Out and About: MegaCon 2016 – The Panels Part Two

MegaCon 2016 - John Barrowman, Tom Felton, Anthony Daniels, and George Takei

As I mentioned in the previous MegaCon 2016 panel recap, I enjoyed quite a few celebrity talks during the weekend event. Here is the continued recap of those talks, along with some must-watch video.

John Barrowman

My Saturday ended with the one and only John Barrowman. I’ve seen him at previous MegaCons, and I knew he’s very irreverent and will say just about anything. But he outdid himself this time…and it was non-stop laughter from the moment he came on stage.

He first said some dirty words so the sign language interpreter would have to repeat him. Apparently she was prepared for this, but he was merciless. He then answered some questions about his characters from Torchwood/Dr Who, and Arrow, but his best response was when he was asked if he could be any Disney Princess, who would he be?

He asked the audience for a red wig. Once he had it on his head, he took his shoes off, sat on the floor, and pretended he was Ariel singing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid – complete with faux fin splashes.

I even recorded it for your viewing pleasure:

Adam West and Burt Ward

I started the last day of MegaCon with the Adam West and Burt Ward talk. The duo were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV series, but it ended up being a shortened session due to some scheduling issue. Only a few questions got answered, and most of those were by West (Batman) as Ward (Robin) kept deferring to him.

Tom Felton

From there, I headed down the hall to another pair of celebrity talks. First up was Tom Felton, better known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. I didn’t know much about him, but I enjoyed hearing stories from the set, especially the one where Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) admonished people to not step on his cape…so of course Felton was the first one to do that. He even did a good impersonation of Rickman’s voice.

And even though I didn’t know much about him, I really wanted to ask a question because he kept calling all the women lovely or sweetheart or just love, in his British accent. I was also impressed by Felton when a fan broke down asking a question because she had just learned her friend had cancer. He came off the stage and hugged her to help calm her down. Two thumbs up from me for this panel.

Anthony Daniels

I stayed for the next talk, which featured Anthony Daniels, best known as C3PO in the Star Wars movies. Daniels didn’t take many questions, preferring instead to wander the audience as he regaled everyone with stories about his time on the Star Wars sets. As a lifetime Star Wars fan, I really enjoyed hearing these recollections. He ended the panel by getting us all to recreate the scene from Return of the Jedi where the Ewoks were worshiping C3PO as a God. It was worth it to hear him do the C3PO voice.

George Takei

I closed out MegaCon 2016 by attending the George Takei talk. Takei, best known as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, told us fascinating stories of how Gene Roddenberry created the show wanting characters to represent all the continents of Earth. Takei also told how Roddenberry came up with the name of Sulu, which you can watch in this video:

Takei also discussed his recently closed Broadway play Allegiance, based on his life story, as well as his role as an icon for LGBTAQ+ rights.

I really enjoyed this MegaCon, the first with its new owners Fan Expo. I heard some of my friends had issues with ticketing, as well as autographs and photo ops, but I was blessed to not have any problems of note. Hopefully any issues guests encountered are growing pains from the takeover and next year’s will be a better experience for everyone.

And as soon as we hear the dates, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, check out MegaCon Tampa Bay, a totally new event that will take place in October. Visit megacontampabay.com for details.

Visit instagram.com/zengrrl for more photos from MegaCon 2016. You can also check out my MegaCon 2016 cosplay post.

[Disclaimer: I attended MegaCon 2016 as press. As always, my opinions are honest, and my own.]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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