From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Allison Friedlander
Once or twice in your lifetime, you get an opportunity to be a part of something truly special. Growing up in household full of Disney fans, the year 1928 was a year just as important as the year 1776. If it were up to my father, November 18th would be a national holiday. My siblings and I grew up humming the music from the parks and could recite every word of our large collection of Disney VHS tapes. Mickey Mouse has always been synonymous with fun and family, and celebrating 90 years of this incredible legacy is no small task. That’s why when the Disney Gift Card team came together wanting a special card to commemorate this milestone anniversary, we knew it had to be something we had never done before.
Mickey Mouse is a star like no other and it was clear from the very beginning that our commemorative Disney Gift Card in his honor needed to shine (pun intended). Justin Hamana, Graphic Designer with Walt Disney Imagineering, developed the concept of a crystal-encrusted Disney Gift Card to honor this milestone anniversary. Specialists from Swarovski took the task all the way to Austria and developed a brand-new way to adhere crystals to the entire face of the card, something that had never been done before. The card looks incredible, but what struck me the first time I held it in my hand was how substantial it feels. All 5,000 cards are made with a metal core, encased in a protective plastic, and encrusted with over 2,500 premium Swarovski crystals. Not to mention a custom box almost as stunning as the card itself. Ready for display, the magnetic-closure box is the first to carry the Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series insignia and includes a vellum certificate describing the grandeur of the card.
You may have seen some coverage of the Destination D event last weekend where a select number of these cards were made available to D23 members in attendance. But now it’s your turn. If you find yourself at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, you can take one of these limited-edition cards home for yourself. For $300, you receive one of the only 5,000 premium gift cards produced, nestled in a box ready for display, loaded with $90 redeemable for practically all things Disney — from Theme Park tickets, resort stays, Disney vacations and dining, and all the Mickey merchandise you could imagine at Disney locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series will be available for purchase starting December 4, 2018 at the locations below (while supplies last.)
Walt Disney World Resort
- Magic Kingdom Park
- Main Street Cinema
- The Art of Disney
- Disney Springs
- The Art of Disney
- Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories
- Disneyland Park
- Disney California Adventure Park
- Off the Page
- Downtown Disney District
- WonderGround Gallery
If you do get your hands on an inaugural card in our Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series, know that it can be redeemed for practically all things Disney by scanning the barcode on the back. There is no magnetic strip, so your card will never be swiped. However, if don’t want to carry it around in your wallet, know that you can merge the $90 onto a standard Disney Gift Card at DisneyGiftCard.com.
Walt reminded us all years ago “that it was all started by a mouse” and I think all of us Disney fans and cast members take that to heart. So, on behalf of Disney Gift Card, I want to wish Mickey Mouse a heartfelt Happy Birthday and many more years of his magic.
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