Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On May 17, 2009
    Jennifer from MO 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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    Love the panel. Helpful in making me less neurotic when we go! Pin trading something I want to do. Have pins for family, but don't think they will get into it(3 DS 8,5,2). In your opinin, is 25 too many? Where best to trade 4 each park and DD? Resorts?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks so much. We love making trips less neurotic :)

    Our family loves to pin trade. I often think our pin purchases are keeping at least a few Disney Cast Members employed. Your family will be able to trade with any Cast Member that has pins, as well as other guests who are willing. All you need is a pin and the interest and you can approach a Cast Member and ask to see their pins. You are able to trade up to two pins a day with the same Cast Member, but there is no limit on the number of trades you can make throughout the parks or resorts.

    We have never put a number on the amount of trades we make, but rather go by our interest. Each of us has particular characters or types of pins that we like to collect and therefore we trade anytime a pin catches our eye. I think you will be surprised by how quickly your boys catch on to this fun activity and how often that want to stop and look at a Cast Member's pins or "negotiate" a trade. My boys have at times made fifteen or twenty trades in a day. At first they just enjoyed the actual trade and would even trade a pin that they had just traded for a few minutes earlier. Now it is all about the find. Trading for that one pin to complete a collection or theme. They are more selective but still trade numerous times throughout the day.

    The lanyards at times can become very heavy with the number of pins they keep, so I like to carry an extra bag or container of pins that we are willing to trade. This way we can continue to replenish our trading material on our lanyards. I always like to keep extra pins to trade just in case and remember, even if you ask to see a Cast Member's pins, you do not have to trade. Even if a trade does not transpire, this hobby is a great way to help their communication skills and for the kids to interact with the Cast Members.

    Happy trading!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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