DISNEYLAND 1989 SPLASH MOUNTAIN ORIGINAL PRESS KIT

Remarkable and rare 1989 complete DISNEYLAND Splash Mountain press media kit. Kit includes six different press releases covering facts & figures to the creative cast, construction history and more insider historic details. Also includes unbelievable eight black and white press photos with individual captions on back. Photos include rare construction shot and even Michael Eisner with Mickey and Brer Bear!

All pieces are ORIGINAL and not reproductions. Photos, releases and folder are in very fine plus condition with no writing, tears, stains or any blemishes. Press release paper with slight yellowing due to age.

1971 America Sings Press/VIP Preview Maquette

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When America Sings opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland on June 29, 1974, the attraction took guests through period of America’s musical history via the revolving theater previously home to G.E.’s Carousel of Progress. During its tenure from 1974 through 1988, Sam the Eagle (no relation to the Olympic mascot nor the Muppets character) and his cast of audio-animatronic animals entertained audiences with such classics as “Pop Goes the Weasel,” “Polly Wolly Doodle,” and “Who Shot the Hole in My Sombrero.” The cast consisted of a diverse array of characters such as the Swamp Boys (a gator trio, frogs and harmonica-playing raccoon), coyotes, alligators, porcupines, storks and roosters.

If many of the animals from this retro attraction look familiar still today, it’s because many are alive and well in Disneyland’s Splash Mountain. In 1989, nearly the entire America Sings cast found a new home and are a perfect fit within the 1946 Song of the South-themed thrill attraction.

Similarly, prior to America Sings’ closure in 1986, two of the geese were removed, “skinned” and repurposed as the entertaining G2 queue droids in the first generation of Star Tours, which premiered in 1987.

Pictured is the famous Sam the Eagle maquette given to VIP/press attendees during the America Sings opening premier in 1974. This rare ceramic keepsake was exclusive to invited media/special guests and never for sale to the public. Only a handful are known to exist.

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Original Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Headlight Prop From Disneyland

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On October 5, 1949, Walt Disney Productions released its 11th animated feature, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.Toad as one of two segments, based on the stories The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, respectively. It was the last of the historic RKO Radio Pictures releases, which also included other early Disney classics such as Melody Time, The Three Caballeros and Saludos Amigos.

Film production began shortly after the release of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs in 1938. Ironically, Walt Disney was not overly-enthusiastic about the original pitch to make an animated feature film based on what Walt described as “corny” animals. Nonetheless, Walt purchased the rights, but proposed the film be packaged together with another animated feature after he and his artists collectively agreed the anthropomorphized animals in the movie was not to the level of their satisfaction. Originally, it was to be paired with Gremlins and Mickey & the Beanstalk; however, Gremlins never materialized and Mickey & the Beanstalk was ultimately joined with Fun & Fancy Free. Meanwhile, the Adventures of Ichabod Crane was in development and eventually matched with J. Thaddeus Toad and friends.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, one of the last remaining original Disneyland dark ride attractions, is loosely based on Disney's animated production. Voice legend Corey Burton provides every voice at the attraction (except for the usage of audio from the film.)

J. Thaddeaus Toad, MacBadger, Winky and the entire Wind and the Willows crew, coupled with Disneyland’s Wild Ride adventure, continue to be timeless cult favorites both on film and in the Park.

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1987 Original Star Tours Promotional Prop

In 1987, at a cost of $32 million (nearly double the entire cost to build Disneyland in 1955) Star Tours opened in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. The first incarnation of the ride replaced the historic “Adventure Thru Inner Space” and represented the first Disney attraction based on a non-Disney produced film.

Themed as a Star Tours “travel agency”, the attraction is comprised of four military-grade flight simulators (at $500,000 each) where guests ventured through the galaxy with C-3PO, R2-D2 and Rex the Pilot (voiced by Paul Ruebens) aboard the Starspeeder 3000. Hoping to reach the Moon of Endor, there’s a slight detour and we find ourselves jumping through hyperspace, avoiding comets and joining the Rebel Alliance after being caught in a Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. Guests then are able to experience the Death Star trench scenes from the original Star Wars film alongside X-Wings and ultimately destroy the Death Star.

This 16”x20” photograph on cardboard is an original promotion prop from Disneyland in 1987 to promote the new attraction within the park’s ticket kiosks. The print depicts the StarSpeeder, guests and Chewbacca being chased by Tie Fighters near the Death Star trench. A rare and unique look back at the original version of the game-changing Disneyland attraction.

“Thank you for riding Star Tours. Bye bye.”

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35-Year Walt Disney Company Service Award

Service awards have been a staple of Disney’s fundamental philosophy that their employees are the foundation to their success. From Cast Members in the theme parks to animators and producers, service award pins and statues salute an individual’s commitment and employment longevity. From the more common 5-year Donald Duck pin, to the extraordinary 45-year Walt & Mickey, cast member exclusives continue to be truly rare and valuable collectibles.

This particular relic depicts Pinocchio as a boy walking down a cobble stone path with a shining red apple in his hand. Made of solid bronze, the piece weighs an impressive 40+ pounds and rewarded an employee of the Walt Disney Company for 35 years of dedication to the company.

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

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Star Wars Rebels Exclusive 3 Pack

Toys R Us Exclusive Set First to Hit the Scene

Exclusive to Toys R Us and hot off the shelves is Disney's first Star Wars Rebels Mission Series 3 pack. This is the first of its kind and features the new animated series most anticipated characters. Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger and a secret Obi-Wan Kenobi make this set a must have for any Star Wars fans. Kanan comes with his trusty lightsaber while Ezra carries one of his many stolen Empire helmets. Obi-Wan takes the form of a hologram from Episode III. The series launches in October and comes on the heels of the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. 

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