Monday, June 18, 2012

Disney loves vintage, too!

I never really had a 'dream job'. You know, that one thing you dream about as a kid that you want to be when you grow up. I have such vast interest in so many things, I could never really commit to that one thing I reaaaalllly wanted to do. Well last week while I was on vacation I finally figured it out. I NEED to be a prop stylist for DisneyWorld!! Or at the very least the buyer of their vintage goods!

If you have ever been to Disney, have you really taken a minute to notice the details?

Vintage is EVERYWHERE...shops, resorts, restaurants, the exterior design to their buildings, the rides...even the bathrooms. I was in vintage heaven. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt all week, just to see what they were using and how they were using it. 

This is one of the windows for the candy shop on Main Street in Magic Kingdom. Isn't that cash register awesome?? I would love one someday when I have my own little shop...

The amount of vintage lighting around the parks and resorts is amazing! There are warehouse lights and gooseneck lamps at every turn. I found these lighting up a 'faux' newsstand at Hollywood Studios. 

I have confirmed why it is so darn hard for me to find one of these amazing antique trophy cups at an antique shop. Disney must own every last one. They can be found in almost every shop...holding merchandise or just for display...they were everywhere. It is a very mean and 'unmagicall' thing for Disney to tease me with all these vintage wares, yet not let me purchase a single one!

Vintage bikes were tucked quite a few places...this one is in Hollywood Studios on the street that is supposed to be a movie set for the streets of San Francisco. 

This is inside the Muppets shop...LOVE the shade of blue on those old lockers!

Even the entrance to the bathrooms were decorated with cool old things. This one is on Tom Sawyer Island. 

The gift shop at my resort had a couple of cool old grocery scales...

Locker baskets are another thing that could be found at every turn! Usually they were holding merchandise in a shop, but these were part of a window display. 

 And I always love an old camera...

And the gift shop for the 'Everest' ride in Animal Kingdom had tons of them!

How is this for a sign directing you to a restaurant at Animal Kingdom?? Loooove. And my apologies for the random stroller in the pic. You can find one every 3 feet at Disney, so I lost my will to fight them after a while. Ha!

This awesome 'tickets' sign was outside the House of Blues in Downtown Disney. 

I love the old looks so cool when it is lit up at night. 

Both of these were found in the streets at Hollywood Studios...

So see...there is more to DisneyWorld than Mickey Mouse and long lines for rides! There are so many things to see, and sights to take in. One thing I have always loved is their attention to detail. It is the little things that really make everything feel so 'magical'. 

Hmmm...I wonder I can put in my application for 'vintage prop buyer' is my specialty,  you know! 

Happy Monday, girls! I will be back tomorrow to share one of my favorite summer 'snack' recipes!


  1. I totally agree with you! I absolutely love Disneyworld because of the attention to detail everywhere! I was there a year ago and took many of the same pictures and was thinking the same thing. Setting up displays, decorating for holidays, searching for props would be my dream job...they wouldn't even have to pay me!


  2. LoVinG ALL-THE-ViNtaGE... NEVER would have guessed it was sooooo prominent at a place like DISNEY!!!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

  3. They do have tons of cool stuff - guess with their budget it's probably easy to have all that - LOL!! And I say go for it - ask if you can get a job!

  4. oh, I love Disney! I've never been to Disneyworld, but Disneyland / California Adventure is one of our very favorite places. I always thought maybe I was a little odd for loving Main Street so much, because of all the old stuff, but nice to see I'm not the only one!! ;) My other favorite is Soaring over California- all the 1940's aerial history really gets my heart going. LOL! Glad you're back, looks like a ton of fun.

  5. Wow... disney looks to be pickers paradise :)

  6. I've always said the same thing! How much fun it'd be to be a window dresser at Disney World. (I've been to Disney 11 times, although my family has been more).

    And Disney really is big on the little details (not just hidden Mickey's. Lol!) and the turn of the century look.

    LOVE the photos you took.


  7. I never knew about the vintage Disney stuff, I don't think they have that at Disneyland in Anaheim - I haven't been to Disneyworld. I sure would love to snag that old Airstream trailer.

  8. Hi Mary~~
    I have never really thought about it, but you are right!! Next time we go to Disneyland I will be on the lookout too:)
    have a great day!!

    BTW~~ You would a great addition to Disney;)

  9. those lockers are terrific. i haven't been there in so long. i miss it.

  10. how cool, sounds like a dream job to me! i haven't been there since i was in my 20's!

  11. who knew??!! great photos...loved so many things in them...especially the airstream (duh) and the old neon signs!

  12. Wow...such cool vintage pieces!! Love them all!!
    Esp. the neon signs

  13. That's so funny you mentioned this, since last time I was at Disneyland in Anaheim, I was drooling over the vintage props! Who wants to buy touristy tee shirts and stuff when all the good stuff is everywhere! Wouldn't you love to go shopping in their prop warehouse?

    Jill Palumbo

  14. We were lucky enough to visit Mickey this past February!
    It is amazing how much cool vintage stuff that have!
    We have actually had people from Disney in at our shop scouting treasures for various projects ~ what a dream job to have!

  15. YES, Mary! I noticed the same thing when we were at Disney World in early June! I spazzed out over the freaking amazing barn that houses the Goofy's Barnstormer roller coaster--it had the most gorgeous barn lights, too! This barn wasn't open but I loved it when we walked past: What a gorgeous color and all those board & batten details...le sigh!

    Carolina Country Living