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New Disney Afternoon Items at Disney Parks Spark Childhood Memories

posted on November 21st, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Disney Afternoon T-shirt featuring Darkwing Duck

I enjoy finding items at Disney Parks that remind me of my childhood. When I saw some new Disney Afternoon merchandise, I could faintly hear the catchy theme song that introduced the afternoon block of 1990s television programming. I remember watching shows like TaleSpin or Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers during the afternoons with my sister. I also remember borrowing VHS cassettes from a local library (blast from the past), as I was fascinated with all things Disney. I know I’m not alone in my love for the Disney Afternoon, so here are three new items coming to Disney Parks.

Disney Afternoon T-shirt featuring Disney's The Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Last year, we released two different shirts featuring DuckTales and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. We recently introduced two new shirts at select Walt Disney World Resort locations; one shirt has characters from Disney’s The Adventures of the Gummi Bears, while the other has one of my favorites, Darkwing Duck.

New Disney Afternoon Pin Set

On December 6, we will introduce a limited release mystery pin inspired by the Disney Afternoon. I caught up with Disney Design Group’s Mike Sullivan, who created the artwork for this series, to learn more.

“We made this pin set after seeing the popularity of the Disney Afternoon Vinylmation series released last year,” explained Mike. “For this 15-pin set, I included logos from several popular shows and a mix of character vignettes. I liked watching DuckTales, so I made sure to include a few pins from that show.”

Each box will contain two randomly selected pins. Three of the 15 pins in the set have an edition size of 200. Mike told me the artwork for those pins “will remain a mystery on the packaging, yet the pins were inspired by the opening credits.”

Look for the pin set to be released at multiple locations at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Best place to start is Disney’s Pin Traders at the Downtown Disney areas in both California and Florida.

What is your favorite show from the Disney Afternoon?

See the posts below for more news on the latest Disney Parks merchandise:

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Kimberly from MA on November 21st, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I was a HUGE Duck Tales fan!!! These are really cool!!


Samantha on November 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Glad to see more merchandise for Disney Afternoons coming out. The Pin set is a must have for sure! Thanks and Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Steven Miller on November 21st, 2012 at 4:36 pm

@Samantha – Glad you liked the article! Happy Thanksgiving to you.


Veronica on November 21st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

OMG!!! I was just having this conversation with some of my friends. Disney should bring all these back! I used to rush home from school just to be able to watch these. Duck Tales, Chip & Dale, Bonkers, Darkwing Duck, GUMMI BEARS!!! ahh….once again Disney bringing out the child in me


Ramiro from TX on November 21st, 2012 at 3:17 pm

These shows were FANTASTIC!
As awesome as it would be for these to air on Disney Channel or XD now, I seriously doubt it would happen. I’m sure the DVD sets are selling pretty well.


Steph on November 21st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Are these items also available online or at the Disneyland Resort?!


Steven Miller on November 21st, 2012 at 4:36 pm

@Steph – There are no plans at this time to carry the shirts via the online store or at Disneyland Resort.


Michelle on November 21st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I NEED these shirts in my life! That Gummi Bears one is awesome! I’m not a pin collector but I may need those.


Courtney from NE on November 21st, 2012 at 3:23 pm

As a child of the 90s, I so appreciate that you are starting to recognize the awesomeness of some of the 90s movies and shows we grew up on! Love the Gummi Bears. Thank you so much!!


Steven Miller on November 21st, 2012 at 4:38 pm

@Courtney – “…the awesomeness of some of the 90s movies and shows…” YES!! There were lots of them way back then. :-) Thanks you for the comment.


Michael on November 21st, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I just picked up the Darkwing Duck shirt at World of Disney this morning! I was so excited to see it!!


Robyn from CA on November 21st, 2012 at 3:32 pm

OMG Darkwing Duck was the best! Please tell me the shirts will be available at Disneyland at some point!


Heather from WI on November 21st, 2012 at 3:49 pm

What resort or resorts have the t-shirts? Love all of these cartoons!


Steven Miller on November 21st, 2012 at 4:40 pm

@Michael – Aces! I’m happy to hear you found one.

@Robyn – I agree! Unfortuntely, there are no plans at this point to carry the shirts at Disneyland Resort. Sorry.

@Heather – The shirts were released at select Walt Disney World Resort locations. I would try the major merchandise locations in each of the parks or, as Michael indicated, the World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace.


Allie on November 21st, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers was the best! :) I wasn’t crazy about the other shows, but I watched that one all the time!

I wish Disney Channel would bring back some of the classic shows, and the old cartoons too!


Danielle from GA on November 21st, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Duck Tales – Woo, Ew!!! I love these shows! I was so excited to see Darkwing Duck during one of the runDisney races. Glad to see these guys having a larger presence in the park.


Steven Miller on November 21st, 2012 at 4:41 pm

@Allie – Right on! I would still love to have a replica of Dale’s aloha shirt.

@Danielle – That’s almost a motivator for me to run a RunDisney race. :-)


Loren from CA on November 21st, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Why aren’t the shirts at the Disneyland Resort? I want the Gummi Bears shirt real bad!


Joey on November 21st, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Too bad Home Entertainment never finished their DVD releases of any of the Disney Afternoon shows.


Angela on November 21st, 2012 at 6:38 pm

So disappointed to know I won’t have a chance to get any of these products! I love the Gummi Bears and all the other Disney afternoon cartoons, I have them all on DVD. Finally there are other cool products but they are always at some exclusive place that I can’t get to.. Bummer!


Steven Miller on November 26th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

@Loren and Angela – One option would be contacting Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to:


Lena on November 21st, 2012 at 6:50 pm

This is great news!!! These were the best afternoon cartoons ever! There has not been enough of these characters in recent years, especially Darkwing Duck! We’re hoping one day to see DW at Disneyland. One can dream, right? For now, we’ll enjoy this new release. And one more thing…how about releasing the last season of Darkwing Duck on DVD / BLU RAY? We’re still missing one!

Thanks again for such.good news!


Paul from NY on November 21st, 2012 at 9:22 pm

To quote a meme: “Shut up and take my money!” Seriously, this is the best merchandise announcement you could have shown me. The Disney Afternoon is just a complete blast of nostalgia for me – it’s what I watched every day after school. I have never bought any of the 2-pin mystery pack things before for any other set, but I guarantee I will be buying these until I have the complete set. THANK YOU for putting these out there.


Steven Miller on November 26th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

@Paul – Thanks for such an enthusiastic response! I’m glad you liked the article and items. I’ll share your feedback with our development teams.


Alexander on November 22nd, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love all the new merch with the Disney Afternoon, I wish they would bring back the Disney Afternoon for my kids to experience.


Eric from MA on November 22nd, 2012 at 11:30 am

Everything about the Disney Afternoon except…the shows on DVD boxsets! :(
Where’s Aladdin: the Series?


Rob from MO on November 23rd, 2012 at 11:56 am

My life is changed!


Tracy on November 24th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I went as Magica from Duck Tales to Mickey’s Not So Scary Party this year, and was only recognized by a few guests. It’s great to get these classic characters back out there!


Jon on November 26th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Darkwing Duck is in my opinion the best Disney Afternoon show. It pays homage while making fun of several super hero elements (mostly Batman). I am excited to see pins and a shirt with Darkwing Duck and other Disney Afternoon shows. My wallet on the other hand…


Mark on November 27th, 2012 at 8:12 am

So looking forward to seeing the merchandise and picking up some of the pins! The tribute to the quality of these Disney shows is in the continued fan base after all these years, led (OF COURSE) by Chip ‘n’ Dale! Well played, Disney!!


Lindsey on November 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Wasn’t Gargoyles part of the Afternoon Block? Why isn’t there any merchandise for them?