Vote of the week: Are you a theme park pin trader?
Written by Robert Niles
It's hard to find a Disney theme park stores that doesn't sell those cloisonné or hard enamel pins. Disney started actively encouraging pin trading in its theme parks back in the 1990s, if I recall correctly, after media buzz about the popularity of pin trading at the Olympic games.Tweet
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Of course, pin trading's a huge business for Disney now because, in order to trade, you need pins. And Disney sells them by the truckload.
At first, there were pins for the various attractions and characters in the parks. Now it seems that there are pins for just about every event, season and mood change by anyone or anything associated with the parks. I just got the 2011 D23 pin in the mail. And I have in my desk drawer somewhere a Walt Disney World News pin that the media relations department sent out a few years back.
And, to show that other theme park companies can play in this space, I have a Hedwig pin on a Wizarding World of Harry Potter media-day lanyard stashed in the same drawer.
Other than that, though, I don't do pins. But many of you do, I suspect. So let's put it up for a vote:
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