Here is a little article in regards to the Hidden Mickey Pin Trading available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Click the link below for a visual checklist of the Hidden Mickey Pins for 2013
What is a Hidden Mickey Pin (formerly known as a “Cast Lanyard Pin”)?
The Hidden Mickey pin (formerly Cast Lanyard pin) program was introduced in 2002 at the Walt Disney World® Resort. TheDisneyland® Resort also introduced a similar “Lanyard pin” program in 2003. Cast Members use Hidden Mickey pins to trade with Guests. These pins measure approximately 1.25″. The backstamp is silver-colored and contains a box indicating the pin is a Hidden Mickey pin (formerly “Cast Lanyard Series,” “Cast Lanyard Collection,” or “Lanyard Pin”). The back stamp also contains the number of pins in that collection (i.e. 1 of 5). The front of the pin contains a small Mickey Mouse icon in the artwork.
How and Where are Hidden Mickey Pins Released
Hidden Mickey pins are released at random to Cast Members at Disney Parks and Resorts. The Hidden Mickey pin checklist is a great resource for images of the pins (see the .PDF files above). Please note that not every pin pictured may be available at a particular time as availability of a particular pin is subject to change without notice.
Part of the fun behind the Hidden Mickey Pin Collection is searching for your favorite pins. Trade and collect the pins which are most important to you. Along the way, you are sure to meet Cast Members that are dedicated to making your visit to a Disney Park or Resort a magical one!
Why Was the Name Changed from “Cast Lanyard Pin” to “Hidden Mickey Pin?”
The name change was made based on the current identifier found on Hidden Mickey pins, a small Mickey Mouse icon. “Hidden Mickeys” are also incorporated into many attractions and locations at Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. We felt this change would compliment something fun many Guests were already seeking.
Are Hidden Mickey Pins Considered to be Limited Edition?
Hidden Mickey pins are not limited edition pins. A Limited Edition pin contains a back stamp stating the edition size (i.e. Limited Edition of XX).
Are Hidden Mickey pins for sale?
Yes. Select Hidden Mickey pins are available for sale via a Hidden Mickey Mystery Pouch. Disney Cast Members will continue using Hidden Mickey pins to trade with Guests. The Hidden Mickey Mystery Pouch is just another way that Guests can start or complete their Hidden Mickey pin collections.
What is the “first trade opportunity” for Hidden Mickey pins?
Hidden Mickey pins will continue to debut on Disney Cast Members’ lanyards first. Guests will have a “first trading opportunity” with Disney Cast Members when a new collection of Hidden Mickey pins is released. Following a select period of time, Hidden Mickey Mystery Pouches will be released giving Guests the opportunity to start or complete their collections.
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