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Disney Pin Trading

Updated on September 23, 2009

Collecting Official Disney Trading Pins

WARNING! Disney pin trading is highly addictive and may be hazardous to your wallet!

But it's so much fun! Whether you're thinking of trying it on your next trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland or you just need some tips to support your pin trading habit, read on!

[Pin photos throughout this lens courtesy of Pin Pics.]

 

What's Here

Getting Started | Spotlight Pin | Learn the Lingo | Pin Trading Etiquette
Get a Lanyard | Problem Pins | Tomart's Pin Trading Guide
Buy Trading Pins | Rare Disney Pins for Sale | Pin Bags & Books
More Disney Pin Trading Websites | Limited Edition Pins
Comments | Spotlight Pin Archive | Like this Lens?

Spotlight Pin: Lanyard Peeker Disney Pin Series

This style of Disney pin is a fun idea for showcasing your favorite Disney character on your lanyard. The pin goes on the lanyard backwards, so the the character looks like he's peeking around from behind.

The 7-pin open edition series was released at DLR on February 24, 2008. The characters featured are Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, Donald Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell, and Chip & Dale.

Add this lens to your favorites, and check back for the next spotlight pin, coming soon!

Learn the Lingo - Glossary of Disney Pin Trading terms

By no means a complete list. Check back for updates!

  • Back Stamp
    Identifying information on the back of a pin. May include copyright information, country of manufacture, release year, edition size, and the official Disney Pin Trading logo.
  • Hidden Mickey Pin
    A Cast Lanyard pin. Refers to the small Mickey Mouse-head silhouette found on the face of most Cast Lanyard pins.
  • Cast Lanyard
    A lanyard worn by a Cast Member. The pins on a Cast Lanyard are available for trade with Guests.
  • Scrapper
    An unauthorized pin made from a genuine Disney pin mold that was not destroyed by the manufacturer when Disney discontinued production of the pin.
  • Dangle Pin
    A pin with a separate piece that hangs from a small chain or loop.
  • Slider
    A pin with a separate piece attached that can be moved back and forth across the base piece.
  • Cast Lanyard Pin
    A pin that cannot be purchased and can only be obtained through a trade with a Cast Member. Cast Members are given these pins to put on their lanyards for trading with Guests. They are not given to Cast Members for them to keep for themselves.
  • Cast Exclusive Pin
    Different than a Cast Lanyard pin, these are offered for sale to Cast Members only.
  • Spinner
    A pin with a piece attached that spins 360°
  • Pin Pics
    Unofficial site (www.pinpics.com) featuring an extensive database of photos and background information for tens of thousands of pins.
  • Shark
    A "professional" pin trader. You'll find them around Disney pin trading tables with multiple lanyards, large pin books, and even rolling cases full of pins. If you don't know your pins, and you try to make a trade with a shark, you will probably get taken.
  • Surprise Release
    Also called a Mystery Pin, this is a pin for which no details are revealed until before the pin is offered for sale.
  • Company D
    Cast Member-exclusive retail locations behind the scenes at the theme parks.
  • Holy Grail
    The hard-to-find favorite pin that is an individual trader's most-wanted trade.
  • GWP
    Gift With Purchase. A pin is sometimes offered free with a minimum purchase at resort or theme park shops.
  • Free-D
    A pin with a rubber embellishment. Acronym for Fastened Rubber Element for Extra Dimension.
  • Fab 5
    The big guys: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto.
  • WDW
    Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Includes the four major theme parks, Downtown Disney, and the Disney resort hotels.
  • DLR
    Disneyland Resort in California. Includes the Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure, resort hotels, and Downtown Disney.
  • MNSSHP
    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the annual after-hours Halloween celebration at Magic Kingdom. Usually runs about 20 nights in September and October, with new pin releases each night.

Cast Lanyard Pins on eBay

Cast Lanyard pins are those that are not sold to the public and can only be obtained through a trade with a Cast Member.

Review Pin Trading Etiquette - No pushing, no shoving.

Trading pins with Cast Members is easy and fun. Keep it that way by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Don't try to trade fake or unofficial pins. Review the information on scrappers, and be sure to buy your pins from reputable sources.
  • Trade up to two pins with each Cast Member, and don't offer a pin the Cast Member already has on his lanyard.
  • Hands off! If you need a better look at a pin on someone's lanyard, ask, don't touch.
  • Be respectful of a Cast Member's job responsibilities. If someone is working a cash register with a line of guests, wait your turn.

Get a Lanyard - A place to hang your pins

When visiting Disney property, most traders wear their pins on a lanyard. A pin trading starter set, which includes a themed lanyard and several pins for trading, is a great place to start if you're new to trading.

Educate yourself about problem pins.

There are a lot of unauthorized pins available for purchase on eBay and through other sources. Some are obvious, made with materials and images of poor quality, like the Belle pin at right. Others are very well made and nearly indistinguishable from the originals they copy. If you plan to buy traders on eBay (and you should), look very carefully at auction descriptions and photos and seller feedback to be sure you are getting real Disney pins that are tradable with Cast Members.

Another potential problem is pins that are too common. When trading with a Cast Member, you will need to offer a pin that is not already on the Cast Member's lanyard. There are certain pins, such as the Millennium Dancer and Kodak pins below, that were produced in such large quantities that you will have trouble finding anyone to trade them with.

Keep reading for tips on how to avoid problem pins when buying traders on eBay.

Check the seller's feedback. Of course this is always a good practice on eBay, but it is particularly helpful when looking for high quality traders. Many very busy pin sellers have lots of feedback comments with complaints related to fake pins.

Avoid pin lots with large quantities of the same pin. You have to wonder what is up with these... Why does a seller have so many of the same pin? They are probably scrappers or too common to be traded easily.

Don't bother with the really common pins. The Millennium Dancers, the blue Kodak pins, and the Cuties (babyish versions of the Fab 5 and Pooh characters) are found on too many Cast Member lanyards.

If it sounds to good to be true... If you find a listing for a lot of pins with a Buy It Now price of $1.50 per pin, a photo of a bunch of popular Cast Lanyard-exclusive pins, and a description that states that you "may receive some of the pins pictured" and maybe some others not pictured, hit the back button, fast.

When buying traders on eBay, the best defense against bad pins is research. Pay attention, and you can get great traders at reasonable prices.

Tomart's Disney Pin Trading Guide Book

Tomart's 6th Edition DISNEYANA Guide to Pin Trading (Tomart's Illustrated Disneyana Catalog & Price Guide)
Tomart's 6th Edition DISNEYANA Guide to Pin Trading (Tomart's Illustrated Disneyana Catalog & Price Guide)

Released in June 2007, this is the first new edition in over two years of the ultimate Disney pin trading guide. With updated prices and a new focus on pins from the theme parks, Disney Cruise Line, and World of Disney, the Tomart's guide is great for browsing pins and discovering your holy grail. This book is loaded with pin pictures, which makes it a little overwhelming if you're searching for a specific pin but also makes it perfect for browsing and exploring.

 

Buy Some Traders - The more the better. With any luck, you're going to run out.

At $6.95 or more per pin, buying pins at Disney parks for trading can get very expensive. Plan ahead and get your traders on eBay before you go. Just be sure to read the tips on avoiding problem pins first!

Mickey's Mystery Pin Machine arrived at Epcot on September 6, 2007. For $5, you can play a game and win a pin. The gameplay involves rolling a ball back and forth against gravity to try to get it in the hole at the top. You get three balls per play, and regardless of your success at the game, you win one of a collection of new pins that are exclusive to the game!

Mickey's Mystery Pin Machine is expected to be coming soon to more Walt Disney World locations.

Search for Hidden Mickeys in between pin trades

Hidden Mickeys: Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets
Hidden Mickeys: Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets

Been on all the rides six times each? Facing the long lines of a day at Magic Kingdom during Spring Break? Make all your time on Disney property more interesting by searching for Hidden Mickeys, the icons that Disney Imagineers have snuck in to just about every ride, restaurant, and resort they have designed. This book will give you some hints and challenge you to find them all.

 

The Best Disney World Guide Book

The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2010 (Unofficial Guides)
The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2010 (Unofficial Guides)

This Disney World guide has EVERYTHING. I've been to Disney World dozens of times, and still every time I pick up this book I learn something new. Whether you're planning your first trip or your 20th, this book has the best information on where to stay, what to eat, and how to plan your days so you won't miss a thing.

 

Get a Pin Bag or Book - Maybe not now, but soon.

A typical lanyard can comfortably hold around 15 pins. If you plan on building even a small collection, a pin bag or book is the way to go.

My personal favorite. The question is an inside joke among Cast Members. Sure, it's insulting, but it's oh-so-clever!

This pin featuring Chip and Dale is a limited edition Cast Exclusive surprise release. Only 500 of these pins were released, and the release was not announced before the sale started on March 5, 2004 at Company D. Cast Members could buy the pin for $5.00, and they were sold out in three days. If you ever see this one, get it!

Donald Duck is in trouble again... This Limited Edition pin features Donald Duck chasing after one of his nephews, who is making a mess of some wet paint. The Wet Paint pin was released at Magic Kingdom on January 31, 2001 as a Mystery Pin with a limited release of 1000 pins. It sold out quickly and is now extremely rare and highly sought after. A recent eBay search for this pin found one listed for $175.

In honor of Star Wars Weekends 2007 and the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, this spotlight pin is a Limited Edition sold at Jabba's Hut at the Disney-MGM Studios beginning June 1, 2007. The design is based on a poster from the original release of Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, with Mickey Mouse, light saber in hand, playing the part of Luke Skywalker.

Spotlight Pin: The Year of a Million Dreams

The Year of a Million Dreams has been a blast so far at the Disney parks, and the fun won't stop for another whole year. Cast Members at the parks have been making dreams come true for random guests with surprises ranging from a special role in a parade to a night in Cinderella's Castle Suite.

In celebration of the recent announcement that the Dreams will be extended for another year, the latest spotlight pin is the exclusive Year of a Million Dreams Mickey & Minnie pin. This pin is part of a lanyard set that is randomly awarded by Cast Members to park guests. The set includes a special silver lanyard, the Mickey & Minnie pin, and a matching pin featuring Goofy & Donald.

Disney Dollars turned twenty years old in 2007. To celebrate the occasion, this Limited Edition pin was released at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 2, 2007. The pin features Mickey Mouse holding up a replica of the original 1987 $1-denomination Disney Dollar. This pin has an edition size of 500.

Learn more about Disney Dollars and Disney Dollar pins

Spotlight Pin: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2007 Jumbo Pin

Santa flies over Cinderella Castle and Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto look on in this jumbo pin commemorating Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2007. This pin had a Limited Edition run of 1500 and was released on November 12, 2007, at MVMCP.

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What's Here

Getting Started | Spotlight Pin | Learn the Lingo | Pin Trading Etiquette
Get a Lanyard | Problem Pins | Tomart's Pin Trading Guide
Buy Trading Pins | Disney Pin Collections & Rare Disney Pins
Pin Bags & Books | More Disney Pin Trading Websites | Limited Edition Pins
Comments | Spotlight Pin Archive | Like this Lens?

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      wadsworth lm 5 years ago

      I was very interested in pin trading for a while, but lost interest when several of my favorite pins turned out to be fakes. It is a shame because the pins are awesome.

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      katleigh22 6 years ago

      hi i have purchased a pin from ebay and it was described as "GENUINE" i have received it and it does not have the pin trading symbol on the back, it looks pretty shabby to... can anyone help me?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i am tryin to find the value of several pins in my collect i have roughly 110 2007 edition pins includeing 4 limited collectors edition pins of a 1000 they are 1 of 5 each . 2 rocknroller coaster with car that does 360 degrees around the pin, 4 pop up pins a where dreams come true pinsever 35 anneversary eddition pins. all of wich was purchased in disnet land in florida except the 2. so qustion is is there a place i can get a rough estimate for entire collection not reall wanting to part with but medical reasons bein forced to

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      HowToMan101 6 years ago

      Great lens on Disney. Check out my lens on Disneyland! www.squidoo.com/thedisneylandexperience

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Trading and collecting Disney pins added another element to our family vacation, and my daughter spent many enjoyable hours searching and trading for Pluto pins.

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      Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Disney is still a classic!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 20th Anniversary Disney Store pin and I can't find it anywhere online to figure out the value.. where do I go?

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      Blackspaniel1 7 years ago

      Some pins are only given to guests at certain resorts, making them hard to get.

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      Great lens! Being in Florida, the entire family loves Disney World and we visit often. My dad was a huge pin collector having started when they first came out. We also get a kick out of looking for (and finding) the "Hidden Mickeys".

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      NickOng 7 years ago

      What a cute selection of pictures! i definitely want some of the pins in this lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hiya, pin collecting can be addictive but is so much fun at any age....just one question, I am a new trader and my collection is growing quickly but still unsure where I can purchase a pin bag...Do you guys know of some sites advisable to check..thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have set up a website just for uk pin traders or those who are intersted in UK Store Pins, please let all your pin trading friends know about us.

      http://disneypinsuk.webs.com/

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      thumpergirl27 8 years ago

      I love collecting. it is a bit pricey sumtimez but something bout seeing your collection makes it worth it.

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      Nathalie Roy 8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Love it!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      like em feel em love em

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have about 37 [in reply to lauren]

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      Of course this is a subject close to my heart. I have been collecting pins for about 5 years and have about 250 now.

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      funcoolcollecti 9 years ago

      Good job! 5 stars!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Just love Disney, 5 stars foryou!

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      sweepsisfun 10 years ago

      Everytime I go to WDW I pick up a collectors pinI enjoyed yor lens.

      http://www.squidoo.com/FAIRFIELDCONNECTICUTMOVIELO...

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I really want to find one of the 100 years of magic pins that was released in 2001. It's the one that is the "smart" pin. I lost mine and I want to replace it... please help if you know where i can find one

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      freaknoodles1 10 years ago

      Hi Adam! I think you're referring to the Maleficent pin from the Disneyland Divas Villain Event in October 2000. There were 500 pins given away at the event, and it's rare enough that I wasn't able to find any eBay listings to get an idea of the value. PinPics shows that 13 people have the pin available for trade, and 654 people want it, so it's certainly a desirable pin!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I have a pin from a thing called the Enchanted villains evening or somehting like thay it was only given to certain people who attended and i got a hold of it through a friend tha work for disney and i was just curious about how much it was worth etc its Maleficent and the dragon behind her....can you help

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      beachbum_gabby 10 years ago

      lovely pins, great choice of collection. Well done lens, 5*!

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      freaknoodles1 10 years ago

      Ali G: It is possible to get some pins by mail direct from Disney, but it depends on the pin. Try searching for the one you want at www.disneypins.com. Many new pins have mail order information listed there. You can also try calling DelivEARS Merchandise Guest Services at 1-800-362-4533.

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      BaaBaaBlankies 10 years ago

      Wow! Great lens!

      Visit Florida Besides Disney

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Will a WDW pin trading store mail me a pin I want if I call them on the phone? Our passes expired a few weeks before the issue date.

      Thanks.

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      teamlane 10 years ago

      Hi Freaknoodles! The name still cracks me up! This lens is great and warrants a Squid Angel Blessing! :)

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      kab 10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love the pins! Great job on this lens!

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      Ruth Coffee 10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Wow tons of info, I have a few pins but I wouldn't part with them! Great lens!

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      The-Bohemian 10 years ago

      My daughter is going to the kingdom next week, great lens to get her excited again about pin trading (our FAVE part when we went three years ago). I wish I had more pins for her, spending more time packing pins than clothes! 5 'pins'!

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      Great lens! I love the way you added the links that allow you to jump around the page. Come jump over to my lens squidoo.com/FrogUnitStudy. The frogs and I are hanging out on the lily pads looking for friends.

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      travellover 10 years ago

      I would have loved to trade the last time we went down in August but my little one doesn't like to give anything up! Great site - very informative.

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      JanetG LM 10 years ago

      I love these Disney pins. Collecting them can become addictive. Perhaps some folks visiting Disney World near Orlando would like to see what else there is to do in Florida. Visit my squidoo site Inside Florida.

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      AlisonMeacham 10 years ago

      Another great lens. I enjoy PIN trading - it is highly addictive though! You may like to visit my lens at Best Orlando Attractions Ever

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great site! Come check out our Disney Collectible store.

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      CollectorsCottage 10 years ago

      The Collector Clubs group has a new feature! All Club members whose lens rank is 200 or higher get featured for a week in the TOP 200 module. Stop by, you may be there!

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      MrNoodles LM 10 years ago

      I've been collecting pins for the past year. It sure is fun!

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      Aika 10 years ago

      cool lens and stuffs! Big fan of Disney, I have some stuff about the characters but never to the point that turns into addiction :) 5*

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      Enchanted_Ways 10 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know a thing about these pins.

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      Great lens. I can see how these would get addicting!

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      Foolish Mortal 10 years ago

      Hi there fellow pin trader! Want to make a trade? Visit me at:

      See if I've got anything you like :)

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      DeanBakerWholesale 10 years ago

      Great lens...5 stars!

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      Signhappy 10 years ago

      Very nice lens, and great items.

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      You are invited to join the Raising Stars group

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      I love Disney pins. 5 stars Come visit me and view my beautiful Kinkade Disney paintings. Best wishes,

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      Quilteralice 10 years ago

      Pin collecting looks like fun!

      Alice

      Art Knitting - Weird, Wacky and Wonderful

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      CollectorsCottage 10 years ago

      What a wonderful, informative lens! I never knew about any of this - it's so interesting. 5 BIG stars from me.

      And welcome to the Collector Clubs group!

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      magscrafts 10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing so much great information!

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      Abbeys_Carolinas 10 years ago

      Wow, didn't realize such a hobby existed. Interesting! Voted and rolled.

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 10 years ago

      Awesome Disney lens! Giving you 5 "BIG" stars! Come check out my free movies!

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      ShawnsBidness 10 years ago

      Disney FANatic here who also sells Disney items in our eBay store. Waiting for dd to get a bit older to start this hobby. But I know where to turn for info. 5 Stars and Rolled! Visit my lens about our store.

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      movie-valley 10 years ago

      Nice stuff and it can be really addictive!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I love everything Disney. I'll be adding your lens to my featured lenses this week. Great lens.

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      wildrosetreasure 10 years ago

      Nice lens. Love the Disney pins. added it to my lensroll.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great Lens. I'm just stumblin'. Thumbs up for you!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      5 stars!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thanks - added you to our lens rolls!

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