Burago Disney Character Diecast Cars

Burago of Italy has produced many Disney-inspired diecast cars over the years. I’ve found three more to add to my collection, this time featuring Donald Duck and Sulley from Monsters Inc.

The packaging is original but in very bad shape and the cars themselves have seen better days. But let’s have a look while pretending that they are gently-used second-owner vehicles:

Mercedes 190 E

The Mercedes-Benz W201 was the first compact executive car from Mercedes-Benz introduced in 1982, positioned below the E-Class and marketed under variants of the Mercedes-Benz 190 nameplate.

Happy on the side…

Scary on the front!

The W201 enjoyed strong sales in Europe but fared poorly in the United States. Series production ended in April of 1993 after the manufacture of approximately 1.8 million examples. I’m assuming less of this diecast replica were made!

Volkswagen Golf ’98

The Golf is a small family car produced beginning in 1974 and marketed worldwide across seven generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates, such as the Rabbit in the United States and Canada and as the Caribe in Mexico.

Angry on the side…

Angry on the roof! Trust me.

Initially, most Golf production was in the 3-door hatchback style, and this appears to be the one Donald Duck prefers to endorse!

Chevrolet Corvette

Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. This Burago version seems to be from this Fifth Generation run, although it could be a Fourth Generation model. Either way, Donald has ramped up his ride a tad!

Angry on the side again…

But absent from the top and hood this time.

For its first year, the C5 was available only as a coupe (as this diecast is), although the new platform was designed from the ground up to be a convertible, which returned in 1998.

These great little diecast models are in the 1/43 scale and have stickers to embellish them rather than paint-on-paint. As mentioned at the outset, these examples need a little TLC as some of the stickers are drying out and peeling. However, I only paid about $3.00 CAN each for them so I think I did alright overall!

Vroom-vroom!

Via Napoli

19 Days: Via Napoli

Via Napoli

The chefs are ready to make some of the yummy pizza for the Guests of Via Napoli as Stromboli, Vesuvio, and Etna look on!

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney, the site that strives to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!  Today we are down in the teens in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  We are at #Day19, and for this day, we have chosen Via Napoli as our focal point for the day!  I chose this restaurant, which is located in Epcot’s World Showcase at the Italy Pavilion, because Sophie has requested this restaurant for her birthday dinner (I can’t believe she’ll be 13!) on June 19th, and since today is Day 19, it fit right into the way my brain thinks!

We have eaten here just one time, back in 2012, but I’ve got to tell you, it made an immediate impact on my family and friends, so it was no surprise to me that Sophie requested the restaurant for her birthday.  The restaurant features great pizza, but also other great Italian dishes, and if you want the full menu to start planning your own visit to the restaurant, feel free to click on this link to go to the Disney World website.  The restaurant is also, in my opinion, very beautiful, with the unique pizza ovens staring at us, and the gorgeous chandelier that hangs in the check-in area.

Via Napoli

The colorful chandelier hangs in the lobby of Via Napoli, right where you check-in!

Couple these great features with the incredible food, and it’s no surprise to me that this restaurant has become a favorite of not just my family, but many other guests that have passed through it’s doors.  What about you, though?  Is Via Napoli on your list of Must Eat restaurants, or do you skip it by?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Enjoying the Illuminations Dessert Party!

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By Mike Ellis.

One of the things that I was really looking forward to with our Pixie Vacations Agent trip last month was being able to meet many of my fellow agents — and seeing old friends as well — in a relaxed setting.  One thing that was organized for us to enjoy was being able to purchase a ticket for the Illuminations Dessert Party that you can book to enjoy the fireworks with family and friends while enjoying great desserts that are specially made just for your group!

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36 Days til Disneyland – “it’s a small world”!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

It’s a small world, after all!  It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small, small world!

With that line, “it’s a small world” proclaims itself to the world with the most catchy — or annoying, depending on your point of view — song in all of Disney!  We are down to 36 Days til Disneyland, and today we are looking at “it’s a small world”!

The song may be the same, and the basic ride premise is certainly the same, but there are also some very distinct differences between the ride at Disneyland and the ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

For starters, the Disneyland version of the ride loads outside — not under a covered loading area.  I’m guessing that a lot of these are okay because Southern California doesn’t get a lot of rain?  So you don’t get rained on very often?  I’m just guessing, maybe you can let me know for certain why this is if you know.

In addition, with the renovation in 2009, you will also find your favorite Disney characters displayed throughout the ride in sections that depict where they are from!  For example, you can see Pinocchio in Italy, Cinderella in France, and so on!

“it’s a small world” is a Disney classic attraction for us, and I fully expect that we will be riding it multiple times on our trip!  Let me know what you think about it, and for a little send off, here is the video of the ride for you to sing along to — if you dare!

Disney In Pictures: Favorite World Showcase Pavilion!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Disney In Pictures, the weekly series that invites you to share your Disney photos with us!  This week we are focusing on Epcot’s World Showcase as we invite you to share your favorite World Showcase Pavilion!  The  World Showcase is one of my favorite parts of Walt Disney World, and I look forward to seeing what you have to share with us, so let’s get started! Read More