I surely hope you’re free next weekend, because FAN EXPO DALLAS is here! Last year’s Fan Expo was the first con I’ve ever attended, and I was beyond overwhelmed! There was so much to do, so much to see, and I don’t even think we covered half of what Fan Expo Dallas had to offer. It was also my very first exposure to the cosplaying world, and I was both extremely inspired and totally jealous of the talent I witnessed! And can we talk about guest appearances?! This year’s line up seems to be the best one yet! Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Tim Curry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Milo Ventimiglia to start off with! Check out the rest of the guests HERE.
Now since I mentioned how overwhelmed I was, I consulted with my veteran North Texas Cosplay group members for tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your time at Fan Expo Dallas! I also added a few from personal experience as well, so if it’s either your first time or you just need to make a list to check twice, keep reading!
Here are a few tips on how to have a successful time at a con:
1. PLAN AHEAD
I cannot stress this enough. If you go to a music festival, you plan out your day depending on which artists you want to see. The same logic can be applied here. Fan Expo Dallas just released their full schedule, so plan what panels you want to attend, which celebrities you want to do photo-ops or autographs with (and buy those tickets ahead as well), and what booths you want to check out. The location can be overwhelming, so if you’re not up for walking around aimlessly, make a personalized schedule and check out where the locations are at before going there!
2. FUEL UP AND HYDRATE
For most people, this is an all day event. Darrin J. from the North Texas Cosplay group suggested to fuel up with a large breakfast to get the day started. Trust me– you will burn off those calories! Bryce E. also suggested to stay hydrated: “Most ‘con crud’ is actually just dehydration,” he said. This is an excellent tip, especially for those who will be cosplaying with thick and heavy garments or builds. Stephanie from Shivs and Giggles Cosplay also mentioned “Comfortable shoes! Or back-up shoes. Or at the very minimum – gel insoles.” The location is HUGE and a lot of walking will certainly be done. Take care of yourself, folks!
3. PARK OR RIDE
Fan Expo Dallas will be at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which is Downtown Dallas. I don’t know if you’ve ever been, but parking can be a pain especially if you show up later in the day. Plan this ahead as well. Bryan G. suggests to get there early if you want to park close, or “Take the DART. It stops right outside” said Katie P.
This was a big thing for me. My friend Sevi had to lend me her portable charger at last year’s Fan Days because I was at a disappointing 2% battery life before 4pm. This was also one of the most suggested tips in the group! If you’re bringing a camera, don’t forget to bring a charger for that as well.
5. BE RESPECTFUL
COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT. I REPEAT, COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT. “ASK before snapping a picture of a cosplayer” says Laura S., and “do not touch” was mentioned more times than it really should have been, one of them coming from my good friend Torie of Bobbins N Spools/@misneach_cosplay. Be respectful of fellow cosplayers and attendees– even celebrities! They are people, too, and not animals at a zoo for you to stare at and take 50 billion photos of. It WILL be crowded for sure, so be mindful of personal space as well and be considerate of the fact that some attendees may have anxiety in settings like that.
I hope those tips were helpful to some of you guys! Here are a few pics from last year’s Fan Days!
Will you be attending Fan Expo Dallas this year? Let me know in the comments– I will be there rocking my second cosplay!