My Pin Collection So Far

I only started to collect pins in September 2015 during my first visit to Walt Disney World. It never appealed to me before as I knew once I started I collecting them I wouldn’t be able to stop. But I’d always loved the way they looked and I knew I would eventually give in to temptation.

I normally just pick up the ones that I like the look of, I don’t normally collect a set unless I like the look of all of them. The ones that are exclusive to the parks hold more meaning to me like the attractions and hotel pins. However most of the pins that I have bought so far hold a certain meaning to me which I will explain to you now.

So the pins shown above are the first lot of pins that I bought from WDW. The cats set is the only set I have, I adore cats so I loved it as soon as I saw it. I bought the Simba one at Animal Kingdom because proceeds went towards their conservation program which I thought was such a great idea for raising funds. I didn’t mind paying that little bit extra.

It just made sense that I bought the ‘my first visit to Walt Disney World’ pin. The Mickey Mouse pin just reminded me of Florida with the palm trees on his sun glasses.

The next lot of pins above are ones that I purchased from Disneyland Paris. Some of the more random pins I got at a reduced price so don’t like to pass them up when they are so cheap. But the rest generally remind me of events and rides I love. 

I am just starting to collect the hotel pins, I still need to get the Sequoia Lodge and hotel Cheyenne pins as I’ve stayed in them too. Although I haven’t stayed in the Disneyland hotel yet I have the pin because I spend quite a bit of time in there, plus it was a gift from a cast member so it also reminds me of their kindness. I bought the Mary Poppins pin to wear the time that I Disneybounded as her so that holds good memories too.

I tend to buy at least one pin every trip, sometimes more. When I first started collecting them, I didn’t know much about them. I certainly would have bought more pins that were exclusive to WDW if I had the choice again. Hopefully next year with all being well.

I don’t have anywhere particular to keep them all at the moment and I’m reluctant to take them out of their packaging unless I need to wear them for Disneybounding. I just want to keep them nice. I will eventually find them a permanant home as at the moment they are living in a small carrier bag.

At the moment I’m not interested in pin trading because the pins that I buy I like and wouldn’t want to part with them. I wouldn’t rule pin trading out in the future though. I just need a more established collection before I even consider it.

Disneyland Paris January Sales Haul

I had never been to DLP during the January sales before so I had high hopes for it, especially as I had heard that they were bringing in a lot of new merchandise this year due to the five year turnover and 25th anniversary. I went armed with extra money so I could go crazy. Myself and my friend Louise arrived the day after the sales started so we managed to avoid the rush. I didn’t fancy having to fight people for items, that’s just not how I roll.

Unfortunately due to my high expectations I was a little disappointed with the sales. Some shops had small stands of sales items and a few had none at all. There were a few things that I had hoped would be in the sales but weren’t but I was paricularly pleased with the clothing items which I hadn’t initially thought about buying but did. I also understand that arriving a day later meant that we had missed out on a few things. I had my eye on the mini figure Yoda Stitch but couldn’t find him when we were there.

It was a good thing that there wasn’t as much as I had thought 1. Because I would just buy a ton of things that I didn’t need 2. I wouldn’t have been able to get it all home. The things that I did find were a real bargain and all in all I was very happy with what I picked up.

Grey Pirates of the Caribbean ride t-shirt had 70% off (originally €21.99). Reduced to €6.59 (I payed €5.27 with my AP). The hoodie was also 70% off (originally €44.99). Reduced to €13.49 (I payed €10.79). These are really comfy items, the hoodie is very cosy.

Pink Cheshire cat sweater 70% off (originally €49.99). Reduced to €14.99 (I payed €11.99). Grey Beast sweater 70% off (originally €49.99). Reduced to €14.99 (I payed €11.99). I love anything Beauty and the Beast and I’m also a fan of Alice in Wonderland so I was so happy when I saw these.

Non clothing items I bought were a park exclusive Minnie Mouse at €5, Cleo at €3, Mickey head necklace at €2, matching bracelet also €2 and a small 2016 tray at €1 (all before AP discount). 

Keep an eye out for my January trip reports.