Preview Center: First Look at the Vacation Kingdom

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The Preview Center was where many people saw Walt Disney World for the first time. Here is some background info on the Preview Center that we hope to see recreated for the upcoming Florida Project event at Walt Disney World. We will also take another look at the FREE gift for guests to the Vinylmation Day.

Screen shot taken from WDW film
On display at D23

This Minnie Mouse Vinylmation above is the FREE gift guests to the Vinylmation Day of the Florida Project will receive. Minnie is designed with the clothing the “Disney Girls” wore at the Walt Disney World Preview Center. The Preview Center opened on Jan. 16, 1970, and was the first building to open on Walt Disney World property. Located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, today the building is home to the Amateur Athletic Union. More than 1.4 million people visited the Preview Center to check out what was to become the Vacation Kingdom of the World. The Disney Girls were on hand to answer all the questions people had. Guests could also buy Disney souvenirs, like pennants and guidebooks.

Preview Center Photo owned by Chuck Schmidt

I like the idea of this figure, the history behind it and the clothing is perfectly captured, but the complaints about the face are valid. It doesn’t look right. It’s not because it’s Minnie on new mold. She looks great on the new DCL figure. I also think a generic female’s face would have worked. Kind of like the Cast Member Exclusive Ambassador figure from awhile back.

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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  • I’m confused. The girl in that picture doesn’t look fat and bloated, so why is Minnie fat?

    Ryan’s right, it looks fat because the eyes are too close together and the mouth is too small, so it looks like this giant face with big jowls. Good thing that figure is free or they would have trouble getting rid of it.

  • i agree! i like the idea..but that vinyl looks BAD! its an insult to those poor girls from 1970.lol i bet they are offered and saying “were we that fat?” lol

  • Part of what makes it horrid is the new mold. Every Mickey and Minnie look worse on the new mold than the old. This just happens to be the worst of all of them. Now I see why this is the free gift. haha

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