Eventually this craze faded, but people still like collecting Disney pins. I personally enjoy this relatively inexpensive hobby, because it's something small that I can show off.
And show off I do! Here is the bag I will be taking into the Disney parks this year.
Every time I attend a Disney Park, I buy myself a pin. Sometimes it's the fancy pin, and other times I just buy whatever fits the theme of the trip. Regardless, it's a great way to keep track of some pretty fantastic vacations!
My very first pin was actually a free pin that was given out when we went during the Millennium Celebration. Each of us kids received one, though I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who still has theirs. (Fun fact: I didn't see the Mickey ears until waaaaaaay too late. Like, 10 years later.)
Highlights of 2000 Trip:
- My sister's amazing sense of timing with the picture shown above. (You can't get that shot anymore!)
- The Main Street Electrical Parade
- Getting my little brother out of his fear of Disney shows
- My older brother getting picked for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- "The HOOP-dee-DOO MUsicAL ReVIEW"
Yep, it was a whole 10 years before I could manage to get back to the parks, but I made the most of it with my best friend Michelle! My main priority was Star Wars Weekends, and it was worth it!
Highlights of 2010 Trip:
- Nighttime Spectaculars, including Illuminations and Fantasmic!
- Getting worried we wouldn't get this amazing shot of Mickey AND Minnie AND R2-MK, but being the last group to do so!
- Dole Whip
- Learning to appreciate Epcot like I never had before
- Seeing how Touring Plans really work!!
- Racing from Fort Wilderness to the Studios and making it there before closing...with 6 minutes to spare!
Michelle and I had purchased Annual Passes that summer with the intention of going back Thanksgiving weekend, which we did with our friend Rachel!
Highlights of 2010 Christmas Trip
- Seeing all the Christmas decorations!!
- While Michelle and Rachel enjoyed beverages in Epcot, I wandered around solo for the first time. I got kind of addicted to it!
- Candlelight Processional
- Osborne Lights in Hollywood Studios
- Cinderella's Castle lit up
The final leg of my Annual Pass trip came with a different friend. This time I was there for Walt Disney World's 40th anniversary!
Highlights of 2011 Trip:
- Lots of character meet-and-greets, including Rapunzel and Flynn (that year's Must-See meet-and-greet!)
- Riding the new Star Tours!
- Sampling great restaurants like Jiko and Via Napoli
- Seeing Yee-Haa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside
This was a spur-of-the-moment trip, and I was in Florida primarily for Spring Training baseball. As a result, I only spent one 24-hour period in the parks. But it was worth it.
Highlights of 2012 Trip:
- My first completely solo venture - a rousing success!
- Eating sushi at California Grill, on the top of the Contemporary, and seeing the amazing view of the Magic Kingdom
- Seeing Push one final time before he was discontinued
- Borrowing a friend's camcorder and recording the entire trip. I have it on 3 DVDs and watch it a ton!
- Doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted
- Discovering a great non-Disney motel close to the property and using it again in 2014!
Probably my most ambitious trip yet - I'd hit all four parks solo, and finally do an after-hours party! (Oh, yeah - I'd also go to Universal Studios for the first time!)
Highlights of 2014 Trip:
- No, seriously.
- Dressing up as the Doctor for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Somehow getting a walk-up reservation at Be Our Guest restaurant, and getting the Grey Stuff! (It's delicious!)
- My time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So excited to go back!
- Like I said - everything.
I did this trip for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. Everything else was gravy! (Delicious, delicious gravy.)
Highlights of 2016 Disneyland Trip:
- Meeting Chewbacca and First Order Stormtroopers
- Seeing the love of Star Wars all around me
- Eating at Trader Sam's
- Following the Paint The Night parade's final float all the way to the end of its route
- The fact that I could WALK to Disneyland!
- Finishing both races and getting those medals
I got this pin in 2010 when we bought our first meal of the trip at the Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom. I've kept it ever since!
The two bottom pins are from one of my favorite (now former) podcasts: WDW Today featuring Matt, Mike, Mike, and Len. They were so great, and provided so many valuable tips. Too bad they've moved on. I still wear these pins with pride!
So as you can see, I like to show off my pins with pride. If I lose them, I will still have the wonderful memories of some fantastic vacations! I'm very excited to add a new pin later this year!