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+---Topic: Any pin traders notice a difference... started by tinkerose


Posted by: tinkerose on May 26, 2003 4:02 am/pm

in the number of CMs wearing lanyards at the parks?

During our most recent visit, I noticed that there were many fewer CMs wearing lanyards.  Those that did have lanyards on seemed to have lots of old pins and none of them were lanyard series pins.

I really missed the fun of talking with CMs while looking at their lanyards during past trips.  I hope we just hit it on an off weekend.

Has anyone else noticed this or heard anything about a change?

Posted by: klwally on May 27, 2003 7:01 am/pm

I was there in January and March and didn't notice a change, I'm going back next month, I'll keep a look out. I know in January it was pretty cool a few days and I was able to find 4 lanyard pins in one day...and I was just wandering around AK, not going full steam trying to scam all the lanyards :D
Posted by: tinkerose on May 28, 2003 3:27 am/pm

Good to hear things were normal during your visits.  I'm hoping we just hit it at an off time -- you know, resting after spring break.  I'll be anxious to hear what you find next month.

BTW, I LOVE you avatar!  :cool:

Posted by: klwally on June 12, 2003 11:00 am/pm

I didn't notice a difference on this last trip, in fact my daughter found 3 lanyard pins, and I found two! In my experience, or maybe it's just luck...but I found more lanyard pins at Animal Kingdom than any other park (and that's on my last few trips)
Posted by: WebTink on June 12, 2003 11:10 am/pm

Hope you don't mind if I piggy back on this thread and ask you to explain how pin-trading works.  I've heard of it, but not what it is exactly that you DO!  I know what a lanyard is, but how is it particular to this hobby?  Just curious!  Maybe it's something I need to do!!!!
Posted by: klwally on June 12, 2003 11:46 am/pm

When ever you see a Castmember with a pin lanyard - Just walk up, say hi and ask to look at their pins! They will trade with you - with only a few rules:
1) the colored lanyards are for kids only. This is great because it keeps some great pins for kids to trade with out all the 'professionals' getting to them first.

2) it has to be a Disney Pin

3) they can't have that pin on their lanyard already.

4) they don't like 'name' pins either for obvious reasons

Other than that, they can't turn down a trade. Most CM's are so fun to talk to - they seem to enjoy it as well. I used to buy tons of $4-5 pins at TDS, when they had them, then I'd trade like crazy at the parks cause they're $6-12.50 there, so even if I got a 'rack' pin, I was ahead. YOu have to look out, because sometimes you can find a real "find" on the lanyards. Limited Editions - or some from other parks, I got a tokyo one last trip. And there are Lanyard only pins... Pins that cannot be bought, but only found on a CM's lanyard!

Posted by: WebTink on June 12, 2003 12:12 am/pm

Thank you, Kerri!  That's really helpful information.  Might be something the 12 year old would like to do.  So, can you still find pins at the Disney Store (is that what TDS means?)?  Do they sell the lanyards?

Do guests trade with each other or just with CMs?  

Just a curious Tink here!

Posted by: klwally on June 12, 2003 1:26 am/pm

Some guests do trade with each other, some pin carts have tables there, and some guests will congregate around them and do some trading. From what I heard TDS was getting rid of their pins :( BUT  there are starter lanyards all over WDW, they come with 4 pins... 2 different styles so that you have one to trade and one to keep!
Posted by: WebTink on June 12, 2003 1:51 am/pm

Sorry to keep bugging you, Kerri, but do they have resort specific pins?  We're staying at the Poly and that would be a neat souvenir.
Posted by: klwally on June 12, 2003 2:21 am/pm

they have pins for everything imaginable! Resorts, Parks, Rides, Characters, Movies, etc etc etc!!!
Posted by: tinkerose on June 12, 2003 2:36 am/pm

If you're staying at the Polynesian, Becky, you might consider taking the monorail over to the Contemporary on Friday evening.  There is weekly pin-trading there, on the Grand Concourse, every Friday evening (starting about 7pm, I think).  They have a special trading area reserved for kids, so your 12-year-old might have some fun.

Also, the pin cart in the rear of the lobby at the Poly's Great Ceremonial House is one of my favorite places to buy pins.   The CMs there always seem to be extra friendly and the selection is always good.

Posted by: WebTink on June 12, 2003 5:16 am/pm

Rose, thank you so much for this information!  It helps with planning.  I know I will probably be free Friday evening as I will have the 4 year old while the big kids go over to MK to make it in for E-Ride Night.  Might enjoy checking out the trading.  Love you insiders!  You have all the great tips!  And the more I hear about the Poly, the more excited I get about staying there!  Thanks again! :bowdown:
Posted by: goin2seethemouse on July 26, 2003 8:30 am/pm

In answering the original question. I do think that less CM's are wearing lanyards. We were just at WDW a few weeks ago and it didn't seem like nearly as many were wearing them as in Dec. when we were there. :(  Hopefully this will change and they will get back to wearing them. :minnie:
Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 26, 2003 9:57 am/pm

Becky,

On our trip in May I got my 4 year old a Buzz Lightyear lanyard.  He loved it, but didn't want to really wear it too much, it was uncomfortable for him.

However, when I showed him what to do (ask a CM to look at their pins) and I let him know that he could pick WHATEVER one he wanted, he was thrilled.  From then on, he didn't really want to take it off - and if he did, it had to be within easy reach.

By the time we left, we couldn't get passed a CM that was wearing a lanyard without him wanting to trade.  There were a couple of times that we left the lanyard back in the room and he was VERY upset!!

Just a thought, your 4 yr old might like this too.

I don't remember, are you staying concierge?  If so, you can have them pick up the lanyard for you and have it in your room for your arrival (you will need to privide them with a CC#).  This is what we did and my son thought that Mickey himself gave him the lanyard :)

Posted by: WebTink on July 26, 2003 10:36 am/pm

Hey, Beth, great tips on pin trading for the younger set!  I need to get ahold of concierge this week before we leave, maybe I'll add that to my requests!  I have a lanyard of my own. It's not Disney--it's Mary Englebreit--says, "It's good to be queen" on it!  That's what DH calls me.  And today, my youngest delivered a diet Coke to me and said, "here you go, your majesty."  When I said, "thank you," he said, "you're welcome, my Queen!" just like Daddy does!   :nod:
Posted by: LilMarcieMouse on July 26, 2003 11:01 am/pm

I am a little shy about the pin tradeing thing. I tryed it once at ASMo with a CM but the CM wasn't very helpful to a newbie. :unhappy:  I am the Once bitten twice shy kinda preson.  no matter how many time I read no how to pin trade I just don't get it. :crazy:  Do you have any advice for someone like Me?
Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 27, 2003 8:03 am/pm



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Hey, Beth, great tips on pin trading for the younger set!  I need to get ahold of concierge this week before we leave, maybe I'll add that to my requests!  I have a lanyard of my own. It's not Disney--it's Mary Englebreit--says, "It's good to be queen" on it!  That's what DH calls me.  And today, my youngest delivered a diet Coke to me and said, "here you go, your majesty."  When I said, "thank you," he said, "you're welcome, my Queen!" just like Daddy does!   :nod:
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Good job on the training :laugh:
Posted by: minnimama on July 27, 2003 9:48 am/pm

can you tell me how to tell a lanyard series pin is that one only for lanyards not for regular sale- also I think when the ds stopped carrying pins everyone got them at a great sale price - I did .62  and then they flooded the lanyards in the parks that is why you see all ds pins now so they may be cutting back or the fad may be slowing just a thought we sure did bring a lot of pins with us and traded like mad- will miss that this trip!
Posted by: goin2seethemouse on July 27, 2003 10:36 am/pm

The lanyard series pins you can only get from a cm they can't be bought. You can get a pin book the one I have is disneyana and it has pictures of all of the different pins.HTH :minnie:
Posted by: Scott Deeter on Aug. 19, 2003 2:38 am/pm

:unhappy:

....and in my humble opinion, WDW has sorta overdone it with pins.  I have probably 1500+ in a box under my bed from my CM days....it used to be that, while you had to be fanantical about it, you could theoretically have every pin out.  Now, there are just way too many, IMHO.

Posted by: goin2seethemouse on Aug. 19, 2003 7:07 am/pm

Wow sounds like you have way to many of those pins, Send some my way :D
Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 19, 2003 10:39 am/pm

I have to jump and join this thread. :D

 A "Disney Pin" is one that has the word Disney  on the back.  CM's cant trade for any pins that dont have that on the back. There is a store at Downtown Disney Marketplace that just sells pins :) Great place to find what ever you are looking for...the last time I was there they had a price book so you could figure out what your pins might be worth.  your looking for.  There are also koisiks selling pins all over property.  

Let me know if you have any other questions :)

Posted by: Goofyteer on Aug. 26, 2003 12:59 am/pm

I'm new to the whole Disney pin craze myself. Sounds cool though, is there a list online of all the Disney pin designs available?
Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 26, 2003 7:59 am/pm

Check out this website..its the official Disney Pin Trading Website...you can find current pins and pins that are waiting to be released

< www.officialdisneypintrading.com >

ENJOY :)

Posted by: Scott Deeter on Aug. 26, 2003 10:24 am/pm

*****WARNING*****Off Topic

Kelly--

I get most of your sig, but what's the "OP"?  (WDW OP CM)

Scott

Posted by: Goofyteer on Aug. 26, 2003 1:33 am/pm



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Check out this website..its the official Disney Pin Trading Website...you can find current pins and pins that are waiting to be released

< www.officialdisneypintrading.com >

ENJOY :)
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Thanks! I'm checking it out right now.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 26, 2003 6:16 am/pm



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*****WARNING*****Off Topic

Kelly--

I get most of your sig, but what's the "OP"?  (WDW OP CM)

Scott

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Oooo! Oooo! I know!! :buttrock:

OP stands for "On Property" -- meaning she works onsite at WDW.
:idea:

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 26, 2003 10:03 am/pm

OP = Operating Participant

Work for a non Disney company that has a contract to do work for Disney on WDW property :D

Posted by: Scott Deeter on Aug. 27, 2003 11:12 am/pm

Kelly:

Cool.  Which Participant, if you don't mind me asking?

Scott

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 27, 2003 12:24 am/pm



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OP = Operating Participant

Work for a non Disney company that has a contract to do work for Disney on WDW property :D

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I stand corrected! I appreciate learning something new.
:nod:

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