Years ago my wife was in the Disney Store looking at stuff with our kids when she came across a shelf full of snowglobes. We had both seen them in the store before but didn’t pay them much mind. but there was one that caught her eye. There was something a little different about it. When she brought it home I just kind of shrugged it off. A few days later I was working in my office and saw the box with the snowglobe in it. “HERCULES” was emblazoned across the front of the box just above a picture of the globe inside. My curiosity finally got the best of me and I opened it up. it took a few minutes to get through all of the packaging but once I got it out I found I was intrigued by it. The more I looked at it the more I saw how well it was made. Now, I realize it’s all glass and rosin, but there was something about it that was…, different.
After awhile I finally put my finger on it. It wasn’t typical Theme park kitsch. This was really well made. But more than that it was the design. It was simple in concept and done in an almost loving way. You could sense that whoever designed this globe really cared about it and cared about the characters and the story.
This was the beginning of my love affair with Disney snowglobes. Especially the ones from what I call the modern golden age of Disney globes from about 2005 to 2009. During this time period they were churning out a number of large globes with all of the Disney characters in many beautiful and daring ways. Beauty and the Beast, Jack Skellington, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, just an amazing assortment of big, beautiful snowglobes.
Then around 2009, shortly after Disney bought back the Disney Stores, the number of globes began to dwindle until now on a good day you may find two or three in the store. The party was over.
The other day I was clearing out a closet when I saw sitting in a dark corner a Hercules Snowglobe still in it’s box and still in the Disney Store bag I carried it home in over 4 years ago. I couldn’t believe I forgot about it. I gently opened the box to look at it and saw it was even more beautiful than how I remembered it. I sat there staring at it for a few minutes then decided to take some pictures of it.
I hope Disney decides to start making more snowglobes again like it did in the last decade. I know they still make them but not like they were six or seven years ago. Until that time I’ll enjoy the few that I have and the Hercules Globe I’ll always keep.
If you have any Disney Snow Globes that are a favorite of yours I’d love to hear about them. Please leave a comment or drop me a line.