has been just over a year since my last report about the EPCOT Pin
Celebration. Wow time does fly by quickly! This year the pin event was
held in August and was a wee bit different than other years. I will touch
on that a bit later!
theme for the Disney Pin Celebration 2010 was
and all pin traders were invited to the 10th Anniversary
“Founder’s Day Celebration" which took place August 27 - 29, 2010
at EPCOT’s World ShowPlace.
adventure started on Tuesday. I left home about 11 a.m. by myself
and drove to
to catch my flight to Orlando. I gave myself lots of time since one never knows what to expect at
the Canada/USA border, but all was good and I got to
just after 1 p.m. This gave me some time to have lunch and do a bit
of cross-border shopping before I went to the airport.
got to the airport about 3 p.m. and checked my bags. I
was the only person in line; I love this airport! Then
I made my way through the security check and found the coffee shop. My
flight was scheduled to leave at 4:40 p.m. and started boarding at 4:20
p.m. I guess everyone was present and accounted for because they closed
the door and we were in the air by 4:40. We not only got off the ground in
good time we arrived at MCO 20 minutes early. Awesome! I picked up my
luggage and my rental car and was on the road just after 8 p.m.
first stop was Downtown Disney. I found a parking spot in Lot 1 and
went directly to The Earl of Sandwich. While I was standing in line I
texted my friend and roommate Susan to let her know where I was. She came
and met me and decided to have a sandwich as well. After satisfying our
hunger we went directly to the Pin Store, did a bit of lanyard trading,
checked out the Vinylmations and purchased a couple of pins. The next stop
was the Art of Disney Store and then
. By now it was close to 11 p.m. and it was time to go to the resort.
were staying at the All-Star Sports.
Susan had arrived earlier in the day so we were all checked in. We
had a great location, near the parking lot and close to the elevators. The
pool was at the front of our building but there would be no time for
I got settled and unpacked we turned out the lights. We had lots of plans
for the next day.
was our free day, no official events planned for this day. Once we
were up and ready we went to the food court.
We actually went to the All-Star Music food court; it was
closer than the All-Star Sports food court. After breakfast we
hopped in the car and drove to Downtown Disney. We checked out
the pin store again and did a bit of lanyard pin trading.
After about and hour we drove over to the outlet mall to check out
the Character Outlet Store. I have to say, this was one of the
few time that I have come out of that store with no bag!!
next stop was Disney Hollywood Studios. We wandered up and
down the streets and through the shops. We were searching for
Hidden Mickey pins on cast member’s lanyards, no time for
rides! By then we were getting hungry and it was very hot so
we went into the Commissary and had lunch. It sure felt good
to sit and enjoy the AC.
lunch we spent quite a bit of time in the Animation shop, I wanted
to look at the new cels. I also had a nice visit with David
Rippberger; he is one of the artists that still paints cels. I
decided that I had to have the Fantasmic 2009 cel; it is matted and
framed with the collector pin.
had given me a gift certificate for a cel, so this was actually my
was getting late in the afternoon and we were both done-in by the
heat so we drove back to the resort to cool off and unload our
purchases. It was nice to relax for a bit but we didn’t have
a lot of time, we planned on meeting our friends from PA for
dinner. Refreshed and ready to get going again we headed off
to the Boardwalk. We were waiting for Mike and Ann to call and
let us know that they had arrived and where we were to meet
them. We decided to go to the store and look around and what
do you know, we ran into them.
had dinner at the Big River Grille; it was the first time I had
eaten there and it was very good. We said goodbye to our
friends and drove over to the Contemporary Resort. We both
wanted to check out the stores there. When we had seen all
that we wanted we hopped on the monorail to go over to the
both wanted to see the Electric Parade. The park was packed, it was
just after 8 p.m. and
was wall-to-wall people, everyone was gathering for Wishes. We
managed to get down
and over to Frontierland. We wandered through the pin shop and
then decided we would go and ride Pirates of the Caribbean and then Haunted
while we were waiting for the parade.
our rides we walked up to the front of the park and found a spot to
watch the parade. We were near the exit so as the last float
was coming out we high- tailed it to the monorail to beat the
rush. We were able to hop right on and get back to our car
before the crowds. It was so hot we decided to just go back to
the room for the night.
morning we were up early and ready to go!
This was early registration day for the pin event but we had
lots to do before we headed over to the Yacht & Beach
Club. After a quick breakfast in the food court we hopped in
the car and drove to Animal Kingdom. There were a couple of pins we
were looking for and had not found at any of the stores and we both
knew that if there were any to be found they would be at the Animal
Kingdom. Sure enough when we got to the pin station all the pins we
wanted were there. We did a bit of lanyard pin trading with cast
members and walked through the stores. It was unbearably hot so we
decided we needed to leave before they had to wipe us up off the
were meeting our friends for lunch at the Big River Grille but
decided to drive directly to the Yacht & Beach to find a parking
spot and then catch the boat over to the Boardwalk. Parking was at a
premium, the lot was full. We drove around until we found someone
leaving, grabbed the spot and made our way through the resort to the
docks. We were running a bit late but the boat came along within a
had a wonderful lunch at the Big River Grille and then made our way
back to the resort for check in.
This year was a bit different,
first you had pick your registration time, so if you had not
indicated on the entry form that you were coming on Thursday you had
to wait until Friday to pickup your pins. The registration line
seemed to move very quickly compared to other years. Once you got
your package with all your information and you got your pins you had
to leave the big conference room and go out to the lobby. There was
another queue set up in the lobby where you lined up in to get your
year the gifts included a T-Shirt and a book which included 2 pins
and places to put several other pins. Some of the missing pins were
in the mystery boxes that were purchased from the event catalog and
the other eight pins were going to be released at the event and
could be found on the trading boards. This was a bit disappointing
for some, since they had not realized that the mystery pins were
needed to complete the collection.
prevue of event pins
thing that was new this year was the Vinylmation event, being held
Sunday morning. If you registered for that event you got your free
gift from this line as well. It included the mini Vinylmation key
chain and a large Vinylmation pin. After I picked up all my loot I
went back into the conference room.
Half of the room was set up for registration and the other
half was set up for pin trading. The pin trading room was full and
remained that way until it closed at 10 p.m.
group found a table and we all started checking through our pin
purchases and paper work. It felt good to sit down and the room was
well air conditioned so I was happy to park myself there for the
rest of the day. At one point Susan and I decided to go for a
leg-stretch and ended up at Beaches & Cream.
It was a nice break in the day.
the end of the evening we were all pretty tired so we decided to
pass on going to Downtown Disney and went back to the room. It had
been a long day and the next day we wanted to hit the ground
running, the event opened at 9:30 a.m.
morning we thought we were doing well and got to EPCOT by 9 a.m. We
were able to use the special entry for pin traders, where they have
a sniffer dog so you don’t have to open all your bags. As we
walked down through the rose garden to World ShowCase we could see
the line, all the way to the edge of the rose garden, so much for
getting there early (lol).
- what a line!
we walked into
there was a huge statue of Mayor Mickey welcoming us to
the building the AC felt wonderful and once my eyes adjusted from
the bright sun outside I could see that Disney once again outdid
themselves with the decorations. It was magnificent!
World ShowPlace was filled with building facades representing
the buildings of
and there were event pins which corresponded to most
were several trading boards with roped queues that were already full
the back half of the room there were rows of tables and the traders
were setting up their bags and books. It was fun to walk around and
see everyone’s traders. This year in addition to lots of pins
there were also Vinylmations. I was actually more interested in
trading my Vinylmations than I was my pins. I admit I am hooked on
these little guys.
for the pin boards
met up with some of my friends and our group staked out a table and
some chairs. We alternated between the table and the boards. I also
took some time to walk around and look at the displays presented by
Walt Disney World Pin Trading,
and Disneyland Paris Pin Trading and Vinylmations. Each of the
booths displayed the upcoming designs for 2011.
pins for the Alaska Cruise
pin concepts for the Panama Cruise
pretty much stayed inside all day with the exception lunch.
We ran out for a quick bite which we brought back to the
table to eat. It was way too hot for me to be anywhere that didn’t
6 p.m. we packed up our stuff and headed out of the park. There was
another pin trading gathering being held at Port Orleans Riverside.
It was organized by Central Jersey Disney Pin Traders (CJDPT),
founded by our
friend John Rick. Before heading over to Port Orleans Riverside we decided to take a
quick trip back to the room to drop off some stuff and freshen up.
Then Susan and I drove over to the Boardwalk to get Ann & Mike.
We planned on getting there early so that we could have some
dinner before the pin action started. I have to say that the food
court at Riverside is very good; I really liked the pasta bar.
the area that we were in started to fill with familiar faces and the
pin trading began. For me it was more of a social event, I chatted
with lots of people and did very little trading. It was a nice
relaxing way to spend the evening. After a few hours we were all
getting tired so the four of us headed back to our resorts. It was
soon lights out for us.
was another beautiful sunny day, too bad it was just so darned hot!
We arrived at EPCOT a little later this day, no need to rush. We
made our way though the special entrance and sniffer dog Max gave us
the go-ahead through security.
checks the bags!
The entire day pretty much mirrored
Friday, pin boards and more pin boards. When the event closed at 6
p.m. we all went to Sunshine Seasons for dinner, then at 7 p.m.
Susan and I went back to the World ShowPlace for a special
Illuminations Dessert party. This was something new this year and we
both thought we would enjoy it. The dessert was very good. There
were also some pin boards that were operational for trading but the
lines were very long.
was raining pretty hard so neither one of us was too fussy about
going to watch Illuminations so we decided to track down the rest of
our buddies. They were just going to go in to see Captain EO so we
made our way over to Imagination and joined them. It was fun to
watch this after so many years. By the tim
e we got out of the show
the park was closed and we were tired, so we trudged to the car and
back to the resort. Another night where we just didn’t have enough
energy left to go to Downtown Disney.
lavish dessert table.
we were excited and up early; this was the first Disney Vinylmation
Event and we wanted to be there when the doors opened. It was
exciting to be experiencing something new. We arrived at EPCOT and
we could still enter through the special entrance for pin traders,
there was a different sniffer dog today, Max must get Sunday off.
got to World ShowPlace just as the doors were opening.
There really wasn’t anything different in the way the room
was set up or the decorations. The pin boards were gone and in place
of them were trading stations with Vinylmations. Some of the lines
had flat boxes with about 20 Vinylmations in each box.
You waited your turn and then basically swapped your
Vinylmation for any of the ones in the box. There were also a couple
of lines that had the mystery boxes. They were the same mystery
boxes that you see out in the stores. There are 24 squares and you
pick a number and what ever Vinylmation is behind that number is
what you are trading for. The
exciting part was that Disney had put lots of the older series out
in the trading boxes. Park Series 1 & 2 and Urban Series 1 &
2 have been out of circulation for a while, so this gave you a chance to get some of the
earliest and rarest Vinylmations. They also had lots of
chasers in the boxes so the challenge was to be near the front of
the line when the “refresh” was done. Each refreshed trading box
they brought out had about 4 really hard to find Vinylmations.
was a lot of fun and not too crowded; it seemed to go by too fast.
Once the “official” event was over the room opened to the
public. This was the chance for people who did not register for the
pin or Vinylmation event to purchase items that were left over. This
year there were only a few pins that sold out so there was a good
years theme - The Florida Project
gang was heading over to the Electric Umbrella for lunch but I still
wanted to do a bit of Vinylmation trading so they left and I headed
to the back room. I had an ace in my pocket!
It was a chaser from the Urban Series 1 that I had been
hanging onto. I knew it was a scarce item and there were a couple of
older Vinylmations which I really wanted. After working the room and
talking to several traders I was able to make a good trade, my Gold
Chaser for three other Chasers, the prize for me was Pongo.
left the event a happy trader and I was still able to catch up with
my friends at the Electric Umbrella. I had a quick lunch and then we
all made our way over to the
. It was very hot and we were moving slow. We
wandered through the shops along
and decided that we should have an ice cream. We went into the
Bakery to eat our treat and cool down. When we were done we decided
to go to Adventureland and ride Pirates of the
. There was no line and we had our own boat - it was great. From
there we went over and rode the
Mansion, again there was no line.
was getting near dinnertime but after the ice cream we were not very
hungry yet. Susan and I decided we would try and track down our
Canadian friends Juanita and Carrie since we knew they were at the Magic
Kingdom. We said our good byes to our friends Ann, Mike, Aimee and Donald
and found Juanita sitting by the bakery waiting for Carrie. We went
with them to the Columbia House and had a cold drink while they had
their dinner, it was nice to just sit and chat for a while.
left them and decided to go to Downtown Disney since it was our last
night. By the time we got there we were both hungry so we went into
The Earl of Sandwich and both had the BLT.
It tasted so good! When we were done we made our way to the
Pin Station and then over to D Street
for one final check before we went back to the resort. It was 11
p.m. and everything was closing.
We were tired!
had been a fun few days with good friends but it was over. I had my
suitcase packed before I went to bed so that when I got up I could
just get in the car and go to the airport.
the morning I said goodbye to Susan, she had a late flight, and made
my way to the airport. It was an easy drive, my plane was on time
and I was walking in the door at home in time for dinner.