New ‘Extinct’ Disney Experience Now Open in DinoLand U.S.A.

Things are always changing at the Walt Disney World Resort, with new attractions coming up around the theme parks, revamped Resort experiences, and more.

During last month’s D23 Expo, “Blue Sky” plans were revealed to fans that could eventually put the future of one themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in jeopardy. DinoLand U.S.A., while not a mainstream fan-favorite does have its likable qualities, and fans are mixed over the potential for this area to be rethemed to Zootopia (2016) or Moana (2016).

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With these possible replacements far off in the future, Disney is still spending some time focusing on this original Animal Kingdom land by featuring the addition of a rather unique (and coincidentally extinct) limited-time experience.

“The World’s Largest Pin-Trading Truck” is now on display in the heart of DinoLand U.S.A. right outside of Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures (the second gift shop you will likely walk through after riding DINOSAUR). The truck features “extinct” sets of past Disney trading pins with information set up so Guests can learn about the history of this fun Disney activity in a museum-style display case.

DinoLand U.S.A. Pin Truck

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Disney’s official announcement for the new DinoLand experience was shared to the Walt Disney World Cast and Community Facebook page:

Talk about a blast from the past! Cast Members at DinoLand U.S.A. are celebrating the magic of Disney pins with “The World’s Largest Pin Truck,” a new limited-time experience where Guests can learn about “pins of extinction” in a museum-style display of Disney pins from past and present. Swing on by and visit these Cast Members to learn more about these special pieces of history!

In addition to this exciting new exhibition, Cast Members are also stationed nearby with a separate display of pins that are available for Guests looking to trade. And, inside Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, you can find another full merchandise cart packed with pins for those looking to add to their collection.

DinoLand U.S.A. Pin Truck

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For additional pin trading around Walt Disney World, you’ll want to look for Cast Members with pin boards. While much of the Disney World experience has returned to normal following modifications due to the pandemic, traditional pin-trading has yet to return.

There are pin boards located all over the Parks (you’ll find them mostly in gift shops and the occasional pin board trash can with Custodial Cast Members) as well as at Disney Resorts and at Disney Springs. Pin trading can admittingly be more challenging than it was prior to the pandemic where Cast Members do not have their own trading lanyards on, but it is still very doable and lots of fun!

Disney has not shared an end-date for new pin truck in DinoLand U.S.A., but it is set to be a limited-time experience, so we recommend checking it out on your next Disney trip.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."