TMSM Explains: D23 Expo Costume Guidelines and More

Cosplay is HUGE at the D23 Expo. Because of that I wanted to take some time to share with you not only D23’s official policy on costumes and dress code but also some tips about interacting with Cosplayers at the Expo.
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Costume Information
All event attendees—including adults—may attend the D23 Expo dressed as their favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars Characters. Attendees in costume must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Costumes should be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, or violent. Guests may wear masks. However, masks must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times.
    Guests who dress like Disney Characters may not pretend or imply that they are an official Disney Character. Creating lines or collecting money for pictures and/or signed autographs is not permitted.
  • Costumes should not drag on the ground.
    Costumes should not contain sharp objects, pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
    Costumes should not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into the event unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards. The appropriateness of the guest costume will be determined by Disney in its sole discretion.

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Dress Code

In keeping with our family-friendly atmosphere, and for health and safety reasons, D23 Expo enforces a dress code. Proper attire must be worn at all times, including shirts and appropriate footwear. Clothing with rude, vulgar, or offensive language or graphics is not permitted at any time. Admission to D23 Expo may be denied if clothing is deemed by D23 Expo management to be inappropriate. Comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended.

You want to remember when putting together your costume that you will be going through a bag check and metal detectors this year. Also, remember to respect the Cosplayers. If you want a photo ask, but if they say no accept that politely as they have panels and events they want to attend as well. Don’t pull or tug on their costumes, and remember Cosplay doesn’t mean consent. Sometimes people can get a little inappropriately handsey with Cosplayers, not only is this not acceptable it is in fact harassment.

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Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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