Dec 162013
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One of the things that we like to do when we go to Disney World is pin trading.  What is pin trading?  Disney Pin Trading is a fun, interactive experience where guests can trade collectible Disney pins with Disney Cast Members and other guests (although I don’t think many people trade with other guests – at least not that I’ve seen).

All you have to do is locate a Cast Member wearing a lanyard with Disney pins and find a pin you’d like. Then present them with one of your Disney pins to trade.



Some of the Disney pins can be kind of pricey, so what I do is buy bulk pins on Ebay and trade those. By bulk pins I mean that a lot of people sell “old” pins in lots and you get them for relatively cheap by buying them that way. I bought the boys 50 pins for around $20 on Ebay – which is a far cry from the price they charge in the parks.  Plus, if you buy a bulk lot of pins from someone on Ebay, you won’t feel bad about trading them because you know from the start that they are “crappy” pins that you bought specifically to trade. A starter set at the parks will run you around $20 or $25 and that only includes the lanyard and four pins. The lanyards are much cheaper on Ebay, too – and they have a lot to choose from, so if you are going to pin trade, buying your starter supplies on Ebay will save you boat loads of money.

Pin trading is actually really fun.  Chris and I trade along with the kids, although they have much more fun doing it than we do.

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  50 Responses to “Disney Pin Trading”

  1. I try and get all the princesses

  2. I’ve never heard of this before, but is sounds like its a really fun thing to do. I can see why you and your husband get in on the fun.

  3. I’ve seen that – but never tried it. Looks fun!

    Great tip about eBay too – thanks 🙂

  4. Totally looks like fun and I am with you on Ebay being the place for most things if you want to catch a break!! 🙂

  5. That is cool that everybody gets in on the trading. I would love to see a closeup shot of the pins. Did not know about this! (I’ll have check ’em out on Ebay.) 🙂 (Great tip about buying some in bulk too. I did that with beanie babies. You can save a ton that way.)

  6. NO way! That is sooo cool, you have all the tricks I wish I knew when we went before.

  7. Man Robin, you guys are the quintessential Disneyland/world best ever fans!!! I love it. Thanks for your encouragement and dedication to me and my little blog. The drama is all better now at my family and we are gearing up for the holidays. I’m back. yay! I’ll just say this, I love how blogging is a positive and a fun element to look forward to. Have a great day, my friend.

  8. I’ve heard about this – really neat! My daughter would love this.

  9. That’s pretty cool. Kids like to trade things. I remember when I was a kid people had sticker trade books, and Garbage Pale Kids card books. Those went to the way side. I like the pins much better!

  10. This is one thing we never did try! Maybe we would have had I known the trick to getting started without breaking the bank 🙂

  11. You’ve got all the good inside scoops for Disney!

  12. This is really neat! I had no idea you could do this. Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  13. I’ve never heard of this!!!!! I wonder if they did this at Disneyland too!?

  14. That I actually knew about! What a cool thing to do!

  15. Wow! there is just all sorts of interesting things to do there. I would never have even realized that you could trade pins like that. Glad I have the inside scoop!

  16. Nice tip for when we visit some day. SOunds fun!

  17. We saw that going on when we were there and thought about joining in. But like you said, the starter set was just too pricey for us. I didn’t even think of checking on Ebay! Will definitely look into that for next time!

  18. I have heard of pin trading before but had no clue what all it meant. this sure does look like a great interactive souvenir from the park!

  19. I love that you bought the pins on ebay, such a great money saver! We used to trade pins with other girl scout troops 🙂 A little different, but the same idea.

  20. You are smart buying the pins on Ebay and trading them later. I found one at a yard sale one time and had no idea why someone would want a Disney pin.

  21. My kid still has her pins that she traded from Disney! Boy oh boy; Disney thinks of everything.

  22. This does sound like fun–kind of like trading baseball cards. It does sound like a good idea to get a bunch of pins to trade at a cheaper price!

  23. Wow, seems so much fun. It’s like card trading some kids used to do – except that its pins

  24. My sisters loved pin trading! I have 20 foe each of my children to start with for our next vacation 🙂

  25. We went with a group of boys for a field trip one year and they had so much fun trading pins. It is such a great way to get some really unique pins.

  26. You’re SO smart to start with a big bunch of them off of Ebay. I’ve never done this, but I see it a lot when I’m there!

  27. I have a friend who trades pins – if I ever go again I think I will have to give it ago and I’m definitely taking your advice of buying some before I go 😉

  28. my son loves this we are working on our second necklace I’m thinking of getting him a pin bag. It’s a fun program.

  29. When I clicked on this post I was like I don’t think I could ever trade the pins! But I like how you bought them in bulk and they were mainly just for trading!! Makes it less of a loss.

  30. Haven’t yet knew about pin trading,seems like fun.

  31. That is a cool thing to do. I always had fun trading stuff that we collected when I was little. Cool that everyone gets involved.

  32. That’s pretty neat! I had no idea they did this!

  33. I’ve never heard of pin trading before, but it looks pretty cool. I’d definitely start out with some pins from Ebay, it seems a lot more economical.

  34. Where were all these fun traditions when I went to Disney?? I had no idea and I feel like it could have added such an element of fun.

  35. My good friend is a collector and trades disney pins too! I got to see her collection the other day and I was just amazed at all she had and she told me all kinds of fun stories about her trades.

  36. This sounds like so much fun! And what a smart thing to do by buying the Disney pins from ebay!

  37. Nice. Looks like a lot of fun. I like the e-bay idea. Get junk pins and trade them for better pins. It is a winning situation for al.

  38. Disney is really something! They have it covered on every aspect. I knew about Disney pins but I had no idea how big they were until recently.

  39. I never knew about the pin trading! That’s really cool. I will have to remember to buy some pins off of eBay if/when we go!

  40. That’s a great idea on how to get souvenirs easily at disney

  41. I’ve never heard of this! What a cool thing! and Brilliant, buying them on Ebay! Smart thinking, Mom!

  42. I do that as well when I go there. Well I don’t buy in bulk but I do trade with others. The pins can work out to be very pricey but it’s so much fun for the kids.

  43. Cool! I need you to help me plan our trip when we finally take the Disney plunge! You know all the great tricks!

  44. Sounds like a cool idea!

  45. I have never heard of this. That’s pretty cool, though! 🙂

  46. Wow, didn’t know people did this. Looks fun.

  47. That’s a neat idea! Never heard of it before. I also didn’t know you could purchase the pins on Ebay. Thanks for the tidbit.

  48. My kids each have a lanyard and 1 Disney pin that I brought them back after my brief one-day visit to Disney. It’s such a cool and fun idea!

  49. Pin trading sounds like fun! Thanks for your tips on buying in bulk on Ebay. We haven’t tried pin trading yet but I think that would be an fun thing to do for the boys, I’m going to head over to Ebay when I’m done snooping around your blog. 😉 Seems like you go to Disney a lot, you lucky duck. 🙂 we have gone twice but the last time was in 2010. Now with the three boys (the baby being 3) I think they’ll have more fun. If you don’t mind me asking…Do you always stay at a resort, or is there a hotel you could recommend? We usually stay at a hotel but would like to try a new one this time around. Sorry for picking your brain, and Thanks 🙂