Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keys to the World of Motion

So here's another mysterious item for you. It comes from the now-defunct "World of Motion" attraction at Walt Disney World..

World of Motion opened in 1982, and was an inaugural attraction at EPCOT Center, which opened that same year. It offered a humerous vision of the history of transportation, and in the development of automobiles over the years. And that brings us to our mystery item..

This nametag was worn by General Motors staff working at the attraction. This particular example was on a keyring attached to some kind of van that sat backstage. What was that van for? Who rode in it? It boggles the mind.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps.

Here are the latest conquests from the outer steppes of Mongolia.

We have for your enjoyment some Walt Disney World costume pieces. These are vintage, dating to the late 1970's or early 1980's. They are both hallmarked © WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS, and the Hostess badge is also hallmarked N.S. MEYER, NEW YORK, which is the company that made these pieces.

The Guest Relations cast member usually works with, well, guests at ticketing centers and such at Walt Disney World. The Hostess badge is worn by a female cast member giving the guided tours of Magic Kingdom Park.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Disney Store

Good evening, dear friends. Here's the latest nametags from the Disney Store!

First off, is the nametag being worn in the Disney Stores with the new "Imagination Park" concept:

In case you haven't been to the new stores remodeled with the new concept, the tree on this new nametag is representative of a feature added to the new stores. The trees feature projections of Disney characters, and other promotional images.

For other Disney Stores that are not receiving the Imagination Park concept, they have received a new nametag...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Disneyland Ambassadors

here is the most recent addition to my collection..

This is the very beautifil badge that is given to Cast Members selected to be official Disneyland Ambassadors. What does that mean exactly? Well, I'm going to be lazy (again) and steal some info from wikipedia... "Disney ambassadors are selected cast members who are chosen and to represent and promote each Disney resort. The program started in 1965 by Walt Disney. For the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Park, actress and Disney Legend Julie Andrews was asked to be the honorary 50th anniversary ambassador."

Julie Reihm was selected to be the very first Disneyland Ambassador. Here she is..

My compliments to whoever designed this costume for the Tour Guides. Certainly easy on the eyes. Two weeks ago Disneyland selected the 2011/2012 Ambassador team. Here is one of them:

Her name is Jolie Hales, and she hails (pun intended) originally from the town just to the north of where I live. She is also an independent film director and producer. She wrote and directed a short film called "Latter Day Fake" which has won many awards at film festivals.

(if you ever read this, Jolie, and you are in search of a Disneyland-obsessed returned missionary who is also a film junkie, please don't hesitate to call me!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A private club for our members (and their guests)

The above image is a recent addition to my collection. It's a very beautiful and detailed costume piece that's worn by the Maitre'D at Club 33. Below is the nametag worn at Club 33. A bit of Disney trivia... the Club 33 is the oldest nametag being used by Disney. It hasn't changed since the Club opened in 1967.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We Love To Fly, And It Shows

In 1989, Delta Airlines became the official airline of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. These buttons were distributed to airline employees and travel agencies to promote Delta's connection with the Disney destinations.

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's been my pleasure

This week I picked up the above. It's the famous "D Pin" worn by female Cast Members who give the Guided Tour at Disneyland. You know them, they wear the sexy plaid costumes and tell special guests the history, people and places of Disneyland. The program began in 1959, and has been very popular ever since. Here's one of the wonderful girls I am talking about..

If you click on the above picture to enlarge it, you can see the red triangular paper badge that the boy is wearing. This was given to all participants in the Guided Tour. These paper badges came in many colors..

In addition to the boy's red, and this black, there was also green, yellow, and orange tags used. So now if you see a girl (or guy) wearing a plaid costume, walking around with his/her hand in the air, being followed around by a group of people, you know what's going down.