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Last night bids were already topping the $35,000 mark though it should be noted that Disney will donate all of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club. That still hasn't stopped the pricey auction from becoming a hot topic in our popular Disney discussion board. Is it right or wrong? Should it be charities or the company -- and its shareholders -- on the receiving end of the naming rights? Our community is all over the map on the issue.
Sponsors have paid for name placement in amusement parks for decades. Over the past dozen years Disney has extended that territorial perk to its patrons through personalized tiles outside of the Magic Kingdom and etched likenesses on monuments at the entrance to EPCOT.
In the interest of full disclosure, the next time you get off the monorail at the Magic Kingdom, align yourself with the turnstile furthest to the right on that side of the entrance. Look down. Tread kindly on the Munarriz tile.
Whether it's tens of thousands of Disney fans paying about $100 for a ceramic tile or one loaded patron ready to lay claim on dark ride immortality, the trend is obviously here to stay. Just as product placement has permeated television shows to skirt the TiVo
Trust me, I would be shocked if within the next few years Disney didn't auction off a speaking role in its Haunted Mansion attraction, an audioanimatronic likeness in Pirates of the Caribbean, or monorail naming rights. Love it or loathe it, if you want to leave your mark in your favorite theme park you now have alternatives to vandalism and graffiti.
Do you have "grave" concerns over what Disney is doing with this Disneyland auction? What other outlandish auctions have you seen on the popular auction site? All this and more -- in the eBay Discussion Board. Only on Fool.com.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz won't be bidding on this costly auction -- though that won't stop him from scouring pawn shops in pursuit of a secondhand doombuggy. He owns shares in Disney.