View Full Version : Hmm.... How warm can Otakon get?

03-03-2003, 12:59 PM
Okay, that was a very strange way to word this thread! But it crossed my mind-- how warm does it get inside the convention center? This will be my first year going to Otakon. If someone wears a long-sleeved wool gown, will they faint, even with the air-conditioning? *Swoon*

I'm just curious. :thumbsup:

03-03-2003, 01:01 PM
The Convention Center is fine. It's very well ventelated and the airconditioner is excellent. You should be fine.

It's outside you have to worry about. Baltimore heat can be horrible.

03-03-2003, 01:03 PM
I almost passed out 2 years ago while waiting to see if I could get into the masq on the top floor while in a partially velvet gown. It can get extremely hot/muggy - I would recommend not wearing heavy stuff and if still do drink plenty of water and sit down if start to feel lightheaded. I think several people did faint in 2001 talking to staff, it was constantly storming to it was smothering.

03-03-2003, 01:08 PM
> It's very well ventelated and the airconditioner is excellent.

From personal experience, no it's not.

If you're dressed in normal clothes you should be ok, but in 2001 I felt really sick in my vinyl costume and had to go back to change (after only two hours or so, and luckily with a friend escorting me because I almost didn't make it). I think a Dilandau cosplayer fainted the year before (I was, coincidentally, dressed as a Dragonslayer).

It gets very hot and very /humid/, so you have to take into account your personal tolerance to heat and humidity and sometimes bad air (2001 happened during Code Red days).

I think the humidity did it for me, because I survived Anime Expo in California dressed all in vinyl with only a normal degree of discomfort.

03-03-2003, 01:11 PM
I remember being Mai at Otakon 2001.. being really happily comfortable outside because I was wearing next to nothing and it was really warm... and then freezing my ass off inside. ^_^;

But yeah. I think you'd be pretty fine inside. o_o; Just don't wander outside too much. I learned that at A-kon in my J-rock costume. X_x

03-03-2003, 01:18 PM
A big factor is definitely your own heat tolerance. I live in a very humid area, so humidity doesn't have much of an effect on me, plus I'm cold all year except for summer, when I'm still wearing bluejeans, black t-shirts, and boots, so for me, heat is ok. But if you sweat wearing a jacket in 60 degrees, you'll want to be careful at Otakon.

Also, in the con I've found the temperature to be variable. In some areas it's every bit as hot as it is outside (heavily trafficed areas with lots of people smashed together), but other areas I found to be a bit chilly (bigger areas with few people). I found the coldest places to be the Hyatt's hallways, though, if that gives you any ideas!

Hope it helps!

03-03-2003, 01:20 PM
This is off on a tangent, but this thread makes me feel really happy. The thought of warm weather and lots of sunshine certainly is a pleasant image when you compare it to the freezing temperatures, snow and winter clouds that have been lingering over Michigan for the past few months. :rolleyes:

I'm pretty sure I'll be fine in my costume. I'll keep all this stuff in mind. :D

03-03-2003, 01:27 PM
Yeah, I had been fine on lower floors - but then was stuck on top floor being strung along by staff saying I was in the contest (even took my form) then in the end didn't get in. The top floor didn't seem to get very good air circulation plus heat rises.

I knew a photographer had gotten a pic of me by the end when I was starting to feel sick. Found it, boy, I was not a happy camper.

03-03-2003, 02:20 PM
I get cold easily, and have ALWAYS found Otakon to be freezing. Years past, I have worn my staff T-shirt and long heavy jeans with boots, and usually ended up borrowing someone's jacket because the air conditioning froze me to death. --; Of course, as both security patrol and registration, I had to do a lot of just sitting in place, so it's not like I was DDRing or anything... I think it is highly dependent on how much you're moving around at the con and how crowded the area is.

03-03-2003, 02:26 PM
Here's an idea.. in 1999 the temprature OUTSIDE at Otakon was a nice, sunny 115 degrees. Its been nearly that the past two years as well. The AC is iffy sometimes, with certain areas being frigid and other areas being like a sauna. Also remember whatever wonderful forefather decided to build the sidewalks out of BRICK was likely tared and feathered some years later. Brick conducts heat or something, or stores it. I forget. But The streets on a walk from your hotel to the BCC are horrible. So always try and carry a supply or water/soda/gaterade with you. Since the BCC snack areas will bend you over for like $3.00 for a soda. Which, being the fiend for soda I am, will shell out at least once if desperate. Hmmn.. a tangent yes. But I think everyone has given you an idea about how muggy and FUN the waterfront of Baltimore can be. BLAH.

Lady Ava
03-03-2003, 02:47 PM
Well, it all depends on the costume. Last year, I was freezing inside the convention center cuz the fabric on my outfit was really light. But when I went outside I was fine. Just be prepared for anything I guess. At Otakon....ANYTHING can happen.

*remembers the fire hydrate exploding in 2001* ah....memories.

03-03-2003, 07:10 PM
It was brutally hot outside last year. I was really hot inside as well because of my costume despite the nice air conditioning. I suggest bringing something to drink with you so you don't have to pay the ridiculous prices that Aramark charges. I brought lemonade mix with me and just added water to that which worked fine. Bringing drinks with you if you travel can get heavy though...

03-03-2003, 08:00 PM
Otakon = humid and hot, but at the same time, every year for the past three without fail, there has been some sort of rain or thunder storm to break the humidity for at least a couple of hours a day. I always snag water at the CVS up the street from the inner harbor, since as Emeralda said, it's $3 for a 20 ounce of soda inside the con. I would NOT recommend going outside during the afternoon unless you are equipped to handle the heat. I had a friend who cosplayed as Vicious last year, and he definately had issues with the skywalk's heat while wearing all black. Though, the inner harbor food-court has some great air conditioning, so it may be worth it to make the trek outside and across the skywalk for some.

03-03-2003, 09:58 PM
as a md resident...... it can get to be 100* + humidity in august..... ick. :::Falls over::: not to mention the haze

03-03-2003, 10:17 PM
lol....i guess otakon means ill be dead in a mascot suit X_X;;;

03-04-2003, 10:57 AM
Oh gosh, I'm a baltimore native.. do *not* walk around outside in a full mascot suit.. you'll ~fry~ I swear this state is the muggiest in all the US. I agree with the variance... I froze sometimes, but others (esecially the dealers room) I was sweating to death in a light costume... and I'm normally cold. I'm used to it though, so I just deal with it and my BF forces water down me to keep me from falling over (which I've done before.. hehe)

I've seen plenty of people in heavy costumes, however for the reg lines they wear something else, normal clothes or a lighter costume, get their badge, and change, and also don't wear the full costume in the walk to the BCC... they carry most of it and get dressed in the bathrooms/changing rooms.

Don't get heatsick ~ !

03-04-2003, 06:15 PM
My friend and I were walking to the nearby ESPN sportscenter and we almost died! I'm not joking, we're so not used to heat so we were incredibly dizzy and we could barely walk. Yes, NY gets in the high 90's sometimes but I've never been outside to experience it O_O;;

Answer to your question: Baltimore got VERY hot!

03-04-2003, 10:06 PM
Mascot suits are very hot unless you have a fan inside or even some cold packs. If you do go in one though, drink LOTS of water. It's pretty easy to pass out from the heat. But wearing a mascot suit is possible (I did), just keep those things in mind.

03-08-2003, 01:08 AM
it the summer it in vm it going be hot. most the place will be aired. most were light clothing or next to nothing. drink water all the time so dont past out.

03-09-2003, 01:17 AM
As a former resident of Texas, and a current resident of Maryland... I know the meaning of heat...and in Baltimore, it gets HELL HOT! Try Otakon 2001...it rained...and the rain water was hot! You'll have to go outdoors sooner or later (to get to your hotel or the Burger King) and heat+humidity+costume+ car fumes= possiblity to pass out... As already mentioned drink plenty of water and know when you arent feeling 'normal'. Dont exert yourself as well.

03-09-2003, 08:00 AM
:3 I can't freakin wait till summer XD I've been jonesing Vegas weather... 120, mmmm :3

But I know the humidity makes it feel totally different. (Having lived in a couple of states where it's bad) Otakon 2001 was The Apocalypse. The air wasn't just hot and muggy, there were doubtless random nasty little things floating in it. Dead rats on the side of the streets, mahole covers exploding and shooting up into the air, and 3 am fire-hydrant fun. I'd comment on how the sirens never seemed to stop, but now that I live here, I see that it's that way year round anyway .

And remember: "Make sure you go down a block, then to the RIGHT. Not left. It's not just the porno block. It's the GAY porno block."

:3 Hehee, my last two Otakons...yep, pretty much what everyone else is saying. My first one I was actually ok, except that during things like the Music Video Contest, and the Masquerade, I was quite chilly. 2001, a lot of my costumes consisted of satin... that was bad. Satin makes you sweat. Satin dosn't like getting rained on while you're walking 3 blocks to your hotel, while you're being catcalled by dirty dirty bums.

Hehee, a full-body mascot costume O.o Wooo. When you see tutorials on how to do those, and they have in caps, "MAKE SURE YOU INSTALL A FAN FOR VENTILATION!!" they've most likely been to Otakon XD You can do it... But it will be hell, under the best of circumstances :3 As a suggestion, you may wish to consider dragging the pieces of your costume there, and putting them on once inside the air-conditioned safety of the convention center.

:3 Viva Baltimore. I hope the weather lately is not an indicator of how it will be in the summer. So much rain!! Ufuuu ._.; *starts walking back to Las Vegas, hehe*

Edit: Dyuuhuurr *drools on her keyboard* ...hooked on fawnix!

Kamui Motoaki
03-09-2003, 03:46 PM
Otakon is hot and humid. . . .Bad time to wear Leather anything. . LoL

Break dancing in a squall outfit at that time doesn't help at all. . .LoL

I would say make costumes acording to the weather. . ^_^
*cosplays Warm characters during winter* ^_^