We’ve discussed a lot of aspects surrounding the fandom of Disney here on our site. From our favorite heroes and villains to fan art that shows new aspects of the films and shows we have come to know and love, the wonderful world of Disney is a never ending kaleidoscope of magic and wonder. One thing that has spawned forth as a result of this massive fandom is merchandise, and in particular, collectibles. Some of the most expensive pieces a collector will find belong to Disney-related products. Yet not all collectibles are created equal, and some are so unique and rare that they are nearly impossible to find or afford.
Have you ever wondered what happened to old props and pieces of rides from Disney Parks? Curious if you can own a piece of Disney history or celebrate a monumental anniversary or event that relates to Disney as a whole? Perhaps you have some extra cash lying around and want to own a piece of the Disney films you’ve come to know and love over the years. That’s where this list comes in. From live action films and television to the cartoons and animated hits we consider classics today, there is a collectible out there for every occasion.
Today we are going to explore thirty of the most expensive and rare Disney collectibles you can find on the internet today. From children’s toys and candy to statues and artwork so rare that they belong in a museum somewhere, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
29 Mickey & Donald Pez ($600-$800)
Who ever would have thought that some tiny little pieces of candy and plastic could garner such a huge return?
One of the first collectibles we are going to look at today are some classic Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck Pez dispensers.
Alongside another classic Disney hit (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs), these candy/toy collectibles used to sell for about twenty-five cents a box, but now they can be found being sold from $600 to $800 on eBay.
28 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Porthole ($1,495)
For over two decades (1971-1994), Disneyworld had an exclusive ride from the hit film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If you’d gone on this ride during this time, there’s a good chance you looked outside of the ride through one of the ride’s portholes. Families all around the world saw through these aquatic windows. Now you can buy one of these portholes from the classic ride on eBay, which was previously being sold for $1,495.
27 Black Diamond Classic Edition Beauty and the Beast VHS ($5-$9,000)
One of Disney’s most popular films in its animation history has to be Beauty and the Beast.
The tale of Belle and the Beast and how the cursed prince and his people found hope in the beauty’s heart has become a classic for longtime Disney fans.
While usually selling for $5-$25 an auction, one time this Black Diamond Classic Edition VHS of the film sold for $9,000. Don’t expect every auction to sell like this, but either way, it’s more valuable now than it was when it was first released.
26 Cruella De Vil Disney Store Prop ($8,750)
If you ever had the good fortune to visit an original Disney store back in the day, there was a good chance you would have seen this next item. The stores often featured Disney characters on full display. This includes the villainous Cruella de Vil. The sinister fashion designer got her own giant display prop, and can now be found being sold for up to $8, 750. Now you can display Cruella proudly (or ironically, depending on how much you like the character), in your own home for a hefty sum.
25 Indiana Jones Ride Animatronic Hand ($10,000)
Have you ever dreamed of ever owning your own piece of the Indiana Jones franchise? How about the titular character’s animatronic hand from the Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye ride at Disney?
If so you are in luck, (albeit a very strange dream…I mean a hand? Oh well).
The Indiana Jones attraction at Disney Parks is a classic for longtime Disney fans. This hand from the ride can be found being sold for up to $10,000 online.
24 Authentic Tomorrowland Star Jet ($11,995)
While finding props and other collectibles isn’t super surprising to see on a list like this, an actual part of the ride one of these props comes from might surprise even the most prolific of Disney collectors. These props and cars from the rides are huge, and owning one will cement you in Disney history forever. Coming in at nearly $12,000 ($11,995 to be exact), the authentic Tomorrowland Star Jet from the original ride can be found being sold online.
23 First Edition Walt Disney Comics (Thousands)
Marvel and DC Comics aren’t the only companies that can claim to have rare first editions in the comic industry.
Disney itself has been known for running their own comic books, and anyone who finds their own copy of these First-Edition Walt Disney Comics can sell them online for a few thousand a piece.
The exact amount will depend on the comic’s condition and the exact issue you own, but these items are worth quite a pretty penny.
22 Original Mickey Mouse Poster ($23,900)
One of the rarest things to find in perfect condition if you are a Disney collector is one of the original 1930’s era Mickey Mouse posters. You see, unlike other collectibles, paper is the hardest to keep in pristine condition. Age and the ease in which it can be ripped, torn, and overall wrecked make this item a true rarity. If you are lucky enough to find one in this condition, be prepared to pay about $23, 900 in total for the collectible.
21 Jack Skellington’s Head Prop ($30,000)
When Jack said he could take off his head, he has never been more literal than in this next collectible item.
One of Disney’s best times of the year at their parks has to be Christmas.
Each year when the holidays arrive, the infamous Haunted Mansion ride gets taken over by Jack Skellington and the citizens of Halloweentown. The Nightmare Before Christmas star is known for taking off his skeletal head and singing. In this next collectible, we find that very head being sold online for up to $30,000.
20 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Devil Prop ($37,375)
Never before have you ever come across a scenario where you’d have to “make a deal with the devil” to gain your own piece of a Disney ride. Straight out of the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction, the infamous devil prop is worth an estimated $37, 375 online. The props disappeared from the rides around 1999, so that makes them even rarer. The imagery must have scared children and been a source of discomfort for some families.
19 Bedazzled Cinderella’s Castle ($37,500)
It’s time to ditch the glass slippers and find yourself a crystal castle instead. A fine piece of art from the infamous crystal makers Arribas Brothers, the replica of the infamous Cinderella castle is a sight to behold.
Set with over 28,000 Swarovski crystals, the castle can go for about $37,500 in total online.
Any longtime fan of one of the original Disney Princesses and her fairytale romance will absolutely fall in love with this incredible castle.
18 Enchanted Tiki Room Birds ($40,250-$153,400)
This next piece of memorabilia from the magical world of Disney takes an iconic prop (or props) out of the first Disney Park and allows you to bring it into your own home. The very first animatronic attraction Disneyland ever had was the animatronic parrots adorning the Enchanted Tiki Room. The first of the audio enabled animatronics, the birds are now being sold for between $40,250-$153,400 total. That’s quite a price, but any authentic Tiki Room is going to need those talkative birds.
17 It’s A Small World Animatronic ($41,300)
One of Disney’s most iconic rides has to be the It’s A Small World ride.
A mellow ride that highlights the various nations and people around the world, the legendary “It’s a Small World After All” song is something that is easily recognizable to the Disney fandom.
The ride and song are both legendary at Disney Parks around the world, and owning a piece of this ride is a sure fire way of showing off your dedication to the fandom. One of the animatronics from this classic ride is worth an estimated $41,300 online.
16 Captain EO Original Poster Artwork ($47,200)
When thinking of classic Disney memorabilia, you might not instantly think of the King of Pop himself. Yet in this next example, we explore the late singer’s iconic role in an original Disney sci-fi musical. In 1986, Disney premiered a highly interactive, sci-fi musical starring Michael Jackson as Captain EO. Featuring 4D live effects, the show was highly popular and had moving seats, smoke, and lasers. The artwork for the original poster is being sold for about $47,200 in total online.
15 Space Mountain Car ($50,000)
When discussing the classic Disneyland experience, one thing park-goers often think about are certain rides that have withstood the test of time.
We’ve already discussed one such ride (It’s a Small World), but there are others that are even more memorable than that one.
Another iconic car ride from the Disney experience, this next collectible is a piece of one of the more iconic roller coaster rides in the Disney experience. One of the cars from the Space Mountain ride can be bought online for up to $50,000 in total.
14 Tokyo Disney Audio-Animatronic Head ($57,500)
This next collectible gets a bit creepy. This is every AI-phobic person’s worst nightmare. In Tokyo’s Disney area, experts created a robotic framework for a head that was meant to help a silicone based head move during the park’s opening in the 70s. The head without the silicone is a bit unnerving when you see it moving, but if you are still wanting this piece of Disney Imagineer history you can grab it for $57,500.
13 Mickey Mouse 75th Anniversary Edition Elton John Statue ($62,400)
One of the more specific pieces of Disney history, the mouse’s 75th birthday saw the creation of one of the more elaborate and artist-specific statues in Disney history.
This statue was inspired by the great music legend Elton John, and can be found online for up to $62,400 total online.
Elton John will live on not only for his decades of classic musical hits, but for Disney fans he has contributed greatly to the music of Disney, including the fantastic music of The Lion King.
12 Series A-1 Audio-Animatronics Frame ($115,000)
Another creepy robotic nightmare that contributes to the classic sights of Disney Parks has to be the animatronic frame. These frames are responsible for pirates coming to life and ghostly figures moving before park-goer’s eyes. These collectibles found are the bones of most of the popular Disney rides. From The Haunted Mansion to Pirates of the Caribbean, these frames are what make up the animatronics you see on these rides. You can buy your own for up to $115,000 in total online.
11 Pirates Of The Caribbean Skeleton ($129,000)
Yo ho, yo ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me! These words are almost as famous as the next piece of Disney memorabilia we have for you. This time we are talking about a literal skeleton.
The most popular Disney ride around has to be Pirates of the Caribbean.
Before the popular film franchise took over, the ride premiered in 1967. One of the original props from that premier ride was this skeleton, which can be found online for up to $129,000 in total.
10 Charlotte Clark Mickey & Minnie Dolls ($151,524)
The two iconic mascots of the Disney brand are none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The house of mouse wouldn’t be possible without this famous cartoon couple. That’s why this next collectible brings a blast from the past when the cartoons were first becoming popular and were making a splash on the cartoon scene. The next collectibles embody those icons, as these velvet 1930’s era dolls are worth up to an estimated $151,524 online.
9 Mickey Mouse & Goofy 1956 Comic ($250,000)
This next comic book collectible is one of the more expensive items I’ve ever come across while researching comic books in general.
While most first edition comics are worth thousands, this specific Disney comic takes the cake and then some.
This Mickey and Goofy 1956 comic book with original plating and artwork is estimated to be worth up to $250,000 total online. A hefty sum for even the most dedicated Disney collectors out there.
8 Signed The Art Of Walt Disney Book With Mickey & Donald Sketch ($300,000)
This next piece of collectible Disney memorabilia is quite a piece of Disney history. What makes this art book of Walt Disney so unique in comparison to the other books filled with his art is that it features Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck together in the same sketch. In his artwork, the two characters (originally) were not in the same artwork together, which is why this art book is being sold for up to $300,000 right now online.
7 The Band Concert Film Celluloid ($420,000)
Before Peter Pan soared over the skies of Neverland battling Captain Hook or Simba went on a journey of self-discovery before fighting to regain his rightful place as the king, Disney cartoons consisted of simple yet iconic imagery.
The Band was one such cartoon.
One of the most expensive pieces of classic Disney animated film history has to be the Band Concert, from Mickey Mouse’s first-ever color film. The original film celluloid is worth an estimated $420,000 online.
6 Diamond Mickey Mouse Pendant ($5,200)
This next collectible is also a great looking piece of jewelry. It is one expensive piece of jewelry as well, and is a great symbol of the Disney brand.
Not only does it capture Disney and all its essence, but it is represented by the iconic mascot of Disney as well.
The Diamond Mickey Mouse Pendant is encrusted in 18 karat gold and diamond. It’s worth up to $5,200, making this a pretty expensive piece of Disney jewelry.
5 Sheriff Woody Doll ($1,195)
You’ve got a friend in me if you happen to have one of these classic Disney dolls. Outside of the Disney Princess realm, films like Toy Story have become a staple of the brand. The story of a group of toys trying to find their place in the world as their human grows older is something that many people have fallen in love with. Much like the Toy Story films, this next collectible comes complete with authentication and certificates. This Sheriff Woody doll is the genuine article from none other than Mattel and is worth up to $1,195 in total.
4 Old King Cole Mickey & Minnie Window Displays ($40,000)
While online advertisements and digital displays are what drive sales for Disney these days, advertising was a bit simpler back in the 30s and 40s.
One such advertisement was using window displays in stores that featured some of the iconic house of mouse characters themselves.
Used in stores to bring families in to shop, these matching animated window displays featuring the iconic Mickey and Minnie Mouse were sold last for over $40,000 online.
3 Sleeping Beauty Original Production Cel ($10,000)
One of Disney’s classic fairytale/princess stories has to be that of Sleeping Beauty. This next item is straight from the production of that classic film. Complete with a production background as well, this Sleeping Beauty original production celluloid is a rare treat. One of the earliest Disney animated films around, Sleeping Beauty is iconic both for its titular princess and the villain of the tale (Maleficent). This collectible sold for over $10,000 online.
2 Tomorrowland People Mover ($441,500)
As we get ready to close out this list, we couldn’t leave out one final piece of Disney Parks rides that have made their way into the collector's world.
This piece of the past was meant to represent the future.
The most expensive of all the Disney collectible ride cars, the Tomorrowland People Mover was used between the 60s-90s to guide guests through the Disney Universe of the future. These cars are sold for up to $441,500 total online.
1 Celebration Mickey ($4,000,000)
The most expensive piece of collectible you can imagine for Disney has to be the gift for Walt Disney’s 100th birthday. Celebrating 100 years of the iconic Disney founder’s life, the company spared no expense making this one of a kind statue. A 100-lb statue of solid gold, this Mickey Mouse statue has the honor of being the biggest statue of gold in Disney and U.S. history. It’s worth up to $4 million total at last check.
You can find these and other memorabilia from our very own Allison Stalberg here!