Re: NYC Mickey
This gets really dicey. It also is on a case by case basis. Also it plays into it if money is made from the sale or rental of the costume. You will see many hand made character costumes even at the Halloween party in Disney.
Making a Minnie costume and offering them up for sale, from my understanding they will get you! Renting out the unofficial costume I believe will land you in trouble with Disney. Now wearing a hand made one on public property even if it is in front of a Disney Store, I don't think that is an issue. I have a Disney purchased Snow White adult costume. Thinking I can march around the streets of NYC anytime in that. I also made from a name brand pattern company a Minnie and Mickey Costume for my DH and I. It carried the Disney copy right logo. So if Disney sells these rights to Pattern companies and we make them to wear not sell, I'm thinking that is OK. I did the same for a Teenage Mutant Turtle costume for DS when he was very small and TMT's were at the Studios. Now they are at Universal I believe. While I am a very good at sewing, you can tell these are not store purchases.
My guess is anything that Disney has sold patterns to can be worn any where local laws allow.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
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