They can’t just make it bigger without changing the venue. The World Showplace can only accommodate a set number of people safely (especially with the booths & stages set up inside). Last year’s event did not sell out this quickly, so they didn’t have a reason to believe that the demand would increase by such a large amount.
I am very sorry that you didn’t get in. When I heard Ryan saying on the his last video about the event that he had never experienced so much enthusiasm for a pin event before; I knew that I had to be in the queue before 1pm that day. As it was, I had to do it on my cell phone because I was at a client’s office – so I did it from their parking lot (lol).
We got extremely lucky and ended up scoring two “Best in Show” tix! I’m hoping that they will have some of the pins on display at the May Pin trading night because pins always look different than the images they give us ahead of time.