Updated: Nov 10, 2019
There is no right or wrong way to do MegaCon. We’ve been attending for four years now. Each year is a little different, and each year we learn new things to make our experience a little more enjoyable and more rewarding. Each year, we like to share a bit about what we experienced, and what we learned, with you!
Right off the bat – accept the reality that you are only one person. You cannot be in more than one place at a time, and there are always multiple events going on at MegaCon. If you are interested in more than one fandom – or more than one thing in general – chances are that you will find yourself drawn to events that are overlapping. Well… life is full of tough choices, isn’t it? As soon as MegaCon releases the event schedule, look it over and determine your “must-dos”. On rare occasions, events may be canceled, so it doesn’t hurt to save some back-ups that appeal to you – the second tier events in your interest ranking, if you will. This year, MegaCon released a rough draft of the schedule first, asking guests to check for any real and direct overlaps that may pose a problem within fandoms – followed by a finalized version after giving everyone a chance to chime in. Brilliant!
When it comes to scheduling, it’s also worth noting that you can’t always push your schedule too tightly either! For example… if you want to attend the Central Florida Steampunk Association’s workshop on Victorian undergarments at 11:00AM in room 302, followed by a celebrity Q&A in the main theater at noon, you’re going to run into a problem. Most events run about an hour in length. The “main theater” events are expected to draw large crowds – usually lining up an hour or more in advance. You also have to consider your travel time from room to room – often through thick crowds. Again… this may be a matter of prioritization. Don’t let a missed event (or a late arrival to an event) ruin your convention experience, and plan to go with the flow… at least a little bit. You don’t want to leave yourself too strictly scheduled anyway, as some of the best experiences you’ll have during MegaCon are the impromptu things you simply stumble upon.