I’m looking forward to the 15th anniversary celebration for Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Earth Day this year. I recall visiting the park on April 22, 1998, for the grand opening celebration. (I still have the opening day T-shirt from it tucked away in my Disney collection.) As part of Limited Time Magic next week, we are releasing a few commemorative items at the Creature Comforts location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting April 22, 2013. Some of these items will have the specially designed 15th anniversary logo that was created by Disney Design Group artists Michael Posluszny and Maria Clapsis.
There will be a new safari hat along with three new T-shirts featuring the 15th anniversary logo. If you are unable to visit the park, we are releasing the orange-sleeved shirt on the Disney Parks online store starting April 22 for a limited time – http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
The 15th anniversary logo will also be included on one of three new D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4s and the iPhone 5. (Note: the iPhone 5 cases are pictured above.)
For Disney pin collectors, we will have two limited edition pins celebrating the 15th anniversary. They join a limited release mystery pin set that was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan. I like how the set incorporates various characters and experiences from the park (like the Wildlife Express Train!). I also included this year’s limited edition Earth Day pin, which will also be released that day at Walt Disney World Resort (it was released on April 11 at the Disneyland Resort).
We asked a few artists to create one-of-a-kind, 9-inch Vinylmation figures. I was blown away by the level of detail on figures from artists like Brian Blackmore (his figure is shown above). I also loved Javier Soto’s extremely detailed yeti. Other Vinylmation artists include Maria Clapsis, who made the adorable zebra and baby dinosaur; John Henselmeier, who designed the classic safari Mickey Mouse figure; and Adrianne Draude, who created a colorful figure showing Mickey Mouse in the jungle.
You can also find updates on our latest extra sprinkle of pixie dust on Twitter using hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic and on our LimitedTimeMagic.com web page.
I hope to see you at the park on April 22.
I have to admit the vinylmation just isn’t my thing. I do appreciate the art and some of them are pretty cool. But that yeti is just phenominal. I definitly have enjoyed seeing some of the exquisit art work on them lately.
Some new merchandise to join my stuff from the opening year….I can’t believe it’s been fifteen years!
How much are the limited edition vinyls? Where are they available at?
@Marie – The one-of-a-kind figures were released at Creature Comforts in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Retails varied (up to $1,800) and I know a few were sold yesterday. Any remaining figures will eventually be carried at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side.
Hi Steven, Why has all the information about the WDW Disney Trading Night at the Wide World of Sports on April 30th and the Time & Place Release information about the 2 PTN Pins for April been removed from the Disney Pin Merchandise site? Since the LE Pins are merchandise & you are the “Merchandise Communications Manager”, I thought you could tell me where to write directly?? Thanks
@Susan – I’m a little confused by your comment. You can find information about the upcoming Disney Trading Night here:
We regularly update the DisneyParksMerchandise.com with new information.
On the “Blog” section – http://disneyparksmerchandise.com/blog – please scroll down to the bottom to see additionally pages of updates. That blog operates similarly to the Disney Parks Blog in that the most recent articles will appear first. Older articles cascade to additional pages. I hope this information is helpful.
How could I order any of the Limited Animal Kingdom merchandise ?
This AK merchandise is awesome, I love the I-phone 5 cases and hope they still have some 😉
I’m not coming out there until August. Will the 15th anniversary merchandise still be available? I worked in Dinoland USA on the International College Program in 2008 and DAK is my favourite park!