Posts Tagged ‘pin trading’

A Day of Firsts

Day 1 at Disney World and we had to visit Magic Kingdom first. When you have young kids Magic Kingdom has to be your first stop. It will probably be one of the resorts we visit more than once on our current trip.

We’ve actually visited Disney World a few times, I think six times, but even with all those visits there are still things we haven’t seen or done. Today was actually a day of a few firsts. Today we checked out Country Bear Jamboree, a show we’ve never seen before. Similar to the Enchanted Tiki Room, this is more an attraction that you sit in an air-conditioned room to watch a themed animal animatronics show. The kids seemed to like it, I felt it was a little dated, especially some of the songs, though I’m sure my six-year old son will start singing the song ‘Blood on the Ground’. Probably not a show we’ll see again (unlike Enchanted Tiki Room which we have to see every time we visit) but I’m glad we did see it; I’m glad we had the chance to try something new at Disney.

We also tried Splash Mountain for the first time, especially after we found out our three-year old met the height restrictions, just. barely. Usually the stand-by wait for Splash Mountain has been up to 1.5 hours but when we walked by it was only 15 minutes. Everyone loved it. Yes we got wet, not too wet but wet enough. And once wasn’t enough; we went on two more times. If given the chance the kids would have kept going on but there were some other rides we wanted to hit before heading back to the hotel.

Since this was our youngest daughter’s big ride, just passing the height requirement, she received her Splash Mountain pin. (The kids like to participate in pin trading, but we also buy a few select pins on each visit, like for the resort we’re staying at and a specific ride pin that really means something to each child on that trip).

My six-year old son’s favourite roller coaster is Thunder Run; he experienced for the first time last year. So this year my eight-year old daughter convinced him that he should try her favourite roller coaster, Space Mountain. He sat in the car between me and my daughter. While we whipped around I asked if he liked it and he said ‘no’. Oh dear. I could say close your eyes and it will pass but the ride takes place in the dark so that wouldn’t accomplish much. As the ride continued he started screaming but not ‘get me off this ride before I jump’. No it was ‘this is awesome’. At the end of the ride I asked how he liked it and he said he loved it. After his initial fear of the lap restraint not holding him in, he relaxed and really loved it. He loved it so much he went again. So he earned his Space Mountain badge.

I love that a visit to Disney World means we can visit the attractions and rides we love but that we always find something new to try; a new resort, ride, food. It makes it a great new experience every time.

Pin Party

pin tradngIn less than two weeks we leave for Disney. We’ve been before and I’m the kids are really excited about going again. This trip the kids wanted to try a little pin trading. But if you’ve every been to Disney, you’ll know the pins there are expensive, anywhere from $7.oo to $14.00 US. So my husband jumped onto ebay and bought a box of one hundred random pins, working out to be a fraction of the cost.

It may seem crazy, buying something without knowing what it is (we didn’t know what pins we were getting). But that’s the whole idea. If the kids ended up selecting pins they want to keep they’ll have nothing for trading.

A friend of mine is also going down to Disney with her daughter so we thought we could include them in the pin trading fun. So here it is two weeks before our trip. The pins have arrived. What better way to amp up everyone’s excitement then by hosting a Pin Party.

My oldest got right into it. She made a sign for the door. She also found a recipe for a fruit drink in her Girls Book of Flower Fairies. This same girl, the one I have to drag out of bed, was also up at six in the morning to go party shopping with her dad.

The kids drank their fairy drinks and they played in the backyard. We had a great BBQ outside. Even the rain held off (a few showers don’t scare my kids easily).

Catching up in the hammock...

Catching up in the hammock...

...and hanging out with zombie comic books.

...and hanging out with zombie comic books.

Over cupcakes and fruit the Pin part of the Party started. We gave each child their own lanyard to wear around their next and display their trading pins. Then we went from youngest to oldest child and they reached into the pin bag to choose a pin. Each child ended up with 25 pins. Some the kids were excited about and others they didn’t recognize.

Yummy cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes

Crazy friend faces

Crazy friend faces

Pin Parties are for boys too

Pin Parties are for boys too

Reaching into the pin bag

Reaching into the pin bag

Once all the pins were distributed the real fun began. The kids were allowed to trade with each other. My son has decided he wants to collect and trade for pirate pins. And since some of the girls had pirate pins he was eager to trade with them. You should have heard the negotiating going on! At least at Disney there’s no negotiating. You ask a Cast Member (what employees at the Disney parks are referred to as) and they just give you the pin you want for the pin you want to give up. No worries on value or size, just a nice friendly trade.

Some pins the kids decided to keep and not trade

Some pins the kids decided to keep and not trade

Shhh...pin negotiating in progress

Shhh...pin negotiating in progress

The party was a big success. That night my kids went to bed with visions of Disney pins in their head. They’re all excited about some real trading. You’ll have to check back in two weeks when the real trading happens in Disney to see how it all went.

Pin parties are messy business

Pin parties are messy business