As 2009 draws to a close, I asked my fellow Cast Members in product development, Disney Design Group, planning, merchandise marketing and operations to select their favorite Disney Pin released this past calendar year. For some, this request was like me asking them to pick their favorite child (okay maybe that was only a challenge for me).
The pins they selected were about as varied as their corresponding reasons. I’ve chosen several pins to spotlight here. For the complete “Best of 2009” recap, please visit the What’s HapPINing? Blog on DisneyPins.com on December 31.
Julie Young – Product Developer for Open Edition pins and Accessories
“I selected the ‘Have a Disney Day’ pin. It features a simple design and wonderful message. I think everyone should have a Disney day! What’s more fun than that?”
Beth Marinaro – Category Planner for Disney Pins and Commodities
“My favorite pin released in 2009 was the ‘two-on-a-card’ set featuring the acorn and pilgrim hat with Mouse ears. My home state is Massachusetts where the Pilgrim reigns supreme.”
Jim Matthews – Epcot Merchandise Operations
“My favorite pin – that’s easy! The 10th Anniversary of Pin Central pin is my favorite as I’ve watched over Pin Central at Epcot for the entire ten years of Disney Pin Trading. This pin brings back memories of the thousands of Guests I’ve traded with and the many experiences I’ll cherish forever!”
I chose the limited edition, White Glove pin featuring King Pin that was released in June 2009. I love the story behind this pin (see: http://eventservices.disney.go.com/pintrading/event?id=41448#Nov202008). ‘King Pin’ is a nickname given to an almost 30-year Cast Member named Wayne Moore. He works at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and is portrayed by Goofy in the pin. Wayne’s passion for trading and creating magic for Guests is inspiring. To me, that is what Disney Pin Trading is all about – making people happy through trading.
Now it’s your turn. What was the “Best Disney pin of 2009?”