10 Rarest Disney Pins Ever Created

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Disney pins have become a phenomenon all on their own. Since 1999, Disney enthusiasts have purchased and traded these pins at various events and parks around the world. Typically, pin traders don their pins on lanyards to display them to other enthusiasts and, potentially, make a trade. While all the Disney pins are well crafted works of art, some are rarer (and more valuable) than others. Seeing the pins as a fantastic marketing opportunity, Disney has produced several pins on small limited edition runs. These pins range from affordable to extravagant in price, but all are great additions to any pin collection.

  1. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Limited Edition 500 Pin
  2. Year Made: Unknown, but prior to 2007
    Film Reference: “Alice in Wonderland”
    Cost: About $30
    Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Limited Edition 500 Pin
    photo source: Sundry Shop

    This pin was a limited edition 500 run for Disney Auctions, a now defunct branch of the Disney brand. It is handcrafted and features Tweedles Dee and Dum opposite each other framed by a diamond shape. While it isn’t too expensive yet, other exclusive Disney Auctions pins run for thousands of dollars now, so it is possible it will increase in value in the coming decades.

    Did you know

    The characters of Tweedles Dee and Dum didn’t originate from Lewis Carroll’s novel “Alice in Wonderland,” but from a poem by John Byrom.


  3. Ariel Carousel Limited Edition 300 Pin
  4. Year Made: 2018
    Film Reference: “The Little Mermaid”
    Cost: $15.88
    Ariel Carousel Limited Edition 300 Pin
    photo source: Disney Pins Blog

    The 2018 Ariel Carousel pin was part of a 300 limited edition run at Hong Kong Disney that also included Dumbo, Aurora, Marry Poppins, and other beloved characters riding carousels. During its 2018 release, people had to queue up at Hong Kong Disneyland’s main street to purchase  them and were only permitted two pins per person from the collection. It features Ariel riding a yellow seahorse in her mermaid form.

    Did you know

    Disney has a list of rules for pin trading. Some guidelines include what makes a pin acceptable for trading, which pins must be traded as a set, and how many pins you can trade at a time.


  5. Disney Employee Center Snow White Limited Edition 200 Pin
  6. Year Made: 2019
    Film Reference: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”
    Cost: About $500
    Disney Employee Center Snow White Limited Edition 200 Pin
    photo source: Heatherfeatherpins via Ebay

    This limited edition 200 run pin featured Snow White and Dopey and was only available at Disney Employee Centers (DEC). Both DECs are in Burbank, California and only one of those is open to the public. As a result, this pin is quite rare, explaining its high price point. It was part of a larger Pals series that featured other Disney characters and their sidekicks.

    Did you know

    Although she performed all the songs for Snow White, actress and singer Andrea Caselotti was not credited in the film.


  7. Super Jumbo Maleficent Dragon Gate Pin
  8. Year Made: 2015
    Film Reference: “Sleeping Beauty”
    Cost: $995
    Super Jumbo Maleficent Dragon Gate Pin
    photo source: Starry_Solo via Pin Trading

    The Super Jumbo Maleficent Dragon Gate pin is a limited edition pin with only 100 copies ever produced as part of the 2015 ACME Studio Art Archives Series of Pins. It features the dragon version of Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” in mid-attack. It was only available at Hong Kong Disney, where it originally sold for $125 US dollars. As a rare, limited edition pin with a one country run, the Maleficent Dragon Gate’s current $995 price will only increase.

    Did you know

    “Sleeping Beauty” bombed at the box office, leading the Disney Company to move away from princess films. The next one they released was “The Little Mermaid” 30 years later.


  9. Donald Duck Watch Pin
  10. Year Made: 2001
    Film Reference: Several
    Cost: $75
    Donald Duck Watch Pin
    photo source: DisneyDiane via Ebay

    Disney only produced 100 copies of this Donald Duck watch replica pin for the now defunct Disney Auctions site. Donald Duck stands in the middle of the watch, smiling at the viewer and using his arms to determine the time. Some collectors have noted that the watch face only has one hand. There is an empty circle toward the bottom where the second one should go. This could be a production error, which would make this pin even more valuable and special.

    Did you know

    Donald Duck first appeared in a 1934 animated short called “The Wise Little Hen.”


  11. Ariel Carousel Limited Edition 100 Pin – 2003
  12. Year Made: 2003
    Film Reference: “The Little Mermaid”
    Cost: $4,000
    Ariel Carousel Limited Edition 100 Pin - 2003
    photo source: Quitecolorfulcollectibles via Ebay

    While this might seem similar to the 2018 Ariel carousel collection run, this 2003 edition of the pin costs thousands more dollars. It was produced exclusively for Disney Auctions, a now defunct entity, for a limited 100 copy run. A quick Google search proves that it’s difficult to find online, and therefore, even more coveted by collectors. Like the 2018 pin, it features Ariel riding a seahorse, although it’s purple and pink rather than yellow.

    Did you know

    The beloved song “Part of Your World” was almost cut from “The Little Mermaid.”


  13. 50 Year Service Award Pin
  14. Year Made: c. 1965
    Film Reference: “Steamboat Willie”
    Cost: $4,999
    50 Year Service Award Pin
    photo source: Gyantzpod via Ebay

    The 50 Year Service Award is rare because it is only available to Disney cast members who have worked at the park for 50 years. Few people make it that long at any job, especially one that requires standing for long hours at a populated theme park. In addition to the pin, the cast members also attend a gala where they’re given a statuette award thanking them for their service. The pin references “Steamboat Willie,” the first successful Disney film to feature the now universally recognizable Mickey Mouse, as a way to celebrate the Disney Legacy. The pin also features a real diamond at the bottom.

    Did you know

    Chef Oscar Martinez had the longest career of any Disney Parks employee. He retired from Disney Resort in 2017 after 60 years.


  15. Red Queen Pre Production Prototype
  16. Year Made: 2019
    Film Reference: “Alice in Wonderland”
    Cost: $30
    Red Queen Pre Production Prototype
    photo source: Pinpics.com

    Only 10 of these pre production versions of the Red Queen pin exist. As prototypes, they have never been officially sold in a Disney Park and were only available at PinCon World in Las Vegas in 2019. The pin was intended as a mockup for a limited edition 200 pin at Hong Kong Disney. The pin itself is fairly straightforward. It features the Red Queen, the main antagonist from “Alice in Wonderland,” fanning herself with a heart.

    Did you know

    PinCon World has its own exclusive pin available to attendees. Although, it probably isn’t tradeable at the Disney Parks.


  17. Journey Through Time: Portals of Time & Magic Set – Blue Fairy
  18. Year Made: 2003
    Film Reference: “Pinocchio”
    Cost: Part of a $500 set
    Journey Through Time: Portals of Time & Magic Set - Blue Fairy
    photo source: Pinpics.com

    This Blue Fairy pin is part of a larger limited edition set from 2003 that celebrated Disney’s magical beings from over the years. In “Pinocchio,” the Blue Fairy grants Pinocchio’s wish and transforms him from a puppet into a real boy at the film’s conclusion. Walt Disney World only produced 10 of these pins and charged $500 per set. Due to its age and limited edition status, the Blue Fairy pin is difficult to locate online. If you have one, it would probably score a hefty price.

    Did you know

    “Pinocchio” is based off of a story from 1881 by Italian author Carlo Collodi.


  19. Dream Jeweled Mickey Mouse Pin
  20. Year Made: 2008
    Film Reference: Just Disney in general
    Cost: $1,295
    Dream Jeweled Mickey Mouse Pin
    photo source: Babicam via pintrading

    With a limited edition run of a measly three pins and an original price of $1,295, the Dream Jeweled Mickey pin is one of the rarest Disney pins ever made and a collector’s dream item. The high price is a result of the pin’s decorative features, which include 130 precious jewels like black sapphire, diamond, garnet and citrine. There are currently no online sales or auctions for this pin, but, if any do come up, it will most likely sell for thousands more than its original price point.

    Did you know

    Disney provides starter kits for new pin enthusiasts. These usually include a lanyard and two to three pins.

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