What makes Disneyana so popular? Disney collectibles are bought, sold, traded, and loved by millions around the world. And guess what. I’m one of them. I enjoy collecting anything related to Disney. It’s a big part of my family. My wife and I were even married at Walt Disney World.
Disneyana is such an enjoyable collectible investment, that sometimes I find it hard to sell after I acquire them.
Anyways, let’s start digging into the “Wonderful World of Disney”.
How Disneyana Began
Walt Disney was a struggling artist until his success with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Unfortunately for him, he lost his rights to the character due to some legal fine print. Instead of giving up, Walt Disney would go on to start an empire with the creation of Mickey Mouse. Walt can be quoted saying, “It all began with a mouse.” And boy is that true! With the first sketch, this new genre of collectibles was born.
Mickey Mouse very quickly gained popularity upon the release of Steamboat Willie in 1928. Shortly thereafter, toys were available based on Mickey and friends. In 1935, Gum, Inc. (now known as Bowman, which is owned by Topps) even released a Mickey Mouse trading card set. In 1937 Disney would release its first full-featured animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which would lead to a new set of toys based on the characters. As I’m sure you know, Disney has grown immensely since then. Today, there are stores dedicated to Disney collectibles around the world.
There were stores opened on Main Street, USA in both Disney World and Disneyland. They were called “Disneyana Shops”. This is where the term started. It didn’t stick until Cecil Munsey released a book in 1974 about Disney collectibles.
Types of Disney Collectibles
So what are you looking to collect? Disney probably offers it. Here’s a list of some of the many available Disneyana collectibles. In fact, you may even have some of these at home. Check out that attic!
- Animation Art Cels
- Cast Member Items
- Disney Infinity
- Figurines and Keepsakes
- Holiday Items
- Limited Editions
- Plush Toys
- Posters and Prints
- Theme Park Souvenirs
- Trading Pins
- Trading Cards
- Vintage Clothing
- And so much more!
Some of my favorites are the Disney Trading Pins, Trading Cards, artwork, and Vinylmation. I also love finding some really old merchandise. How about you? What grabs your interest the most?
As you can see, there is such a wide range of choices when it comes to Disney collectibles. So jump in, an consider making Disneyana a part of your collection.