Disney Magazine: Pages of Disney History

It will be fun to have a look back at the way Disney was through the pages of the Disney Magazine. This post features an issue with both key articles and vintage advertising for the Disney company and it’s affiliates.

Let’s have a look at the cover for this Fall 1993 issue:

This magazine began in December of 1965 as the Disney News and was only 16 pages long. It was initially a free benefit for members of the Magic Kingdom Club, but later started charging a cover price (as above) with a discount for members.

The name was changed to Disney Magazine in January of 1994 to highlight it’s bigger size and expanded content. The Magic Kingdom Club ended in January of 2001 with the magazine continuing until the summer of 2005 when it finally folded.

What killed it? Apparently failing readership and the Internet.

Here is what could be found inside the Fall 1993 issue:

But while each issue did give us some excellent Disney content, this post will focus mainly on advertisements. Such as:

Buy Us First!

Very early in the magazine we are offered a subscription and a Disney Gold Card membership. With that out of the way, Disney moved on to offering products:

Arribas Brothers Crystal Dumbo

65th Anniversary Disney Dollar

Disney no doubt relied on it’s affiliates and partners to fill out the remaining advertising pages. Here are just a few of the companies that took full advantage of a captive Disney audience:

Delta and National

Kodak and The Big Red Boat

Yes, before The Disney Cruise Line sailed into existence, there was an official cruise line to the Mouse: The Big Red Boat. I wonder how many have fond memories of time spent at sea with this line?

Premier Cruise Line was a cruise line that was headquartered in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was licensed as the official cruise line for Disney starting in 1985 and used the trademark “The Big Red Boat” based on the color scheme of some of its ships. Premier was licensed to provide Disney characters on its ships, until the relationship ended in 1993.

We’ll end with a few articles from the magazine that I thought were interesting:

The Mighty Ducks Hockey Team

Still looking forward to their first season in 1993, this article gives some history of the franchise. Of course, we know now that Disney did not stand behind the team for long and quickly sold them off.

Walt and Steam

The two were inseparable back in the day and so I thought this was a nice nod to the Master! It was interesting to see the link between trains and Mickey Mouse, too.

And that concludes our look back through the pages of Disney history!

Mickey Mouse Club Push’em Car (Laundry Cart)

But just what is a PUSH’EM CAR?

I saw this in a small town antique shop years ago. It’s approximately 16″ x 24″ and the artwork is painted onto a masonite-type board. It has eight holes drilled around the edges and displays the Walt Disney Productions trademark, which dates it before 1987.

I didn’t know if it was an advertising board that would have been displayed in a store to sell some kind of pedal car, or if a Push’em Car was something that appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show. The price was a little high, but I was able to get it down a little, but I still feel I paid too much. But it looked cool, so I took a chance.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you take a chance on something like this, and this time… I lost!

After researching on the Internet, I found that a Push’em Car was a mobile toy chest. It had two of these boards, one on each long side, and two other boards half the length on the ends, creating a rectangle-shaped box on wheels. The boards were screwed onto metal framing. It stood 22″ high at the top of the handles:

This was offered for auction with a starting bid of $25.00 in 2008

Final sale price not known, but estimated value is between $50 – $125.00

So as I only have one of the boards, it is pretty much valueless except for curiosity sake.

Why should I have known better? First, if it were an advertisement for a toy or pedal car, the product would have been pictured on the board. Second, no sign board would be affixed to a wall in a store with eight screws, thus damaging the wall for what would probably be a temporary promotion. I’m a more seasoned collector now, and I can truthfully say that making mistakes like this one has made me a more successful buyer!

That said… I love this board! I have it hanging in my solarium where I can look at it every morning while I drink my coffee. So not a complete fail, I guess.

American Tourister Facebook Promotion Runs October 21-25, 2013!

Photo credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo credit ©Disney on Wheels

American Tourister, makers of great luggage for all occasions, has been recently named the Official Luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!  To celebrate their appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they are having a great giveaway that they will be running directly from their Facebook page!

As you can see, Walt Disney World and American Tourister are pulling out all the stops on this incredible partnership.  Just check out these great pictures from throughout Hollywood Studios!

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

American Tourister Facebook Giveaway

Here is how the American Tourister Giveaway will work.  The Giveaway will be from October 21st – 25th, 2013, and will be hosted on the American Tourister Facebook Page.  Each day, American Tourister will ask fun questions on their page, looking for reader comments.

  • Each Facebook user comment received will qualify as an entry for a chance to win the exclusive American Tourister D23 Mickey OR Minnie luggage set.
  • One comment qualifies one entry, and there is only one entry per person. So, additionally comments will not get you additional entries.
  • There will be 5 winners chosen at random based on the comments received throughout the duration of the 5 days.
  • Each winner will be given the opportunity to choose either the Mickey luggage set OR the Minnie luggage set.

The sweepstakes is only open to permanent legal residents of the fifty states of the U.S. and the District of Columbia (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. and foreign territories and possessions), who are physically located and residing therein and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

If you like what you see, you can go online to the American Tourister website to shop for your own bags!  The bags are always on sale, and right now they are offering free shipping on all orders $99 or more!

Good luck, everyone, in the giveaway this week!

 

Check out DW Tickets for your Disney Ticket Needs!

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DW Tickets is a discount ticket purchasing site whose sole focus is ensuring that you, their customer, is able to get the best price possible for your theme park tickets.  Having been around since 2004, DW Tickets holds an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, and is an established and trusted Orlando attractions ticket provider.  We offer e-tickets for many of our attractions.  If e-tickets are not available, we ship nationally and internationally via UPS, have a hotel delivery option for hotels in the Orlando area, as well as a ticket pickup location located right next to Downtown Disney.

Of course, with a name like DW Tickets, most people associate them with Walt Disney World tickets, and you can certainly get Walt Disney World tickets at the site — click here to learn more.  However, it is important to remember that DW Tickets isn’t limited to just Walt Disney World!  Take a look at the image to the left of all of the different ticket options they have available!

All of DW Tickets ticket prices are below the attractions’ gate prices.  In addition, DW Tickets has a newsletter that is published on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month called DW Savers that provides a discount code.  This code saves our visitors an additional couple of percent, which comes out to between $20 and $50 an order, depending on the order size.

For convenience, all DW Tickets orders can be placed online at www.DWTickets.com, or by calling them at 1-877-219-9328.

DW Tickets sells real tickets that they receive from the theme parks and attractions, not vouchers.  However, with any problems or issues, people can call in on our toll free number 1-877-219-9328, or submit a trouble ticket at https://www.dwtickets.com/Ticket_New.asp and one of our represenatives will get back to them shortly.

Additionally, the newest version of DW Tickets Orlando vacation tips eBook called DW Savers Guidebook was just released last month!  To download it, head on over to the DW Tickets website for more information!

In closing, take a look at DW Tickets and see if they can earn your business!  It might save you some serious cash in your vacation planning!

{Editor’s Note: I have never used DW Tickets for my ticket purchases, but I will consider them in the future based off what I’ve learned in researching the company.  This is a paid solicitation by DW Tickets to My Dreams of Disney.}

HostelWorld Language

{Editor’s Note: We interrupt our regularly scheduled Disney site to talk about a travel service that you may find interesting or helpful.  My Dreams of Disney has never used this service, so your mileage may vary, however, if you are looking for travel booking options in Europe or other areas of the world, this may prove to be useful to you.}

Are you a young college age student who is looking to travel for a while between semesters?  Or, is your conference budget small where you work, and you don’t have as much of a room budget as you would like?  If either of these questions apply to you, then HostelWorld Language is a site that you might want to check out before your next travel date!

I have never used HostelWorld Language before, but after exploring the site for a while, it kind of reminds me of many of the travel websites you can find here in the States.  The site is tailored to allow you to search many different countries for Hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Apartments, and even Campsites to help you find the right lodging for your needs and budget!

When I did a quick search for lodging in May, 2013, in Rome, Italy, I discovered that I could stay in a private room for three nights for two people from as low as $15.83 per night!  If I was more adventurous it might be something I considered!

If you are looking for an “Off the beaten trail” sort of experience in your travel, and you are going overseas, you might want to take a look at what HostelWorld Language has to offer!  Good luck!

{Editor’s Note: My Dreams of Disney has never used HostelWorld Language, and is not endorsing the service, just offering it up as an option for you if it fits your travel needs.}