Sunday, July 3, 2016

EPCOT Center Logo pins

As a Disney pin collector, there's a satisfaction that comes with finding that last pin you need to complete a set. And as a finicky collector, the pins I'm drawn to are few and far between- so when I find a set I love, and I can complete it? That's cause for celebration. My favorite pin set probably doesn't come as a surprise to regular readers: the EPCOT Center Logo pins.

Released in April 2015 as part of the Hidden Mickey Cast Lanyard series, these vintage Epcot icons have everything I love in a pin design- clean crisp styling, bold color, classic graphic design, symbols or signage rather than characters, and of course- they're vintage Epcot. The icons represent the original Epcot Center logos, including Horizons, Journey Into Imagination, CommuniCore, The Land, and The Living Seas.

I collected this set over the course of several visits. Ironically, I had to go to the other side of the country- to Disneyland- in order to find the last remaining pin I needed to complete the set. As I was scurrying through Disney's California Adventure on my way back to the Disneyland Hotel, I spotted The Land pin on the lanyard of a custodial worker sweeping up near the gates. When I approached him to trade, he told me he had just received it about an hour before, and he had no idea what it was.

You never know when you'll come across that final pin to complete a set. 

What do you think of the Epcot icon pins? Are you into pin trading at the parks & resorts? 
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

TAG-- Retro Travel Gear in Disney Springs

Have you checked out TAG at the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs?

TAG (an acronym for travel-accessories-gear) is the newest shop/stall inside the open- floorplan marketplace. I was really excited about the retro-style travel theme of TAG. I've long been a fan of that retro travel look, perhaps stemming back to having had a father who worked for PAN AM in the Mad Men-era heyday of that brand. I couldn't wait to see what awaited me in this shop.

Reminiscent of the PAN AM logo, right?

I was at a work conference earlier this year, staying across the street from Disney Springs. TAG was set to open the day after I was leaving town. The store was all ready but was draped in fabric in the middle of the marketplace, barring entrance. That was brutal! When I found myself back for another work event in June, I knew I had to head over and check it out (along with the other newly-opened areas of Disney Springs).

The shop sells a mix of retro style and contemporary travel-related accessories, and is set up with travel-themed touches throughout...

The retro aviation theme was everywhere, including the register station above- designed to look like an airport checkin-in counter, complete with an arrival/departure board.

A flight from DLR to WDW? Sign me up!

I couldn't quite swing a purchase of the faux-vintage hard suitcase I coveted, 
so instead, I settled for a cool new luggage tag...

Have you visited TAG at the Co-Op Marketplace? What do you think of this retro travel theme? 
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vintage Photos at Disney's Guest Relations

Have you ever taken a look around inside Disney's various Guest Relations locations? Many of these spots have great vintage photos on display. During a recent visit, I made a point to visit Guest Relations in a few different locations, just to check out the photos. Here's a little bit of what I found...

Disney Springs

It was here that I first noticed these great shots- classic 70s and 80s images, 
many of which I hadn't seen before in any other place. 

Notice anything interesting about the next two photos?

They were shot before Disney implemented the now-classic "two-finger point"! 


No too many photos here, but a nice backdrop of classic shots such as the groundbreaking multiplane camera, Walt walking through Sleeping Beauty castle, and Walt standing in front of the Florida Project map.

Magic Kingdom

 The Magic Kingdom Guest Relations photos include shots of Walt, Roy, and 
Mickey Mouse, all in gilded frames that have a home-like feel. 

Hollywood Studios 

The Hollywood Studios Guest Relations vintage photos have an interesting twist. Instead of vintage Disney photos, all the shots here are of vintage Hollywood! Some of the photos date back to the very early days, when Hollywood was little more than dirt roads and farm land. Early pictures of the famed Hollywood sign (then reading "Hollywoodland"), as well as landmarks like The Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Boulevard, and RKO/Desilu Studios also adorn the walls.

Have you visited Guest Relations? What do you think of the vintage photos? 
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mr. Toad with Epcot EGGstravaganza map giveaway!

Be the proud owner of an authentic Mr. Toad egg! 

Fresh from Epcot's 2016 EGGstravaganza egg hunt around Epcot, the Mr. Toad egg was one of the prizes offered early on in this year's hunt! Word has it that Mr. Toad was in short supply, and after the first few days of this special event, he was no more to be found. Until now, that is...

This giveaway includes a new-in-package Mr. Toad egg,  along with an Epcot EGGstravaganza map and sticker set!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 and over. Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter, and will be notified by contact info used to enter. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to confirm, or a new winner will be selected. Prize will ship within two weeks of confirmation.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Searching around Epcot's World Showcase

Have you ever experienced one of Epcot's search activities? They involve a map, some stickers, a keen eye, and a prize at the end! These special search activities have been offered during some of Epcot's special event periods. A map and sticker set can be purchased for about $6 at various locations in the park. The idea is to search around the park for a featured item hidden in each country. You then place a corresponding sticker on your map, to track your progress. Bring your map back to a redemption location (either full of stickers or not- finding the hidden items is not actually required, though it's definitely more fun!), to claim a prize. You get to keep the map, though it's stamped on the back to show you've received your prize.

Redemption stamps

My first search was Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, during the 2015 Food & Wine Festval. While strolling World Showcase, I had to keep my eyes peeled for Remy, who was hiding throughout the countries with ingredients for ratatouille. Can you spot him with his garlic, hiding among the flowers in France?

Each hidden location had a corresponding sticker,
which could be placed on the map to chart your progress.

The prize was your choice of an authentic Disney Pin, featuring Remy and a selection 
of various ratatouille ingredients. I went with the onion! 

I just completed another search- this time it was Disney's EGGstravaganza, offered during the 2016 Flower & Garden Festival. This one was an old fashioned Easter egg hunt!

Eggs representing various Disney characters were hiding all around World Showcase. Some were easy to spot, while others were a bit more challenging.

The prize at the end of this mission was a miniature character egg! I had read about the 6 main character choices- Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Woody, and Jessie- so I was very surprised to see a 7th choice when I went to redeem. Mr. Toad!! The choice was clear. I did this year's Eggstravaganza on the day after it opened, and Mr. Toad was plentiful. Always keeping my Plus the Magic readers in mind, I purchased a second map and sticker set, which I once again redeemed for Mr. Toad- to do a giveaway on the blog next week! Check back for details....

Mr. Toad egg!

Have you done a World Showcase search? What do you think about the pin and egg prizes? 
Tell us about it in the comments...