Since I’ve been at Disney World, I’ve been collecting Vinylmations (or vinyls for short), which are basically like collecting Disney pins. They’re collectable, unique, you can trade them, and there are certain ones that are hard to find. Some of them have unusual hats or swords or other accessories, and they’re just so cool!
I like the look of a lot of them, but I only really collect the ‘Park Starz’ series. Those are vinyls that look like icons from the Disney Parks, like the Orange Bird from the Sunshine Tree Terrace, which is next to the Tiki Room in Magic Kingdom.
It is fun being a Cast Member because we have meetings once a day led by the managers and they go through important things, like events coming up or sale items, etc. Today they announced that there’d be an ‘Artist Signing at D-Street’ (the store that sells the vinylmations at Downtown Disney) event. I thought that sounded pretty cool. On my break, I read the post myself and found out that there had been only one of these vinyl signings within the past 4 months. Luckily, I got off at 2:30pm so I could go.
So, even though I was really tired from working since 6am, when I got off work I drove on down to D-Street in Black Friday traffic to go to the store since the artists were only there from 5-7pm. I thought it’d be crazy busy because the artists who actually designed and drew the vinylmations were there, but actually there was no line!
They were just standing at a nice table outside the store with security on either side. I really liked the lady who was the artist who designed all the new “Frozen” vinyls. I got the Olaf one (the snowman from the movie) using my 40% off cast member discount, then went back out and had the artist sign it. I got a picture with all of them! She wrote “Hi, I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs!” and then her autograph! That’s Olaf’s main line from the movie. It was awesome because I just saw the “Frozen” movie yesterday, so I know what’s she’s quoting!
I’m really glad I went because I got to meet some pretty famous artists who have designed really popular merchandise for Disney! Whoooooo! Caroline couldn’t come with me because she was working and Animal Kingdom has late hours this Thanksgiving week.
I have a pretty good vinyl collection going so far, mostly thanks to my aunt for hooking me up when she came out to visit earlier this month. But, just like pins, I can’t wait for the next set of the Park Starz to come out!So that was my fun day, working and collecting! Just another day in the most Magical Place on Earth! 🙂