• On Aug 31, 2012
    Laura from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Excited to introduce the grandkids to pin trading at Disney World. Is it better to buy a starter set ahead of time, or, buy one in Downtown Disney the day we arrive?

    Hello, Laura!

    Wow! You have thought of everything, Grandma!

    Introducing your grandkids to the fun of Pin Trading will be such a fantastic memory for all of you! I know that we enjoyed allowing our two children to pick out their own lanyards and starter pins as one of their first souvenirs once we got to Walt Disney World. I suggest that you head to Downtown Disney and let them look at their options there, since it will be so much more magical and memorable for them to pick out their own items right there where the magic happens. Be sure to get pics of them, too! What great memories captured for all of you!

    There's a great overview of Pin Trading on Walt Disney World's website, so be sure to read it with the grandkids prior to your departure. This will give them an idea of what to expect once you get there. There's also a very informative post from Disney Insider which lists dozens of topics about Pin Trading in Disney Theme Parks. Perhaps you can select a few of these questions and print out the answers to use as a guide for your grandkids as they learn the tricks of this very popular trade in WDW! :-)

    Send more questions as you think of them; I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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