8 Tips for Pin Trading at Disneyland Paris

Over the last few months, I’ve started to get into pin trading. It’s a really popular hobby in most of the Disney parks, and Disneyland Paris is no exception.

Seeing as I’m enjoying pin trading so much, I thought that I would share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up so far.

Buy Booster Sets to Get Started

You can buy starter sets or booster packs in the park for around €20. In those packs you receive 4-5 pins. Make sure that the pins you buy to trade aren’t ones that you won’t want to part with!

For example, on our last trip I bought a Toy Story starter pack because I wouldn’t be sad to part with those pins. I can trade them off for more Mickey’s and Minnie’s guilt free!

You can buy individual pins at every shop on Disney property and prices vary. Buying booster sets from the parks also give you the guarantee that you are trading official, authentic pins.

Display Your Pins on a Lanyard

A lanyard is the easiest way to display your pins when you’re in the park. I bought my Phantom Manor lanyard in Harrington’s on Main Street for €9.99. You can also buy some lovely ones on Ebay for a bit cheaper if you would prefer!

As well as being super handy for pin trading – a lanyard full of pins is really great for character interaction. Characters love spotting themselves and it’s a great talking point. 

Do Not Buy Cheap Pin Lots from Ebay or Amazon!

As tempting as it is to buy the “50 pins for £25.00” pin lots from eBay – please resist! These pin lots are full of fake pins and “scrappers”. It’s really sad that these fake pins have made their way into the parks. I would be really annoyed if I traded one of my authentic purchased pins and got a scrapper or a fake in return!

Don’t Be Afraid to Approach Cast Members

You can trade pins with any cast member wearing a black pin lanyard. The pins on the black lanyards are given to the cast members by Disney for trade purposes and they basically have to say yes to a trade. The only reason a cast member would refuse a trade would be if the pin you are offering is very obviously fake. You can only trade 2 pins per cast members – so choose carefully!

Some cast members wear pins from their own personal collection on other parts of their uniform and they do not have to trade these. Although they are usually happy to show them to you if you ask nicely!

I found that pin trading has done wonders for my self-confidence. Normally I would never approach people I don’t know but pins are a great talking point and now I’m constantly going up to cast members to chat about pins!

Find The Best Pin Trading Spots

Sadly, pin trading isn’t just as common in Disneyland Paris as it is in other Disney parks. Not every cast member at Disneyland Paris has a trading lanyard so you really have to be on the look-out.

My favourite place to trade is Pueblo’s Trading Post in Frontier Land. Unfortunately it’s only open on weekends so I don’t get to go as often as I would like. They have a HUGE pin board – my partner and I got two pins each from it last time – and definitely would’ve taken more if the rules allowed us.

SIDE NOTE: Pueblo’s is also where you can pick up limited edition/limited release pins (by reservation on Lineberty only!)

Last time we were there, a lovely Dutch family had set up their own pin board outside Pueblo’s Trading Post. I traded one of my Disneyland Resort pin for this incredible Duffy and StellaLou pin. It was such an amazing find – I was delighted when they said I could have it!

When Pueblo’s is closed, I do the majority of my trading in the hotel gift shops. There are always cast members with lanyards in those shops. As a general rule, they’re less busy than the shops in the parks so it’s easier to approach cast members.

There are also cast members with pin trading lanyards in the shops in the parks, however I tend to only approach them if I’m already at the till buying something else so I don’t distract them from their work!
Visit Pin Boards

Some of the Guest Services spots around the park have small pin boards. The same rules apply here to when you’re trading with cast members. You can trade up to 2 of your own pins for two from each board. I’ve seen them in Town Square and the main entrance to Frontier Land but I’m sure there are more!

There is also a large pin board that is moved to a different shop each day. We've found that it's most commonly in Harringtons (Main Street) or Constellations (Discovery Land).

The large pin board usually has a mix of mystery pins, Open and Limited edition pins.

Familiarise Yourself with the Different Types of Pins Available
I got these pins from the large pin board on our last Disneyland Paris trip. The pin on the left is a Disneyland Paris exclusive and the Spaceship Minnie pin is from Hong Kong Disneyland. Both are Open Edition pins.
I got these pins from the large pin board on our last Disneyland Paris trip. The pin on the left is a Disneyland Paris exclusive and the Spaceship Minnie pin is from Hong Kong Disneyland. Both are Open Edition pins.
To ensure a fair trade, Cast Members at the pin boards operate a "like for like" policy. For example, you can only trade an Open Edition pin for another Open Edition pin or a mystery pin. You cannot trade a mystery or Open Edition pin for a Limited Edition pin.

If you are unsure what category your pin falls under, Cast Members are more than happy to help and show you which pins on the board that you can trade for.

Join the Official Disneyland Paris Pin Trading Facebook Group

This is a great way to connect with other traders and find out first-hand about new releases! You can find the official Facebook group here. They also post up where the Pin Trading Board is going to be for the whole week ahead. 

Written by MeganLovesDisney - Monday 27 April 2020

This article was last updated on Thursday 19 October 2023.

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  1. This is a great article Megan! Some great tips and really easy to understand 😊

    elaine elaine - 28 Apr 2020 3:09 PM
  2. Love these tips, thanks so much for sharing Megan!

    tosbourn tosbourn - 28 Apr 2020 3:02 PM