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One of our newest things to do at Disneyland is to trade Disney pins. This is where we will ask cast members to see their pin collection and trade our pins for their pins. If you have been to the Disney parks, you have surely seen the wide variety of pins available for purchase at the shops. We started by purchasing a pin on each trip but found a couple ways to grow our pins on a budget!
Our best suggestion to start trading pins at Disney parks is to purchase large lots of them. Our favorite places to purchase Disney pin lots is on Amazon or Disney pin lots on ebay. You can find pins for around $1 a piece, just be sure to read the reviews and only purchase from reliable sources.
Disney Lanyards are also available on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Before you purchase and trade pins, you should educate yourself on “scrappers”, pins that are fake that are meant to look real. Here is an in-depth article on how to tell if pins are scrappers. Here is an article with photos to learn to tell the difference.
More Tips for Trading Disney Pins
- Purchase lots in bulk to save money (see links above).
- Join Disney Pin Trading Groups on Facebook where you can trade pins over the internet or in real life.
- Typically cast members will have their pins on a pouch or behind a counter, all you have to do is ask!
- The trading isn’t limited to in the parks. We’ve traded them at the resorts around Disney World!
- To help kids know which ones to trade, have them wear trading pins on one side of the lanyard and the pins to keep on the other.
- Trade early on in the day as typically this is when the cast members will have “fresh” pins.
- If a cast member has some turned around on their pouch, these are mystery pins! This is where buying in lots has its advantage, you can easily trade some of the pins you don’t care for by trading for these.
Do you trade Disney pins? What are some of your favorite tips?