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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
All About Merchandise: 2001 Official Disneyana Convention - 9/3/01

The 2001 Official Disneyana Convention begins today, and continues through Saturday, September 8, at the Disneyland Resort. For 2001, the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, the theme of the convention is "A Disney Family Reunion.". The theme is also appropriate, as the Disneyana Convention is finally returning home to Disneyland, where it all began.

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Convention guests, called "ConventionEars", have been pouring into the Anaheim area all weekend. Convention packages start at $950, for guests who live within 40 miles of the resort. Other packages can range to nearly $3000, which includes four nights in the concierge level of the Grand Californian Hotel, a seven-day park-hopper ticket, three meal vouchers and convention admission.

The MousePlanet staff will be bringing you reports from the convention this week, but here is a little background on this annual event that draws collectors and Disneyana enthusiasts from all over the world.

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"In our private collection of sea monsters the one that looms largest of all is Monstro the Whale in the story of Pinocchio." - Walt Disney

The convention bills itself as "A one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire unusual Disney collectibles, meet legendary Disney personalities and celebrate with fellow Disney fans." For many ConventionEars, the main draw is the merchandise. Shopping opportunities include the Limited Edition Sale, where artists from around the world have created unique merchandise exclusively for the convention. The 2001 Disneyana sculpture is "Monstro's Revenge" from Walt Disney's "Pinocchio.", and is a limited edition of 750 numbered pieces. A Lilliput Lane sculpture of Tom Sawyer's Island will also be available.

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The Logo Store will offer an assortment of special merchandise featuring the "A Disney Family Reunion" theme and the 2001 Official Disneyana Convention logo.

Disneyana Antiques and Collectibles Show is a dealer show, where independent collectors and galleries offer Disney memorabilia dating back as far as the 1920s. In Walt's Garage, you will find merchandise, toys, buttons, collectible paper, etc. that has been discovered in Disney warehouses.

After you've shopped 'till you've dropped, you can rub elbows with Disney artists and celebrities in a series of seminars and workshops. ConventionEars will meet and learn from Disney professionals in many fields, including performers, artists, filmmakers, designers, food and horticulture specialists and personal friends of Walt Disney. Topics will include "The Disneyland That Never Was" (attractions proposed but never built); "Pin Trading-A Pointed Discussion," "Magic in the Making--A Behind the Scenes Look At Entertainment," "Flowers & Trees-Disney's Magical Green Thumb," and others.

At the Animation Showcase, the first major event of the convention, guests will get the first close-up look at the upcoming animated movie "Lilo and Stitch." The Animation Showcase will feature presentations and demonstrations by members of the Lilo and Stitch Animation Team. After speakers have finished the main presentation, guests will cycle through Ballroom floor and experience animators at three different workstations. They will be allowed to watch the animator work as well as ask questions.

The Artists' Showcase provides a forum where the Limited Edition artists and Walt Disney Attractions Merchandise artists and sculptors will greet fans and ConventionEars. At the Walt Disney Company Showcase, divisions of the Walt Disney Company, including the Disneyland Resort, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Records, the Disney Stores and Walt Disney Art Classics will show off their latest developments.

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2001 Official Disneyana Poster

Each evening, a party or special event awaits the ConventionEars. Tuesday night's Welcome Reception will be held on the Sierra Lawn at the Disneyland Hotel. What better way to start off a Family Reunion than with a giant lawn party?

Wednesday night, guests will attend a private party in New Orleans Square after Disneyland closes. The Official Disneyana Convention Auction will take place on Thursday. To wrap up the convention, the Official Disneyana Convention Banquet will be staged on Friday in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot of DCA.

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The Official Disneyana Convention Auction is known for having an amazing array of merchandise. Highlights of the 2001 Auction will include the 24k "Million Dollar Mickey", the complete front window display from the South Coast Plaza Disney Store, a Jolly Trolly from Toon Town, the tires from Walt's personal Autopia car, and so much more. You can view a complete listing of the auction lots here. If you see something you can't live without, take heart. A la carte tickets to the Auction are just $25.00, or you can bid by phone.

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On Saturday, September 8, the general public is invited to attend the Convention Public Day, 1 to 9 p.m. Attendees will have access to the Limited Edition/Logo Sale, Walt Disney Company Showcase, Artists' Showcase (personal appearances by creators of Disney merchandise) and Disney Antiques and Collectibles Show. Public Day admission is $10 per person, parking not included. Call (407) 827-7600 to purchase tickets. Merchandise specially created for the public day include a Lithograph, a pin and a Mini Bean Bag Plush Mickey Mouse.

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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

In addition to scouring the park to find you the latest and greatest merchandise, she keeps you updated on all of the merchandise events happening in the parks.

If you want to talk to her about this column, merchandise, or events, contact her here.


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