Sunday, July 19, 2020

Amazing Disneyland Auction!

Hang on to those hats and glasses, there's amazing Disneyland memorabilia up for auction! Van Eaton Galleries have put together a pretty impressive collection of Disneyland and Disney World art, collectibles, Cast Member costumes, and park used items. It's unbelievable!

Attn: People Named Bob! There's a huge collection of Disneyland name badges with different logos over the years that all say Bob on them. If you're a collector, and your name is Bob, this one's for you!

If you want to view the entire collection (and you really, really should) you can check it out here. Also visit the website if you'd like to register for the auction. It'll take place over two days, August 15 and 16. Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page after the auction is over for details on how much the items sold for. And if you buy anything, be sure to share with us! We'll be over here in the corner dying of envy.

There's a LOT to look through in the catalog, so if you want the TL;DR version, we've got you covered. Below are our favorite items overall, and what we think are the best value.

***Just to note, these aren't our pictures, we don't own them, we've borrowed them from the amazing Van Eaton catalog.***

Most Amazing Items

See that number 10 on this Disneyland ID badge, owned by original Cast Member Milt Albright? That's his employee number! Walt was number 1. No wonder its going for $6,000-$8,000.

Do you think your mailman would deliver to this box? For $3,000-$5,000, you could put it in front of your house and find out!

Okay, it doesn't include the head, but with your own hat, you'd win Halloween with this park-used Goofy costume!

My absolute favorite item. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of spending a grand on a garbage can, but it's a Frontierland garbage can!!!

Looking for that perfect item to bring together your backyard? What if you hung an actual Mad Tea Party lantern????

Want to know for sure that your kids are tall enough for the big rides? Measure them at home with this Star Tours height sign! What's $2,000 compared to the confidence you'll have walking up to all the 40" rides?

Saving the best, and possibly most expensive, for last... an actual Space Mountain ride vehicle! Wouldn't this look amazing in your living room? Just $50k, hahaha.

Best Bang for Your Buck

This Disneyland Hotel bedroom set is in the $1500-$2500 range. You get the bed frame (look at that headboard with the castle etched in!!!!), the bedspread with attractions on the design, and the three framed pieces of Disneyland art. That's an incredible deal for someone who perhaps was already looking to redesign their bedroom.

Men's shirts aren't always cheap to begin with, so really, when you think about it, $100-$200 for a Cast Member Tiki Room shirt is a great deal! Come on guys, Maynard could have worn this!

Outdoor furniture can get very pricey, no matter where it's from. So just consider having actual park used items for around the same price! These table and chairs sets are both around $500-$700 and would be an incredible addition to anyone's collection. The red and white set is from the Coca Cola Refreshment Corner and the dark wood set is from the Blue Bayou. I'm personally trying to convince my husband that we need the Coke Corner set...wish me luck!

Our Special Pick for Funniest Items

Any of you who have been around as long as we have, and have been Disneyland lovers as long as we have, may appreciate this. The Main Street Electrical Parade was an absolute staple at Disneyland for over 20 years before it was retired, and it left very big shoes to fill. Those shoes were NOT filled by Light Magic, which was supposed to be more technically advanced and was billed as being an amazing new experience. The technology just wasn't ready and it ended up being a huge failure, lasting only one summer. So imagine my giggles as I saw these two parade jacket/hat sets, practically identical, but one going for twice the price of the other!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Disneyland's 65th Anniversary - From a Distance!

Happy Anniversary Disneyland! I know that for a while we were all expecting the Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate its 65th by reopening, but it just didn't work out this year. 2020 is the worst, let's face it. But if you're feeling like you need a little Disney in your life and you need a reason to celebrate, there's lots of other things you can do!

Downtown Disney

Photo Credit: Disney
Ok, if you're local you *can* go celebrate from Downtown Disney. World of Disney is open with plenty of cute 65th anniversary merch and there's plenty of room to hang out and listen to the wonderful music in the esplanade while staying away from other people.
***Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands!***

Not everything in Downtown Disney is open, but these are the places you can visit so far:
  • Asian Street Eats
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes
  • California Churro
  • Curl Surf
  • Disney Home
  • Disney's Pin Traders
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • Kayla's Cakes
  • Marceline's Confectionery
  • Naples
  • Pandora
  • Rinse Bath and Body
  • Salt & Straw
  • Sephora
  • Starbucks (both of them)
  • Sugarboo & Co
  • Sunglass Icon
  • The Disney Dress Shop
  • The Lego Store
  • UVA
  • Wetzel's Pretzels 
  • WonderGround
  • World of Disney

Watch Disneyland Through the Years!

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, there are SO many things you can watch to feel the Disneyland magic wherever you are. We've compiled a list to help you see the best of Disneyland throughout the years, from 1955 to, well 2019...because again, 2020 is the worst.

Disneyland's Opening Day - 1955

Disneyland After Dark Special - 1962

The Magic of Disneyland - 1969

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary, with Drew Barrymore! - 1985

A Day at Disneyland - 1991

Rocket Rods - 1998

California Adventure Opening Day 2001

Remember... Dreams Come True, Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Fireworks - 2005

Paint the Night Parade - 2015

World of Color - 2019

Do Some Shopping

There's some good 65th anniversary merch available on ShopDisney, but act fast! When they held the special event for merch a few days ago, people were in virtual "waiting rooms" for most of the day with sometimes tens of thousands of people ahead of them. Here's our faves that are available online at the time of publishing this article (and there's more if you're heading to Downtown Disney!). 

Anniversary Merch

65th Anniversary Spirit Jersey 

65th Ornament

Special Edition Disneyland Wishables
Special Deal!!! 

Other Fun Disneyland Stuff to Buy!

Loungefly Backpack

Because we ALL need more sweatpants right now!

This might be the cutest hat I've ever seen!


Who doesn't love to color?? Check out these free Disneyland inspired coloring pages available from And there are plenty more!

Make your Own Personal Disneyland

Have you checked our Paper Parks yet? You can build your own Main Street complete with Magic Happens parade!

Eat All the Disneyland Foods

We've been doing quite a bit of Disney cooking while we've been at home and over the years. Give our faves a try!

Wear your Disney Gear

We know your have some awesome Disney gear tucked away for your next trip. Put it on and pretend you're in the parks! Let's do it!

So who's in?? 
How will you be celebrating? Let us know in the comments below.