We don’t know anyone in the DCP program that isn’t a pin collector. Whether it’s from just a few special ones to bringing hundreds and hundreds of Disney pins home after their program ends, everyone has at least one pin story.
What is Disney Pin Trading?
Disney Pin Trading is an exciting, interactive experience where guests can trade Disney pins with Disney cast members and other guests.
How can I experience the magic?
It’s simple and fun! Just locate a cast member wearing a lanyard with Disney pins and find a pin you’d like to have. Then present another Disney pin to the cast member in trade.
Disney Pin Trading rules:
- 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 may trade with cast members one pin at a time, with the pin back in place.
- Guests may make up to 2 pin trades per cast member per day.
- Refrain from touching another person’s pins or lanyard; always 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.
- Each cast member’s lanyard contains around a dozen unique pins, and cast members must trade with guests if they are presented with an acceptable pin. The cast members may not decline a particular trade based on preference or rarity of the pin, but may decline if the pin is not acceptable (fake) or pin trading rules are not being observed.
- No money may change hands on Disney property in exchange for a pin.
Which ones should I collect or trade?
The fun of Disney Pin Trading is in the amazing variety. Find your favorite pins to personalize your Disney experience. Guests of all ages hunt for favorite characters, attractions and features. Whether it’s the Little Mermaid or Mickey Mouse you seek, pin hunting is guaranteed to add thrills to your Disney adventure. Go find the pins you want and make some new friends! It is all up to you! Have fun! Disney Pin Trading is a great way to share the magic and bring home wonderful Disney memories.
Do all Disney cast members wear pin lanyards?
Most merchandise cast members wear pins on lanyards around their necks, or on a hip lanyard (a 4” by 5” piece of colored nylon fabric) clipped to their belt.
Additionally, cast members may wear lanyards if pin trading does not distract from their responsibilities; some managers choose to wear lanyards. Ride operators and lifeguards are not permitted to wear lanyards. Some cast members wear a teal colored (Disneyland) or a green lanyards (WDW) with pins tradable exclusively to children age 3-12.
Lanyards are available in every store in a wide variety of colors and designs as are lanyard medals.
There are many ways to store and display Disney pins when you get home: in notebooks, in shadowbox frames, or on cork boards. Pin collectors can be very creative in displaying their pins and are often easy to spot in the theme parks with their pin-covered vests, hats, lanyards and fanny packs. 🙂
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.