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The Dave Smith Collection
Celebrating the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History...


In partnership with Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, the Walt Disney World® Resort is delighted to announce a new Limited Edition "pin-of-the-month" collection. This collection celebrates the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park history as selected by Dave. A new pin will be released each month starting May 5, 2005 through December 5, 2006. Each pin will have an edition size of 2000.

The pins will be mounted on unique backer card



which gives a brief history of that particular selection. A "Dave Smith Medallion" will also be attached somewhere to the pins, signifying it is part of this extra special pin collection.

The following Disney Theme Park moments have been selected for this collection:

  • May 2005 - Walt Disney and Theme Park Beginnings
  • June 2005 - Disneyland® Park opens
  • July 2005 - First Operating Disney Monorail
  • August 2005 - it's a small world
  • September 2005 - Pirates of the Caribbean
  • October 2005 - Carousel of Progress
  • November 2005 - Magic Kingdom® opens
  • December 2005 - Main Street Electrical Parade debuts
  • January 2006 - Space Mountain launches for Guests
  • February 2006 - Epcot® opens
  • March 2006 - Tokyo Disneyland® Park opens in Japan
  • April 2006 - Illuminations at Epcot® debuts
  • May 2006 - Disney-MGM Studios opens
  • June 2006 - Opening of Disneyland Paris
  • July 2006 - Twilight Zone (TM) Tower of Terror opens
  • August 2006 - Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park opens
  • September 2006 - Opening of Disney's California Adventure (TM) Park
  • October 2006 - Tokyo Disney Sea® Park opens in Japan
  • November 2006 - Opening of Walt Disney Studios Park in France
  • December 2006 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens

Who is Dave Smith?

With the establishment of the Walt Disney Archives on June 22, 1970, Dave Smith joined The Walt Disney Company as the director of the Archives. As the company's archivist, Dave is charged with collecting and preserving all aspects of Disney history and making the material available to researchers from all areas of the company. Since the company is often working on projects which reuse elements from its past, there is constant call upon the Archives for information. The Archives also answers mail, email, and telephone inquiries from the public.

In the years since the Archives was established, it has grown from a one-person department to a current staff of nine. The company's Photo Library was added to Dave's responsibilities in 1986. The Archives is located at the Disney Studio in Burbank. It has come to be recognized as a model among corporate archives in the country, and Dave is now regarded as the final authority on matters of Disney history.

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, the child of librarians and educators, David Rollin Smith earned a B.A. in history and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dave has written extensively on Disney history, with a regular question and answer column in Disney Magazine and the former Disney Channel Magazine, and numerous articles in such publications as Disney News. Dave is the author of the official Disney encyclopedia Disney A to Z (1996, updated edition in 1998, and supplemented monthly online at http://disney.go.com/vault/read/dave_smith.html). With Kevin Neary he co-authored The Ultimate Disney Trivia Books 1, 2, 3, & 4. His book, Disney: The First 100 Years, co-authored with Steven Clark, was published in 1999 (with an updated edition in 2002). He compiled The Quotable Walt Disney, a collection of Walt Disney's quotes, in 2001. He has written introductions to a number of other Disney books, and often lectures on Disney subjects.

Please Note - All information is subject to change including but not limited to dates, times, artwork, release dates, edition sizes and retail prices.

May 2005
Dave Smith Collection - Walt Disney and Theme Park Beginnings

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates Walt Disney and the beginnings of Disney Theme Parks.

This Limited Edition pin features a photo of Walt Disney standing next to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland® Park. Mickey Mouse and the "Dave Smith Medallion" are pin-on-pin. Bob Holden from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #1 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "Walt Disney (1901-1966) was a remarkable innovator and pioneer of the theme park."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109505051 ~ Retail Price: $12.95

June 2005

Dave Smith Collection - Disneyland® Park Opens

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of Disneyland® Park.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland® Park. This pin is a spinner which spins from Mickey Mouse-shaped balloons during the day to fireworks at night. The "Dave Smith Medallion" is a pin-on-pin. Ryan Lorlei from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #2 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "Disneyland®, the first theme park, opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109605051 ~ Retail Price: $12.95

July 2005

Dave Smith Collection - First Operating Monorail

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the first operating Disney monorail.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse next to a Disney monorail. The monorail slides back and forth on the pin. The "Dave Smith Medallion" is a pin-on-pin. Natalie Bert from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #3 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "The Monorail, the first daily-operating monorail in the country, began service at Disneyland® Park on June 14, 1959."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109705051 ~ Retail Price: $12.95

August 2005

Dave Smith Collection - it's a small world

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the classic Disney attraction - it's a small world.

This Limited Edition spinner pin features dolls from the "it's a small world" attraction. The "Dave Smith Medallion" is a dangle. Susana Diercks from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #4 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "It's a Small World opened at Disneyland® Park on May 28, 1966 after entertaining millions for two years at the New York World's Fair."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109805051 ~ Retail Price: $10.95

September 2005

Dave Smith Collection - Pirates of the Caribbean

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the elaborate attraction - Pirates of the Caribbean.

This Limited Edition pin features the barker parrot and sign from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. The parrot and "Dave Smith Medallion" are pins-on-pins. Garret Webb from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #5 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, probably the most elaborate ever created by Disney Imagineers, premiered in New Orleans Square at Disneyland® Park on March 18, 1967."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109905051 ~ Retail Price: $12.95

October 2005

Dave Smith Collection - Carousel of Progress

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of the Carousel of Progress.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse standing next the original Carousel of Progress building at Disneyland® Park. Mickey Mouse is a pin-on-pin. Jon Bishop from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #6 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "The Carousel of Progress opened at Disneyland® Park on July 2, 1967, after its 1964-65 success at the New York World's Fair."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109100505 ~ Retail Price: $10.95

November 2005

Dave Smith Collection - Magic Kingdom® Park Opens

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the first Disney Theme Park in Florida - the Magic Kingdom® Park.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse sitting on a bench in the Magic Kingdom® Park. The yellow balloon next to Mickey is "free-d" - Fastened Rubber Element on a pin for Extra Dimension. The "Dave Smith Medallion" is a pin-on-pin. Martha Widener from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #7 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "The Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort opened in Florida on October 1, 1971."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109110505 ~ Retail Price: $10.95

December 2005

Dave Smith Collection - Main Street Electrical Parade

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse in the train from the Main Street Electrical Parade. The Elliot parade float is also in the background. Mickey's train and the logo are pin-on-pin, while the "Dave Smith Medallion" is a dangle. Dave Keefer from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #8 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "The Main Street Electrical Parade, Disney's most beloved parade, premiered at Disneyland® Park on June 17, 1972."

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 109120505 ~ Retail Price: $12.95

January 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Space Mountain®

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the classic Disney Attraction found around the world, Space Mountain®.

This Limited Edition pin features a dangle that slides featuring the Dave Smith Collection logo. This is the ninth pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "Space Mountain® premiered in Tomorrowland® in the Magic Kingdom® at the Walt Disney World® Resort on January 15, 1975"

LE 2000 ~ SKU: 10904175 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


February 2006

Dave Smith Collection - The Opening of Epcot®

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of Epcot® on October 1, 1982.

The icons pictured on the pin are the original logos created for Future World Pavilions including Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, Horizons, World of Motion, Journey Into Imagination, The Land, and The Living Seas. The logos spin around the pin. This Limited Edition pin also features a dangle featuring the Dave Smith Collection logo. This is the tenth pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Dave says, "Space Mountain® premiered in Tomorrowland® in the Magic Kingdom® at the Walt Disney World® Resort on January 15, 1975"

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904176 ~ Retail Price: $12.95


March 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Tokyo Disneyland® Park

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the first Disney Theme Park located outside the United States of America - Tokyo Disneyland® Park. This destination opened in Urayasu, just outside of Tokyo, Japan on April 15, 1983.

This pin features Mickey Mouse on one side of the spinner; the Dave Smith Collection logo and the "1st" are pin-on-pin. This is the eleventh pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904177 ~ Retail Price: $12.95


April 2006

Dave Smith Collection - IllumiNations at Epcot®

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

This pin celebrates the debut of IllumiNations at Epcot® on January 30, 1988. This nighttime spectacular superseded Laserphonic Fantasy that began on June 9, 1984. For the pin, Mickey Mouse stands in the middle surrounded by silhouettes of the World Showcase Pavilions. This Limited Edition pin also features the Dave Smith Collection logo as a pin-on-pin. This is the twelfth pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904178 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


May 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Disney-MGM Studios

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of the Disney-MGM Studios. The Disney-MGM Studios theme park opened on May 1st, 1989.

This pin features Mickey Mouse walking on top of the globe that has a star on Orlando, Florida where the Disney-MGM Studios is located. Mickey Mouse and the Dave Smith Collection logo are pin-on-pin. This is the thirteenth pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904179 ~ Retail Price: $12.95


June 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Disneyland Paris

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of Disneyland Paris. The Disneyland Resort Paris opened on April 12th, 1992.

This pin features the Fairy Godmothers flying around Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris. The Fairy Godmothers and the Dave Smith Collection logo are pins-on-pin. This is the fourteenth pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904180 ~ Retail Price: $12.95


July 2006

Dave Smith Collection - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the opening of Disneyland® Park Paris. The Disneyland® Park Paris opened on April 12th, 1992.

This Limited Edition pin features The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. The Attraction on Sunset Boulevard at the Disney-MGM Studios, opened on July 22, 1994. Guests take a strange odyssey through the remains of a decaying Hollywood hotel, visiting the lobby, the library, where Rod Serling on a television set helps get visitors in the proper mood, and the boiler room. The adventure climaxes in a 13-story drop in a runaway service elevator. This is the 15th pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904182 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


August 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and longtime Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are taking a safari ride to celebrate the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in this Limited Edition pin. Disney's largest park, at 500 acres, opened at the Walt Disney World® Resort in April of 1998. Filled with thrilling rides, lush landscaping, and dramatic animal encounter, the park entertains and educates guests about creatures ranging from live animal to dinosaurs. This is the 16th pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904183~ Retail Price: $10.95


September 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Disney's California Adventure™ Park

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and longtime Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

Mickey Mouse and Pluto are cooking over a campfire at the base of Grizzly Peak. This Limited Edition pin commemorates the opening of Disney's California Adventure™ Park on February 8, 2001. Mickey and Pluto are a pin-on-pin. This is the 17th pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904184 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


October 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Tokyo DisneySea® Park

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and longtime Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

Captain Mickey Mouse celebrates the opening of Tokyo DisneySea® Park in this Limited Edition pin. This Park opened at Tokyo Disney Resort® on September 4, 2001. This pin features a dangle. This is the 18th pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904185 ~ Retail Price: $12.95


November 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Walt Disney Studios Paris

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and longtime Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

Pluto celebrates the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Paris in this Limited Edition pin. This Park opened at Disneyland Resort Paris on March 16, 2002. This pin features Pluto as a pin-on-pin. This is the 19th pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904186 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


December 2006

Dave Smith Collection - Hong Kong Disneyland

Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and longtime Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History.

Mickey Mouse celebrates the grand opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in this Limited Edition pin. This Park opened on September 12, 2005. This pin features Mickey Mouse as a pin-on-pin. This is the final pin out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.

Edition Size: 2000 ~ SKU: 10904187 ~ Retail Price: $10.95


Please Note - All information is subject to change including but not limited
to dates, times, artwork, release dates, edition sizes and retail prices.



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