I made a few other suggestions on improving the experience Maz. I hope those are looked at and considered. As said before none might be possible, but some might be of use.
The one thing that does have me worried is the toilet bit, some of us need a seat, 360 degree around the seat (so will need to take a chair in) and a person to help put it on (which might freak out security), plus it takes around 20 mins to get it on.
Even if the toilets are large enough at the start of the day it might be a long queue to use the toilets as actual toilets if everyone is using them to get changed. Let us hope the attendees "go before they arrive" :-)
Post by StrawberryMeadow on Sept 12, 2017 12:32:01 GMT
Hi Hypno. I hope you are thinking about what you're asking. The committee can only provide what's physically present on site. If what you want isn't actually possible, as Maz has already stated, then that's it.
I can assure you they have looked at every aspect of your series of requests. I'm sorry that you don't feel you are being supported but again, it must be reiterated that a fursuiter chooses to do so and as such must take these issues into account on their own behalf. The committee of volunteers who run Ponycon have every attendee in mind at all times but the physical size/availability of toilet stalls is beyond their control. Bear in mind this is a conference venue and as such the facilities will be suitable for large public groups and will have appropriate disability support. If your personal requirements go outside this remit then you must accept responsibility for their management yourself.
Perhaps you could do a shout out to other pony fursuiters on the public facebook group and you can all discuss your previous experiences, how other managed at previous Ponycons (yes, I saw Lyra shopping and maneuvering stalls last year with a handler) and then members of the community can also chip in and offer suggestions. There may be fursuiters who aren't furring up for Ponycon but can offer suggestions based on previous experience of the restrictions you mention. I'd also really love to see a group event started on there for photo ops, like you suggested. Perhaps you could run it as you seem to have a clear idea of what you'd like?
I was expecting my previous message to be the last in this thread strawberrymeadow :-) I don't feel not supported by the committee as I deeply appreciate them for their donation of time and effort to ukponycon. My posts are all marked with "none of these might be possible," Anything looked at is appreciated, rejection of considered ideas is not taken negatively :-)
obviously to manage personal requirements you need to know what facilities can be made available, hence the asks. it does influence what can be done, rest assured the small uk ponysuiting community is discussing if any suits can appear at ukponycon safely and what support can be provided to help fellow suiters if any decide to suit this year.
It's tricky for sure. Battle Pony has been built to be a "single operator" suit to work anywhere, but it is very different to a fur suit. And to be honest, if anyone thinks that being in full cosplay will be too much, then please come and enjoy yourselves in whatever clothing works It's still an excellent event with plenty to do and see
I'd like to give you a quick update on how things have changed since last week, in part thanks to some of the suggestions put forward in this thread.
We have secured two additional meeting rooms which will be dedicated to cosplay changing. These are within the convention space so will not be available for attendees until after registration. While we have been able to get these rooms at a favourable rate this year, we cannot guarantee that similar facilities will be available at future PonyCons.
The cloakroom facility has been confirmed and will be available throughout the open hours of the event. It will be operated by the venue and will charge a fee of £1.00 per item.
A photo studio space has been created and slots allocated on the timetable for photoshoots. These shoots will be run by approved photographers, free of charge and no prior booking necessary. Outside of the photoshoots, the space will be available for general attendee use, for example for selfies or photos by friends and family.
I hope these changes go some way to help fursuiters and cosplayers enjoy the convention more.
Thankyou to the organisers of the event for adding the changing room and cloak room this year, It was a game changer in support and I hope everyone enjoyed the mascots as much as the children did. All the fursuit mascots made use of the changing room and also the cloakroom for bag storage - given the wind on satuday I can assure you songbird would have ended up in glasgow if she had tried to walk over from a hotel (with those wings..and the wind...) Britannia wouldn't have been able to make a showing at all, and I know applejack and sunburst would have at most only been able to appear in the afternoon on sunday, instead of both the morning and afternoon. I doubt lack of changing room would have stopped luna, but I'm sure it would have increased the difficulty of getting the costume on and cut time down on the floor. I'm not sure many realise those in the mascots(with the exception of luna) all changed into the suits twice in the day and recovered by enjoying the con inbetween. The suits can be hot and fans for breathing sometimes have limited battery capacity
We saw other cosplayers using the changing rooms as well, including one family together, it was great they could use it together.
The photoarea also went down well, both for selfies and meets, well done ukponycon for that! It was just the right size for the event.
I really enjoyed the event - thankyou ukponycon! your organisers worked so hard, and let me say your hard work is recognised and appreciated by those you made have an awesome weekend!
pinkkittywinks: It has felt even hotter today, it was too uncomfortable to sit outside, so I stayed in today.
Jul 21, 2021 20:17:26 GMT