‘The Vault Collection’ nostalgic souvenirs coming Oct. 1 for Disney World’s 50th

It’s hard to believe we are only a few short weeks away from the beginning of Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration!

New, magical surprises are unveiled to us every day, and today is no different, as Disney has unveiled some of the merchandise from the “Vault Collection.” Pieces within this collection are vintage replicas of Disney World souvenirs from the 1970s, each with a modern take to them.

The designer of the collection, Senior Merchandise Brand Manager Hardlines Kevin-Michael Lezotte, helped bring the whole collection to fruition. He says it’s something that had its beginnings 35 years ago.

“My love of the Vault Collection literally started 35 years ago when I began my Disney career at EPCOT,” Lezotte explains. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Disney brand.”

Lezotte says he was approached two years ago and asked to be a part of a team that would brainstorm ideas for merchandise for the 50th-anniversary celebration at Disney World.

“The team I was part of came up with the idea of reaching back into our merchandise history to bring back key souvenirs and inspire some new products,” he said. “Hence, the Vault Collection.”

Lezotte says the Vault Collection is made up of two separate categories. The first is “replica,” meaning replicas of souvenirs available in the parks in the 1970s.

The second is “inspired by,” meaning pieces available for purchase that take their cues from the styles of souvenirs over the decades since the park opened.

Check out this castle trinket tray and milk glass mug, both retro items in the home decor assortment.


Items will be revealed and available for purchase beginning October 1, and different pieces from the Vault Collection will continue to be revealed over the entire 18-month Disney World 50th anniversary celebration!

We can’t wait to see what else the collection includes!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!