Most Disney fans like to collect something… mugs, ornaments, Vinylmation, etc. But ever since I was young, I’ve loved collecting Disney pins.
Disney pins are metal pins that can be purchased all over Walt Disney World (and other Disney Parks locations). They’re available in most gift shops in the parks, hotels and at Disney Springs (Pin Traders and World of Disney). Pin enthusiasts may purchase single pins, mystery packs or special limited editions. Once you get some, you can trade with other people or keep them for your collection!
Trading pins is fun, you can do it with Cast Members, park guests or pin boards that are located at gift shops. Another cool way to trade is to go to a pin gathering, an unofficial pin trading party held by fans! If you start to become serious about collecting, be sure to know the value of your pins so someone won’t make an unfair trade with you. When I was younger, many people tried to swindle me out of rare pins for ones of “no worth”.
Everyone has a different pin collecting style. Some people only collect character, attraction or resort specific pins. Others look out for limited edition or special event ones. My collection is very random, I simply buy and trade pins that I like. I have a lot of Mickey ones, I love every pin design he is on. My other favorites are my Magic Kingdom one and my 2013 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party one. I also collect anything with Liberty Minnie on it, so I have a few pins of her!
The most special pin I have is one that a Cast Member gave me during the Year of a Million Dreams in 2006. Tinkerbell is on it with the words “Where dreams come true”. It is an “exclusive pixie dust pin,” and I feel very lucky to have it.
What kind of pins do you collect? How many do you have? What other Disney collections do you have? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for listening & have a magical day! – Ruby 8:)
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
Ruby is a fourteen year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing, drawing, reading, listening to music and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!