Family in front of Cinderella Castle
  • On Apr 26, 2021
    Stephen from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 12-yr-old daughter, my wife and I will be spending 5 days at WDW soon. It's a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us and we won’t be returning in the foreseeable future, so do you think we should we attempt pin trading, or just focus on enjoying the parks?

    Hi Stephen,

    I can't tell you how happy my heart is to hear that you and your family are going to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth very soon. I bet you're practically bursting with excitement and anticipation, and I just know you're going to make memories you'll all cherish forever.

    I've been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a child. I'm now old enough to be sending my first Mouseketeer off to college next year, yet it wasn't until about four years ago that I started getting into pin trading. Do I love the thrill of the hunt now and the magical feeling when I find the pin I was looking for? You bet! But did I feel like I was missing something when I experienced a Disney vacation without pin trading? Absolutely not.

    My advice? Do whatever feels most magical to you and your family! With only five days to soak up a lifetime's worth of magic and fun, you're going to have plenty to do, experience, eat, and enjoy, and I likely wouldn't choose to spend a big chunk of that time pin trading. If hunting for treasures is something your family is really looking forward to doing during your Disney vacation, though, I think you should go for it! Of course, you could always compromise and dabble in pin trading, taking home a few special pins to remember your magical vacation!

    If you decide to go the pin-trading route, do know that things are a little different during the phased reopening. You'll still find opportunities to pin trade all around the Resort, but Cast Members are no longer allowed to trade with Guests individually. Instead, you'll head to a pin-trading location, hunt for up to two pins you'd like to trade on a board, point to them, and a Cast Member will get them for you while you deposit the pins you're relinquishing in a box so they can be sanitized.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at planDisney, Stephen, and please don't hesitate to come back and see us again if we can help with anything else. I hope all your Disney dreams come true and you and your family have a truly magical vacation next month!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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