What does Coronavirus mean for Disney pins?

What we know. Updated 19th February 2021

  • Disneyland Paris is reopening on 2nd April 2021 (source)
  • Walt Disney World Florida reopened on 15th July 2020 (source)
  • Disneyland Resort California remains closed - Downtown Disney including Buena Vista Street is open (source)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Park is reopening on 19th February 2021 (source)
  • Shanghai Disneyland Resort reopened on 11th May 2020 (source)
  • Tokyo Disneyland reopened on 1st July 2020 (source)
  • Whilst the parks are closed, some of the LE pins will be available for sale on the US ShopDisney store

The vast majority of in-person pin events in March/April/May have been cancelled or postponed. This remains the case although some in person events are still taking place.

Many people have moved online for their pin trading, however with different countries imposing different levels of lockdown, even posting pins is impacted.

Several pin manufacturers in China are producing pins again, which should mean planned releases for later in the year will go ahead. As will many people's fantasy pins.


Original Article:

Recently Disneyland Paris cancelled the release of Onward pins on 29th February. This was due to their suppliers ceasing production of their pins in China. If you’ve ever looked at the back of your pins you’ll see that the vast majority of them are stamped with “Made in China” because the vast majority of pins are in fact, made in China.
Back of pin with "Made in China" stamp
Back of pin with "Made in China" stamp

China is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus) which has shut many workplaces including factories which produce pins. Until this public health incident clears it may be quite some time before they recommence production which will have an effect on supply chains. 

The pin flyer for Disneyland Resort this month has had some changes, with some pins not being released this month now. Although a reason hasn’t been given it may be due to supply issues from China. 

A friend of Pin Trader Club has told us that she is unable to get enamel pins from China due to factories being closed, so this may affect not just the Parks but also Fantasy pin creators too. 

Several Disney Parks are currently closed - Disneyland California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Walt Disney World has announced it is closing the parks from the 16th March until the end of March.

Disneyland Paris had released a statement saying there are no current plans to close the Park as it is not a confined space (other tourist attractions such as the Louvre have been closed in Paris). This has now been changed to say they will be closing.

For pins this means that several releases and the Pin Trading Carnival in Hong Kong will be rescheduled.

We hope that Coronavirus moves on quickly but this unfortunately looks unlikely. Keep safe and keep your hands clean!

Written by elaine - Wednesday 04 March 2020

This article was last updated on Thursday 04 March 2021.

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