PHOTOS: New Gold Commemorative Mickey Coin, Original Magic Kingdom Attraction Coins, and 1971 E-Ticket Arrive for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
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Lots of 50th anniversary merchandise has been popping up all over Walt Disney World in light of the celebration, now only a few days away. A few items to commemorate the occasion include gold-plated coin and sets, and an E-ticket that have made their way into The Art of Disney in Disney Springs.
The three separate pieces are on display in a case for viewing.
Each item comes with the box shown, a blue and gold ’50’ Cinderella Castle box, and a certificate of verification.
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary 24k Gold Plated Commemorative “E” Ticket – $160.00
The “E” ticket was a legitimate ticket that was used up until the early 1980s for admittance to Magic Kingdom’s top tier rides. Originally, pay-per-ride coupon books indicating A-D levels of attractions were made until more popular rides became available over the years. The “E” level was added to include these attractions.
The top tier 1971 attractions on the adult “E” ticket include “it’s a small world”, Jungle Cruise, The Haunted Mansion, Mickey Mouse Revue, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the Tropical Serenade (Enchanted Tiki Room).
A certificate of verification includes the mintage and serial number of the piece.
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary 24k Gold Plated Commemorative Coin -$150.00
The gold plated commemorative Mickey Mouse head coin features a small ’50’ above Mickey’s head.
‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ is on one side and the opposite features the anniversary Cinderella Castle with a ’50’ inscribed.
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary 12 Coin Set – $180.00
The 12 Coin Set celebrates 12 of Walt Disney World’s most historic attractions, most of them opening day (October 1, 1971) attractions.
Each coin in the set is individually numbered, making each one unique.
Mickey Mouse Revue was an opening day audio-animatronic revue-style show that featured Mickey Mouse conducting a sea of Disney characters in an orchestra before closing in 1980.
The Liberty Square Riverboat is an authentically replicated paddleboat that travels down the Rivers of America and by Tom Sawyer Island that allows guests to escape the walking crowds for a scenic water tour. There were two boats in the early days, but one was irreparably damaged and retired.
Opening in 1973, Pirates of the Caribbean quickly became a guest favorite. While the ride is almost identical to the 1967 Anaheim version, it features a slightly different queue when split into a “Pirates” side and a “Soldier” side, can you tell which one is which?
The Jungle Cruise coin features an older font and tribal mask, pre-dating the cultural changes the attraction would later adapt.
The Tropical Serenade, another opening day attraction, is now known as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
One of the final attraction’s to receive the guidance of Walt Disney himself, the Country Bear Jamboree thankfully lives on in Frontierland.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is the first of its kind rotating theatre where guests take a ride through the changing technological advancements of the times while celebrating the notion of “a great big, beautiful tomorrow.”
Another opening day attraction, The Hall of Presidents honors our forefathers and additionally receives the newest sitting President of the United States.
Grand Prix Raceway, an opening day attraction previously sponsored by Goodyear, is now known as Tomorrowland Speedway with a slightly different track layout.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, while a popular attraction in Magic Kingdom until 1998, was shuttered and replaced with the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The smaller version of the attraction in Anaheim still stands today.
A coin prefers the original Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel (the 2 r’s nodding to the French word ‘carrousel’ and French adaptation of the Cinderella tale) attraction name to the one we know today, Prince Charming Regal Carousel in Fantasyland.
“it’s a small world” still features that same Mary Blair-esque font style that hasn’t changed since the attraction’s induction.
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