How to Pin Trade at Walt Disney World with Safety Measures

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Pin Trading at Disney Parks is a twenty-year-old tradition, loved by many. With physical distancing being a necessity right now, one might think that Disney Pin Trading would be on pause, except it’s not. The days of Cast Members and Managers wearing pin lanyards are over, but you can still have some fun if you’re into pin trading. Here’s how.

Limited Pin Trading Stations

It is a nice surprise to see that Disney Pin Trading is still around during the COVID-19 era, but the locations are limited. This is understandable considering the extra precautions that are being taken. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom I spotted three pin trading locations. At EPCOT there’s only one, the Pin Trading Central store underneath Spaceship Earth, but hours are limited. International Gateway has the World Traveler shop and some folks have indicated they’ve see pin trading there.

Disney has not released a list of official locations, but based on observations from myself and others here’s the current pin trading locations. Just keep in mind this is subject to change and subject to limited hours. Additional locations may be added over time.

Pin Trading at Discovery Island Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Pin Trading Locations

  • Main Street Emporium
  • Town Square Theater
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic Merchandise Shop
  • Memento Mori (near The Haunted Mansion)
  • Briar Patch (Splash Mountain Merchandise Shop)
  • Pirates Bazaar
  • Space Mountain Merchandise Shop

EPCOT Pin Trading Locations

  • World Traveler at International Gateway (unconfirmed)
  • Pin Trading Central Store (afternoons only)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Pin Trading Locations

  • 5 & 10 Store on Hollywood Boulevard

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Pin Trading Locations

  • Garden Gate Gifts (on the right after you enter the park)
  • Discovery Trading Post across from Island Mercantile
  • Kiosk to the right after entering Harambe Village from bridge (Africa)
Pin Trading at Harambe Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Pin Trading at Garden Gate Gifts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

How to Pin Trade

  1. View the Pin Trading Board from a safe distance
  2. Select which pins of yours you wish to trade and place them in the provided bowl
  3. Point to the pins on the Pin Trading Board that you wish to trade (limit 2 per guest)
  4. The Cast Member will remove the pins and place them on the table for you to retrieve
  5. The pins given from each guest are sanitized before being placed on the board for trading
Steps for Pin Trading at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Are you an avid Disney pin trader? Will you trade some pins on your next visit to Walt Disney World?


Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

5 thoughts on “How to Pin Trade at Walt Disney World with Safety Measures

  • August 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the details on this, was heading down in September and pin trading is always one of my activities.

  • August 31, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Are there any pin trading locations at Disney Springs?

  • October 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Have any boards been spotted in the hotel gift shops?

    • October 23, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Hey Alan, not that our team has seen.

  • October 29, 2020 at 8:33 am

    I found a pretty decent sized pin board at Hollywood Studios in Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind shop, right in the front of the park. There are also 2 pin trading opportunities in Kidani Village Animal Kingdom Lodge, one in the gift shop and the other in the community room. Hope this information is helpful!


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