Megaplex 2012: Turning Back the Gears
 
 
     

Attendee Policies

The following policies are intended to help everyone have a safe, sane, and fun Convention. In general, Megaplex asks that you show respect and courtesy toward your fellow Convention members, the hotel, and its other guests. Consideration for the safety, rights and feelings of others will help to create a positive experience for everyone.

THE GENERAL RULE

The following general rule supersedes all others listed below and may be invoked at any time:

Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Megaplex's relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.

Pawpet Live Experiences, Inc. (PLEx, Inc.) reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership at any time, for any reason. PLEx, Inc. also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice, and reserves sole right of interpretation. In any dispute, the general rule above will apply. By accepting your membership badge, you agree to follow these policies. You also acknowledge that your government issued identification will be verified for your information that is found on the face of the ID such as Name, Address and birthdate. This information is only used to verify age, and have your name on file in case an emergency arises. This information will not be published to any entity, and will only be used for aggregate analytic statistics.

CONVENTION SPACE

"Convention Space" is defined as the WorldGate Orlando Resort's Convention Center (including connecting hallways therein), and Room 200 (the sponsor suite).

MEMBERSHIP

Your membership badge must be visibly displayed at all times when in convention space, and must be presented or surrendered to any staff member upon request.

Badges are issued to a single individual, and are not to be shared or duplicated in any way, shape, or form. Anyone caught using a membership badge other than his/her own will have that badge confiscated and will be asked to either purchase their own membership or leave convention space. Anyone knowingly allowing another person to use his/her badge will have his/her membership revoked and may be banned from Megaplex indefinitely.

Megaplex reserves the right to request that you purchase a full-price membership to replace a lost or stolen badge. Should you lose your badge, a single replacement badge may be issued at a reduced cost; should you lose your badge again, however, you will need to purchase another membership at full price.

Attempting to enter convention space without a valid membership ('ghosting') will not be tolerated. Repeat offenders, or anyone attempting to obtain a badge through fraudulent means (including forgery), may be permanently banned and/or be reported to the local authorities at the discretion of the Board.

MINORS

The minimum age to attend Megaplex without a parent or guardian is sixteen (16). Members of age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) must present a signed and notarized Minor Consent Form, unless accompanied by a parent or able to produce evidence of legal emancipation. There are no exceptions.

Minors under the age of sixteen (16) should NOT pre-register online, as we cannot collect their data per Federal and State laws. Parents/guardians may pre-register or register on-site; when they obtain their membership on site, an addtional membership will be created for the minor at no charge.

Minors are not permitted under any circumstances to enter areas that have been designated for mature audiences.

Anyone providing false documentation of identity or age will be denied membership and reported to the local authorities.

PUBLIC DECORUM

All convention areas are considered to be "PG" at all times, with the exception of events that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is controlled by Megaplex security staff.

Dry clothes (shirt, shorts, and shoes at a minimum) will be required in convention space. Clothing should not be overly revealing or inappropriate to the atmosphere of the convention, such as fetish-related garb and accountrements. Discrete wearing of collars is acceptable, but leashes attached thereunto are not.

Full-body fursuits are excluded from the 'shirt/pants/shoes' rule, provided that the costume is not unacceptably revealing. Certain accouterments such as collars and harnesses may be included as part of a costume, but no one is to be led around on a leash. Since this is a family hotel with a lot of vacation travelers, absolutely no fetish wear can be worn out in public spaces of the hotel.

Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon. Holding hands, hugging, chaste kissing, and the like are fine; anything beyond that is best taken to your hotel room. Megaplex staff will ask you to stop or relocate if you get carried away.

Due to the potential for eye injury and general nuisance, laser pointers and similar devices are not permitted. Water guns, Nerf or other dart guns, Silly String, or other toy weapons capable of causing property damage are not permitted in Convention areas. Water guns and Silly String in particular can cause a lot of harm to fursuits. Please do not use toy weapons in locations where damage to merchandise, artwork, costumes, hotel property, etc. is likely.

Conversation, music and video playback in convention space should be kept to a moderate volume, as not to interfere with events in rooms nearby. Loud noise makers, such as vuvuzelas, are not permitted.

No banners, posters or signs may be posted in convention space without approval from the Megaplex board. No banners, posters or signs may be removed from the walls of convention space without approval from the Megaplex board. Anyone caught removing posters with out permission, will have their badge revoked, as that is considered theft of convention property.

As per the Florida clean indoor air act, and convention policy, there will be no smoking allowed in any convention space, or hotel common areas, including the pool deck. Please use the designated smoking location located outside the hotel lobby door locations.

Harassment of any kind, including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions, will not be tolerated. If people tell you "no" or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.

Megaplex is not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individual members. In general, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the convention unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the convention itself or if another individual can produce a legal restraining order.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Anyone knowingly providing alcohol to individuals under the age of twenty-one (21) will have their membership revoked and will be reported to the local authorities.

Megaplex does not condone or tolerate the use or distribution of illegal substances during the convention. Anyone found to be selling or distributing illegal substances will immediately have their membership revoked, be banned from future conventions, and will be reported to the local authorities.

WEAPONS

All Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances apply to the possession, carry, and display of weapons at Megaplex. In general, Florida State law prohibits the open carry of firearms and the concealed carry of any weapon without a State-approved license. However, it is the policy of Megaplex, since we have such a diverse mix of people and activities, we ask that no weapons, open carry or concealed be allowed in convention spaces.

For the safety and peace of mind of all attendees, all potentially deadly weapons, and realistic replicas that could be mistaken for deadly weapons, must be disabled, peace-bonded, or otherwise rendered inert while on display at the convention. If a weapon or replica is part of your costume, please consult Security for direction before taking it into convention areas. Displaying or using any weapon in a threatening, reckless or dangerous manner will not be tolerated, and will result in immediate revocation of membership.

Members observed violating weapons policy will be asked to return their weapons to their rooms or vehicles, or to store them in a hotel safety deposit box. Refusal to dispose of a weapon upon request will result in immediate revocation of membership.

ROOM PARTIES

Megaplex's policy towards room parties is that said events are the responsibility of the person(s) renting said hotel room. We do recommend that parties be kept to a moderate size, and that the noise be kept to moderate volume, especially later in the evenings. Hotel security will break up parties that receive complaints.

Note, if Megaplex staff become aware of activities that are illegal or may threaten the welfare of the convention and its attendees, they have a duty and responsibility to inform hotel security and/or local authorities as warranted.

PHOTOGRAPHIC, AUDIO, AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

All Members in attendance at Megaplex should be aware that they may be photographed or recorded at any time while in public areas. Megaplex reserves the right to allow authorized individuals to make photographic, audio or video record of any public event held in convention space, and to distribute these productions, in whole or part, free of charge, for historical or promotional purposes. Members agree that they are not entitled to any notice or compensation for the appearance of their names, nicknames or likenesses in such productions.

Photographic, audio and video recording at Megaplex is restricted. Members who wish to take pictures or make recordings for personal, non-commercial use while at the convention may do so, however they must not take any video or photos of areas marked as non-recordable. Anyone taking pictures in those areas may have their membership revoked. We would ask that photographers and videographers act with common sense and courtesy, and refrain from recording any unwilling individual.

Anyone may post pictures of the convention on personal, not for profit websites, However, if someone is in a picture by themselves or with one other person, in the focus of the picture, and they wish to have their photo removed, you must respect that person's request and remove the image. If the person is in a group of three or more in the photo, then it is considered a group photo, and would require objection from at least a 50% majority of the people in the photo.

Photographic, audio and video recordings of the Funday PawPet Show (FPS) are the sole property of The Funday PawPet Show, and performances will be aired on the internet show at some later date. Super Sponsors and other Members who appear on FPS in guest interviews, performances, or live audience participation while attending Megaplex agree that they are not entitled to any notice or compensation for the appearance of their names, nicknames or likenesses in FPS recordings or broadcasts, unless other prior written agreement has been made.

Megaplex will not use the names or likenesses of corporately owned and trademarked mascots, puppets or other characters for any commercial or promotional purposes, except according to prior written agreement.

PRESS AND MEDIA POLICY

Megaplex is a private social function for members only, and as such, is closed to all press and media members and organizations. Making photographic, audio or video recordings of any convention event for investigative or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden.

Press and media members desiring a statement, press release or interview from Convention Staff should contact the Convention Director or Convention Promotions Chair. Each request will be considered individually and on a case-by-case basis.

PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS

For the safety and comfort of members and pets alike, we do not allow any personal pets in convention space. Working service animals are permitted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DEALER'S DEN

Please see the separate Dealer's Den Policy.

ARTIST ALLEY

Please see the separate Artist Alley Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Please see the separate Privacy Policy

TERMS OF SERVICE

Please see the separate Terms of Service Policy

IN CLOSING

These policies will be strictly enforced by Megaplex security volunteers, who will be clearly identified as such on site.

If a particular scenario is not spelled out here, the general rule listed at the beginning of this document will apply: 'Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Megaplex's relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.'

These policies are intended to allow our members to have a safe, enjoyable convention experience. While we do not anticipate having to enforce these rules, be advised that we will do so swiftly and firmly if the need arises.