10 Pieces of Vintage Disneyland Memorabilia You Can Own
Since first opening its gates to the public 60 years ago, Disneyland has developed something of a cult following. If you're looking to prove just how deep your Disney obsession runs, now’s your chance to get your hands on some precious park memorabilia. On November 21, the Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles will be auctioning off more than 800 rare Disneyland collectors' items. People attending the “Collecting Disneyland” event will have the chance bid on rare animatronics, vintage souvenirs, and original concept art from the park dating back as far as the 1950s. Check out 10 of the most magical items up for auction below.
1. SPACE MOUNTAIN CONCEPT DRAWING
In a theme park where slow-paced kids' rides outnumber roller coasters, Space Mountain is Disneyland’s official thrill ride. This rare concept drawing from Imagineer Clem Hall depicts riders lining up in the space-aged launch bay to be shot off into the multicolored cosmos. In real life, the ride is usually five times as crowded.
2. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN CAST MEMBER COSTUME
This pirate costume was worn by actual cast members in the 1980s—two decades before Disney's pirates were Johnny Depp-ified beyond repair. The colorful getup comes with a custom belt, socks, and a striped cap. Bottle of rum not included.
3. JACK SKELLINGTON HEAD
This prop appeared in 2001 when Disneyland first introduced The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) characters to the Haunted Mansion for the holidays. The silicone mask was used on the ride’s life-sized, animatronic Jack Skellington figure for four years, and it still remains in fine show-used condition. With a minimum starting bid of $30,000, this is one piece of Tim Burton swag you won’t be able to find in Hot Topic.
4. STORYBOOK LAND ATTRACTION POSTER
There are several original attraction posters up for auction at the event, and each one is a vintage work of art. This hand silk-screened poster from 1956 features Pinocchio’s Monstro the Whale swallowing up passengers at the beginning of ride. For some reason, our memories of Storybook Land aren’t quite as horrifying.
5. PEOPLEMOVER RIDE VEHICLES
If you were heartbroken by the closing of the PeopleMover in 1995, now you can take a piece of the ride home with you—literally. The vehicle doors can still be remotely opened and closed, and the control panel allows for operation of the interior and exterior lighting. It also features a working PA and music system, which is programmed to play a two-minute explanation of the PeopleMover by a 1967 tour guide. Owning this piece of Disney history is the next best thing to actually sailing it over Tomorrowland.
6. FANTASYLAND CASTLE BLUE PRINT
Despite what you’ve seen in the movies, Disney magic is no replacement for carefully drawn up blueprints. This rare print illustrates the construction design of what would become one of Disney’s greatest icons.
7. MAIN STREET BENCH
This bench was one of the originals that occupied Disneyland’s Main Street when the park first opened. After being a fixture in the town square for 44 years, it’s been carefully restored and painted its original color. To make it readily apparent that it's more than just a fancy park bench, the Disneyland property tag has been moved from the bottom to the bench back.
8. STAR TOURS CAST MEMBER JACKET
With the upcoming release of Disney’s first Star Wars film, we have a feeling this will be a hot ticket item. The jacket was worn by Star Tours cast members in 1992, a few years after it opened. The original ride was replaced by the updated Star Tours—The Adventure Continues in 2010, so this item is packed with all different kinds of nostalgia.
9. “LADY AND THE TRAMP” CEL
In addition to memorabilia from the park, the gallery is also auctioning off original production cels from Disney's early films and cartoons. For fans of Lady and the Tramp (1955), the minimum bid price of $1200 may be well worth it for a piece of animation history.
10. "INDIANA JONES" ANIMATRONIC PROP HAND
Most people may not think of Disney when they hear "Indiana Jones," but the Indiana Jones Adventure ride has been a Disneyland fixture since 1995. The ride is best known for its abundant animatronics and thrilling special effects. There won’t be any giant rolling boulders up for sale at the auction, but they are offering the next best thing—an animatronic hand from Indy himself.