Trading Disney Pins is one of our favorite activities to do with the kids in Disney Parks. We build memories with each pin trade and it is remarkable what they kids will remember as we go through our Disney pin collection. Here are my tips for Disney pin trading in Disney parks.
Be sure to display your Disney pins in your own Disney pin collector shadow box. I love creating art that shares the magical memories we have made. Another fun way we capture memories with through gathering signatures from our favorite Disney characters for our Disney Autograph Quilt. The quilt is different than a traditional autograph book in that it can be used every day.
When did Pin Trading Start at Disney?
Pin trading started in 1999 during the Millennium Celebration and has become very popular over the years. Every time a new movie comes out more pins arrive. Every year more pins come out. There are lots of special events with more pins thus, lots of choices!
What are Hidden Mickey pins?
Hidden Mickey pins fist came to Disney Parks in 2003 as pins to collect that were available exclusively when trading with Disney cast members. The ‘Hidden Mickey’ is actually a Mickey Mouse icons in the artwork, usually in silver metal. The back stamps of these silver-colored pins contain the words “Hidden Mickey pin.” These are the pins that my kids like to trade for and collect.
How much are lanyards at Disney World?
Disney Pin trading lanyards vary in price starting at about $12. But official Disney Pin lanyards are needed to trade Disney Pins. You don’t even have to have a lanyard at all! My kids will put pins in a pouch, in a fabric book or on their lanyards. There are many options. What is free at Disney parks is water. Read how to get free water in Disney Parks. Or how to save money on bottled water in Disney if you love bottled water.
What do you need to get started trading Disney Pins?
The only thing you need to get started trading Disney pins is Disney Pins! Disney pins can be purchased in the parks, on the Shop Disney Website or on eBay. A lanyard, book or bag is nice to have to hold your ‘traders’ but it is not necessary. I have had pockets full of pins and had just as much fun.
How do you trade Disney Pins with a cast member?
- Spot a cast member with a pin lanyard, pin board or side pouch.
- Wait to speak with them if they are already helping another guest.
- Ask to see their pins.
- Determine if there are one or two pins you would like to have in your collection.
- Ask if the Cast member will trade with you by showing them one or two pins you have for trade.
- Keep your back of the pin and trade just the pin itself.
- Thank the cast member and go find more pins?
Can a Disney cast member refuse to trade Disney pins with a guest?
There are a few situations that Disney cast members can refuse to trade Disney pins with a guest.
- The pin the guest is offering to trade is not a Disney pin.
- If the cast member already has the pin that is be offered to trade on their lanyard.
- The guest is offering to trade more than 2 pins. (only 2 pins per trade per person)
- If the guest is over 12 years old. Some cast members only trade with the kids. They will have a special colored lanyard.
- The guest is offering to trade for a pin that is not on a lanyard or pouch. Example: Cast member ID pin/badge, special Disney Cast member service award pins, etc.
Can you trade Disney Pins with other guests of the Park?
You can definitely trade Disney pins with other pin traders in the Parks. But keep in mind that they may have their own set of rules for trading. Guest are members of the public and NOT Cast members, therefor do not have to follow the same guidelines. We have fun connecting with other park guests in line, waiting for parades and walking down the street, trading pins. It is a great way to meet other Disney pin enthusiasts.
Benefits of letting kid trade Disney Pins:
- Builds confidence in asking for something they want.
- Encourages decision making.
- Improves social skills in starting a conversation with a stranger (under parental supervision).
- Teaches them that they have to wait for something they want, not knowing if they will ever find it.
- Decision making as to if the trade is a smart trade.
- Learning to deal with loss if a pin is dropped/lost.
part of the original article:
If you’re in Disney Parks find a cast member (an employee) with a lanyard whose pin you want to trade. You walk up to that cast member and say: “Hi, can I see your lanyard?” and ONLY if they say yes you may LOOK at their lanyard. NEVER TOUCH A CAST MEMBERS LANYARD. Once you find the pin you like you say: ”Can I trade this one (POINT to the one on the lanyard you would like) for this one” ( show them the pin you would like to trade for their pin )
TIP: One person is allowed two trades per cast member/board, per day.
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This post was originally posted in 2015 by my 11 year old daughter.