Connie R. (NDI#176) (12 Posts)

Connie Roberts can still remember her first trip to Disney World even though she was 7 years old. The joy she felt would stay with her for years until she could visit again as a teen. That's when she hatched her plan to move to Florida. Although it took many years for this plan to come to fruition, Connie surrounded herself with all things Disney. And with every move, the closer she came to the parks, the more Disney she gathered. Finally in her late 20's Connie was close enough to Disney World to visit and drive back home in a day. Being a Disney FANatic has been passed on to her 2 daughter and her husband and she's found sharing this love on her blog Brain Foggles and on Twitter, where she's known as the go to person for Disney World questions.

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.

Disney Buttons

Photo Credit: Connie Roberts

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?

Contributed by: Connie Roberts (NDI#176) Connie is the DDL Interviewer and Collectibles Blogger. She is also the creator of Brain Foggles.

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  1. Jeepers…I went to MVMCP in both 1992 and 1993 and never was handed a button by the CMs. However, I do remember having a button from when I attended Grad Night. Where that one is I have no idea now…


  2. I have collected the Disney “buttons” since my first trip to WDW in 1978  (I thought I was the only one who did)  and have them stored in a memory box.  Showing them off in a shadow box is a great idea! 

  3. I have some of these!  I have one from the Polynesian Luau from the 90’s and one from “Mickey’s Birthdayland”.   Love 1980s-90s vintage Disneyana! 

  4. I have some of these!  I have one from the Polynesian Luau from the 90’s and one from “Mickey’s Birthdayland”.   Love 1980s-90s vintage Disneyana! 

  5.  I’m into the vintage Disneyana too. My favorite one is the Mickey Mouse Club in the photo. I’d love to see the Luau button Vanessa.

  6. I have a couple of those, too…  I had such a great time on my 42nd birthday, and they gave me that same pin with my name written on it.  I have 3 dozen Happy Birthday’s that day!


  7. One of these days I need to dig out my retro 80’s and 90’s Disney World button collection. My parents got me hooked to collecting them each time we went. Every resort or ride that had a button we got them at. On our last trip we also got a Anniversary button – which matches our newlywed button from almost 10 years ago. Oh, my son got a button for scoring 999,999 on the Buzz Lightyear Spin. 

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