My older son has been collecting and trading collector’s pins at Walt Disney World since he was a little boy. He’s amassed quite a nice collection, displayed in portfolios and on lanyards now as an adult. It’s a treat when we visit Disney and see the new pins available, and we thought of it as pretty much our “Disney” thing.
That is, until now.
I’ve learned that this year, Sesame Place is introducing their own pin trading program, 123 Trade with Me. With my 3 year old being a Sesame Place super-fan, I am excited that he will carry on the pin trading love, much closer to home 🙂 With Sesame Place being nearby, I have a feeling my younger son will be enjoying the pin trading fun a lot!
Pins and lanyards will be available for purchase within the park at Mr. Hooper’s Emporium ~ lanyards are priced at $9.99 each, and pins ranging in price from $8.99 to $10.99. Currently, there are 32 unique pins to purchase/trade/collect, with more to come in the future.
As with Disney, Sesame Place appears to be releasing core pins, as well as “limited edition” and “Season Pass Member” pins. “Special Edition” pins will be sold for a shorter period of time. [I’m eager to see which pins will fall in to this category – my thought is perhaps some relating to holidays and peak events, such as Elmo’s A Very Furry Christmas.] Once pins have run their course, they will be “retired” and then only available through trading (or I suppose eBay 😉 ).
Of course, there are some basic rules that have been cited for pin trading. Most importantly, make sure your pins have the Sesame Place logo and the trademark TM/© Sesame on the back of the pin. [There have been a fair amount of ‘fake’ Disney pins circulating on eBay and elsewhere, so I suppose there may be knock-offs of Sesame Place pins at some point – be mindful that a ‘good deal’ you encounter online may not be that terrific if you cannot trade them after all.] Once you have your pins, find a Sesame Place Team Member who is wearing a trading pin lanyard, and ask if you may see their pins. If there’s one you’d like, ask for a trade. You may trade up to 3 pins per Team Member per day.
The new 123 Trade with Me pin trading program is definitely a highlight of the season this year for my family, and I look forward to both seeing the pins available and my younger son’s carrying on the pin-trading
Opening Day at Sesame Place this year is April 29th — so get ready — for the usual Sesame Place fun, plus some pin collecting and trading 🙂
Disclaimer: All views herein are my own. I’ve not received any compensation nor free/discounted items for presenting my viewpoints. I was not asked to represent Sesame Place in any manner – I’ve presented the information and opinions solely out of my enthusiasm for Sesame Place and their new trading program 🙂