Disney Pin Trading practically is a buy-and-trade hobby that take place in Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Thousands of pin have been created over the years (my collection is mere 10% of it). Technically, the pins is featuring Disney characters, park attractions, special events and more.
I never bring a luggage to Hong Kong Disneyland, this time is totally different. You'll know why when you scroll down.
And so, Hong Kong Disneyland held Pin Trading Fun Day annually, usually in April. I love April, it's my birthday month, so when I visit the park during the time, I get a (or more) birthday badge, yay!
Have you seen this frame? The cast member will ask for a photo when you have a birthday badge on. Alternatively, you can ask from the counters in merchandise shops if they keep any frame. Still remember my first Disney Experience back in 2010, I saw the cast members walking around with the frame, I was wondering what is the purpose for it but too shy to ask. A friendly cast member approached me, he offered to take a photo with me and get me to sign on a notebook, saying it was a souvenir for himself as a cast member. Guess the "My First Time" badge on my shirt got him, lol.
Anyway, it's "Flight of Fantasy" Parade again!
Aww still in love with the parade no matter how many time I've watched it. When I scroll my Disneyland photo album, realized that I always sit at the right hand side of the parade! From this side, you get to see Donald Duck, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and more. Aww guess I should get to the other side next time for Pluto.
|One of the frames|
The cast members were curious of DVC. I'm not surprised that they aren't aware of it, Disney Vacation Club is still not widely introduced in the park. In Japan, yes. They are recruiting Japanese-speaking employees, preferable Japanese to be based in Japan - Disney Vacation Club. Hope they set up one in Hong Kong Disneyland resort soon!
It's not a hairband. It's a bandage I got from the Pirate Party on Disney Fantasy last December. It's a complimentary costume accessory to every guest onboard. I got two though.
See another frame in Adventureland!
The photo above is for you to know where I get my lunch meal (as shown below) from. No fun if I tell every single details, no?
Did you know there's no takeaway in Disneyland? I was surprised though. I couldn't finish this meal so I asked for a takeaway tupperware, the cast member there isn't a plastic bag to take away food. Note to myself, bring a Tupperware next time. Here's another tips, they are clean water machines stationed in outside the restrooms in park. Sometimes it's cold but mostly just normal temperature drinking water. If you are not a fan of
First time taking photo in Grizzly Gulch! Minnie admires my jegging, lol. Mickey asked for my Duffy and DVC lanyard, haha no way. But, I don't mind to trade it with his costume though.
Mystic Point, not an interesting park to explore, if I may comment. It's the world-exclusive themed park in Hong Kong Disneyland. There is only one ride where you'll sit in a cabin and it will bring you to explore the Master's collection of fine arts and antiques.
Alright, it's Pin Trading Fun Day!
What's in my luggage and Jack Skellington bag? All pins. Yes,, you heard it, it consists of 200+ Disney pins, freaking heavy. I've took part of my pins for trading purpose. Many pin traders will gather in the park during the event dates. Anyway, I have yet met any Malaysian, I hope there are more to join!
I did not successfully trade any pin that I'm looking for. There are many wanted to trade with mine, frankly speaking, I wouldn't trade with adult who is trying to take advantage, for example, using a normal pin to trade with my limited pins from Walt Disney World. Like, are you kidding? They are smart but distasteful. But, I did trade some with kids. They won some from the arcade and I willingly trade my special event pins with them.
These arcade games aren't for free! I envy those kids who can play it repeatedly, salute their relentless spirit of winning the special pins, those games aren't cheap seriously. Once I hit my RM500 margin, I stopped myself from trying anymore. If you're lucky you can win the 1000-limited Duffy pin (and I won one only) or some pins originally from Disneyland Paris or Disney Park. I did won some exclusive but small pins, end up I traded it with other kids for Donald Duck pins.
On the event dates, they released a series of special pins, gosh the long queue at the side of the castle is killing. It was consider early when I reached the park, that jaw-dropped moment that you couldn't imagine, the amount of people lined up for the special pins are insane!
Anyway, this time around I did not stay until the fireworks because bringing a luggage is troublesome. I got my luggage sent back to hotel first before I went out for a quick supper.
Yeah babe, this is my supper. I can't get this in Lantau Island thus I went all the way to TST for THIS! Been watching the advertisement and I know I must try it out. My spice-tolerance is extremely low, but this burger, easy job though. Guess this is a #malaysianthing. Pfft, this burger is not as hot as what I've imagined.
So, these are part of the limited pins in my collections. All these are the one Disney people are insanely looking for, some asked if I want to sell it but no thanks. I'm lucky to have all these with the special assistance of a friendly cast member. When I was in the queue, we had a short conversation. He then kept the Duffy pack for me, just two. Anyway, I let go one set to a person after me because he couldn't get even one of the limited series, all sold out. At least I still have one set for myself.
This is a real quick-short trip to Hong Kong. My new found love is Rimowa luggage! It's spacious and light! There are about 7 new shirts, some Disney Vinylmations, few boxed pins and 3 medium-sized Disney soft toys inside, along with my clothes and laptop. Rimowa in Pavilion has been helpful to change the lock for me although is not a faulty caused by the manufacturer. My lock was damaged when I fly home from Paris, the customs authority opened all my luggage for security check, I don't know why the damage although this Rimowa has TSA lock. So anyway,
Who doesn't like Air Asia? Although it was a last-minute decision to fly to Hong Kong for Pin Trading Fun Day, Air Asia still manage to offer the best and economical airfare! Because of Air Asia, I get to fly to Hong Kong frequently. Although the level of comfort and service can't beat Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines, but what do you expect more? You get what you pay for, right? Cheers to Tony Fernandes!