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UPDATE: Because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Megacon Orlando date has now been cancelled for June 4-7, 2020. A smaller event is planned for October 31 – November 1, 2020.
Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Megacon is coming back to Central Florida for their annual convention. Get ready for a jammed packed day full of comics, sci-fi, anime, gaming and horror, all under one roof on April 16-19, 2020 (Postponed to new date), at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. It is a day packed with a whole lot of fun. Get your tickets now.
Traveling from Downtown Orlando to the Orange Convention Center (OCCC) is a quick and easy drive. Check your GPS for the best travel route. Follow the signs at the convention center. Arrive early for the best parking on property at the OCCC. Sorry, no free parking available. For overflow parking follow the signs off property to the Convention Center Satellite Parking Lot if open. Some area hotels will charge for parking on their property. For alternative transportation it is recommended to take the I-Ride Trolley, a ride sharing service, and or a taxi to and from this venue. Streets around the convention center may have traffic jams during high peak times of the day.
Some brief history about Megcon which started in Orlando in 1974 and have grown ever since then. On April 7, 2015, it was announced that MegaCon had been sold to Informa Canada Inc.. The con now operates under the auspices of Informa’s Fan Expo group, which also runs Fan Expo Canada and Dallas Comic Con. This information was found at Wikipedia.com .
When arriving at the OCCC, please be aware that everyone must go through the security checkpoint. Megacon staff must approve cosplay weapons of any sort before entering the convention center floor. Ticket packages will vary. It is advised to buy your tickets on-line to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter at OCCC. Go to http://megaconorlando.com/tickets/
What to expect at this year’s convention? See celebrity guests, artists’ alley, workshops, photo opportunities, Q & A Sessions, attractions and much more. One cannot take all the action in one day. It is recommended spend 2-3 days at Megacon. Attendees and vendors are very friendly. By the end of the day attendees will be tired.
Here are just some of featured celebrity guests, which are Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monahan, Dave Bautista, Brendan Fraser, Adam Savage, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, Stephan Amell, Katherine McNamara, Alicia Silverstone, Oscar Nunez, Geroge Takei, Levar Burton, Christina Ricci, Deveon Sawa, Mattew Lewis, Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jessie T. Usher, Weird Al Yankovic, Ralph Macchio, Martin Kove, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, and long many other guests making appearances too. Some celebrity guests have already cancelled there appearance and are noted on the promoter website.
There are celebrity autograph and photo booths to see your favorite celebrities. Many celebrities charge a fee for autographs and posing with them. The photo fee is usually from $10 – $100 plus. Prices will vary depending on the celebrity. Most celebrities will only take cash as a form of payment. Attendees tend to take photos with their personal cell phone camera to pose with a celebrity. If you forget to bring a glossy 8×10 photo of your favorite celebrity many of them will sell them with an autograph. Pack your patients for long lines for celebrities with huge followers.
There is so much more to see. Explore and shop in the artists’ alley. Many of these are full-time artists making a living on their creations. See these artists at work sketching away, painting, showing art demonstrations. Prices on artwork will vary depending on the artist. Many artists sell original artwork, prints, and limited edition lithographs too. Don’t be shy these artists are friendly and want to talk to the general public.
The must see attractions at this year’s convention are Itasha Cars for Anime Fans, Japanese Console Video Game Room, Doctor Who, Dalek Building of Florida, and much more. There is just too much to list so check out the Megacon website.
To wrap up your Megacon experience one will want to see and do everything at this year’s convention. Don’t miss your opportunity of a lifetime. For more information on Megacon please visit www.megaconorlando.com .
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Sources of Information from first hand experience and megaconorlando.com