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I’m a cast member (employee) at one of the US Disney Parks. Every year when the local anime conventions come into town we have a problem. Cosplayers love to come to the park and try to cosplay in the park.
WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS.
WE DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 10 IN COSTUME
(Except at certain parks halloween parties)
For whatever reason, there are cosplayers who think it’s some kind of badge of honor to get asked to leave. Or, they will pitch a fit and try to get reAds or merch from us for “interrupting their fun.”
Cosplayers have become slick about this. They know they will be turned away at the gate, so they will change in a washroom.
Do you understand WHY we can’t allow this?
Intellectual property is one reason. The other? Little kids may not be able to tell that you’re not the real Belle. And what if you’re some creepy who gets off on little kids who decided to dress up as Gaston? And kids are following you around???
Please, get the word out!
Stop coming to the park in costume. Stop bringing your costumes into the park. You may think its awesome that people can’t tell you’re not a Disney employee but it makes it harder on those of us who work there!
And our managers have started arresting people for this! No more comps or reads or “oh, sorry I didn’t know.”
If it is not a park sanctioned special event and you are over 10, do not go to Disney in costume. Even if the costume is not a Disney one. Kids do not differentiate brands that well. Heck, there are plenty of adults who would not realize it’s not some sort of special crossover event. There are official days that permit costumes like Star Wars Day, the Halloween Party, etc (check with your destination park), take advantage of those without breaking the rules.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Just do not.
Go to Disney. Have fun. Leave the cosplay outside the gates.
Disney parks are private property, they have the right to deny you access/service. While park staff cannot “arrest” you, they can have law enforcement forcibly remove you for trespassing and being a nuisance if you make an issue of it, especially when you’re in the wrong to start with. Here are their officially posted recommended dress code for Disney parks: [link] Note the “common sense” part.
Just read cosplay instructions that involved more steps of sanding, filling, sanding, and painting than a museum quality body off, frame auto restoration. O_o
True story: I was recommended tools and taught the proper use of said tools by a cosplayer.
That shit is hardcore, man.
#Always respect cosplayers #They’re not doing it for you #They’re doing it for them #It’s too expensive and painful and labor-intensive to be doing it for some dude’s approval #Unless that approval is holy crap it’s so amazing that you love these characters that I made #And even then that’s secondary
You can do many things to cover it up. Unsure what your budget is but here are some cheaper alternatives:
Regardless if you use method 1 or 2, you will still need to sand. I recommend starting off at a low grit # like 80 and then working up (120, 150). Sanding will make the difference so keep sanding away!
EDIT: Correction, you work your way up to finer sandpaper, not down. Sorry OP, my morning caffeine had not kicked in yet. Thanks derisamich for the catch!
Anyhow, good luck!