No trip to Walt Disney World Resort is complete without buying some souvenirs. Now, in honor of its 50th anniversary, the resort is about to offer some special souvenirs that may even become collector’s items.
The best part is that since the merchandise is part of the 18-month-long “World’s Most Magical Celebration,” you don’t have to worry about it selling out right away.
“The merchandise celebrates the legacy of the past 50 years with a nod to the next 50,” Marianne Sharpe, vice president of merchandise at Walt Disney World Resort, said. “It includes authentic replicas of products, modern fashion trend collections, artist collaborations, and even matching attire for the entire family. The 50th merchandise is truly for the Disney fan in us all.”
There are several collections — ranging from retro-themed items to items designed with the anniversary in mind. Here’s the schedule for when the collections will be introduced.
Starting August 12
To get ready for the 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World Resort will release a line of special pre-celebration products. “This must-have collection features limited-time items, perfect for guests who visit Walt Disney World Resort before the official 50th-anniversary festivities begin,” Sharpe explains.
The Celebration Collection will include an assortment of commemorative merchandise suited for everyone.
“Perfect for mixing and matching, the collection will feature accessories by Dooney and Bourke, festive headwear, coordinating mommy-and-me ensembles, fashionable T-shirts, and collectible 50th-anniversary character plush,” Sarah Domenech, public relations manager, wrote in a Disney Parks Blog post.
Disney Castle Collection
Cinderella Castle, the Magic Kingdom Park landmark, is the inspiration for this new collection.
The Disney Castle Collection will include everything from collectibles such as ornaments and charms to castle-inspired attire and a light-up, 50th anniversary-edition Minnie Mouse ears headband.
The Vault Collection, which celebrates 50 years of Walt Disney World, will appeal to Disney fans as well as anyone who likes vintage articles. The collection will include fan favorites such as a new rendition of the original Mickey Mouse ears hat, throwback T-shirt styles, and nostalgic accessories.
“Best of all, there’ll be more blasts from that past joining the collection,” Domenech explains.
Indeed, additional Vault Collection items will be released throughout the 18-month long celebration.
Cinderella Castle has an EARidescent décor, and in honor of the 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World will also offer a new EARidescent Collection of themed fashions and accessories.
“The latest color collection is themed to match the EARidescent celebration,” Domenech explains. “It will feature everything from a mini-backpack by Loungefly and a Spirit Jersey to a set of sparkling Minnie ears.”
Luxe Logo Collection
“As the name implies, this collection will offer a range of upscale pieces for the Disney collector,” Sharpe explains. Details will be revealed closer to its release date in November.
All of the collections will be available at all four Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs. Some of the items will also be available at select Disney Resort hotels and at shopDisney.com.
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