August 31, 2016 at 9:53 AM #13875
In episode 55 of the DPB Podcast we talked about our experience at Pixar Party pin event! Overall, we thought it was great. What are your thoughts?September 1, 2016 at 3:17 PM #13884
This was my third consecutive pin event and I have to say it was arguably the best one yet!
–Character Meet and Greets- When do you ever see Carl?! Roaming characters are something I always thought was a missed opportunity for these events but this year Disney up’d the ante. 4 different characters (CARL!) with prop backgrounds really added another layer of fun to the event.
–Theme- The decorations were the best I’ve seen so far. A Nemo board that made it look like you were in a fish tank, life size Sully and Mike watching you on the Monster themed pin board, even selecting you’re favorite dishes (pin boards) at Remy’s restaurant. All in all very well put together.
–Value- The overall value of this event is often times understated in my opinion. $110 (after factoring in the gift card) for 11 pins that are all LE1100 is a price point ($10 per pin) Disney hasnt hit in like a decade. Plus the opportunity to trade up to 16 pins off boards littered with Low LE’s, AP’s and retired pins. Take into account the chance to be selected for random games and prizes, the fact that the event brings almost every pin ever made into one building, and the combined 24+ hours of Disney sponsored trading time and this event goes from an expense to a no brainer real quick.
–Pins- Obviously the pins we’re the star of the show. Both the ones that were available for purchase as well as the ones on the board (Piece of History and Park Pack AP’s!)
Now while the cons were few and far between (especially if you have no previous events to compare it to) there were a few things to note.
–No pin talk!- Probably the most glaring omission from this years event was the annual pin talk. Having actual Disney employee’s talking about the upcoming year of pins is a staple of each event and not having it was a real bummer. Its usually about 30 minutes or so worth of insider tips and insights all about pins. Typically culminating in the announcements of next years event theme.
–Entertainment- While not %100 percent a con, the entertainment production value seemed to falter a bit in contrast with previous years. Having fewer entertainers who pretty much just host games and interject occasional improv, there wasnt much to talk about when it came down to it. Disney seemed conscious of this decision and tried to supplement the event by showing Pixar shorts every 15 minutes or so on the big screens throughout the Showplace. Again, it wasnt awful, its just the worst out of the 3 events I’ve been too.
–Countdown Pins- Or lack there of. No countdown pins this year. Usually a series of pins are announced at each event coinciding with next years theme, releasing once a month to till next years event comes along. The initial pin of the set becomes available for purchase at the event and the final pin in the set is available at next years. This didnt happen this time, and it was kind of a let down. Those pins are typically highly coveted and make for a great set or even better traders to other event guests trying to finish their collection.
—The breakfast this year was another big hit. Obviously there is decent food but its really about trading on the boards as much as you can in 90 minutes. Being the beginning of the event, awesome pins are everywhere and with smart time management you can trade off the pin boards quite a bit. (5 times for both my girl friend and I. Thats an extra 10 pins each!). Disney also made it clear that once 10AM hit anyone trading on the boards would have to use a trading tab. But in reality, they just put a cast member at the end of the line and anyone who was in front of them, didnt have to use a tab. Classy move Disney. My only qualm was how quickly they started breaking down elements of the breakfast. By 9:30 one of the buffet and drink stations was already put away, and by 9:40ish the other one was gone aswell. Most people trade as much as they can, saving food for last. So I think they should try to keep the food available as long as possible just to help cater to some of the more die hard pin traders!
Whew. Thats a lot of text. My bad.September 6, 2016 at 12:08 AM #13934
Thank you for the comment, Yeti! I agree with you on many of your points. I featured your comment in the podcast this week as well.
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