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  • On Jun 20, 2014
    Andrea from NC Asked

    We are bringing our 3 and 5 year old sons to Walt Disney World this fall and I thought it might be a fun age to start pin trading but we have never done it before. Have any tips for pin-trading newbies?

    Hi Andrea!

    My kids are 3 and 6 and my oldest took her first try at pin trading on our vacation in May. We pre-purchased a pin starter set from the Disney Store (there are also highly-rated sellers on sites like Ebay who will sell "lots" of pins for much cheaper) and walked her through the pin trading process. We wanted to make sure she knew how to identify Cast Members to trade with and went over a couple of the rules (do not touch a Cast Member's pin lanyard and only trade pins with the rubber backs attached.) We even did a little mock trading at home so she could practice how to ask Cast Members to trade and the proper way to trade.

    My biggest tip for pin trading with kids? Be prepared for them to want to collect pins instead of trade their pins. My daughter grew attached to her pin set and declared she wanted to be a pin collector (like her mom.) You may want to purchase the cheaper pin lots online and have a second lanyard for collecting on standby. 

    Also, try and do your trading earlier in the morning. Cast Members have a "fresh" set of pins and are, generally, less busy with trading requests. 

    I hope this helps, Andrea! Please let me know if you have any follow up questions.

    Have a magical day,
    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New York

I'm a military wife and mom to two little ones who is either on a Walt Disney World vacation or planning our next one!  Learn More About Ashley

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