On October 1, 2011, I was in a line at 5am on the walkway between Magic Kingdom and The Contemporary Resort. Why was I in a line this early you may ask? Well to answer your question…for the Magic Kingdom 40th anniversary merchandise of course!! To be released were pins, Vinylmations, and shirts to mark this special occasion.
At 6am, the line was moved to the far left side of the turnstiles to receive a wristband. We still had to go through security which means we got pushed back some in the line. Three good friends and I received a black wristband that would allow us to buy the exclusive pins and Vinylmations between 9:30am and 10am. There were a limited number of wristbands given out and I am not sure how many were distributed. We spent the time thinking about why Starbucks needed to have a delivery service, tweeting, taking pictures, and talking about this adventure. From what I was told the people who were in the front of the line never left Magic Kingdom after Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party. They had been in line since the party ended at midnight. While we were waiting, the crowd was given a button and special guide map for the day. I am not sure at what time the park ran out of guide maps.
At 7:45am, the line was escorted to the bridge right before entering Liberty Square. We were lined up according to the color of wrist bands. Pixie dust fell and groups were allowed to enter The Diamond Horseshoe early. Again another line and wait. There were only 5 registers running. I guess I waited about 30 to 45 minutes before purchasing my pins. There was a limit of 2 pins per style per guest. Pin sets were limited to 1 set per guest. The park opened at 9am and the area around the Diamond Horseshoe began to become crowded. Wristbands would no longer be valid after 12pm. Thus, a standby line had been created for guests who did not have a wristband and would be granted entrance to purchase remaining pins and Vinylmations. The other half of The Diamond Horseshoe was used for guests to purchase the 40th Anniversary t-shirts. Those of us with wristbands discovered that you had to wait in the t-shirt line separately from the wristband line in order to purchase a shirt. I do not know if this was corrected after I left. It was unclear to why the t-shirts were not offered to the wristband line to avoid standing in more lines.
Now I must admit I was very excited for a friend who was able to purchase a 40th Anniversary 3” Vinylmations created by Noah, a wonderful and talented artist. Noah designed 40 – 3” Vinylmations ($150 each) and 40 – 9” Vinylmations ($600 each). A guest was only allowed to purchase 1- 3” Vinylmation and 1 – 9” Vinylmation. There were several rumors circulating in the line they were sold out by the time we reached The Diamond Horseshoe. We all kept our fingers crossed and knew the Pixie Dust was still falling when it was confirmed he would be able to purchase one.
My friends were able to purchase a 40th Anniversary t-shirt for me at the “Room for One More” Event held on 9/30. I chose the men’s style because I could not see myself with a white shirt, which was the only color offered in the ladies style.
After making my purchases, I worked my way through the crowd to exit. You can only imagine the number of people gathered in front of the castle to see the 40th Anniversary presentation that started at 10am. There was also a line for the 40th Anniversary cupcakes at Main Street Bakery.
To sum up my adventure, I had a wonderful time with good friends. I guess next year we will be at Epcot for its 30th anniversary. I seem to have no problems with being in a line for hours if it is Disney related.
Contributed by: Elantrice Hughley (NDI#132) Elantrice is the DDL Shopping Blogger.