Just one day after Disney’s Art of Animation Resort grand opened at Walt Disney World, Disney and the United States Postal Service held a First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the new Mail a Smile Forever stamps featuring Pixar characters in the new hotel’s pool area.
The five new designs feature:
The ceremony began with Walt Disney World’s a cappella singing group Voices of Liberty performing the National Anthem:
Video: Voices of Liberty sing the United States National Anthem
The ceremony took place in the middle of the Finding Nemo Big Blue Pool courtyard in front of a water play area featuring characters from the Pixar film. Disney’s Art of Animation general manager Rick Allen spoke at the special event along with Pixar franchise guardian Jay Ward and Jo Ann Feindt, Postal Service Southern Area vice president:
Video: Disney / Pixar / USPS Stamp dedication ceremony at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Completing the dedication ceremony, Voices of Liberty returned to sing Disney’s iconic song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” joined by Pixar characters from each of the films represented in the new stamps:
Video: Voices of Liberty sing “When You Wish Upon a Star” with Pixar characters
The back of the stamp sheet shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to mail a smile to a loved one.
Available nationwide today, all 125 million stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.