Pin Trading became popular at Walt Disney World around the year 2000. Since then the phenomenon has become a favorite past time of Disney visitors. Young and old alike, can take part in pin trading with cast members all over the Disney parks and resorts. All you need is a lanyard to display your pins and a few pins to get you started. The pins can be purchased in almost all of the stores at the Walt Disney Resort. They range in price from $6.95 for the simple pins, to $14.95 for the limited edition or specialty pins

Pictured is an example of one of my family's lanyards with some of our pins. Each of the pins here were either purchased at Disney World or traded with one of the cast members. My boys really enjoy pin trading and it gives them a chance to approach cast members from all over the world and start a conversation with them. They really got into it during our December 2009 trip. It was a lot of fun watching them pick and choose which pins they wanted.

When trading with a cast member be sure to be on the lookout for the special pins that are only available from cast members. These pins are not available to purchase in the shops so they are very coveted and rare!

Thanks for reading and have a magical day!