Remember when we told you about the uber collectible, brand new Disney Starbucks mugs last week?
Well…it seems as soon as the Epcot “You Are Here” mug debuted, it was gone.
The colorful collector’s item only arrived on shelves last week. Together with similar versions depicting other parks, the mugs quickly took the internet by storm. Lots of our readers commented that they couldn’t wait to add the mugs to their collections.
But if you’re in that group of eager buyers, you’ll have to wait a bit for the Epcot version, as Disney has pulled it from the shelves. The reason the mug has been yanked is the color scheme.
The mug features iconic images of Epcot, including Spaceship Earth, a couple of World Showcase landmarks, and a monorail whizzing by. All are depicted in shades of blue and purple…and herein lies the problem.
Monorail purple was one of the two trains that were involved in a 2009 fatal accident that killed Disney Monorail Pilot Austin Wuennenberg, and quickly thereafter retired from the monorail fleet (replaced with monorails teal and peach).
There is no word whether Disney is just being sensitive to the issue, or if they have actually received complaints, but they did confirm that the accident was the reason for the mug’s removal.
A Disney spokesperson has said that a new version of the mug will be available in March. It will still feature a monorail, but without the purple stripe.
At press time, the Magic Kingdom mug, which features a blue and yellow design, is still available.
For those of you who got one of the “Monorail Purple” mugs, we suggest you guard them safely. They’ll likely be extremely collectible.
How do you feel about Disney’s move to remove the mug from store shelves? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Source: Orlando Sentinel