Hi guys, Friday again and time for another fun relatively inexpensive souvenir/activity for your Disney Trip!
Here is the basic info from The Official Disney Pin Trading website
What is Disney Pin Trading?
Disney Pin Trading is an exciting, interactive experience where our Guests can trade Disney pins with our Disney Cast Members and other Guests. It’s fun for the whole family and CREATES cherished “pin pals” to last a lifetime! Start a new collection or exchange pins for the ones you’ve always wanted.
How can I experience the magic?
It’s simple and fun! Just visit Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort or Disneyland Paris, locate a Cast Member wearing a lanyard with Disney pins and find a pin you’d like. Then present another Disney pin to the Cast Member in trade. Bringing home the magic is that simple. Plus, we have some quick and easy guidelines to help you trade at each park.
“The Trading Tradition”
Disney has always offered collectible Disney pins in each of its parks, but with the kickoff of the Millennium Celebration in October 1999 at Walt Disney World, we began a new tradition of Disney Pin Trading. Now thousands of Guests trade each day with our Cast Members as well as other Guests throughout the parks and resorts. Like sharing Disney stories with your children and grandchildren, sharing pins is a delightful tradition for each generation. Mark the beginning of the century with pins you love and memories you’ll treasure.
Which ones should I collect or trade?
The fun of Disney Pin Trading is in the amazing variety. Find YOUR FAVORITE pins to personalize your Disney experience. Guests of all ages can hunt for favorite characters, attractions and features. Whether it’s the Little Mermaid or Mickey Mouse you seek, pin hunting is guaranteed to add thrills to your Disney adventure. Go find the pins you want and make some new friends! It is all up to you! Have fun! Disney Pin Trading is a great way to share the magic and bring home wonderful Disney memories.
Now pins themselves when bought on property can get expensive (ranging from $7 up each ) but with these tips you can enjoy the experience trading for new pins and interacting with Cast members without breaking the bank…
Try Ebay : I won a lot of 25 trading pins for less than $10 with shipping, enough for hubby and I both to do some trading. It doesn’t matter what pins you get as long as they are official Disney pins since the goal is to trade for ones you want when you get there.
Also, Check the Disney store online or the outlets, they sometimes have pins on clearance as well
As for carrying your pins, you can do a book or a lanyard. You can make these or buy them, ebay and the disney store will have them. Lanyards you can get pretty much anywhere if you don’t care about them being Disney themed, they will still hold your pins.
As for making a lanyard, check out this Disney Blog about making them yourself (here). I don’t have a sewing machine or I would so be doing this 🙂
I got a cheap one with a cool Chernabog lanyard metal for hubby for Christmas on ebay and I have a left over one from a previous trip I will be using, so we are good to go 🙂
The lanyards are also good to keep your stuff in, you can get little pouches to attach inside of the medal and hold your cards and money there for safe keeping and organization.
I have always collected the pins but never done the trading, pretty excited to get out there and see what we can find for our collection 🙂