• On Feb 3, 2018
    Daniel from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    what are buttons and lanyards?

    Hi Daniel,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I think you’re asking about Pin Trading, which is a really cool “extra magic” activity at the Disney Parks.

    Most of the shops in the Disney Resort hotels and in the theme parks sell lanyards, which you wear around your neck, and starter packs of fun, Disney themed pins, which you attach to the lanyard. You can purchase pins that reflect your interests – there are pins representing characters, food, attractions, and so much more. The other way to build your pin collection is Pin Trading. You’ll notice Cast Members throughout Walt Disney World wearing lanyards covered with pins. You can approach those Cast Members and ask if they’d like a pin trade. They’ll show you their pins and tell you amazing stories about them – often Cast Members have exclusive pins – and then you can offer pins of yours to trade. My niece loves pin trading because it’s an opportunity to talk to Cast Members, learn about their pins, hear their stories…and then walk away with a new pin with a magical story attached to it.

    Daniel, if you’d like to start browsing pins and lanyards, a good place to start is by looking at ShopDisney. Also, because you mentioned buttons, I do want to share about Celebration Buttons. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or another special occasion, you can ask for a free Celebration Button from Cast Members at your Resort Hotel or Guest Services in the theme parks, and you’ll receive good wishes and pixie dust from fellow Guests and Cast Members when you wear it.  Pins, lanyards, and celebration buttons are all magical ways to connect with others during your time at Walt Disney World Resort, and I absolutely love that.

    Happy pin trading!
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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