Disney World Pin Trading 101: Tips, Photos, and Info. to Get you Started

Disney Pin Trading Station
By Roger and Brenda.

So you’d like to get started in Disney Pin Trading, but you aren’t sure how to begin? Let us share a few tips we’ve learned over the past few years.

First, just jump in!

Pins are for sale at pin stations all over Walt Disney World in the shops, at kiosks all over the parks, and in numerous locations in Downtown Disney.

You can buy the pins you desire, with prices ranging from about $7 to $15. There are also opportunities to buy special “grab bag” pins which are less expensive than regular pins. These can be used to trade with cast members, fellow traders, and sometimes even guests.

Tip #1: You can also purchase Disney Trading Pins on eBay. Brenda loves to buy them that way. Just be sure they specify they ARE authentic Disney Trading Pins. We’ve bought about 100 pins through eBay, and have never been disappointed. The prices are very reasonable, usually between $1 to $2 each. Pick out the ones you really like for your own collection, and use the rest to trade.

Disney Trading Pins

Brenda and Roger festooned with their Disney pins.

Once you’ve got some Disney pins, you can start trading!

Second.  Check out the pin trading stations.

Pin Trading Stations are areas where traders can display their collections, and trade with other collectors. Look for the sign that says “Pin Station” for traders at Epcot.

You’ll meet lots of friendly folks. And you don’t have to trade or buy their pins to enjoy their collections.

Pin Trader Epcot, Disney Pin Trader
Janet, seen in the photo above, has been trading pins since 1999 when pin trading first began. She has an amazing assortment of pins, so check her out next time you’re at WDW.

She had pins valued at over $3,500! Brenda told her husband Tom, “You must have a lot of money tied up in pins!” Tom answered, “Yup. We could by another house with what we’ve spent on pins.” But he loves it, because he loves Janet, whose passion is clearly Pin Trading.

Disney Pin Trading Books

Just a few of Janet's pins.

You can also trade pins with Cast Members. If you notice a Cast Member has pins, ask if they are willing to trade. Cast members wearing green lanyards at WDW, and teal lanyards at Disneyland, trade only with children. So look for those lanyards if you have kids that are into trading pins, or if you’re a kid yourself!

Tip #2: Pins are traded at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney. Check with guest services to confirm the days and time. On our past trips, trading times were offered daily at 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

Tip #3: Look for pins with a small “Hidden Mickey.” Those are “Cast Member pins” which are only given to Cast Members. They cannot be purchased, so they can only be obtained through trading.

Disney Trading Pins

Trading Pins make great gifts!

Tip #4: To secure your new pins and keep from losing them, invest in locking pins. Just be sure you keep your allen wrench handy if you plan to trade locked pins.

Brenda’s favorite Disney Pin is not one of her many Tinker Bell pins, but rather this pin purchased for her by her daughter, Rebecca.

Pin trading is fun and doesn’t need to be too expensive, if you set limits. For example, we always purchase one pin per trip with the year on it, but otherwise, we mostly trade.  We also give pins away to youngsters just starting to trade. So indulge your “Pin-terest,” and begin your “Pin-lection” today!

Tip #5. Need more info.?

You can get more information about pin trading at Disney Event Services; Pin Trading.

A site to record your pin collection, as well as offer trades and make purchases, is here at pinpicks.

Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you checking out the new Disney trading pins.

Brenda and Roger

Brenda & Roger are Disney-holics who hail from Franklin, NH. Their Disney Adventures are chronicled at Back to Disney.

Roger is a professional resume writer and Brenda is a serious gardener. They are proud and excited to be part of the Mouze Kateerz staff.

Be sure to visit Mouze Kateerz on Facebook and Mouze Kateerz on Pinterest.

 

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Comments

  1. Where can a pin collector like myself get one of the larger Pin Carrying Cases like the vendors have? I have run out of room in my book and need something larger.

  2. How do you make sure the pins on ebay are the real thing? We’re heading for our first trip to Disney this year and my head is spinning with all the great info! Lol

  3. Christy says:

    I have a large cork board full of Disney Pins and am working on a second board. I know how much the pins cost but how do u know the value of the pins? If you are trading pins with someone, how do u know you are not makeing a foolish mistake in giving away a real good pin?

    Thanks,

    C.N

    • They have huge books that you can look them up in. But standing with a trader, it’s your knowledge against what they have really, unless you have the book. I know most of mine aren’t worth much. You can check on ebay and see what they going rate is. I usually think the more fancy, the more it’s worth, but there are old pins worth a lot too. This may not help much!
      Amanda

  4. Catherine Barbree says:

    Collecting Disney pins is loads of fun my book is almost full can’t wait to get me a new book I am just getting started after all I am a BIG Disney fan :D.

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