Star Wars Celebration touches on everything connected with that galaxy far, far away, and in 2017, it returns to Orlando the weekend of April 13-16.
This official Lucasfilm event offers the largest Star Wars parties, and features appearances by cast and crew celebrities, fans, costumes, music, live entertainment, autographs, collectibles, and panels.
This weekend, Jan 27-29, muggles from around the world will come together to celebrate at the 4th annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, hosted by Universal Orlando and Warner Bros.
Author J.K. Rowling has inspired many with her tales of the Wizarding World, and this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in that world at Universal Orlando.
Spooky Empire is kicking off next month by bringing in celebrities from the worlds of horror, music, and wrestling to Orlando the weekend of December 2-4, 2016.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in October, but Hurricane Matthew changed that plan.
Spooky Empire regrouped, and now are ready to put on an incredible show at the Orange County Convention Center, with many of the same guests who were scheduled for the original event, along with new ones.
Fan Fest Orlando will take place September 17, 2016, to raise money for the victims and families of the Pulse Nightclub attack.
At this event, dozens of well-known actors from shows like The Walking Dead, The Flash, Arrow, and others will meet fans, sign autographs, and take photos, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Horror fans mark your calendars! Spooky Empire returns to Orlando October 7-9 and this time they’re taking over the Orange County Convention Center.
Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for horror fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country.
The thing I like most about genre fan conventions is seeing all the cosplay, and there was plenty to admire at MegaCon 2016 in Orlando this Memorial Weekend.
What is Cosplay?
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume and roleplay. It refers to the use of costumes and accessories to transform into a character from a favorite fandom.
Most cosplay inspiration is derived from anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror movies, TV, and books. And at MegaCon 2016, there was a lot of inspired cosplay.
MegaCon returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Memorial Weekend, May 26-29, 2016.
This four-day fest features celebrities from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics. Fans can meet their favorites, get autographs and photos, view Q&A panels, and more.
Among the guests scheduled to appear are:
After a three-year absence, Star Wars Celebration will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 13-16, 2017.
The event is the official Star Wars fan convention, featuring actors from the films and TV shows, book authors, and many more Star Wars-related guests.
If you enjoy Orlando’s annual MegaCon fan convention, you’ll want to attend MegaCon Fan Days, a weekend version of the main fancon.
It will run November 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center, and feature celebrity, comic and cosplay guests, along with various fandom panels, and an expo floor full of goodies to buy.
If you enjoy Orlando’s annual MegaCon fan convention, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding a second event this fall called MegaCon Fan Days. It will run November 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Last year MegaCon was bought out by FanExpo, which produces several other North American fan conventions, and this will be their first foray into the South East.
Up til now, MegaCon has been the premiere fan convention in Orlando, but now word comes that Wizard World will bring their Comic Con experience to the city in August 2016.
Wizard World Comic Con Orlando will run August 5 through 7 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Wizard World is known for contracting celebrity guests to appear at more than one convention so they get a lot of big names in the fandom genres, and has a pretty good reputation for being fan friendly and well-run. I personally haven’t attended one, but I will definitely check out this one in Orlando.
The Vampire Diaries is one of the hottest shows on the CW network, and this weekend, you can meet some of the stars at The Vampire Diaries Official Convention.
The fan convention takes place December 12-14 at The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and features panels with the stars, autograph sessions and photo ops. There is also a vendor area to stock up on memorabilia.
Returning to Orlando for a second time, LeakyCon will be celebrating all things Harry Potter at the Orange County Convention Center from July 30 to August 3.
LeakyCon has a variety of programming, ranging from author and actor panels to attendee-submitted meetups and discussions. There are also concerts, parties, and even an after-hours trip to Universal Orlando to check out the recently opened Diagon Alley, along with Hogsmeade.
Among the HP actors you can meet are Ellie Darcey- Alden, Scarlett Byrne, Robbie Jarvis, Hugh Mitchell, Nick Shirm, and Charlotte Skeoch. In addition to Harry Potter guests, attendees can also meet Alaina Huffman (“Supernatural”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Nina Toussaint-White, and the “Glee” trio of Titus Makin Jr, Curt Mega, and Dominic Barnes. Author John Green (“Fault in Our Stars”) will also be appearing.
Tickets start at $60 for a Friday or Saturday one-day pass to $275 for a full 5-day pass.
For more info, including a full guest list and programming schedule, visit LeakyCon.com.
In the realm of sci-fi and comic conventions, Orlando’s MegaCon is one of the biggest in the country. We braved all three days to bring back photos and this recap is of our adventures on Day Three.
We weren’t sure if the crowds would be at the crazy level they were on Saturday, so we headed in extra early on Sunday. Parking was still a beast to deal with, but once inside, we were happy to find crowds were more manageable.
Because of the problems they had the day before, MegaCon decided to try a new system of lining up for panels. I can’t say people were pleased, especially for my first panel for Wil Wheaton. They made everyone fill in all the way to the ends as they entered the room, which resulted in people at the front of the line sitting way off the the sides with bad views. A lot of upset people during that panel, but they seemed to get it worked out before the day was over.
In the realm of sci-fi and comic conventions, Orlando’s MegaCon is one of the biggest in the country. We braved all three days to bring back photos and this recap is of our adventures on Day Two.
Arriving early on Saturday, we were again greeted with a wall of traffic just to park. It took over an hour, and I made it inside with 10 minutes to spare before the first panel I wanted to see.
Actor James Marsters was also late due to the traffic, but once the panel started, he regaled us with stories about his days on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Torchwood. Fielding questions from fans, he also sang a little bit, and plugged his band’s concert later that evening at MegaCon.