The Inexpensive Way To Keep your Disney Pins on your Disney Lanyard
Josiah’s first word was “ball.” He hasn’t stopped talking since. His outgoing personality made me think that Disney pin trading would be a fantastic hobby for him.
Trading Disney pins is a fun activity where you can purchase and collect pins, and then trade with fellow collectors and cast members around the parks. (P.S. This post from DisneyDose.com is a great guide for pin trading beginners)
You generally wear your Disney lanyard around your neck, until you find someone else with a pin lanyard and commence negotiations.
It really keeps Josiah engaged and focused at the parks when he is looking for cast members to “wheel and deal” with.
Josiah’s first lanyard and pin came from the Character Warehouse at The Premium Outlets, at a much cheaper cost than the sets in the parks.
Still, it was an investment, so I was really bummed when we noticed his first pin, a Miles of Tomorrowland pin had somehow detached from the lanyard and is now floating somewhere around Disney World.
(FYI: If you happen to find one between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Ferry Dock, it’s probably his).
At first, I thought it was a fluke.
Perhaps I had not secured the back enough. I figured with it around his neck, he had rubbed against the back and loosened it.
I brushed it off as an accident and moved on.
Later on in the day, however, another one fell off. Fortunately, I noticed it and we didn’t actually lose the pin. I inspected the backings on every pin on his lanyard.
I noticed that the rubber Mickey backings, the standard on the Disney pins, don’t really provide a secure hold… even if they are super cute.
After doing some online research, I was told to consider the locking backs. I knew they would provide a secure hold. But, I also knew I wouldn’t want to have to deal with a tool when Josiah was in the middle of a pin trade.
I found the solution!
I went to Michael’s and found some inexpensive earring backs in the ‘make your own jewelry’ section. They can also be found pretty darn cheap on Amazon. These are the “bullet clutch” type, which are easy to put on and remove, but also provide a snug, secure hold.
I simply pack them in our Disney bag ( with other essential supplies you can read about in this post), and then when Josiah makes a trade, we tell the other individual to just hang on to their Mickey back.
Since we started using these little gadgets, Josiah hasn’t lost a single pin. This makes for a much happier pin trading experience for all!