Disneyland Memorabilia Park Pack Limited Edition Box Review – May 2016
The Disneyland Memorabilia Park Pack – Limited Edition Box is a special compilation of memorabilia commemorating the opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955. The box sold out in less than a day.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Disneyland Memorabilia Park Pack – Limited Edition Box
The Cost: $99
The Products: “Disney Park Packs conjure up a one-time-only blind-boxed collector’s memorabilia set with an exclusive assortment of Limited Edition treasures that will take you back to Disneyland’s opening day, July 17, 1955.”
Like much of the world, my family loves all things Disney. Disney has two of its own monthly subscription boxes right now:
Disney is closing in on the end of its year-long 60th Anniversary celebration of the opening of its first theme park, Disneyland. We have been hoping for more Disney subscription boxes and were super excited to see Disney offer this limited edition box!
The packaging on this Disneyland Memorabilia Park Pack – Limited Edition Box is designed in the same style as the Pin Trading Edition and presumably will be the design used on any upcoming Park Packs.
Disney promised that “contents for this blind-boxed package will remain a surprise, but will include a mix of items ranging from sculptured replicas and medallions to paper collectibles.” They definitely delivered on that promise.
Let’s take a closer look at the folder fitted inside the box flap. The back of the folder has the following Walt Disney quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
The front of the folder gives some brief information about the items in this box. I like that Disney included this.
This sticker is a representation of the pennant from Opening Day (AKA Day One) at Disneyland.
This is a reprint of the park map and brochure from 1955.
The map suggests you take it home and color it after your visit to Disneyland which is fun. For comparison purposes, the current Disneyland map and brochure has some similarities to the original. It does come in color now, though, along with plenty of other changes.
The bumper sticker is a representation of the one from Day One at Disneyland.
Here are representations of the Day One press pass and parking sticker.
This is a 5×7 inch matted print of the advertisement for the TV program that aired on ABC TV prior to Disneyland opening.
These are reprints of 5 original postcards available to guests at the Disneyland opening.
The back of the postcards mentions that the cost to mail a postcard in 1955 was 2 cents.
It is so fun to see all of these!
Now that we have been taken back to 1955, let’s see what else is in this box!
A velvet box. Very interesting!
A collectible medallion! This is a Certificate of Verification for Disneyland Day One. It includes the same Walt Disney quote that is on the back of the blue folder. The 39mm Bronze Medallion was minted to commemorate the dedication plaque at Disneyland Park from 1955. A Limited Mintage of 1200.
The front of the medallion reads “Disneyland To all who come to this happy place – Welcome – Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past – and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”
The back of the medallion reads “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. – July 17, 1955 –“
Here is a closer view of the front and back of the medallion.
This is awesome. I am not sure what this medallion would retail for if you could purchase it separately. Disney has some other Limited Edition medallions made of various materials and with different edition sizes. All of the editions listed there are of numbers higher than 1200. Those medallions retail between $39.95-$55 so maybe this one falls somewhere in that ballpark or maybe it is worth more.
On to the last item. The pièce de résistance or hero item in subscription box-speak. (Also, you know Lisa Sugar would love this box.) I know I was very interested to see what was in there!
Here is where I remembered the “This Side Up” sticker from the outer packing box. You know that has to be good, right?!
Ah! Love this!
This is a replica of Sleeping Beauty Castle in a bronze finish. I am not sure what the castle is made of. The base is made of some kind of wood. The closest item I can find that Disney sells is the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue which is a very similar style. That statue is a collectible made of resin with a bronzed patina and is not a limited edition. Retail value on that statue is $125 so I assume this one might be similar. Maybe higher.
Here is the reverse side.
Looking down from the top.
Disney Parks Authentic Original Limited Edition of 1200 pieces marking.
(Now, if you have time for a quick personal story, I would love to share this one with you. Otherwise, feel free to skip ahead to the end! ☺)
This castle reminds me of the first time my family took our oldest 2 children to Disneyland. Our daughter was 3 and our son was 1 ½ at the time. (The day our daughter turned 2 it was like a switch flipped inside of her and she magically loved princesses and pink. Somewhere along the line, she started loving Sleeping Beauty which makes perfect sense. Her dream was to one day meet Sleeping Beauty.) So the day that we took them to Disneyland for the first time, we let her dress up like Sleeping Beauty.
Here our children are looking over the edge at Sleeping Beauty Castle. We waited in line for about 2 hours at the place where you can meet different princesses. We would not normally do that, but our daughter was so excited and had been waiting for months so we felt it was the best thing to do. Disney would not tell us which princesses were there before we got in to meet them. When it was finally our turn, there were a lot of princesses there—which was very cool—but, alas, no Sleeping Beauty.
One of the Disney cast members working at store on the other side of the princess area saw that my daughter was sad and said “Listen, I am friends with Sleeping Beauty. Let me call her and see what I can do.” I thought he was joking of course, but played along as he “called” Sleeping Beauty on the Disney phone. After he hung up, he told us to bring our daughter to a certain area to meet Sleeping Beauty when she would be walking from one area of the park at a certain time towards the Castle.
So, of course, we did. We waited a while and Sleeping Beauty never came. (Princesses are busy and get rerouted at the last minute regularly.) Our daughter was sad. Since we knew Sleeping Beauty was headed towards the Castle, we decided to take a look in that direction before giving up. (We were now about 3 hours into the quest to see Sleeping Beauty which was a bit ridiculous.)
Right before we got to the Castle, we spotted Sleeping Beauty with a line of people waiting to see her. So we joined the line. Our daughter was the next person in line when a Disney handler cut us off again and said Sleeping Beauty had to go and suggested maybe everyone could find her later where the other princesses were. At that point, I basically begged the handler to please let our daughter (who was standing 3 feet from Sleeping Beauty at that time and dressed just like her) meet Sleeping Beauty since we had been attempting to find/meet her for hours.
Sleeping Beauty turned and looked at our daughter and said “Oh! Are you, [M]? I have been looking for you! I am so glad you found me!” The handler finished sending the rest of the line away. Sleeping Beauty got down and talked to our daughter and put on the plastic flower bracelet our daughter had been saving for months to give to her.
They were instantly like old friends. It was magical. After talking to our daughter and dancing with her a little bit, Sleeping Beauty asked if she would like to accompany her on her walk the rest of the way to the Castle.
So that is what they did.
Back to the box!
Here is everything all together. Love this!
Verdict: It is very difficult to determine the exact value of this Park Pack LE box especially since all the items in it were made exclusively for this program and have a limited edition size of 1200 pieces. Based on what I could find, I think it is very likely the value of this box significantly exceeds the cost. I am sure any Disney fan or collector would be very happy with this. I know we certainly are!
What do you think of the Disneyland Memorabilia Park Pack LE box? Do you love Disney as much as we do?