Every year geeks from around the world gather at the Anaheim convention center and celebrate, anything and everything they have a passion for deep in their soul. Many show it by Cosplaying their favorite character. Others may spend hours in panels with their favorite subjects or tv show personalities. Then there’s the ones who come and look for those hard to find comics, who go to the small press in hopes of finding an unknown comic to discover. Artwork is also a big item folks look for at WonderCon.
Many people go and meet their friends and have a great time, enjoying what they love. In the middle of all that you may see a celebrity walk by or jump into your picture. Wondercon is essentially a smaller version of Comic-Con that takes place in San Diego CA every July. It is also put on by the same organization, so you may notice some similarities. Yet clearly you will see the differences. First and foremost you will notice just the sheer size. While Wondercon is a big convention, it comes not where near the size Comic Con. Literally Comic Con takes over the GasLamp area of downtown San Diego.
If your planning on attending Wondercon there are a lot of things to consider. What do you need to wear, what program are you going to follow and on what day. Who are you going to meet up with and when. It can be easy to get in a line and then realize, you’re hungry. One suggestion is bring food, snack type. Carry a water. I believe this Wondercon is going to be a bit on the warm side. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff where to go. Looking for a long time can cause you to miss that panel you were looking forward to or that photo meetup with your friends.
Think about parking. They do have a lot of information on their site on where to park, when to show up and where to go once you get there. Personally, I like to stay at one of the hotels so I don’t have to worry it. In the long run, it saves time and money.
Here is a guide they have on their website that might help some of you. They do have these available at the convention itself.
I had the privilege of attending Star Wars Celebration in 2015 when it was in Anaheim California. It was one of the most memorable conventions I have ever been to in recent years. There was so much to do and see it was quite overwhelming. Not the overwhelming where you want to leave, but the kind where you need more!
And more is what I got. I spent all day looking at the amazing set props they had set up, buying merchandise and generally being n aww of the cosplayers of which there was no shortage of. The do such an amazing job replicating their favorite characters. We meet up with all our other Star Wars friends and we walk the floor together getting giddy over what we see.
Now one thing I do have to advise, is don’t play with the legos! You will want to help build that giant Darth Vader, but don’t. Its ripe with sickness and I’m positive it’s what gave me con crud for the 2 weeks afterwards. Hand sanitizer is a must.
I can’t wait to watch the Celebration live stream. It is done very well, since in 2015 the first day I had to work. It can be found at StarWars.com.
Check my Instagram for my pictures from the 2015 Star Wars Celebration I attended. If you are there have fun! Take a lot of pictures, you will want to look back on them. I promise.
I have been going to Wondercon since it came to Anaheim a few years back. This year I personally thought it was a bigger convention than in past years. I’m the type of person who goes to conventions for comic books. I go with a list of obscure comics by number of what books I’m looking to read.
There were plenty of vendors to suit even the pickiest of collectors. The badge pick up went rather smooth for me. I went on Thursday, the day before the convention began.
The variety of food trucks in between the Hilton and Marriott hotels was great. They had some of the best food trucks. They each had their own niche with a lot of choice.
The only gripe I had, and I think most attendees will agree with me is on parking. Parking was an absolute disaster. If you could find a spot consider yourself lucky. If you had a Disneyland annual pass, even luckier. Next year Wondercon has to come up with a better parking scenario. If they do that it would make it so much more enjoyable.
Wondercon 2017 has come and gone. Here are some photos we took as we walked the convention floor. We will be putting up a Cosplay slideshow soon, so check back. Overall, it was a great convention with something for everyone!