Coca-Cola WDW 15th Anniversary Pin Set

I’d like to buy the world a home
and furnish it with love
grow apple trees and honey bees
and snow white turtle doves
I’d like to each the world to sing
in perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a coke
and keep it company
that’s the real thing
I’d like to teach the world to sing
in perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a coke
and keep it company
that’s the real thing

I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke was released in the U.S. in July 1971 and immediately struck a responsive chord. The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers received more than 100,000 letters about the commercial. Many listeners called radio stations begging to hear it. Were you one of them? I can remember this jingle and the commercials. And I’m an avid Coke Zero drinker to this day! Sorry, Team Pepsi.

Coca-Cola has perhaps enjoyed one of the most extensive and successful advertising campaigns ever and with good reason. The sheer amount of different icons they have used, from Santa to Polar Bears, is staggering. And now we can add Disney characters to the list:

In 1986 the Coca-Cola company celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Walt Disney World with several commemorative pin sets. I only own one, the main character set, in its original plastic display case. Apparently each set was a Limited Edition run of 1,000. But I can’t confirm that for certain.

Until I started researching these pins for this post, I didn’t realize just how many sets there were! Some of them are must-haves for any Disney Pin Trader.

I found the above images on the Internet. The one on the immediate above left shows the complete set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Each set would have come with the 15 Years center pin. But on the immediate above right you can see that someone managed to collect the entire series and then had them framed.

Perhaps the most exciting set would be the Theme Park grouping in the center of the framed display. This is the one I am now in the market for!

Coke and Disney have a longstanding relationship. So it’s no surprise that I have other Coke-themed Disney collectibles in my possession! But those will be for another post. Before I go though, I guess we should answer the question the latest Pepsi commercials have put to us. When asking for a Coke, the waitress asks: “Is Pepsi okay?” The answer? No. No, it isn’t. Sorry again, Team Pepsi!

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