Disney Pin Trading
Disney Pins are available in all shapes and sizes. Some are made of rubber, some of plastic, some are huge and some even glow! However it's those pins made from metal and enamel that launched an international collecting craze. Welcome to the world of Disney pin trading...
What are Disney Pins?
Disney pins are small and collectable official buttons that usually depict a specific Disney event, place, location, character or icon. Disney Pins can be made from rubber or plastic although it is the metal pins that sparked the international Disney pin trading craze. There are thousands of unique Disney Pins that have been created over the years and feature exciting and quirky variations such as light-up pins, limited edition pins and even pins with moving elements. Some pins that are related even join together to form a larger pin such as the Disney Princesses set or the Poo & Pals set. Many of the pins released are highly collectable because they are only available for limited periods or on special occasions. Limited edition pins can be found at special events, movie launches and new Disney attraction openings such as the April 2008 premier of Disneyland Paris' Tower of Terror or the 2009 Mickey's Magical Party! season. As you can imagine these rare pins are harder to acquire and as a result can be very highly valued amongst collectors. Pins that have ceased production have been known to sell for in excess of £250 on popular auction sites!
Official Disney trading pins are constructed of hard wearing enamel with a metal backing and are approximately 2" x 2" in size. Jumbo trading pins are also released which are larger and often feature scaled down scenes from cartoons, movies or collages of characters. The reverse side of a Disney pin features various information unique to that pin, such as year of manufacture, series number and name.
Disney Pin Trading HistoryDisney pins have always been available at the various Disney parks around the world but it wasn’t until 1999 as part of the millennium celebrations that the pin trading craze really took off. Since its conception, pin trading has quickly spread to all Disney parks including Disneyland Paris.
Disney Pin Trading
Trading is the fun part and what all of these little trinkets are all about! Disney pin trading gives you and other visitors to Disneyland Paris Park the chance to interact with each other as well as Cast Members. Cast Members who pin trade display their Disney pins on a lanyard worn around their neck or on a pin display card clipped to their belts. It's simple to trade, and visitors can make up to two trades per lanyard, per Cast Members, per day!
During your Disneyland Paris holiday you can start your very own collection in a number of ways. Purchase pins from one of the many of outlets around the park, trade pins with other visitors or trade with Cast Members. It's a great activity to be apart of whilst enjoying your holidays in Disneyland Paris and you'll return home with great stories of trading with your new 'pin pals'! And you may even be lucky enough to return home with a rare Disney pin!
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