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January 1, 2015

Disney Adventures

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!

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 movies..

Disney Adventures

'and even promote non-Disney movies!

Disney Adventures

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!

Disney Adventures

Among other things one could find in these magazines were calendars, games, information tidbits, and, of course, comics!

Disney Adventures

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!

Disney Adventures

Disney Adventures

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.

Disney Adventures

In fact, its fun to see some of of the wide range of people who received the cover-status of Disney Adventures over the years!

Disney Adventures

Even the ads, which advertise a lot of products now a relics of the past, add to the fun one has skimming through these comics!

Disney Adventures

Disney Adventures

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?)

Disney Adventuers

From a personal perspective, I inherited most of these magazines from the early 90s. In 2004, I subscribed to "Disney Magazine", 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

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 still continuing.

 Disney Adventures Magazine

 

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