Disney Pin Trading can be addictive!
The most popular Disney collectibles are the pins.
OK, back to pin trading. It is supposedly quite acceptable to approach another guest wearing a lanyard with pins and request a trade. You each look over your pins and decide if you want to trade. Trades with other guests must be mutually agreed upon. However, if you approach a cast member and see a pin that you would like, they are required to grant you that pin in exchange for one of yours that you have chosen. My granddaughters are now pin traders and this is their favorite thing to do. TIP: Pins can be rather expensive, but you can shop around for cheaper ones, and most lanyard starter kits come with several pins. I also shop around on Ebay before we go and purchase pins by the dozen. You don’t always know what you are getting but these can be ones to trade off for ones you want. I have two lanyards, one that has pins I have collected of my favorite rides at each park and the other one has pins that I save for trading. We have seen the lanyards and starter kits in some of the Disney Stores in the mall at home.
You can find the pins at nearly all of the gift shops in the parks and resorts. There are also kiosks everywhere that just sell pins and lanyards. Disney Springs has a shop just dedicated to selling pins, lanyards, and other pin-related items. We always make a stop in there when we shop at Disney Springs. I'm pretty sure they have just about every pin that has ever been made and you can spend hours looking through them all.
Don't forget the person running the carts are cast members and they will be wearing a lanyard with pins and are more than willing to make a trade with you. Most of them also have a lot of knowledge of pins and pin trading and love to answer questions and talk about them. Just another way that Disney makes sure you have the best guest experience while you are visiting the parks.