Posts Tagged ‘Collectibles’

Last Ride.

cvr42A bit of sad news. I just received notice that the always excellent  “E” Ticket Magazinewill soon cease regular publication. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to get a paid subscription to the quarterly edition of the magazine, but I always remember seeing copies for sale at the Disneyana shop on Main St. I still recall browsing through various copies on several occasions and noting the overall quality of the content, interviews with Disney Imagineers past and present and of course all of the beautiful vintage photos that filled each edition.  According to their website, the magazine is in the process of being sold…

The “E” Ticket Magazine is in negotiations for sale.  The new owners do not intend to continue publishing, but back issues will be available on some level while they last. If you want these back issues, please order them NOW! We are not kidding, order them NOW!

That’s too bad. I’m glad to know that I was smart enough obtain a few really great copies, but don’t expect any of the really popular editions to be avaialble much longer. In other words, snap them up before they’re gone.

Update 4/2/09: Apparently I’m being told by our loyal readers that this is not really news. There was a statement by the founders of “E” Ticket Magazine almost a year ago regarding the closure of the business. As always, I appreciate the clarification, but I do have to say that “news” is such a relevant term these days. In fact I use the term quite sparingly for that very reason. Contrary to popular belief, the GCT Blog is not a news site. It was never designed to be. If you’re someone who has a penchant for late-breaking news about Disneyland, I highly recommend sites like MiceAge or Mouseplanet or any of the other fine independent Disney news sources out there. In fact, this is the reason why we feature RSS newsfeeds so prominently right on our front page (i.e. we leave that stuff to the experts). This blog is about commentary, opinion and sharing ideas about a common interest. So whether the news is “old” or “new” it doesn’t really matter to me, you can rest assured that I’ll have an opinion on it either way.


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Turn it up…

Just updated this months Disneyland audio track at Audioland. I’m sure that this new audio track will have many fans heading back the future, if you know what I mean. To check out this new audio track, simply click here or on the “Audioland” tab above. And because I’m in such a great mood, I’ve added a bonus track for all you Disneyland audio fans. Check out this classic Disneyland radio ad…

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Sound Check.

(Update 3/15) Looks like we had some audio streaming problems earlier. The problem was a bad line of code that has been identified and now banished from the GCT domain. Glitch fixed. Thanx for letting me know.

Although I’m still hard at work, just wanted to let you know that the Audioland section of the Grand Circle Tour is now open to visitors. Consider this a soft opening while I continue to brainstorm more features for this space. Audioland is a place for Disneyland audiophiles like myself who needed a forum to discuss, listen and even trade Disneyland audio tracks. You can access Audioland by clicking here or on the “Audioland” tab above. Happy listening.

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From the vault…

What to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Organize my office? Nah. Get my car washed? Nope. Instead of actually doing something productive, I opted to rummage through my collection of Disneyland memorabilia or what my wife img_1576-640affectionately refers to as “my junk.” Mind you, this is a collection of items that I’ve been putting together for years, so it’s easy for stuff to get overlooked. Some of this stuff is practically worthless (except for the sentimental value) and some of it quite valuable. I’m not sure where this working N-scale replica of the E.P. Ripley sits on the collectible spectrum, but it’s definitely one item that I don’t plan to part ways with any time soon. And to think I almost forgot I had it! This limited-edition train set was issued by the Bachman Train Company in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. I remember picking up this train set almost on a whim from the Disneyana store on Main Street back in 2005. Like Walt, I’m also a bit of train nut, but just never had the time or space for a full-blown train set. This purchase was a happy compromise.

For some reason, pictures of this train set are difficult to come by these days, so click here if you’d like to see more.

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Freak Show

nffc-header-logoStopped by the NFFC Disneyana Show and Sale today. Even though I’m a pretty serious collector, I’ve never been to one of these shows. When it comes to collectibles,  I usually prefer to do all of my wheel’n and deal’n online or via phone. I just happened to be  in the neighborhood however, so I figured what the heck. The show was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim (technically Garden Grove). It’s  just down Harbor Blvd. from the resort  There seemed to be a pretty good turn-out of both collectors and lookie-loos when I arrived just after lunchtime. There were a couple of pieces that I was interested in, but I did my best to resist the temptation. Instead, I shook a few hands with a few select dealers  and let them know that I would be contacting them at a later time to discuss details. All in all, I had a pretty good time and I’m glad I went.

Here’s a link to some pics…

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