Convention Policies

We’re very excited to be able to gather in person once again. For all that to happen, WonderCon has a few policies we must all follow that are necessary for the safety and comfort of everyone. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to make WonderCon a place that everyone can enjoy. 


Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)

No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Exhibit Hall or at any WonderCon function inside or outside of the Anaheim Convention Center. This includes drones, helium balloons and helium-filled products, or any lighter-than-air objects either powered or unpowered.


Badges

Always wear your complete badge (plastic badge holder and paper name badger) and hang on to it! You will need your badge to attend any WonderCon function, including all daytime and nighttime panels and events at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Arena, the Anaheim Hilton headquarters hotel nighttime events, and, of course, browsing or shopping in the Exhibit Hall. Keep your badge visible so guards do not stop you. If you’re asked to show your badge, please do so.

Badges are nontransferable. Please do not give your badge to a friend or to people outside the Convention Center when you leave WonderCon. We will perform random ID checks against badges. If you lose your WonderCon badge, please visit Attendee Badge Solutions in the Registration Area of Hall D. Lost or stolen badges may be replaced onsite for full retail value.


Code of Conduct

Attendees must respect common-sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. WonderCon reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest member of security or staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

The WonderCon Show Desk is located in Lobby B/C. During show hours you can always find a WonderCon staff member or security guard in the show office. Please stop by there if you have any questions or concerns.


Costume Props Policy

No functional weapons are allowed at WonderCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

  • All costume weapons must be inspected at one of the Costume Props Check Desks. There are 4 locations this year: on the Grand Plaza outside; inside in Hall D, near registration; in Lobby B/C; and in the lobby of the new North Building (locations are subject to change).
  • All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
  • Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
  • After each person’s costume weapon has been checked, it will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your weapons have been checked.
  • Security will escort you to the security station for inspection if your costume weapon is not tagged.

If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to WonderCon.


Wearable Cameras/Video Recorders/Camera Phones

Remember that recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited (see below: No Video or Audio Recording of Panels for Public Display). This includes Google Glass, Snapchat Specs, and any wearable camera. You cannot wear Google Glass during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glass is prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.

Also, please turn off your devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and put them away during the screening of panel footage. Not doing so interferes with everyone’s viewing quality and may cause security to think you’re recording the clip.


No Segways or Hoverboards at WonderCon

Segways and hoverboards are not allowed at WonderCon, including the Exhibit Hall, Programming rooms, outside areas of the Anaheim Convention Center, and the Hilton Anaheim ballrooms featuring WonderCon events.


No Handcarts, Trolleys, Rolling Luggage, or Oversized Strollers in the Exhibit Hall

Please be aware that, for safety reasons, no handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, or oversized strollers are allowed in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be removed from Exhibit Hall.


No Live Streaming of Any Program or Event at WonderCon

The usage of live streaming apps and software on any electronic device (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) is not allowed in any onsite or offsite official WonderCon program and event rooms.


No Paging

Please keep in mind that there will be no personal pages over the P.A. system. Set a time and place to meet with your family and friends and communicate with them via text or phone when necessary.


No Pets Allowed

If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. The Anaheim Convention Center will not allow animals into the building except for service animals. If your service animal is not wearing any kind of ID identifying them as a service animal, you will be stopped by security. Please stop by Disabled Services in Lobby B/C for Service Animal stickers for your WonderCon badge. 


No Retail Sales Unless Exhibit Space Has Been Purchased

No retail sales are allowed anywhere at WonderCon unless you purchased or were allocated exhibit space. This includes the Exhibit Hall, common areas such as lobbies, program rooms, the outside venues, such as the Anaheim Convention Center grounds, or the hotels in the WonderCon room block, including the Hilton Anaheim, our headquarters hotel. Retail sales are strictly limited to the exhibitors in the WonderCon Exhibit Hall.


No Running

There is absolutely no running anywhere at WonderCon! That includes the programming rooms, the lobbies, outside the Anaheim Convention Center, and in the Exhibit Hall at all times, especially in the morning when we first open the hall. We understand that you want to get to your favorite booth (or program or anime screening or food truck) right away, but running is a safety hazard for EVERYONE, not just you. People caught running may have their badges taken away from them and may be ejected from the convention. Don’t run … it’s not worth it!


No Selfie Sticks or Similar Devices at WonderCon

Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand are not allowed at WonderCon. If you’re seen with one of these devices, you will be asked by security to put it away and not use it at WonderCon. This includes all of the Convention Center: Exhibit Hall, programming and event rooms, etc., the Convention Center grounds outside, and at any official WonderCon events outside the Center, including the Hilton Anaheim headquarters hotel.


No Sitting in Exhibit Hall Aisles

By order of the fire marshal, sitting in the Exhibit Hall aisles is not allowed. Lounges are located throughout the WonderCon Exhibit Hall and near food concessions for your convenience.


No Smoking, Including E-cigarettes and Vaping Products and Devices

No smoking is allowed at any WonderCon event at any time and in any location. No smoking at WonderCon includes traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or E-cigarettes and any vaping product or device. This policy includes the Exhibit Hall, all the programming rooms, the Arena, and the Anaheim Hilton headquarters hotel. You are welcome to step outside to smoke in designated smoking areas only, but please be considerate of others when you do. This policy is in place not only for the comfort of attendees but also to comply with Anaheim city ordinances prohibiting smoking at public events near any doorway, entrance, exit, or operable window. Please comply with this policy; noncompliance may result in ejection from the convention.


No Strollers in the Arena and Programming Rooms

Strollers are not allowed in the Arena or programming rooms at WonderCon. Guests are encouraged to leave strollers in their vehicle/hotel. Strollers will not be permitted in the seating areas and may be picked up at the conclusion of the event.

In addition, if you’d like to park your stroller while in the Anaheim Convention Center, stroller parking is located in various areas; see the maps in the WonderCon Program Book for exact locations. Parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: WonderCon will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers.


No Video or Audio Recording of Panels for Public Display

Cameras and recording devices are permitted in program and panels rooms but cannot be used to reproduce the presentation and must not interfere with other fans' enjoyment of the presentation. Any recording of panels or programs is allowed only for personal use and not for broadcast in any form. No video or audio recording is allowed of the footage on the screens during movie and television panels. The footage shown in these panels is exclusive, brought to us by the studios and networks. Please respect their rights and allow us to continue to show this type of material to our attendees.


WonderCon reserves the right to change or modify any policy or rule at any time and without notice.