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What is The Disney Vault? What Is Disney Releasing From The Vault in 2014?

Updated on November 9, 2014
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An Introduction To The Disney Vault

Ever wondered about the Disney Vault? Wondered what it is, how it works or even if it really exists? Well it does exist and yet it doesn't. The Vault is actually a term that really refers to a process although there is, of course, a place where the original films are stored. I'm pretty sure that it will not look like the vault pictured here.

On this page, learn more about Disney's Vault, will learn which Disney movies are coming out of the Vault in 2014 and learn a bit about the future of the Vault.

What Is Disney's Vault?

How does The Vault work?

There is a place where Disney stores the extremely valuable original copies of their movies. Howeer, the Vault is really a term that Disney uses when it takes a movie out of production. When Disney places a movie "in the Vault," it generally allows ten years to pass and then re-releases the movie. This practice means that it can be hard to find some movies that are currently in the Vault.

Why Does Disney Place Movies In A Vault?

Disney places movies in the Vault to generate excitement about them. Perhaps to make them "new" again. In terms of advertising, the Vault is a marketing promotion that has worked very well for Disney. By removing a movie from production, they create a demand for it when it is re-released.

What Does The Vault Mean Today?

Is the Disney Vault still relevant?

Once upon a time, when a movie was in the Vault it would become very expensive in the marketplace and people would pay up to $100 for copies of those movies. However, if you want to purchase a film that is in the Vault today, you can simply go to Amazon (pr eBay) where they have the movies still in stock or where private sellers with their own supplies are happy to sell you the movie. The price will be higher than a movie that is currently available at the stores directly from Disney but the movie is still available. If you want to show your child an animated classic that is not currently available before he outgrows it, it is not such a big deal any more as you can still find a way to buy it.

With the advent of so many great children's films and the digital age, the Vault system could become less effective. For the time being, it still seems to generate excitement. The fact that many people choose to stream movies might also change the way Disney releases its films. Will we be buying DVDs or blu-ray discs in the future? I think there will come a time when we do not.

Movies Put In The Vault

A list of movies subject to being put in Disney's Vault.

This list is from Wikipedia and obviously subject to change on Disney's whims. However, it is noteworthy that I was able to find EVERY SINGLE ONE of these movies available on DVD (and many of them on blu-ray disc) through Amazon.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Fantasia (1940) (Replaced Aladdin)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • Bambi (1942)
  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • The Jungle Book (1967)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • The Lion King (1994)

2014 Disney Vault Releases

Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray

Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray
Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray | Source

Sleeping Beauty Was Released October 7, 2014

Sleeping beauty was re-released on blu-ray disc on October 7. It actually had a previous release in 2008 that was very well received. This edition is called the Diamond Edition and is available in the combination of 2-Disc Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD or on a standalone DVD.


Tarzan

Tarzan Blu-ray Disc
Tarzan Blu-ray Disc

Tarzan was released on August 12, 2014.

Disney released Tarzan from the vault on August 12, 2014. This marks the first time that this movie has been made available on blu-ray disc. If you have yet to invest in blu-ray technology, you will be happy to learn that it is also available on DVD by visiting the Amazon link shown here on the right.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book on Blu-ray and DVD.
The Jungle Book on Blu-ray and DVD.

The Jungle Book was released on February 11, 2014.

Disney released The Jungle Book from the vault on February 11, 2014. This marks the fiirst time The Jungle Book has been available on blu-ray disc. If you have yet to invest in blu-ray technology, you will be happy to learn that it is also available on DVD.

2013 Disney Vault Movie Releases

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition

Mary Poppins was released on December 10, 2013.

Mary Poppins fans are absolutely delighted that Walt Disney has remastered the Mary Poppins movie and that was released on blu-ray disc and re-released on DVD in time for Christmas, 2013.

Mary Poppins looks beautiful on blu-ray disc! If you're a lifelong Mary Poppins fan like me, this movie will really take you back. If you are not, then you really should watch this Disney classic movie so you know what it is all about.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid was released on October 1, 2013.

Disney first released The Little Mermaid movie on November 14, 1989 and it is still as popular with little girls as it was when it was first released. I probably don't need to say that the story is from that of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name. The Little Mermaid was Disney's 28th classic film and did well both sales wise and review wise, finding a place in our hearts forever.

Disney's The Little Mermaid was released with much excitement from Disney's Vault on October 1, 2013. It was released in four choices of format. Shown to the right is The Little Mermaid Three-Disc Diamond Edition that includes blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy and music. If that is more than you require, you will find all of the options available, ranging from the DVD to the blu-ray, on Amazon by clicking on the picture.

Aladdin

Aladdin Was Released From the Vault in 2013

ALADDIN is available on blu-ray disc as an import. Amazon says that the blu-ray disc is region-free so you don't need to worry about region if you are buying the blu-ray disc.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan was released on February 5, 2013.

It was exciting! Peter Pan was released from The Vault on February 05, 2013. The artwork, in my opinion is amazing and evocative of the time that Peter Pan was set in.

There are THREE versions available:

A two-disc Diamond Edition blu-ray DVD combination in DVD packaging.

A two-disc Diamond Edition blu-ray DVD combination in blu-ray packaging.

A three-disc Diamond Edition, which includes a blu-ray and DVD copy of the movie, a digital copy and a storybook app.

Once again, all of those options are available from Amazon by clicking on the image of the movie shown here.

2012 Disney Vault Movie Releases

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp was released on February 7, 2012.

Disney re-released Lady and the Tramp on blu-ray disc and DVD on February 7, 2012. As always, there are a few format options available so you can choose the one that best suits the needs of your family.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas was released on August 21, 2012.

POCAHONTAS was re-released by Disney on August 21, 2012. It included two movies -- the original Pocahontas movie and the second one, Pocahontas II.

Cinderella

Cinderella was released on October 2, 2012.

Cinderella was re-released on DVD and blu-ray disc on October 2, 2012. Don't you LOVE the cover artwork?

2011 Disney Vault Movie Releases

When Did Dumbo Come Out Of The Vault?

Dumbo was released on September 20, 2011.

The timeless classic Dumbo was released from the Vault on high definition blu-ray disc and on DVD in a 70th Anniversary edition on September 20, 2011.

Blu-ray.com says, Dumbo's "video transfer is magnificent, its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track and 320kbps original mono mix are notable additions to an already impressive disc, and its supplemental package boasts a picture-in-picture Cine-Explore experience and other must-see extras."

Perhaps not Disney's BEST blu-ray release but pretty close. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and it looks pretty good to me.


When Will The Lion King Come Out Of The Vault?

The Lion King was released on October 4, 2011.

Disney released The Lion King on blu-ray disc for the first time ever on October 4, 2011. At the same time, they released it on 3D for the first time ever. The 3D version was available in movie theatres for a short, two-week run starting on September 16, 2011, after which it became available for your home theatre.

Wikipedia quotes some very interesting figures about Disney's much-loved The Lion King movie, including the facts that it is the sixth highest grossing animated movie and the highest grossing hand-drawn animated movie ever. Bonus is the fact that it also received positive reviews from the movie critics who loved both the music and the story. When it was released in 1994, The Lion King was the most successful movie. Currently, it is the 32nd highest-grossing feature film ever. All of these facts combined to make the release of The Lion King from Disney's Vault an extremely anticipated date. The result? Stunning.


Bambi

Bambi was released from The Vault on March 1, 2011. Making it available on DVD AND on blu-ray disc for the first time. You can order your copy right now from Amazon where it is on sale and where it qualifies for FREE shipping, if your order is worth $35 or more.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was released from The Vault on Feburary 1, 2011 in high definition DVD and on blu-ray disc for the first time ever.

Disney put Snow White and Fantasia back in the vault in 2011.

More Movies That Came Out of the Vault in 2011

Additional movies that Disney released on blu-ray disc and DVD in 2011 included Pinocchio and Beauty and the Beast.

It is noteworthy that Snow White and Fantasia were returned to the vault in April, 2011.

All Disney movies, regardless of their status with Disney, continue to be available through Amazon. To see ALL of Disney's movies on Amazon, you can simply click here.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      It was one of my first. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are amongst the others. I'm not sure which I saw first.

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      The very first movie I ever saw was Cinderella. It must have been out for a while because I wasn't even born yet in 1950.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Wednesday-Elf, you were lucky. Sometimes the timing of the releases has been less than perfect for children.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Wednesday-Elf, you were lucky. Sometimes the timing of the releases has been less than perfect for children.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I didn't know about the Disney vault, but I remember being aware the Bambi had been re-released the year my son was 5 and I thought how great that a favorite movie from my childhood was now available for my little boy to see. I guess I thought the Disney movies were just brought back for each generation of kids. Interesting!

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      bobbybelcher 3 years ago

      Very cool :)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I would love to see them bring back some of those old movies!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @AnonymousC831: Thanks for visiting!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Gypzeerose: You are welcome!

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      Nice lenz!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      The title of your lens caught my attention. I had never heard of this. My something new learned for today.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens. Very informational.

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      Girls liked this lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @sheilamarie78: Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are the earliest movies I remember but I'm not sure which I saw first.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @CampingmanNW: You are welcome. Must be lots of great stories about years spent at Disney at your house!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Never heard of it until I saw it here. Interesting information, and enough to keep fans eager for years to come.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This information is really special, I think I like it, good lenses!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      What a fascinating marketing concept. Thanks for providing a walk along our favorite kids movies.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      It's a little confusing at times, but I think they like to keep people guessing.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Mommie-Moola: Mary Poppins is one of the movies I remember as a child. It is great that Disney has cleaned up the film and re-released it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @RoadMonkey: People used to be disappointed when they could not buy their favorite movie at the right time for their children. You are right, that's not a problem anymore.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Scotties-Rock: We agree!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Yes and I believe 10 years is too long a time to put a film back in there. If you want to take a child to the cinema to see a classic movie, it is possible for your child to just miss out on some of the classics, too young to see them when they are put away and too old when they are released again. It doesn't matter so much these days, of course, as you say, because you can still get most of them on DVD but they can get VERY expensive after a few years, because the supply is diminishing.

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      jonathan-kosgei-90 3 years ago

      never ever thought such a thing existed

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @shemseddine: Thanks for your visit!

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      sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      I hadn't really thought about it, but Cinderella was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater. I'd love to see it again!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Exactly!

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I am married to a retired Castmember and as long as there is anew generation of children every seven years or so, there will be a Disney Vault release. Thank you for a very thoroughly researched lens

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      Nice to know Mary Poppins is coming out of the vault.

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      Clairissa 3 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great Collection.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Yes, it seemed such a shame that my children could not enjoy some of the films that I saw as a child but my grandchildren can now enjoy them any time, just about!

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      shemseddine 3 years ago

      I love disney movies. But yeah never heard of this vault thing until now.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Interesting Brenda! Who knew? LOL

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      richardrose 3 years ago

      Its a shame they dont have a real vault. Would be very cool

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      VictoriaHolt 3 years ago

      I first heard about the Vault on a skit by 'Studio C', a comedy show on BYUTV! Funny. BTW, thank you so MUCH for squidliking my kitchen lens, Meal Planning for Large Families. I really appreciate it!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Very intriguing stuff. I never knew about this vault.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      Hopefully the second Little Mermaid will be released with the original. Ned that second one to complete the collection.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I had a look around and cannot find Zenon on DVD, nor any information about it. Sorry I could not help. Maybe someone else who reads this page will have heard something.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would like to purchase Zenon- girl of the 21st Century. Will it be released again on DVD ?

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      ChenB 4 years ago

      I'm always thrilled to see a movie come out of the vault, it always means new and exciting additions. Great lens.

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      Great Disney info here. I was sure the top pic was the real Disney Vault but it will just have to symbolize the metaphorical vault.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love Disney movies, I have all the classic collection and I still watch them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      never knew any of this. thanks

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      dakadare 4 years ago

      These movies remind me of my childhood, love them!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Never heard of this" Vault" practice before. Great lens though.

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      craig57 lm 4 years ago

      Great information. Thank you for sharing!

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Interesting lens !!!

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      That does seem like a mystery to me. I am excited to see Aladdin come out of the vault since that was always one of my favorites. I remember being Jasmine in a parade at my school when I was in kindergarten. And I also remember going to Disney and seeing Jafar at the end of the parade acting as a janitor. It was pretty entertaining! Good memories :)

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Wow!!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I guess you just need to watch them on your own or with a friend!

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      GameHelp 4 years ago

      What a fantastic lens, thanks for posting this!

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      primarolia 4 years ago

      Love Disney! Very interesting history! Thanks

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      SomniMax 4 years ago

      I love Disney classics and I am very glad to read this information about Disney. Thanks

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      theothertim lm 4 years ago

      I'm not the biggest fan of this practice. It does mean that some movies get more rare though. I found a few of the Disney classics on Laserdisc a few weeks ago!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      The Disney vault has always been a mystery to me.

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      First time I heard Disney Vault. Are all movies have their own vault as well?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Seeing all these movies in the vault remind me of my children's childhood, and it seriously impacts me, because I can't share these movies with them now because they're in their mid 50's. this just makes me want more kids. But my wife is dead, so. Maybe I will adopt. But overall, I love these Disney classics. And reminding me of my younger years. Dang-goly. Do I feel old. But I'm only in my mid 60's. or am I? LOL all you commenters will be wondering. But yeah. This vault reminds me of my teen years with 5 kids. But now they're in their mid 59's. Gol-dang.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love Disney. Nice lens. Did not know about the Disney vault though

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      Interesting! I never realized that there is a thing such as a Disney Vault. Great idea for a lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      Not thought about it now - interesting topic.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I LOVE Disney classics. Nope didn't know about the vault. Interesting.

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      I love Disney movies... it's so evergreen :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is really interesting. I knew Disney took movies out of the market and then re-released them,. but I had never heard of the Disney Vault :)

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      criysto lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! Disney always has people wondering.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Good information, but I can't stand the "vault" system. I wanted to buy my young daughters Jungle Book a few years ago and it was $40 and up everywhere. So I just didn't buy it, and part of their childhood was spent watching other movies. They could've been Jungle Book fans, but it wasn't available/affordable. Instead they're fans of different movies that we were able to obtain. Kids aren't going to be all that interested or excited about these movies for long - some may only like these animated films during a certain age range. If during that age range a movie is unavailable, they just plain won't ever have the opportunity to be excited about it. Later when it's finally released they may not care anymore.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      interesting lens -

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      Meyani 4 years ago

      I love this disney vault lens. thank.

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      And, I always thought the Disney vault was full of mountains of gold and a nasty gold mongering dragon guarding it all . . . silly me ;)

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Thanks for the updates. Now and then I think about if there is some Disney treasure that will be released in the present years. Great lens!1

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like to see this lens

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      One of the best brands of all time!

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      emilysmaids 4 years ago

      Awwwww you have all of my favorites and yes I always wondered if the vault was really a vault!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Love the idea of the Disney Vault. Great marketing hook to repurpose content. Thanks for the great lens

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      Shadrosky 4 years ago

      It is an interesting notion, though I think I'd prefer if they were just always available to purchase.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Will Beauty and the Beast 's 11-22-2013 Twenty second birthday be celebrated?

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      mj11769 4 years ago

      Great lens...the disney vault is very interesting.......have grandchildren so always looking for the disney originals......

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Every year my wife cant wait for them to pull stuff outta the vault that she has not yet purchased or that she would like updated to the latest media.

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      chrissalisse 4 years ago

      Ah, the memories !! I'm eyeing Beauty & The Beast very purposefully right now.

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      I hadn't heard of Disney Vault, but an interesting read.

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Cool and Unique lens.Thanks for sharing.

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      GetAcneFree 4 years ago

      We grabbed Cinderella when it was re-released earlier this year. Disney sure knows how to get us all excited - great marketing!

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      senterprises 4 years ago

      The 'vault' is a very savvy marketing tool used by Disney. Whenever one of these movies is released from the 'vault' it usually has all types of extra features or will be re-mastered and people will buy the latest and greatest version even if they already have the VHS and/or DVD versions already. There are several movies I am looking forward to seeing released from the 'vault'.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really like the Aladdin movies from Disney. This is great information. Thank you.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Never heard of the Disney vault. Amazing!

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      kathleenhainey 4 years ago

      Wow! This lens if full of information. I had no idea Dumbo was released. I haven't seen that movie since I was very little! Thanks!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I believe the Little Mermaid was most recently released on DVD on October 3, 2006.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh I love Disney so much. :)

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      DoctorOrEngineer 4 years ago

      Excited for Aladdin!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      when was the last time the little mermaid came out

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      an interesting lens

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I have never heard of the Disney vault. My kids love all of their movies. We were just at Disney World over Thanksgiving and had an incredible time. Always a lot of fun.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is really cool, I like these, it is helpful to me, thank you. :)

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      essentiallymom 4 years ago

      I always wondered about the Disney vault. Very informative lens!

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      Kaellyn 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love Disney movies.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      I too had never heard of the vault! Newly enlightened, thanks.

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      JLenney LM 4 years ago

      Wow, this is great information! Always wondered about this - thanks for sharing! Did you hear disney is bailing out of princess movies for the time being? :(

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      ConnieGreen LM 4 years ago

      I wondered how this works - thanks for sharing the information!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Oh I love old Disney "Vault" movies so much... very interesting info, so glad you can get any of them now, despite being in the "Vault", I remember the good ol' days when I couldn't understand why my favorite Disney movie wasn't available to rent:)