Pin trading is one of the most exciting activities you can do while visiting the Disneyland Resort. However, it could be intimidating if you’re just beginning on your Disney pin trading quest. That is why this guide will help you know the basics of pin trading so you can join in on this popular activity at the Disney parks.
How to start
To begin pin trading, you must have pins to trade and they must be official Disney pins. The easiest way to get pins to start trading is to go to almost any gift shop around Disney property and buy a starter kit. These starter kits come with standard Disney pins that are based on movies and characters. Some kits have more pins than others, so check how many pins are in a given kit so you can get the best value. To start your pin collection, get pins that are not your favorite that way it is easier to trade these pins away.
Lanyards are also included in some kits or are sold separately, but you do not need a lanyard to pin trade. You can also get a Disney pin bag that are available at many Disney merchandise locations. You can also purchase extra pin backs which is a smart idea because the backs of pins can fall off or maybe get lost.
Rules for pin trading
You can trade pins with any cast member that has a lanyard, pin pouch, or a pinboard. Simply go up to the cast member and ask if you can look at their pins to see if there’s any you might want to trade for. If you don’t find a pin you want, do not worry! The cast members will not be offended or upset if you don’t make a trade. You can only trade up to two pins per cast member. When you trade pins, keep your back, you only give them your pin. Also note that Disney celebration buttons that say, “Happy Birthday” or “1st Visit” are not eligible for pin trading.
Tips for Trading
As you start trading for pins, decide what kinds of pins you are looking for. This could be a certain character, attraction, or pin set. This makes pin trading more fun and you are more motivated to look for pins. Each set has a completer pin which is the hardest pin to find to complete your set. For example, Chris is trying to collect a villains tie collection and the hardest pin to find in that set is the Captain Hook tie pin.
Throughout the park you might encounter professional pin traders. These professional pin traders are not cast members so they do not have to trade with you. They trade pins value for value. You must trade a pin equal to the value of the pin they have. They also cannot accept cash. If you wish to trade with professional pin traders, you can look for them around the resort displaying their pins. One location where pin traders will meet every day, at 5:00 P.M. is Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa lobby.
During different celebrations and promotional events, Disney will release limited edition pins. Once all these pins are sold out, they will not make more of that certain pin or set. Some of these pins are highly sought after and increase in value over time. These are the types of pins professional pin traders are interested in and might be more willing to trade for them.
These are just a few tips on becoming a Disney pin trader. If you love pin trading, tell us why below! Also, what pins do you collect? For even more tips on becoming a Disney pro, check out more blog posts or visit our YouTube channel. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @provostparkpass.
Are you ready to test your knowledge of Disneyland like a true Park Pass Pro? Get ready as we challenge you, your family, and your friends to a Provost Park Pass Challenge!
For this Provost Park Pass Challenge, we want you to locate the top 5 drinking fountains in Disneyland. Not only will this challenge your Disney knowledge, but it will also keep you extremely hydrated! When you find one of the drinking fountains, take a picture by or while using the drinking fountain, and post it on Instagram and tag us @provostparkpass. If you complete this challenge and post all 5 pictures of all 5 drinking fountains on Instagram, we will feature you on the Provost Park Pass Instagram account and showcase your progress as you complete this challenge. You will also win two Provost Park Pass stickers!
Drinking Fountain #1
Are those straight bricks or wavey? Both! Take a sip of water where Walt made a test wall to see what bricks he wanted. It’s hard to find, but just go halfway down Main Street and you’re almost there.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #2
Even Toons know to drink water, but be prepared to laugh as you guzzle from this fountain. Goofy water is goofy, but that’s what you get when you go to a gas station run by a cartoon character.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #3
You’ll need to go to the ol’ west to wet your whistle at this hydration station. Surrounded by fabulous Mexican cuisine, you might be tempted to comer buena comida.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #4
To take a sip from this water fountain you might be asked to look into the eyes of Mara. As you exit this Forbidden Temple you might even run into Dr. Jones or “Indiana” for short.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #5
At this water fountain, you’ll be sipping some H2O next to the place Pirates and Ghosts get their perfume. Don’t forget to look on the wall because there’s a hundred-year-old art piece from the “Big Easy” purchased by Imagineers. Even little kids can reach and get a drink!
Are you up for the challenge? Don’t forget to post a picture of you at each drinking fountain on Instagram and tag us so we can share your Provost Park Pass Challenge journey on our account. Have fun, and remember to stay hydrated!