How Much are Your Disney VHS Tapes Worth? | Disney Movie FAQ

Wondering how much your old Dumbo, Bambi or Cinderella or other Disney VHS tape is worth these days???

Well, according to this recent article from, your Disney tapes are probably worth something, but old Disney VHS values are not remotely close to as much as has been widely reported.

Over the past few months, I have seen a number of posts on blogs and news sites reporting that rare “Black Diamond” editions of the Disney classics on VHS were going for thousands of dollars on eBay. This was due to the rarity of the series of tapes.

Snopes points out in their investigative piece that, while there are a number of Black Diamond listings for thousands of dollars on eBay, there are only few that have fetched over $20. Thus indicating that it is a case of hopeful suppliers and uninterested buyers. They further explain that the Disney Black Diamond VHS tapes are not exactly rare, but are becoming collectible.

What are Disney Black Diamond VHS Tapes?

The Disney ‘Black Diamond’ collection refers to the original Walt Disney Classics series of Disney VHS tapes that were released between 1984-1994. They were noted for their Walt Disney Classics logo, which was shaped as a black diamond and could be found on the spine of the tape case. In all, 20 different animated Disney movies were included in the collection with the first five being released twice during the ten year span.

Our friends at Yesterworld have created this amazing video which discusses the entire history of the Disney Vault and the various VHS and DVD releases over the years.

Disney Black Diamond VHSList of Disney Black Diamond VHS Releases (VHS Release Date):

  • Robin Hood (1984)
  • Pinocchio (1985)
  • Dumbo (1985)
  • Sword in the Stone (1986)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1986)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1986)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1987)
  • Cinderella (1988)
  • Bambi (1989)
  • The Little Mermaid (1990)
  • Peter Pan (1990)
  • The Jungle Book (1991)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2nd release, 1991)
  • Dumbo (2nd release, 1991)
  • Robin Hood (2nd release, 1991)
  • The Sword in the Stone (2nd release, 1991)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (1991)
  • Fantasia (1991)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1992)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1992)
  • The Rescuers (1992)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1992)
  • Pinocchio (2nd release, 1993)
  • Aladdin (1993)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1994)

Here is an idea of what some of these Disney Black Diamond Edition VHS tapes are selling for currently.

All hope is not lost. As we all know, just about everything goes up in value over time, so these Disney VHS tapes may not be worth that much now, but keep them and eventually they will. Additionally, many of these movies are getting remade by Disney. We’ve already seen remakes of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book and in the near future, we will have modernized versions of Dumbo and Aladdin. One can imagine, this remake trend will rekindle interest in the classics, pushing the value of these tapes higher.

In the meantime, you have a great video on your hands. Grab some popcorn and enjoy it! (if you still have a VHS player)


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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments:1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?)I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it.Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and