One of the most exciting vacations that a child (or even an adult!) can take is a trip to Walt Disney World. Whether you spend your nights in one of the smaller All Star resorts, explore your wild side at Fort Wilderness or the Animal Kingdom Lodge, or divulge in the grandeur of the Polynesian or the Floridian, it will be tons of fun for the whole family. There are so many different places to go and so many awesome quests to take on, that it’s impossible to do it all in one trip. One thing to do though, if a child is an avid collector of things, is to induce him or her to pin trading.
Pin trading requires the use of a badge lanyard, so get your child started by going to Downtown Disney and stopping by the ever popular pin trading hut. There is a wall of badge lanyards to choose from, with cool designs like Steamboat Willie and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and some lanyards were solid colors with fun quotes like “I Heart Pin Trading!”
Have your child pick out a badge lanyard, and don’t forget to choose one for yourself! Your next stop in the pin hut is the turn tables with pin trading starter packs. The main purpose of pin trading is to go up to a Disney cast member and ask to trade for the pins you want that the cast member has on his or her badge lanyard. A pin starter set will have several common pins that are mainly used for trading, so encourage your child to pick a pack with pins that he or she would not mind giving up.
Making the first pin swap with a cast member is always very exciting, so once you purchase your first of many pin trading items, go talk with all of the cast members running the registers in the pin hut. They are bound to have pins that catch your child’s eye, and maybe even you will see a pin that you would like to have. Even if you and your family do not see any pins you would like to have that day, there will be plenty of opportunities during your vacation to go up to cast members who have badge lanyards with pins on them.
The parks are a gold mine of cast members with rare pins. Between your treks to the outstanding food stands and riding on the mountainous roller coasters, stop by to see all of the cast members you can at close by shops. There are a lot of pins that you can get from cast members, but you cannot buy at any of the shops. These are called “Hidden Mickey” pins, with that signature mouse head stamped onto those non-buyable pins in a small silver silhouette. Be sure to ask all of the cast members you see with badge lanyards and belt flaps to see their pins!
By the end of your vacation, you and your family will be very proud of your new pin collection. Many people like to collect specific themes, such as Disney Princesses or a “Hidden Mickey” pin series, but sometimes it is just more fun to grab many different kinds. Many avid pin collectors have multiple badge lanyards filled up with all of the pin series and collections you could imagine, but it is an expensive hobby, though the joy your family gets from having such an important quest as they go through the parks can make it all worthwhile.
There is a wall of Badge Lanyards to choose from, with cool designs like Steamboat Willie and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and some lanyards were solid colors with fun quotes like “I Heart Pin Trading!”