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AngelJibrille
02-12-2003, 04:58 PM
Hi everyone---

I'm the official Anime Expo Copslay Coordinator, so -please- read this. If you don't hear it from me personally, it isn't true. Period. Contact me at costume @ anime-expo.org (take out the spaces) if you have questions.

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Disney and "Kingdom Hearts" Hall Cosplay Costume Policy

In the past while Japanese animation and Disney animation have shared common roots they have been identifiably different. With the recent introduction of the game “Kingdom Hearts”, a joint venture between Squaresoft® and Disney, a unique cross blending of these animation environments has occurred. In an effort to clarify any issues that may be involved with cosplaying "Kingdom Hearts" and Disney characters, Anime Expo® is establishing the following costume policy for Hall Cosplay.

All Anime Expo® attendees wearing Disney-based costumes must check-in at the Masquerade Registration Desk (Anaheim Marriott) to obtain a cosplay ribbon. This ribbon and your Anime Expo® badge must be in evidence at all times that you are in your Disney-based costume. Any Disney-costumed individuals without a visible ribbon and a visible Anime Expo® badge will be escorted from Anime Expo®'s function space. Anime Expo® will also make a concerted effort to inform the guests of the hotels in the vicinity of the activities going on at the Convention Center.

Please see additional Anime Expo® policy information (as well as this statement) for Hall Cosplay here:
http://www.anime-expo.org/cosplay/hallcosplay.html

We appreciate your understanding of this important matter.

Anime Expo® 2003 Cosplay Events Staff

PS: Please note that the Disneyland® Resort has specific policies regarding admission to Disneyland® Resort properties while in costume. Please see http://www.disneylandresort.com for more information.

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Disney and "Kingdom Hearts" Masquerade Policy

In the past while Japanese animation and Disney animation have shared common roots they have been identifiably different. With the recent introduction of the game “Kingdom Hearts”, a joint venture between Squaresoft® and Disney, a unique cross blending of these animation environments has occurred. In an effort to clarify any issues that may be involved with cosplaying "Kingdom Hearts" and Disney characters, Anime Expo® is establishing the following costume policy for the Anime Expo® Masquerade.

We currently have a rule that "if the series and/or character originated anywhere else than Japan (even if it was eventually turned into a Japanese comic/series/etc.), it doesn't qualify." Due to the level of demand, we have decided to make an exception for Kingdom Hearts (and only Kingdom Hearts) characters. This temporary policy change is only in effect for Anime Expo® 2003.

Our policy is as follows:

A Masquerade contestant may dress as a Disney-based Kingdom Hearts character in the unique Kingdom Hearts costumes only. Unique doesn’t mean “close” it means “completely different” from traditional Disney character design (examples: Donald & Goofy’s costumes in Kingdom Hearts). We will not allow entries with costumes that are identical or close to “classic” Disney character design.

Examples of Disney-character costumes unique to Kingdom Hearts can be seen here:
http://www.anime-expo.org/cosplay/masq_guidelines.html#kh

All anime-style character Kingdom Hearts costumes and original characters unique to the game (such as “the Heartless”) are also acceptable. At least one member of your group must be in an “anime-style" character costume (examples: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, etc.)

Our full updated Masquerade policy is here:
http://www.anime-expo.org/cosplay/masq_guidelines.html

Please make sure you read the Hall Cosplay policy if you plan on wearing your Disney-based Kingdom Hearts costumes in the function areas of Anime Expo®.

The Hall Cosplay Policy is located here:
http://www.anime-expo.org/cosplay/hallcosplay.html

We appreciate your understanding of this important matter.

Anime Expo® 2003 Cosplay Events Staff

Admin
02-12-2003, 07:59 PM
I have broken this post off of the original thread it was in as it comes directly from the AX staff.

AngelJibrille
02-13-2003, 02:56 PM
Hi everyone,

I updated previous post with the official Anime Expo 2003 policy.

Thanks!
Marisa Price
AX2003 Cosplay Events Coordinator

Menchi
02-13-2003, 04:11 PM
outta curiousity..coming from a real staffer for ax. what is your take on a miyuki chan costume? it is fairly common...

AngelJibrille
02-13-2003, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by Menchi
outta curiousity..coming from a real staffer for ax. what is your take on a miyuki chan costume? it is fairly common...

"Miyuki-chan in the Wonderland" Mikyuki? The CLAMP character?

If so, no biggie at all. In fact, -all- anime, manga, j-pop, etc. costumes are welcome. The concern is only about Disney costumes :)

The most important rule to keep in mind though is:
"Nothing is allowed that would be banned in a “PG-13”-rated film. Actions, dress or mannerisms that would not be allowed on a public street or thoroughfare should be avoided. Specifically the following should be avoided: explicit sexual gestures, nudity, and explicit swearing. Violating these rules will possibly result in your being escorted off the premises."

An example: You could wear a Keiko Kamen outfit as long as you are wearing a flesh-colored bodysuit (with nothing showing :P ) but if you showed up dressed as Keiko Kamen in her, um, "accurate" costume you would be escorted off :o

take care :)
Marisa

Lady_Sephiroth
03-03-2003, 09:56 PM
Marisa,

Just a thoguht -- I have no plans to actually ATTEND AX ( I refuse to get anywhere near an airplane, thereby limiting me to east-coast cons) but I was curious as to what rules the Rat Kingdom had cooked up for the little darlings who want to wear their Cinderella dresses in the park .. but I can't find it anywhere, the site's search function is laughable. Can you post a link directly to the policy, for those of us too nosy for their own good? :)

Thanks!

I don't hate Disney! (before you all flame me) I loved KH and I like most of their films! I just have issues with a lot of their policies and procedures.

Crazy Bunta
03-05-2003, 04:27 AM
Easy way is to just not dress as a Disney character. The Square girls are cuter anyway. :)

Dark Vision
03-05-2003, 01:05 PM
Well atleast the rules make a little more sense now. Thanks for clarity.

Schu
03-07-2003, 12:20 AM
I'm not disagreeing with the rules, but to be honest, it's quite confusing... why?? You can wear whatever you like in public (if you want to dress as Tinkerbell or Cinderella or something) so why should you have to be checked in for simply wearing them at the con? If you don't mind explaining the reasoning?

Sailor Naboo
03-07-2003, 09:46 PM
Actually, one hasn't always been able to wear anything one wanted to in public. In the not so distant past, it was common for men that dressed as women to be arrested for being in disguise and hiding who they really were.

Schu
03-11-2003, 11:02 PM
I don't mean wear anything one wants... but no one's going to care ( maybe stare curiously) if you wear Cinderella gowns into wal-mart.... and they certainly can't arrest you for it...

I think it's a very irrelevent (?) rule. What if you wear a disney shirt, do you still have to sign in?

But still, what's the reason for it?

Integral
03-17-2003, 10:33 PM
Schu- I imagine that it is because AX is VERY close to the theme park. Since it's a Disney park, and they do hire people to dress as mascots, they don't want any sort of confusion (by the general public) as to who is a "real" mascot. I mean.. since it's a family place, there is a potential for a lot of danger if some weirdo or pervert just showed up dressed like Mickey mouse& started stealing little kids. Granted, that is a little extreme, but if all characters check in and get a badge, there will be no confusion as to who is there for the convention.. that way (heaven forbid) if somthing does happen, they've kept a list of everyone who was in that sort of costume.
Another part of it probably also has to do with copyright, I'd imagine

Spooky Brew
03-17-2003, 10:43 PM
I'm making a Leon (aka Squall) costume from Kingdom Hearts and wish to wear it at AX. Will that require a ribbon or whatever else? I figure it shouldn't be a problem due to it's a Squaresoft character, but I want to make absolutly sure.

Maryssa
03-23-2003, 12:32 PM
Originally posted by AngelJibrille
All anime-style character Kingdom Hearts costumes and original characters unique to the game (such as “the Heartless”) are also acceptable. At least one member of your group must be in an “anime-style" character costume (examples: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, etc.)

AngelJibrille
04-09-2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by Lady_Sephiroth
I was curious as to what rules the Rat Kingdom had cooked up for the little darlings who want to wear their Cinderella dresses in the park .. but I can't find it anywhere, the site's search function is laughable. Can you post a link directly to the policy, for those of us too nosy for their own good? :)


Hallo :) Sorry to take so long to get back to you on this.

Well, we were told BY Disneyland (and the Disneyland Hotel) during AX2000 that people -were- allowed to wear Disney costumes to Disneyland. However, a lot of cosplayers who tried that reported to me that Disney wouldn't let them in the gates (go figure).

I don't have a link to an official policy, though we do have Disney letters in our archives (and quite frankly don't know where they are at the moment).

I know when I was at Disneyland in 2002 there were all kinds of people running around in Disney costumes that obviously were not staff. However, most of those costumes were "official" products (such as the Princess costumes from the Disney Stores, Micky Hats, Goofy Hats, etc.). So the distinction may be that an Official Disney(TM) costume is OK but a non-official one isn't. But, truly, I dunno, I'm just speculating.

And, yeah, tried searching the Disney site itself without a lot of luck. Please keep in mind that this policy isn't about Disney, it's about the parents who might sue us if some kid gets abused in any way by a cosplayer who LOOKS like a Disney character. If we don't have a policy we are opening ourselves up to possible problems, so I tried to come up with a fairly painless policy ^_^. Please understand that it's just an attempt to keep everyone happy.

Thanks :)
-Marisa

AngelJibrille
04-09-2003, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by Spooky Brew
I'm making a Leon (aka Squall) costume from Kingdom Hearts and wish to wear it at AX. Will that require a ribbon or whatever else? I figure it shouldn't be a problem due to it's a Squaresoft character, but I want to make absolutly sure.

Anime-style (Squaresoft-style) costumes do not need ribbons, only Disney costumes.

For those who DO have Disney-based costumes, you can get your ribbon here:

Masquerade Desk, Mariott Hotel, LOBBY LEVEL, Marquis Ballroom - Center Counters

Here's a map:
http://www.anime-expo.org/cosplay/images/marriot.gif

Thanks! :)

Marisa

Genki_Usagi
04-26-2003, 09:08 PM
thanks for the info, I'm cosplaying as Alice and I certainly wouldn't want to get arrested. XD But yeah I hope to be ALice at Disneyland someday ^_^

sakuramoonas
05-07-2003, 06:04 AM
I was wondering are you able to go into Disneyland dressed as a squaresoft character from KH though. I was planning to dress as Kairi and go to Disneyland after the con, would I be able to go as her and pass through the gates. I mean her clothes are normal enough right nothing disneyesk about it.

Mink
05-08-2003, 09:57 PM
Im pretty sure you would be stopped. If you are like, over the age of 5, they pretty much wont let you wear anything remotely resembling a costume into the park, especailly one that is based off of one of their products. You might be able to get away with something simple like Naru or summertime Yukino, but anything else Im pretty sure they will make you change.

AngelJibrille
05-14-2003, 01:34 PM
Check my post on the bottom of page 1 of this thread for info on how Disneyland handles this ^_^

thankyou!
Marisa

cutekawaii
05-18-2003, 09:26 PM
I'm still confuzzled about wearing the KH costumes IN the park...has anyone found out anything about that?

AngelJibrille
05-18-2003, 11:29 PM
It's back one page in this thread, but I'll repost it again:

Well, we were told BY Disneyland (and the Disneyland Hotel) during AX2000 that people -were- allowed to wear Disney costumes to Disneyland. However, a lot of cosplayers who tried that reported to me that Disney wouldn't let them in the gates.

I don't have a link to an official policy, though we do have Disney letters in our archives (and I quite frankly don't know where they are at the moment).

I know when I was at Disneyland in 2002 there were all kinds of people running around in Disney costumes that obviously were not staff of Disneyland (just park visitors). However, most of those costumes were "official" products (such as the Princess costumes from the Disney Stores, Micky Hats, Goofy Hats, etc.). So the distinction may be that an Official Disney(TM) costume is OK but a non-official one isn't. But, truly, I dunno, I'm just speculating.

I've searching the Disney site itself without a lot of luck.