For many visitors to Disney World in Orlando, FL participating in Disney Pin Trading is just part of the vacation. Official Disney Pins are available from a number of locations around all the theme parks and resorts. These pins are easily distinguished from unofficial pins due to the markings on the backs of the pin. Just about every Disney character, ride, resort, and special event has at least one pin dedicated to it.
The volume of available pins is truly awe striking for anyone just getting into the hobby. Of course, the pins that are not being manufactured any more, or out of print, or those part of limited edition can be difficult to find. This scarcity has led to a secondary market for Disney Trading Pins non unlike sports cards, movie posters, and other collectible markets. A number of websites are dedicated to Disney Pin Trading like: Dizneyana.com, Disneypintrading.org, Dizpins.com, not to mention several different blogs. Of course, Disney offers up official Pin Trading Events and news via their website as well.
While Pins are offered up for sale on various websites and trade shows, the majority of pin fans are more than happy to trade. Several locations in the Disney World parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, are official Pin Trading Locations, where up to two pins can be traded. Plus, just about every Disney Cast Member wearing pins is more than willing to trade up to two pins with collectors of any age.
Of course, the Pins are really only half the fun. Kids interact with other kids, adults interact with other adults. The entire experience can lead to a whirlwind of friendships and even help expand a contact or social networking list. Just like everything else Disney, Pin Trading is more about the experience and memories associated with the items, rather than just the raw size of a collection.
Disney Pin Trading is an interesting and unique hobby for anyone visiting the Disney World Resort, but especially anyone looking for a hobby that can be expanded and passed down for each and every return trip. Not only does this hobby encourage interaction with Cast Members at the Parks and guests from across the world, but the pins and associated merchandise double as a great keepsake for years to come. Plus, pins, lanyards, and cards can be traded on each trip to any Disney Park which makes them a souvenir that can be enjoyed time and time again.