We’re feeling lucky today thanks to the new Oswald the Lucky Rabbit offerings available to Walt Disney World Annual Passholders visiting EPCOT. In addition to the Oswald Annual Passholder magnet available at Creations Shop, Passholders can get two exclusive Oswald treats from Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion: Oswald Triple Chocolate Cake and Oswald Cookies ‘n’ Cream Shake.
Annual Passholder-Exclusive Oswald Treats
The complimentary Oswald Annual Passholder magnet is available through October 23 or while supplies last
The Oswald Triple Chocolate Cake and Oswald Cookies ‘n’ Cream Shake will also be available through October 23.
Oswald Triple Chocolate Cake – $6.99
Chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, crisp pearls and a white cookie dome
Somehow, we loved this. The bottom layer is chocolate cake, while the middle is the mousse with Cocoa Puffs-like pearls. On top is white chocolate, which we personally didn’t need, but we loved the cake and mousse layers.
The cake wasn’t too sweet, but we still felt the boost of sugar — appreciated after walking through EPCOT. We highly recommend Passholders get this dessert while it’s available.
Oswald Cookies ‘n Cream Shake – $8.99
Garnished with an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit chocolate coin
Dear Disney, please give us a better straw. We appreciate Disney’s efforts to be more environmentally-friendly with paper straws, but we want to enjoy our shake, and it’s impossible to drink through this cheap paper.
Anyway, this is a regular cookies ‘n’ cream milkshake. It’s nothing too fancy and we would rather get a McDonald’s McFlurry for half the price.
But if you’re at EPCOT and craving cookies ‘n’ cream — or just want something extra for your Oswald photo shoot — then you can’t go wrong with this shake.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Envisioned by Walt himself and animator Ub Iwerks, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was one of the very first Disney characters to have a personality, as well as the first to see major success. The Alice Comedies certainly garnered a strong reputation of hits, but its star was a real person placed on an animated background. This time around, the animation was the star.
Oswald debuted in the 1927 animated short “Trolley Troubles.”
At the time, Walt Disney did not have the means nor the notoriety to distribute his own art or wield absolute creative control. In a 1928 business deal largely favoring the distributor (Universal), Disney lost the rights to Oswald entirely when he decided to walk away from the partnership, while the majority of his animators stayed behind. This event ultimately led to the creation of Mickey Mouse on the train ride home from New York City, a new replacement star who’d remain under strict in-house ownership and hopefully at least catch similar financial sustenance.
Of course, Mickey Mouse became a global phenomenon, the mascot of the entire Disney universe of stories and projects, and a household name with 95 years of continuous relevance.
The Walt Disney Company remained separated from its original animated character until 2006 when the rights to the character were exchanged for sports broadcaster Al Michaels being transferred from ABC and ESPN to NBC Sports.
The Lucky Rabbit is certainly a cornerstone of Disney history and will likely continue to be celebrated through merchandise, experiences, and media as the 100th-anniversary festivities enter the spotlight. 94 years after the last Oswald cartoon with Walt Disney’s direct involvement, Walt Disney Animation Studios produced a new animated short celebrating this character’s legacy as one of the original Disney Bros. success stories. Watch it below.