I went to Disney with my family a few weeks ago (photos coming soon). The last thing I expected was to get hooked on Disney Pins. My husband literally had to pull me kicking and screaming towards the exit on our last day at the Magic Kingdom. I didn’t want to leave, not after just getting into pin trading and learning what it was all about. I wasn’t ready to head home knowing it would be a few years before I could return with my brand new pins so proudly displayed around my neck.
Have you ever heard of Disney pin trading? Up until a few days ago I hadn’t, so I asked a Cast Member while buying a pin and she told me that I could trade with any Cast Member I wanted, the kicker, they had to trade, couldn’t tell me no. The one exception, they aren’t required to trade a pin they earned, you know, let’s say the Cast Member had a pin for working 10 years. Those kinds of pins they can hang on to. After buying my lanyard and Mickey Mouse pin I found myself staring down every Cast Members neck or hip, depending on where they kept their pins. It was comical to say the least.
Disney Pins are so damn addicting, I can’t stop, it’s time for an intervention. My Mickey Mouse pin was my first pin, it’s classic! My second was Princess Jasmine, after my sweet Jasmine. Then I got a Donald Duck pin, he’s my favorite. I jumped for joy when I found my Boo pin, she reminds me of my daughter when she was younger. My mother-in-law bought me the Cinderella’s Castle pin as a Christmas present. The last pin I got while at Disney World was the Frankenweenie pin. I had the rare opportunity to fly out to LA and attend the world premiere of Frankenweenie so it’s a fond memory, one I will always cherish for a long time to come. The 6 pins I have mean a lot to me, I won’t be trading them. I’ll probably buy a couple cheaper ones and start trading with those during my next visit.
I spent the entire, well most of the ride home on my phone researching rare Disney pins. I can’t wait to go back and add to my collection. I even started my daughter, Jasmine on a Disney pin collecting future. Both of us will be ready to trade when we visit Disney World again in a few years.