Pin Trading Has Returned in Disney World! Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Process

After a months closure, Disney World is starting to reopen.

Cinderella Castle

While we’ve been giving you a full tour of the newly reopened resorts since they reopened on June 22nd, now the parks have also started to welcome guests back! This week we’ve been visiting Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for previews (with the official grand re-openings happening this weekend on July 11th).

Although we’ve been able to go back on our favorite attractions, grab some of those wonderful Disney chicken nuggets, and wave to our best pals during Character Cavalcades, merchandise shopping looks a bit different in the parks right now.

Character Cavalcade

While there have been distancing markers, designated entrances and exits, plexiglass partitions, and more, Virtual Queues have also been put in place at retail locations (especially when Cast Members need to accommodate 4-hour wait times for gift shops!).

Virtual Queue

However, one of the best parts of shopping in Disney World is picking up a bunch of new pins to trade with around the parks. Although Pin Trading as we normally know it has been suspended, we’re happy to announce that it’s back… with some modifications, of course!

Look at All Those Pins!

Instead of Cast Members wearing pin lanyards or guests picking their own pins off a board, the experience has been updated to reflect new health and safety measures. Previously, guests have been able to choose pins in close-contact from lanyards, boards, books, and pouches, where they would trade one of their own pins.


However, with the need for social distancing, we expected that Pin Trading could be put on hiatus to keep everyone safe. But, when Pin Traders opened back up again in Disney Springs a few weeks ago, Cast Members informed us that Pin Trading would return at some point later down the line.

Pin Traders

Since we’ve returned to the Disney Resorts, we’ve seen Pin Trading in an alternate form, where guests can look at a pin board to choose any two they’d like to trade for without touching. A Cast Member will then grab the pins that guests request so there is less contact.

Pin Trading at Saratoga Springs

The parks have also been hosting pin trading events with a station set up near Primeval Whirl in Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

Pin Trading

…and a small board at Fantasy Faire.

Pin Trading

So far, these have been the only locations in the parks we’ve spotted doing this new process, but we will be sure to keep you updated with any additional ones we find!

You can Pin Trade online?! Find out all the details here!

Have you done some Pin Trading in a re-opened Disney World yet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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  1. Planning to go to WDW in December 2020… Anyone know the status of pin trading since the park’s been open a bit?