Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023 with many events and exclusive products. A look back at the special collections, collectible stamps, Lego partnership, and animations planned by the brand to mark its 100 years of existence.
The famous company with big ears is blowing out 100 candles this year! To mark the occasion, Disney has planned many surprises for its fans. From limited editions to partnerships and all kinds of events, the brand is seeing things big. We offer you a look back at the highlights of these Disney centennial festivities.
Disney 100 Special Collections
To properly celebrate its 100th anniversary, Disney has created several exclusive “Disney 100” collections. These include:
- The Disney 100 Celebration Collection: A selection of products (clothing, plush toys, decor…) featuring iconic Disney characters.
- The Disney 100 Special Moments Collection: Collectible items paying tribute to great moments in Disney history.
- The Disney 100 Platinum Celebration Finale: The special event collection to close out the centennial festivities.
- The Disney 100 Decades – 1990s: A product line inspired by classic 1990s Disney films.
These anniversary collections are full of limited edition exclusives, like the Mickey and Minnie Disney 100 figurine, the collectible Starbucks cup, and The Disney Afternoon pin set. Perfect for longtime fans!
Stamps to Send Magical Mail
In partnership with the French postal service, Disney has released a whole line of Disney 100 special stamps. These include:
- A booklet of 12 illustrated stamps in Disney and Pixar colors.
- Individual stamps honoring the most iconic heroes like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and The Little Mermaid.
- Online printable stamps to customize your mail.
- A collection of commemorative stamps of Disney’s classic animated films.
A magical way for fans to send mail with a touch of Disney magic!
Limited Edition Products
In addition to Disney100 branded items, the company has partnered with others to create unique objects.
Dobble – Disney 100
To celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary, publisher Asmodee created a special edition of the popular observation game Dobble. This version highlights the Disney universe with 90 large cards featuring iconic characters. The premise remains the same: be quick and observant to find the common image between two cards. Simple and fast, Dobble will delight the whole family for a lively game. Disney fans will recognize many heroes and heroines from their childhood, for a gaming experience full of nostalgia. An excellent party game to enjoy among Mickey, Minnie and all their friends!
Retro Mickey & Minnie T-Shirt – Disney 100
To celebrate Disney’s centenary in style, the brand is offering exclusive merchandise, including this retro T-shirt featuring Mickey and Minnie. It features the two mice, hand in hand, reproduced in a vintage black and white style. Behind them, the “Disney 100 Years of Wonder” logo marks this historic anniversary. Available for all the family, this comfortable T-shirt featuring two timeless icons will delight Disney fans and those nostalgic for the cartoons of yesteryear alike. It’s the perfect gift to show your love for Mickey and Minnie, and a nod to 100 years of Disney magic.
Lego and Disney: An Unprecedented Collaboration
The famous brick brand partners with Disney for a special set for its 100th anniversary. With over 800 pieces, this collectible set pays tribute to Disney history through a vintage movie camera. It includes:
LEGO® Disney – Walt Disney Tribute Camera
- 3 Lego minifigures: Mickey, Minnie and Walt Disney
- 2 Lego animals: Bambi and Dumbo
- A multiplane camera with images from the short “The Old Mill”
- 20 photos of Disney classics on film
Disney and Pixar – Up House
Among the recent Lego and Disney collaborations is the “Up” set inspired by the Disney/Pixar film of the same name. Aimed at kids 9 and up, this 598-piece set allows you to build a detailed section of the iconic floating house from the film, with many details. It includes the main characters Carl and Russell, as well as dog Dug and a Lego bird. Kids can recreate scenes from the movie and invent their own adventures. With its bright colors and many functions, this set will appeal to fans of both the animated film and Lego. It makes a great gift for a child or collector. The original house design and endearing characters make it a must-have set for Pixar and Lego building fans.
LEGO® Duplo Disney – Magical Castle 3-in-1
Lego has also partnered with Disney to create a Duplo set themed around the famous Disneyland castle. Aimed at kids 3 and up, this 160-piece set allows you to build the castle in three different ways: a large model, a tall tower or two small castles. Toddlers can build and rebuild this toy endlessly to multiply play possibilities. The set includes 5 mini-figures (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Figaro) as well as many accessories featuring iconic elements from Disney films. With its thick, easily graspable bricks and bright colors, this Duplo castle will nourish the imagination of even the youngest Disney fans. A great gift for Christmas or a birthday to set off on adventures in the Disney universe starting at age 3!
With its retro design and many nods to Disney, this Lego set will delight both construction fans and Disney enthusiasts. An ideal gift to give or receive for a 100% magical anniversary!
Art Auction for Make-A-Wish
For its 100th anniversary, Disney launched the Create 100 initiative to raise funds for Make-A-Wish. The company with big ears invited 100 renowned artists to create works inspired by the Disney universe. Each creator was also able to nominate a young talent to participate.
These exceptional pieces will be auctioned off and the funds raised will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Disney has already made a $1 million donation to the organization that makes the wishes of seriously ill children come true.
The contributions include a catsuit worn by Beyoncé in the film Black is King, a Disney x Tommy Hilfiger varsity jacket, and a Disney dress designed by Clarence Ruth.
This charity sale will support the Make-A-Wish cause while offering exclusive creations inspired by the Disney universe.
Disney 100: 100 Years and Still the Magic of Our Childhood
With all these events and new products, Disney still creates surprises, even after 100 years of existence. The brand knows how to touch our inner child, and that continues with these anniversary celebrations. As 2023 has just begun, there is no doubt that Disney has many more wonders up its sleeve to continue making dreams come true for generations of fans. See you in 100 years for new adventures?
To celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary, the heroes created by Walt Disney Animation Studios and entered over time into pop culture lore are meeting today to take part in an unforgettable photo shoot mixing humor and emotion. Find it on Disney+! This photo shoot bringing together over 500 Disney characters is at the heart of the animated short Once Upon a Time in the Studio, where all the iconic heroes are invited to immortalize this exceptional centenary. Humor and emotion abound in this sequence showing the great Disney family reunited for a souvenir photo.
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