Disney Pin Trading Essentials

I did not find out about Disney pin trading until I went to the parks and asked about the pins the cast members wear. I was missing out on my previous trips and don’t want you to miss this fun experience. Many of the items needed for pin trading can be bought before heading to Disney. Here are the items I consider Disney Pin Trading Essentials.

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Disney Pin Trading Essentials

  • Lanyard – Disney sells starter packs that include a lanyard and they also sell stand alone lanyards. These can be very pricey at the parks. Before Magic Bands came along I would have suggested waiting to get to the park to buy one because the lanyard came with a cool Disney ticket holder. The have eliminated the pouch and now offer medallions.  I usually just attach my Dollar Tree Water Bottle and Keys to the bottom of the lanyard. You should get a lanyard that is at least a 1/2 inch wide to support the pins.
  • Disney Pin Trading Bag – You can find the official pin trading bags on Amazon. I suggest the zipper style. I started with the non zipper style and lost a few pins. The zippered bags also allow you to take them around the parks easily.
  • Locking Pin Backs – The rubber backs that come with the pins get so used that they no longer work and come off. Also while riding turbulent rides like Space Mountain or Splash Mountain, it is easy for the pins to snag right off. Locking pin backs are worth the investment.
  • Rubber Mickey Head Pin Backs – Since the Mickey Head Pin Backs get so much use, it is a good idea to stock up on these. If you get the Pin Trading Bag, both kinds of pin backs will fit nicely in the pouch.
  • Tiny Allen Wrench – The little tool that comes with the locking pin backs is very easily lost. I pick up a few from the hardware store for under a $1. [Read more…]
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Top 10 Magic Kingdom Attractions

This list is going to be a bit different from your typical Magic Kingdom Must-Do’s. I am not a roller coaster person so this list of Top 10 Magic Kingdom Attractions does not include any of the mountains. They may be on my husband’s must-do’s, but they are not on mine. You can have tons of FUN and MAGIC without experiencing the coasters at Disney.

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Top 10 Magic Kingdom Attractions

  1. Character Meet and Greets – The Magic Kingdom is overflowing with character meet and greets. I shared my Top 10 Magic Kingdom Character Meet and Greets in another post.
  2. Philharmagic – This show is great as it showcases many fun songs from the classic Disney movies. The best place to enjoy the show is the middle of the auditorium.
  3. Peter Pan’s Flight – This ride is very popular and using a Fastpass is the fastest way to experience it. It is a very short ride but one I enjoy a lot.
  4. Dream Along with Mickey Castle Show – This show is one of my favorites because you get to see many characters all at once. The choreography is spectacular and the story line puts you in a place where you really do believe dream come true. Don’t be just a spectator for this show. Help Donald really believe that dreams do come true.
  5. The Parades
    • Move it, Shake It, Play it Street Party– This parade is VERY interactive. I love joining in all the fun. Guests are invited to party in the streets with the cast. I have danced with Goofy and King Louie. I have seen so many sweet and memorable character interactions. They have recently added a part where you help choose one of the songs everyone dances to.  Top-10-Magic-Kingdom-Attractions--parade
    • Festival of Fantasy– There are 3 great places to catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade : The Train Station, in front of the Harmony Barbershop, and Frontierland.
    • Main Street Electrical Parade – This classic parade should be experienced at least once during your visit. Classic characters have elaborate lighted floats. My favorite float is Elliot the Dragon. Sometimes Pete is riding him. Pete’s Dragon is one of my favorite movies. [Read more…]
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United World Soccer Celebrates New Store in Disney Springs

Disney Springs/ Downtown Disney has added so many new shops and is a great place to window shop or pick up something new! If you are a soccer fan, you will love this latest addition!

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United World Soccer Celebrates New Store in Disney Springs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. – July 28, 2015 United World Soccer, “The World’s Greatest Soccer Store,” celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Downtown Disney today.

United World Soccer becomes the newest venue at Downtown Disney West Side. Downtown Disney is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history, to be renamed and re-imagined as Disney Springs, an exciting new waterfront district for shopping, dining and entertainment. Completion of Disney Springs is planned for 2016. [Read more…]

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