In the world of Disney collectibles, pins are royalty. Disney parks around the world sell these unique and valuable keepsakes, themed by characters, rides, films, and the parks themselves. In recent years, pin trading has almost become an extreme sport of sorts, with enthusiasts wearing lanyards weighed down with “trade-ables,” seeking out cast members to exchange with. Often times they are looking for Cast Member exclusives and other rare or discontinued pins.
If you haven’t joined the fun yet, now is the time! Disney’s Animal Kingdom has announced a new “Pin Thursday” event that will encourage both the sale and exchange of these collectible keepsakes. Every Thursday, limited release and limited edition pins will become available for purchase at select locations within the theme park; specifically Discovery Trading Company and the African hub cart. For those looking for something a little less off-the-shelf, Cast Members will be adding to their unique collections for trading with guests.
Pin collecting can be a relatively expensive hobby for dedicated participants. Pins start at around $9.99 and can go up past $14.99 for pins with special elements, that are limited editions, or sets. Disney pins are available at every Disney theme park, whether in California, Florida, or abroad, as well as Downtown Disney District, Disney Springs, and online. However, it should be noted that many pins are location-specific and will not be sold elsewhere.
When you’re ready to trade, be sure and have your lanyard loaded up and ready to go in case of meeting well-stocked cast members! And don’t forget to check out Pin Thursdays at Animal Kingdom on the week of your choosing!
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