A visit to Disney World would not be complete without numerous unnecessary purchases. Let’s just say that we narrowly escaped coming home with a pith helmet in tow (and you know I’m using the term “we” generously). One of Disney’s more charming inducements to purchase is its ten-year tradition of pin trading. You buy a lanyard and a character or attraction-themed pin, and the World is your trading oyster. Our oldest had started a lanyard on an earlier visit, and both girls were eager to acquire and trade pins this time, especially after I’d bribed them with the promise of a pin for each book completed by the end of the trip.
Disney’s always busy cross-marketing, and this time there was a lot of Tinkerbell merchandise to be found in the stores – apparently Tinkerbell is the new “hot” character being promoted in her own movie and all over a wide variety of clothing and accessories.
Apparently Tink has undergone a metamorphosis to become less mute and decorative and more sassy and empowered. While in theory that’s a laudable goal, the Tinkerbell pin I found suggests that she might have gone a bit overboard with the sassy. Yes, I think Disney’s moved into at least the PG-13 realm with this one – Introducing Truckstop Hooker Tink:
Well, at least that’s what we called her for the duration of the trip. But Morning-after Tink would work, don’t you think? How about Amsterdam Red-light Tink (my precocious 13 year-old’s suggestion)? Place Pigalle Tink?
For my money, she’s way more fun than a pith helmet. But seriously, Disney, did you think about this? Did you look at her? If this is sassy, I don’t think sassy means what you think it means.