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The Disneyland Commemorative Playset: a Trip Back in Time

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by , 04-29-2012 at 12:18 PM
My wife found two of these Disneyland Commemorative Playsets online. After getting over the initial surprise, I started to investigate the box for clues. The following is all that was printed on the box:

Disneyland Commemorative Playset
Disney Magic
The Walt Disney Company
Only at Sears
For ages over 4
Item No. 60309



It is obvious from the box colors and design that it was released in the mid-1980s. I had a strange thought of the Saved by the Bell kids visiting Disneyland.



After doing some research and checking with a few friends on twitter, we believe that it was released in 1985 as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. It appears to be a playset dedicated to the first year of Disneyland.



I set up the playset with my eight year-ol son the other day and took photos. Would you care to join us on a photographic tour of 1955 Disneyland?



I was surprised to see instructions with the playset. Once I started putting it together, I was glad to have it. Most of it made sense, but there were some interesting designs.



I laid out the contents of the playset on the vinyl mat. There were five lands represented: Main Street USA, Andventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.



We started with the foundations and the buildings on Main St.



My junior Imaginerd helped me set up all of the characters, animals and vehicles.



We start at the Disneyland Train Station. 4:00 in the afternoon? We better hurry, the park might be closing soon.



The Santa Fe Disneyland steams by. And yes, I know it is going the wrond direction, but my son had to set it up just like on the cover of the box.



An overview of Main St. Goofy is waiting to greet us. Notice the Juice Bar?



A shot from the other side with Donald, the Penny Arcade and the Crystal Palace. Don't pay any attention to the backside of the buildings!



A close-up of the Disneyland Omnibus.



Sleeping Beauty's Castle!



Before we head over to Adventureland, let's stop and get some tickets at the Ticket Booth.



Our first stop has got to be the Mile Fink Keel Boats. Obviously, the paint didn't hold up very well.



A few of the animals on the Jungle Cruise. Pay no attention to the keel boat.



Frontierland is next! We can visit the Indian Village.



The stagecoach has seen better days. They were removed because the coaches get tipping over, not the horses. The building on the right is the Sheriff's Office.



Let's head across Main St. to get to Fantasyland. On the way, let's enjoy some ice cream with Pluto.



Mickey is waiting near the Dumbo Ticket Booth. I wonder how many tickets it is going to cost.



Our friendly, flying pachyderm takes to the sky.



An aerial shot of the Fantasyland area. Heed no mind to the interesting geographical layout of the park.



After Dumbo, let's go to Tomorrowland. The Spacemen is waiting for us near the Space Bar. We can sit at the table and watch the crowds pass by.



Another shot of the Spaceman.



As we head towards the exit, we take a final stroll down Main St. and check out some of the vehicles.



The rare Ludwig Von Drake walk around.



A closeup of the Penny arcade and the Crystal Palace. Fantastic color schemes!



Shoes, drugs and candy on Main St. Still enjoying the colors on the buildings.



We take one last stop to say goodbye to Mickey and get our photograph taken by the floral Mickey Mouse at the entrance.

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Do you know anything specific about this playset?

Any other cool Disneyland collectibles that you have?


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  1. Dustysage's Avatar
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    George, this was really interesting article and you are very lucky to have this set.

    The Louis Marx Company sold this playset in the early 60's. The pieces are mostly vacuformed plastic. The set was reproduced by Sears in the late 80's.

    What you have is the Sears reproduction, which is still quite collectible. In other words, keep it safe and don't let the kids play with it. The plastic is probably quite brittle and easily broken.

    Nice find and great article! I love Vintage Disneyland stuff like this.

    Dusty
  2. ImagiNERDing's Avatar
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    Thanks, Dusty.

    I have two of them and they are both in great shape. The strangest thing was that all of the character and animal figures were slimy. Must of been an after effect of the production process.
  3. mratigan's Avatar
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    I love that thanks George
  4. QuiGonJ's Avatar
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    Actually, they are slimy because plastic sometimes does that. It can happen after 20 years, sometimes sooner. As a long time Star Wars figure collector, it's a known phenomena. It's just components of the plastic leeching outwards. While we collectors look at this stuff differently, we have to remember that from the toy companies' perspective, toys are designed to last a few years, not decades.

    Warm soapy water (dish soap) can get the slime off.

    Cool article, thanks for sharing it!
  5. Monorail Man's Avatar
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    I have one of these! It's not complete, but I have the box. Thanks for the insight George!
  6. michael darling's Avatar
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    Great captions. Made me smile.
  7. Disneylandfan85's Avatar
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    I used to have that playset! In fact, I still have the castle attachment of the playset in my house somewhere!
  8. don731's Avatar
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    Great pix! I have several of these sets, and have used a few parts on my DL inspired train layout. The set was sold in Sears outlet stores for about $7.00 The original Marx set comes up on Ebay sometimes. It includes a couple of large vacuformed pieces including the Matterhorn. Don in Chicagoland
  9. ralzap's Avatar
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    Fun Stuff. I have two of these also. Thanks for telling me about it....
  10. Ian P's Avatar
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    The clock actually says 12:20 not 16:00.
  11. ImagiNERDing's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian P
    The clock actually says 12:20 not 16:00.
    You're right! Thanks for mentioning it.
  12. BRodgers's Avatar
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    To mirror what Dusty said, here is a bit more on this sets' history:

    Rare Re-Issue Disneyland 1955 Commemorative Playset Sears Exclusive (1988 Disney Magic) This particular playset was originally offered as a Sears Christmas Catalog Exclusive in 1988. It is modeled exactly after the 1955 Disneyland Playset by the Louis Marx Company.
  13. ImagiNERDing's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRodgers
    To mirror what Dusty said, here is a bit more on this sets' history:

    Rare Re-Issue Disneyland 1955 Commemorative Playset Sears Exclusive (1988 Disney Magic) This particular playset was originally offered as a Sears Christmas Catalog Exclusive in 1988. It is modeled exactly after the 1955 Disneyland Playset by the Louis Marx Company.
    Thanks!

    I am still semi-shocked that there wasn't a lot of identifiable marks or numbers on the packaging.