Big Top moves in months before Mickey’s Circus

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In September we get Mickey’s Circus. But before that we’ll be seeing a whole Circus Vinylmation Mystery Box series called “Under the Big Top” from Disney. On July 23rd the Disney Stores will be releasing this new series across the country and online.

Two days before, we will see a special release of the series at a signing at the Costa Mesa Disney Store. On July 21st, Gerald Mendez will be signing his new series from 10:30 – 1:30. There will also be special events and activities at the event. Some interesting fine print for the event. If you purchase a full tray of this set, then you get a gold ticket, good for up to 7 signatures. If you buy 3-8 boxes, then you get a silver ticket, which gets you up to 3 signatures. While supplies last.

Here is a quick look at four of the pieces from this series. What do you think?

Fire Eater

Love the accessory (I always do). Looks great.

Ring Master

Great mustache. And Hat.


Reminds me of Abu. Another nice accessory!

Fortune Teller

Great us of artist technique to show the table and crystal ball in front of the vinyl.

There also looks to be two more pieces in the picture of Gerald. One looks like it could be a Strongman (with a mustache similar to the Ringmaster’s, but not crooked.) The second is harder to identify, maybe a Clown or even a concession item.

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About the author

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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  • “What’s that you say Fortune Teller Lady? You say Disney is bringing back the OLD mold vinylmations. What’s that… see a nerdy looking Stitch and Figment in your crystal ball…”

    Wow, you had my hopes up for a minute Fortune Teller Lady.

  • Nice accessories and a different style of illustration. I am on the fence about these. Has the new mold made the designs too clean and crisp? These drawings look almost like they were created in a computer program like Illustrator versus how the old Vinyls had more of a hand-painted feel (eventhough I realize computers were probably involved just as much back then). I feel like these are more like computer drawings just printed on to vinyls. I wonder how long before they put a photo (or portion of one) on a vinyl. Or heck — maybe upload a photo of yourself and they can print it on to one! Regardless of my rambling — these are sort of cute, the artist is very talnted, and this set would have been a great set for sale at Mickey’s Circus. My favorite would be the fire-eater.

  • Not exactly a must have for me, but I can appreciate how good these are artistically. The Disney Store artists do some fantastic facial expressions and can certain pack a lot of detail into their designs.

    • It appears it will be a blind box set as we just read the fine print on that flyer and it talks about purchasing trays.

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