Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Vacationland" Magazine - Snow White Covers

Published by Disneyland, the 1961 summer issue of Vacationland magazine featured Snow White on the cover. Joining her were the dwarfs, a costumed balloon vendor, and a young park guest.

Magazine images courtesy of Major Pepperidge via Gorillas Don't Blog.

A similar photo, one that clearly originated from the same shoot, was used on a 1965 trading card. The card set was produced by Donruss (see earlier Archive entry). It's quite similar to the magazine cover yet different, including the addition of another young guest. And we can see the card image was also printed in reverse.

The only mention of Snow White inside the 1961 magazine is in the article, "The Happiest Show on Earth--Disney Cartoon Stars to Make Daily Appearances" (p.5). It reads:
Disney artisans have been busy as the Seven Dwarfs since the first of the year, creating - among numerous other show-stoppers - - the Seven Dwarfs themselves! (Along with Snow White, they're featured on the front cover of this VACATIONLAND issue.)

In the spring 1974 issue, Snow White would again be featured on the magazine cover, this time with a young park guest in front of the Grotto statues. There doesn't appear to be any mention of the princess inside, though.

Friday, April 18, 2014

WDI Fairytale Hall Portrait Pin

A Walt Disney Imagineering cast member exclusive, the Princess Fairytale Hall Portrait pin series was released on March 24, 2014. Each pin measures 2.2" high and is a limited edition of 200. Six pins total including Snow White. Each sold separately. Retail $14.95.

The other portraits in the collection included Aurora, Jasmine, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana. All sold out quickly.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Princess Fairytale Hall

With the 2012 closure of Snow White's Scary Adventures at Walt Disney World, imagineers gutted the interior of the attraction and gave a facelift to the front facade. The location would become Princess Fairytale Hall which officially opened on September 18, 2013.

Image copyright Garry Rollins.

This is the character greeting location for Cinderella and Rapunzel (plus two guest princesses). According to the storyline, Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella, and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects. Here, guests can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess (most often Aurora), or Rapunzel and a visiting princess (most often Snow White). Disney Parks Blog

Two FastPass signs let park guests know which princesses are currently residing in the hall. Four characters are usually available at any one time, although if you count the princes who show up on occasion, there's even more.

 Sign images copyright Shivatopia.

The inner queue is decorated with portraits of the princesses on the walls and intricate hanging chandeliers.

Additional images via Disney Parks Blog.

Image copyright izabelleko.

Image copyright kennythepirate.

There are two separate receiving rooms. Within each are two spaces, one for the resident princess and the other for the visiting royalty.

Image copyright Doctor Disney.

A quiet tribute to the former occupant of this building can been seen in this Snow White book prop. The text is printed in German as a nod to the original fairytale. The same collection of books is found in both receiving rooms, along with the two bookends from the Cinderella film.

Image copyright Rebecca Van Loon at snow1937white.

Image copyright kennythepirate.

A video tour of the hall...

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The Disney Parks Blog recently announced that On April 20th, Anna and Elsa (the very popular sisters from Frozen) will be appearing together each day at the Fairytale Hall, along with regulars Cinderella and Rapunzel. Sounds like the other visiting princesses (Snow and Aurora) might get bumped to evening hours. First they take her home away. Now they make her work second shift. It ain't easy being the fairest one of all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jim Shore Dopey Mine Train Figure

Item No. 4032118.

New from Jim Shore is a Dopey "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" figurine. Seen at Walt Disney World in March 2014, this Disney Traditions piece is a theme park exclusive and the first in a series. Made of resin; measures approximately 4.25" high.

 Images via mad4disneytoo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WDW Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Pin

Released yesterday at Walt Disney World, this open edition pin commemorates the 2014 debut of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Features Dopey and Grumpy in a ride vehicle. Retail $11.95.

Image via penguins4life87.

WDI Mine Train 'Construction Wall' Pins

The construction walls from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train were featured in a series of six different pin sets. Released on August 9, 2013, these Imagineer exclusive pins were limited to 200 per set and were sold at the Mickey's of Glendale cast member store. Retail 26.95 each.

See the actual walls in an earlier Archive entry.

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Seven Dwarfs Mystery Pin Collection

The Seven Dwarfs Mystery Collection was first issued at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland on January 23, 2014. A total of seven open edition pins are available, each featuring a dwarf in a Mine Train car. One box contains two randomly selected mystery pins. Retail per package $13.95.


Box image via dizneestuff1; pins via poet4susan.

Also see the Disney Store Mine Train pins from 2001 in an early Archive entry.

2012 Fantasyland Reveal/Conceal Pin Collection

On December 6, 2012, Walt Disney World introduced the New Fantasyland Reveal/Conceal Mystery Collection. The series included 10 known pins and 10 mystery pins--all featuring attractions from the new Fantasyland expansion. Guests could purchase them two to a box, one visible, the other not. Retail $19.95 per package.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was included twice in the series. The "revealed" pin is a cottage scene with Snow White, Sneezy, Happy, Doc and Bashful.

The "concealed" mystery pin is Grumpy on a handcar with a few of the forest animals.

The 10 revealed pins:
Enchanted Tales with Belle - Belle and Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast)
Casey Jr. (Dumbo Train)
Gaston's Tavern - Gaston and Lefou Statue
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Snow White, Sneezy, Happy, Doc, Bashful
Pete's Silly Sideshow - Barker Pete
Be Our Guest Restaurant - Belle and Beast
Princess Fairytale Hall - Cinderella
Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini - Goofy
Dumbo the Flying Elephant - Entrance Sign (Timothy Q. Mouse)
Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid - Ariel Statue

The 10 concealed pins:
Enchanted Tales with Belle - Armoire and Lumiere
Casey Jr. - Railroad Crossing
Gaston's Tavern - Gaston Portrait
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Grumpy
Pete's Silly Sideshow - Pete
Be Our Guest Restaurant - Gargoyle Column
Princess Fairytale Hall - Pumpkin and Glass Slipper
Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini - Rocket
Dumbo the Flying Elephant - Crest
Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid - Ursula's Crystal Ball