It’s time to fill our mugs and drink our fill of old timey goodness! This vintage Walt Disney World stein from the 1970s or early 1980s is just too cool. It may not be the one item that jumps off my display shelves and screams ‘Hey! Look at me!” but when you do take a closer look, it holds your attention.
Branded as Walt Disney Productions (pre-1987) this plastic stein from Thermo-Serv is definitely something that would have been sold in the earliest days of the Magic Kingdom in Florida.
This product may have been sold as a piece of merchandise or as an upsell when you bought a beverage at any of the restaurant locations throughout the Park.
A fun thing to do is to try to figure out the exact date of a collectible. Or near enough! We have some clues in the images on the stein. First, we have the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction which opened in 1971 and closed in 1994. So this piece of merchandise could have been released on Opening Day or any time up to 1994.
However, we also have the Main Street Electrical Parade shown in the upper top corner which ran from 1977 to 1991. Now we can narrow the release down to later than 1977 but before 1991. The final clue comes from the Swan Boats attraction, a short-lived offering by Theme Park standards. It ran from 1973 to 1983. So if we put these three attraction dates together we get an earliest release date of 1977 (when MSEP began) to a latest release date of 1983 (when SB ended).
And that’s how it’s done, folks!
This has a double wall to keep beverages colder longer. The bottom tells us that it was manufactured in the U.S.A. (a rare bird now!) by a company known as Thermo-Serv. And believe it or not, they still exist! Here is what they have to say about themselves:
“For over 60 years, ThermoServ has focused on serving the consumer retail market with unique, quality plastic drinkware and melamine tableware products that look great and perform. We take pride in offering innovative, fashion-forward casual dining products that are Made in America and designed for today’s modern consumer. Whether at home, entertaining, or on the go, there’s a ThermoServ product that’s right for you.”
Somewhere along the way, they dropped the hyphen in their name.
ThermoServ does not currently offer any items featuring Disney properties. But for another look at some vintage drinking vessels from the early days of Walt Disney World, specifically Fort Wilderness, check out this link.