Megacon Orlando is one of the biggest, all-fandom conventions in the southeast United States, drawing over 100,000 attendees and inviting celebrity guests like Stan Lee and Tim Curry. It is four days long and held annually on Memorial Day weekend at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Last year, I attended for the first time with two of my favorite cosplaying buddies, Casey Covel (GUG’s editor-in-chief) and her sister Amy, so I knew I had to come back this year for round two.
On Thursday, the convention didn’t officially open until 2 p.m. for Deluxe (four-day) passholders, but my friends and I arrived at about 1 p.m. so we would have plenty of time to find parking, take the shuttle to the conference center, and get our wristbands. Parking was easy to find, and the rate was reduced from last year to only $5 per day. The complimentary shuttle was roomy and got us promptly to the conference center. It took Amy and me about a half an hour to get through the pre-order line and receive our wristbands. Our other friend (who came with us Thursday) had only a day pass, so she couldn’t get into the convention until 4 p.m., and Casey, who was trying to get press entry as a writer for Florida Geek Scene, had to until about 4 p.m. to receive her press badge, so Amy and I went in at 2 p.m. to look at the vendors.