We’re at destination D23 at Disney World – that’s how it is!

It’s finally here! It’s time for Destination D23 held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Disney World!

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We’re here LIVE at this sold out weekend event where we’ll see tons of Disney history, shopping and more! Keep up with AllEars to enjoy all the fun.

The Walt Disney Archives: 50 years bringing magic home Exhibition

The first exhibition of the weekend is a new exhibition curated by The Walt Disney Archives. Here you will find 50 years of Disney World memorabilia and merchandise!

50 years bringing magic home

The first thing we saw was the dream catcher!

Dream catcher

The Dream-Catching Machine is from the original iteration of Journey Into Imagination at EPCOT, which opened in 1983 and featured the characters from Dreamfinder and Figment. After the trip was changed in 1998, the dream catcher moved to Mouse Gear until 2020, when The Walt Disney Archives acquired it.


Check it out in our video below!

Then we took a fifty-year journey of Disney World merchandise! We started in the 70s, when Disney World opened in 1971. Souvenir guides were very popular!


Part of this merchandise might look like Disney World’s current Vault collection!

70s girl

The 1980s at Disney World included the opening of EPCOT in 1982 and (what is now known as) Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1989, which means a lot of new merchandise was introduced!

girl of the 80s

There were many, say, unique merchandise launched in the 80s …

girl of the 80s

… Like stuffed products, for example, like broccoli with sunglasses and an eggplant with a Kitchen Cabaret knob.

Stuffed products

Meanwhile, the 1990s included the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998, as well as MANY kidney holes.

Daughter of the 90s

In the 2000s and 2010s, merchandise really became a fashion statement. The MagicBands were created in 2013 and Pin Trading began to take off. Minnie’s ears and spirit t-shirts also became very popular!

Goods from the years 2000 and 2010

Vinylation was also important to many collectors in the 2010s.

The things

And today, Disney World merchandise is in its 50th anniversary!


Passing by the merchandise, we found a look at the past of Disney World, with funny finds like the model of the German pavilion of EPCOT …

Model EPCOT Germany Pavilion

… And also a Canadian flag model!

Model EPCOT Canada Pavilion

This painting features elements from the four Disney World parks.

50 years dreaming and doing

There was a 1993 Barbie Magic World costume! This took place at EPCOT’s America Gardens Theater.

Changing room

We were also thrilled to see the costumes from the (much lost) Great Movie Ride, including some famous hats!

The Great Movie Ride Hats

We were also able to see one of the dancers of the Parade of lights opening sequence of the beloved trip.

More from The Great Movie Ride

Figment appeared.

It’s Figment!

And so did the Pirates of the Caribbean parrot, along with an old switchboard!

Pirates of the Caribbean parrot

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: 50 Years of Dreaming and Doing

We recorded a video from the illusion lab, which is where the Disney Imagineers created some of the most famous Disney illusions you know and love.

You can watch a video of some of the illusions created over the years for Disney parks!

Glendale’s Mickey

Buying at Mickey’s of Glendale, a Walt Disney World Imaging store, is an exclusive perk for those attending Destination D23! Let’s take a look at some of the merchandise.

Glendale’s Mickey

There are new spirit t-shirts with Orange Bird in front …

Spirit T-shirts

… And the Destination D23 logo on the back!

Destination D23 Spirit Jersey
Lots of exclusive merchandise!

Check out our in-store video to find some of these fun new products!

And yes, the merchandise of the Haunted Mansion Muppets is also in Mickey’s of Glendale!

Keep checking with All Ears for more updates on Destination D23!

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