March 31, 2010

Pin Celebration 2010 Trade City USA—Product Showcase

Today registration opened up for Disney Pin Celebration 2010 Trade City USA. Here are the pins and merchandise for the Pin Portion of the event. Check out Vinylmation Connection for the information on the Vinylmation Showcase on August 29th.































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All information and pictures Subject to Change, from DisneyPins

March 30, 2010

Trade City, USA Event Information

Disney Pin Celebration 2010 - Trade City, USA
Epcot® - World ShowPlace
August 27-28, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
August 29, 2010 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Public Day)


New and long time traders are invited to a Tenth Anniversary "Founder's Day" celebration for Trade City, USA during Disney Pin Celebration 2010
from August 27-29, 2010 in World Showplace at Epcot®.

Guests will find themselves immersed in Trade City, an eclectic town nestled in Trading Valley that is home to several Must See Attractions including the world's longest lanyard, the world's biggest backer card, and the infamous world's largest ear hat.

Guests attending this ticketed Disney Pin Event will have the first opportunity to purchase specially designed pins; enjoy fun trading activities and games; and meet Disney Pin traders and
collectors from around the world.

Event admission is $115 per Guest.
(Event admission does not include Theme Park admission to Epcot® but is required to attend.)

(Registration opens March 31, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST)



  • First opportunity to pre-purchase limited edition pins designed especially for this event.
  • "Purchase with Purchase" pin promotion featuring exclusive pins for event Guests only.
  • Trading activities and games in World ShowPlace located at Epcot®.
  • Limited edition commemorative gifts, including an event tee-shirt*
  • Silent auction of pre-production pins, artist proof pins and more.
  • Opportunity to trade for specially designed Trade City, USA pins.
  • Meet Disney Pin Partners, Product Developers and Disney Artists from The Walt Disney Company.
  • Two (2) $15 Gift Cards redeemable at Epcot® Food and Beverage locations.
  • Plus extra special surprises throughout the event.

    The first 750 Guests who register for this event will receive a limited edition early registration pin.

    Guests that register for this event by May 31, 2010 will receive an early booking discount. The early booking admission for this event will be $100.00 per Guest. After May 31, 2010, the event admission will be $115.00 per Guest. Event admission does not include Theme Park admission Epcot®.

    When registering for Disney Pin Celebration 2010, please indicate your desired tee-shirt size. Guests who do not register prior to June 25, 2010, will not be guaranteed their desired shirt size.



    Start your trading day off by attending the Trade City, USA - Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday, August 27, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    Breakfast admission is $40 per Guest and includes the following:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Exclusive trading time inside Trade City, USA from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Special Appearances by local dignitaries from Trade City, USA.
  • Exclusive Chamber of Commerce breakfast pin (Limited Edition 200).

    End your day in Trade City, USA by attending the Founder's Day Dessert Reception on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

    Dessert Reception admission is $40 per Guest and includes the following:

  • Delectable array of desserts with coffee and tea.
  • Exclusive trading time inside Trade City, USA from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Special viewing area for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at 9:00 p.m.
  • Exclusive Founders Day Dessert Reception pin (Limited Edition 300).


    Trade City, USA - Vinylmation™ Showcase
    Epcot® - World ShowPlace
    August 29, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Join us on Sunday, August 29, 2010 as we unveil the newest subdivision in Trade City, USA - Vinylmation™. This first-ever Vinylmation™ Event will take place in World ShowPlace at Epcot® from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Public day for all Epcot® Guests will follow from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Event admission is $25.00 per Guest.
    (Event admission does not include Theme Park admission to Epcot® but is required to attend.)


  • First opportunity to purchase new Vinylmation™ Figures created for Trade City, USA and other select one-of-a-kind creations.
  • Silent auction featuring a variety Vinylmation™ items from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Vinylmation™ Trading opportunities.
  • Art demonstrations featuring Disney Design Group Artists.
  • Station to Create-Your-Own unique Vinylmation™.
  • Limited edition commemorative gift.
  • Plus extra special surprises throughout the event.
  • Wonderful World of Weenies: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant


    When planning Disneyland Paris in the late 1980s/early 1990s Walt Disney Imagineers had a tough question on their hands, “How do you design and build a fantasy castle on a continent that, for centuries, has boasted the most fantasy-like castles in the world?”

    Imagineer Tom Morris was given the responsibility of designing a new Sleeping Beauty Castle for the European park, just before that he had came back from a trip through Europe taking pictures of various castles throughout the continent.

    The team, consisting of Tony Baxter, Tom Morris, and Brian Jowers, set out to find a unique design, they began by pasting several images of castles they found in books and magazines—both Disney and non-Disney—on a storyboard. They even used sketches and original watercolor studies of the fantasy castles designed by Gustaf Tenggren for the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and those based on early Renaissance paintings by Eyvind Earle for the film Sleeping Beauty. Their research revealed that real castles were horizontally oriented for protection against the enemy, but castles in literature and film tended to have a vertical, inspirational orientation.


    The Fantasyland team wanted the castle to present a certain element of Frenchness to pay tribute to its new home. After researching castles of every kind, the inspiration of the castle was not a castle at all, but a 12th Century monastery situated on the shore of Normandy in Northern France, Mont Saint-Michel. The staircases like delicate lace spiraling up, embraced the sense of power and fantasy—how the Fantasyland team wanted the guests to feel about Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant. Using that as inspiration, Tom Morris did several pencil sketches, and they finally had their weenie.  IMAG0128

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    Lets take a look at the building of Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant in Disneyland Paris through this YouTube Video found on the internet. 

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    Opening on April 12, 1992, with Disneyland Paris, at the time Euro Disneyland, it is home to a an Audio-Animatronic dragon, which at 27 metres from head to tail was the largest Animatronic figure ever built when the park opened. The building also contains la Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant, a gallery of displays which illustrate the story of Sleeping Beauty in tapestries, stained glass windows and figures, la Boutique du Château, a shop selling Christmas ornaments year-round and Merlin l'Enchanteur, a shop specialising in handmade glass figures.

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    The castle has received several overlays throughout the years. Firstly was the 1st Anniversary in 1993. During this celebration, the castle was dressed up as a cake complete with strawberries, icing and candles. This overlay was removed after the celebration ended. In 1997 was the 5th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris. During this celebration, Sleeping Beauty's castle was dressed up in carnival masks, jester hats, frills and bells to promote the animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This overlay lasted until the beginning of 1998.

    In 2002 was the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris. For this celebration, the overlay was quite basic compared to the previous ones. The front of the castle was fitted with a golden scroll displaying a large 10. Also, the celebration saw the opening of Walt Disney Studios next door. The scroll, and other Anniversary material in the park was removed in 2003.2_image_13



    In 2007, the castle received another overlay, celebrating the 15th Anniversary which started in 2007. It featured golden Disney characters displayed on the turrets and spires, each holding a candle, and Tinkerbell on the highest spire—the candles were 'lit' each night during a special 'Candlebration' ceremony which took place on a raised temporary stage at Central Plaza, in front of the Castle. A huge illuminated gold plaque featuring a large '15' was hung on the front of the Castle. This echoed the overlay that was featured for the 10th Anniversary in 2002. The 15th Anniversary and the 'Candlebration' ceremony finally ended after an extended stay on 7 March 2009.


    The 15th overlay was to be shortly followed on 4 April 2009 by Mickeys Magical Party, a "theme year" celebration held at the park. The castle was once again overlaid with a Mickey and Friends plaque over the main window, and the spire heads were changed from being characters to being 3 circles "of ribbon" representing Mickey, continuing the recent usage of "theme years" that the resort has begun to favour. 


    The past couple of years Disneyland Paris has had its own “Lights of Winter” down Main Street leading up to the castle. With the help of lights, the castle is seemingly covered in ice for the winter months at night. Similar to Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, it was one of the first two castles to be covered in the light/ice effect. Following were the Sleeping Beauty Castles in Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.


    Onto the pins. Unlike Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, the many pics of Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant are pretty similar, and really only change over time because of the “technology”. Note, the earlier pins featuring the weenie have a lighter pink, while some of the newer ones feature a darker pink, and more vibrant, less muted.

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    Be sure to vote in our GDP Blog Poll, What’s your favorite Sleeping Beauty Castle?? Personally, this is my fave, and I haven’t even been out of Florida.

    Pictures and Information from, All Ears Net, DLRP Magic and PinPics.

    EDITED: Added acknowledgement to I totally forgot, and would like to publically apologize.