Disney Vinylmations are really artistic pieces of art and Disney now trades them like pins. Trading vinylmations is a bit different than trading pins though.
There are two main ways to trade with Cast Members. Most trading locations have both a Mystery Trading Box and an Open Trading Box. Mystery Trading is a game of luck. You pick a number and the Cast Member shows you what’s behind the door. You get 2 tries to get what you want. After the 2nd try you can also choose one of the open box vinylmations.
Open Trading Boxes are just what they sound like. You can see exactly what you are trading for with these. This is not as fun, but you are able to see what you are getting. However these are not without their variants. The normal Open Box fits 3 Vinylmations.
Unlike pin trading, vinylmation trading locations are few. In Downtown Disney they trade at the Pin Hut and D-Street. As of February 5th, 2015 there is no vinylmation trading within the Disney Parks. I don’t think any of the resorts do vinylmation trading anymore either.
The Rules of Vinylmation Trading
Disney has set up some rules for trading Vinylmation and we would like to share them with you here. Many of these are straight from Disney’s Official Vinylmation website, but we also include some tips and insights from our trading experiences. Also note that these of course are the rules for trading with a Disney Cast Member… if you’d like to trade with other collectors, you may make your deal that is acceptable to both parties.
1. As with Pins, your Vinylmation must be an Offical Disney Vinylmation figure. All official figures bear a “Disney” mark on the bottom foot stamp.
2. Vinylmation should be in good, original, undamaged, tradable condition.
3. Create-Your-Own Vinylmation Figures are NOT accepted for trade.
4. You can only trade for a figure that is in the same proportion to the one being offered for trade. (e.g. 3″ for 3″)
5. This one is rarely enforced, but worth knowing about. When trading into a Mystery Trading Box, some Cast Members require you give up your figure and make the trade. (My sister was able to choose the open box if she did not like the mystery ones)
6. Additional items (packaging, cards, buttons, accessories etc.) are not required to be offered in a trade. Packaging is never accepted or given. Some cast members keep the cards around, but most will not even accept your card if you offer it. Some cast members outside of D-Street have a limited knowledge of Vinylmations.
7. Guests may trade a maximum of one Vinylmation Figure per activity, per location, per day. Per activity means, for example, you can trade at the same location into both the Mystery Box and the Open Box. You just can’t trade twice into the Open Box. You can trade with more than one family member though. My sister was trading and didn’t like what she got, using her figurine my husband and I were able to trade for her and between all three of us she went home with some adorable vinylmations.
8. When trading into an Open Box, you must offer a figure not already in the box.
9. Mystery Trading Boxes may not be available at all times in all locations… but it never hurts to ask! Some locations only bring out the Mystery Trading Box every few hours through the day, but many cast members will bring it out if you ask during non-busy times.
10. Jr. Vinylmation trading only has Open Trading Boxes. The one rule for Jr. trading is your Jr. figure must have the key chain on the head. Many of the first run Jr. figures do not have this and can not be traded.
11. Monies, gifts or receipts may not be exhanged or used in trade for a Vinylmation.
12. And the catch all direct from Disney: “Guidelines are subject to change without notice. Guests suspected of abusing the guidelines or the Vinylmation™ Trading process may be subject to, among other things, removal from the Resort premises.”
My husband and I got his sister into it because we saw some on clearance at the Disney Store. So, be sure to check out the DisneyStore.com because they also have clearance sales on vinylmations too!