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Secrets, Tips and Warnings: Disney Pin Trading and Pressed Pennies
Pin trading and pressed pennies belong in their own souvenir category: scavenger hunting. Yeah, I just invented that. But it’s true. They both have an added value in the hunt. Half the fun is in the hunt. Scouting all the points of sale, stalking employees for trade, connecting with other kids at meetups and finding the surprise pop-up trading spots like this disguised garbage can pictured below. The other half of the fun is at home reminiscing and presenting them in lengthy great detail to anyone who will listen. Pin trading and pressed penny collections are ideal souvenir’s because they are small, event specific, and collectible. They are ONLY for kids above choking ages (Yikes! More on that later).
Disney World Pin Trading
Have you seen those nerds that walk around Disney with their pin trading necklaces and crossover pin book bags? Yeah that’s us. We are those nerds. We even recently ordered this shadowbox to display the annual pins we’ve bought over the years in Walt Disney World. Super geeks. Point and laugh all you like. We love it.
Kids LOVE visiting different pin booths and stalk Disney employees to trade. Trading up pins is a huge Disney subculture. Ever wonder how the heck people can afford to buy a pin for $10, and turn around and trade it? I’m going to let you in on a little secret. They don’t. We buy pins at Disney to memorialize hotels we’ve stayed at, rides my kids were tall enough to finally ride and even just pins we really love. But for trading, we have an entirely separate system. It’s called bulk shopping on Amazon. Say what? Yep. Buy some bulk pins to trade for as low as $15 for 20 pieces. It’s a fantastic way to start a collection. Enjoy more trading and a fraction of the cost.
Disney World Souvenir’s: Pressed Pennies
Throughout Disney World and many other tourist destinations, there are machines that flatten and emboss an image onto pennies. We bought these great little books (above) to display them in.
When my daughter was probably 3 years old, my husband started the pressed penny tradition. They LOVED it. And still do. My best Disney tip for pressed pennies: before every trip I make a visit to the bank for a roll of shiny new pennies and quarters. Toss them both in a Ziplock for your back pack and avoid digging for change or stopping at stores begging for a coin change. Not all shops are willing to give more than $1 in quarters.
WARNING: pressed pennies are a swallow and potential choking hazard. This recommended souvenir comes with a warning, and a kinda funny story. It’s only funny because the little fella is okay. But one day my bestie texted me in a panic that her son SWALLOWED a pressed penny. A few doctor visits, and many days of sifting through poo later and they finally located the penny. No they didn’t keep it. I probably would have framed that little bastard. I’m gross, right? But every time they spot a penny on the ground or a pressed penny machine, the joke never gets old “Hey James, are you hungry?!”
Pressed pennies are not a valid snack option, really more ideal for collection. Disney World Souvenir’s: Pin Trading and Pressed Pennies have become a legacy among many families. Check out some of these bargain in the ads above that will prepare you for your trip!
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