I’m very excited to finally be sharing my Disney pin collection with you. I went to Disneyland Paris in March 2018 and this was first time I got involved with pin trading, so currently my collection is very small but I’m proud of it non the less! With another Disneyland Paris trip planned for December, and more Disney looming in 2019 I thought this would be the perfect time to do this post so I can make comparisons in future.
I have a real mixture of pins so far. Some of my pins are regular release pins which anyone can buy in the parks, I have a pin I purchased in Walt Disney World when I was younger which is almost 10 years old, I have some cast lanyard pins and even a few hidden mickey pins, so lets get started.
Winnie the Pooh was my favourite Disney character throughout my childhood and I have always enjoyed collecting Pooh & friends merchandise. The Piglet and Tigger pins on the top row came from a set I purchased in Disneyland Paris purely to use for trading purposes as you got 4 pins for €16. The Rabbit pin on the bottom left is a cast lanyard pin, this means disney guests cannot buy this pin but can get it through trading with cast members. I got this pin through trading with the pin board in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris!
The pin on the bottom right is my most precious pin in my collection, Baby Pooh! I got this pin back on my last trip to Walt Disney World in Florida back in 2009, so it’s almost ten years old. I always get lots of compliments on this cutie when wearing him on my lanyard but I can’t see myself ever trading him.
The remaining pins are from the Hidden Mickey Silhouette Series – Winnie the Pooh. Hidden Mickey pins are cast member only, so they are given to cast members to trade with Disney guests. I managed to get Eeyore, Owl and Rabbit whilst I was in DLP, but purchased Pooh from a fellow pin trader. I still need to get Tigger, Kanga and Roo (who are on one pin) and Piglet to complete this set.
The four pins pictured above are all pins I got through trading with cast members in Disneyland Paris. My favourite of these has to be the Toy Story Aliens! This pin comes from a Honk Kong Disneyland Hidden Mickey set and it’s limited release which is super cool. I just love the quality of this pin, all of the HK pins are said to be higher quality than normal disney pins.
Next are my cat pins! The Siamese cat from Lady & The Tramp pin and the Cheshire Cat pin are both Hidden Mickey pins as you can see. Lucifer is the cat from Cinderella and this pin is also a Cast Lanyard series pin. I like that I’ve got a little bit of a theme going on, so I’m definitely going to try and collect some more cat pins on future trips.
This set of pins are all general release pins which you can purchase in the parks, but each has their own reason why they’re an important part of my collection. Firstly Marie from Aristocats, this pin was a present from my friend Kim – another cat I will always keep. Whilst we were in DLP in March I purchased the Up Grape Soda badge as this is something I’d wanted for a long time, Up is one of my favourite Disney films.
Moana was one of the first Disney films that Alister and I watched together, and since then I have been a little obsessed with Pua the Pig! So this Pua pin Alister got me will always stay in my collection. We had a special meet with Chip & Dale during this trip also, which is why I traded to get this 2018 pin as a nice memento of that. Finally the Ratatouille pin – during our Disney trip we had a gorgeous meal at Bistrot Chez Remy, it was the best meal of our trip so we got this pin to remember it by.
I have also been collecting the Mickey Memories pins, which are being released on the 18th of the month throughout 2018 but I decided not to include them in this post as I will do a full post of the collection later in the year.
I’m really excited to collect more pins and trade more on future trips, I think it’s a nice way to remember the magical moments of your trip and it’s also just good fun. I hope you’ve enjoyed the post.
I’d love to hear from you if you collect pins too, I’m sure you will likely have a much larger collection than mine!