How to Own Disney World History for $100

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We aren’t talking about run-of-the-mill souvenirs from the Main Street, U.S.A. Emporium…

Magic Kingdom

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Van Eaton Galleries will be hosting an auction of The Joel Magee Collection. The collection includes hundreds of show props, Cast Member costumes, and ride vehicles from various Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions.

Some fetch a hefty starting bid, such as a Space Mountain car from 1975 starting at $8,000 or the TV set from the Hollywood Tower Hotel library (formerly used in the Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure) with a starting bid of $2,000.

But there are many items in the catalog that the casual Walt Disney World fan may find of interest with starting bids at less than a one-day ticket to the Park.

Magic Kingdom

Ever want to own part of the Haunted Mansion or ‘it’s a small world’? You’re in luck! Auction items include the cemetery entrance sign for the Haunted Mansion (starting at $1,000) or a Haunted Mansion host (or hostess) costume starting at $500.

Catalog page of Haunted Mansion items

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Animatronic dolls from ‘it’s a small world’ are also for sale, with some starting at $10,000 apiece.

Catalog images of two Its a Small World dolls from the ride

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Love Figment? You can now own him! Among the buyable items is an audio-animatronic figment from the early 2000s Journey Into Imagination ride – starting at $4,000.

Catalog page of Figment and other Journey into Imagination items

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Other EPCOT props include costumes from Universe of Energy, Communicore, Body Wars, and the original Test Track.

Catalog page of cast member costumes from EPCOT attractions

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Hollywood Studios

Fans of old Disney-MGM Studios will also love historical pieces being offered in the auction. For starters, you can own a part of the former Great Movie Ride! Being auctioned off are costumes that Cast Members once wore on the attraction beginning at $500, a dancer figure from the first scene of the ride (Footlight Parade) starting at $2,000, and even props from the ride such as an Egyptian chest for $400.

Catalog page of Great Movie Ride Props

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Other Hollywood Studios items include A Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Fast Pass sign (from 1994) with a starting price of $2,000, a Disney MGM Studios license plate at $100, and a Star Wars Weekends poster from the year 2000, with an opening bid of $100.

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Animal Kingdom

Auction items from Animal Kingdom include a 1998 poster from the Park’s opening starting at $100, an original Kilimanjaro Safari wait time sign starting at $2,000, and an Animal Kingdom mercantile hostess costume starting at $400.

Catalog page of Animal Kingdom items including costumes

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Honestly, this list just scrapes the surface of the auction catalog, which contains over 500 pages of Disneyland and Walt Disney World memorabilia.

The catalogs will be shipped out on July 7, and the auction begins on Disneyland’s 68th birthday, July 17, and runs through July 19. However, if you can’t attend, you can still bid online, over the phone, or make an absentee bid.

Good luck to any and all interested!

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)