Disney World pin trading locations and how to save money before you visit

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At any Walt Disney resort, whether in California, Orlando, or even Japan, pin trading has become a big draw for guests and as we said, it can be expensive.

Chances are, you know when you are going to a Disney resort or park. You plan it out in advance unless you are an Annual Passhoslder and can go on a whim, in which case, I am jealous. For the rest of us, it is a matter of strategic planning and a lot of frustration.

Pin trading is a fun exercise that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. There are sets of pins you can try to collect and there are speciality pins you can buy or get lucky enough to find along your visit but how do you do this at reduced expense?

Well, for starters, you know what EBAY is and there are plenty of Disney Pin sellers who are moving their pins in 10 to 100 piece bulk sells. Most will tell you from the start they guarantee no duplicates and I have not found that to be a problem. Most sets will average around $20.00 to $80.00 depending on the alotment you purchase.

Our family of six tends to purchase the larger bulk options and we do so at least two weeks prior to our trip if not more to ensure delivery on time. Upon arrival we skim through the pins and select the ones we want to keep and then ready our game plan for trading at the parks.

If you are planning to go to the parks and think pin trading is for you, do yourself a favor and order off one of the sites that sell them or on EBAY. Make sure the sellers guarantee that their pins are not knock-off pins and you can do so by reading the comments from previous buyers.

Now that you know how to get pins to trade without trading the ones you purchased at the parks, you need to know where to find the trading spots and each park has locations.