Wondering what people are doing when they walk up to cast members with their hands outstretched?
Wonder what is going on? It’s Disney Pin Trading: the buying, trading and collecting of collectible Disney pins featuring disney characters, events, attractions, icons and other elements.
People can buy pins as souvenirs at Disney. They can also trade them. Apparently, in 1999 pin trading was introduced and it has become almost a competitive sport ever since.
Pin Trading Etiquette, as per Disney:
Pins must be official Disney pins bearing the “©Disney” mark.
• Guests can make up to 2 pin trades per cast member per day.
• Pins must be exchanged for pins only and nothing else.
• For safety, trade one pin at a time, from flat open hand to flat open hand with pin backs attached.
• Refrain from touching anyone’s pins or lanyards. Always ask for a closer look if needed.
• Pins should be in good condition and undamaged.
• Have fun!
Cast members will always trade pins.
OE – Open Edition. This refers to pins that have several copies available.
LR – Limited Release. These pins are slightly harder to find.
LE – Limited Edition Size. These pins are very hard to find, with only a limited number made.
Grail – This is the pin that you’d love to get, but can’t seem to find. The “Unicorn” of pins.
Does another guest want to trade with you? Feel free to say “NO.”