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Pin Badge Trading
One very popular hobby in the Parks is Pin Badge Trading.
Badges are available for purchase from all the shops in the parks and also on carts around the Parks. There is a badge for every ride, every character and every park so you can buy a badge showing your favourite character on your favourite ride, the combinations are endless !
All the Park Staff wear badges on their waistcoats or on badge bands hung around their necks, you can trade one of your badges with them if they have one that you want - but you have to be prepared to part with one of yours. You can also buy your favourite big badge to hang off the bottom of the badge band – my daughters has a Mickey as the Sorcerers Apprentice and a Stitch hanging from her neck straps. There are purpose made bags and books to display your badges in, if you prefer not to wear them, these bags and books are all available to buy from the Disney outlets.
As new films and rides are created a new badge will be produced to mark the event. My most recent favourite character is Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, I love that crazy pirate and have really enjoyed the films. There are badges with a picture of Walt Disney himself on, some of my particular favourite badges are the black and white old ‘Steamboat Mickey’ style badge (which I bought Christmas 2006). Also, special edition badges are produced to mark anniversaries and other notable events. My daughter has a fine collection of badges which must now number around one hundred of them.
If you manage to visit the Pin Badge Trading Post in Downtown Disney, you will not only see a fantastic selection of badges for sale, but also the serious badge collectors exhibit their badge collections outside the Trading Post and you can take a look at their collection. They are always on the look out for rare and unusual badges and will trade with you to enhance their collection.
If you miss buying your favourite badges whilst in the parks then visit the big Disney store in Downtown Disney and from Carts along the way from one end of Downtown Disney to the other, Park Badges are also available to buy.
Pin badge trading extends to all parks including Islands Of Adventure, Sea World for example and also to some restaurants, including the Outback Steakhouse.
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