Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Disneyland Ticket Book Pin

This is a Disneyland Ticket Book Pin, created to celebrate Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. This pin was a Disney Cast Member Exclusive, and part of an Limited Edition of 3000 Pins. I had to buy 2 of these pins, I liked it so much. I used to love the look of the old Disneyland ticket books, so I'm glad that they made a great pin in honor of them.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Disney Store Trivia Competition Pin, featuring Jiminy Cricket

This is The Disney Store's Trivia Competition Pin. This pin was awarded to the individual store's contestant for this once-a-year Companywide event. I was proud to "win" this pin 4 consecutive times, and it was not an easy pin to win.

For a store to qualify to send a contestant to the Competition, the Cast Members at that store had to answer a questionnaire each month about Disney trivia (for about 9 months). Every Cast Member could help find the correct answers to the questions, and at the end of the month, the answers would be submitted to "Home Base" with the answers. If the store could answer 90 percent of all questions correctly overall on average (for 9 months), the store would qualify to send a contestant to the competition.

Once the store qualified, they would hold an "in-store" competition among all store Cast Members. The Cast Member who answered the most questions correctly would win a chance to compete in a live District competition. Every contestant was scored. The highest 10 scoring contestants in the United States and Canada were flown to Disneyland to compete in a live trivia contest in front of Disneyland guests, and one person emerged from that as the Trivia Champion. I never made the top 10, but in my final year I did answer the most questions correctly in my District (in the Los Angeles area).

This pin features Jiminy Cricket holding a book that says "The Disney Store Trivia Competition". It took work to earn this pin, and I'm proud to own it.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Disneyland Mini Cigarette Lighter

This is a cigarette lighter from Disneyland. It is quite small, perhaps the size of the display screen on your cell phone. It's a real lighter, though. I've had this thing for over 20 years, although I cannot remember who gave it to me. It's cute, but not a toy. Notice the "D" for Disneyland, and the castle logo.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Disneyland Pin 45 Years of Magic Pin dated 7/17/2000

This is a Disneyland Official Pin, celebrating Disneyland's 45th birthday. It has the date "July 17, 2000", which was Disneyland's exact 45th birthday. It has 2 Mickey Mouses on it: one holding a 1955 flag, and one holding at 2000 flag. This was a Limited Edition pin, bought in 2000.

Disney Olympics Pin 2004 - NFFC Exclusive

This is a Disneyland Olympic Pin from 2004, and was part of the 2004 Olympic Pin Series. This pin is an "NFFC Members Only" Pin, made by Disney for members of the the NFFC(National Fantasy Fan Club), and pictures Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse shaking hands. Limited to only 1000 pins, this pin is truly rare, and is also a particularly good-looking pin.

Disneyland Resort Marquee Pin

This is a Disney Pin portraying the Disneyland Marquee that sits outside of Disneyland Resort (and is seen from people driving down Harbor Blvd.). This marquee has been redesigned a few times over the years at Disneyland....I still like the original one the best. This pin has elements of the old and new ones. This is one of my favorite pins.

Walt Disney World Fed Ex Space Mountain Pin

This is a rare, official Fed Ex Space Mountain Pin from Walt Disney World, available only to visitors to the (now gone) exclusive Fed Ex Lounge inside Space Mountain. Fed Ex no longer sponsors the ride, and therefore this pin is no longer available. Notice that this pin has Fed Ex's old logo, from when the company was known mostly as "Federal Express". It was rare that Fed Ex called itself Fed Ex on any marketing merchandise when this pin was made- this was one glaring exception. I used to work for Fed Ex (for 16 years), and I used to love to go to the Space Mountain lounge with my friends for a complimentary can of Coke or some coffee, . We were also given an escort to the front of the line of Space Mountain, which was a cool perk for Fed Ex employees and their guests. Later on, once Space Mountain got Fastpass, they would simply have us go through a door and get into the Fastpass line (right in the middle of the line!)

You can purchase this now rare pin for a total of $25 (includes shipping, handling and insurance). Shipping to the U.S. only.

Disneyland Resort Pin- Castle, Est. 1955

This is an official Disney Pin, showing Disneyland's Castle. It says 'Est. 1955' to reflect that Disneyland Resort was established in 1955. This pin was sold in 2005 and was offered as part of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary.

Disneyland Golden Vehicles Pin Collection - Mr. Toad and Mole

This is a pin celebrating Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. This was the first pin in the eleven pin series of the "Golden Vehicles Collectiion". It features Mr. Toad and Mole in the golden ride vehicle from the "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" Attraction at Disneyland (this ride was one of the eleven original rides at Disneyland when it opened).

Disneyland Tahitian Terrace Pin from 2004 by Shag (Limited Edition)

This is a Disneyland Pin from 2004, celebrating the Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland (which no longer exits there now). This pin was designed by famous artist Shag. This pin is a part of a limited edition (of 10,000), and it is part of the Disney Classic Restaurant Series. It is also an Annual Passholder Exclusive.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

WDI Tokyo Disney Sea 5th Anniversary Commemorative Pin

This is a Walt Disney Imagineering pin, celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Tokyo Disney Sea theme park at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Japan. This pin is quite large, and quite nice- a keeper.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stitch Wet Paint Sign

This is a "Wet Paint" sign, featuring Stitch (of Lilo N Stitch fame). I got this at the Villas Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World in Florida, when I stayed there in June 2007. There was a Disney cast member painting the walls, and I saw him with the signs and I asked him if I could have one. He said yes, and now I have it. Notice the little bit of paint near the bottom, in the middle.

The Story of Walt Disney's Motion Picture Mary Poppins

This book is entitled, "The Story of Walt Disney's Motion Picture Mary Poppins". This book was published in 1964, the year that this movie was released (I was released less than 3 months later). I found this book on Ebay, and I had to bid on it, since "Mary Poppins" is my favorite Disney movie. Here on the cover of the book is Julie Andrews, who really made quite a tough Mary Poppins! For her effort, she won the Best Actress Oscar for 1964.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Walt Disney Imagineering Monster's Inc. Pin

This is a pin exclusive to Walt Disney Imagineering, celebating the "Monster's Inc.- Mike & Sulley To The Rescue!" attraction that opened at Disney's California Adventure in January of 2006. This is a really big pin- easily the largest pin that I have.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Snow White 70th Anniversary Mug from Disneyland Resort

This is a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs mug, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the release of the movie. I got this mug at a special magical event at Disney's California Adventure in November 2007, where several Disney big-shots (including Roy Disney, Leonard Maltin and John Lasseter) gathered to reminisce about the movie.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Beauty and the Beast Cast Lanyard Pin

This is a coveted Cast Lanyard pin that I got while trading at Disneyland Resort. See the little Mickey head on the bottom right of the pin? This pin features Belle along with the "human again" Beast.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Pinocchio Doll by Applause

This is a very cute plastic Pinocchio doll by Applause (Walt Disney's Pinocchio). It was bought years ago and was recently re-discovered. It's about 12 inches high. He's made of plastic, except for his clothes.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Fantasia Jacket with Mickey Mouse, from Disney Studio Editions

This is a beautiful Fantasia Jacket, featuring Mickey Mouse and the image of Leopold Stokowski on the back. It also says "Studio Sound Department" on the back. The front has Mickey as Sorcerer Mickey. This Jacket was produced by Disney Studio Editions. I bought it at the Disney Store about 10 years ago. The sleeves are real leather. The body is 80% wool. The lining is 100% acetate. Here I have also included 2 recent photos of myself at Disneyland, wearing the jacket.