The arrival of summer at Disney Parks means that new Hidden Mickey pins will be released for trading. You may recall I gave you a look at the first wave of these pins in January. For the past several years, we have split the Hidden Mickey pins into two different waves, with unique pins found at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. I spoke with Julie Young, developer for Hidden Mickey pins, about her favorite pins coming to Disneyland Resort.
“I am happy to feature Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on a pin,” exclaimed Julie. “He is part of a 12-pin collection with artwork from the construction fence that was recently found at Disney California Adventure park. The fence artwork was entertainment and made for a nice nod to Disney history.”
There will be 42 different pins released at Disneyland Resort. As with the first wave, Julie selected 10 of those 42 pins to be silver-colored chaser pins.
I’ve officially dubbed Julie as “queen of the Mickey Mouse icon pin,” as she has been developing a variety of these pins for years. I wasn’t surprised to see an icon collection for Walt Disney World Resort, which Julie said was her favorite.
“I enjoy designing pins using the Mickey Mouse icon,” continued Julie. “I’m also a big fan of The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park. For the cast member costume pins, I combined my two interests into one pin. I love the entire icon collection this year, and it has inspired me to possibly expand the collection next year.”
Please let there be an Epcot Center jumpsuit costume pin in 2013!
As for my favorite pins, I liked the popcorn turner collection, including one pin featuring a legendary character from the Matterhorn at Disneyland park. I’m also thrilled to see more Figment pins, the White Rabbit, Timothy from “Dumbo” and my friend Duffy the Disney Bear (which I mentioned in a previous article).
Look for these pins on cast members’ lanyards in the coming weeks at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. You can download checklists of these pins by visiting the official Disney Pin Trading website – Disney.com/Pins.
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