In addition to the Disney pins we’re all aware of, there’s another Disney pin collection that includes vintage and newer free versions. I’m talking about the Disney pins or badges from the days of the Mickey Mouse Club to the First Visit pins you can get for free today. Those Celebration Buttons come with wishes like Happy Birthday, Just Married, Happy Anniversary, Just Engaged, I’m Celebrating, My Magical Triumph, etc.
The Celebration Buttons can be found at guest services in every park at the Magic Kingdom and at the EPCOT bus station service center. When you wear them, be prepared for CM’s to wish you a Happy Birthday or Anniversary! Your pin can create some great conversations with other guests as well.
There’s a collection of Disney Vacation Club Buttons, too, which we have. I’ve found that they are not as well made as previously though. The older resort buttons are just a sticker placed on top of the metal back piece. Others are from events held at Disney.
I began collecting the other Disney Pins when I went to Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 1990 when Disney World handed out free pins to guests. Then when I was bit with the bug, I looked for them everywhere. The vintage ones are some of my favorites. They are hard to find because when you search for “Disney Pins” you come up with the Disney pins that everyone thinks of right away.
Instead, search for “Disney Buttons” and you should come up with the ones you want. Your best bet to finding buttons, especially vintage ones is at yard sales and estate sales though. Just keep your eyes peeled at all times when you’re doing that type of shopping. You never know what you’ll find.
I store some of mine on a corkboard, but the much older and rarer ones are kept in tissue paper in my collection box. I’m considering some type of shadow box that will prevent rust from forming since they are metal.
Has anything special happened to you while wearing a Disney Celebration Button? Do you collect the other Disney pins?