Let The Trading Begin!

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Fellow Vinylmation collectors are sharing their Disney Store Experiences below. Join in the conversation… send us some pictures of trading at your area Disney Store!

Disney Stores accross the country are now getting into the spirit of trading Vinylmation. Over the past few weeks, the trading boxes were shipped all accross the country and today marks the first official day of trading at Disney Stores. As of right now, just clear box trading at the stores, no big mystery boxes. Trading, weather it be Vinylmation or Pins, is an essential part of the guest interaction that makes Disney so special. It is great to see trading in the stores. In fact, The Playwright in New York, NY sent us these pics from the Times Square Disney Store:

Big Baby! Good to see things are consistent both at the Parks and Stores.
The Playwrite traded his Cutesters Too Tiger Kid for the Fairy Godmother.
Send in pictures of Vinylmation Trading at your local Disney Stores and let us know how you like it. For more information about Trading Vinylmation, check out our Trading Pages.
Christopher from Indiana 
Here in northwest Indiana, the Merrilville store had three figures in an open box. I was the first one in the store and the first to trade. I traded a rain coat girl from cutesters 2 for a queen bee from Urban 6. It was open box of 3. There were no special or exclusive figures and the cast members said they had not been sent anything special from Disney for the trading boxes. Hopefully if trading goes well, Disney will expand the in store trading.
Tyler from Colorado – 
I brought my Big Baby to trade of course…. and the cast member said one of her co-workers was wanting that one! I guess out here in the middle of the country Big Baby is wanted!

JT from NJ –
Freehold NJ store had a Woody (in the clear box!)

Tyler C from Colorado
I stopped by the Disney store today with Big Baby and Dodger in hand to trade. I traded the two for Lotso and Radcliffe. They did have the card with Lotso, so guessing he may have been one of the Vinyls they put in the case originally. I asked the Cast Member if they had many people trading, she said not many, more people were asking her what they were.

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.


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  • Stopped by the Denver, CO area Disney store on Saturday and they did not have the trading cases out early. I did speak to the cast member and she said it will be the clear case box with one trade per person a day.

    I brought my Big Baby to trade of course…. and the cast member said one of her co-workers was wanting that one! I guess out here in the middle of the country Big Baby is wanted! I will be stopping by tomorrow and see what I can trade her for.

  • The Paramus Park Mall store in New Jersey is REQUIRING the card that goes with the vinyl or they will not trade. Fortunately I had an extra couple on hand with a card. I traded a Little Dragon (Urban3) for a Gov Ratcliffe Villian.
    The stores in the Willowbrook Mall, NJ and in the Palisades Mall,NY are much more friendly – no card needed.

  • The Disney Store in Northpark Mall in Dallas had the trading box on May 31. They had Urban 6 Cry Baby, Scooter from Muppets 2, and Wheezy from Toy Story. Me and my husband traded for Scooter (I really wanted him!) and Cry Baby since I already had Wheezy. Exciting stuff! They said cards are not required but if you have them, please bring them.

  • I tried to trade at the North Park Mall location in Dallas, TX and the “cast member” would let me trade because I didn’t have the card. I’ve never traded a vinyl before but I’ve read other places that they don’t require the cards so I was really disappointed. Then I came home and read the trading section on this site and it said cast members wouldn’t take a card even if you tried to give it to them. Boy am I upset.

    • Just to clarify, our trade section at the moment refers just to the parks. And yes, we have noticed that almost all the cast members at the park will NOT take the cards. However, based on comments about the stores, it seems like several stores might be thinking that the cards are “accessories” or something and thus, require them. What will be interesting to see is when someone tries to trade a figure that NEVER had a card because they stopped making cards for some sets. :)

  • Its great that they are trading these now but at some of the WDW stores they are making you trade if you pick a number out of the blind box.. doesnt seem fair if i dont want to trade for some rex i dont want to trade you just have to find the right person behind the counter.. because i wont do it if they MAKE me trade

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