Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bikin Doll Flyer

In the 1980s and 90s, Bikin manufactured a series of 11.5" Disney vinyl dolls. Here's a promotional fold-out booklet showing what was available in the Snow White line. Princess and Prince, Queen, Witch, Dwarfs, a wooden play house, and several changes of clothes too.







Acknowledgments go out to Barbie Minnick and Nick Maglio of Disney Musing for first alerting us to the existence of this flyer. And a very special thanks to Caleb Mikenas for additional info and for sharing these recent scans. The booklet also had a Cinderella series on the reverse side. Be sure to check out these Snow White dolls in an earlier Archive entry.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Snow White Mirror

Snow White collector Elana Sperber purchased this mirror at the Disneyland Hotel gift store in the early 1990s. The oval frame is made of plastic and measures approximately 20" x 17".


 
Images courtesy of the Elana Sperber Collection.


Manufactured by Sentinel Creations, Bronx, NY.


Additional pics via smmatt.

Monday, April 21, 2014

1980s Theme Park Attractions Tin

A rectangular tin with illustrations of Disney characters on park rides was sold at the theme parks in the early to mid-1980s. This particular container held 32 ounces of peanut brittle. Box dimensions: 8" x 6" and 4.5" tall. Hinged lid.

On the front panel, Snow White, Doc and Dopey are riding the King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland or what would have been referred to at Walt Disney World back then as Cinderella's Golden Carrousel.




The lid features Minnie and Mickey sitting on a bench along Main Street USA.



The left panel has Daisy and Donald riding a Doom Buggy with two hitchhiking ghosts. The right panel shows Goofy and Donald flying about on Astro Orbiters.



Goofy, Donald, and Jiminy Cricket watch the Mark Twain on the Rivers of America at Disneyland or what would have been the Richard F. Irvine paddlewheel boat at Walt Disney World. The top rear edge reads, "COPYRIGHT WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS."



The tin was made in England by Hudson-Scott & Sons Ltd. We also see a Walt Disney World label for the peanut brittle.



Another tin housed salt water taffy.



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The same illustrations appeared in 1985 on what is probably a slightly newer version of the tin. The main difference is seen on the front panel which now was curved rather than flat. The dimensions were also smaller at approximately 4.5" x 3.25" and 3.5" tall. It contained hard candy.





Imprint "© 1985 WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" on lower back panel.



Made in England.

 Images via scalici1968 + doglover550.

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...

Posted by InsidetheMagic.net


The FastPass entrance...

Posted by MouseSteps.com


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.

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April 20, 2014 UPDATE from Inside the Magic:
A wonderful benefit to Anna and Elsa moving into Princess Fairytale Hall: Snow White is mingling in Town Square now.
Snow White playing "Duck, Duck, Goose" with park guests.

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.