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What is the pin trading? How can I get my kids involved in this? They are 10 and 12. Can I buy pins before I go to disney?
- Asked by John from ME on 1/9/2008
is a great activity for your tweens. Basically what happens is guests and cast members walk around the parks wearing colorful Disney-themed pins. The pins could be on a hat or vest, but most often they are worn on a lanyard around the neck. (These are available for purchase at almost every store at WDW.) Your pins can be acquired from anywhere: at a shop at WDW, from your Disney Store at home, or many people even buy them on eBay. Once you're at the parks, simply approach someone wearing a pin, ask them to see it (alway ASK first before touching anyone), and ask them if they would like to trade their pin for one of yours. It's a great way to strike up a conversation and meet someone new.
With a few exceptions, cast members are required to trade their pins with guests. Some cast members wear special lanyards that indicate that they are only able to trade pins with guests under the age of 12. The pins available for sale at WDW run from the inexpensive (around $6.00) for a basic pin, to more than $20.00 for a pin with moveable parts or other unique novelities. You might want to start your trading at one of the special pin-trading stations in each of the theme parks. Just check your guidemap for their location. If you're stil curious about pin trading, you might want to check out Tomart's DISNEYANA guide book, it is usually available on amazon.com.