Disney Snow Globes (1968-Now)
Snow Globes are transparent sphere, usually made of glass, that first became popular in the early 19th century. These collectibles often contain particles of material that resemble snow and a landscape scene or a figurine within the sphere. Through the years, Disney has produced a variety of snow globes that depict its characters and scenes from movies.What's inside of a Disney snow globe?
Inside the snow globe world may be a character or scene featuring multiple figurines. There is also "snow" that floats inside the water, which might be opaque, contain glitter, or have a combination of the two. Some characters that are commonly found inside of a water globe are:
- Mickey and Minnie
- Winnie the Pooh
- Alice in Wonderland
- Disney princesses
Some snow globes will play music. The tune is typically one that pairs with the characters, such as "Be Our Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast" or "One Day My Prince Will Come" from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." There are a few mechanisms built inside the snow globe that are used to operate the music box:
- Wind-up: A winder is used to play the music.
- Battery: Button or AAA batteries might be used to keep the music playing.
There are several materials used to create a snow globe. The water globe itself is often made of glass. On the outside, it is typically a material such as resin or ceramic that forms the base. Some snow globes are also more decorative, with the resin or ceramic being more elaborate, creating a scene to encase the snow globe. On the inside of the globe, the materials typically may be the same as what's on the outside.What sizes of snow globes are there?
There are snow globes of many sizes, though they typically fall into three categories:
- Mini: Mini snow globes will typically measure no more than 2.5 inches high.
- Regular: Regular globes will be around 10 inches high.
- Large: Larger globes measure 12 inches or more.
With so many characters that have been released through the years, there are many varieties of snow globes to discover. Some examples include:
- Musical: These are globes that contain a music box and play one or more songs.
- Type of snow: Not all globes have snow inside of them; some have confetti in the shapes of hearts, sea animals, glitter, and more.
- Lights: A snow globe may contain an interior or exterior light.
- Holiday: Christmas and other holidays may have snow globe designs with a holiday theme.