Disneyland and Walt Disney World Souvenir Candy Wrappers and Boxes!

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If you’ve ever visited a theme park, you know that souvenirs are everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes.  That’s certainly true for the Disney Parks and over the years they’ve released all manner of park-exclusive confections, with colorful packaging that likely became souvenirs for people around the globe.  With that in mind, today I’m going to take a look at the pieces of Disney “souvenir” candy packaging I’ve got in my collection.

I first visited Walt Disney World with my family in 1975 and for my young mind it was a magical, transcendent experience.   Here’s a photo from that trip which prominently features our awesome tour guide.  At the time I was pretty sure she was the neatest girl in the world:

My family at Disney World 1975

My family at Disney World 1975

Though my back is to the camera in this shot, you can see my blonde older brother wincing a bit for some long-forgotten reason.  Perhaps he was predicting the mixed emotions I would experience 37-years-later upon seeing myself wearing a Mickey Mouse hat… with pom poms on it.

Though I didn’t save any candy wrappers from that magical vacation so long ago, I do have what I believe are the style of wrappers that would have been on bars sold at the Walt Disney World park then.  Here they are:

Walt Disney World - Milk Chocolate bar candy wrapper - 1970's

Walt Disney World – Milk Chocolate bar candy wrapper – 1970’s

Walt Disney World - Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar candy wrapper - 1970's

Walt Disney World – Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar candy wrapper – 1970’s

Jumping ahead to 1990, Disney was a very different company and the parks had expanded quite a lot – especially the Florida location.  Their candy offerings expanded, too.

For a time, they even licensed a few major candy brands and gave them the Disney treatment.   I only learned about these recently and I find them especially interesting.  They licensed the Jujyfruits and Gobstoppers names for this release – but I wonder if there were others – who knows, maybe there are Disney Nerds boxes out there somewhere?

Walt Disney World - Heide Inc - Disney Jujyfruits - feat Goofy - souvenir candy box - 1990

Walt Disney World – Heide Inc – Disney Jujyfruits – feat Goofy – souvenir candy box – 1990

Walt Disney World - Wonka-SPN - Disney Gobstoppers - feat Mickey Mouse - souvenir candy box - 1990

Walt Disney World – Wonka-SPN – Disney Gobstoppers – feat Mickey Mouse – souvenir candy box – 1990

Walt Disney World - Disney Cherries - feat Donald Duck - souvenir candy box - 1990

Walt Disney World – Disney Cherries – feat Donald Duck – souvenir candy box – 1990

Walt Disney World - Disney Drops - feat Pinocchio - souvenir candy box - 1990

Walt Disney World – Disney Drops – feat Pinocchio – souvenir candy box – 1990

The next piece I have from Walt Disney World is a wrapper from 1993.  It features a “Mickey’s Candy Company” branding which must have been carried across a number of different products, though I only have this one:

Walt Disney World - Mickey's Candy Company - Milk Chocolate - souvenir chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1993

Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Candy Company – Milk Chocolate – souvenir chocolate bar wrapper – 1993

Those are the vintage pieces I have that originated from Walt Disney World in Florida, but I also have some great pieces from opposite coast and the Disneyland location.  The first is one of my favorites, a striking green chocolate bar wrapper most likely from the 1970’s:

Disneyland - Old Fashioned Milk Chocolate & Almonds - souvenir chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

Disneyland – Old Fashioned Milk Chocolate & Almonds – souvenir chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

A popular treat at Disneyland in the 1970’s was a chocolate-covered Frozen Banana, which is probably more a dessert than a candy, but it’s certainly worth including.  I’ve got two different eras of Disneyland packaging for this one.

Disneyland - Frozen Banana confection wrapper - 1970's

Disneyland – Frozen Banana confection wrapper – 1970’s

Disneyland - Frozen Banana - dessert treat wrapper package - featuring Mickey Mouse - late 1970's early 1980's

Disneyland – Frozen Banana – dessert treat wrapper package – feat. Mickey Mouse – late 1970’s early 1980’s

Next up are a pair of cello packages for more old-fashioned candy offerings salt-water taffy and an almond fudge:

Disneyland - Salt Water Taffy candy package - Donald Duck - Adams & Brooks - wrapper - 1970's

Disneyland – Salt Water Taffy candy package – Donald Duck – Adams & Brooks – wrapper – 1970’s

Disneyland - Almond Rocky Road candy package - Donald Duck - Adams & Brooks - wrapper - 1970's

Disneyland – Almond Rocky Road candy package – Donald Duck – Adams & Brooks – wrapper – 1970’s

This next package doesn’t appear to be for a specific candy or snack product, but it’s awfully pretty.  My guess is that it once held nuts or some kind of bulk candy offering:

Disneyland - small candy bag - 1970's

Disneyland – small candy bag – 1970’s

And finally, my last vintage Disneyland offering is this popcorn box celebrating America’s Bicentennial:

Disneyland - America On Parade popcorn box - 1975-1976

Disneyland – America On Parade popcorn box – 1975-1976

So that’s all of the VINTAGE candy packaging I’ve got from the parks, but it isn’t everything I have to share today.   The origins of today’s post actually come from some brand new Disney Park candy packaging I only recently received – just two weeks ago in fact.

You see, my youngest niece is a dancer in high school and she performed in the Capital One Bowl half-time show on New Year’s Day this year.  It’s something she’s been working towards for over three years, with lots of training and lots of fund-raising.  It was exciting for her and exciting for all of us back in Nebraska watching the half-time show on television.

Her mother accompanied her on that trip and one of the many cool things they got to do was visit Walt Disney World.  So of course I asked them to keep an eye out for any cool Disney-branded candy wrappers.  Though their schedules were packed, they managed to do some hunting for me and brought back four awesome pieces of Walt Disney World candy.

These appear to be Disney Park universal, meaning they are likely the same bars sold in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.   Here they are:

Disney Theme Parks - Milk Chocolate Mints - souvenir candy wrapper - 2012

Disney Theme Parks – Milk Chocolate Mints – souvenir candy wrapper – 2012

These next three came bundled in a little souvenir 3-pack:

Disney Theme Parks - Milk Chocolate - souvenir candy bar wrapper - 2012

Disney Theme Parks – Milk Chocolate – souvenir candy bar wrapper – 2012

Disney Theme Parks - Dark Chocolate - souvenir candy bar wrapper - 2012

Disney Theme Parks – Dark Chocolate – souvenir candy bar wrapper – 2012

Disney Theme Parks - Milk Chocolate with Almonds - souvenir candy bar wrapper - 2012

Disney Theme Parks – Milk Chocolate with Almonds – souvenir candy bar wrapper – 2012

And that’s everything I’ve got for Disney Park candy wrappers and boxes in my own collection.  But there’s still more!

I have a great pair of friends who both blog about candy (independently of each other) and they’ve both captured some really cool Disney park-exclusive candy products from recent years.  I’d like to share a few of those with you.

The first batch are from my good pal Sera, of The Candy Enthusiast site:

Disney Parks Lollipops - Image Courtesy Princess of llyr

Disney Parks Lollipops – Image Courtesy The Candy Enthusiast

Mickeys Chewy Fruit Flavored Candy - Image Courtesy Princess of llyr

Mickeys Chewy Fruit Flavored Candy – Image Courtesy The Candy Enthusiast

Disney Pirates of the Carribean skull-shaped lollipops - Image courtesy Princess of llyr

Disney Pirates of the Carribean skull-shaped lollipops – Image courtesy The Candy Enthusiast

And finally, my favorite of the pieces Sera captured.  This wrapper is awesome:

Disney Hungry Heroes bar - Image courtesy The Candy Enthusiast

Disney Hungry Heroes bar – Image courtesy The Candy Enthusiast

Back in 2007 my friend Cybele did a fantastic write-up of Disney Park-exclusive candy on her amazing Candyblog site.  You can check out her Disney candy write-up at this link, but I wanted to share a few highlights from her post here – these are yet more cool Disney Park exclusive wrappers:

Disney Park - Mickey bars - 2007 - Image courtesy Candyblog.net

Disney Park – Mickey bars – 2007 – Image courtesy Candyblog.net

Disney Park - Chocolate Spots - 2007 - Image courtesy Candyblog.net

Disney Park – Chocolate Spots – 2007 – Image courtesy Candyblog.net

And finally, a fantastic package for Mickey Mouse Coconut Patties.  This one has such a great retro-look to it:

Disney Park - Mickey Mouse Coconut Patties - 2007 - Image courtesy Candyblog.net

Disney Park – Mickey Mouse Coconut Patties – 2007 – Image courtesy Candyblog.net

Though I’ve already got a great assortment of Disney Park candy packaging, just seeing the pieces that Sera and Cybele captured makes me want to track those down for my own collection!  Boy are those pieces cool!

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out all of this great candy packaging that you could only ever find in Disney’s theme parks.  I’ve no doubt that a lot of these may have survived, becoming sentimental souvenirs of magical family trips, and tucked into scrapbooks all over the world.

There are a lot of gaps in today’s post, so I’m sure I’ve missed all kinds of Disney Park candy packages released over the years.  If you’ve got any Disney candy packaging you saved as a souvenir during a visit to one of the parks, shoot me a picture of it and drop me a line – I’d love to see what you’ve got!

This has already been a really long post, but I’ve got one last group of things to share with you today; a selection of beautiful vintage souvenir store bags from Disney parks.  These might have contained candy bars, or they might have contained miniature license plates,  patches, buttons, t-shirts or any of the other myriad goodies you can get at the parks.

These bags are works of art in their own right.  I hope you dig ‘em.

Walt Disney World - park store bag - medium - 1980's

Walt Disney World – park store bag – medium – 1980’s

Walt Disney World - Epcot Center - Orlando, Florida - souvenir bag - 1982

Walt Disney World – Epcot Center – Orlando, Florida – souvenir bag – 1982

Walt Disney World - Contemporary Resort Hotel store bags - 1980's

Walt Disney World – Contemporary Resort Hotel store bags – 1980’s

Although it’s difficult to make it out, the style of this final bag is actually pictured in my childhood Disney World vacation photo at the top of today’s post.   If you go back and look carefully, you might be able to make it out.

Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida - souvenir bags - 1970's

Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida – souvenir bags – 1970’s

And that’s everything — see ya next time!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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5 Responses to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Souvenir Candy Wrappers and Boxes!

  1. Brandon says:

    Super job getting all this documented together! Love the Gobstoppers box and the Drops box with a little Jiminy Cricket on it — my favorite Disney character!

  2. Todd says:

    Great post! Your 1975 snapshot is so cool!! Neat seeing all the special park packaging especially the Gobstoppers box!

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  4. Debbie V. says:

    Wow – love that I came across your post about the WDW / Disneyland wrappers on the Disney Food Blog.
    The tie-in with your bag and photo – awesome. This is the stuff I find hard to let go of.
    Any more photos from that WDW trip? Would love to see them.

  5. Agnes says:

    Thanks for showing the 1980s pink/yellow vintage souvenir bag. That was our first trip to the World and for a few years I kept a couple of these bags as mementos. I’d totally forgotten about them until I saw the photo on this site; it brought back so many awesome memories.

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