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Beauty and the Beast Purses, Backpacks, and Wallets

Beauty and the Beast Purses, Backpacks, and Wallets

I always suspect that if someone took a poll, they would find out that Belle is the most popular Disney princess among adult women (including me).

I’m guessing that the secret to her appeal is a combination of her intelligence, her love for books, and her kindness.

It’s quite alright to display your love for a Disney princess at any age, but sometimes doing so can be a little challenging.

Yes, we love Disney, but we are meeting with a work client, and/or going to an fancy restaurant or an adult gathering, and we still want to look appropriate.

Fortunately, there are some great Disney accessories out there that give you a little flair without looking like a 5 year old.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to pick out the perfect Beauty and the Beast themed purse, wallet, or backpack that will make you feel stylish and have you getting compliments all day long.

 

Beauty and the Beast Purses

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Since a purse is something you probably use every day, you might as well have one that’s a little fun, right?

Here are six purses that you’ll love if you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan:

 

Loungefly Belle Floral Print Duffel Purse

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This beautiful purse is made of Saffiano faux leather and has a pretty pink lining with roses on the inside.

It measures approximately 9 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches and has one zipper pocket and one open pocket on the inside so that smaller items don’t get buried and lost.

A nice plus is that it includes an adjustable shoulder strap, making it more versatile and giving you the feeling of having “two purses in one.”

An Amazon customer who took photos to show the purse’s size also described how much she could hold in it:

For a Beauty and the Beast (Belle) fan, this is so gorgeous 👝!!!

Colors are super cute, the print is adorable, the size is medium/small but all my stuff fits perfectly (wallet, phone, sm tablet, pills, hand cream, travel size deodorant, sm toothbrush, sm toothpaste, floss, feminine stuff)!!!

As a 37 yr old I Absolutely love it!!!

 

Loungefly Beauty and the Beast Handbag

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Here is another Loungefly handbag that also has handles and a long crossbody strap and a lined interior with pockets,

At 11 inches by 9 inches by 7 inches, it is larger that the purse above,
with a different design and an off-white background.

Amazon reviewer L. Sprague says this purse can hold even more than she thought it would:

I LOVE my new beauty and the beast bag!!! I am so glad I got it!

It’s made very well, sturdy with strong handles, and the fabric design is great.

At first glance, I was afraid it might be too small, but I definitely underestimated what this bag can hold!

I was able to put my makeup, numerous bottles of essential oils, two big bottles of medication, my blood pressure cuff, a paperback book, my wallet, and my sunglasses with some room to spare.

Any Disney fan would love it!

 

Click here to see the matching wallet that goes with this purse!

 

Loungefly Beauty and the Beast Red Rose Purse

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This purse has a Saffiano-debossed synthetic construction with a 3D red rose charm.

The purse closes with a metal snap and has both a middle compartment and an inner pocket, both with zippers. (Some reviewers commented on how the zipper handle was a little too long and would sometimes get stuck.)

It also has an adjustable and removable strap.

Women who owned this purse loved how:

  • It looked more expensive that it really was
  • They got tons of compliments on it
  • It was sturdy and durable as an “everyday purse”
  • It was to clean by just wiping it with a damp cloth

 

Enchanted Red Rose Crossbody Bag

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This rose crossbody purse by Danielle Nicole, with its gold stitching and red satin, is a beautiful and unique accessory to give you a little “princess touch” at any age.

Keep in mind that with dimensions of 6 inches by 6 inches and a depth of 2 inches, this is a pretty small purse. It probably isn’t one that you’ll use every day, but but more for wearing to a party or on a special night out.

It’s about the size where you can fit a small wallet, keys, a lipstick, and maybe your phone, depending on how big your phone is. Even if your phone does fit, the opening to this purse is small, so you may have to do some wiggling to get your phone inside it.

 

Beauty and the Beast Crossbody Bag

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I think this crossbody bag, is being marketed to girls, but it’s perfectly appropriate for grown women as well. It would make a great gift for females of any age who love not only Belle, but also books.

The purse is designed to look like a hardcover copy of Beauty and the Beast, with a silhouette of Belle and roses on the book’s cover. It is made of polyurethane and has an adjustable strap and a magnetic flap closure.

This would make a great Disney crossbody bag to carry at the park on your next Disney trip, especially if you are into Disney Bounding.

 

Beauty and the Beast Tote Bag

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This vinyl tote bag measures 18 inches wide and 12 inches high, making it large enough to hold most laptops. It has a snap closure and has a zipper compartment inside the bag.

The artwork is bright and cheerful, and what you might not notice at first is that the detailed black and white designs are of other Disney princesses.

Another nice touch is that the inside of the bag also contains Beauty and the Beast print.

Amazon reviewer ThePenandCamera says this bag was perfect for her needs:

I’m a new mom of a 5 month old and decided to downsize my smaller purses in favor of roomier totes, which I’ll surely be needing for a few years. I also wanted a new gym bag that is more fun than the thing Im currently using.

Lately, I’ve been reconnecting with my own childhood heroes: Disney characters. I looked at my adult bags at home and was bored. Then I thought how great it would be if I got a couple of bags that my kid might enjoy looking at in the future, too. And voila! Found this little gem. It’s fashion-y enough for me to be an adult bag, yet taps into my whimsical side.

The quality seems sturdy enough. I’m worried that with repeated use the thin straps will eventually fall off, but for this price I can’t really complain. It’s not your typical gym bag, and doesn’t have any fancy extra pockets, but I do carry little pouches to hold my shoes and dirty clothes in, so that isn’t a problem for me.

 

Several reviewers said this bag looks much prettier in real life than in Amazon’s product photos.
You can click here to see customer photos.

 

Beauty and the Beast Wallets

A wallet isn’t as visible as a purse, but it’s still nice to have a pretty one. Several of the wallets below have a matching purse or backpack that you can buy to go with them.

Loungefly Belle and Mrs. Potts Pink Floral Wallet

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This faux leather wallet has a printed floral design in vibrant colors and a zippered coin section on the inside. The measurements are 8 inches by 4 inches.

While most people loved this wallet, one customer wished that it opened wider. You can read more details about her comments here.

 

Click here to see the matching backpack that goes with this wallet.

 

Loungefly Beauty And The Beast Tattoo Wallet

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This full-sized wallet is made of pebble-textured faux-leather and has a zipper closure to keep things from accidentally sliding out.

It contains 4 card slots and a zippered coin purse compartment so your loose change isn’t rattling around everywhere.

Click here to see customer photos of this wallet with its matching purse.

 

Dooney and Bourke Wallet

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Here’s a gorgeous (although a little pricey) Dooney and Bourke wallet featuring a pattern of Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip on coated cotton.

It has a zip-around closure with stitched leather trim, plus an interior zip compartment with 3 billfold compartments and 12 card pockets.

It also has an 8-inch wrist strap with a lobster claw clasp, making it easy to carry. Even better, the strap is detachable, so it doesn’t take up wasted space in your purse when you don’t need it.

 

Beauty and the Beast Backpacks

Backpacks for Women

Loungefly has some wonderful purse-style backpacks (as opposed to, say, backpacks that you would wear on a hiking trip) featuring various Disney characters.

Backpacks like these are perfect for women who do a fair amount of walking during the day. Whether you’re walking through a college campus, on your way to work, or through the World Showcase at Disney World, it’s nice to have a purse that leaves your hands free and doesn’t keep bumping against your hips.

Here are 3 Loungefly Beauty and the Beast backpacks:

Loungefly Beauty and the Beast Floral Backpack

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This beautiful faux leather backpack has a very subtle look: Belle is wearing a leaf-colored dress, so at first glance it just looks like a pretty pink floral backpack.

It measures 9 inches by 10 inches by 4.5 inches and has a zippered main compartment, front zippered pocket, and two side pockets, making it great for packing a lot of things and keeping them all organized.

Amazon reviewer CBlock describes how this worked great as a diaper backpack to carry at Disney:

I purchased this bag to use for our June 2018 Disneyland trip (we just got back) and it was so perfect for essentials!

I fit about 10 diapers, changing pad, pack of wipes, travel baby powder, travel diaper cream brush, and travel diaper cream in the main compartment. The front small pocket was perfect for my lip glosses.

The outer side pockets held quite a bit – a travel babyganics hand sanitizer, 2 packs or orbits gum, hair ties, a travel box of floss picks, sunscreen stick and lip balm. The quality is great for Disney – and I love how it’s wipeable (I would disinfect with Lysol every night when we got back to the hotel). It’s also lightweight to carry around, and when I would go on a ride I could put my sunglasses and phone in the main pocket as well.

Overall great purchase – highly recommended – and it’s looks beautiful without being too “Disney”.

 

Loungefly Mini Rose Backpack

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This backpack is made of faux leather and has an all-over print with designs of red roses, Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Lumiere.

It measures 10.5 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 6 inches deep.

There is a zippered front pocket for keeping things like your keys and phone. The handle and padded, adjustable straps make the backpack easy and comfortable to carry.

Customers loved how vibrant the colors were and how much the backpack could hold.

 

Click here to see a customer-made video displaying this backpack.
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Loungefly Satin Mini Backpack

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This backpack has a satin exterior and a blue and pink floral design including Belle, Mrs. Potts and Chips, Lumiere, and Cogsworth.

It measures 9 inches by 10 inches by 3.5 inches.

Some women liked how this backpack wasn’t “overly feminine.” They also noted that the darker, busy print makes it less likely that it will show stains or dirt.

 

Other Loungefly Disney Backpacks

If you love Belle, then you probably love other Disney characters too. These Loungefly backpacks are too pretty not to share some of their other Disney selections:

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Backpacks for Girls

Here are some Beauty and the Beast backpacks that were specifically designed with little girls in mind. These backpacks can be used for school, vacations, or as a “going to Grandma’s” bag.

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Disney Princess 5-Piece Backpack Set

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If the little girl in your life is a lover of all Disney princesses, you can get them this 5-piece kit with not only Belle, but also Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, and Mulan.

The set includes a school backpack, insulated lunch bag, pencil bag, water bottle, and drawstring tote bag.

Sure, for the price these probably aren’t made of the highest-quality material ever, but your daughter, granddaughter or niece isn’t going to care one bit as she skips off to school adorned in her favorite princesses.

Click here to customer photos of the 5 items.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that you found the perfect Beauty and the Beast accessory for yourself or a friend!

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Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, and Scrappers

Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, and Scrappers

Around the time our daughter Rebecca was middle school age, she got turned onto pin trading during our Disney vacations. Looking for places to trade pins and finding pins that she really liked became a big part of the trip for her.

And, by extension, it added an extra dimension to our trips that I wouldn’t have thought to do myself.

And it didn’t cost very much, either.

In this post I’m going to go in-depth on everything you need to know about Disney pin trading, including topics like:

  • The history of pin trading
  • How and why to pin trade
  • Pin trading terminology
  • Tons of information about fake pins and scrapper pins and how to avoid them

 

What Are Disney Trading Pins?

Disney trading pins are small collectible pins that feature Disney characters, attractions, icons, or events. They can be purchased individually, in packs, or traded with others, particularly at the Disney parks.

Many cast members working at the parks will be wearing lanyards with 12 pins on them. (These are not their own personal pins; they belong to Disney.) You’re welcome to look at their lanyards and choose a pin you would like to trade them for.

They will be happy to trade with you if your pin meets the criteria (which we’ll talk about later.) In order words, they won’t say, “Mmm, no thanks, I don’t want a Minnie Mouse pin.”

Cast members that are wearing green lanyards only trade with kids.

You’re allowed to trade up to 2 pins, per cast member, per day. You shouldn’t grab their lanyard or touch their pins, but instead tell them which pin you would like. In addition, you’re not supposed to give them a pin they already have (although I have that rule is not well enforced).

So how many Disney trading pins are there? I don’t think anyone knows for sure the exact number, but it’s several thousand. I’ve read numbers ranging from 70,000 to 120,000.

 

Why Pin Trade?

The short reason, for most people, is “because it’s fun.”

One thing I liked about it was that it caused us to interact with a lot of cast members, and occasionally learn a thing or two from them. I also liked how it caused us to slow down and pay a little more attention to our surroundings: instead of just dashing to the next ride, we would be keeping our eyes out for pin boards or cast members wearing pin lanyards.

If you’re the kind of person who likes a challenge, you could make it your goal to find a specific pin, or see how many pins of a particular character you can find.

From a more practical perspective, Disney pins can be a pretty inexpensive souvenir that doesn’t take up a lot of space, either in your luggage or when you get back home.

 

When Did Disney Pin Trading Start?

Disney pins themselves have been around since the parks opened, but pin trading wasn’t a “thing” until the Millennium Celebration at Walt Disney World in 1999.

Ranker tells the story of how Disney Pin Trading all began:

When George Kalogridis, the president of Walt Disney World Resort, went to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he was looking for ways to spice up the Disney Millennium celebration he’d be organizing.

He came across a group of people trading Olympics-themed pins and was impressed by the connections people were making despite not sharing a language. He decided to bring that experience to the Millennium celebration in 1999, and pin trading took off from there…

Disney pins, the article goes on to say, were never intended to be a phenomenon, or even to last more than about a year, but the demand of guests, particularly collectors, caused pin trading to last for two decades and counting.

The trading craze has spread to the Disneyland Resort in California (home of most Pin Trading events), as well as Aulani, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Lines.

Interestingly, pin trading officially ended at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2002 because guests were getting so carried away with trading that it was taking over the park. However, pin are still offered there as prizes for carnival games, and a relatively small number of pins are available for sale.

 

How Much Do Disney Pins Cost?

According to Wiki:

  • The base price for a pin is USD $9.99.
  • Limited edition pins, and special pins (e.g. pins that have a dangle, pin-on-pin, flocking, lenticular, light-up, moving element, 3-D element, etc.) cost up to $14.95.
  • Featured Artist and Jumbo Pins cost between $20 and $35 and Super Jumbo pins cost upwards of, and sometimes beyond, $125.

 

Are There Fake Disney Trading Pins?

Yes.

A lot of them.

And by “a lot,” I mean “thousands and thousands.”

And many of them — a huge number of them — are right inside the Disney parks.

Surprised? I was. Let’s talk about this, because there’s a lot to say.

 

What are Disney Scrapper Pins?

When we bought these Pin Starter Sets in the past, I completely believed that I was buying genuine, bona-fide, authentic Disney pins.

The set were recommended by a popular Disney blogger, who said the seller was incredibly high-rated, and that the pins in the set were “legitimate for trading.”

That sounded great to me!

And when the pins arrived, none of us were disappointed, and ever doubted their “realness.” I mean, they didn’t look weird or ugly or anything. They didn’t say “Diznee” on the back.

So we traded these pins — which we firmly believed were authentic pins — with many Disney cast members’ pins, who of course were only trading authentic Disney pins, right?

Whoops.

Turns out we were wrong on both counts.

You know those “tradable pins” that I bought from an “incredibly high-rated seller”?

Well, apparently referring to a Disney pin as “tradable” doesn’t mean anything.

Well … actually it kinda does mean something. It’s pretty much code for a “fake” or “scrapper pin.”

Scrappers are officially-licensed pins, made where actual Disney pins are produced. However, they were meant to be discarded (hence the name) because they did not meet the quality control criteria. I’ve heard them be described as “factory seconds” or “production overruns.”

Cheap packs of pins that you can find on Ebay or Amazon (like the pack we got) are very likely to be scrappers.

As in, very very likely.

As in, they are almost definitely scrappers.

 

Will Cast Members Trade Scrapper Pins?

I’m sure many readers will be rolling their eyes at my naivete, but I just assumed that Disney pins being worn and handed out by Disney employees at the Disney Parks would be real Disney pins.

Nope.

Well, okay … surely a couple fake pins get traded to a cast member here and there without anyone noticing … but the vast majority of their pins must be real, right?

Nope.

Turns out that roughly 90% of the pins you see on cast member lanyard and Disney pin trading boards are scrappers.

You might assume that’s because cast members don’t know the difference, or maybe some of them do, but they don’t have time to check the pins closely.

That may be true, but it’s also more than that.
Cast members have to trade a pin as long as the pin:

  1. Is made of metal
  2. Has a representation of a Disney character, attraction, etc
  3. Has a Dismey copyright on the back

And guess what? Scrapper pins meet all 3 criteria.

And that’s why they be advertised as “tradable.”

Because they are.

So that means it’s entirely possible to spend top-dollar on real Disney pins, trade them with cast members during your vacation, and end up with a bunch of junky, fake pins when you get home.

Not only is it “entirely possible,” but it’s almost guaranteed.

This creates somewhat of a dilemma for families like us: people who really enjoy the fun of pin trading in the parks, but don’t really care about how valuable or authentic our pins are, as long as we like them.

  • One one hand, I don’t want to give people fake pins or contribute to the problem of fake pins circulating the parks.
  • On the other hand, if we trade pins with a cast member — which we really enjoy doing — we almost certainly are going to get fake pins in return … so why should I pay good money real pins so that at the end of my vacation I can end up with a bunch of scrappers?

 

As someone wrote in the comments of a blog post about pins:

The fake pins are so pervasive, I find it best to make one of two choices.
1. Don’t worry about fakes; or
2. Don’t trade pins

 

Disney blogger Tom Bricker explains how Disney themselves apparently feels about all this:

Scrappers are controversial with hardcore Disney Pin Trading fans, but Disney itself is selling these to third parties and/or using factories in China that are known for producing overruns. Moreover, Disney allows Cast Members to trade scrappers. Given both of these facts, Walt Disney World’s official stance on these pins is quite clear.

If Disney wanted to put an end to scrappers, they could easily do so by producing the pins elsewhere or instituting different pin trading policies. Disney has made a business decision to do neither, likely because moving production would cost more money and policy changes in pin trading would be bad for business goodwill.

In any case, the practical reality is that the vast majority of pins on Cast Member lanyards (I’d estimate it’s over 90%) are scrappers. If you or your kids are trading pins with Cast Members, you’re going to get scrappers in return. That’s just a fact of pin trading.

As such, we highly recommend going the eBay or Amazon route …

 

And I tend to agree with him.

To me, it makes no sense to spend $200+ on real pins and trade them with Disney cast members, only to end up with a pile of cheap, fake pins when you’re by the end of your vacation.

Also, the way I see it is this: If I’m trading a fake for another fake, then that’s an even trade.

So unless something makes me change my mind — and by all means, if you have something to share that might change my mind, feel free to share it with me in the comments — we will continue to buy cheap pin starter packs (which are almost certainly scrappers) and trade them with cast members (for different pins that are scrappers).

However, this is an understandably controversial topic, and I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I “recommend” buying scrappers, or anything else. I’m just explaining the situation and telling you what we choose to do.

I also want to stress that I would never knowingly trade a scrapper pin for someone else’s real pin, either by flat-out lying or just not mentioning it.

The only trading we do is with Disney cast members, and since almost all of their pins are fakes … well, I consider that an equal trade.

 

How Can You Tell if Disney Pins are Fake?

I’m sure that right about now several are you are running to your Disney pin collections, eager to find out whether or not they are fake pins.

There also may be some of you who are determined to continue pin trading in the parks, but to just do it very very diligently and look for the very few pins out there that are authentic.

Here are some of the important things to look for in determining whether a pin is real or fake:

  1. Color — One of the most common colors in a fake pin is a “dirty yellow” or coloring that seems “too bright.” If the skin tone of a princess looks a little funny, that’s the sign us a fake. Also, an official pin should not have any paint peeling or coming off in any way.
  2. Sharp lines — Even small lettering should be clear enough that you’re able to make out all the words.
  3. Edges on a fake pin tend to be more rough.
  4. The Magnet Test — If you want to trade in the parks but want to avoid fakes, probably best thing to do is to pack a quality magnet in your park bag and test any pins that you’re considering.
    Generally speaking, fake pins cling to magnets, while real Disney pins don’t.
  5. Weight — Fake pins are often made with inferior metals, which tend to be lighter. If you’re holding a Disney pin that you know is authentic, you may be able to gauge the authenticity of another pin by comparing the two.
  6. Raised Front — The front of the pin should be raised and have a little texture to it, as opposed to being completely smooth.

 

Since this kind of thing is hard to really “get” without visuals and comparisons, I’ve included some videos below from people who know a lot more about this than I do:

 

Is my Disney Pin Fake? A Step-by-Step Guide

 

Most Common Fake Disney Pins

 

10 Easy Ways to Spot Fake Disney Pins! {Scrappers}

 

Where to Buy Disney Pins

So where can you buy Disney pins, either for the purpose of trading and/or starting your own collection?

If you are okay with buying scrapper pins, there are places on both eBay and Amazon where you can get a pack of pins pretty cheap — roughly $1 per pin. (And again, just to make sure there is no confusion, the reason they are so cheap is because they are fake/scrapper pins.)

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If you are only interested in authentic Disney pins, obviously your best bet is buying your pins directly from Disney, either at the gift shops in the parks, on online.

Facebook is actually a good place to buy pins online. Pinderella is very popular for selling authentic pins at good prices.

 

Video — Guide to Buying Disney Pins Online

 

How to Carry Disney Trading Pins

Your first consideration is to keep your pins safe. The backs that come with the pins can easily come off when they’re being jostled around. (Remember, the whole reason Rebecca got into pin trading is because somebody else lost their pin.)

We replaced our pin backs with these more secure backs:

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Most people (including Rebecca) like to wear their trading pins on a lanyard, like the Disney cast members do.

Of course these lanyards don’t have to have Disney characters (in fact, you can make an argument that decorating a plain lanyard with pins is a better idea). But if you — or more likely, your kids — want a Disney lanyard, here are a few cute ones:

Disney Princess Lanyard with Card HolderDisney Princess Lanyard with Card HolderDisney Princess Lanyard with Card HolderSet of 2 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Lanyards with Detachable Coin PurseSet of 2 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Lanyards with Detachable Coin PurseSet of 2 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Lanyards with Detachable Coin PurseMinnie Mouse Pink LanyardMinnie Mouse Pink LanyardMinnie Mouse Pink Lanyard

 

 

If you go this route, keep in mind that a lanyard full of pins can get awfully heavy and turn into a real pain when you’re walking for miles in the heat.

So if you have a lot of pins — say, more than 6 or 7 — consider:

  • Keeping your favorites safely back in the hotel room
  • Having 2 lanyards; one for “keepers” and one for “traders”
  • Wearing your favorites on lanyards, and keeping the traders in a coin purse

 

Disney Pin Trading Bags

They are some bags that were created just for the purpose of holding Disney pins:

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Another option is to wear your pins on a visor, hat, or vest.

Wearing Disney trading pins on a vest
Someone proudly wearing their Disney pins on a vest
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

 

How to Display Disney Trading Pins (in real life)

Sadly, eventually you have to leave the Disney parks and return to your real life in the normal world, where you [probably] won’t walk around with a lanyard covered in Disney pins.

So what do you do with your pins that’s better than just tossing them into a drawer into your next trip?

Well, if you already have your pins on a lanyard, you can simply hang your lanyard up on some sort of hook.

Another easy thing to do is buy a cork board and hang it on the wall. You could use it just for Disney pins, or for more “normal” things as well, like grocery lists and Christmas card photos of your cousin’s family.

Some people create “Disney boards” that have not only pins, but countdown calendars, park tickets, photos, park maps, and other paper souvenirs.

 

If you’re crafty, you might want to make your own display board:

DIY Pin Trading Display

 

If you’re a hard-core collector — or just one of those organized people — you might like to keep it in an album made for storing pins. Each page can hold a different type of pin, or a different group of characters, or pins that you collected during a specific trip.

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How to Make a Disney Pin Trading Book

 

And hey, even in the real world it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a few Disney pins out and about. Rebecca keeps a few on her school backpack, and I plan to wear one or two on the collar of my denim jacket this fall.

 

How to Style and Wear Disney Pins

 

Disney Pin Trading Terms

Like most hobbies, pin trading has its own set of terminology and abbreviations that seasoned vets toss around with ease, but which could baffle newbies.

Here is a partial list of abbreviations from Disney Pin Blog:

    DPB (Disney Pins Blog)
    OE (Open Edition pin)
    LR (Limited Release pin)
    LE (Limited Edition pin)
    WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering pins)
    HM (Hidden Mickey pin)
    ISO (In Search Of)
    HTF (Hard To Find)
    NFT (Not For Trade)
    NFS (Not For Sale)
    PTD/PTS (Pin Traders Delight, Pin Traders Sundae)
    SPR (Surprise Pin Release)
    Grail (A pin collector’s favorite pin)
    CME (Cast Member Exclusive pin)
    CL (Cast Lanyard pin)
    Pinjury (Unintentionally stabbed from a pin post, sometimes drawing blood)

 

And here’s an explanation of some different pin types from Complete Set:

  • Cloisonné — Surface of the pin contains individually set color sections
  • Dangle Pins — A portion of the pin hangs from small loops or a chain
  • Die Cast — Hand engraving dies used to create a three-dimensional image
  • Free-D — Contains a fastened rubber element on a pin adding extra dimension
  • Flocked — The pin has an area that’s a bit fuzzy
  • Hard Enamel — Next generation follow-up to Cloisonné allowing for more colors
  • Jumbo Pins — Larger, often more intricately designed and more expensive pins
  • Lenticular — A pin where the image changes when tilted back and forth
  • Light-Up — You guessed it! The pin has a section which lights when activated
  • Slider Pin — These pins have a movable piece which can slide across the pin
  • Spinner Pin — One part of the pin can move a full 360 degrees
  • Soft Enamel — Thinner pin than cloisonné pins but offering some of the same effect
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    Video — Disney Pin Trading Lingo

     

    What is a Hidden Mickey Pin?

    Just as the name suggests, Hidden Mickeys are pins with small Mickey heads hidden on them. (They’re not so much “hidden” as they are tiny.)

    So what’s the history behind Hidden Mickey pins?

    According to Wiki, a group of pins called the “WDW Cast Lanyard Collection” was introduced in 1999, meant to encourage guests to trade pins with cast members.

    When guests complained that it was too hard to tell the difference between Lanyard Collection pins and “regular” pins, designers began placing Hidden Mickeys on the pins. In 2007, the series name was officially changed to the “Hidden Mickey Collection.”

     

    Disney Trading Pin Starter Sets

    When people are brand new to pin trading, they often like to start out with a “pin starter set,” containing just a few pins and a lanyard, to get going.

    Here are a few nice-looking starter sets that I saw on Amazon.

    While I do not know for sure whether they are real Disney pins, I am guessing that they are, between both the price and the fact that they either say “Disney Parks authentic” or have the Disney logo on the product page.

    Disney Parks Frozen Pin Trading Starter SetDisney Parks Frozen Pin Trading Starter SetDisney Parks Frozen Pin Trading Starter SetRogue One: A Star Wars Story Pin Trading Starter SetRogue One: A Star Wars Story Pin Trading Starter SetRogue One: A Star Wars Story Pin Trading Starter SetPin Trading Starter Set - VillainsPin Trading Starter Set – VillainsPin Trading Starter Set - VillainsDisney Pins - Friends Are Forever - Starter Lanyard SetDisney Pins – Friends Are Forever – Starter Lanyard SetDisney Pins - Friends Are Forever - Starter Lanyard Set

     

     

    Disney Pin Trading Book

    I tried my best to include a lot of information in this post, and I certainly hope that it was helpful.

    However, as lengthy as this post is, it certainly isn’t an exhaustive look at Disney Pin Trading. Nor do I pretend to be either an expert or a collector.

    So if you want to learn more, check out The Mouse Pin Trading Guide.

    Mouse Pin Trading Guide:  The Beginner's Guide to the Fun and Obsessive world of Disney Pin Trading!Mouse Pin Trading Guide: The Beginner’s Guide to the Fun and Obsessive world of Disney Pin Trading!Mouse Pin Trading Guide:  The Beginner's Guide to the Fun and Obsessive world of Disney Pin Trading!

     

    I haven’t read the book myself, but it has very good reviews on Amazon.
    Reviewer LuckyLanena says:

    This was the best $13 I ever spent. This book guides you not only through the History of Pin but many helpful tips. The best part is the book includes full lists of all the “Hidden Mickey” and if you register your book on the author’s website you get print out copies of the pin list in FULL Color plus sign up for the informative newsletter. I now Trade with pride and knowledge. Thank you!

     

    Now it’s your turn.

    Does your family enjoy pin trading at Disney World? How do carry your pins at the park? How do you display your pins at home? Do you insist on owning and trading only genuine pins? Let us know below in the comments!

     

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I’ve been curious about Hollywood & Vine, a table service at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for some time now. If you do any research about it in forums or blog comments, you’ll see that it doesn’t have the greatest reputation. I’ve even seen it called “the worst buffet in Disney World.”

I was curious … but not curious enough to actually want to eat there and find out if I would agree with the negative comments.

So when my blogging buddy Amanda said that her family had a great time breakfast at the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine, I asked her if she would write a guest post about their experience.

 



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Hi guys! I’m Amanda from Momma Ever After.

Since we have a couple of toddlers in our group, Hollywood & Vine’s Disney Jr Play N Dine was a no-brainer. My expectations were pretty high based on the feedback I’ve received from friends and family who have also visited within the last year.

The theme of the restaurant reminds me a lot of a classic diner type of atmosphere. My favorite little Easter Egg this restaurant has is the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” detail in the window above the Hollywood & Vine entrance. It shows Roger Rabbit jumping out of Eddie Valiant’s office.

In this post I’ll answer some common questions about Hollywood & Vine, share some of our great photos, and tell you about our own personal experience there.

 

Where can I find Hollywood & Vine?

Hollywood & Vine is located within the Hollywood Studios park of Walt Disney World. When you enter Hollywood Studios, you will be prompted to do the normal bag check line, as well as scan your tickets or magic bands. You must have a theme park ticket to visit Hollywood & Vine, since it is within the park!

When walking down Hollywood Boulevard, continue straight, towards the Chinese theater. Turn left just before you reach Sunset Boulevard. It is immediately next to 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and right in front of Echo Lake (where the dinosaur and boat are located).

If you’re lucky, sometimes you will find a Photopass cast member taking photos of families in front of Echo Lake. We did, and took advantage of this opportunity while we waited for our table!

 

Hollywood and Vine at Hollywood Studios
Getting a great photo while waiting for our table!

 

✅ What characters are at Hollywood & Vine?

Like most character dining establishments at Disney, the characters vary by time of day and seasonally, dependent on holidays.

We were fortunate enough to meet Sophia the First, Vamparina, Goofy, and Doc McStuffins.

 

Hollywood & Vine restaurant in Disney World

 

You can also see Minnie and “friends” for their seasonal lunch and dinner options. Usually, this includes Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, Donald Duck, and Minnie. Characters are always subject to change. During the holidays, you can find Minnie and friends dressed in different festive outfits. This includes Goofy dressed as Santa!

 

Is Hollywood & Vine a Buffet?

YES.

I have to be honest, we have never eaten at a “bad” buffet at Disney World, and Hollywood & Vine is no exception to that. We love doing breakfast buffets because we are obsessed with freshly made to order omelets. This is the place to go for a good one.

They also have more standard breakfast foods, which are listed below.

 

Is Hollywood & Vine 2 Dining Credits on the Dining Plan?

Hollywood & Vine is available on both the 2019 Dining Plan and the 2019 Deluxe
Dining Plan. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner are ALL only 1 dining plan credit. 

If you have the dining plan, or are planning on getting it, this is an awesome use of just one credit.

 

Menu

(Note that allergy menus are available upon request for guests of all ages with special diet needs.)

Breakfast

Omelet station
Pancakes
Waffles (including Mickey waffles)
fruit
Pastries
Meats
Potatoes (and potato tots for kids)

 

Lunch and Dinner

Salads
Soups
Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
Fish
Chicken
Vegetables
Pasta
Bread
Various Sweets
Ice Cream

 

Prices

Prices are subject to change based on availability and time of year. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the price of your meal.

 

Breakfast Prices

Ages 3-9: $23.00
Ages 10 and over: $34.00

 

Lunch and Dinner Prices

Ages 3-9: $32.99
Ages 10 and over: $52.00

 

If your child is under the age of 3 they get to eat for free. You can get them their own plate from the buffet, or you can share. Whatever works best for your family.

We were able to use our 10% Annual Passholder discount on our food only items (no alcohol).

If you are a member of Tables in Wonderland, they offer a 20% discount here, as well.

 

Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios

 

Amenties for Kids

As always, Disney is great at attending to the littlest guests in all parties. You can find stroller parking immediately in front of the restaurant, as well as off to the left.

They have a large decorative area when you first enter the restaurant that is
great for photo opportunities.

While meeting the characters and taking photos with them is the ultimate goal, do keep in mind that some children are afraid of the characters.

Click here for more tips about bringing toddlers to Disney!

 

Adult Perks

While Disney is supposed to be  all about the kids, let’s face it – adults love it, too!

When sitting down at our table, a breakfast cocktail menu was available for guests over the age of 21. We chose to start our morning off with a Mimosa, but other drinks, such as Bloody Mary’s, were also available.

I can only imagine that these drinks vary based on availability, however there are only so many breakfast cocktails out there!

 

✅ Hollywood & Vine Fantasmic Dining Package

Hollywood & Vine is one of three restaurants in Hollywood Studios that offer the Fantasmic Dining Package. (The other two are The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.)

The way the dining package works is that it includes both a full meal and reserved seating in the Fantasmic amphitheater. Note that this is not a reserved seat, but rather a reserved section in the middle. This means you get to show up only about 30 minutes before the show begins, as opposed to over an hour.

The important thing to know about the Fantasmic Dining Package is that you must book it specifically. You cannot just book a regular ADR at Hollywood & Vine and then ask for Fantasmic passes when you get there. It doesn’t work that way.

 

Fantasmic Dining Package Prices

Breakfast – $42 for adults; $25 for children (plus tax and gratuity)
Lunch/Dinner – $58 for adults; $35 for children (plus tax and gratuity)

 

Hollywood & Vine or Mama Melrose?

It’s common for people who are interested in the Fantasmic Dining Package to debate between eating Hollywood & Vine or Mama Melrose. (The third restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby, is considerably more expensive and takes 2 Dining Plan credits, so it’s not really a fair comparison.)

The main question to ask yourself is, do you want:
1)A buffet with Disney characters (Hollywood & Vine); or
2) A sit-down restaurant with a nicer, more peaceful environment, but no characters (Mama Melrose)?

 

Disney Jr Play and Dine buffet character breakfast

 

Review of Disney Junior Play and Dine

This character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine was so fun for our toddlers aged 2-5 years old. The food was wonderful, and as always the character interaction is the icing on the cake.

I recommend bringing your own character signature book and pen for when you meet the characters. The signature
book is a great souvenir that you can buy off property before arriving to Disney if you want to.

 

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The characters do usually need help opening the pen, so keep that in mind!

Or better yet, check out this pen below. It’s great for character autographs because not only is it big, but it’s also retractable, which means the characters (and you) don’t have to worry about opening it:

Sharpie 32701 Retractable Permanent Markers, Fine PointSharpie 32701 Retractable Permanent Markers, Fine PointSharpie 32701 Retractable Permanent Markers, Fine Point

 

 

The staff at the restaurant was very friendly and attentive as well. We almost missed Sophia the First’s signature, but the awesome cast members went and found Sophia, just to get her signature for us. We were super appreciative for that!

 

Sophia the First at Hollywood & Vine

 

The only thing I truly noticed that makes this restaurant not stand out quite as much, is that they do not have their own signature food item. Upon visiting other character dining restaurants in the past, I noticed that a lot of them have something you can only find there.

For instance, 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian has the strawberry soup that people specifically go back there for. And Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom , has Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna, which is probably not as popular as the strawberry soup, but still a menu item that is unique to that restaurant. I think Hollywood & Vine could definitely use something along those lines.

While we have only done the breakfast buffet here, we fully plan to do the seasonal holiday dining with Minnie and friends when we return this winter. 

 

Now it’s your turn

What’s your experience at Hollywood & Vine been like? Would you recommend Hollywood & Vine or Mama Melrose for the Fantasmic Dining Package? Do you have a character buffet that you like better? Let us know below in the comments!

 



 

Amanda at Momma Ever After

Amanda is best described as “a hot mess express, who tries her best.” To mom, to wife, and to pet all of the dogs. All of them. She specializes in all things mom, wife, and Disney life. Follow along her journey of surviving on nap-times by checking out her Pinterest profile!

 

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