Ways to determine authenticity of snowglobe?

pbrush

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I have never been to Disney World personally but I happen to come across this Beauty & the Beast snowglobe. I want to Surprise my mom with it but I know absolutely nothing about figurines/creations and google didn't produce results. My question to yall fine people is: How does one determine what make/model the structure is, aswell as how to spot third party makes vs. original Disney.

I also noticed that there is quite a bit of water/glycerin missing from the globe. Any Ideas on how to not break this thing? or if it is even possible to refill?

It says china on the bottom Im not sure if that is a obvious indication of non authentic merchandise haha.


Thanks for any help Im completely stuck with this problem currently.
 

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pbrush

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Still have not learned anything about this. Any help is highly appreciated.
 

Figments Friend

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This looks to me like one of several detailed base snow globes Disney produced and sold through the Disney Store and Disney Store Catalog in the mid-1990s.
The one pictured reminds me of similar ones from that series...and I might even have it pictured in one of my old catalogs.

There was a series of these Disney Store snowglobes done back in the 1990s.
Back then, large detailed snowglobes were a 'collectibles fad' of sorts...and there were many different themed ones made.
Many of them also had music boxes contained within the base, lights, or internal motors that swirled around the glitter or other small assescories inside in the water.

It is not unusual for old snowglobes like this to show 'missing water'.
This is a common feature due to water evaporation over several years.
It also happens when it is displayed near sunlight, or in direct sun for a long period of time.
It's why I never seriously considered collecting these as there is no way to refill them that I am aware of.

The snowglobe pictured shows visable signs of being exposed to sunlight over a period of time.
Note the yellow tint to the formerly white plastic piece covering the ceramic base.
Sure sign of sun exposure.

Regarding its place of manufacture, much of Disney's products and merchandise offerings were and still are today made in China.


Hope this helps!
:)

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