Older man pin trading with cast member
  • On Jul 5, 2022
    Erin from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’ve just started hearing about pin trading at Disney World and it sounds like so much fun! Do the pins I bring to trade have to be new from Disney, or can I bring some of my retro pins from when I visited Disney as a child?

    Hiya, Erin!

    Welcome to planDisney, friend! I am so excited to hear that you are researching pin trading at The Most Magical Place on Earth. This is one of my Ohana's favorite activities at Walt Disney World Resort. It has become a tradition to bring a variety of pins with us on each trip to trade for new character favorites or add to a series we might be working on over the years. My son currently has an impressive Stitch collection that he adds to on each visit.

    The rules for pin trading are simple and stress-free! The pin needs to be an Official Disney Trading Pin. That's it! Official pins have a Mickey backstamp and may have a rubber Mickey pinback. When in doubt, I recommend showing your pin to a Cast Member to confirm. And I have great news, pins do not need to be new to be traded! You can trade pins you have cherished for years, or pins you purchased just before your arrival. shopDisney has an extensive selection of pins you can order to bring on your adventure for additional training opportunities. 

    You can trade pins with Cast Members in almost every merchandise location and resort hotel. Once you start trading, you will be surprised at how frequently you see pin trading boards. They are one of those things that you may not notice until you start, and just like magic, they're everywhere! Thre are also a variety of locations that sell a huge assortment of trading pins so you can add to your collection before heading home. I must caution you, that once you start pin trading you may find it hard to stop!. This activity is truly so much fun. Checking pinboards throughout the parks for your favorite new addition can add a new level of excitement to your day. There is even a pin trading event happening during your stay, Disney One Family Pin Celebration that will take place at EPCOT. This event is all about celebrating families and the love of pin trading. There will even be limited edition pins available only at this event. So if you find yourself going from occasional pin trader to enthusiast, be sure to check out all the incredible opportunities for pin trading fun this event offers. 

    Happy trading!
    Tammy 
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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