WDW 25th Anniversary Guide & T-shirt

I love finding unusual items for my collection, and when I saw this Special Edition release for the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, I just had to have it:

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12″ x 12″ Presentation Box

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One Anniversary Guide and T-shirt (medium)

This is from perhaps one of the most vilified promotions in WDW history. It included the hated Birthday Cake Castle, as pictured on the cover of the Anniversary Guide.

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1971-1996

I for one wish I could have seen the Birthday Cake Castle in person, if for no other reason than to say ‘I was there!’ ‘I saw it!’ But my trips to WDW would bracket this promotion.

Let’s have a look at the contents of the Anniversary Guide. As we do, I’ll point out the new attractions that were offered for this promotion:

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New: Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure

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New: Remember the Magic Parade / ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

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New: Ellen DeGeneres Universe of Energy / Honey I Shrunk the Audience

I hear that as of 2016, the Honey I Shrunk the Audience attraction will be discontinued. Not perhaps the worse news?

I’d also like to mention that Epcot had some new Streetmosphere acts in the form of Stilt Birds and Moving Statues for 1996.

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New: Toy Story Parade

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New: Blizzard Beach

It’s also interesting to note that at this time, 1996, WDW had three water parks, as River Country was still in operation. Discovery Island was also open and the two attractions were advertised as two great places to be visited in one day.

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New: Planet Hollywood

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Old: The Disney Village Marketplace

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Character Dining chart and map

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WDW Maps: Three Parks (no Animal Kingdom yet)

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Back Cover

I hope you can take the time to enlarge the above pictures and enjoy a look into the past of WDW as it was found in 1996!

But this great box set also contained a very nice t-shirt with the promotional logo and a special surprise on the back:

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Autographs from four Big Celebs!

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Mickey Inc. Made in the USA

I haven’t worn this t-shirt (it wouldn’t fit anyway!) instead choosing to leave it with the set. I enjoy opening it up from time to time for a look into the past of my favorite Disney park!

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2 Responses to WDW 25th Anniversary Guide & T-shirt

  1. Kimberly says:

    Is the T shirt for sale? I have fond memories of the cake castle and am hoping to find a t shirt of it for my 25th birthday.

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    • disneynouns says:

      Unfortunately not, it would break my heart to break up the set! And this is the only piece of ‘castle cake’ merch I have.

      I hope you can find another and thanks for commenting!

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