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For Sale: Walt Disney’s Mustache

There’s a reason that Disney CEO Bob Iger made $34 million last year, and that’s because he knows how to commodify every nook and cranny of the Disney enterprise, including but not limited to the facial hair of the company’s dead founder.

The Walt Disney “Mouse-stache,” which is part of a bigger line of products, has been available exclusively in the Disney Parks since last fall. But before you slap on your lustrous peel-and-stick ‘stache and unwind with a Scotch-and-soda, here is some important information about Walt’s mustache:

  • WARNING: Choking Hazard: Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
  • Caution: This product contains adhesive which may cause skin irritation to certain individuals. In the event of a skin reaction, rinse immediately wtih plenty of water and seek medical advice.

I think I’ll sit this one out and wait until Warner Bros. starts selling Leon Schlesinger’s toupee.

  • Erik Butter

    are they selling the grey suits too?

  • Hankenshift

    Are they selling Lucky Strikes, Chesterfields, and Gitanes, at the parks now, too?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I recall Mark Kausler mentioning Walt liked Tiparillos as well.

  • Hankenshift

    Too bad they don’t still sell Disney branded pipes and tobacco in the parks as they used to:


  • Jeff Kurtti

    Part of the Disney Dilemma under Bob Iger. No one regards Walt Disney as either a genuine human being, or as an important figure, deserving of respect, in the current Company’s business model. So, he becomes a “character,” an unreal commodity.

    • That’s part of the reason why Amid’s Ward Kimball book couldn’t get published right? The Disney company seems intent on maintaining a super sanitized image of itself. However, this oversimplifies the lives and accomplishments of the men who worked there.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Sure does.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Please, I need the link to buy one online. A friend’s Birthday is coming up.

  • Toonio

    Walt Masks and replica ashtrays will follow.

    Iger is just Eisner 2.0

    • Roberto Severino

      Yup. I’m not too surprised. Neither are deserving of respect if they want to keep exploiting and tarnishing the Disney brand and its reputation.

  • top_cat_james

    “[Iger] knows how to commodify every nook and cranny of the Disney enterprise…”

    Except for “Song of the South”, that is.

    • We still can buy DVDs of the company’s wartime propaganda cartoons though!

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Yeah, there is that in the interim, though I’m sure that set is out-of-print these days unless you look hard enough.

  • Roberto Severino

    Talk about spitting on Walt Disney’s legacy and what he stood for. Pathetic. Trying to whittle down everything he did and his accomplishments down to a sort of fantasy to sell stuff is sickening.

  • DarylT

    Once again everyone is acting ridiculously. Does nobody here know how to have fun.

    • Jeff Kurtti

      It’s pedantic, disrespectful, and reveals an innate ignorance of the Company they are stewards of. When the Catholic Church sells fake-fur Jesus beards, I’ll think it’s just fun.

      • DarylT

        Eh No. Its none of those things. Disrespectful would be if they had drawings of Walt mooning.

  • Tatiana Riabouchinska

    Speaking of smoking, we watched the Mary Poppins Blu-ray and I was relieved that Mr Banks only filled his pipe but never smoked it, otherwise the film would have been slapped with a PG rating for “historic smoking.”