Disneyland Pins for Free | How to Get Them
Collecting and trading Disneyland pins is one of the most popular hobbies that can be seen at the park.
There's a high chance that you've seen Disney pins on visitors, cast members, and even at stores during your visit.
In this page we'll go over everything pin related, how to get them for free, different types of pins, how to buy them and much more.
Table of Contents
- What are Disney Pins
- How Can I get Free Disney Pins
- Where Can I Buy Disney Pins
- Is Pin Trading Back at Disneyland
- What's the Rarest Pin
- How to Keep Pins From Falling Off
- When Did Pin Trading Begin
What are Disney Pins?
Disney pins are small pins that can be placed on clothing or lanyards, and are an interactive experience for guests and cast members alike.
These pins can be exchanged with other guests as well as cast members during your visit.
Not all pins are created equal however, as there are different types of pins, and some that you can only get during special events.
There is a large pin collection community, and at times the rarer pins can sell for thousands of dollars.
How Can I Get Free Disneyland Pins?
Trading Pins With a Cast Member
As a guest of the park, you're able to go up to a cast member and trade one of your pins with one of theirs. Disney cast members are extremely friendly and can even give you details of each pin that they have, before you make a trade with them.
There is a maximum of 2 trades a day that you can do, which keeps the trading system honest, as well as maintaining the prestigious value of the pins.
When it's your special event such as a birthday, anniversary, recently engaged or married for example, Disney will provide you a specific pin to signify and celebrate this.
You can head directly to guest services and inform them of your event, and they'll provide you with your pin.
Where Can I Buy Disney Pins?
At any Disney gift shop, there are 'Pin Booster' packs that include 6-7 pins that can be purchased at a small price.
These are a great starter pack to get a few pins under your belt, and to dip your toes into the pin collecting/trading world.
Is Pin Trading Back at Disneyland?
Pin trading has been resumed in 2021. For a brief time during the COVID-19 pandemic, everything in the park had been paused, including this guest-favorite activity. Again, guests are limited to two pin trades per day.
What's the Rarest Pin?
Dream Jeweled Mickey is the rarest pin and the original cost of this pin was $1,295!
It includes 130 precious jewels including black sapphire, diamond, garnet and citrine.
This pin is so rare that it almost never is even up for sale, so the few times that it actually does appear on the market, it goes quickly.
How to Keep Pins From Falling Off
One of the downsides to collecting pins is that at times they can easily fall off, and if this happens at the park, it'll be hard to find them!
You can avoid this by buying 'Locking Backs'. For under $10 you will be able to purchase a bag of locking backs that will ensure that your pins stay in place.
When Did Pin Trading Begin at Disney?
On October 1999 at Walt Disney World, the 'Millennium Celebration' kicked off to launch the newest tradition of Disney Pin Trading.
Pin Trading has been going strong for 20+ years now, and it also feels like a rewards program at times. For example, for the old timers that have been to the parks for decades, they're rewarded and can show off their rare pins that were only available during that time.
Additionally, it can be a great gift to pass down to family members and friends, as a piece of history as well as a sentimental gift.