As I mentioned on my previous post, on Monday, Tadd and I checked out a few places we had been meaning to visit for awhile. Another place we visited was Theme Park Connection. This is basically a Disney parks memorabilia thrift store/warehouse in Winter Springs, FL. They have all kinds of souvenirs, posters, props, signage, cast member costumes, etc. Much of it has been used in the park at one time or another. Some of it is vintage, and some of it is pretty new. Their inventory is constantly changing and you never know what you might see on any given visit.
Tadd and I spent a long time perusing the shelves and shelves full of stuff. What ended up catching my eye was a pair of vintage wine glasses. The logo says “Walt Disney World Village Wine Festival”, but the logo does not mention a year.
I know that what is now Downtown Disney used to be called “Walt Disney World Village” in the 1970s and 1980s before being changed to “Disney Village Marketplace” and then eventually “Downtown Disney” in the 1990s (soon to be “Disney Springs” once the recently-announced refurb is complete), but I had never heard of the wine festival. My online research has proven sketchy, with no solid dates for the start of this festival (I have seen several different sites with different years mentioned; 1977, 1981, 1982, and 1986, among others), and nothing really discussing when it concluded. It seems that this wine festival was precursor to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which began in 1995. Unfortunately, based on the info I have, I can really only narrow down the time frame of distribution for these particular glasses to a very vague range: late-1970s to mid-to-late 1980s. I searched for any kind of collection of wine festival logos, but those searches did not return anything.
If you have any information on these wine glasses please let me know! I am so curious to know more specific details, especially what year they are from. But even if I learn nothing more, they are still my new favorite WDW souvenir items. I just love them!