January 1, 2015
By Justin J. Smith
Happy New Year Everyone! As our first day of 2015,
I'm going to be using my Mr. Fusion-equipped DeLorean to visit the
1990s as I'm going to be reflecting on a big stable of Disney for
two decades that went by the name of Disney Adventures!
Anyone who was a kid or a Disney fan in the 1990s
will be quite familiar with this magazine. For almost 2 decades,
these magazines were ubiquitous, often found at any local grocery or
retail store. These magazines had quite a lot of value for the
company as they did everything from promote the newest Disney
'and even promote non-Disney movies!
Disney Adventures wasn't just promotional fluff
though, it featured actual interviews! For example, the Toy Story
issue actually had interviews with John Lasseter to the entire cast
from Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger,
Annie Potts, and Jim Varney!
Among other things one could find in these magazines
were calendars, games, information tidbits, and, of course, comics!
The comics were probably the highlight of the
magazine as they featured characters from all the latest Disney and
latest television shows, which were at their prime during the 90s!
Going through a collection Disney Adventures, they
inherit a truly fascinating look at pop-culture of the era. For
example, going through these issues, we see covers of who some of
the biggest stars were at the time, like Home Improvement star
Jonathon Taylor Thomas.
In fact, its fun to see some of of the wide range of
people who received the cover-status of Disney Adventures over the
Even the ads, which advertise a lot of products now
a relics of the past, add to the fun one has skimming through these
Not only are these a great way to relive Disney's
past though, every once in a while, you'd see see hints of events
that would happen later (Disney contemplating buying Marvel?)
From a personal perspective, I inherited most of
these magazines from the early 90s. In 2004, I subscribed to
which was so wonderful that I ultimately didn't have use for Disney
Adventures as they were always targeted for the younger crowd and
never really discussed adult-oriented details related to Disney like
Disney Magazine did. When Disney Magazine sadly came to an end
though, I was in withdrawal and decided to subscribe to Disney
Adventures, just for the thrill of getting something Disney related
in the mail every season.
Disney Adventures ultimately came to its end in 2007
after a 17-year run. Unlike Disney Magazine though, it was no real
lost. There was just no way Disney Adventures could adapt with the
times as, lets face it, there's more news, games and ways to kill
time a kid can do with a single app on their iPhone than with all
the Disney Adventures ever published. Still, one couldn't help but
feel a certain sense of nostalgic sadness that there would be no
Disney-themed magazine being published that one could either
subscribe or simply pick up at the store. Thankfully, the infinitely
superior Disney Magazine in a way returned in the form of "Disney
Twenty Three". While its not an easy magazine to get a hold of, its
nice knowing the Disney legacy is continuing on some form of print.
And of course as long as one has memories or even
the magazines from years' past to enjoy, it's about as good as it