I haven’t posted about pin trading in quite some time. You’d think this meant that my interest in collecting Disney pins had waned, wouldn’t you? The exact opposite is true, actually, I’m slightly ashamed that after all this time, my love for Disney pin collecting is a strong as ever.
It started long ago and innocently enough. What a fun way for our whole family to buy a few relatively inexpensive souvenirs and interact with Cast Members for pin trading. Those first few pins lead to pin lanyards – a gateway to entire pin sets. Before long, I was hooked.
My Disney Pin Addiction
ME! The woman who discouraged her children from collecting Pokémon cards and Beanie Babies. We were buying more and more for trading and collecting! I bought expensive pin sets and traded them all away. Pins I couldn’t live without joined the ranks of the growing legion of pins in our pin binder. The binder filled up. Still, the number of pins kept growing.
It’s not like Walt Disney World makes resistance easy; pin kiosks are everywhere. Free-standing kiosks in every park, specialty pin shops, pin boards everywhere. Worse, when I signed up online for runDisney events, pins to commemorate each event could be purchased during the race registration process. Of course, I had to have them.
It was bad enough that special pins were available for the Disney Magic’s inaugural cruise through the fjords of Norway (no way could I pass those up), but a special evening event for pin trading with the ship’s officers was part of the itinerary! We skipped dessert to make this event on time. Annnnd…it was worth it! Awesome, unusual pins to choose from and fresh lanyards for the Cast Members were distributed at regular intervals. Before long we’d made new friends and collected quite a few more pins to treasure.
I’m admitting nothing. I have a few Disney pins. I might, from time to time, pick up a few more here and there. I can stop anytime I want to.
What Disney items do you collect?