Nestled deep in the heart of Trading Valley just off Route 498, you will find the eclectic little town of Trade City, USA. The town has many must see attractions like the world largest ear hat, lanyard and backer card. Sounds like a beautiful place to trade, doesn’t it? That story was the original concept behind the theme of this year’s 10th Annual Disney Pin Celebration (has it been ten years?) which will be held August 27-29, 2010 at Epcot inside World ShowPlace.
“For the design of Trade City, we were thinking Main Street, U.S.A. meets Radiator Springs,” explained Jeanne Lewis, product developer for this event. “Yet we needed a reason for Guests to visit the city, so we created a Founders Day celebration. The funny thing is the town is celebrating 10 years just like Disney Pin Trading is celebrating 10 years. What a coincidence! (laughs)”
There will be a variety of specially designed items created just for this event including figurines with pins, a limited edition ear hat with a pin and lots of new (you guessed it) limited edition pins. I’m having lots of trouble deciding on my favorite pin this year, yet I really like this one pictured below. It features a slider element whose contents won’t be revealed until the event. Any guesses as to which pin was returned to Tinker Bell?
The event will features a spacious room for trading, trading activities and games, entertainment and a silent auction. We are also introducing some additional experiences this year including a breakfast and a desert reception for a select number of Guests.
On Sunday, there will be the first-ever Vinylmation ticketed event that will take place in World ShowPlace. There will be artist demonstrations, create-your-own experiences, a silent auction and the release of three specially designed Vinylmation items. I love the set below that Thomas Scott, lead designer for Vinylmation, created for the event. It will be a 9” plus 3” figure set and it looks incredible!
I’ve been to nearly every Pin Celebration (somehow missed 2003), and it is difficult to describe the “awesomeness” (is that a word?) of this event. I sadly ran out of room in this posting, but look for future articles featuring interviews with the Disney Design Group artists behind this event, and the Walt Disney World Ambassador team who have, for the first time, designed pins for the celebration.