Museum of PIN-TIQUITIES: Disney Pin Celebration 2009
was my 5th Disney Pin Celebration; I was by now a seasoned
attendee however this year I was traveling solo, sort of. Gary had decided
that since he was not a pin trader and did not want to endure the heat and
humidity of Florida in June, he would stay home. The event has traditionally
been held in September but this year, due to several other events being held
in September, Disney changed the pin event to June. I flew out of Syracuse
and met up with my fellow Canadian pin trader and friend Susan at Walt
Disney World. We shared a room at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort and
spent the week enjoying the event and pin trading together. We also decided
that since it was so hot and we had so much stuff to tote around we would
rent a car, which was a real benefit for this trip.
event was managed the same as previous years, it was announced on the Disney
events site, registration opened February 25th and if you
registered early you were entitled to a $15 discount off the registration
fee and a early bird pin. Your RSP (Random Selection Process) request was
due May 25th; this is when you list the pins you want from the
merchandise catalogue and hope that you get lucky when they run your choices
through the random selection process. There were more low edition pins this
year than previous years and for the first time I did not get everything I
was registration day. It was
held at the Yacht & Beach Club Convention Centre from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
We arrived just at noon and the line up was through the queue across the
main room and out the door. I turned to Susan and said that we would be
standing in lines all weekend, lets pass on this one and get some lunch. She
agreed so we went to Beaches & Cream and enjoyed a leisurely lunch
before returning to the hall. When we got back the line had dissipated and
we picked up our packages. The registration package included:
product/pins you were awarded on your RSP
4th RSP request for items that are left over
Disney gift cards $15 each
“Partners” pin from the other Disney Resorts
voucher for a snack valid on Saturday
voucher for your gift package valid on Saturday
list of the new Hidden Mickey pins being released at the event only
After we had picked
up our package we went around to the other side of the room where there were
table’s set up for people to sit at and trade pins or just have a
conversation. We joined some of the friends we have met over the years and
before we knew it we were getting hungry, it was dinnertime. Disney had
announced that the pin trading room would remain open until 10 p.m. and it
would be open to the public at 7 p.m. Rather than lose our spot, Susan
stayed at the table and I went to get some take-out from the Market Place in
the Beach Club.
evening of trading concluded at 10 p.m. and we had good intentions of
returning to the room to get good nights sleep, but as we exited the parking
lot we both decided that it was too early so we went to Downtown Disney.
This was to be the first of many evenings spent at Downtown Disney,
wandering the shops and sitting along the ledge enjoying an ice cream from
morning we were off and running; we arrived at EPCOT with our bags of pins
along with several other participants. Disney was ready for us, they had a
private entrance set up for the pin attendees and sniffer dog Taz was doing
his job. Once through the security check we proceeded to World Show Place. I
love walking into this building for the event, you never know what to expect
but you know it will be awesome. Disney does not lack when decorating for
this event, I am always so impressed.
Disney decorates to
match the theme of the event and the pins that they have released for the
event. I am a collector of Pluto pins, my first choice of pin for my RSP was
a Pluto pin, when I walked through the doors
of World ShowPlace the first thing I saw was the display of Pluto with the
dinosaur matching the pin I had ordered. The dinosaur was so big I had
trouble capturing it in a picture.
inside World ShowPlace there was a queue to the tables manned by several
cast members. This area was
called the store and you could purchase pins that did not sell out. On the
other side of the room there were several glass display cases that housed
the items for the silent auction. This year was the first year they did not
have a live auction. I wandered around to look at the items, and would have
been thrilled to own any one of them, but the bids were way out of my price
on through the building to the left were the “partners”, this year there
were displays from Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney Soda
Fountain & Studio Shop and Disney Cruise Line. There were also displays
from Vinylmation, Kooky Klickers and Mickey Monsters, something else to
catch the collector’s eye! There was also a guest services area for guests
with items to return.
To the right of
this part of the building were the pin trading boards, each board had a
theme behind it similar to one of the pins that was available for the event.
Each board had a queue that on average took 45 minutes to get through. The
rules were simple, you gave the cast member two of your pins and you got to
take two pins off the board. The catch, you had one minute to make you
choice and there are hundreds of pins on the board.
The full sized
art on display was replicated in special pins available only at this event.
eyes immediately look for Hidden Mickey’s, I can’t help it, I collect
them and this year the completer pins for last years Hidden Mickey’s were
only going to be available at the event. Lots of people do look for other
goodies, such as limited editions pins or AP (Artist Proof) pins. Apparently
this year there were lots of them there, but I pretty much stuck to
collecting my Hidden Mickey’s.
was also a large stage set up in the middle of the pin board area and there
were numerous activities going on throughout the day. Off to the left of the
room there was also a kid’s area supervised by a couple of cast members.
The kids had their own trading board but mostly I saw them colouring and
doing other crafty activities.
During the day
there were visits from some of the Disney elite pin people such as Digger
and Lovey, a wonderful couple who entertained us. Scoop Sanderson was
present and joined Steven Miller (project manager for pin trading) on stage
to conduct a pin trading 101 session for all the newcomers. Later in the day
a couple of Disney Design Group Artists, Alex Maher and Monty Maldovan,
signed pins for the guests.
were several Disney Trivia games held on stage and the winners were
awarded pins as prizes. At one point they called up a young lady to play
one of the games, Crystal was asked to draw a name from a hat for the next
contestant. When she drew the name it was Shelby, her boyfriend! Well,
they made a fuss about that and then handed the microphone over to Shelby.
He got down on his knees and said, “ I may not be Prince Charming
but you are my Princess, will you marry me?”
Well, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. She of course said yes
and everyone applauded and Disney presented them with some wonderful
the back of the building, in a room the size of a convention centre
ballroom was the pin trading area. There were rows and rows of tables and
chairs and they were all filled within an hour of opening. Some traders
had bins and suitcases full of pins, but me, I travel light, I had one
pin-trading bag that fits in my backpack. I did however enjoy walking
around looking at all the pins and was able to make a couple of great
was also the deadline to return any unwanted pins and hand in a final RSP,
it’s a chance to pick up any of the sold out items that had been returned.
There was one pin I wanted but didn’t get so I completed the form.
6 p.m. they announced the event was closed for the day and everyone shuffled
out, tired but excited by the days events. Susan and myself and two friends
from PA, Ann and Mike stopped at the Electric Umbrella for dinner on our way
out of the park. Our next stop was Port Orleans Riverside.
good friend John Rick, founder of the Central Jersey Disney Pin Traders and
co-host of the Disney Pincast had organized a pin-trading gathering from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m. in the food court at the resort. When we walked in there
were many traders and a lot of familiar faces. It was a great evening and I
made a great trade so I was happy.
left POR at 10 p.m., dropped Mike and Ann off at their resort, then looked
at each and Susan said, “It’s too early to go back.” so we went to
Downtown Disney for an hour or so. When we got back to All Star Movies we
sorted through the pins we had traded for, organized our pin bags for the
next day and turned out the lights.
was pretty much the same routine in the morning until we arrived at the Show
Place. When we entered on Saturday we went to one of the tables and picked
up our final RSP to see if we had won any additional pins.
We were given a sheet of paper telling us how many Event Exclusive
promotion pins we were each eligible for. These pins were limited to one per
person, based on how much you spent. There were six different pins in total
and you were allowed to purchase one pin for every $75 you have spent at a
bargain price of $3.00 each. We went directly to the Event Store to buy our
pins. After the event any remaining Event Exclusive pins are destroyed.
the day, in addition to the pin trading boards and back room trading there
were several Disney Trivia and other games. There was a 1 o’clock Pin Chat
with Scoop Sanderson and various announcements about upcoming pin activities
and events. At 4 p.m. there were Snacks distributed, consisting of a drink
and a rice krispie Mickey head dipped in chocolate. The Auction winners were
announced and the Grand Prize Winners were announced. Information was
announced about next year’s event which will be held in August and the
theme is Trade City USA. It
will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Pin Trading. They
said it would be a cross between Radiator Springs and Main Street USA.
event closed at 6 p.m. and once again we dragged ourselves out of the
building. This evening we decided to eat at the Land in Sunshine Seasons,
there was Susan, Mike, Ann and myself. It was nice to just sit and talk and
the evening seemed to fly by. Mike
and Ann were walking back to their resort so Susan and I headed to the
parking lot, found the car and what else, went to Downtown Disney. We
hadn’t thought about it being Saturday night and all, but it was crazy
busy so we got our ice cream and just sat and people watched for a bit, then
headed back to All Star Movies.
morning the event was open to the public at 11 a.m., so we quickly got in
the lines for the boards to get some more Hidden Mickey pins before the
doors opened. Once the public is allowed in they change the boards and the
new and special pins are no longer available. Even after the building opened
up we decided to stay and do a couple more boards. I am glad we did, it was
a chance to meet some new pin traders. They were full of questions and
between us we were able to help them out understanding just what they were
getting themselves into. They didn’t seem to mind and were having a blast
as we left the building for the final time.
were five of us heading over to the Magic Kingdom, Susan, Ann, Mike and Gabe,
another Canadian pin trader and me. Our mission was lunch and the Annual
Passholder preview of the Hall of Presidents. It was a great way to cap off
the weekend; we also got to do a couple of rides before we all said our good
byes. Susan and I had to take the car back to the Dolphin and then it was
time to pack, I was leaving first thing in the morning.
It’s hard to say what next year will
bring but I do hope that I can manage to make it to the event in August. I
not only enjoy the pin trading and activities, I look forward to seeing the
many wonderful people I have met over the years.