Someone mentioned this earlier you can buy pins on eBay we did several times we bid on a lot so not really sure what you are getting which is part of the fun even had some hidden Mickey pins cost per pin was a little over $2 so boys kept some and traded the rest at Disneyland
I have stayed at all 3 Disney Hotels liked Disney Hotel the least just kind of old Paradise Pier big rooms like watching fire works from pool area great if you have little ones if money isn't a problem then Grand California rooms are small but nice upgrades double sinks in bathroom but the best feature is location can't beat it 
Mouse rank is not working but I haven't put in times cause I am not there just chating had to get the Mophie juice pack for the iPhone at the apple store It comes in 3 colors red, black or white $79.95. Can't wait to us it.
I agree pin trading at hotels, world of Disney, store in toon town cast members who sweep like to trade too these are the places that my boys seem to find the most pin traders morning seems to be the best time
From bay area and in November every year but we are thinking about not going again until construction is done in 2012 that would be our longest time not going to Disneyland my 8 year old was 6 weeks old on his first trip
A personal favorite is the beautifully hand crafted music box
A fun video from 2013, the story behind the music box with Clopin, Figaro and the even watch the Tangled Tower being put into the Fantasy Faire:
Of course, no trip to the Fantasy Faire would be complete without a visit to the Royal Hall. Loved this artist rendition, that's just how my girls are when they enter the Hall. ::sigh::
Took this next part directly from Disney Parks Blog:
“After walking into our main entrance, you will first go through a garden-like setting before entering the reception hall,” said Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director of Fantasy Faire for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Once inside the Royal Hall, guests will discover a beautiful gothic interior with nice wallpaper, wall cresting, wood finishes and chandeliers.”
Passing through a series of spaces, including the Grand Hall, you’ll have the opportunity to meet as many as three Disney princesses, from classic stories such as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
Dont forget to grab a sweet treat from Maurice's Treats! At the time, (isn't there more now?) the adorable cart featured 3 “Twists” and a new signature beverage: Boysen Apple Freeze.
In a tribute to the historic Carnation Plaza Gardens, a shield over the archway leading from Fantasy Faire to Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland displays the letters “CPG.”