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posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Fourth of July Disney Pins

With the Fourth of July this weekend, I dug into the Disney Pin Vault for a retrospective on pins celebrating Independence Day. I found lots of pins featuring famous Disney characters, flags, stars, stripes and three colors again and again – red white and blue.

There were only a handful of pins celebrating the Fourth of July made prior to the start of Disney Pin Trading in October 1999 (many of them were issued to Cast Members as a form of recognition). In July 2000, Guests saw the release of retail pins at Disney Parks, and the annual Fourth of July pins were born. In Florida that summer, a pin was released at each Theme Park each with an edition size of 7500!

Fourth of July Disney Pins

Throughout the years, many designs featured familiar faces such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, Stitch and others. I personally enjoy, however, pins that featured characters you don’t see often. Some great examples include Ben Franklin and Amos from 2003; a patriotic looking Cheshire Cat from 2004; Jiminy Cricket also from 2004; and finally Mr. Incredible from 2005.

Fourth of July Disney Pins

One of the more rare Fourth of July pins was sold at auction during Disney Pin Celebration 2008 at Epcot. Could we add any more details to this pin (pictured left above)? I have to admit – it wasn’t our best design (which is probably why it makes it so unique and why I put it up for auction). The final pin from 2008 (pictured above right) looks dramatically different. There is something wonderful about simplistic designs (opposed to adding everything but the kitchen sink).

Fourth of July Disney Pins

Of course, I have a few of my favorites from the Vault. I love the pin featuring Donald Duck painting Spaceship Earth from 2004. I served as an Attraction Manager in World Showcase, and The American Adventure was one of the pavilions I managed. I love that show (and the Voices of Liberty – “That’s the Banjo.”). I even had the opportunity to meet the late Dallas McKennon who voiced Ben Franklin in the show. Awesomeness!

I also like the Disney characters reenacting the famous scene of George Washington crossing the Delaware. Such a classic image! It was a surprise pin released at Disneyland Resort in 2005.

The final pin I chose was also a surprise pin released on July 4, 2003, at the Walt Disney World Resort. While it doesn’t feature the words “Fourth of July” or “Independence Day,” it screams America to me. What is better than Mickey Mouse and those famous colors of red, white and blue?

Happy Birthday, USA!

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shawnda from MO on July 2nd, 2010 at 5:02 pm

How interesting for Disney to put this up on the com. when my family is going there on July 7 for a 4 day stay in Disney World. This is beautiful

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Timothy on July 2nd, 2010 at 8:18 pm

The best one is from the Cast Member exclusive set celebrating the pavilions of Epcot for the 15th anniversary. It’s the American Flag and it says The American Adventure underneath it.

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Cara on July 2nd, 2010 at 11:17 pm

We’re going to Disneyland from the 4th to the 7th. Will there be a new pin released for this year since it is also an anniversary year for the park?

 

Steven Miller on July 3rd, 2010 at 10:56 am

@Timothy – I actually own that set. I bought it long ago before I was ever involved with pins. What can I say? – Epcot rocks (and it’s a great set …. one of the few I own).

@Cara – Oh my yes. Many open edition pins were released in January for the entire year long 55th celebration.

We also have an upcoming hard-ticket event on July called Dateline Disneyland: 1955 – http://eventservices.disney.go.com/pintrading/event?id=47346

Finally, we will be releasing a special 55th Anniversary pin on July 17 – http://eventservices.disney.go.com/pintrading/pin?id=52005

While some of the pins won’t be available when you visit, stop by Disney’s Pin Traders at Downtown Disney District to see an assortment of 55th Anniversary pins. Have a great trip – I heart Disneyland!

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