Don’t ya just dig my my newest purchase? Kinda groovy, huh? (OK, that was my feeble attempt at ’70s era lingo. Fail.) Anyway, I stumbled on this beauty thanks to the Disney Parks blog and just HAD to have it! This retro-tastic creation is the work of a talented artist named SHAG (an abbreviation of his first and last names, people-get your minds out of the gutter!) His inspirations includes collectibles, home goods, and apparel. The items range in price from $ 8.00 for the double old fashioned glasses to $ 125 for the lovely charm bracelet. The goal was to capture the popular landmarks and activities that personified the Magic Kingdom after its opening on October 1, 1971. (Which explains why the dominant figures in his artwork are the Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon, and the Contemporary and Polynesian Resorts!) I just love the whimsy and sense of fun with which SHAG imbues his work. Although I will admit, after hearing SHAG’s name, I’m suddenly humming the Austin Powers theme song, “Soul Bossa Nova.” (And now YOU will be, too.)
While these lovely souvenirs are available exclusively at the WDW Resort (specifically, Uptown Jewelers at Magic Kingdom and the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace), how do you secure one of these beauties for yourself if you don’t have the good fortune of an upcoming trip to WDW? Fear not! We here on the DDL know that there is always a way to get what we want, right? Simply make a quick phone call to the toll-free WDW Mail Order line (877) 560-6477, and you too can become the proud owner of said print (and these cute glasses, too). I only hope I don’t wig out if my kids accidentally break one!
BUT don’t delay if these are as appealing to you as they were to me…the helpful Antoinette at WDW merchandise tells me that these are flying outta there like hotcakes! I just love the originality and the coolness of the design. Even though I wasn’t born in 1971, I will soon enough be celebrating MY 40th anniversary (yes, I’m still clinging to my thirties by a thread). So it’s like an early 40th birthday present that is appropriately themed! And it beats the heck out of an “Over the Hill” button!
These will be the kind of standout items that will invariably get the question: “Where did you get THAT?” So hop to, my friends! Time’s a wasting to grab your special 40th Anniversary souvenir. This is one time I can get behind the idea of turning 40!
Contributed by: Sherry Boswell (NDM#393) Sherry is the DDL Fine Arts Blogger. She is also the creator of href=”http://www.sherryboswell.com/”>Music to My Ears.