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.