My wife, Debbie, is a pin collector and trader. She’s not one of those ultra-competitive collectors who brings luggage on vacation filled with pins — but she knows what she likes and goes out of her way to seek out Cast Members to make cool trades. One day at Magic Kingdom, shortly after the park opened, Debbie spotted a Cast Member who looked ‘important’ wearing a lanyard with some big pins. Not only did this Cast Member turn out to be a Walt Disney World VP, but he had some rare limited edition pins! He was so taken by Debbie’s enthusiasm and love of all things Disney that he asked her to call the rest of her family over. We were vacationing with my Mom and Step-Dad and all four of us met the VP. He asked us if we wanted the special honor of being Grand Marshals for the daily parade. We received special Mickey Hats embroidered with our names, keepsake photos and certificates. A magical memory we will never forget that came from some good-natured Disney pin trading!
– Raymond Palen, 48, Selden, NY
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