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Disney Pin Trading Secrets & Tips

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Disney pin trading has become a popular activity to do at the Disney parks. Part of what makes trading Disney pins so much fun is that you never know what you might find and where you might find them. We’ve been pin trading for years and have come up with some great Disney pin trading secrets & tips to share.

Disney Pin Trading Secrets & Tips

Disney Pin Trading Secrets & Tips

  1. Start by buying a Disney pin lanyard before you get to the park. Many of these lanyards come with a starter set of pins. These are great because if your goal is to trade them, you don’t have to buy the most expensive set. A cheap set will do!
  2. If you want to buy several pins to trade, consider purchasing authentic Disney trading pins online in bulk. You will pay a fraction of what you would pay at the Disney parks.
  3. When you start looking for places to trade pins at the Disney parks, you will find that there are several hidden pin boards secretly located through out each of the four Disney parks as well as in Disney Springs. Ask at stores and look for them at places like kiosks and checkout counters.
  4. When you are trading Disney pins, you should always look for the rare Disney pins. Some pins are more valuable than others. These pins are typically limited edition, completer or chaser pins.

Types of Disney Trading Pins

Disney Visa Card Holder Tinkerbell Pin

Limited Edition Pins

Some pins are only released for certain events, parties, Disney Visa Card members or only for Disney Annual Pass holders. These pins are considered rare because not everyone can purchase them!

Typically these Disney limited edition pins are dated. If you see a pin with a date, it might be worth taking a second look to see if you want to add it to your own Disney pin collection.

Donald Duck Completer Pin

Completer Pins

Other rare Disney pins are completer pins. These are pins that complete a set. While most of the set might be relatively easy to find, there is always one pin that is considered the “completer.”

Disney did not produce as many of this pin and makes it harder to find in circulation.

You will know you have found a Disney Completer pin if it says ‘Completer Pin’ on the back.

Chaser Pins

If you happen upon a silver pin (without any color), you have found a rare Disney pin. These colorless pins are called ‘Chaser’ pins, are only traded by cast members!

While not as rare as the ‘Completer’ pin, a ‘Chaser’ pin can only be received through trading!

Hidden Pin Locations

Disney Pin Secret Trading Locations

These hidden Disney pin boards are sometimes behind the counter of a store or disguised as something else altogether (like the trashcan pictured above).

Here is where you can find some of these secret Disney pin trading locations:

Magic Kingdom

  • Stroller Rental
  • Guest Relations on Main Street USA
  • Town Square Exposition Hall
  • The Emporium Shop on Main Street USA
  • Main Street Confectionary (Oven Mitt)
  • The Chapeau Hat Shop (Hat)
  • Guest Relations at Liberty Square
  • Momento Mori
  • Sir Mickey’s (Sword and Shield)
  • Big Top Store in Dumbo’s Circus (Popcorn)
  • Frontier Trading Post


  • Stroller Rental
  • MouseGears
  • Starbucks
  • Norway
  • America Showcase gift shop (hat)
  • Morocco Kidcot
  • Japan World Showcase Store
  • United Kingdom Pin Cart

Animal Kingdom

  • Stroller Rental
  • Guest Relations
  • Island Mercantile (bee hive)
  • Dinosaur
  • Various locations: Trashcan pin board

Hollywood Studios

  • Stroller Rental
  • The Tower of Terror gift shop
  • Rockin’ Roller Coaster (Pin Drum)

Now that you know where to get your pins and where to trade them, you now need to understand the rules for pin trading at Disney. It is basic etiquette, but if you haven’t pin traded before it is best to know what to expect.

How to trade Disney pins

Disney Pin Trading Etiquette for Beginners

  1. Ask to see the pins without grabbing on touching their lanyard/book.
  2. If you choose not to trade, thank the Cast Member for allowing you to look.
  3. If you choose to trade, let the Cast Member know which Disney trading pins you are interested in.
  4. Trade only one pin at a time with a maximum of 2 pins.
  5. Take your own pin off your lanyard, and place the rubber back on prior to handing it to the cast member.
  6. Hand them your pin and open your hand to receive the trade.
  7. Thank the Cast Member and place your new pin on your lanyard/ book
Disney Trading Pins Board for Showcasing
Corkland Shop on Etsy

How to Display Disney Trading Pins once you are home

When you head back home on vacation, you may be wondering what you can do to preserve your pins or how you can display them.

There are a few different ways to show off your Disney trading pins, but one of my favorites is with a cork board. There are plenty to purchase online and this cork board that looks like a Disney Dole Whip is definitely my favorite!

You can also find Disney pin shadow boxes and Disney pin displays.

Do you trade or collect Disney Trading pins at the park or know of other Disney Pin Trading secrets to share?

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Sandy Flynn

Monday 11th of May 2020

Are there secret places at Disney Springs for trading pins? If so, where??


Thursday 21st of May 2020

Pin Traders.

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