I really had to think about what to call this little plastic… thing. It’s all kind of cool and fun but defies an easy label. It reminds me of the Lazy River attractions that many water parks have. At any rate, they sure seem to be relaxed!
I have pieces of original objects from Disney and the Resorts worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but this little plastic toy still rates up in my top 10 favorite items in my collection. I just keep seeing myself so content and happy on the water! Take a look and see if you don’t want to join them:
Goofy and Max are having a father and son moment. But as usual with the Goof, disaster may be only a moment away if the patching on the innertube is any indication!
This toy reminded me of my trip to Disney’s California Adventure where they have Midway games set up along the Boardwalk. One of the games is called Goofy About Fishin‘. Is that the same hat?
McDonald’s is usually associated with Disney giveaways (1980’s & early 1990’s) but there was a time when rival Burger King released some awesome Disney merchandise to the kids (and collectors) of the world!
In 1989, Burger King re-launched its children’s meal program as the Burger King Kids Club meal deals. But it wasn’t until 1991 that Burger King signed a ten-film contract with Disney to promote that company’s up and coming films. Promotions included Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Toy Story (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). As there is no date stamped on the toy I am featuring in this post, I have no way of knowing when it snuck into the promotional lineup.
Up a lazy river,
how happy you could be!
Up a lazy river, with me.
The satisfied faces of Goofy and Max remind me of a Hanna Barbara character named Snuffles. Snuffles is a bloodhound used by Quick Draw McGraw to ferret out bad guys in the old West. The only catch is that he needs to be bribed with a dog biscuit before performing his task. Upon chomping on one, he hugs himself in ecstasy, jumps into the air and floats back down, sighing.
For dogs, as well as for humans, contentment comes in many forms! For one it’s a ride down a lazy river, for another, a simple dog biscuit.
So we see that this was made by Disney Manufacturing for Burger King Corp in China. The Burger King Kids Club logo is also present.
It may be small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, but it’s not so small that it can’t make a big impression! Oh, by the way, although it is hollow it does not squeak. Bummer!