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MFF 2019: Wrap Up

Sadly with MFF being over until next year, it time to go over things you might have heard on social media and weren’t sure was true or not. I am going to do my best to answer them as honestly as I can.

First Registration

Even though this photo was taken on Sunday, Registration had more people wondering if that QR System was going to work or not than anything else during the entire convention. Without a doubt it did work, Registration was at least twice as fast as in previous years. The longest wait times I was told were under 4 hours and that was Thursday, shorter than compared to 7 hours of previous years. Even on Saturday when I met up with friends. Last year they waited for more than 2 hours, this year 90 mins exactly. There was even was actual times nobody was in line, that actually happened several times during the convention. Did not happen in previous years.

Yes, that announcement was made to encourage people to upgrade their badge to shorten their wait times, and yes they did call out your fursona when picking up your badge. But despite all of this everyone had fun, some even had time to relax.

Yes, we all heard about the threats made by whom I will call something I can’t even say, nothing major happened. I would thank an increase in overall security not to mention the patrols by uniformed Rosemont Police Officers, as well as undercover law enforcement. It was well known to the staff that agents of several different law enforcement agencies were there, many of whom are furries themselves. I can just verify this, although I can’t get into detail due to the source.

With MFF moving more events and areas to the convention center it actually seemed less crowded than in previous years and this is despite having 11,000 attendees this past year.

Food Options

  • Hyatt Regency O’Hare POP Up Resturant

Food options this year could not be any better, for years everyone has been complaining about limited options for those on a tight budget. Who actually wants to spend $25 on a meal? The popup pictured above was selling taco dinners for around $10. Plus places like McDonald’s had a well-placed ad showing that they were close as well as other places. Even Rosemont stepped up with their free shuttle bus, I know a lot more furries use it to check out other places, as well as the discount many places were offering.

Then there is the con suite.

I have been told not many cons in general offer such things, but I will do my best to describe it as best I can.

They offer snacks everything from carrots, chips to even fresh fruit.

Even soda.

Soda and all for FREE and you can eat as much as you want. At certain times they even offer sandwiches.

A member of the staff there made a point to tell me that MFF treats the staff very well.

That’s about it except for 2 things. With the dog show happening at the same time accidents will happen. Yes, a few dogs crapped on the floor, there was a rumor that some furry did not, but happily, it wasn’t true.

Every year during the Closing Ceremony they auction a space on the soda machine for charity. This year was no exception, it generally goes for $1,000 what you get for that is your fursona, holding your favorite soda throughout the entire convention. So everyone there will see it.

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