Before you get too concerned, no, Mousetalgia is not condoning a life of crime. Con life, for the purposes of this blog, means convention life. How many of us have fallen down the rabbit hole of participating in conventions since the first D23 Expo in 2009? The answer can’t possibly only be Jeff, because each convention is seemingly well attended and brings together all types of fandoms.
Whether you are a seasoned pro at the con life or wanting to start a new hobby, there’s something for everyone at a convention. There are artists galore, celebrities to fawn over, and the chance to meet other like minded fans. Having experienced the most recent San Francisco Comic Con it seems suitable to offer some tips and tricks for successfully navigating any convention.
Do your homework before you arrive. Make sure to check schedules for interesting panels and lists of important guests, so that you can have an idea of how you will be spending your time and what to prioritize and when. This simple step can save you time and possibly grief when you get there. If you are an autograph collector this step is crucial in order to have enough prep time for the perfect item to get signed.
Cosplay is not something that I can offer any competent advice on, so I won’t even attempt. What I can speak to is what kinds of accessories will make any convention goer’s day a little bit easier. Just like a long day in the park, a good backpack will be your best friend. It will hold everything you need, including water and snacks (Dave’s advice is no joke, stay hydrated people!), and you’ll have extra room for any treasures you pick up throughout the day. A folder will help keep any nice prints or pictures that you collect along the way smooth and straight till you get them home. A travel poster tube will also undoubtedly prove itself invaluable throughout the day.
As Disney fans, we are no strangers to lines and this mentality should definitely be taken into any convention experience. No other conventions will totally compare with the spectacle that is the D23 Expo, but if you pack a good attitude and manage your expectations, you’ll be sitting neat and pretty.
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