Disney Pins have always been available at Disney World and Disneyland Parks. The Disney Pin Trading phenomenon was introduced to Disney Guests during the Millennium Celebration at Disney World Resorts in 1999. Since then, the Disney Trading Pin craze has spread across the globe to all Disney Resorts, Parks and Disney properties. Many thousands (10k) of unique pins have been distributed by Disney over the past few decades. New Pins are made available for only a short period of time to assure limited quantities and collect-ability. New Pin prices range from $6.95 to $14.95. However some Jumbo pins can go between $20 and $35. New Pins are often released to commemorate a special event, a new movie or a new attraction. As with most collectibles, the secondary market prices for Disney Trading Pins has appreciated and some very rare and highly sought after pins can go for as much as $500.
All of the Disney World Resorts and Disneyland Resorts offer a large variety of pins for sale or trade. Most cast members wear pins on lanyards around the necks or a display card attached to their belts to use for trading with Disney guests. Ride operators are not allowed to wear pin lanyards for obvious reasons. Cast members who wear pin lanyards are required by Disney to trade pins with Disney guests but there are rules to these trades. Disney has published a pamphlet on pin etiquette and how to trade Disney Pins. Some of these rules/tips include:
- To trade a pin with a Disney cast member, the pin must be made of metal and have a representation of a Disney character, park, attraction, icon, or other official affiliation. Additionally, the pin must have a Disney copyright on its back.
- Guests must trade with Cast Members, one pin at a time, with the pin back in place (pins have functional sharp posts)
- Guests can make up to 2 pin trades per cast member per day.
- Refrain from touching another person’s pins or lanyard, ask to see the pin so they can bring the pin into closer view
- The pin that is traded to the cast member cannot be a duplicate of any pin they already have on their lanyard.
- No money can change hands on Disney property in exchange for a pin.