#24: The Exhibit Hall is a Magical Place … and Crowded, Too!
Every morning in the 30 days leading up to WonderCon Anaheim 2014 (from March 19 to April 18), we’re going to offer our “Toucan Tip of the Day,” a tiny tidbit of terrific information that we hope add to your enjoyment of the show. To view all of our WCA 2014 Toucan Tips, please click on the “Tip of the Day” link under Categories at the top of our sidebar on the right; all published tips will appear, with the latest at the top.
WonderCon Anaheim’s Exhibit Hall is bigger than ever before, with over 800 total exhibitors (including Artists’ Alley and the Small Press Area). And with any big space like that, you’re going to experience some crowd issues. Here are some tips to help you navigate this massive space:
Aisles are not for sitting.
You may notice some large open areas around the pillars in the Exhibit Hall. These areas have to remain clear by order of the fire marshal. Please don't sit or block these locations. There are lounge areas (check the Exhibit Hall map in the center of the WonderCon Anaheim 2014 Program Book or visit our online version of the Quick Guide by clicking here) near the food concession areas.
No doublewide strollers or rolling carts in the Exhibit Hall.
We know you want to bring the wee ones with you to WonderCon Anaheim, but due to safety reasons, we cannot allow doublewide strollers in the Exhibit Hall. We do not offer stroller parking, so please leave them at home or in your car. And for those collectors who want to bring their entire run of comics to get signed, we do not allow rolling carts in the Exhibit Hall, either. Please don’t bring them.
Snap that photo fast … and keep the aisles clear so people can move.
If you’re going to stop and have a Kodak moment, make it fast. There are hundreds of people around you, all of them trying to go somewhere, so stopping to take a photo and clogging up the aisles is a bad idea. Be aware of the people around you, especially behind you, when you stop to snap that photo and do it fast and step out of the way. There is a WonderCon Photo Area with a logo backdrop near the Food Concession Area in Hall C. It’s close to the Fan Groups’ table area, too, so chances are there will be a lot of cosplayers back that way!
Pay attention to the aisle signs.
They’re above every aisle, hanging from the rafters. So when you spot that item you want to comparison shop, mark down the aisle marker number and whether it’s in the front, middle, or back of the hall. It makes it so much easier to find again.
The fastest way to anywhere is the lobby.
In a hurry to get from Hall A to Hall C? Don’t go through the crowds inside, walk out into the lobby and stroll on down to the Hall C doors and enter there. Trust us, it’s way faster.
For additional information on attending WonderCon Anaheim 2014, please visit our Convention Policies page.