If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of all things Mouse. One of my favorite pastimes is collecting pins from my visits to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and hopefully someday, the other Disney parks across the world.
When we moved into this new house, I told Jim I wanted to put some Disney up in our bedroom. Sometimes I can be a bit extra, so he helps me contain my insanity. But, in this case, he thought it would be cool if I displayed it artistically on my side of the room.
I made this corner kinda kitschy (in a positive way) Mickey-centric. It’s definitely eclectic. Not only did I display the pins, I also used some of my favorite Mickey artwork and put them in frames.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the specific pin collections, read on. If you’re not – well, you clicked on this blog post. So… what up with that? 😉
My first ever trip to Walt Disney World was in the Summer of 2000, with my Mom, Dad, and sister, Stacy. It was an awesome trip. We had never been before, and I was IN LOVE with Disney. I still remember to this day my mom encouraging me to buy the name-pin with the 2000 logo. This is way before I ever knew I would fall in love with pins. But it is my original first purchase.
Later on, I eBay-ed the other two pins from that time period to complete a 2000 set. I decided that I wanted to have a pin with the year of the visit, and one of the special theme or celebration that was going on during that visit. Hence the “Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand” pin.
Since these year 2000 pins were the first, they have earned a special spot on my wall.
After that initial 2000 visit, my family and I returned to Walt Disney World in the Summer of 2002. WDW was celebrating “100 Years of Magic” and I purchased pins to celebrate that time period.
Then, in 2004, I was a cast member as a participant in the Disney College Program, and I purchased the year pin, the Olympic pin, “Magical Gatherings”, and the bottom three are cast member pins. The hurricane pin is a pretty awesome part of my collection.
2006, I returned to WDW. This time with Jim, and even though the 50th celebration of Disneyland was in 2005, WDW was still celebrating (all the parks were) into 2006.
Also, in 2006 I made my first visit to the Disneyland Resort in California. My parents, and sister, took me on vacation after I graduated college. It was an incredible vacation!
Like I said, even though Disneyland celebrated the 50th anniversary in 2005, they continued the celebration through 2006, and I purchased pins to commemorate that.
(Later, Jim and I moved to Los Angeles, in 2009. I completed my Disneyland set with pins from those visits in 2009 and 2010. I put it all together in this frame to create a small Disneyland set.)
Last, by certainly not least, on this corner of my bedroom are two square cork boards. They feature some of my very favorite Disney pins.
At left are some of my favorite pin sets.
Obviously, I really like classic Mickey poses, as there are four sets featured in each corner of this board.
The set at top left and top right are my favorites. I dream of creating some kind of tattoo in that style.
Top center are the 8-bit character collection, one of my newest sets from our visit to Walt Disney World in February, 2019.
Also, bottom center may not look like much, but I love those three characters so much. They are the “newer” drawing style of the classic characters featured in Disney Mickey Mouse Short Cartoons. If you haven’t checked the cartoon shorts out yet, I highly recommend you do. They are awesome. (https://youtu.be/VBKgPmS5Fyw)
I really like the Disney music series middle left. The orange Mickey with the headphones is one of my ultimate favorites. Who knew that a cartoon mouse could have so much personality?
The second board features some other favorites. They tend to speak for themselves, but there’s just cool little sets within this board. I love the black and white Mickey, his crazy poses, and also I fell in love with the Mickey and Minnie “exclamations” sets featured center right.
Again, bottom left I featured a couple of pins featuring Mickey and Donald in the “new” style from the Mickey Short Cartoons.
What do you think? Do you want to see more? I plan to show off two more sections of my pin collection. So – Am I boring? Crazy? Interesting? A mix of all of the above? Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂