Furry Weekend Atlanta FAQ

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Furry Weekend Atlanta staffers get asked a lot of questions about the con. While we definitely encourage you to ask us any questions you may have concerning Furry Weekend Atlanta, we have put together this list of commonly asked questions – questions we receive on a frequent basis – as an aid for you in getting the information you need. Because of the volume of mail we receive, we do ask that you check this list first before contacting us with your questions.

FAQ: Artists’ Alley

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Artists’ Alley.

FAQ: Dealers’ Den

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Dealers’ Den

FAQ: Fursuiting, Pawpetry, and Variety Show

Frequently asked questions about fursuiting, puppetry, or FWA’s Furries Got Talent?!.

FAQ: Hotel

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s host hotel, the Marriott Marquis.

FAQ: Photography, Videotaping, Media

Frequently asked questions about collecting media at Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Our Move

Questions about our move to the Marriott and to April.

FAQ: Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Programming

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s programming.

FAQ: Registration

Frequently asked questions about registering for Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Security

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s security.

FAQ: Travel

Frequently asked questions about traveling to Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Parking

Frequently asked questions about the parking situation in and around the Marriott Marquis.

FAQ: Volunteering

Frequently asked questions about volunteering at Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Artists’ Alley

Will there be a sign up or lottery for Artists’ Alley?

While we may implement a control method in the future, because Furry Weekend Atlanta is not responsible for sales and reporting we generally allow the Artists’ Alley to fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want dedicated space available for your full time use, please purchase space in the dealer’s den.

Does Furry Weekend Atlanta provide a central register?

No. Furry Weekend Atlanta only provides space; it is your responsibility to track your sales and taxes due.

What time does Artists’ Alley open and close?

Subject to change, Artist Alley will be open from 3 PM to 3 AM on Thursday , 10 AM to 3 AM on Friday and Saturday, and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Where may I draw when Artists’s Alley is closed?

For those artists who find the Artists Alley hours just aren’t quite enough to satisfy their drawing needs, we will have a soft seating area available for use when Artists Alley is closed. We’ll post more details as soon as we know the final location!

Will power outlets be available in the alley?

There will be no individual power outlets available for use. Any outlets that are in the room will be taped over. Please do not remove the tape – even if you are sitting near one, you may not use it. However, there will be a communal power strip situated in the room where you may plug in small devices when you need to use them. You must remove the device when you are finished and free up the power plug. You may not use the power strip to recharge devices such as laptops. You may also not bring an external power source into the alley to use, such as a UPS battery backup. If you require power full time, please purchase space in the dealer’s den.

Will artists be allowed to have a bag or luggage in the alley?

Artists will be permitted to have one bag or other small luggage item in the alley provided that it does not obstruct walkways (both in front of and behind the tables) or emergency exits.

May I sleep in Artists’ Alley to keep my space?

No. If you are caught sleeping, you will be removed. This policy actually applies to the entirety of convention space.

Can I just sell things out of my room?

No. This is a violation of hotel policy, Furry Weekend Atlanta Policy, and State of Georgia laws. Sales must be limited to the Dealers’ Den / Artists’ Alley area.

What can I sell in the artist alley?

You may sell only your work (such as artwork) or items that feature your work (such as comics, videos or CD’s). You may not sell items that were not made by you or are otherwise commercially available (such as food items).

Can I have display racks or small tables that sit on the floor next to my table?

No. You are permitted a single 8.5 x 11 sign that must sit on top of your table. If you require large displays, please purchase space in the dealer’s den.

Can I play music or a video at my table?

Yes, as long as no complaints are lodged. Also, remember you may not plug the device into a power outlet. Any electronics used at your table must be battery-powered internally. If asked by the staff to turn it down, please do so. If not, it will be removed.

What about taxes?

It is your responsibility to collect and file the appropriate tax paperwork and payment to the state of Georgia. Furry Weekend Atlanta does not track your sales and specifically disclaims responsibility for your tax liability – instead, we’ve arranged with the Georgia Department of Revenue to use a special Miscellaneous form, same as our dealers, to report sales tax that does NOT require artisans to have tax IDs. The form, Georgia Form FS-32 is exceptionally simple and should take less than 5 minutes at the end of the day to complete. Assistance will be available for those who need it. Artisans must, however, track their own sales. The tax rate is 8%.

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FAQ: Dealers’ Den

Is there room available in the Dealers’ Den?

Sorry, our Dealers’ Den is currently full for 2014. If you would like to be added to our wait list, please contact dealersden@furryweekend.com.

What can I sell in the dealer’s room?

For the most part, we allow pretty much anything to be sold in the dealer’s room. One notable exception is pirated works. You must be legally be able to sell every item you have for sale. If questioned by the staff, it is up to the dealer to prove they can legally sell the item in question. Also, any mature items in your inventory must be hidden from view from minors (like behind the table) or be censored in such a way to conform to common decency standards. Finally, because of health and hotel concerns, we ask that homemade food not be sold in the dealer’s room. Pieces of mass market candy (like M&M’s) given away freely in a small candy dish or a small amount of packaged food (like boxes of Poki) as part of your full inventory is acceptable. The dealer room staff or executive staff of FWA has the final say on what can and can’t be sold. If asked to remove or censor an item, the dealer is required to do so. If you have any questions, please email us at dealersden@furryweekend.com.

Can I just sell things out of my room?

No. This is a violation of hotel policy, Furry Weekend Atlanta Policy, and State of Georgia laws. Sales must be limited to the Dealers’ Den / Artists’ Alley area.

Are memberships included in the price of the dealer’s table?

No memberships are included in the price of your dealer table. You must purchase a membership separate of a dealer’s table. You must have a membership to sell in the Dealers’ Den.

Is electricity available in the Dealers’ Den?

The short answer is yes. However, power availability is limited. Because of costs, we will be charging for electricity and to cut the number of spots that we have. Access to electricity will now cost $10 per dealer. Also, we are asking everyone to state why the need electricity. Electricity will not be given on a solely first come, first served basis. If you must have electricity to run your business, we want to make sure you can get it. So, it will be prioritized in that way. First, the people that must have to conduct business will be given access. Next the people that use it for a legitimate business activity will be given spots. Finally, if there are any left, it will be given to the rest of the people. You must request (and pay) for electricity up front. By February 1st, 2014 you will be notified if you got a powered spot. If you didn’t, you will get a refund of your power charge. If, after not getting power, you decide that you can’t sell, you will have up to February 15th, 2014 to get a full refund. To make life easier, we will offer, as we do in the artist alley, a communal power strip that can be used by anyone for legitimate business needs. You won’t be able to charge your phone or laptop on it, but if you need to scan or laminate something, it’ll be available. Please don’t lie to us to try to push your way up the list. If you request power and mis-state the reason why, it will affect you getting a table in the future with us.

Is wireless internet available in the Dealers’ Den?

Yes. Furry Weekend Atlanta is planning on providing limited wireless capability in the dealers’ den. As always, we are not and can not be held responsible for access or speed of the internet.

Where is my table located?

Because we don’t assign tables “on the fly” – we wait to make sure we can satisfy all the requests – we can’t give you a precise location of your table until one week before the convention.

I need some extra space for displays, wall space or to sit by another dealer. Is that possible?

When you register for your table, there will be space for you to make these requests. Please note that requests are filled in a first come, first served basis as much as possible.

I want to share my table with someone. Is that okay?

Once you purchase a table, you may subdivide it however you like. However, remember that only 2 people can be behind a single table at a time.

I don’t have the money right now. Can you hold me a table and I’ll pay on date x?

We’re sorry but we cannot. Payment is due when reserving your table.

Can I have display racks or small tables that sit on the floor next to my table?

Because of space limitations, there are only a few positions in the Dealers’ Den that this is allowed. Please advise us when you sign up for a table that you will want one of those spaces. If you don’t receive one of those spaces, these display items may be asked to be removed by the Dealers’ Den staff if they pose a safety hazard or clog a walkway.

Can I play music or a video at my table?

Yes, as long as no complaints are lodged. If asked by the staff to turn it down, please do so. If not, it will be removed.

What about taxes?

It is your responsibility to collect and file the appropriate tax paperwork and payment to the state of Georgia. We’ve arranged with the Georgia Department of Revenue to use a special Miscellaneous form, same as our dealers, to report sales tax that does NOT require artisans to have tax IDs. The form, Georgia Form FS-32 is exceptionally simple and should take less than 5 minutes at the end of the day to complete. Assistance will be available for those who need it. Artisans must, however, track their own sales. The tax rate is 8%.

A dealer wronged me, didn’t deliver, etc. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta help?

Generally speaking, Furry Weekend Atlanta is not a party to agreements made between dealers and attendees. We really prefer not to be involved in disputes and suggest that you try your absolute best to work out your disagreement with a dealer directly. Our involvement in disputes is generally limited to providing (limited) contact information.

An attendee didn’t pay me. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta help? 

As with above, Furry Weekend Atlanta is not a party to agreements made between dealers and attendees. We ask that you please try to work these disagreements out between you and the attendee in question.

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FAQ: Fursuiting, Pawpetry, and Variety Show

Do I need a fursuit to attend?

No! It is a common misconception that everyone who attends an anthropomorphic or “furry” convention wears a fursuit. Only a small percentage of our attendees – somewhere between 10% and 15% – attend Furry Weekend Atlanta with a fursuit, and even fewer are in suit at any given time. Most attendees are just everyday people interested in anthropomorphics.

Can I wear my fursuit at the convention and around the convention hotel?

Absolutely! We not only allow fursuits at the con, we highly encourage and welcome them. That said, please do exercise caution in wearing your fursuit to any place outside of the hotel (see the Local Area Guide for full details about this.

Can I bring my puppets/pawpets to the convention and carry them around with me?

Absolutely! Please feel free to bring all of your puppet friends with you if you would like.

What activities, panels, and events will be available for fursuiters?

Check out our Fursuiting Page for full details on all of our fursuit activities.

Who can be a part of “Furries got Talent?!”

Anyone who has a talent they’d like to show off is welcome to be a part of our show – the more the merrier we like to say! All you need to do is to prepare your act, grab the sign-up form, and show up at the rehearsal session. All acts must go through rehearsal and check in with the show director to be included in the show.

Is this or that appropriate attire for my fursuit?

If you’d wear it out in public, you should be able to wear it on the con floor. If you’re unsure, please ask someone, or don’t wear it. Security will ask you to change if they feel it’s indecent. This goes for any clothes, not just on fursuits.

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FAQ: Hotel

What is the address of the hotel?

The hotel is located at:

265 Peachtree Center Ave
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States of America

You can find information on how to reach the hotel on the Travel Pages.

How many people can we put in a room?

In accordance with the fire marshal restrictions, the hotel doesn’t like to see more than four people staying in a room. A room should never have more people than it can comfortably sleep.

What is the minimum age to rent a hotel room?

The hotel has informed us that the minimum age to rent is 18. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to have a parent of legal guardian check you into the hotel. Furry Weekend Atlanta is not able to provide you with sleeping space or cosign on a room with you.

I’m under 18. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta cosign on a room with me or get me a room?

No. See above. We cannot assume liability for your room.

Does the hotel have high-speed internet?

Yes, the hotel has high-speed wireless Internet available for a small charge. There is also free wireless in the atrium.

Are cheaper accommodations available?

Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot recommend any hotel other than the Marriott Marquis. While there are other hotels in the vicinity, we ask that you stay in the convention hotel because the very financial future of the convention is dependent on us booking a certain number of rooms. Plus, you’ll have a much more pleasant experience if you stay at the convention hotel – you’re just minutes from the action!

Can I bring my pet?

No. Other than service animals, pets are not permitted at the Marriott Marquis.

Is there a charge for parking?

There is a charge for vehicles parked in the hotel parking lot. More details on parking options will be posted as the convention nears.

I have a large vehicle (recreational vehicle, motorcoach, bus, tractor trailer). Will the hotel be able to accommodate me?

The hotel itself has no parking for large vehicles that will not fit in the hotel parking garage. There are several open-air lots within walking distance of the hotel. We will be posting information about this closer to the convention.

What about elevators?

There are 18 elevators that cover the 50 floors in a staggered fashion. We will be posting more information on this soon.

Does Furry Weekend Atlanta have a “quiet” floor or other area where there will be no parties?

At the present time, there has not been enough demand for such a space. However, this may change in the future.

Where can we get food?

The hotel is directly connected via sky bridge to the Peachtree Center Mall food court (it is literally about 200 yards from the convention floor). There are over 50 restaurants within a 3-block area of the hotel, and more than 100 within a one mile area.

Can I pay for my hotel room in cash?

Yes, you can. However, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you do not do this. There are some issues with this that you should be aware of.

If you are going to pay in cash, be aware that the hotel has the right to, and most likely will, request a deposit when you check in to cover any incidental charges (telephone usage, room service, etc) made to the room over the course of your stay. This is a standard practice at most major hotel chains worldwide. This requested deposit could be quite large and may be up to and including two (2) nights at the room rate, but may be more or less.

If you wish to pay with cash, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you use a credit card to secure the deposit on the room when you check in, and then pay the full balance in cash on checkout. That removes the need to pay the cash deposit before being allowed to check in.

I don’t have a credit card. Is there another alternative besides cash?

Yes. Many people don’t realize that you can get pre-paid debit cards at places like Walmart for a low fee, and work just like credit cards.

I don’t have a credit card. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta “hold” a room/pay for me and I pay the con back?

Sorry, but we are unable to do this for the reason listed above under Furry Weekend Atlanta cosigning. We would be assuming liability for your actions and any damages to the room.

If I make a reservation with a debit card, will it be charged immediately?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is that, when making a reservation, the hotel will “authorize” your card, usually by charging a small amount to it (usually $1.00) and immediately refunding it. This will hold your hotel room for you. When you check in, a hold will be put on your card for the full amount of the room plus a certain additional amount to cover any incidentals (telephone calls, etc). This money will not be available to you until you check out, when the hotel removes the hold and the actual costs are charged to your room.

For this reason, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you not use a debit card when booking a hotel room.

I don’t have a credit or debit card. Can I still reserve a room?

Yes! Call the hotel when making your reservation and ask them to list your room as “deposit pending.”

However, the downside of this is that, when the hotel sells out, they begin “bumping” deposit pending reservations in favor of people who do have a credit or debit card. So, you’re running a risk by doing this, but it can be done.

Where is a good place to meet people?

The Marriott is a very large hotel, so it can be a bit overwhelming. There’s plenty of spots to ‘hang out’ on the con floor, and we’ll have tables, sofas and other things spread out for people to gather.

I heard the hotel is non-smoking. Is that true?

The hotel is 100% smoke free – this includes the restaurant, bar, and all guest rooms. The hotel has also asked us to tell our attendees not to smoke outside the main entrance as it is a heavily trafficked area.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I just crash somewhere in con space?

No. Hotel and Furry Weekend Atlanta policies prohibit sleeping in the convention space. If you are caught sleeping in convention space, you will be asked to move along. If you are caught again you risk being asked to leave the hotel.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I just stay up the whole time?

You would be exceedingly unwise to do this.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I sleep in my car?

Again, you would be exceedingly unwise to do this. The hotel itself will not allow people to sleep in cars, and many of the surrounding parking garages and surface lots have similar policies. You run the risk of being asked to leave.

Okay, then, what should I do if I can’t afford a hotel room?

Get roommates! By splitting a room with 3 other people, you cut the cost down to 1/4 of a full cost room. You’ll also have a chance to get to know some other people who may become lifelong friends! If you don’t know 3 other people or 3 other people going to FWA, visit our community page which contains links to various official FWA communities. You can ask there for roommates.

I’m having problems with someone at the hotel. Who can I contact?

You can contact our hotel liaison at hotel@furryweekend.com.

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FAQ: Photography, Videotaping, Media

Is photograpy allowed?

Photography for personal use is more than allowed – it’s encouraged!

However, if you are planning on shooting pictures for any commercial or media project, your use falls under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

What if I do not want to be photographed?

You can ask that the person not take your photograph or simply walk away.

Will videotaping be allowed?

Videotaping for personal use is encouraged!

However, videotaping for any commercial or revenue project will fall under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

How may I distribute photographs and audio/video recordings that I made at the con?

As long as they were shot for personal use, you may distribute them in any way you see fit.

However, if your use is commercial or revenue, your project falls under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

Generally speaking, if you are making any money by being at Furry Weekend Atlanta and by shooting photos or video, you need a press pass.

It should be understood that Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. retains the trademarks to, and reserves the right to determine the appropriate use of, the name “Furry Weekend Atlanta.”

I am a member of the media. Can I cover this event?

Please visit the Press & Media Page for more information.

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FAQ: Miscellaneous

What is the Furry Weekend Atlanta room party policy?

It is the policy of Furry Weekend Atlanta that what goes on in the privacy of a hotel room is not of the convention’s concern. However, we do ask that room parties be kept to a reasonable size (remember fire marshal restrictions) and that all noise be kept at a reasonable volume. Hotel security WILL break up parties that receive complaints. However, if Furry Weekend security personnel have reason to believe that illegal activities or activities that could threaten the welfare of the convention are taking place at a room party, they have a duty and a responsibility to act to ensure the safety of the convention and its attendees.

I want to be on staff! What do I do?

First, you have to understand that being on staff at Furry Weekend Atlanta is a full-time commitment, entailing 8-12 hours of work a day. Furry Weekend Atlanta gives heavy preference to people who have attended at least one year and have volunteered with the con at least a little bit. For more information on staffing at Furry Weekend Atlanta, please visit our staff page, here.

Can I bring my pet to Furry Weekend Atlanta?

While we all love animals and want them to be part of our lives, for the safety of all attendees we must ask that pets not be brought into the convention area. Exceptions are made for working service animals and animals that may be part of presentations that have been cleared with Furry Weekend Atlanta. Pets (again, excluding service animals) are not permitted in the hotel as well.

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 FAQ: Our Move

Why did Furry Weekend Atlanta change hotels?

In 2012, when Furry Weekend Atlanta left the Sheraton Atlanta, we were simply too big to stay there. We loved that hotel and that space, but we outgrew it faster than even we expected to (which has been a theme over the years), and with no adjacent hotels to overflow into, we were trapped. We were using all their convention space and selling their entire hotel out after just two years. But we were not big enough to jump up to either of the next two large hotels on our list (the Marriott or the Hyatt), where we would be dwarfed by their massive size. The only hotel option open to us after 2012 that could fit an event of our size without being too big was the Westin.

But the Westin, while a good hotel overall, has a unique design that brings unique challenges to events such as ours. These are difficult challenges, and we tried our very best to overcome them. Believe us when we say we were just as frustrated as you by the challenges and our learning curve for them. We know you have high expectations for us.

Ultimately, while we could have continued to grow into additional convention space at the Westin, the other logistical issues of staying in that hotel would have had a detrimental effect on the convention as a whole. So, we decided to make the change earlier rather than later.

In the meantime, having grown as an event, we were now on the Marriott’s radar, and they made a very concerted effort to win our business. We were, of course, thrilled, because the Marriott has been on our radar since we first moved the convention downtown in 2008. While we will be on the small side for this venue in 2015, there is plenty of space for us to grow here. It’s a relationship we look forward to continuing for at least the next three years.

Why did Furry Weekend Atlanta change dates?

Simply put, changing dates was the price of changing hotels.

In order to get enough space the Marriott at a reasonable rate, we had to adjust our dates. We apologize if this causes anyone any difficulties, but we had to do what was best for the convention as a whole. We think you will agree it was a worthwhile tradeoff when you see the space.

Will the elevators be better at the Marriott?

We think they will be. This is a large hotel that routinely hosts large fan conventions (such as Momocon and major parts of DragonCon), so they are used to the logistical issues of moving large groups of fans around. There are more elevators and more rooms per floor, so there are fewer stops. And they are very, very, very fast. So, yes, things should be better.

However, we give this with a big ol’ huge caveat: with a group of our size, sometimes, there are just going to be waits. We could have 50 elevators and, if the entire con is trying to use them at once (such as when a major event ends), you would still have to wait. It’s simple math, really. So, the same advice we gave at the Westin will apply here too: try to avoid peak times, and work with our staff to minimize disruptions.

Will the con space be better?

Again, we think it will be. It is a beautiful space that was just recently renovated. While the space is larger than the Westin (it is, in fact, twice the size), it feels closer together. And while we will span multiple floors (really, there’s no way to avoid that in any hotel at this point, given our size), we believe it does so in a way that won’t be detrimental to the convention.

And a good part of it is open to that beautiful atrium. Simply put, we are very, very excited by the potential this space has.

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FAQ: Programming

I have an awesome idea for programming that I’d like to help with. Who can I talk to?

Please e-mail programming@furryweekend.com with your proposal.

What kind of programming will be available at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

We will have a wide range of programs to appeal to as many interests as we can without overextending ourselves.

How can I be a panelist?

Please e-mail our Director of Programming at programming@furryweekend.com with your suggestion.

I want to propose to my boyfriend/girlfriend/mate at the convention. Can you help?

First, congratulations!

While in the past our policy has been a blanket “no” to these requests, we now ask instead that you contact us and tell us your idea. While we can’t make any promises, often we will try to help provided it is done in such a way as that it minimizes the commitment of our staff and disruption to the convention. Anything that adds a little bit more joy to the world is a good thing.

Can I use space in the convention area for a private function?

While Furry Weekend Atlanta has in the past occasionally allowed this, we can no longer do so. Sorry, but our hotel agreements and liability insurance no longer permit us to sublease space.

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FAQ: Registration

What forms of payment are accepted?

For pre-registration, we will accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover via our online registration. We no longer accept mail-in registration or mail-in payments (given our size now, this is just too much work for our limited staff time). We will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, personal checks, money orders, and traveler’s check for payments at the door.

I don’t have a credit card, but I want to pre-register. What can I do?

You can purchase pre-paid debit cards at many grocery stores, pharmacies, and other locations. These can be used to pay for your registration.

What if my check bounces?

We understand that these things happen sometimes, however we will be required to charge you a $30 bounced-check fee, as this is what our bank charges us. You will be given every opportunity to settle the debt, but your membership will be revoked until the debt is settled.

If you have not made arrangements with Furry Weekend Atlanta to settle the debt and bounced-check fee within 30 days of being notified of the bounced check, we are required by law to report the check to the local authorities. Please don’t make us do this. Bouncing a check is illegal in Georgia, and could subject you to penalties of up to $5,000 and/or three years imprisonment.

What do I need to check in if I’m preregistered?

You will need valid identification. See the section below on what types of identification are acceptable.

Will I get any kind of “ticket” or membership information in the mail?

Nothing will be mailed to you in regards to your membership. To claim your badge, take your photo ID to registration where the staff will print your badge and check you in.

What forms of identification are acceptable?

Furry Weekend Atlanta must be able to verify your identity, name, and age. A primary identification will contain your photo, legal name and birth date and be issued by a state or national government. Examples of a primary identification are a driver’s license or state identification card, passport, military identification, or national identification card (for international guests).

Secondary identifications are forms of ID that don’t contain all of the above information or are not issued by a state or national government. While they alone are not solely acceptable for identification to Furry Weekend Atlanta staff, using multiple types of secondary identification is permitted. Examples of secondary identification include school IDs, work IDs, union membership cards, birth certificates, social security cards, health insurance cards, check stubs, or W2 forms.

If you are attempting to use secondary identifications to enter Furry Weekend Atlanta, you must be able to provide photo identity, name, and age. All your forms of secondary identification must match and at least one must be issued by a state or national government.

What if I don’t have a photo ID?

Then you will need to get one before coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta. Contact your local DMV about obtaining a Photo Identification – many states offer these for little or no charge.

If you simply cannot acquire a government-issued photo identification, bring as much identification as you can. Birth certificates, utility bills, school IDs. Please, help us help you.

What do I need to register at the door?

You will need valid identification. See the section above on what types of identification are acceptable. You will also need a form of payment. We will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, personal checks, money orders, and traveler’s check for payments at the door. There is an ATM in the hotel lobby – but it often runs out of money over the course of the weekend so please don’t rely on that as your sole funding source.

Please note that purchase of God Level memberships at the door is no longer possible.

What if I’m under 18?

Furry Weekend Atlanta welcomes attendees of all ages. However, past experiences have forced us to require that a signed, notarized parental permission form (available in DOC, and PDF) be on file with us for all attendees under the age of 18. After registering, you can either mail it to us or bring it with you to check in. NO ATTENDEES UNDER 18 WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT PARENTAL PERMISSION ON FILE OR A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT REGISTRATION WITH THEM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What if I’m under 18 now, but will turn 18 before the convention. Do I need a parental permission form?

As long as you are 18 years of age as of Opening Ceremonies, you will not need a parental permission form.

What if I’m under 18 now, but I turn 18 at the convention? Do I need a parental permission? Can I get a non-minor badge on x day?

Because you are not 18 as of opening ceremonies, you are still required to have parental permission on file with Furry Weekend Atlanta. Even if you turn 18 during the convention, we will be unable to print you an additional badge for security reasons.

What if I’m under 13?

Due to COPPA restrictions, minors under 13 cannot be registered on the website and must register in person on the day of the convention, with a parent or legal guardian present to chaperone you. No one under the age of 13 will be admitted without the presence of a chaperone, who must accompany the minor at all times. Additionally, a signed parental permission (available in DOC, PDF) must be on file. We will have these available for you to sign at registration.

Can my brother/sister/uncle/friend sign my permission form?

Only if your brother/sister/uncle/friend is your legal guardian.

Your permission for must be signed by your parents or your legal guardian. Furry Weekend Atlanta reserves the right to (and often does) contact the person listed on your permission form and verify the information provided, so please don’t try to pull anything funny on us.

Do I still need a permission form if I’m under 18 and coming from an international country? Even if I’m considered of legal age in my home country?

Yes. Furry Weekend Atlanta operates under the laws of the United States of America, the State of Georgia, and the City of Atlanta. Regardless of what legal age is considered in your home country, we are bound to follow our laws.

All persons under 18 at Furry Weekend Atlanta must have parental permission on file with us. Furry Weekend Atlanta has a special International Minor Permission Form (available in DOC and PDF). This form still must be notarized by the equivalent of a public notary in your country.

I really want to come, but my parent/guardian won’t sign the permission form. Can I just show up?

No. Every attendee is required to present identification that verifies age. Those who cannot do this will be turned away. Why not invite your parents to come with you? We have many families that attend the convention each year and have a great time together. This may be a good chance to introduce your parents to the fandom!

Do I still need a permission form if my parents will be with me at registration?

No. We will have permission forms available at registration, and your parent may sign the form in witness of Furry Weekend Atlanta at registration in lieu of having the form notarized.

I had to have a parental permission form last year and I will still be under 18 this year. Do I have to get the form signed again?

Yes. Forms are valid for one year.

Where can I find a “Notary Public?”

Check your local phone book under Notary Publics. Many law offices also have a notary public on staff, and many Fedex Office locations around the country can also provide notary services. You can also check your local city hall or courthouse. If you are in a different country, you may check under Commissioner for Oaths. As a last resort, US Consular Services in many nations can provide notary service.

I lost my permission form or photo ID on the way to the convention. Can you just let me in?

Sorry. We hear this one every year, and it won’t work. Do not come to Furry Weekend Atlanta unless you are prepared to show valid identification and, if under 18, a signed and notarized parental permission form.

I don’t have an ID, and I can’t get one before the con for x reason. Can you just let me in?

See above. Pretty much anything that ends in “can you just let me in,” the answer is more than likely no.

I will be unable to attend Furry Weekend Atlanta. Can I get a refund?

Please direct refund requests to registration@furryweekend.com before the closing of pre-registration. After pre-registration closes on January 15th, 2014, we will be unable to issue any refunds. Sorry – at that point we’ve already spent the money!

Didn’t you used to issue credits?

For tax reasons, we can no longer issue credits for future years. You are entitled to a full refund before the closing of pre-registration. After pre-registration on January 15th, 2014, we will be unable to issue any refunds.

I purchased a membership to Furry Weekend Atlanta but I won’t be able to make it. Can I give my membership to x?

Sorry, but memberships to Furry Weekend Atlanta are non-transferrable. You are entitled to a full refund before the closing of pre-registration. After pre-registration closes on January 15th, 2014, we will be unable to issue any refunds.

Can I upgrade my membership now?

Absolutely! Just log in to your profile at MyFWA.com and upgrade your membership, or you can upgrade at the door! If you would like to upgrade to a God Level membership, this must be done before the pre-registration period closes on January 15th, 2014.

Can I upgrade my membership at the door?

SURE! We will gladly allow upgrades for pre-registered members. However, please be aware that upgrades from pre-registered memberships occur at at-the-door prices. Please note that it is no longer possible to upgrade to a God Level membership at the door.

I want to volunteer with registration. How do I help?

Furry Weekend Atlanta policy prohibits volunteers from working in any position where they handle money. However, there are may jobs in registration – such as manning the badge printing station, controlling lines or helping in the convention store – that do not involve handling money. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteering@furryweekend.com for more info on lending a paw.

I can only make it to the convention on x. Will One Day memberships be available?

Yes, one day memberships are available. Please see the Registration page for more information.

Why did the prices go up?

Because it is an unfortunate economic reality that, over time, expenses always rise. Every year the expenses that we incur to operate the convention increase, and in order to continue to provide the level of service you have come to expect from Furry Weekend Atlanta, we must occasionally make an adjustment to the membership prices so that we can continue to operate as a business.

You’re a 501(c)3, right? Can I deduct my membership from my taxes?

Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot offer you tax advice, and we recommend you consult a tax specialist or financial planner. Any advice given is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as representing any factual or qualified financial advice.

That having been said, payments made to a 501(c)(3) organization are deductible as a charitable contribution for taxpayers who are itemizing their deductions on their U.S. federal income tax return, but only to the extent that the amount paid exceeds the fair market value of the benefits received in exchange for the payment. We have already subtracted the value of the benefits received at each membership level from the respective prices to arrive at the tax deductible amounts. These amounts are noted on the registration page.

I can’t remember if I registered. Can you tell me?

You can always log in to MyFWA.com to see if you have made a profile, and check to see if you have registered for a membership, or contact registration@furryweekend.com with your legal name and e-mail address.

Can you tell me if my friend x has registered for the convention?

Sorry, but we are unable to disclose the details of who has and hasn’t registered for the convention. To do so would be a violation of privacy.

I lost my badge. Can you print me another one?

Because multiple people have attempted to scam us in the past, we must now ask that all attendees with lost or stolen badge pay a fee to replace their badges. Furry Weekend Atlanta may, at our discretion, issue a single replacement badge to an individual at a cost of less than full price. However, we reserve the right to request that you purchase an additional badge at full cost to replace the lost or stolen badge, and any subsequent lost badges will require a full price payment. In short, keep up with your badge!

Can I get another badge for my fursuit?

Generally speaking, no, unless you are willing to purchase an additional membership for your fursuit at full price. Furry Weekend Atlanta does not allow multiple badges; see above.

I just want to go to the parties. Do I need to buy a registration? Can I share my friend’s badge?

We refer to this and other similar activities (badge sharing, etc) as “ghosting.” While technically we have no way to know or stop people who “ghost,” provided they stay out of convention space (as defined in our Attendee Policies), we do tend to find out that these things are happening, and we do tend to have a very poor opinion of people who do these things.

We would simply like to take this opportunity to remind you that your registration to the convention is what pays for the convention to happen. It is our primary source of income. It costs money to rent space, to rent, transport and store gear, and to pay for everything that makes Furry Weekend Atlanta happen. Unlike many major conventions, we are not backed by big corporations or sponsorships – this is a fan-run event. None of our staff, from the CEO on down, take any salary or are directly compensated by Furry Weekend Atlanta – we’re entirely volunteer run.

If enough people “ghost,” eventually there won’t be a convention to go to.

The people “ghosts” are harming the most is the furry community as a whole. In the grand scheme of things, memberships are not very expensive especially compared to what you receive in return. All we ask and hope for is your honesty in supporting your community and your convention.

 

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FAQ: Security

I know of a potential security risk. Who can I talk to about this?

Please e-mail security@furryweekend.com. At the con, speak to anyone on the security staff or one of the board members as soon as possible. If you can’t find a security staffer or a board member, then do not hesitate to talk to any staff member and get him/her to locate someone who can handle the situation.

Keep in mind that Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from the convention just because you don’t like them, because they make you uncomfortable, or because they wronged you personally at some time in the past. We must be presented with specific evidence in support of revoking membership privileges, which usually must involve Furry Weekend Atlanta itself, or with some type of legal document (such as a restraining order).

I don’t like person x. Can you ban them?

Sorry, but Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from attending just because you don’t like them. If you have an interpersonal disagreement with someone, we suggest you either work it out before coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta, or avoid said person altogether. Either way, we expect all persons attending Furry Weekend Atlanta to behave as adults.

Now, if you have legal documentation (such as a restraining order), you should contact our security as soon as possible. However, our security staff will not get involved in personal disputes, and any issues will be referred to local authorities.

Person x wronged me, owes me money, stole my mate, etc. Will you ban them?

See above.

Person x did thing y at other convention z. Will you ban them here?

Furry Weekend Atlanta does not ban people based on what they do at other conventions. They must violate our rules before being banned.

Am I banned?

If you are banned, you will know it. You will have been provided with both verbal and most likely written notification (though it may be via email) notifying you that you are not welcome to attend Furry Weekend Atlanta and, if warranted, the length of your ban.

How is security being handled at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

Security is being handled in house by our staff. We have two tiers of security. Animal control will monitor badges / access, be available for questions, and be a liaison to security. Security will be dressed up in suit and tie, and there will always be a member of security on duty.

What is Furry Weekend Atlanta’s policy on weapons?

In order to avoid alarming anyone, Furry Weekend Atlanta is not going to allow any weapons – real or artificial – on the convention floor. Exceptions can be made for skits and costumes, but will need to be handled through security. If it looks like a weapon or could be easily mistaken for a weapon, we don’t want to see it on the convention floor.

What about water guns and silly string?

Please leave these at home. These are potentially harmful to both the hotel as well as our fursuiters (for those who don’t know, fursuits can cost over $1,000 each), and there are plenty of other ways to have fun at the convention without having to bring these items.

I’m worried about someone threatening me at the convention?

Security at the convention is designed to keep the attendees safe and everyone happy, but they can not act as your personal body guards. If you are merely concerned about a particular person, we suggest you avoid that person as much as possible. If you are directly threatened by a person (verbal attack, attempted physical attack, inappropriate physical contact, etc.), contact security to report the incident and they will advise you on what can be done about your particular situation.

If you see someone doing things that don’t seem right (especially anything in violation of convention rules or city/state laws), notify security immediately and let them deal with the situation. Anyone violating convention rules or city/state laws will be dealt with appropriately, which could include revoking membership privileges or being handed over to local law enforcement if necessary.

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FAQ: Travel

What airport should I arrive into?

You’ll want to fly to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Where can I find cheap airfare?

Atlanta is a hub for Delta Air Lines and has a large presence with Southwest Airlines, so both of those should have reasonable prices to and from ATL. Hipmunk or Kayak are very good resources for hunting down good airfares.

What is the minimum age to rent a car?

Rules vary between companies. Most require a valid, insured driver to be 25 years old, though some will allow 21-year-olds to rent (with an accompanying, rather steep, deposit). Check with your car company for more information.

I am coming from another country. What should I know about traveling to the United States?

Please understand that, following the events of September 11, 2001, the transportation system in the United States is very sensitive to foreign visitors. This does not mean that foreign visitors are unwelcome, but that there are extra hoops they must jump through. Please follow all guidelines and instructions to the letter. Be prepared with at least three forms of current identification and full details about your travel plans including how you plan to get to your location and full contact information.

Under no circumstances are you to joke, AT ALL, with security or anyone else in a security zone or checkpoint area. Certain words, such as bomb, gun, fire, or other related words, will set off alarm bells with security people. Finish the humor before you get to the security area. If you listen carefully to what a security person tells you and do exactly as you are told, you should have no problems.

The United States has visa agreements with certain countries in addition to our neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico. The state department has set up a list of countries with which these agreements are valid. If your country is not on that list, you will probably need a visa. If you are not sure, contact your airline or a travel agent; they should be able to assist you.

Remember that all international visitors must get an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before traveling to the United States. Visit the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

Be sure to check out our International Visitors page!

I need sponsorship to come into the country. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta sponsor me?

No. Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot take legal responsibility for sponsoring international attendees. We suggest you speak with a travel agent in your home country; often, they have resources that can get you sponsored to enter the United States.

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FAQ: Parking

Please see our parking page with information about parking options.

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FAQ: Volunteering

Does Furry Weekend Atlanta need volunteers?

Absolutely!

How can I volunteer?

Thank you! Furry Weekend is always looking for volunteers to help out around the convention. Check out our Volunteering page for full details on how to sign up. A volunteer table will also be set up at the convention.

Can I volunteer for a specific function?

We do our best to accommodate volunteering requests. However, Furry Weekend Atlanta policy precludes volunteers from working in certain area of the convention (most notably, any position that involves the handling of money). All of our volunteer needs are being coordinated through our volunteer coordinator. Check out our Volunteering page and then e-mail volunteering@furryweekend.com with your request.

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