We have only visited Disneyland once and that was way back in 2013. The weather could have been better but the crowds were thin and we definitely had a good time! And if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that a main part of my Disney vacations is the merchandise!
Exclusive, you say? I’m in! And when I can get something I’m not supposed to be able to get? I’m double in! Case in point is this Disneyland Annual Passholder #3 exclusive Vinylmation:
My eyes are everywhere when I’m perusing a shop, and on this particular day, I glanced over into a display case by the checkout counter. I very friendly Cast Member asked if there was anything I’d like a closer look at. Of course I said ‘Yes!’ even though I saw the Annual Passholder signage. I was not an AP at the time but couldn’t resist the temptation for a forbidden peek!
Of all the items, this Balloon Mickey Vinylmation caught my eye the most. After torturing myself with it I admitted that I wasn’t able to buy it and gave her the reason. She smiled and said: “Are you sure?” I was able to buy it (but without any AP discounts). I love Cast Members, don’t you?
Have you ever checked the bottom of the custom boxes for these exclusive figures? Note the peculiar shape indented in the cardboard: It’s the feet of the figure! How cool is that?!?
I can’t swear to it, but I believe of the three places to buy merchandise, I got this item in one of the stores along Main Street in Disneyland itself.
Photos Credits: Aliexpress (left) and blunose2772 (right)
Now let’s talk balloons! The Mickey Balloon is one of the most iconic Disneyland mementos. Our figurine is patterned off of the yellow version, as you can see by comparing it to the image, above right. There is a slight variation to the shaping due to the necessary usage of the Vinylmation shape.
‘Balloon Mickey’ or #3, whatever his name is, has two balloons on his chest and three balloons on his… butt. Okay, then.
I’ve toyed with selling this little guy several times but keep changing my mind. Perhaps I remember what first attracted me to him or that the kindly Cast Member broke the rules to sell him to me. Either way, I think he’ll stay in my collection.
For more fun with Vinylmations, and a little something different, check out my book review of a Steampunk Novel with a side order of a Steampunk Goofy Vinylmation. Yup. You won’t want to miss out on a post like that.