Friday, July 15, 2011

9 Amazingly 80's Items From The 1988 Disney Spring/Summer Catalog

Before I start today's update I have to thank "the Disney Blog" for linking to us in their July 6th update, and the always amazing "Imagineering Disney" blog for re-tweeting some of our updates and linking to us in the side bar of their website. Also hello and thank you for the Twitter shout outs to two very entertaining French Disney blogs (covering Disneyland Paris among the other Disney parks around the world) Disney in Distress and Le Parc-O-Rama, be sure to give them a visit!

Lets get away from the parks for a second take a look at some amazingly 80's items from the 1988 Disney Spring/Summer Catalog.

This cover is great but doesn't scream 1980's yet. It also shows what a frugal guy Mickey is. He has all the money in the world but will still stop and pick wild flowers for him and Minnie's picnic date.

 Before we move on lets take a look at the top right corner of the cover. Only Disney could have gotten away charging TWO DOLLARS for 23 page catalog!

#9 Mickey Brass Outdoor Faucet
Price $34.95
You don't really see many licensed outdoor faucets these days (and believe me I've looked).

#8 Mickey Mouse Cutting Board
Price $24.95
This probably makes the most sense out of any Disney product ever. I'm shocked they still don't sell these things.

#7 and #6 Mickey Mouse AM Radio and Mickey Mouse Calculator
Price $12.95 and $11.95
Look at that Mickey AM radio! It's genius! But notice it just says AM, not AM/FM. What kid, even in the 80's, would ever listen to AM radio? 
True story about myself: I used to stay up late and listen to Coast to Coast AM using a Mickey radio similar to this when I was a kid and then proceed to have nightmares about all aliens Art Bell would talk about.

#5 Disney Home Videos (in VHS and BETA)
I remember VHS tapes being expensive when I was a kid, but take a look at the price for the Winnie the Pooh set. $59.95! Keep in mind Disney released this theatrically as one complete movie. Also seen are the tapes that every single kid I knew had, the Disney Sing Along Songs tapes. Back in my day this was the only way to see footage from the theme parks in your home so I must have watched the video with Pirates of the Caribbean on it 1000 times.

#4 and #3 Aerobic Wear and Mousercise Record or Tape
Price $16.95-$18.95 and $7.95
Back in the 80's it was mandatory that everyone who worked out must do while looking like a total fool. That's where this aerobic wear comes in. As for the Mousercise record I was trying to figure out what in the world kind of music could they include on that. It turns out you can view the infomercial on YouTube. BUT WAIT, it turns out that Disney kept this franchise going in recent years. It also can be found on YouTube.

#2 and #1 Cool Mickey towel and kiddie pool
Price $17.95 and $28.95
On the 80's-ness scale of 1 to 10, that towel is an 11. As for the pool take a look at the boats on the side. It says Jungle Cruise!

That's it for the 1988 Spring/Summer catalog, I'll be back on Sunday for a special Disneyland 56th birthday update!