Fun Fast Food Toys featuring Disney Characters

Once upon a time, in a marketing deal long long ago, two big companies decided to team up to give the world some of the greatest little toys in the history of promotional giveaways. Disney and McDonald’s restaurants no longer work together, but what they left behind still brings joy to perusers of yard sale tables and collectible shops alike!

As an example, I bring you seven Character Viewers based on Disneyland attractions and shows:

Blurry because I had a little too much grog before taking the picture

This slide shows a staged scene from a show that had live actors portraying a battle between Captain Hook and his pirates and Peter Pan. You can see a short snippet of it in this YouTube video.

King Louie as a Captain on the Jungle Cruise. Nuff said.

The Lion King Celebration was a parade based on the animated film The Lion King. It was designed to tell the story of Simba as if it were a tale passed down in Africa for generations. Its parade featured six floats designed around different aspects of Africa, dancers dressed in animal costumes and a Pride Rock float featuring Simba. The parade ran at Disneyland from June 1, 1994 to June 1, 1997, after which four of the floats were moved to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Festival of the Lion King show.

This slide likely shows a staged segment of the parade that wasn’t necessarily in the actual procession. This parade replaced the Aladdin’s Royal Caravan and then was itself replaced by Hercules’ Victory Parade.

Mickey and Space Mountain: Great Combination!

When I first saw Winnie the Pooh riding a train, I was expecting a slide showing the Disneyland Railroad. But instead I was treated to this great shot of The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! So… did Pooh move from the 100-acre wood to the wildest mountain range of the old west?

The ultimate Toontown!

Now that Walt Disney World’s Toontown is gone, will Disneyland’s version soon suffer the same fate? As changes continue to come and expansion space becomes harder to find, it may be a good idea to visit this great area as soon as possible! Here is a link to Disney Dose that covers the attractions and postulates on the future of Toontown.

And now I’ve left my favorite to the last:

Splash Mountain

This slide shows the original configuration for the logs, with side-by-side seating. Interestingly, Br’er Bear seems to have thought ahead and predicted the change to a one-behind-the-other configuration. Here are Karen and I ‘enjoying’ our first plummet down the mountain:

So although we can’t go to our favorite Fast Food place and walk out with a Disney toy anymore, with the tens of thousands of Disney-related toys produced between 1988 and 2007, we can always check out eBay for those must-haves!

Check out the link for everything you didn’t want to know about the McDonald’s Happy Meal and the toys that came with them.

96 Days: Jungle Cruise

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The Jungle Cruise – an original Magic Kingdom attraction with a lot of laughs!

It’s Day 96 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, everyone, and I don’t know about you, but these posts are a lot of fun for me to write up.  I hope they are as much fun for you to read!  Today we are taking a look at an attraction that we often overlooked in the early days of our trips to Walt Disney World, but it’s one now that we ride at least one time per trip.  That attraction, of course, is the Jungle Cruise.

Must Read: The Jungle Cruise – Why it’s unique in my eyes!

The Jungle Cruise is a fun ride, full of corny jokes, lots of laughs, and animals galore!  Did you know that in the original design Walt Disney wanted to have real live animals there, but that they decided not to because it was decided that the real animals wouldn’t do much of anything but lie there?  Of course, for me and my corny sense of humor (just ask my wife and daughter — many times when I tell a joke they claim it to be a groaner) this ride is right up my alley.  For example, who doesn’t like this great line from the ride:

We’ve now turned down the Nile River and if you don’t believe that you must be in denial.

But for me, in addition to the great jokes, I really like the pictures I’m able to get — and I’ve gotten some that I think are actually pretty cool.  Have a look!

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The pilot when we rode at the 40th Anniversary.

 

Watch out for the snake!

Watch out for the snake!

Don't mind the apes - they're just monkeying around!

Don’t mind the apes – they’re just monkeying around!

Duck!  No, it's an elephant!

Duck! No, it’s an elephant, not a duck!

Ouch, that's gotta hurt!

Ouch, that’s gotta hurt!

 

Watch out -- the baby likes to play with his water!

Watch out — the baby likes to play with his water!

 

There's old Trader Sam, head salesman of the area. Business has been shrinking lately, so this week only, Sam's offering a two-for-one special: two of his, for one of yours!

There’s old Trader Sam, head salesman of the area. Business has been shrinking lately, so this week only, Sam’s offering a two-for-one special: two of his, for one of yours!

 

Last but certainly not least, it's the backside of water! Do you see what I see?

Last but certainly not least, it’s the backside of water! Do you see what I see?

The Jungle Cruise is a ride that I truly enjoy — and it has become a go to ride at least once per trip.  What do you think of the Jungle Cruise?  Worth it, or skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Sterling Holloway Visits Andy of Mayberry

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While watching yet another great old TV show, this time The Andy Griffith Show, I was delighted to see one of my favorite voice actors from the Disney animated films. His name should be known to all but it is undeniably his voice that is instantly recognizable, especially if you like Winnie the Pooh.

If you’re like me, then you’ll get a kick out of seeing this versatile man in a non-Disney role:

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Andy meets… Bert Miller?

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Naw, it’s Sterling Holloway!

I also have the entire series of The Andy Griffith Show (are you detecting a pattern here?) and found this cameo in the season two episode entitled The Merchant of Mayberry (03-05-62). But I also found something else of interest. Take a look at the grocery store window behind the boys: A 10 lb bag of potatoes for only… 29 cents! Must be 1962.

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A face only millions of Disney fans could love! And do!

Before I go, take one more look into 1962 and note the price of 5 lbs of bacon: just 99 cents! Mmmmmm… bacon.

So which character voiced by Sterling Holloway is your favorite?

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Kaa (from The Jungle Book)
  • The Cheshire Cat
  • or another?

As always, please share your answer with everyone in the comments below!

Walt Disney’s Influence!

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The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know.  Disneyland opened in 1955.  The Magic Kingdom followed in 1971.  There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon even Shanghai!  Then there is all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call!

All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe.  In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie at work showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad.  I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated!  It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!

I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it.  The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version!

At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us.  Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.

My friend Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she is going to let me take a look at it also!  As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States.  There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!  As for this book, the price tag indicated it was either 9500 Rubles, or maybe it is 95.00 Rubles, so either about $300 or $3.  I’ll get clarification from Bonnie tomorrow!  Still, at either price, this is a piece of Disney that you don’t see very often!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!

The influence of Walt Disney!

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Special thanks to my friend Bonnie for sharing this with me!

The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know.  Disneyland opened in 1955.  The Magic Kingdom followed in 1971.  There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon even Shanghai!  Then there is all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call, including even Galveston, Texas, where my friend Brenda is enjoying a cruise right now!

All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe.  In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie at work showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad.  I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated!  It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!

I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it.  The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version!

At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us.  Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.

My friend Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she is going to let me take a look at it also!  As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States.  There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!  As for this book, the price tag indicated it was either 9500 Rubles, or maybe it is 95.00 Rubles, so either about $300 or $3.  I’ll get clarification from Bonnie tomorrow!  Still, at either price, a piece of Disney that you don’t see very often!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!