Pin Trading at Disneyland Paris is a great way to bring home a unique momento of your holiday, make new friends and to show off your favourite characters. Luckily, Disneyland Paris make this really easy and enjoyable to do! This Pin Trading guide will help you get started with your collection and walk you through the different types of events offered to meet fellow collectors.
Getting started with Pin Trading
The first thing you’ll be needing are pins! Disneyland Paris sell a good range of starter sets at a range of prices, most starter kits come with a lanyard and a selection of around 4 pins (some will contain more, others less). Wearing this lanyard will help identify you as a collector to Cast Members who may ask you about your collection.
Booster Packs often contain slightly more pin badges and are designed to give your collection that boost you may need (and are often cheaper than sets containing a lanyard).
Once you have your pins, you can begin trading! The easiest way is to trade with Disneyland Paris Cast Members in the resort boutiques. Many Cast Members will be wearing a selection of pins on their lanyard, if the pin is on the lanyard (and not the uniform) then it is available for trade! Next all you need to do is see which pin the Cast Member would like of your collection.
The only rule is that only official Disney pins can be traded in the resort. These are pins that have the Disney copyright engraved on the back. Non-Disney pins or third-party Disney pins are unfortunately not eligible for trade.
Pueblo Trading Post
This is the central store for all things pin trading. The shop is only open on weekends and contains a wide selection of both open edition pin badges and limited edition releases. It also stocks Vinylmation figurines. The most notable feature of this store however is the pin trading board.
The board is staffed by a member of the pin trading team and can often be where you will find some hidden gems. Trade is a like for like for whatever you wish. (You can only get a limited edition pin if you trade one of your limited edition pins).
Pueblo Trading Post is also home to the Disneyland Paris pin trading community who are reliably in attendance every weekend. These traders are not officially linked to Disney or Disneyland Paris and are simply collectors. If you opt to trade with these members, you may find yourself having to haggle more.
How to find the Pueblo Trading Post
Pueblo Trading Post is located at the rear of Frontierland in Disneyland Park close to the Cowboy Cookout BBQ and Pocahontas Indian Village.
Open on Saturday and Sunday only (except on Pin Trading Event days) from 10am.
This schedule is subject to change at any moment.
Limited Edition Pin Releases
Limited Edition pins are highly sought after collectibles at Disneyland Paris. These are typically released on a Saturday morning at the Pueblo Trading Post (although occasionally exceptions of both date and place are made, these will be clearly marked on the monthly pin poster).
In order to maximise your chance of getting these pins, make sure to arrive at the park as early as possible (preferably during Extra Magic Time) and wait in Liberty Arcade (to the left of Main Street) for a wristband and a ticket. This secures your place in the queue when the Pueblo Trading Post opens at 10am. Limited Edition Pins are limited to two per person.
Pin Trading Nights
These typically take place on the last Friday of every month (providing there is no pin trading day or event that month) in a Disney Hotel bar. These are free to attend and see Disney pin traders camp out all day for their chance to buy a limited edition pin. Make sure to arrive very early if you want to buy the special pin releases.
The Pin Trader Cocktail is on sale at this event which includes a non-alcoholic cocktail and gives the guest a cast member refresh pin one month in advance of Cast Member distribution.
Pin Trading Day
Pin Trading Days are yearly events at the Pueblo Trading Post in Disneyland Paris (and typically takes place in April). These are free to attend, but much like any limited edition pin releases and the pin trading night, arriving early is strongly recommended. Again, arrive during Extra Magic Time and queue in Liberty Arcade for a wristband and ticket.
At the events there are typically a few games played and around 4/5 pin releases on the event theme.
Pin Trading Events
These really are must-do events. A Pin Trading Event usually takes place twice a year (including the traditional Christmas event) and feature a range of extremely collectable pins, games, competitions, character meet and greets and a delicious buffet lunch.
Events are usually announced 2 months ahead of time and always sell out extremely quickly so make sure you are on the phone as soon as they go on sale!