I “may” have a sweet spot for souvenirs. Ok, I love them! So when my kids asked me on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World if they could start pin trading, I was secretly geeked. I’ve always wanted to try Disney pin trading but had never taken that step. Now that the kids wanted to give it a try, I couldn’t wait to start!
I’ve always wanted to try pin trading, but never took that step. Now that the kids wanted to give it a try, I couldn’t wait to start!
What is Disney Pin Trading?
We weren’t really quite sure, to begin with, either. However, the concept seemed quite simple and it was. Disney pin trading is the act of buying a lanyard and starter pins at Disney. Then trading those pins with cast members in the attempt to score rare or more sought after pins from them.
Or, if you’re kids are like mine, they simply enjoyed the interaction with the cast members during the pin trading.
Also, as an added bonus, pin trading gave my kids the feeling that they were shopping throughout the day – always getting something new to quench that “want to spend money” feeling they get at Disney.
How to Get Started
The initial investment into pin trading doesn’t have to be too expensive. We simply started with a lanyard from one of the gift shops in the park and a cheaper multi-pack of pins. There are some packs that come with several of the same small pin – like a pack of six Tinker Bell’s.
These were the pins they were going to be trading, so we didn’t pick out our favorites from the start. Instead, we went with pins they wouldn’t mind trading away because isn’t that the point?
After loading up the kids’ lanyards with pins we stepped back up to the check out counter where we bought them to make our first trade.
Where to Trade Pins
There are cast members all over the parks and resorts that are ready to trade pins with you. Simply look for the cast members who are wearing a lanyard, walk up to them and ask to trade.
Don’t forget to check with the front desk of your resort as well! We also found that these types of locations have some of the better pins because they are traded less often than in the parks.
Things to Remember
- The point of pin trading is to trade up, so start small.
- Disney pin trading is meant to be done with cast members, not necessarily other guests.
- Consider purchasing the better pin backs from the start. We’ve already lost a few pins that fell off our lanyards.
- Remember to ask to trade at the resorts. They sometimes have better pins.
- Deciding on what pins you want is totally up to you. You can choose by researching online for value and rarity ahead of time or simply go with what you like best.
- You don’t have to trade with a cast member if they don’t have something you like. However, always be sure to use your manners. Please and thank you go a long way.
Do you pin trade at the Disney parks? What tips do you have to share with us? Tell us in the comments.
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