Do you recommend Disney World pin trading? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Is this expensive? Thanks!
Dad’s it’s not my cup of tea Answer
For some people Disney World pin trading is a passion. I’m not one of those people. But, I do know a little about it.
Disney pin trading didn’t even start until around 1999. It started growing in the 2000’s. It has become one of Disney’s most popular cast interaction games.
Pin trading has become a big deal at Disney World. Every area of all the parks has at least one pin selling station. (Yep, that’s right folks, Disney sells the pins and makes money on them. I don’t mean anything bad by this, it’s just reality.)
Several Disney cast members wear lanyards that have pins on them which they will trade for your pins. (Cast members are more likely to trade with younger children than adults.) Ride operators are not allowed to wear pin lanyards.
Disney has actually printed a brochure on pin trading etiquette. Here are some of the tips –
- To trade a pin with a Disney cast member, the pin must be made of metal and have a representation of a Disney character, park, attraction, icon, or other official affiliation.
- Additionally, the pin must have a Disney copyright on its back.
- Guests must trade with Cast Members, one pin at a time, with the pin back in place (pins have functional sharp posts)
- Guests can make up to 2 pin trades per cast member per day
- Refrain from touching another person’s pins or lanyard, ask to see the pin so they can bring the pin into closer view
- The pin that is traded to the cast member cannot be a duplicate of any pin they already have on their lanyard.
- No money can change hands on Disney property in exchange for a pin.
These are just a few of the tips in the brochure.
Pin trading can be expensive. Pins sell for up to $500.00 on Ebay. You can also buy cheap pins. Pins are sold in the parks and in the resort hotels. Most cost less than a dollar, but some run as much as $75.00, yes for one pin.
If you are a collector, or would like to introduce your children to collecting, Disney World pin trading can be a great way to get started. It’s fun. It allows you to interact with others. It can be done fairly cheaply.
Maybe one of these days Old Dad will try it out.