When I see Disney plush, all soft and cuddly, in an unusual color, or a rare character, I have to have it. I stare at them all in a row or in a tower at one of the Disney Stores or at the World of Disney and I picture it in my own home. It’ll be picked up and hugged often, whispered to and snuggled.
Well not all of them. There’s some plush that deserve to be displayed like fine art. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney/Pixar’s Cars plush are for looking, not touching. I feel more of the movie characters fit in this collectible category, except the adorable animals and princesses of course! Maybe that’s a female thing.
I began collecting Disney plush as a child. Yes, way back then there were Disney stuffed animals! The easiest to find in the late 1960s were the Fab Five and my parents would get a few of them each year. I loved Pluto and Mickey, but was thrilled to own any of them. They’d be proudly displayed at the bottom of my bed and each night, and one was chosen to snuggle with. What a tough decision. No one’s feelings should be hurt, so sometimes I’d choose a few. No one knew except me and my mother.