If you like to read, or if you just like Disney movies, you may be familiar with Aladdin’s cave of wonders.
The city of Anaheim has not one, but TWO such places.
The first is, of course, the miniature Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders in Disneyland’s classic Storybook Land attraction.
The second is Kelly’s Toy Stop, five miles away. (I can’t seem to find a website, so I linked to the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce page.)
Kelly’s stocks and sells vintage and collectible toys – and a pleasantly surprising amount of vintage and rare Disneyana.
Tips for visitors:
- Kelly’s is in a modestly sized storefront in an older strip mall. You might drive past it without noticing. I suggest turning when you see the El Pollo Loco, passing it in the parking lot, then heading to the right.
- If you’re into Disney pin trading, you can buy pins here. (Don’t try to sell fakes here. Someone was liquidating their collection during my visit, and it became apparent that the clerk knew how to spot the authentic pins. Also, counterfeiting is unethical, etc.)
- I, personally, thought the pricing was more than fair. I work in an antique store – and collect vintage, Disney, and vintage Disney – so I see a pretty wide range of pricing. I picked out a couple of retired items I’d wanted for years. One of them was priced at about half of what a certain online dealer was asking. And since I bought more than one item, the clerk nicely rounded my total down by $5.
This collector will be back. But please: somebody restrain me around anything with Sally or Jack Skellington on it.