If you love collecting or trading pins at Disney Parks, mark your calendar for August 25-26, 2017 when the annual Disney Pin Celebration returns to World ShowPlace at Epcot. I recently caught up with Qunyh Kimball, a graphic designer with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group, to discover the meaning behind this year’s event theme, “Love is an Adventure.”

“We asked the Cast Members who design and develop pins to define the phrase, ‘I love Disney,’” explained Quynh. “We discovered there are many ways to love Disney through memorable characters, adventurous stories, and shared experiences. This opened a world of characters we could feature on the collectible items created especially for this event.”

Guests attending this ticketed event will have the first opportunity to purchase limited edition pins and products, which will be wonderful additions to any Disney pin collection.

“I’m delighted we have included both beloved characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and characters not often seen on pins such as Ray from Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” continued Quynh.

I selected a handful of my favorite designs including a two-pin set with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s “Tangled,” or a pin with Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6.” Guests will also find several “mini-jumbo” pins inspired by classic attractions or characters found at Disney Parks.

Another item topping my list is the mystery pin collection containing many expressions of love. There are a total of 16 pins in this set, and each box contains two randomly selected pins. In addition to the eight pins shown above, the set will also contain eight limited edition chaser pins each with an edition size of 250.

Attendees should also look for this incredible six-pin set with Carl and Ellie from Disney-Pixar’s “Up,” and the Disney Villain-inspired “Love is Vain” set containing six 3D sculpted pins.

In addition to perusing through the pins created for this event, guests will participate in trading activities; meet Disney artists and merchandisers; and have opportunities to take photos with world famous Disney characters.

For more details on how to register for this event, please visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

Please note space is limited.

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