From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeffrey Epstein
Starting this week, guests who join D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at the Gold or Gold Duo level will receive an incredible collector set: D23 Celebrates 50 Most Magical Years of the Walt Disney World Resort. This vibrant collection, inspired by a half-century of the Vacation Kingdom of the World, honors the resort as it approaches its 50th anniversary on October 1 of this year.
Included in the 2021 Gold Collector Set is a usable tin lunchbox—designed by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily—featuring Mickey, Donald, Chip and Dale, icons from all four Walt Disney World theme parks, a magical musical band led by Figment himself, and vignettes of scenes from Typhoon Lagoon to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Kevin and Jody also crafted the “Florida’s Fab Five” Pin Set which includes the Orange Bird atop the classic Walt Disney World Logo, Henry the Bear from Country Bear Jamboree at the Magic Kingdom, Figment from EPCOT’s Journey Into Imagination, R3-X from his “Captain Rex” years at Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the legendary Yeti from Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s also a full-sized D23 pennant—designed by artist and the Official Voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan—inspired by the vivid colors and designs of retro Walt Disney World shopping bags.
And in partnership with Walt Disney Records, D23 is proud to present Walt Disney World: Then and Now, a “mini-version” of the ultimate theme park souvenir: the theme park soundtrack album! Pressed on cheerful transparent red vinyl, this exclusive 7” disc features a 1971 classic, “Bear Band Serenade” from Country Bear Jamboree, on one side and a modern classic, “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” from Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, on the other—on vinyl for the first time. The set also features a 2021 tribute to an original publication, the Walt Disney World News, filled with articles curated to commemorate this milestone. Inside, you’ll find a welcome letter from head of D23 Michael Vargo, a retrospective on the origins of Walt Disney’s “Florida Project,” and a tribute to “50 Favorite Things” found at Walt Disney World Resort—written by the staff of D23 and the Walt Disney Archives to inspire adventures of your own!
The D23 2021 Gold Member Collector Set will be available for new members joining the D23 Gold Membership Individual Plan or the D23 Gold Duo Membership Plan (sent to the Primary member) starting January 1, 2021. For current D23 Gold Members, the Collector Set will ship 2-3 weeks after their D23 Gold Membership renewal in 2021. Limit (1) D23 Gold Member Collector Set per membership plan.
For more details, visit d23.com/CollectorSet2021.