In the Fallout video game universe, bottle caps are used for currency in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m guessing that in the post-apocalyptic Disney World, pins would likely become some sort of currency, right? They’re shiny, they have varying rarities, and people could wear them as armor for Mad Max-type races along the remnants of I-4. (Hey, I think that’s a more sane idea than having Tim Burton directing a live-action version of Dumbo, right?)
Anyhow… Disney pins. Unless you have no love for anything Disney, odds are good that everyone has seen at least one in their trips to Walt Disney World that they think is cool. For some people, it’s not so easy to stop as one. Some people start collections based on characters, attractions, styles, or just ones that they like. Others love the thrill of the hunt, searching countless Cast Member lanyards for “that perfect pin” to add to their collection. Pin trading at Walt Disney World was a huge experience around the turn of the millennium, but is it still something that people do? This week we asked you:
Do you still do Disney pin trading?
With more than 2,100 votes, here’s your results.
Yes! (573 votes, 26%)
In a case of Cast Members make all the difference, overwhelmingly the people who still pin trade say that they love trading with Cast Members. In some cases, it isn’t about the pins, but it is a great conversation starter with a Cast Member. And although it is harder to find really good pins on Cast Member lanyards (and sometimes hard to find Cast Members wearing pin lanyards), there is a lot of fun in the hunt for a pin that someone has never seen before. Pin trading isn’t limited to the parks, either. Pin trading, even trading with ship’s officers, happens on Disney Cruise Line. Whether you trade to build your collection or trade to make your collection new every time, quite a few of you still find joy trading pins.
I did, but not anymore (391 votes, 18%)
If someone asked me why I thought a person might stop pin trading, my thoughts would be about the cost or having an unwieldy collection. The most common response that people had about why they don’t pin trade anymore has to do with other pin traders. From stories about having pin “sharks” trying to cheat kids out of rare pins to disappointment that some people will buy bootleg pins in bulk online to trade for authentic pins in the parks, the biggest downfall to pin trading may be that it was a victim of its own success. For some pin traders, they still collect pins, but find it much more satisfying to buy pins they want rather than search for pins to trade.
Never traded Disney pins (1,211 votes, 56%)
People who voted for this option were of two kinds–those who have collected pins for years, but only do so by buying the ones they want and people who never have started collecting pins at all. Let’s face it, pin trading can be an expensive hobby if you buy your pins at a Disney park. Sometimes a set of pins can be displayed as art, and if I see a pin board in someone’s house, it’s a real conversation piece. But when it comes down to it, a board full of pins can be as expensive *as* a piece of Disney artwork. The money spent on a large collection of pins could pay for another trip to Walt Disney World. If you are selective about the pins you buy, they can make lovely touchstones to remember a certain aspect of your vacation.
So that’s it for this week. Feel free to share your views about pin trading in the comments. Do you have a favorite pin? If you collect pins, do you have a “Holy Grail” of pin collecting that you’re searching for? Let us know.