Tips on Disney Pin Trading

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My family loves all things Disney! We love the movies, the cartoons, the toys, the characters and the parks. We really love the parks and have been lucky enough to go 4 times with our kids. It wasn’t until right before the 4th time we were preparing to go that I discovered the art of pin trading! After listening to my favorite Disney podcast, 3 Moms and the Mouse, I decided to make a Disney pin order through Mouse Pins Online. In an effort to help out the Disney pin trading newbies or those that are thinking about starting, the amazing owners of Mouse Pins Online and I have compiled a list of tips on Disney Pin Trading. This list will hopefully help you get started and also decide if you want to get started.

Tips on Disney Pin Trading

  • Shop smart– When my girls were 6 & 7 years old, I decided to purchase them a few starter packs from Mouse Pins Online. I did not know if my girls would enjoy pin trading and since they were so young I did not want to pay top dollar for Disney trading pins, so I ordered from Mouse Pins Online. The pins were perfect and my girls loved them!
  • Have fun– Make fun memories with Disney pin trading and make it fun.
  • Pick pins that make you happy– If your child is pin trading, let them make a pin trading selection that makes them happy. It may not be the perfect pin but if it makes them happy, let them trade their pin so they can have a fun keepsake that they love.
  • Trade pins with Disney Cast Members– When it comes to trading with Disney Cast Members, know the in’s and out’s. I found this great and informative site that will help you. In addition, when searching for Disney Cast Members to trade pins with, search off the beaten path, such as Disney Custodial Cast Members, out of the way stores, attractions, and areas that are not the newest or the greatest.
  • Trade 1 for 1– As a rule of thumb, trade 1 pin for 1 pin.
  • Avoid Pin Trading Drama! Disney pin trading is meant to be fun, so avoid any type of blog or message board that may have nay-sayers. Some might say that any pin with a scratch or nick is worthless when in reality these pins are still tradable and sought out.

If you are new or are thinking about getting started with Disney pin trading, I hope that these tips on Disney pin trading have helped.

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  1. Tracie Jackson says

    My boys are just now the age for this, and we are getting ready to go on our 2nd Disney Trip! This would be so much fun for them. I would love to win!

  2. Headed to Disney for the first time with the littles. I think they are really going to enjoy pin trading!

    • says

      You will have so MUCH fun! I am going to post another post about MUST DO’s while in Disney this week.. so I hope you watch for it.

  3. I never heard of pin trading before. I’m guessing it’s like card trading, when I was a kid I was OBSESSED with that!

  4. We are heading to Disney next week and we’ll be picking up some pins to trade while we are there! So much fun!

  5. Cool tips as I had no idea that you could trade pins with Disney Cast members. I am going to remember that the next time we go to Disney.

  6. I did not even know pin trading was a thing! What a fun activity to keep kids engaged!

  7. Sounds interesting. I have never heard about this Disney pin trading before. Seems to be full of fun and kids would love this. The giveaway sounds great as well.

  8. Chrissy Mazzocchi says

    I always see the kids trading pins with cast members and have always wanted to join in the fun!

  9. Melissa Smith says

    I’ve never even heard of pin trading before! Of course it’s been forever since I’ve been to Disney. I’ll have to fix that!

  10. I have a set of pins, but every time we go to Disney (which is pretty often!), I either forget my lanyard, or decide I don’t feel like wearing it. I’m an awful pin trader lol.

  11. We love trading pins. I’m off to buy more on ebay for the kids.

  12. I didn’t know you could do this!!! That sounds like fun!!

  13. Those are great tips on pin trading. My daughter is not always eager to trade hers

  14. I have never been to Disney, nor have I participated in Disney pin trading. However, I was a Girl Scout leader for 8 years, and we participated in pin trading as GS’s. It was so much fun! I still have my patch jacket that is over 25 years old, and has ll those pins on it.

  15. My seven year old would love this. We are going to WDW this December – so this is great. I entered!

  16. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have never heard of pin trading before. This sounds like such a fun idea. I will have to see if i can find my Disney pins from when i was a little girl.

  17. Sounds like a fun thing to do. I thing it is a great idea

  18. I love the idea of trading pins. I just can’t part with the pins I already own 😛

  19. I love the whole idea of trading pins although somehow my kids never did that when they were little.

  20. I don’t think I would want to trade my pins since they are so pretty. These are some great tips though for those who do.

  21. My oldest got pretty obsessed with pin trading – it was so much fun! I loved seeing him interact with the cast members.

  22. I so wish I had picked some pins up when I was at Disney they sound like such a great way to trade 🙂

  23. Wow, this is so interesting. I have never heard of this before.

  24. That Disney pin trading is fun stuff! These are some great tips. Thanks!

  25. Looks like fun. Pins are such a fun keepsake for the kids. Makes trips more memorable.

  26. I love these pins! I really wish I had some of these, my kids would love to collect them too! Super fun and cute!

  27. So I only found about this recently and I’m bummed that I didn’t know before. It sounds like it makes the experience so much better – if that’s even possible. But it must add some excitement and rush huh?? 😀 Would love to try at some point.

  28. I have never really gotten into pin trading but I love chatting with cast members and looking at their pins. I do try to grab a few of the more commerative pins when I head to Disney, though.

  29. When I am there, there are no cares in the world! It is child-like!

  30. This is definitely something I’d want to have fun with. I hate when something fun gets made un-fun by people causing drama!

  31. I never heard of pin trading until one day I was watching something about the olympics and everyone was pin trading.

  32. Pin trading sounds like a fun way for the family to experience Disney! It would be fun to collect them all!

  33. I didn’t know anything about pin trading before I went to Disney which wasn’t a good thing because I collect PINS! I wish I had known, I’ll have to keep it in mind the next time I go.

  34. This is great fun! I am thinking of telling my children about this for when we make our trip to Disney!

  35. I’ve never been to Disney World, but cannot wait until the kiddies are old enough to go! I love the idea of pin trading – we had a tradition of this at a summer program I used to participate in during high school, and it was so fun!

  36. I keep hearing about these pins! I think next tie we go, we might start doing this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. I’ve tried a few times to get my older two into pin trading, but they are so shy, especially at Disney, they won’t do it, lol. They do like to collect them though.

    • They are shy at Disney? Oh no… That’s too bad. Everyone that works at Disney is so nice and would love for your kids to run up and chat and trade with them.

  38. I have never been to Disney World but I have always wanted to take our kids. I look forward to pin trading with them!

  39. Good idea. My kids used to trade pins all the time.

  40. How cool! I have heard of this before, but didn’t really know much about it!

  41. I’ve never even heard of Disney Pin Trading before! I guess I need to enter the giveaway and get our starter kit!

  42. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    We trade every year. My tip is to buy cheap pins in bulk on ebay before you go!

    • Here is the second time of heard of it. The first time was over at your place. 🙂 You ladies are on to something dandy!

  43. A few years ago, my Hubs and I were at a a yard sale and they had all these Disney Pins for like 25 cents each. I had no idea at the time that people even traded them.
    I love the Disney characters they have walking around at Disney World.

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