Disney World Pin Trading is a fun and exciting activity for people of all ages. Disney Trading Pins can be found at all of the Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Resorts, and Downtown Disney.
Thousands of Disney Cast Members (also referred to as a CM) wear a Disney Pin Lanyard for you to trade with, either around their neck, or a square hip lanyard.
Pin Trading at Disney World is easy! You can choose what pins that you would like to trade and the Cast Members can’t say no (with some exceptions).
There are tons of styles and characters to choose from when Disney World Pin Trading. As long as you follow Disney's simple trading rules and etiquette, you and your family will add even more special magic and memories to your Disney World Vacation.
We will go over all of the rules here on this page, along with other pin trading information. My family and I have been trading for years, and we love to share all of the information we have lovingly gathered.
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Disney World Pin Trading officially started in 1999, with the beginning of the October Millennium Celebration.
I say officially started because the Walt Disney Company has always sold pins in their theme parks, but they were for collecting only. They didn’t start Pin Trading in their Disney Theme Parks until the end of 1999.
All of the pins before the year 2000 have only a ©Disney on the back of them. In 2000, Disney started dating pins on the back, and in 2001 they came up with the Official Disney Pin Trading logo that they stamp on the back.
(Note: Not all pins, even to this day, have the official logo on the back. This does not mean it is not an Official Disney Trading Pin or Not Tradable).
According to Disney, any pin that has the ©Disney mark on the back of it, and is metal, IS tradable at any Disney park, store, resort, ect.
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Disney Supplies their CM’s with their pins and lanyards. So when you trade with a Cast Member you are actually trading with Disney and not the individual.
This is the reason why a CM cannot say no to a trade. They are obligated to trade with you as long as they don’t already have the Disney World Trading Pin you are trading on their lanyard, and it is a metal Disney pin that is marked ©Disney on the back.
You can only trade 2 Disney Pins per day, per cast member. That means that you can trade 2 pins on every person’s lanyard every day. This rule also applies to Pin Trading Boards and Disney Pin Trading Books. (Rarely, Some Pin Boards only let you trade one pin for some reason; they will let you know when you are trading with them).
There are 2 different types of CM pin lanyards, black is for everyone to trade on, and green/teal is for kids age 12 and younger only.
While Disney World Pin Trading, anyone can trade on the black lanyards, but Disney offers children a special treat with the green lanyards that are just for them.
If you see pins that are hidden backwards on a lanyard, these are referred to as Mystery Pins.
You may choose them for your trade, but you don’t know what you will
get. We love trading these pins just for the surprise! If you don’t
like it once you have traded for it, just trade it off again next time!
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Here are some more guidelines to follow when Disney World Pin Trading.
• You are not allowed to trade pins that have been Personalized with Names or Initials.
• Disney Pins should be in good condition; not damaged or missing pieces.
• Make sure the pin back is attached when trading for safety reasons.
• No plastic or rubber pins are allowed, only metal Disney Pins.
• You cannot trade Clasp or Brooch style pins, only the pins with a pin post.
In no way can you use money, receipts, or gifts in Disney World Pin
Trading. (I have traded other Disney items for pins before though, like
• Try not to touch CM’s lanyards, respect their space and ask for a closer look or ask them to take it off so you can look at it or the back better.
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No matter what you decide to do, or which pins you choose to collect, have fun. Disney World Pin Trading is a fun and family oriented experience. So take plenty of pictures and make lots of memories.