I See Your Pins, Please?
here is something to wonder about. Disney pins. Check out
Disney cast members and they are typically wearing a lanyard
with several Disney pins available for trade. You request
to see their pins, and if you find one that you prefer more
than one you have, swap!
can start this Disney experience by purchasing a set of pins,
with or without a lanyard or key card holder. Then just look
around for pins that you like. It's a great way to strike
up conversation with Cast Members; they seem to enjoy it as
well. There are Pin Collector books, series of Pins, Hidden
Mickey Pins, Princess Pins, Park Pins, Resort Pins, all sorts
purchased a set of pins for each of my children a few years
ago. Children, and only children, can trade with cast members
wearing a green lanyard. My girls enjoyed it, their pin lanyards
are their treasures, and they have always taken them on return
trips to the World.
first experience with pin trading happened in spring, 2010,
after many trips to the world. My middle daughter, now grown,
and I spent a long weekend in the world, doing whatever we
wanted. I mentioned that I had some interest in this Pin Trading
business and we purchased a starter set of Tinker Bell pins.
I started talking to more Cast Members and watching for special
pins. Well, I found out that Cast Members get pins with Hidden
Mickeys! Now, it was interesting. I swapped a Cast Member
at our resort for a pin with a Hidden Mickey, and upon further
investigation found that this particular pin was one in a
set of 5. Hmm, (pause) I gotta do it! I have to find out if
a regular old mom like me actually can snag a set of 5 Hidden
Mickey Pins. It's an adventure now! We have 2 ½ days. Ready,
didn't really want to disrupt my daughter's enjoyment of the
parks, and our 'together' time, but look, there are 3 Cast
Members right over there that have lanyards. I found my second
pin in the series at the Contemporary gift shop after lunch!
Woot! Maybe I can buy the rest on ebay? My daughter says,
'No, that is not how it is done. We can find them.' So, now,
we are both 'casually' watching the Cast Members' lanyards.
picked up the third in Epcot the next day. Do you think this
is like those monopoly games at McDonalds? You know, the one
where there aren't really any 'Park Place' pieces available.
Again, my daughter reassures me, that is not the Disney way,
just keep looking.
it is the last day of our trip and I have met a lot of Cast
Members, have found the same pins that I have a few times.
We headed for Magic Kingdom, and checked all the Cast Members
on the Ice Cream Parlor side of Main Street going in and found
a glass blower and the 4th pin. I am getting a little giddy.
After Wishes, and doing absolutely everything, we start the
official hunt to find out if all 5 can be snagged. I think
we checked every lanyard in the park. We went in the gift
shops, the restaurants, chased down a janitor back by Splash
Mountain, and, started for the exit. We cut through the shops
on the opposite side of Main Street. It was very busy, but
we were not leaving without seeing everyone's lanyard! I saw
my daughter tracking one to the stock room, and I was checking
all the registers. And, there, she has a lanyard, she has
a square shaped pin, it is blue, but which character is it?
I held my breath waiting to get a closer look at her lanyard,
and Ta-Dah! The 5th pin!!! I was thrilled, I may have hugged
her!? This Cast Member was as excited as I was, said she had
never been the one to give a guest the last one in a series.
How cool is that? And, my daughter just looked relieved.
it can be done! Try it, you will meet some of the nicest people
at Disney. But, be careful. I checked the lanyards at the
Disney store at the airport - it is a habit now!
Cindy Welch is a huge fan of Disney World and all
it has to offer. She practically raised her kids
there, and continues to visit at least once a
year. She is now a member of the Disney Vacation