Yes, the weapons check guys were really anal this year. My sis and I were running a bit late to get pre-judged for the costume contest and this one guy wouldn't leave us alone. We hadn't gotten them checked yet because this was the first time we wore them so far and when we brought them on Thursday, they weren't doing checks yet. We kept telling him that we would do it in a bit, but he was persistent.
Another thing that bugged me was the mascots. Every time they got on stage I couldn't hear most of what they were saying. They needed to talk clearer and louder.
Quick question: were there less people this year? It felt a bit emptier then I remember from previous years. Or did they have events spaced well enough to keep the crowds low?