|Disney Trading Pins|
|Disney pins are expensive, usually starting at $6.00 and going up to hundreds of dollars each. You can also find bulk pins purchased for as little as $2 each. Disney started creating its pins in October 1999, and collecting them has become a hobby with many Disney fans from the first pin release. Some fans have become so obsessive that they have spent many thousands of dollars on this hobby and have collected almost every Disney pin ever cast. Some fans have even started Disney pin businesses with their surplus. When these obsessive pin collectors show up at Disney, they can be recognized with vests, hats, and several pin trading lanyards full of pins just for trading. They are looking for that one elusive pin that has been left out of their massive collection. They will do almost anything to obtain that one and only pin.
The largest shopping location for trading pins can be found at Downtown Disney at the Pin Shop.
Things Guest should look for and the do's and don'ts while trading pins:
1. DO NOT TOUCH ANOTHER PERSON'S PINS. Just ask for a closer look.
2. Trade only one pin at a time. Cast Members can only trade two pins with one guest.
3. Trading Pins should be in good condition and have the back attached.
4. You can only trade pins that are affiliated with Walt Disney World.
5. You can trade some pin sets only as pin sets.
6. Do not trade any pins with your name on them.
7. Do your pin research, purchase a few pins, and get started trading.
8. Look on the Disney Map for Special Pin Trading locations around the theme park.
What Disney Says:
"Pin Trading has become a Disney tradition with thousands of Guests and Cast Members trading in the Theme Parks and at special locations throughout Walt Disney World® Resort. Pin Traders can also participate in special events, meeting fellow enthusiasts and finding special-edition pins that make their collections unique. For younger Pin Traders there are Cast Members wearing green lanyards who can only trade with Guests 12 and under. Pin Trading is an experience the whole family can enjoy!
Be sure to ask Cast Members wearing a pin-trading lanyard about special 'Hidden Mickey' collectible pins only available from them in trade."
Warning: Do not get carried away with this hobby that can be expensive! To visit the Official Disney Pin Trading Web Site go to:
Author: Bruce Moran