We love pin trading. We’ve been trading at Walt Disney World since 2002, and have built our collections up to over 300 pins each. We recently heard that Disneyland does not have many opportunities to pin trade. However, we completely disagree! Today we’ll share with you some of our favorite secret pin trading locations at Disneyland Resort!
Westward Ho Trading Co
This pin board can be found in the Westward Ho Trading Co in Frontierland. If you don’t see it, ask a cast member! They might know where the board is for the day.
Fantasyland Gift Shops
Almost all of the gift shops in Fantasyland had a pin board when we were there. The one pictured was in the gift shop near the Red Rose Tavern.
20th Century Music Company Record Player
This pin board is located in the 20th Century Music Company store on Main Street, USA. As you’re walking in, the store is next to the magic store on your right.
Le Bat en Rouge
This pin board is in the gift shop in New Orleans Square next to Blue Bayou. It was very busy in the shop when we were there, so the pin board as behind the counter. Be sure to ask to see if they have it!
Captain America Pin Shield
This pin board tends to move around, but you can typically find it in the gift shop as you exit Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout!
Monster’s Inc Pin Board
This pin board is located at the gift stand across from the Monster’s Inc ride at California Adventure!
Lion King Book Board
This pin board can be found on the World of Color standing area near the Lion King Show.
Artist’s Palette Pin Board
This pin board can be found in the “Off the Page” store.
Elias and Co Pin Board
This pin board can be found at the main register at the Elias and Co gift shop. If it’s not out, be sure to ask a cast member! It might be at a different register for the day.
Grizzly Peak Pin Bear
This pin bear was at the gift shop across from Soarin’ at Grizzly Peak!
Downtown Disney and resorts
Downtown Disney is a great spot to do pin trading if you aren’t entering the parks that day! In terms of pin boards, only some of the official “Disney” stores have pin boards. That means you won’t find a pin board in a store like Pandora Jewelry, but you might find one in World of Disney! The pin board pictured below was at a small souvenir stand outside the parks.
You also might have luck at the on-property resorts. At the front desk, ask the cast members if they have a pin board! Typically the concierge can bring out a pin book.
Pin Trading Tips
1. We buy all of our traders at Disney Outlets and were able to get 12 pins for 25 dollars. That means each was only $1.99! We didn’t love the pins, which made them perfect for trading (does anyone else feel guilty trading away pins or is that just us?). We assure you, this is a much better deal than buying individual pins to trade, or buying pins of Ebay or Amazon! (as those pins are many times fake). The only time we recommend purchasing off a website is if the buyer has multiple good review for the pins. For more about fake pins, head to our new article!
2. If you’re in a bind and have to buy in the parks, look for the parks that are 7 pins for $30. This is the best deal you will get on Disney property!
3. To identify pins that come from cast members and are only released to them, look for a small Hidden Mickey symbol! These are some of our favorite pins to collect, and we have a variety of collections of Hidden Mickey pins.
4. All cast members have to trade pins with you, so don’t feel shy to approach them! They just can’t have the same pin on the lanyard twice. Read more about how to pin trade here.
5. If you see pins flipped over on cast members lanyards, these are mystery pins! Sometimes you have to answer trivia to see them, or sometimes it’s a blind trade! We use our traders to take a chance on these pins: if we don’t like them, we just trade them again!
Wrapping It Up
Looking for more Disney pin trading tips?
Head here to learn more about pin trading.
Head here to read about the best pin boards at Walt Disney World
Head here to learn more about fake Disney pins, and how to spot them!
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