Disneyland Resort is changing its approach toward a popular hobby among some of its guests: pin trading. New guidelines limit how long pin trading can take place, the number of pins allowed in the resort, and where they can be traded.
“Pin Trading is a fun, magical activity for our guests and these updated guidelines will create a designated location … which will enhance the overall guest experience at Disneyland Resort,” resort officials told Scott Gustin with Nexstar Media Group, the parent company of KTLA.
The designated pin-trading location will be near the Westward Ho Trading Company in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Trading will only be allowed from park opening until 3 p.m., Disneyland posted on its website.
The new guidelines state that pin traders can no longer display their vast pin collections on park benches. Disney stated that “benches or any other structures for the display of pins will not be permitted. Benches are for seating purposes only.”
Pin traders can only bring one trading bag, no larger than 14 by 12 by 6 inches, and can’t use lights or signs to advertise their pins.
Under the new rules, using money, gifts, vouchers, or recipes in exchange for a pin is still prohibited.
While the new rules change how pin trading occurs in the parks, the activity has not been banned from the resort. Pin trading using lanyards is also still permitted.
Pin trading was introduced to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in late 1999 after former Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis observed the activity during a trip to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
The former resort president saw that pin trading allowed visitors worldwide to interact and communicate even if they didn’t speak the same language, the Orange County Register reported.