plaza Inn plates...should I have that packed away instead!?!??!

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I think the things I'm most geekily impressed by/jealous of are the trays/menus, although, if I had the Land pavillion tray, I'd probably be proudly using it, rather than stashing it away. The piece of the Matterhorn is also very, very cool.

 

Mike 'How did your most recent visit to WDW go?' Moody

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^Went well; thanks for asking. I actually have a photo TR from that coming up, possibly later today, but definitely sometime this week. Disney's a whole different animal when you're traveling with a 5-year-old!

 

For others who have talked about their collections in this thread, I'd love to see your photos, as well.

 

As far as framing, I bought all my stuff at Michael's or Wal-Mart, and I framed it myself using photo corners (and Velcro for the 3-D items in the shadow boxes). Seven years ago, when I first moved into the apartment I just moved out of, I had my spare bedroom set up with a lot of this stuff as a sort of Disney park museum. When I lost my part-time job (which supplemented my income from my full-time job and allowed me to obtain most of this stuff in the first place) a couple years ago, I ended up having to take in a roommate to continue living the lifestyle to which I had become accustomed, and all the Disney stuff got moved out so I could rent the room to him. Most of the framed items had been sitting in the back of my closet until I moved them this month.

 

Anyway, on to more stuff!

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And this is the tag on the inside of the Small World hat, denoting the costume designer responsible (I think) and the country represented.

 

And with that, I've been told it's time for another break. See ya real soon!

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This is the other side of that description card of the Cafe Trocadero brick. Now that Disney-MGM Studios is no more, I guess it's sort of a collector's item in its own right.

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OK, this is a photo of the display case where I kept my best smaller stuff over the past seven years, so there's a lot in here. It's difficult to do a "left to right" due to the positioning, but I'm sure you can figure out what's what: Disneyland Hotel ashtray; Frontierland wooden nickel; Disneyland 35th anniversary Party Gras tokens thrown out during the parade; Disneyland Railroad jacket and hat buttons; 1976 America Sings ribbon (unused) that would have hung from cast members' name badges to promote the then-new attraction; Club 33 tie tack (I also have a Club 33 embossed napkin that, once again, I'm wondering what I did with since it's not among these photos); original brick from the steps of Hollywood's original Cafe Trocadero, famous among stars in the 1930s, purchased at Sit Cahuenga's Hollywood One-of-a-Kind Memorabilia and Curios at Disney-MGM Studios (plus a matchbook from the cafe later purchased on eBay), hat originally used in the last room of Walt Disney World's "It's a Small World" and various matchbooks promoting Disneyland, the Disneyland Hotel, Mickey Mouse's 50th birthday, Disneyland's Red Wagon Inn and Chicken Plantation Restaurant, and Disneyland's Aunt Jemima's Kitchen (nee Aunt Jemima's Pancake House).

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Walt Disney World 25th anniversary celebration all-access staff pass and one of my favorite pieces in my collection: a park-used Imagineering pass. Based on the date, location and stickers, I believe this was used during the construction of Tower of Terror.

 

That reminds me: I also have a reproduction WED Imagineering SOP handbook somewhere. Now that I'm going through these photos, I wonder where it got to.

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Disney Cruise Line and Disney's Animal Kingdom opening day press/VIP passes.

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Walt Disney World cast member publications, 2004.

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Walt Disney World 10th anniversary tickets and Disney-MGM Studios Fantasmic! opening night pass.

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1956 souvenir guidebook.

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The Disneyland News, Vol. 30, No. 1, 30th anniversary commemorative edition.

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The Disneyland News, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1955.

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Disneyland ticket book, missing the elusive E-ticket section.

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From left: Sunkist Citrus House/Sunkist I Presume complimentary drink ticket, Disneyland 35th anniversary Fraternal Order of Armadillos card (top) and Dapper Dans sing-along card.

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Wow! What a crazy collection of stuff! The scary thing is that at one point I had a lot of this same crap. But when I moved from California to Maryland and then back again I ended up getting rid of it through those moves.

 

Since then I've become far less of a pack rat (I even threw away my Toy Story Mania Media Day credentials recently - I know, I know....) as I don't have as much storage area and I'm too busy to sell stuff on Ebay.

 

I loved seeing the State Fair stickers...

 

 

As a Disneyland Annual Passholder in 1986 I also got the entire collection by ditching high school and going to Disneyland. I pretty much did this about 3 times per week!

 

I actually still have those somewhere (I think!) along with one of the State Fair street signs they hung on the Main Street lamp posts (they sold them at the company store when I started work as a cast member in 1987) but most of my crap ended up going the way of the dumpster.

 

Part of me wishes I kept that stuff, but then the other part of me is glad I can park my car in the garage!

 

--Robb "I don't collect anywhere near the amount of park stuff as people think I do!" Alvey

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I did keep my name tag from when I worked at the Walt Disney Studios in Glendale.

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^That's awesome! I had the chance to buy one of those State Fair signs from another collector at one point, but didn't have the money at the time.

 

Also, thanks for the front page link!

 

Barring any more requests for snow shoveling, furniture moving, trash hauling or box unpacking, I'm hoping to make this the final update until I can get into my computer and grab the drum head photo. Enjoy!

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I'm sure many of us have these--the limited edition Disneyland 50th anniversary golden mouse ears. For those who missed their chance, the Mickey & Me gift shop, directly across the street from Disneyland at the Park Vue Inn, still had originals for sale as of last August.

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A hollow, openable model of Epcot's Spaceship Earth with the Walt Disney World year 2000 celebration logo molded into the base. I've used it for the past few years to keep my growing accumulation of vintage Maryland Jaycees pins (yet another thing I collect).

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Walt Disney World 10th anniversary Main Street USA lamppost sign from 1981-'82. The back is yellowed in such a way that you can see the white outline of the top of a banner that once hung from it.

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A second Walt Disney World ride-used "Small World" hat.

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In 1965, Donruss issued a trading card series to celebrate Disneyland's 10th anniversary. Forty years later, in 2005, Upper Deck issued a much fancier series to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This is a factory sealed box (wish I had one of those from the 1965 series!).

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This Disney Dollars Christmas promotional display from Walt Disney World's City Hall, circa the late '80s, was the last item I bought prior to my last move. All the Disney Dollars inside are stamped "void" on the back, even the ones glued down in such a way that they couldn't be removed without damaging them so much that they would be unusable anyway.

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While these menus pop up every great once in awhile on eBay, mine uncharacteristically came with its inserts still inside. Check out the variety of coconut-infused beverages available! What's really nice about this is that the "Special For Today" insert dates this menu right down to the last day it was used: August 9, 1940 (it also liberally advertises Dr. Pepper as a "health drink).

 

Anyway, that's it (until I can come up with the drum photo, anyway). Hope you enjoyed looking at these items as much as I enjoyed collecting them.

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This is the inside. The most expensive items on the menu were the filet mignon or New York strip steak, including salad and choice of potato, for $1.25. It's interesting to note that the price of a Heineken was hand-corrected from 35 to 45 cents. Also note the liberal use of "Pinocchio" characters--the film was released early that year.

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Also not directly park related, but certainly of interest to most people reading this thread, is my 1940 Disney studio commissary lunch/dinner menu. I had a chance to purchase a breakfast menu of the same vintage (featuring Donald Duck on the cover) at the same time, but had the money for only one, and the breakfast menu went for more.

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OK, I saved the best two items (three if you count the not-yet-posted drum head) for last. Granted, it's not 100 percent park related, but... here is a rare copy of The Marceline News and Buckley Herald, announcing Walt and Roy Disney's intention of attending an Independence Day celebration in town and a screening of "The Great Locomotive Chase." For those who own Robert Tieman's "The Disney Treasures" book and CD set (the one in the blue box), the audio clip during which Walt remembers his time in Marceline (it starts with him talking about playing dead in the local mortician's hearse while Roy washed it to earn extra money) was recorded during this visit.

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I don't remember having purchased this item, and I don't know 100 percent what it is, but I found it while packing, and it seemed worthy of inclusion. The park map is from 2001, and I would guess that the pin is from one of the Disneyland tours--maybe "Walk in Walt's Footsteps." Either way, it reproduces the 1958 souvenir map, which I thought was pretty cool.

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Disneyland "Honorary Citizen" sticker.

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My only item from Disneyland Paris, an original stock certificate from "Euro Disneyland."

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Disneyland Railroad conductor's hat badge. Again, I can't be 100 percent sure this is authentic (these and the Ambassador badges are sometimes counterfeitted), but again, it came from my dad, who got it from a reputable Disneyana dealer, and I trust that they both did their research.

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World cast member anniversary buttons. Interesting to note that the Disney World one would have been worn on the opening day of EPCOT Center.

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Disneyland arcade token.

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Unused Disneyland Star Tours opening night ticket. Not sure who got this and then turned down the opportunity to attend, but I bet they were kicking themselves afterward! The ticket is a lot larger than it looks here--approximately 12 inches tall.

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Disneyland Lilly Belle passenger railroad car unused register page. I can't be 100 percent sure this is authentic, but... it was a present from my dad (birthday or Christmas), and he's a lot better at I am at determining original documents from reproductions, fakes and forgeries, and he's usually extremely thorough, so I'm going to have to guess he did his research before purchasing.

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Disneyland "40 Years of Adventure" faux felt pennant. This thing is pretty flimsy; supposedly they gave these away to guests who attended the opening day of Indiana Jones Adventure.

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Disney-MGM Studios Brown Derby recipe cards from 2000.

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Walt Disney World year 2000 celebration napkin and park maps.

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Disneyland 50th anniversary popcorn box.

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Disneyland 50th anniversary napkin and park map, along with a DCA Mission Tortilla Factory "tortilla tattoo."

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U.S. Postal Service first-day issue cover for the 1968 Walt Disney stamp, comemmorating Marceline, MO. I have the actual stamp somewhere, but again, didn't run across it to photograph it for this TR (much of the stuff that was already packed in Rubbermaid containers stayed that way).

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This collection is really cool!

 

Over the last few years of TPR trips, I've made it a point to buy any sort of cool Disney theme park toy/model/etc. I've found.

 

I'm jealous of this awesome collection. Keep the updates coming!

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Update on Mike's Jealous-o-Meter - that Star Tours opening night ticket is on top at the moment.

Oh, man, then you don't even want to hear that mine went in the dumpster. I had that ticket (well, the stub at least) and the one to the Star Tours 60 hour (or was it 72?) party from the opening weekend.

 

I was a huge Star Tours fanboy when it opened as that was the "new ride" when I worked at the park and collected everything I could from it and attended every event they offered.

 

I'm not even sure I have anything left from that ride at all!

 

--Robb

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^^What I have in the way of coaster and other amusement park paraphernalia is now safely stored. Nothing on the level of Disney, and most of it is from defunct parks. Some tickets and a small pennant from Silver Beach Amusement Park in St. Joseph, MI; some reproduction postcards and a reproduction poster from Palisades Park, NJ; some old cups from Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens; an early '80s Kings Dominion souvenir booklet (a copy of which I believe appeared as part of Shane's Amusement Attic at one point); old pin and photo album from Cypress Gardens; and various tickets, tokens and brochures I've picked up through TPR trips and random Bags o' Crap.

 

I also have lots of old postcards, photos, tickets, souvenirs, pennants, brochures and park-used items from mostly defunct parks in Maryland, a lot of which I accumulated while researching my 2005 book "Maryland Amusement Parks." I'd love to do a sequel with all the materials I've collected since then. I've even pitched it to my publisher, with whom I'm about to sign for another regional history book, but as long as the original continues to sell strong, they aren't interested.

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