Disney Parks love to help Guests celebrate! One way they do so is to provide celebratory pins (or buttons or badges if you prefer). Celebration pins are available for everything from birthdays to weddings and engagements to graduations and anniversaries. When you check in at your Walt Disney World Resort or if you go to Guest Relations at one of the Theme Parks, Cast Members will give you a complimentary pin to show what you are celebrating! These pins are easily personalized with your name.
DIStracted Tip: Ask the Cast Member to cover your name with some clear tape. Although they use a Sharpie, if you wear these pins during a long stay the hand-written name will start to fade or smudge. But a few pieces of tape over your name will protect the writing! Some Cast Members do this automatically, but many do not.
First Visit Pin
I’ll never forget how emotional I was when I checked in for our very first family vacation at Walt Disney World in 2010. The Resort Cast Member handed me two “1st Visit” pins for my daughter and husband to wear. I immediately started to cry as one of my dreams was coming true – experiencing The Most Magical Place on Earth, with my family, for the first time.
In our family, we have what we call “Birthday Season,” since our birthdays all fall within 4 weeks of each other. We love celebrating each of our birthdays and it’s really a month-long family celebration. Sadly, we haven’t actually been at Walt Disney World during our birthdays. Luckily we are still able to celebrate our birthdays – just a little early, thanks to the “Happy Birthday” pins. Often, because we are wearing these pins, our servers at table service restaurants bring us a cupcake complete with a candle to make a wish!
As a result of your buttons or badges, don’t be surprised if random Guests frequently “badger” you to wish you well! Wearing these pins means you get to hear “Happy Birthday” from not just Cast Members and Characters – but also from Guests who will go out of their way to help you celebrate! It’s so much fun and we find ourselves doing the same thing to other Guests around the Parks. We love spotting pins and saying “Happy Birthday!” or “Happy Anniversary!” My personal favorite is when I see the “Just Engaged!” pins – I make a point to say “Congratulations!” to the happy couple. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of someone’s celebration.
If you will be celebrating any milestone in your life during your Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation, make sure to have it noted on your resort and restaurant reservations! Don’t miss out on the fun of having hundreds of people celebrate with you and your family during your trip while wearing these Badges of honor!
**Hey! It’s Caroline. Yes, I have hijacked Christen’s article. Today is her Birthday! Let’s all take a few minutes and comment below and wish her a “Happy Birthday!” She may not actually be walking around Walt Disney World wearing a Birthday pin, but we can give her the next best thing! 🙂