Disney School Bus Lunchbox

Submitted by Michael Ely July 17th, 2010
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This Disney dome-shaped school bus lunchbox was manufactured by Aladdin throughout the 1960’s and was the most popular selling metal lunchbox of it’s time. The bus was produced in two colors (an orange and yellow version) and featured Goofy as the driver at the wheel with various Disney characters (such as Pinocchio, Dumbo and Dopey) riding as passengers. Standing outside of the bus in front is Mickey and Pluto and outside the bus in back is Donald Duck and Bambi (who is holding the same lunchbox). Over the years, there were five different thermoses that accompanied the box (both metal and plastic). There is also a very, very rare version of the lunchbox which depicts one of the three little pigs getting off the bus instead of Jiminy Cricket.
In 2001, Hallmark released a miniature replica of the Disney school bus as an ornament, replacing many of the older Disney characters with newer Disney characters.

2 Responses to “Disney School Bus Lunchbox”

  1. Allee Willis

    I have this same lunchbox but don’t have the thermos. I don’t collect Disney stuff but this was one of the very first things I found in a thrift shop back when I started collecting in the early 70s. I used it as a purse for the longest time. I absolutely love the bottom of the bus/ lunchbox.

    I’ve Invited the bus into the Jungle Animal Petting Zoo because Dumbo is on board.

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)