The Little Orange Bird with the orange thoughts and musical tweet sure got around! I’m back with another piece of merchandise from the heyday of the little fella: An Orange Bird Florida souvenir plate:
The Florida Citrus Commission definitely got it’s money’s worth with this exclusive creation. It was a walk-around character in Walt Disney World for a time before going into retirement for decades. The promotion ended but he didn’t fly off into the sunset… for, well… he can’t fly. But don’t mention it to him, he’s sensitive about it. It’s okay though, he’s back with a merchandising vengeance now!
However, before his recent resurrection, he just hung around on pieces of merchandise like this plate. This one still has the original string attached, which is fairly rare, as they usually broke or were simply taken off and lost.
Again, Walt Disney Productions stopped being used as a trademark after 1986, so this product is likely from the 1970s or early 1980s.
For more of this adorable promoter, check out my wife’s Pandora Orange Bird Charm by clicking the link. Or if it’s plates you’re into, check out my Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Plate from The Art of Disney. It has the Birthday Cake Castle everyone likes to hate on. You don’t want to miss your chance to get in on that!