That is, until (you could just feel that “until” coming, couldn’t you?) we were both lucky enough to win a lanyard and two limited edition pins during the “Year of a Million Dreams” promotion and figured we’d give this pin trading thing a shot since fate (or Disney magic) seemed to bring it our way. We started trading and collecting pins with Cast Members at first, and, once we got the hang of it, we traded with fellow guests as well. It’s become a huge part of enjoying our Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line experiences as a family, especially after our son–who is now almost 5–got interested in the fun.
The Hidden Mickey Collection is one of my favorite ways to trade unique pins with Cast Members. These pins have a silver-colored backstamp and contain a box that indicates the pin is a Hidden Mickey pin, along with the number of pins in that themed collection (1 of 5, for example). The front design of the pin always contains a Mickey Mouse icon somewhere in the artwork. Hidden Mickey pins are only released at random to Cast Members at Disney Parks and Resorts (talk about a unique souvenir!) and part of the fun is searching for your favorite pins to complete a set.