Thursday, November 29, 2007

Vintage Disney Snowdomes

The revelation that most of the older globes were manufactured by Marx has led me to this wonderful site You can find pictures there of lots of old snowdomes. You have to search through them to find the few Disney ones.

Vintage Song of the South

Found this on ebay while going through the closed auctions. I love it when I come across something like this because there is so little documentation on these older plastic domes. This one sold for $59.99 despite being cracked so it can no longer hold water. The seller says this was made by the marx company which is an old toy manufacturer who made the Disneykins line of plastic figurals which are highly sought after amongst collectors. There are collectors out there who collect all Marx items and that probably explains the high price. It also makes me think that the rest of these that I've found so far were very probably done by Marx.

Disney Christmas Snowglobe

I've seen this globe at Walt Disney World occasionally but have been ignoring it becasue I didn't think it was a snowglobe. BEcause of the jar shape of the globe, I thought it was just a figurine or music box with a glass cover. Turns out it is a snowglobe with glitter and music. The tree revolves inside the dome.

Monday, November 26, 2007


This was spotted in the Christmas shops at Walt Disney World and is probably also available at the Disneyland Resort. I don't know the exact price but was told it was somewhere between $40-$50. This particular victorian style image of Mickey and Minnie kissing under the mistletoe has been used for a few years now on ornaments and decorations so this style snowglobe may have been available in previous years but it wasn't in the Christmas shops last time I checked them.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mary Poppins Auction Update

To my fellow americans, let me say I hope you had as nice a Thanksgiving Day as I had.

Two more of the Mary Poppins cathedral globes have sold on ebay. One sold with a Buy It now option of 530 and another one up for bids ended today at 470.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Once again, this year, JCPenney will be handing out free Disney snowglobes on the day after Thanksgiving starting at 4am. No I will not be there.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mary Poppins snowglobe - new record price

Hmmm. I could make my monthly mortgage payment or buy a Mary Poppins snowglobe, which will it be? The Mary Poppins globe that we like to watch on ebay has set a new record price of $1538.11. There must have been some heavy bidding in the last hour or so. I had looked at it about an hour before it ended and it was only over $600. Not to worry if you missed this one, there is another one on ebay allready and it is currently only around $200.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shopping at the Disney Store

I made my first trip to the Disney Store as owned and operated by Children's Place today. That may sound strange, since as you know I am a collector of all things Disney but you have to understand that with me living close to Walt Disney World there just isn't much reason to make the trip to a Disney Store. Most of the "Disney Stores" that are closer are owned and operated by the theme parks and don't carry the Disney Store merchandise. The closest Disney Store owned and operated by Children's Place is in the FLorida Mall up on Orange Blossom Trail. I went expecting to see a multitude of snowglobes and prepared to buy many so I can document them for the book and then sell them on ebay (can't keep everything, not enough room or money). What I found was about 4 or 5 globes all of which I allready have documented because they are the same ones on In fact had a bigger selection as I noticed at least one Disney Store globe that wasn't at the store but is still on the website.
There is one globe there that was new. I guess it is the Disney Store 2007 Christmas globe although it isn't dated. It cost $24.95 which I thought was a little high since it doesn't play music. It has Sorceror Mickey inside the globe with various Disney characters around the base.
They had some nice items but I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more adult stuff & collectibles. They did have a lot of different snowdome cups. They sell 2 for $10. I think the cups would make an interesting collection for someone because of the variety available. They would also make excellent stocking stuffers because of their size. I probably won't be buying them but I did buy one to get my total up to $75 so I could take advantage of their free movie offer. I chose Jungle Book and spent this evening watching it and realized I don't think I've ever seen the whole movie before. I know I've watched it before but there was an awful lot I don't remember ever seeing especially towards the beginning. Perhaps I saw an edited version on tv or something. The digitally restored animation looks fantastic on my new high definition, wide screen tv and I especially enjoyed the bonus features explaining the evolution of the movie with Walt Disney's personal involvement through interviews with the people who had worked on the film. I rarely get through or even watch bonus material on dvd's but I found thiese to be very interesting.

Shopping at Walgreens

I recently purchased these globes at Walgreens. The 5 Christmas bubble globes light up different colors and cost $2 each. These are exactly the same format as the ones available at wal-mart but with different figures inside.
These others are slightly larger. They were 3 for $10 and have glass globes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Disney Snowglobes - Coast to Coast

Here's an interesting picture from a closed ebay auction showing the differences and similarities for the globe created for the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

About the book

For awhile now I've wanted to make a point of how difficult it has been deciding on the format of the book I am creating. One of the biggest things is deciding how to classify a snowglobe. Should the categories be based on format (minis, deluxe, domes, bubble, hourglass, etc) or by film/character. The answer turns out to be some of both. For the most part I've decided to lay the book out by film/character/theme park and whenever possible list them in chronological order by the year the globe was first available. Many globes however dont fit in a film/character category very easily. What about the globes that have a lot of different characters? That one was easy, I created a category called group. There will also be sections for Princesses, Villians & the Fab 5. I decided Christmas should have its own category and ended up including any scenes that depicted winter activities even if it wasnt a Christmas globe in an attempt to make it easier to look up globes in the book. And that brings us to the current Bambi globe depicted in the last post. It's a winter scene but really should be in the Bambi section since it is a scene from the movie. I've also listed the hourglass globes all together because of the unusual format of the globe. I am currently wondering if I should do the same for the recent series of cups that have snowdomes built into the bottom and the squishable bubble globes. What do you think?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mary Poppins Auction Watch

Another one of those valuable Mary Poppins St Paul Cathedral snowglobes has popped up on ebay. It is currently at $405.00. You can see the auction here.

New at WDW - Disney Snowglobe

I do not have a picture of my own to share but here is a link to an ebay auction with a picture of the newest globe at Walt Disney World. Mickey, Donald and Pluto turn Pirate on this $15 globe. It is a deluxe mini with no music or fancy features but incredibly detailed.

disney snowglobes - bubble globe update

I have more information on the squishable bubble globes I mentioned awhile back that are at Wal-Mart. Each one costs $3.95 and there appear to be 15 in all. 5 with Winnie the Pooh characters, 5 Princesses in golden gowns and 5 of the Fab 5.

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Disney Snowglobes

Several more new snowglobes appeared on today although some of them have previously been available in the UK.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Disney Snowglobe - PINOCCHIO

I found this Disney snowdome at a local wal-mart. They had several others and I recall seeing Finding nemo, Little Mermaid & Lion King as well as this one. They are made by Postcard Factory. They have glitter and a plug so they can be refilled.

not a snowglobe

It's been awhile since I mentioned anything that wasn't a snowglobe of some sort. I found this that might be of interest. What do you get for the Pooh fan who has everything? Faucet & knobs for the sink or tub? I'd buy them except for one thing. They cost $130. Found on the Home Depot website.

I recently discovered Gemmy makes a lot of different Disney snowglobes of the inflatable and waterless variety for sale at various retail chains. Their website shows much of what they have to offer but the details are sketchy. For example almost every globe has the same generic description and the information is sometimes downright wrong. What is usefull besides the pictures is that they tell you which globe is available at which retail chain.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

New Disney Snowglobes in the UK

Ratatouille gets yet another Disney snowglobe with this mini on DisneyStore UK website. They also have started selling the "It all Started with a Mouse" snowglobe that has been available in the United States for a few weeks.

Friday, November 2, 2007

New Disney Snowglobes - Happy Holidays debuted 3 new holiday snowglobes this morning.