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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Disneyland Mystery Pin News - 9/7/01

If you follow Disneyland pin collecting news, you have no doubt heard about the Mystery Pin Program. First scheduled to run 14 weeks, and then later extended to 18, this series was created to offer pin collectors a fun, summer- long pin event. Each week, a Limited Edition pin would be released at a different location within the resort. The mystery, of course, was that no one would know what the pin would look like, or where, when, or what time it would be released.

Unfortunately, the program hit a snag this past Wednesday, when several of that week's still- unreleased mystery pins were spotted on Cast Member lanyards. Some of the mystery pins had been accidentally included in a box of pins that were intended to be placed on CM lanyards for use in trading with guests. Becky Carter, the manager of the pin trading program, was notified of the situation, and went to investigate. After counting the remaining pins multiple times, she was able to confirm that only 15 of the 1,200 pins had been distributed.

In response to very heated complaints by a fairly small group of pin collectors, (and trust me-I'm leaving out a lot of stuff here that those of you who consider yourselves to be pin collectors would be embarrassed to learn about), the Disneyland Resort released this statement:

Dear Disney Pin Collector:

As you may be aware, on September 5, Mystery Pin #15 was discovered on Cast Member lanyards. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt apologies for any disappointment or confusion this may have caused.

As a result of these circumstances, Mystery Pin #15 will not be released for purchase and all remaining #15 pins have been destroyed.

Mystery Pins #16, #17, and #18 will be released as planned. In order to improve your pin collecting experience, we are announcing their release date and Park location in advance, as follows:

  • Mystery Pin #16 is scheduled to be released on Saturday, September 15, at Disneyland Park. (Operating Hours - 9 a.m. to midnight)*
  • Mystery Pin #17 is scheduled to be released on Saturday, September 22, at Disney's California Adventure (Operating Hours - 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)*
  • Mystery Pin #18 is scheduled to be released on Saturday, September 29, at Disneyland Park. (Operating Hours - 9 a.m. to midnight)*

Determining the exact merchandise location within the respective Park, will be your "mystery" to solve.

If you have any concerns, please communicate with us in writing to either Mike Griggs or Carmen Bauza at:

Disneyland Resort Guest Communications
P.O. Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our pin trading program.


Carmen Bauza,
Vice President, Merchandise
Disneyland Resort

Mike Griggs,
Vice President, Store Operations
Disneyland Resort

*All information is subject to change without notice.

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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

In addition to scouring the park to find you the latest and greatest merchandise, she keeps you updated on all of the merchandise events happening in the parks.

If you want to talk to her about this column, merchandise, or events, contact her here.


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