I too have a lot of the Art of Disney kits. One that I never purchased was Mickey Salutes a Fireman. As luck wouldn't have it, my daughter's fiance's father was a firefighter who passed away very unexpectedly a little over a year ago. His family has had the print/lithograph hanging in their house for quite some time, and as you can imagine, after the father's death it became quite sentimental to them. I started scouring the internet for the kit and/or pattern and that is how I stumbled onto this forum. I had gone so far as to contact Stoney Creek who still has the pattern archived and got the name of the procurement head at Disney to see if they would give Stoney Creek a release to sell it to me - no such luck but Disney was it's usual magical self. (Isn't it crazy that you still smile when they tell you "no"?) I managed to make the Disney manager's day because it was the first time in 15 years she had gotten a question about merchandise that she didn't know the immediate answer to.
When she called me back a couple of days later she was really upset that she couldn't get the release for me. She figured if it was the first request of that kind that she had ever gotten, I probably wasn't out to scam the system. I eventually found the kit on Ebay by contacting a seller that was advertising other Art of Disney kits and was listed as having sold the fireman in the past. It only took about a year, but persistence usually pays off.
I think my castle and Mickey sorcerer are under a thread called Rule of Thumb for beads or something very like that. Don't judge, I did them really quickly and the castle pattern in particular was just awful. Remember how patterns looked before computers...? The left side banner had a pretty obvious mistake in the pattern itself that had I been paying better attention I would have smoothed over by fudging the backstitching. Unfortunately, I was so aggravated trying to figure out the backstitching from the poor pattern quality that I really didn't see it until it was too late. My daughter says it looks good to her and that I'm the only one that sees the mistakes, but I feel certain everyone on this forum sees them ALL. I probably should have used a stiletto to help smooth out the stitches but again, I chose the lazy way out and just let the needle dangle every so often. I stitch inside hoops and using the stiletto thing while holding the hoop is a pain in the behind. I've always thought about trying a scroll frame but all the feedback I've seen is that the sides stay floppy, which would drive me bonkers.
Happy Stitching. Can't wait to see the completed Tink.