The Florida Project: What is RSP?

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For those of you who came over to Vinylmation from Pins, you probably already know what Disney’s RSP or Random Selection Process is. If you are familiar with it, please feel free to share your comments below. For those not familiar with the process, what follows is a brief explanation of it.

The reason we are bringing this up today, is it appears this process may apply to Vinylmation, as well as Pins, at the Florida Project Trading Event in September. All the pins have been assigned RSP numbers in the Trade Show catalog.

Note the RSP number at the top middle
RSP numbers also appear next to the Vinylmation in that catalog.

We do not know for sure, but this leads us to believe they may be using RSP for Vinylmation as well. What is RSP? Here is a selection from Disney’s Pin Trading FAQ page:

In an effort to provide an equitable distribution of the limited edition event merchandise, we have asked our Information Technology Department to assist us by supervising a Random Selection Process (RSP). The RSP eliminates the need for guests to arrive early and stand in line to purchase items that are limited in nature. The RSP is a computer-generated process matching a list of Guest names and their desired merchandise selections and rankings. All Guest names, their merchandise selections and rankings are entered into the system. When all information has been input, the system will randomly assign merchandise items to each Guest for purchase, based on the edition size, ranking and the ranking of all other attendees. For example, if an item has an edition size of 20 and 100 Guests show an interest to purchase this, the computer will randomly select 20 Guests who will be offered the opportunity to purchase the item.

So you must enter a drawing for the chance to purchase Pins. Guests attending the Florida Project and who signed up for the Pin Trading days, today received an email with a link to the RSP form to fill out for the Pins they wish to purchase. This is my first Pin event. I’m drawn in by the great retro Disney merchandise. I like the idea of a no pressure situation… I don’t have to rush down to EPCOT and be at the front of the line and wonder if the Pins I want will be there. Plus this allows for merchandise to still be available for people who can’t make it the first day. It is a bit odd being told by a computer what I can and can’t purchase. If you registered for the Vinylmation day of the Florida Project, keep an eye out for an email about RSP and we will let you know if we get confirmation one way or the other.

What do you think of RSP? Have you had a good or bad experience with it in the past?

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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They did RSPs for last year’s Trade City Vinylmation Day. I signed up for 3 RSPs and I got 3 sets of all the vinylmations they had released. There was also a lot of extras available for purchase that day.