Comic-Con starts in two days (preview night is tomorrow), and the following information was just announced:
NEW FOR 2012:
STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED
IN THE PROGRAMMING ROOMS
For safety reasons, the Fire Marshall will not be allowing strollers inside the programming rooms. This includes rooms 2, 4, 5AB, 6A, 6BCF, 6DE, 7AB, 8, 11AB, 23ABC, 24ABC, 25ABC, 26AB, 28E, 32AB, Ballroom 20, and Hall H.
Stroller parking areas can be found throughout the Convention Center. Parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: Comic-Con will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers.
Although the decision follows in the footsteps of several other large cons in the last year or so, the moms of the Internet are understandably upset at the timing of the announcement.
If you’ve been planning to navigate the crowded con world with a stroller, it’s time to figure out plan B. I recommend a really great carrier–I’m a fan of the mei tai style. If your kids are too big for that now, I recommend a good nap time in the middle of the day, because their little legs are going to need it. If you do decide to bring the stroller along, note that there are no jogging strollers allowed at all, and although there will be stroller parking, don’t leave anything in it, because there’s no security.
Pace yourselves, spend some time at the Children’s Film Festival. Don’t worry about the strollers. You can do it!